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Digital signage installations are increasing in popularity as a visual communication platfrom for retail and advertising applications at airport terminals and tradeshows.
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Digital signage installations are increasing in popularity as a visual communication platfrom for retail and advertising applications at airport terminals and tradeshows. Sound & Stage takes a look at some of the key professional plasma and LCD screens on the market.

NEC Display Solutions

NEC Display Solutions introduces the new NEC MultiSync EA series as the successor to the NEC MultiSync 70 line. A benefit of the NEC MultiSync EA series is that it offers low environmental impact. The 26-inch model's EPEAT certification and carbon footprint meter offers greater transparency, with respect to the use of environmentally-friendly materials, energy efficiency and CO2 emissions.

The monitor offers 16:10 format resolution, five millisecond response time and a contrast ratio of 1000:1, as well as digital interfaces with High Definition Copy Protection (HDCP).

The design of the NEC MultiSync EA261WM is well suited for semi-professional applications within the SME and corporate business sectors.

According to NEC, the MultiSync EA261WM retains many of the technical characteristics of the NEC MultiSync 70 series as well as affordability.

For this reason, the display is ideally suited for small to medium sized enterprises utilising the screens for business applications, desktop multimedia work and document management through to more complex CAD applications.



The NEC MultiSync EA261WM boasts environmental sustainability as a key feature, with silver EPEAT accreditation for its white model and gold EPEAT certification for its black model.

To be awarded the EPEAT gold certificate, manufacturers must satisfy 23 mandatory, as well as 21 optional, criteria. Factors such as energy consumption and efficiency, use of hazardous materials, recycling, packaging and method of production all come into the EPEAT evaluation.

An additional innovation is the carbon footprint meter in the on-screen menu, which indicates the current CO2 emissions of the LCD display.

When the device is switched into EcoMode, the brightness of the display is limited to a 50% capacity. Therefore reducing the CO2 emissions of the display. In order to see the reduction in the equipments' carbon dioxide emissions, users can simply view the current measurement of the carbon footprint meter. This allows users within companies to see the contributions they have made towards acting against climate change.

The bezel is specifically designed to allow for tight assembly of several displays, including multi-monitor solutions or display-walls. This allows images to be displayed without disruption across the complete viewing surface. Recesses are also provided to allow the panel to be positioned onto a pedestal.

Middle East distributors: Mofakro Group (Bahrain); Sukkarieh Group (Jordan); Adawliah Universal Electronic Company (Kuwait); Samir Photographic Supplies. (Saudi Arabia); AUDIOPRO (Lebanon); OHI (Oman); Abba Electronics (UAE); Computer Arabia (Qatar).
 

Sony

Sony's GXD-L52H1 LCD Display, a 52-inch LCD screen with 1920 x 1080 full HD resolution, utilises the advanced 10-bit panel to faithfully reproduce natural, smooth colour gradation and vibrant images, claims Sony. The GXD-L52H1, includes robust safety features guaranteeing reliable, semi-outdoor use. New features include an anti-dust mechanism, which allows air to be circulated inside its chassis while dismissing heat. This ensures no dust penetrates its body making it suitable for use in open environments, such as shopping malls and airport terminals, according to Sony.

The tamper-resistant front panel is made from strong glass and metal bezel that is easily replaceable, allowing for convenient panel changes when necessary.

The screen also has a 178-degree viewing angle permitting wide-angle views on its non-reflective surface. It also maintains the same lifespan in either portrait or landscape installations, with no burn-ins even during 24/7 operation.

The built-in LAN connectivity allows for control and monitoring of several displays networked across a property by a single operator. In addition, the lack of external air holes enables the LCD display to be flush-mounted. The display can be quickly changed from landscape to portrait mode providing flexibility in installation options.

Middle East distributors: Almoe Media Solutions; Jumbo Electronics (UAE).

Viewsonic

The DSM3210 features a 32-inch multimedia LCD TV exclusive OEM software solution to provide users with flexible, easy-to-use and cost effective software, replacing expensive traditional print displays.

Making its debut during InfoComm 2008, the DSM3210 features a HD multimedia display with full connectivity, including a HDTV tuner, HDMI inputs and VGA connection, along with authoring, packaging and presentation software to create a complete digital signage and multimedia visual entertainment experience. A Windows-based tool allows for design and development, time scheduling and content distribution and has built-in monitoring diagnostics to ensure seamless 24/7 operation, according to Viewsonic.

The 1080i panel has 1200:1 contrast ratio, an optimum PC resolution of 1360 x 768 and two integrated 10W Dolby Digital stereo speakers.

The DSM3210 solution is designed for small to mid-size installations where point of sale advertising or mass communication is used, including hotel lobbies, college campuses and healthcare facilities.

"The trend of infotainment' is predicted to increasingly influence consumers as display technology and information imagery converge," says Steve Woo, vice president and general manager of VTV Consumer Electronics products division, ViewSonic. "Until now digital signage ROI has been questionable for small- to medium-sized businesses. The low price point of the DSM3210 makes it possible for companies to experience the value of delivering information that is also entertaining."

By employing a HDTV as the display piece of the digital signage solution, ViewSonic delivers a first of its kind, sub US$1000 solution, with multiple inputs for connection to computers, TV set-top-boxes, DVD players, HD video cameras as well as a live HDTV terrestrial broadcast. The screen can also be used for videoconferencing, theatre setups and classroom presentations.

Middle East distributors: Metra Computer (Egypt, KSA); General Computers & Electronics (Jordan); Technorex (Lebanon); Business Communications (Qatar); Computec IT (Syria); Al Yousuf Digital (UAE); Trigon Computers (UAE); Al Masa IT Distribution (UAE).
 

Panasonic

To build on the launch of its 103-inch consumer plasma display during GITEX 2007, Panasonic utilised InfoComm 2008 to reveal the new TH-103PF10UK, 103-inch 1080p full-HD professional plasma display.

The latest member of the 10-Series line of plasmas, the TH-103PF10UK, includes enhanced display technology and professional presentation capabilities, and a 100,000 hour service life, backed by Panasonic's three year warranty and after-sales "Plasma Concierge Service".

The giant 10-Series 103-inch model, includes configurability for commercial video wall environments, updated video processing technology, enhanced wireless presentation capabilities, versatile plug-in card functionality as well as dual HDMI functionality.

For commercial video wall environments, the TH-103PF10UK provides native support for display configurations of up to 5x5, the largest of any plasma display currently available on the market, according to Panasonic.

A new Portrait Zoom feature facilitates the display of a single horizontal image across three vertically-mounted 103-inch plasmas for a total display area of more than 93 sq ft.

The new video processing technology delivers a sharper image when displaying low resolution content, or when zooming in on an image in video wall applications, Panasonic claims.

An Anti-Reflective coating helps reduce visible reflections in environments where exterior or interior light can lead to unwanted reflections and a reduced image quality.

The 10-Series 103-inch plasma display enhances corporate and educational presentation environments when used in conjunction with the company's optional TY-FB10WPU Wireless Presentation Module.

As with all other 10-Series models (ranging from 37-inches upward), the 103-inch, when paired with the wireless presentation module, provides PC to Plasma WiFi connectivity.

Middle East distributors: Contact Panasonic Marketing Middle East for further details (UAE based).
 

Sanyo

Sanyo brings to the market its new three level range of sturdy LCD monitors, standard, robust and weatherproof.

The 52LH1WP is a full HD 52-inch LCD monitor that suits indoor or outdoor applications. The screen is weather resistant and is covered with anti-reflective, vandal and tamper proof glass. In winter mode, Sanyo guarantees monitor usability in a temperature range of -20 Celsius to 45 Celsius. The screen has a contrast ratio of 1500:1 and a brightness of 500 cd/m2.

The robust category of monitors, though not weather-proofed, are capable of withstanding difficult indoor conditions such as harsh industrial areas, fast-food points of sale and smoky bar environments. The screens can also withstand oil spray and dust clouds. The 52-inch model, the 52LH1R, has a full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080, anti-glare acrylic glass with the same brightness and contrast ratio as its weatherproof sister product.

Both the robust and weatherproof ranges are available in 32, 42 and 52-inch models. The 42SRE1 has an adaptive brightness setting capable of a maximum of 1500 cd/m2.

Middle East distributors: Al Futtaim Electronics Company (UAE); Basic Electronics Company Ltd (Saudi Arabia); General Electric & Trading (Oman); Abdulla Omar Allyagout (Kuwait); Doha Marketing Services Company (Qatar); J.A.Zayani & Sons (Bahrain); Orient Trading (Yemen); Getrade (Lebanon).

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