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ISE 2016 preview: digital signage and smart building solutions

Installation Staff 26 January 2016

Having previously presented the audio companies and products on show, here we  turn our attention to the digital signage and smart building solutions set to feature in Amsterdam this year.

Digital Signage

ISE will be the first major European showing of B-Tech’s System X mounting systems. The solution is available in ready-to-go kit form, or modular components for custom requirements, and is supported by an online configurator tool.

According to B-Tech, the design of the System X range suits a number of applications such as videowalls, digital signage and menuboards. When used with multi-screen applications, the aesthetic quality and premium finish of the range provides a wide variety of configuration combinations for any videowall.

BrightSign will be showing its new BrightPlates online template-based sign creation service, BrightAuthor presentation creation software and BrightWall seamless videowall feature for frame-accurate synchronisation.

For an annual subscription, BrightPlates offers customers access to a range of ready-to-use templates for a variety of verticals including menus, education, retail and corporate.

The templates are customisable to match customer branding and other requirements and can accommodate images, video, text and live media content.

BrightWall uses a drag-and-drop tool that uses a common clock to achieve frame-accurate synchronisation.

Additionally, BrightSign partner Cisco will be on the stand to demonstrate the integration of the Cisco StadiumVision Director with BrightSign player hardware.

NEC has added the MultiSync X555UNS and the MultiSync X555UNV large-format videowall displays to its portfolio. Both 55in displays target retail advertising and digital-out-of-home applications.

The two models come with an ultra-narrow bezel and only 3.5mm between the displays in a videowall configuration. They use S-IPS panels to ensure picture quality at off viewing angles in both landscape and portrait, which is particularly in sectors such as retail, broadcast, and transportation installations.

The videowall displays use local backlight dimming to adjust to the displayed content with darker areas of the image driven by a dimmer backlight and lighter content can locally leverage the backlights to their full capabilities.

Nexcom is showcasing a variety of digital signage players on its stand including a high-performance OPS player, its NDiS B535 fanless digital signage player, and the NDiS B325 compact 4K media player.

Its OPS player brings clearer passenger information to large displays at airports and stations. Powered by sixth generation Intel Core processor i5-6440EQ, the NDiS M535 delivers personalised, up-to-date information and 4K video.

The NDiS B535 fanless digital signage player runs a quad-core Intel Core i7-6700TE or i5-6500TE processor, built-in Intel HD Graphics and support for 32GB of DDR4 2133 memory with its dual socket configuration.

Lastly, the NDiS B325 compact 4K media player combines a compact fanless design and wide operation temperature range and is pitched at long-term, non-stop, semi-outdoor environments such as bus stations or shops.

Peerless-AV is introducing a new range of indoor and outdoor totem kiosk solutions for digital signage applications. The products are being shown alongside new mounting solutions as well as recently enhanced flatpanel wall mounts, videowall mounts, Modular Series, trolleys and stands.

Its new indoor, floor-standing portrait kiosk enclosures feature curved, smooth surfaces with a smartphone façade. Available as a standalone or fully integrated with display, media player and other components, the kiosks are manufactured to be easy to install, sleek, compact and affordable. They also support the latest ultra-thin LED displays and touchscreen panels from 40-75in, and can be custom finished with a range of aesthetic options to fit the environment or promote brand strategy.

Planar’s UltraRes Series 4K LCD display line is available in 98in, 84in and 75in diagonal models for high-resolution commercial applications.

The UltraRes Series includes built-in Planar MediaPlex Plus Processing for enhanced versatility and control of multi-source viewing. It also offers support for native 4K resolution at up to 60Hz that can be driven via single-cable HDMI 2.0 or DisplayPort 1.2.

Designed for commercial uses, the series has high pixel density and enterprise-level features ideal for high-impact, interactive digital signage in retail stores, corporate lobbies, airports and museums. Multiple sources can be viewed in dual, triple, quad or picture-in-picture (PiP) layouts. Images can be precisely controlled and adjusted, and content can be scaled up and down within any layout.

Smart Building

On the Divus stand, its new Touchpanel is being showcased. Billed as a synergy between AV technology and building automation, the Touchpanel allows all home technology to be controlled centrally with a wall-mounted panel. It enables fast access to various functions including lighting, temperature regulation and intercom communication.

It is possible to control all intelligent functions of the home via a smartphone or tablet with the Divus Optima app (iOS and Android) that communicates with the Divus KNX Server.

Additionally, networking through the KNX Server allows users to manage a central music library that is accessible through the Divus Touchpanels installed within the building.

For part three of our preview looking at unified communications and signal management

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