Digital Signage Systems Tech Showcase
Dec 6, 2011 11:08 AM, by Bennett Liles
KeyWest Technology designed its MediaZone Pro software application to be used with customer provided computer hardware or as a pre-installed feature in hardware available from KeyWest in the form of the Nano Wall-Mount Player, Micro Wall-Mount Player, or the Rack Mount Player. MediaZone Pro features a Windows 7-style interface with drag-and-drop functionality providing up to five separate onscreen zones in which to place content from various sources. The built-in FTP file scheduling and transfer feature allows control of media playback on media players along the network without using a server. MediaZone Pro can also operate as a client to the KeyWest InfoZone Pro server for larger deployments.
Unveiled by LG Electronics at Infocomm 2011, EzSignTV is a digital signage system incorporating live TV without additional hardware. The system shows branded advertisements along with television broadcasts, and it is based on the Pro:Centric platform developed by LG for hospitality applications. The LG EzSign software uses a four-step process to allow users to choose a template, upload material, edit, and export content. The display itself has a 1920x1080 native resolution in the 42/47in. class and 366x768 in the 32in. class. The unit has public display settings that can be used to turn it on and off, set the channel, aspect ratio, and volume level automatically and lock out the front panel.
Among the products from Magenta Research for digital signage networks is the MultiView family for distribution on UTP. MultiView’s building block approach allows users to cascade transmitters, daisy-chain receivers, and use distribution amps to get one source to hundreds of displays. The MultiView T4 transmitter has four UTP outputs. High-res PC RGBHV video, plus audio or one-way serial, can be input and sent out to four Multiview receivers such as the XR-2000 up to 2,000ft. feet away. The Octet-SAP 8-port transmitter handles HD RGBHV video, stereo audio, and display addressable serial. Receivers can be daisy-chained off of this product as well to distances of 2,000ft.
One of the primary displays used in Mitsubishi digital signage installations is the MDT652S 65in. LCD with a horizontal and vertical viewing angle of 178 degrees, mini D-Sub 15-pin in/out, HDMI, DVI-D, DisplayPort, Cat-5 in/out, five BNC (component) in, S-Video, and composite (BNC) in/out. Remote control links include RS-232 D-sub in/out and LAN. It includes an external speaker jack and uses 445W without speakers. At the source end, the XMP-340 media player has 4GB internal storage that can be augmented through a covered CF card slot. It also has a watchdog timer that allows it to recover from power, network, or other disruptions.
Fiber-optic signal extension has proven to be a mainstay for widely dispersed digital signage displays, and Opticis offers a number of solutions for long distance digital video distribution. The M1-201-SA four-fiber DVI extension module connects a pair of LC duplex multimode fiber lines for resolution up to WUXGA with self-EDID programming. The M1-201DA-TR connects one pair of single-mode or multimode fiber in the same manner with a graphic data extension capability of up to 1500 meters at WUXGA resolution. The DVFX-100 handles uncompressed 2K resolution DVI for a distance up to 500 meters over one multi-mode fiber and the new DVFX-110-TR will carry a WUXGA signal up to 3,280ft. on single-mode or 1,640ft. on multimode fiber lines.
Panasonic full-HD LCD displays such as the TH-47LF30U feature SLOT2.0 for Easy System Expansion so that the monitor can be configured to suit the specific application. Inputs include DVI-D in/out, component, composite, HDMI along with RS-232C in/out for daisy-chaining up to 100 displays. The .72in. bezel works well for multiscreen displays, and its Eco Mode uses a light sensor to detect ambient light level and control backlight brightness. The company has teamed its hardware with CoolSign digital signage software from Haivision to allow users to display, distribute, and control digital media on networked displays from a central location.
Planar Systems has allied its well-established touchpanel technology with the new XQ Interactive Retail application from iQmetrix to provide visual displays while facilitating the sales process in the wireless retail space. Touchscreens such as the PT2285PW 22in. wide multitouch screen zero-bezel LCD monitor use projected capacitive touch and include analog and DVI-D video inputs. Featuring a viewing angle of 170 degrees horizontal and 160 degrees vertical, the display provides a resolution of 1920x1080, and it’s compatible with Windows and Linux operating systems. The XQ Interactive Retail Platform provides shoppers with browse and stream applications while giving retailers a content management system (XQ Console) that operates with the iQmetrix Master Product Catalog and the iQmetrix Retail Management System.
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