In this new video, Samsung explains what ultra high-definition displays (UHD, or 4K) mean for digital signage, including the ability for a highly immersive visual experience. If you have any questions about digital signage or are considering a project that includes high-definition displays, contact AVI-SPL at 866-559-8197, firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out our contact form.
If you’re an educator, make time between 1 and 2 p.m. on Wed., May 28, as AVI-SPL presents a webinar on display technology in the K-12 and higher education markets.
This webinar will be led by product specialists who will take a look at:
- Differences between flat-panel and projector technology
- Projector applications within the K-12 and higher education markets
- Using large-format displays in the education space
About the presenters
Benjamin Hardy, Sr. Product Specialist for NEC Display Solutions of America, Inc., focuses on the technologies and design of NEC’s large-screen products. He is responsible for product launches with specification details, technical documents and competitive matrices to support the sales department.
Rich McPherson, Product Manager of Projectors for NEC Display Solutions of America, Inc., is responsible for the company’s full projector lineup. Rich manages the marketing and messaging of projector families, pricing and inventory issues, product roadmaps and all engineering and technical aspects of the projectors. Rich works closely with the sales and channel marketing teams, and has an extensive background in product management. He has been with NEC since 1995.
This webinar provides practical guidance on display placement for digital signage and video conferencing applications. Through project case studies, you will gain better insight into how precise display location impacts the effectiveness of digital content, providing increased and consistent customer value, as well as more effective video conferencing outcomes.
About the presenter
George Atsidakos has been in the AV industry for the past 12 years with industry leader Milestone AV Technologies. Milestone is home to Chief and Da-Lite – both category leaders in AV mounts and projection screens. George has held a variety of positions with Milestone including Global Inside Sales Specialist, Regional Manager for the Southeast, and currently as a Sr. National Accounts Manager. George resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota where the company is headquartered.
Samsung, whose commercial displays have been used in AVI-SPL integrations, recently announced the availability of its new D series commercial displays. These displays, which were showcased at last week’s ISA International Sign Expo, don’t require an external media player or PC. Features include:
- Built-in Wi-Fi
- Reduce cost of ownership by up to 30% (compared with traditional digital signage)
- Full codec video processor
- 32″ 40″ 48″ and 55″ screen sizes
- Optional trim kits
- 24/7 usage (DM-D model) and 16-hour usage (DB-D)
AV Network recently interviewed AVI-SPL’s VP of Products John Vitale in its look at trends in professional audio video solutions for 2014. Here is a summary of his responses:
Every business that has electronic data such as files, audio, video, and such are affected by cloud services. The AV business will continue to see many localized devices and applications either moving into the cloud or interfacing with a cloud service, especially when content management and distribution are involved. Many solutions which were traditionally localized deployments are now becoming virtualized into the cloud as a hosted service offering. Though some items will always be required locally, that list will look quite different than it was a couple of years ago. And the talent of the engineering staff will also be very different.
Content creation seems to have had a continued steady growth rate which started almost a decade ago and shows no sign of slowing down. If anything, it’s increased significantly year over year. This continued thirst for personalized content creation has also forced the issue of consumption of that content. So content sharing or viewing is going to have an impact on many areas of our business as a result of content creation. The digital native generation has less patience or tolerance for “old school” systems with limitations. They will find ways to create and share their content if what we provide is too restrictive.
Content creation, management, distribution, and consumption will continue to grow and be in high demand. So this area will continue to see an increase just based upon the extreme amount of media being created and being consumed through many avenues already. More sophisticated and scalable solutions will be needed to help satisfy the demand. The digital signage industry, still in its infancy, is an excellent indicator on how important digital content consumption, distribution, and management has become. Real-time content and rich media interaction is where it’s all going.
Collaboration is a very broad term, but using it in a sense where multiple participants can manipulate and edit the same information, the need for this has always been popular in engineering-specific applications. But as technology continues to improve and simplify the technical aspects of collaboration, we’ll see this becoming more of a horizontal requirement than vertical silos. Microsoft is clearly dominating this area with Lync and Sharepoint along with embedded functionality in all its Office applications.
Aside from some vertical niches where they have shown value, they’re nothing more than expensive toys today. Just because we can doesn’t mean we should.
Get more insight into AV solutions at the AVI-SPL Resources page, where you’ll find links to our webinar archive, tech papers and other valuable resources.