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Planar Wins Contract with Thomson's PRN

Planar Systems has signed a digital display contract with Thomson's Premier Retail Networks (PRN), a provider of retail television networks.

Planar Systems has signed a digital display contract with Thomson's Premier Retail Networks (PRN), a provider of retail television networks, company officials said. Under the agreement, Planar will provide customized small-format, touch-screen displays and customized large-format displays.

Planar displays will be used in a large percentage of the in-store networks operated by PRN, which works with retailers, content partners, and advertisers to create in-store programming that motivates consumers. PRN's programming alliances include television networks, movie studios, record labels, publishers, and other media outlets. Retail customers include ACME, Albertsons, Best Buy, Carrefour, Circuit City, Costco, Jewel-Osco, Pathmark, Sam's Club, Shaw's and Star Market, ShopRite, and Wal-Mart.

"PRN selected Planar because of its years of proven display innovation and because it has been extremely responsive to our schedule requirements," said Scott Francis, chief technology officer for PRN, in a statement. "The display system is a critical component in the PRN solution and we've found Planar to be a nimble and valuable partner."

"Planar's partnership with PRN validates our strategy to provide unique display products for challenging applications," said Doug Barnes, general manager and vice president of Planar's industrial business unit. "We have assembled the right engineering and platform of products to serve the needs of customers like PRN and their retail partners."

Planar comprises four business units-commercial, industrial, home theater, and control room and digital signage-and offers industrial products ranging from those found in airplane cockpits to video walls in mass-transit systems.



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