LCD Monitor and touch screen guide 2017

LCD Monitor and touch screen guide 2017
LCD Monitor
and Touch Screen
guide 2017
LCD Monitor
guide 2017
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NEC large format display in a corporate meeting
LCD MONITOR guide
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Sharp interactive display and video wall
LCD monitor and touch
screen guide 2017
Since we began writing our LCD monitor guide in 2002, to help you
keep updated on the latest technology, we have seen many changes
along the way.
When interactive whiteboards began to have an impact about 7
years ago, there was growth in projectors and boards alongside LCD
desktop monitors. Since then large format displays have become
larger, with Full HD and now Ultra HD 4K models.
With the trend of work-from-home and many executives on the move,
laptops, tablets and smart phones mean that more and more of us
are using mobile devices. Therefore, when we see an interactive
touch screen display in a public area, either for wayfinding, accessing
information or interactive shopping, we expect to use it like a giant
tablet with all the pinch and zoom gestures.
However, there are also other technologies that touch screens use,
such as in medical, where you may need to use gloved hands. The
aim of this guide is to give you an overview of LCD monitors and
touch screens, keeping technology simple with solution ideas..
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LCD monitors
LCD monitors
NEC large format displays
LCD desktop and specialist monitors from
15” and large format displays from 32”
This LCD monitor and touch
screen guide is intended
to give an overview of the
different types of LCD
monitors on the market,
from desktop models
to large format displays
designed for public areas
including video walls digital
signage applications.
We look at the differences
between buying a consumer
TV intended for 4-5 hours
viewing a day, compared to
professional displays some
of which are designed to be
used 12/7, 16/7 or 24/7 for a
range of applications.
Desktop computer monitors are
available in 4:3 video format and 16:9
or 16:10 widescreen formats, in sizes
from around 15” to 32” diagonal.
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Other specialist desktop LCD monitors
include colour correction models for
CAD, photographic, publishing and
other colour critical applications.
Samsung small signage display
10” small signage displays have
recently come onto the market that
allow product information to be viewed
by customers. Also touch screens for
customer interactivity.
Specialist medical monitors are
available for healthcare for diagnostic,
review and reporting of medical
images. For example, X-Rays, CAT
scans and MRI images can be viewed
on desktop medical monitors, perhaps
with students observing on large
format portrait (vertical) displays for
medical training.
Large format displays start from 32”
upwards and are used for a variety of
applications across several industries.
You can buy IP (Ingress Protection)
rated outdoor screens or TV’s for hotel
gardens, pub patios and spa and pool
areas; dust and grease proof monitors
for fast food restaurants and factories;
and high brightness ‘sunlight readable’
screens for displaying information in
shop and office windows, especially
for digital signage applications.
LCD monitors may be referred to
as TFT LCD monitors. A Thin Film
Transistor (TFT) is a variant of Liquid
Crystal Display (LCD) and is widely
used for TVs, computer monitors,
projectors and mobile phones. InPlane Switching (IPS) panels give wide
viewing angles and good colour and
can be found in high-end monitors.
More common these days are LED
monitors, also referred to as LED TV’s
or LED panels. These monitors are
LCD monitors with LED (light emitting
diode) back-lighting. LED display
screens are much thinner in design
than traditional LCD monitors, use
less power consumption, therefore
saving energy, and the LED’s can be
controlled, for example, dimming the
light in bright environments. Coupled
with high contrast, LED TVs and LED
monitors display images with deeper
blacks and richer colours.
Large format display (LFD) screens
for public areas can often be used
(depending on make and model) in
either landscape (horizontal) or portrait
(vertical) mode. Large displays screens
in portrait mode are particularly useful
when reviewing medical images for
medical training, or for life size images
in museums and galleries or in retail for
displaying fashion show videos.
Large widescreen LCD monitors are
impressive for exhibition stands and
reception areas. Four, nine, twelve
or sixteen 32” up to 98” diagonal
screens wall mounted to form a video
wall are ideal for shopping malls,
sporting events and concerts. There
are desktop, wall and freestanding
mounting options to support multiple
monitors, either for desktops or large
format video walls. For example,
a collaborative working table, sited
against a 16-screen video wall on a
freestanding tear-down video wall,
looks impressive on exhibition stands.
The size of the bezel (the screen’s
surround) is important when using
display screens in video walls. Some
screens have an almost seamless
bezel, but these tend to be more
expensive than standard size bezels.
Some manufacturers large format
displays have Open Pluggable
Specification (OPS) slots to
accommodate a slot-in PC, ideal for
displaying digital signage presentations
at varying times of the day in bars,
restaurants, schools and retail stores.
LCD TVs / LED TVs are designed
for home users and generally have a
manufacturer 1 year RTB (return to
base) warranty, designed for watching
TV 4-5 hours a day. Commercial
LCD monitors, especially those that
are warranted for 24/7 usage, are of
much better build, have more inputs,
and better warranties, such as 3 year
RTB or 3 year swap-out where the
manufacturer swaps your display for
one of similar age and usage.
Commercial hotel TVs are available for
hospitality and hotels and these can
include clocks and provision for hotel
logo and menus. Models that allow
cloning save time, for once you’ve
chosen settings such as maximum
volume, then you can save the settings
onto a USB memory stick, which can
then be inserted into all the hotel TVs
in the establishment and the settings
transferred simply and quickly.
Touch screen overlays are available
for LCD monitors. However in recent
years there has been a growth of
touch screen monitors and so overlays
are not as popular now. Single touch,
dual touch or multi-touch displays
which let you use gesturing such as
zoom and pinch, are in use for many
applications. 4-point, 6-point, 10-point
or more are available on the market.
NEC medical monitor
Large widescreen touch screens with
anti-bacterial coating, so they can be
wiped down, are ideal for medical
applications, for example, on hospital
wards for bed management. Antibacterial wall brackets and trolleys
are available to complement medical
monitors.
When choosing touch screens it is
advisable to seek specialist advise
before purchasing, as there are several
types of touch technology including
infrared (IR), optical sensing (OS) and
projected capacitive (PCAP). Some
are best for drag and drop applications
whilst others are better when using
gloved hands such as in hospitals,
science laboratories and factories.
High resolution surveillance display
screens are designed with control
centres, security command centres
and other security environments in
mind. Typical features may include
hard glass protection, anti-burn
protection, robust for 24/7 usage and
technology that reproduces CCTV
images at high resolutions.
There are LED modules on the market,
made up of small LEDs (light emitting
diode), that are often seen as an
LED videos wall, outside cinemas,
aquariums, stadiums, large storefronts,
shopping centres and other
installations requiring a large screen,
indoors or outdoors. LED video walls
are used indoors at music venues,
where a music video can be displayed
as a backdrop to a performing band.
For outdoors you will need an LED
video wall with at least IP65 rating.
These LED displays are not to be
confused with LCD LED which are
LCD screens with LED back-lighting.
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Unicol triple ceiling mount
NEC 10mm outdoor LED module
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LCD monitors
LCD technology
Samsung commercial hospitality TV
Displaying video and LCD televisions
LCD monitors are normally
designed for computer use and
so anything that can be run on
the computer will appear on
the monitor. If the computer
has a DVD drive, then you can
play DVD movies with DVD
player software...
LCD monitors normally have a
High-Definition Multimedia
Interface (HDMI) or Digital
Visual Interface (DVI) port on
the back to connect a DVD
player, Freeview box or other
video source into them. Prior
to these video ports, you would
normally have connected
devices using component
video inputs.
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In the UK, we usually look in high
street retailers when we want a
new television. You can buy a 32”
diagonal HD Ready LED TV (LCD TVs
with LED back-lighting) for around
£169 including VAT, a 42” Full HD
Freeview HD Smart TV for around
£299 including VAT and a 55” 4K
Ultra HD TV for around £679 including
VAT. Other sizes include up to 75”
diagonal, which for a 4K model would
cost around £4,999 including VAT.
Being TVs, they come with speakers,
a built in digital TV tuner, most come
with Freeview or Freeview HD, and a
desktop stand.
Full high definition (Full HD 1920x1080
pixels) Smart LED TVs are slim models
which normally include Freeview
HD, an Internet browser and Apps
(Applications) and a USB connection
which lets you view your digital photos,
music and movies on a large screen
and even play your digital music from
a USB memory stick. You can also
pause live TV. Smart Apps may include
BBC iPlayer, for catching up on missed
BBC TV programmes, Netflix for
watching digital movies, YouTube for
uploading and watching videos, Skype
for instant messages and a social
media website, for keeping in touch
with family and friends. You can share
content from your laptop, tablet or
smart phone with your TV. Smart TVs
with an in-built HDD recorder (digital
video recorder) allow you to pause and
rewind live TV.
A Smart 3D LED TV, for example, lets
you view television programmes in 3D.
There are two types of 3D, passive or
active. Passive 3D is cinema-like 3D
that you view with inexpensive passive
3D glasses. Active 3D uses battery
operated shutter glasses, which are
more expensive than passive 3D
glasses.
Combi TVs, normally up to 40”
diagonal, are televisions with built-in
DVD player and are ideal for bedroom
or study room.
Toshiba hospitality TVs create
a more engaging experience
for guests, with a stream of
impactful entertainment and
information. Affordable HD
and Full HD displays, with
integrated software that’s
developed for hospitality.
LCD televisions are video compatible
LCD monitors that have a TV tuner
built in. A TV tuner allows television
signals to be received. An external
TV tuner box can be purchased for
use with any video compatible LCD
monitor which will effectively turn it into
a television. You can connect satellite
systems and digital set-top boxes on
any video compatible LCD monitor to
receive digital television signals, such
as Sky. Games consoles such as the
PlayStation 4 or the Microsoft X-Box,
can also be connected.
Commercial LCD TV models are
designed for use in business premises,
such as bars, hotels and restaurants.
Commercial TVs with hotel mode allow
you to customise display settings such
as setting a maximum volume control,
and then copy the settings onto a
USB Flash memory, which can then
be copied to other hotel mode TVs.
Some hotel TV’s have digital alarms for
guests to organise their own wake-up
calls, which normally switches on the
TV at the set time.
LCD monitors
LCD desktop monitors are commonly
used in education and business
administration, whilst large format
displays (LFD) are designed for
commercial applications, especially
in reception areas, museums and
galleries, education, airports, retail and
other public areas. These usually do
not include a TV tuner. Most do not
include speakers or any sort of stand
in the basic price. When you add
speakers or a soundbar and a stand
or wall mount bracket, you are looking
at paying around 50% more for what
looks like an LCD TV.
The reason for paying around 50%
more for the commercial LCD monitor,
is the usage. LCD TV’s are for home
use and are designed to be used
4-5 hours per day and usually have a
manufacturer 1 year RTB warranty.
Commercial LCD / LED monitors are
designed to be used 12, 16 or 24
hours per day (depending on make
and model) as information displays.
They usually come with 2 or more
years manufacturer swap-out, collect
and repair or on-site warranty and have
a far higher build quality and choice of
inputs. For example, a London retail
chain put consumer TVs in their shops
to display video advertisements during
opening hours. After a few months the
TVs began to fail, as they were not up
to the task of being used 10 hours per
day.
Large format displays (LFD), may offer
both landscape and portrait mounting
options. Another difference is the
connectors (inputs) on the back of the
LCD monitors, there normally being
more connectivity on commercial
models than on consumer ones.
If you want to display digital signage
software presentations on a display
screen in a shop window, then buy an
LCD monitor not an LCD TV. However,
if you want to show TV in reception
areas, then a commercial TV would
be a better option than a consumer
TV. Aqualite, for example, specialise
in Ingress Protection (IP) rated TVs
and sunlight readable TVs for outdoor
use for commercial applications. They
manufacture both weather-proof
and waterproof televisions for indoor
and outdoor entertainment, digital
signage and advertising displays.
Samsung include MagicInfo Lite with
their LFDs, which use an HTML5
browser to display basic digital signage
presentations on screen.
AVer flatbed visualiser
Monitor
brightness
and contrast
Brightness is measured in candelas
(cd/m2) and LCD monitors normally
range from 250 to 700 cd/m2. The
brightness doesn’t usually matter
if you are using an LCD monitor on
your desk, but if you are using one
as a display board in a reception area
for example, the brighter the better.
High brightness models are available,
sometimes referred to as ‘sunlight
readable’, which have around 1,500
cd/m2, designed for use in retail stores
where ambient light is very bright and
for shop and office windows, especially
south facing where bright sunlight can
be a problem.
The contrast ratio is the difference in
definition between the colours black
and white when displayed on screen.
The higher the number, the better the
definition and the better the colour
black is displayed on screen which
gives a better image especially if you
are playing DVD movies.
Video cameras and visualisers
(document cameras) can also be
connected into an LCD monitor with
a video port. Visualisers are desktop
cameras with a flexible neck, flatbed
or ceiling mounted, the latter being
used in operating theatres for
displaying live images and in higher
education for demonstrations.
Visualisers allow you to display small
objects and documents onto an LCD
monitor or large format display screen.
The images or video can be captured
to a computer. Some models have
one-touch recording ideal for science
experiments. HD video cameras are
ideal for video conferencing.
Lumens HD video camera
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LCD monitors
Aspect ratios and screen resolutions
Computer screen images are made up of pixels (dots)
Pixels
Resolution name
Aspect ratio (screen shape)
800x600SVGANon-widescreen 4:3
Used on some older computers
1024x768
XGA Non-widescreen 4:3
1280x720
WXGA
Widescreen 16:9HD Ready video
1280x800
WXGA
Widescreen 16:10 1280x1024SXGANon-widescreen 5:4
Used by
Used by most computers with 15” LCD monitors and most non-widescreen notebooks
Used by many 15.4” widescreen notebooks.
Used by some medium format LCD monitors, e.g. 19” monitors
1366x768
WXGA
Widescreen 16:9HD, used by some desktops which connecting to display screens
1440x900
WXGA+
Widescreen 16:10
Common for widescreen monitors
1400x1050SXGA+Non-widescreen 4:3
Commonly used on 14” or 15” laptops
1680x1050
WSXGA+
Commonly used on widescreen 20”, 21” and popular 22” LCD monitors
1600x1200
UXGANon-widescreen 4:3
1920x1080
Full HD
Widescreen 16:9True HD (high definition)
1920x1200
WUXGA
Widescreen 16:10
2048x1526
QXGANon-widescreen 4:3
Quad XGA, four times the pixels of XGA
2048x1152
QWXGA
Widescreen16:9
A wide version of QXGA 3840x2160
UHD 4K
Widescreen 16:9
Ultra HD, also known as 4K
Widescreen 16:10
Used by many computers with LCD monitors above 19”
A wide version of UXGA and can be used for viewing HD TV content
XGA (Extended Graphics Array); WXGA (Wide Extended Graphics Array); SXGA (Super Extended Graphics Array); SXGA+ (Super Extended
Graphics Array Plus) WSXGA (Wide Super Extended Graphics Array); UXGA (Ultra Extended Graphics Array); WUXGA (Wide Ultra Extended
Graphics Array). QXGA (Quad Extended Graphics Array); QWXGA (Quad Wide Extended Graphics Array); 4K Ultra HD (four times HD).
You can find out which resolution
your computer is using on
Windows based machines by
opening the Windows Control
Panel Settings and searching for
the System Display option.
Do this for all the computers you
may be using with your LCD
monitor.
On any type of screen, the more pixels
there are, the finer the image. Fine
images, made up of lots of pixels (dots),
are important for detailed images.
Generally, 15” LCD monitors have
a maximum computer resolution of
1024x768 pixels. This would not be a
problem as a higher resolution would
result in text and icons being too small
to display properly on the screen. 17”
and above LCD monitors usually have
4:3 video format
Image courtesy of iiyama
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a maximum resolution of 1280x1024
pixels or 1600x1200 in some cases.
The number of pixels makes a
difference normally only if you are
involved in graphic design and need
high resolutions for creating very fine
images. If you need a resolution
of 1280x1024 then you need to
purchase at least a 17” monitor.
Please note, if you know which
resolution you want to work at, then
make sure you get a screen with
exactly that number of pixels. For
example, don’t buy a screen with
1600x1200 pixels if you are going
to work at 1280x1024, as dropping
the screen resolution using Windows
control panel will give poor results.
This is because the screen would have
to stretch 1280x1024 pixels to fit the
larger 1600x1200 physical pixels and
you end up with a grainy image.
5:4 wider than 4:3
Aspect ratios
Aspect ratio is the shape
of the LCD monitor, for
example:
4:3 aspect ratio - the width
of the screen being 4 parts
long and 3 parts high.
16:9 is 16 parts long and 9
parts high.
16:10 is 16 part long and 10
parts high.
16:9 widescreen
Images courtesy of NEC Displays
16:10 widescreen
Toshiba TD-U series of 24/7 4K 3840x2160 resolution Ultra HD professional signage displays can show up to 4 separate
FULL HD inputs simultaneously via split screen. An OPS Slot allows a slot-in PC for displaying signage presentations
Full HD v 4K Ultra HD
Full HD (high definition) resolution
has 1920x1080 pixels which is the
equivalent of 2.1 megapixels. This is a
viewing aspect ratio of 16:9 and gives
a widescreen image and is the typical
shape of most commercial displays
and consumer TVs today.
Ultra HD has four times as many
pixels as Full HD (3840x2160) and
can deliver stunning picture quality,
regardless of screen size.
Traditionally, Full HD images can begin
to break up and lose detail on TV
screens of 55" or 140cm and above.
With an Ultra HD TV, you get incredible
resolution allowing you to enjoy
uncompromisingly crisp, clear images
and text - even when sitting close to
the screen.
Ultra HD is also known as 4k2k - and
is one of the most talked about and
desirable new technologies on the
market. This technology will have a
huge effect on how we watch things
in the future. This is because Ultra
HD delivers by far the most incredible
picture quality to date.
This will effect everything you watch
from movies to TV shows and from
documentaries to sports - all in new
levels of details.
It will definitely have an effect
on business presentations and
educational content - especially and
on a screen that is virtually cinema
size.
Ultra HD is the equivalent quality of an
8mp image. Great for images taken
via digital cameras, smartphones or
even tablets. Plus, if connected to a
laptop with the ability to output 4K via
HDMI, you can watch videos as well
as images in Ultra HD quality. Perfect
where detail is everything.
Samsung curved monitor for
businesses helps reduce eye strain
SD (Standard definition) 640x480
HD (High definition) 1280x720
Full HD 1920x1080
Ultra HD 4K 3840x2160
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LCD monitors
Inputs and connectors
When you want to connect your
computer to a TV or LCD monitor you
can use the analogue VGA connector,
or the digital connectors - DVI, HDMI
or DisplayPort. Not all of these ports
will be available on your LCD monitor
or TV as it depends on individual
makes and models. It is useful to
check the manufacturer’s specification
sheet prior to purchase.
DVI port - VGA 15-pin
The above picture shows a DVI port
on the left and a normal monitor (VGA)
port on the right.
CYP HDMI 1 to 2 distribution amp
There are many solutions on the
market for splitting and distributing
signals. For example, CYP’s HDMI
1 to 2 distribution amplifier supports
4K resolutions. Besides splitting and
distributing, the CYP QU-12S has
signal amplification and equalisation
to provide high performance input /
output of high resolution audio and
video.
DVI (Digital Video Input) carries video
signals but not audio. As most LCD
monitors do not include speakers, this
isn’t likely to be a problem.
The majority of TVs and many LCD
monitors have HDMI (High Definition
Multimedia Interface). Being
multimedia it carries video and audio
signals.
DisplayPort connector
DisplayPort is a new generation AV
interface developed by the display
industry for a wide range of tablets,
notebooks and desktop computers
as well as monitors. It is administered
by the Video Electronics Standards
Association (VESA). DisplayPort
products currently support up to 4K
video, and the release of DisplayPort
1.3 enables higher resolution including
5K monitors (5120x2880), using a
single cable. DisplayPort 1.4 features
Display Stream Compression 1.2
transport, Forward Error Correction,
enhanced display resolution (e.g.,
8Kp60Hz HDR deep color) and
expanded audio transport capabilities.
For more information please visit
www.vesa.org
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NEC side speakers for LFD
NEC rear speakers for LFD
USB hubs
HDMI cable
Speakers
The picture above left shows a 4 port
USB hub (Universal Serial Bus) on the
back of an LCD monitor. The picture
above right shows a two port version.
In a normal computer set-up a mouse
and a keyboard are connected to the
computer. The mouse and keyboard
wires trail across the desk and back to
the computer, which could be on the
desk or under it. Most computers now
have USB keyboards and mice which
plug into a USB port on the computer.
Some LCD monitors have a USB
hub built-in, which is then connected
by a single USB cable back to the
computer base unit. You can then
connect your USB keyboard, USB
mouse, USB web cam, USB digital
camera, etc, into the monitor base.
The USB hub therefore simplifies your
cabling especially if the computer
base unit is ever removed for repair or
upgrading.
Devices such as digital signage media
players (mini PCs) normally have USB
connectors, for the connecting of a
keyboard and mouse, for example,
a Nexcom NDiS media player with
Windows operating system. When
connected to your display screen, you
can then create your digital signage
presentation on compatible software,
for example, Repeat Signage digital
signage software, and schedule your
presentations to play on screen.
Unlike televisions which include
speakers, most LCD monitors and
large format displays (LFD)
do not come with speakers.
Some makes and models offer
optional speakers or soundbars.
A cable comes from the speakers
on the monitor to plug into the
speaker socket on the computer.
NEC MultiSync® Soundbar Pro
Soundbars, designed to be in line
with the display, normally require
only a few clips for easy installation
and removal, using convenient
USB power source.
Energy saving and technology Warranties
Manufacturer warranties for consumer
televisions tend be a standard 1 year
RTB (Return to Base), which means
you return it to the repair centre at your
own expense. Using consumer TVs in
commercial premises usually negates
the warranty.
Warranties on commercial LCD
monitors and large format displays, are
usually 2 year RTB or more.
Some manufacturers offer an on-site
warranty, which normally means a visit
to your premises within a set number
of hours to repair the display.
iiyama light sensor feature
Most LCD desktop monitors and large
format displays (LFD) now have energy
saving features. You may see TCO
(total cost of ownership), followed by
a number, for example, TCO 5.0 This
tells you what level of energy saving
the LCD monitor is. This is a bit like the
A, B, C energy ratings you now see
when you buy a new fridge or washing
machine at home. Displays also have
to be less than a certain wattage when
on standby.
LED TVs and LED monitors are
actually LCD TVs and LCD monitors
with LED (Light Emitting Diode) backlighting. LEDs are energy saving and
can be controlled, therefore you some
displays, such as iiyama ProLite large
format displays, have ambient light
sensors. The ambient light sensor
detects changes in environmental
lighting conditions and automatically
adjusts the screens LED backlight
brightness to compensate for and
increase or decrease in light. LED
TVs and LED monitors are also much
slimmer in design. There are also LED
panels made up of several individual
LEDs, ideal for stage backdrops and
large advertising displays.
As technology develops and
continually improves, you will see
display manufacturers using different
technologies for their panels. For
example, the iiyama ProLite 65”
touch screen display uses AMVA3
technology. AMVA3 technology
offers higher contrast, darker blacks
and much better viewing angles
than standard TN (twisted nematic)
technology. The screen will look good
no matter what angle you look at it.
IPS panel technology also offers higher
contrast, with darker blacks and much
better viewing angles than standard
TN technology.
Another function available on large
format displays (LFD) and most
televisions, depending on make and
model, is PiP (Picture in Picture). This
function allows you to watch images
coming from two different sources at
the same time.
iiyama display with PIP
(Picture in Picture)
C&R (Collect and Repair) warranty
is when a courier collects the faulty
display and once repaired the
manufacturer’s repair centre will ship it
back to you.
Swap-out warranty is where your faulty
display will be taken away and you are
given a replacement of similar model
and age as a swap.
For education, a manufacturer
warranty may be 3 year de/reinstall.
This means that the display will be
de-installed from its mounting, taken
away for repair and then re-installed.
This saves time and expense on the
educational establishment and gives
peace of mind for 3 years.
Many of the manufacturers of leading
brands of large format displays have
models in their range that are designed
for 24/7 (24 hours a day, 7 days a
week) applications, such as in airports
and 24/7 supermarkets.
iiyama display with
AMVA3 technology
However, it is important to read the
manufacturer’s warranty to check
whether their warranty does covers
you if the LCD monitor is in use for
the full 24 hours every day, or whether
they recommend it be switched off
periodically.
Displays with 24/7 operation
are iIdeal for cost efficient retail
signage, museums, art galleries,
higher education, hospitality suites,
conferencing applications and lobby or
reception installations not exceeding
16/7 operation time.
iiyama display with
IPS technology
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LCD monitors
Landscape and portrait modes
Sharp large format display
in portrait mode
Manufacturers such as AG Neovo,
BenQ, iiyama, InFocus, LG, NEC,
Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, Sharp,
Sony, Toshiba and ViewSonic, have
large format displays in their range that
allow you to change from landscape
(horizontal) to portrait (vertical) mode.
Video walls are commonly 4, 9, 12 or
16 large format displays in landscape
mode. Ideal for retail and public areas.
Samsung, utilised 250 screens in a
large single video wall display. You
can also create a matrix of screens of
varying sizes into a video wall.
Portrait mode is especially useful
in medical training so that students
can view X-Rays and other medical
images. Museums can benefit from
using large format displays in portrait,
to bring history to life. Fashion show
videos with life size models on portait
displays are ideal for shopping centres.
Four or more displays in landscape
mode mounted side-by-side are
favoured in fast food restaurants.
These are sometimes referred to as
digital menu boards, especially when
used with digital signage software.
Two or more monitors on a multimonitor landscape or portrait stand
are ideal for financial and trading
applications.
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Large format displays that allow faceup or table-top installation are ideal for
coffee bars and hotel lounges where
customers can read menus and place
orders directly from their table.
NEC large format displays for landscape, portrait and face-up installations
Privacy filters
3M™ privacy filters
Privacy filters keep information private.
When you walk into a high street bank
there is normally a privacy filter fitted
to the receptionist’s LCD monitor.
Teachers and school administration
staff working on sensitive data such
as students' personal information,
students' examination results, school
accounts and online banking, etc.,
may be interested to learn that
privacy filters are available for LCD
monitors, laptops and tablets to help
protect sensitive information from
unauthorised viewing.
In colleges and universities, libraries
and museums, where there are open
plan reception and office areas,
on-screen privacy may well be an
issue. The use of privacy filters is
beneficial during exam times as a lot
of exams are now moving down the
e-assessment (on-line examinations)
route. With guidelines that exist
stating that desks need to be placed a
certain distance apart and separated
by dividers, it can be an expensive
and laborious process for schools
to implement. Privacy filters offer an
easier and less expensive solution,
allowing more computers and
students in a smaller space (the filters
also comply with JCQ regulations).
NEC LCD desktop monitors are
available incorporating a 3M™
privacy filter or the filters can be
purchased separately for existing
LCD monitors
The filter is available in reversible
glossy finish or matte finish, the latter
reduces discomfort from screen
glare. LCD desktop monitors and
touchscreens already fitted with
3M™ privacy filter are also available.
3M privacy and protection product
range includes privacy filters and antiglare screens for desktops, laptops
and Mac devices, as well as privacy,
fingerprint fading, anti-glare and ultra
clear screen protectors for tablets and
smart phones.
3M™ gold privacy filter for laptops
3M™ have developed a black filter
to fit widescreen desktop monitors
available in varying sizes. With a
simple attachment system the filter
can be removed for screen sharing.
Using 3M™ microlouver technology
the filter gives you full 60 degree
privacy protection from either side
of the monitor, thus protecting your
information.
3M™ black privacy filter for monitors, laptops and tablets
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Touch screens
Touch screens
with gloves on, then you will find
that it doesn’t work (unless you buy
special touch screen gloves). This is
because your finger is insulated within
the glove. This is the main draw back
of capacitive technology. You have
to either use a body part, or a special
stylus (that conducts electric) to use
it. You will also find that if it is raining
and you try to use your smartphone
that you have trouble if the screen
gets rain drops on or your fingers
are wet. This is because liquids and
moisture interferes with the capacitive
technology. That said, your phone will
be very sensitive and responsive and
allows you to use multi-touch gestures
(using more than one finger at a time)
to control the phone with ease.
There are basically two types of
capacitive technology - projected
capacitive sometimes known as PCAP,
and surface capacitive. The latter
tend to be used in large touch screen
panels, whilst projected capacitive is
often used in smaller screen sizes.
The iPhone® and iPad®, for example,
use projected capacitive technology.
Samsung
interactive
touch screen
In this article we look at the
uses of touch screens and
also the different technologies
available to make touch
screens “touchable”.
Introduction
From the first version of Windows and
with Apple computers, a mouse has
been used to control the mouse cursor
on the computer’s screen. Then touch
screen monitors became available,
which then allowed the mouse cursor
to be controlled by touching the
screen with either a finger or stylus
instead. Programmers could then
create programs/applications with
large buttons on screen and hide the
mouse cursor altogether when using
their programs, if necessary. Then
we got multi-touch, which allows
additional control by allowing more
than one finger to control the screen at
the same time. Movements such as
pinching the index finger and thumb
on the screen allowed the resizing of
pictures, etc.
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Touch screen technologies
This is primarily a guide to touch
screen monitors to be attached to a
PC and other computers.
The majority of us with mobile phones
have moved to smartphones with
Android or the iPhone®. These also
have a touch screen interface, without
any sign of a mouse cursor in sight.
There are many different technologies
that are used to make screens into
touch screens. We are assuming that
many you reading this has a smart
phone, so let us start by looking at
the technology used in many phones
which then gives us a yard stick for
comparing the other technologies.
Capacitive technology
The majority of smart phones use
a capacitive technology. What this
means is that the screen has a small
electric current over the surface and
when you touch it with your finger
a circuit is created as your finger
conducts electric currents. If you have
ever tried to use your smart phone
OK, so hopefully you now (if you
have a smartphone) have a grasp of
capacitive technology. The next major
technology, that has been around for a
long time, is resistive technology.
Resistive Technology
Resistive touch screens are made by
having a hard but slightly flexible top
layer, then a small gap and another
layer underneath. When the flexible
layer is touched, it presses through
to the layer underneath so that the
touch screen knows where the screen
was pressed. The great thing about
Projected capacitive
touch
(PCT or P-CAP)
this is that you don’t need a finger
like in the capacitive technology. You
can use practically anything to touch
the screen including gloved hands
or any kind of stylus. This is single
touch technology. On the downside,
since you are continually flexing the
front layer when touching it, then the
lifespan, i.e. the amount of times it can
be touched, is a lot lower as effectively
you have a moving part. The capacitive
technology is a lot longer lasting in that
respect.
Infrared (IR) Technology
Many of the first interactive
whiteboards on the market used ether
electromagnetic (pen) or resistive
(touch) technology. Infrared uses the
same technology as in your infrared
TV remote control at home to create
a curtain of light across the board’s
surface. You can use either a finger or
a stylus to operate the board and the
surface of the board can be replaced
if damaged, unlike resistive, which if
damaged is unusable.
Optical Touch Technology
Optical touch (or optical sensing)
technology has cameras in the
corner of the screen and a reflective
strip, so that it knows when you are
touching the screen. Some screens
have two cameras and others have
four cameras, one in each corner.
The bezel (surround) on optical
sensing touch screens is a little bigger
to incorporate the cameras. One
advantage of optically sensed touch
systems is that it can function with
light scratches and surface wear,
as can projected capacitive. Touch
is activated by bare fingers, gloved
fingers or a stylus.
Optical sensing technology is ideal
when handwriting annotation is
required. In the training room, an
optical sensing technology LCD touch
screen can also be used in the same
way as an interactive whiteboard.
Obviously, you would need touch
screen software.
In hospitals where regular cleaning
takes place, care is needed with the
cleansing of optical touchscreens as
the cameras in the corners tend to
collect dust.
Some universities and science
museums have installed “graffiti
walls”. These are basically large touch
screens that people scribble on by
controlling applications like Windows
Paint with their fingers to draw on.
Now the technology used by the touch
screen does make a big difference
here. Drawing a line with your finger on
any capacitive screen is fine, however
if you try to annotate this gives you a
jerky line. Optical sensing would be a
better choice, especially as sizes are
currently available up to 82” diagonal.
You would also need an annotation
package such as Windows Paint or a
bespoke annotation package.
Infrared Acrylic Projection
Infrared acrylic projection also uses
cameras to detect the positions of
touches on the screen. This is a
multi-touch technology and is used
in Microsoft PixelSense (Microsoft
Surface) and allows multiple users to
use a screen at the same time.
Dispersive Signal
Technology
Dispersive Signal Technology (DST)
from 3M™, radiates bending waves
to Piezoelectric receptors around
the edge of the screen. It is mainly
used for annotation applications and
tabletop touch screens. You can put
your hand on the table touch screen
and it recognises that and would
not act as a mouse until you tapped
the touchscreen. The disadvantage of
bending wave is that it is not suitable
for drag and drop routines and external
vibration will interfere with the touch
operation. These are not affected by
dust or scratches on the surface of
the screen and allow any object to be
used to touch the screen including a
stylus. Table touch screens are used in
primary and early learning centres where
several children can touch and move
digital objects around, whilst in bars and
restaurants table touch screens can be
used to display menus and drinks for
customers to place orders by swiping
across the table.
Single, dual and multi-touch
A single-touch screen is one that will
only detect a single position being
touched at one time. If you touch this
type of screen with more than one finger
then it will get confused. With Windows
based computers this allows the control
of the mouse cursor, and the mouse
cursor will follow your finger around
the screen. You can use some touch
gestures such as tap (tap the screen
once with your finger to perform a single
mouse click) or double tap (where you
tap the screen twice in one location to
simulate a double mouse click).
Dual-touch is where a touch screen will
allow two (but no more) positions on
screen to be touched at once. If you
think about using a Windows based
notebook computer (before the latest
versions) then when you used a touch
pad on a laptop computer it just controls
the cursor’s position on screen. This is a
good example of dual touch as most of
these will allow dual touch gestures. For
example, the pinch gesture where the
thumb and the index finger are placed
on the screen at the same time and then
‘pinched’ together. This also allows the
zooming out when viewing something
like a website page.
Surface
capacitive
touch (SCT)
Resistive
Optical sensing
(OS)
Infrared (IR)
Images courtesy of 3M and Mentor Distribution
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Touch screens
Multi-touch is where you can use 3 or
more fingers at a time. For example
the three-finger drag is where you
touch the top of the screen or a touch
pad with your 3 middle fingers (slightly
spread) and then drag these around
the screen and the selected object will
be moved with it.
The standard interactive whiteboards
use a projector to shine the image on
the screen.
Touch screens, also referred to as
Interactive Flat Panels (IFP) may have
6 point, 10 point, 20 point touch or
more. This allows a number of touches
simultaneously, for example, three
people dragging information with the
index finger of each hand would need
at least a 6 point touch display screen.
Short throw and ultra short throw
projectors solve the problem of light
shining in your eyes and you can
purchase an interactive whiteboard
with short throw or ultra short
throw projector on a fixed or height
adjustable stand. Projectors also use
expensive projector lamps that will
require changing every few thousand
hours of use. However, there are
laser light source projectors on the
market, ideal for higher education
and corporate, which require no
replacement bulbs, have a life of up
to 20,000 hours and almost zero
maintenance.
Touch screens with
interactive whiteboard
software
Large format LCD / LED Interactive
flat panels are available with touch,
pen, eraser and pen annotation
software, for example, InFocus jTouch
Whiteboard, which has interactive
whiteboard software.
Interactive whiteboard (IWB) software
allows you to use the touch screen
in the same way as teachers do
with interactive whiteboards in the
classroom. It allows you to write over
the top of information displayed on
screen and then save your annotations
to a picture file on disk which can then
either be printed or emailed. This is a
good tool for brainstorming sessions
and meetings.
Manufacturers who have interactive flat
panels with whiteboard functionality
in their range include InFocus jTouch
Whiteboard, Sharp’s BIG PAD,
Samsung E-Board and ViewSonic’s
ViewBoard. These interactive flat
panel displays with interactive
whiteboard functionality allow you to
draw, take notes and save your work,
ideal for both education and corporate.
Interactive flat panel displays can be
a good choice for schools rather than
going for the traditional whiteboards.
BenQ interactive flat panel
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If a teacher or child using the
whiteboard turns around, they may
end up looking into the projector’s light
which can hurt their eyes.
The main thing to weigh up is the
cost of an interactive projector and
bracket compared to an interactive
whiteboard, projector and projector
bracket, both with on-going cost of
replacing projector bulbs, compared
to a large (60” diagonal or over)
interactive flat panel display with
interactive whiteboard functionality.
Other factors come into play, such as
ultra-short throw, room space, product
durability, quality of the interactive
software and budget. Don’t forget that
interactive whiteboards are just big
touch screens, even though you tend
to use touch or special pens and the
manufacturer’s interactive whiteboard
software. It’s the software that comes
with them that makes them useful for
class and meeting rooms.
downside to this is that because the
pens are electronic, they tended to be
expensive to replace and if you lose
the pens you can’t use the whiteboard.
The plus side is that you can replace
the surface if it gets damaged as the
electronics are in the pen and the
whiteboard’s surround.
Interactive whiteboards tend nowadays
to use Infrared or Optical Sensing
technology. With whiteboards, the
quality of the software that is shipped
with them makes all the difference,
rather than the actual technology used.
You may find that a particular hospital,
university or business has all one make
of interactive whiteboards so that
you only need to learn one piece of
whiteboard software. ‘Open platform’
lets you run many other third party
software programmes.
Any other touch solutions?
Portable devices such as eBeam
and mimio turn dry-wipe boards
into interactive whiteboards. Some
manufacturers have interactive
projectors in their range, so you
can project large images onto most
surfaces such as plain white walls.
Touch screens in reception
areas
Let’s imagine that you decide it is a
good idea to have a touch screen
on the wall in your reception area to
promote your products or services.
Earlier models of interactive
whiteboards used either resistive or
electromagnetic technology. The latter
used special pens to transmit a signal
to the receiver in the whiteboard. The
Your IT manager (or outsourced
IT company) may create the
software, which can be made with
Microsoft PowerPoint®. PowerPoint
presentations can be created with
buttons (so that someone using a
touch screen can easily press them
with their finger) that allow the user to
navigate between different PowerPoint
slides. You can use videos, PDF’s,
pictures, etc., in PowerPoint slides, to
create a good information system quite
easily.
Clevertouch Plus LED
Philips Multi-touch monitors
Interactive whiteboards
The IT manager could look at other
commercial touch screen software or
by programming it with software such
as Microsoft Visual Basic, but this may
be quite costly either in terms of the
cost of software or the time it takes to
write a program.
Next, a computer base unit is needed
to play the touch screen presentation,
which could be an old model laying
around (it would need Windows®
operating system) or you could use a
digital signage player.
Some signage players have Windows
Embedded software, which is a
cut-down version of a full Windows®
operating system and is normally
found in small mobile devices such as
signage players. Windows Embedded
Pro 8.1, for example, is designed
specifically for building automated
solutions and embedded devices,
such as kiosks, medical devices and
digital signage solutions.
Then the touchscreen itself is needed.
This will look like any other LCD
monitor but will also have a mouse
cable that goes back to the computer
base unit. This cable sends back
where the user has touched on the
screen, so that the computer knows
where the mouse cursor should be.
You can now start searching the
Internet looking at different touch
screens which will usually range in size
from 15” to 98” diagonal. A good 17”
on the reception desk may do the job
costing from £260+VAT. Whilst a 42”
touch screen used for way finding in
a large reception area will cost from
£930+VAT upwards.
The size of the screen is really going to
be determined by your budget. So you
narrow it down to the size and screens
you can afford. Then you come to the
choice of different technologies.
Sharp BIG PAD interactive display
Which technology do I
choose for the reception
area touch screen?
In this example, as your visitors using it
will be in a nice warm reception waiting
area and using their fingers, then it
really doesn’t matter. Go for one within
your budget, as large as you can
afford and with the best warranty. Look
for a warranty with 3 years (or better)
and with the highest number of pixels
in your price range.
The other thing to watch out for is the
cable type. We mentioned that you
need a “mouse cable” going back to
the computer. You need to make sure
the touch screen uses USB, which
will work with all your computers,
unless you specifically need serial and
understand the difference.
Keep in mind that touch screens
are not vandal proof and should be
installed in areas that are monitored.
By monitored, we mean areas where
there are usually members of staff,
such as in a reception area.
Some touch screens have reinforced
glass and although the glass is vandal
resistant the actual product isn’t. Even
the touch screen kiosks you may
have seen in shopping centres are not
completely vandal proof. Here too, a
shopping centre is a monitored area,
often with security guards and CCTV.
You can buy protective overlays but
these do not work with touch screens.
There are LCD touch screen kiosks
sealed for weather resistance with
protective glass to deter vandalism,
ideal for unsupervised public areas.
What if I want a video wall
of touch screens?
Video walls are made of multiple
screens either close together such as
a 2x2 video wall which has 4 screens
Elo Touch interactive display
(or a matrix of various size screens).
The computer or video image is then
spread across all of the screens. The
downside is that there is a small gap
between screens. When you watch
the news on a TV channel, you often
see presenters standing in front of a
giant screen, but when you look at the
screen you can see lines which are the
gaps between the screens that make
up the video wall. The size of the bezel
(surround) determines how big a gap
you get between the screens. Some
manufacturers have LCD screens which
are almost seamless (bezel-less).
I need to wear surgical or
disposable gloves
If you are installing touch screens
in areas such as a biology lab in a
university teaching hospital, then you
would need to choose the technology
carefully. Using a touchscreen to
control a computer, instead of using a
keyboard and mouse, in areas where
medical style gloves are needed, then
out goes surface capacitive technology
as gloves will not give the conduction
that they need. In this situation, you are
left with Resistive, Projected Capacitive
or Optical Sensing Technology. Optical
Touch and Projected Capacitive are
normally in screen sizes 32” to 98”.
Surface Capacitive touch technology
allows only single touch and is used on
small screens up to 32” diagonal.
Surface Capacitive touch technology
has been around for a long time
and is mainly used for public access
applications and contaminant prone
environments. This is because it is
largely unaffected by contaminants
such as grease, dirt and water. Whilst
this is good in biology labs or medical
teaching hospitals, the disadvantage is
it supports only finger touch (no gloves)
or a tethered pen and a severe scratch
can affect operation in the damaged
area.
InFocus jtouch Whiteboard
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LCD monitor and touch screen solutions
LCD monitor solutions
Airports and
transportation
Sharp
Sharp professional display screens
include models with ultra slim bezels
for video walls with 5x5 capability and
OPS module slot for Slot-in PC. Ideal
for 24/7 usage with up to 50,000
hours life time.
Content displayed on single large
format displays or video walls,
usually in 2x2, 3x3, 4x4 and 5x5
configurations, help keep travellers
informed with flight information,
wayfinding and infotainment. Airport
restaurants and fast food outlets can
promote menu changes throughout
the day, whilst the retail stores can
introduce innovative new ways to
engage with travellers and drive
incremental sales with seasonal
promotional messages and offers.
Sharp 9-screen video wall with OPS slot for Slot-in PC for 24/7 operation
NEC Displays
NEC desktop displays for airport operation
control centres and CUTE common user
terminal displays. NEC 17” and 19” monitors for
check-in and ticketing.
NEC Display airport solutions include large format
displays for flight information display systems,
as split flap board replacements, for restaurant
menus, touch screens for way finding, indoor and
outdoor giant LED modules and video walls for
digital signage to promote retail sales.
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iiyama ProLite CCTV LED back-lit LCD displays
CCTV, surveillance, control rooms and
command centres
iiyama
iiyama LED back-lit LCD displays,
designed for demanding CCTV and
broadcast applications, offer fast
response time, high contrast ratio
and clear and vivid images. VESA
compliance allows for easy installation
in a surveillance and security
environment.
AG Neovo RX-Series with hard glass protection and Anti-Burn-in™ technology
AG Neovo
AG Neovo RX-Series helps Leeds City Council and Metro build a more efficient
and reliable monitoring system. The new control room has been designed
to provide the city with a long term public safety facility. Leeds City Council /
West Yorkshire Metro installed 78 units of AG Neovo Display of 22” and 42”
screens.
iiyama ProLite 19” CCTV LCD
NEC Displays
NEC 4KUHD Ultra HD (4
times the resolution of Full HD)
display screen are ideal for
control rooms and command
centres, where precise
information needs to be clearly
viewed.
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LCD monitor and touch screen solutions
Corporate solutions
There are numerous solutions to choose from
for the corporate and business world, here
are a few:
BenQ interactive flat panels, in sizes 42”
upwards, are ideal for corporate and higher
education. Their Low Blue Light technology
coupled with Anti-glare helps protect your
eyes.
CTOUCH large format interactive displays, in
sizes 55” upwards, include Leddura, Laser Air
and Lexinus series, the latter being an LED
50 point touch display, ideal for corporate
applications.
ViewSonic VP Professional
iiyama desktop monitors
iiyama desktop monitors range in size
from 17” to 30” from widescreen WXGA
1280x1024, Full HD 1920x1080 to UHF
4K models, to suit a wide range of office
applications. Plus large format displays.
InFocus Mondopad, in sizes 57” upwards,
is an interactive touchscreen with soundbar
and high quality camera for corporate video
conferencing.
Sony BRAVIA Professional
LG commercial 4K LED display screens are
ideal for corporate applications including a
premium video wall solution.
NEC corporate desktop range includes
commercial entry level and commercial
Enterprise displays up to 30”, and
Professional Displays up to 32”, plus a wide
range of large format displays, touch screens,
video wall panels and industry specific
solutions.
SMART Board® interactive
flat panel with Meeting Pro
subscription software for
enterprise (corporate) use
NEC desktop monitors
Sharp BIG PAD interactive displays include
pen software in sizes 60” upwards, ideal
for education, training and corporate
applications.
SMART Board® interactive flat panels and
SMART Board interactive whiteboards offer
SMART Learning Suite software for education
and SMART Meeting Pro for corporate,
available on annual subscription. SMART
Bridgit® allows you to take part in meetings
remotely.
Sony BRAVIA Professional displays range
from 40” to 85” diagonal, with Full HD and
4K models. These are ideal for a range of
applications in education, corporate and retail
video walls, in addition to their range of Sony
projectors.
ViewSonic VP Professional series of
flat panel displays are ideal for high-end
corporate solutions. Their range includes
ViewSonic ViewBoard interactive displays
with annotation software for 16/7 corporate
and higher education applications.
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InFocus Mondopad for brainstorming and video
Sharp BIG PAD interactive flat
Education
SMART Technologies
SMART Board® interactive whiteboards and
whiteboard systems (projector and board) for the
education market include a 1 year subscription to
SMART Learning Suite.
SMART Board® range also includes SMART kapp
for business and education. SMART interactive flat
panels for education are available in Full HD and 4K
Ultra HD resolutions.
SMART Board® projector system
Promethean
Promethean’s range of products include the
ActivBoard PRO series and ActivBoard Touch
interactive whiteboard systems, ideal for both
business and the education sector.
Next generation ActivPanel, powered by
Promethean’s external Android processor,
brings to life teaching and learning experiences.
Other products in Promethean’s educational
range include an interactive table for primary
school children, student response devices,
an ActivSoundBar, ActiView visualiser and
Promethean software. Teachers also have access
to their online resource portal.
Promethean ActivPanel
CTOUCH laser 4K displays
BenQ
BenQ’s interactive displays are designed to encourage collaborative
learning and team building in education and business.
The majority of manufacturers’ large format displays and interactive
touch screen displays can be used with a media player and digital
signage software. For interactive displays however, the digital signage
software needs to have touchscreen support.
CTOUCH
CTOUCH LED 10 point touch, True 4K
resolution displays with anti-reflective
glass comes with manufacturer 7 year
warranty and Oktopus collaborative
software for classroom use.
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LCD monitor and touch screen solutions
Energy & Utility
NEC
NEC has a range of hardware and software platforms
that include various display solutions, high performance
PCs and utility software for monitoring and control.
MultiSync P, XS and XUN series of large format displays
are ideal for traffic surveillance and monitoring stations.
NEC solutions for energy and utility
For CCTV monitoring, the NEC MultiSync EA, P
and PA desktop monitors are designed for these
applications.Hardware solutions with different
processor platforms are available for control rooms.
Finance ViewSonic’s 28-inch 4K Ultra HD model with
ergonomic tilt, swivel, pivot and height adjustment,
with Blue Light filter and multiple connections is ideal
for financial display.
ViewSonic
ViewSonic’s VG-Business series of desktop
monitors, in sizes 19.5 to 28-inch diagonal, are
ideal for a variety of business applications including
displaying financial information.
Sony BRAVIA large format displays
Sony BRAVIA
When it comes to displaying sales
graphs and other financial data,
Sony BRAVIA large format displays
allows your colleagues to easily view
information easily, especially when
using 4K UHD Ultra HD resolution.
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Exhibitions
NEC InGlass™ bezel-free
display with optional legs for
table top applications
NEC Displays
The NEC 65” XUHD InGlass™ touch table is ideal for exhibitions, showrooms and leisure areas enabling customers to
intuitively interact with the content and for collaboration in conferencing and creative multimedia applications. The InGlass™
touch technology creates a completely bezel-free touch surface which is easy to clean and forms the interface to the pixel-free
Ultra High Definition visual display. You can use up to 10 simultaneous finger, pen or glove touches and enjoy the real-time
touch point accuracy with perfect colour fidelity. Optional compatible table legs complete the tablet-like touch table experience.
Unicol have supported
customers for over 50
years with mounting
solutions. Their Rhobus
Huddle collaborative
tables are ideal for
meeting areas and a
place to sit down with
customers at exhibitions.
Unicol Rhobus Huddle
tables, in hammer head
or oval shapes, allow
mounting of single or
twin display screens for
collaborative meetings,
video conferencing
or displaying signage
applications.
UNICOL
Picture above: One of Unicol’s exhibition stands
supporting a 16-screen video wall on a Unicol
free-standing, set-up and tear-down video
wall mount and a Unicol Rhobus Huddle table.
Repeat Signage software presentation featured
Unicol’s Rhobus Huddle tables.
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LCD monitor and touch screen solutions
Healthcare and medical
ELO Touch Solutions
Elo Touch Solutions are specialist
manufacturers of touch screen
solutions with over 40 years
experience and sales of over 20
million touch screens around the
world.
touch monitors, open frame monitors
and desktop touch computers for
healthcare automation, patient
self-service, medical OEMS, kiosks,
system control and office automation
and large format displays for interactive
digital signage and wayfinding.
Elo has the widest portfolio of touch
technologies, each optimised for
different operating characteristics
and environments. Their range
includes a choice of touch
technology, size, and form factor.
Elo develops touch products
for specific applications in retail,
hospitality, industrial, medical,
digital signage, gaming and
transportation, covering such
uses as ticketing kiosks, in-flight
entertainment cabin management,
patient self-service, and in the
industrial sector - light industrial
system control and office
automation, control and clean room
applications, etc., with choice of
touch technology, size and form
factor.
For medical applications, Elo Touch
Solutions have a range of desktop
Using Elo Touch products including
touch monitors and all-in-one touch
computers, patients can conveniently
order meals, surf the Internet, and
view movies on demand, all from their
bedside. Also using the same unit,
caregivers have convenient real-time
access to electronic patient records.
Interactive public access kiosks can
automate patient registration, reduce
paper workflow, and significantly
speed up the check-in process. A
kiosk also frees up valuable staff to
pursue other functions.
NEC Displays medical solutions
include display screens for medical
imaging, administration, backoffice, way-finding, infotainment,
queue management and bed
management.
NEC Diagnostic Displays are
designed in Japan, built to the
highest quality standards and are
trusted in hospitals throughout
the world. Proven medical display
technology from NEC give you the
confidence that your diagnosis
is based upon clear, reliable, and
verifiable images allowing you to
focus on your patients and not on
your equipment.
Modalities for which NEC’s
displays are suited are for example,
computed tomography, magnetic
resonance, nuclear medicine,
interventional radiology, PET,
mammography and digital radiology
as well as surgery.
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NEC Displays
NEC MD series is for diagnostics,
whilst the MDView series is for clinical
review.
Hospitality
Samsung Smart TV
Samsung
Designed specifically for premier 5-star hotel accommodation, Samsung’s
ultra-slim HC890 series of ultra-slim Smart TVs deliver an elevated guest
viewing experience. Deliver and manage in-room TV content easily with
Samsung LYNK SINC 3.0 solution without the need for set-top boxes.
Hotels can create unique channel lists and edit the channel mapping of
available channels to tailor them to specific needs. Software clock and USB
cloning and 3D Full 3D images.
LG hotel TVs
LG provides hospitality solutions for in-room
entertainment, including LED televisions, as well
as LED interactive hotel TVs that allow guests to
watch movies on demand, check email, surf the
web and more.
LG Hotel TVs
Toshiba hospitality TVs
Toshiba manufacturer commercial televisions for hospitality
suites and hotels with easy set-up and customisable to keep
the hotel in control. Features, depending on models, include
embedded USB player for automatic playback of your
content.
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Industrial
ELO Touch Solutions
Elo Touch technologies are rugged
and reliable enough to be used in
industrial environments where dust
and liquids are prevalent, are sealable
to industrial requirements, and they
can be operated by a gloved-hand.
Their touch solutions provide reliable
interaction making them ideal for use
in industrial applications.
Elo 12-22-inch open frame
touch monitors for clean rooms
From the clean room to foodprocessing or the dusty factory floor;
from portable applications to complex
IPCs, Elo offers the largest selection of
touch technologies and touch-enabled
monitors and displays to the industrial
market.
Elo desktop monitors for light
industrial system control and
office automation
Whether in a factory control room or the clean room, Elo touchscreens and touch
monitors are simplifying complex light industrial tasks by replacing multiple buttons,
knobs, gauges, meters, and other interfaces with a single touch display capable of
multifaceted monitoring and machine control.
While light industrial touch solutions are available in a host of touch technologies, customer feedback indicates that surface
wave is the most widely used technology for control/clean room applications where meeting NEMA 4/IP65 requirements is not
a prerequisite. IntelliTouch clear glass overlay touchscreens provide superior optical and image quality along with resistance to
scratches, breakage, accidental spillage, and vandalism. And they can be activated by a gloved hand or soft stylus.
Leisure and Museums
NEC Displays
NEC enhances the visitor experience in
museums and exhibitions as well as other
leisure venues.
NEC P-Series 4-screen video wall
Solutions include installation projectors
for museums and large format displays
in video walls; conventional projectors for
exhibitions; short throw, ultra short throw
and interactive projectors for galleries,
SpectraView series for hotels, MultiSync
PA desktop displays for recreation parks
and MultiSync P, XS and XUN Series large
format displays for cruise ships.
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Media and Colour
NEC SpectraView
NEC’s SpectraView and SpectraView Reference
colour accurate display screens are designed
specifically for pre-press and press professional
photography. The demands on the creative
industry has changed considerably in recent years,
with an increasing recognition and protective
attitude of leading corporates towards their brand
colours, with graphic designers needing to have a
colour handling process. NEC SpectraView series
are also ideal for video and film post-production,
media and advertising agencies, mail order
houses, and industries such as car plants, textiles
and cosmetics.
NEC SpectraView and SpectraView
NEC has industry specific specialists in many areas such
as media and colour, medical displays, museums and
leisure, education, DOOH, etc.,
Outdoor displays
Aqualite
Aqualite Outdoor specialise in outdoor
LCD and LED TV screens. Their IP66
rated waterproof and weatherproof
outdoor TV screens come in a
choice of standard brightness or high
brightness (3 times brighter for sunlight
readable conditions). Examples
of applications are theme parks,
motorsport events, for outdoor event
advertising and signage, for watching
football in pubs with beer gardens and
waterproof TV for kitchen, bathroom,
shower, jacuzzi or pool area. Also
available are sun, salt and sea proof
TV screens for luxury yacht
installations.
Panasonic
outdoor
displays
Aqualite outdoor displays
Panasonic
Panasonic LFX Series of outdoor LCD displays
are dustproof and waterproof to withstand even
harsh conditions, and usable even under direct
sunlight.
With high brightness and wide viewing angle
IPS panel and LED backlight, images are clear
even in brightly lit places. Outdoor displays are
ideal for street signage, outdoor sports facilities,
transportation and parking lots.
Panasonic weatherproof displays are suitable
for open cafes, train stations, transportation,
stadiums, indoor sports facilities, zoos and
botanical gardens.
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LCD monitor and touch screen solutions
QSR - Quick Service Restaurants
With the growing number of fast food restaurants
the challenge is to deliver; through display screens
and signage, greater brand and product impact
and faster response to specific events, season
and daytime menu changes.
In a consumer survey conducted by ‘Digital
Signage Today’, 61% of chains saw a sales lift
from installing signage with 21.4% over 5%.
(Information courtesy of NEC Displays)
NEC Displays
NEC P-Series of large format displays are
designed for non-stop operation 24/7 in bright
environments. Ideal for menu board displays.
Their XS-Series are ideal for back-to-back
installations, totem and kiosk integration and
installations in recessed walls.
NEC video walls for signage - and below, order ready board
For restaurants with open hours 16/7 the
V-Series is ideal for life-size advertising with some
interactive (touch screen) models. The NEC
E-Series is for light signage applications and
infotainment with 16/7 usage.
Solutions for display screens for restaurants:
- Indoor digital menu boards
- Promotion boards (indoors and outdoors)
- Outdoor digital drive-thru menu boards
- Price board - Guest kiosks
- Presale boards - Nutrition / calories board
- Order ready boards - Kitchen displays
- In-store digital advertising
- Infotainment and dining room signage
- IP rated outdoor LED advertising boards
Repeat Signage digital
signage software
allows you to insert
spreadsheets into your
signage presentations,
ideal for creating menus.
Repeat Signage lets
you display spreadsheet
grid lines or you can
display menu items
with white or coloured
backgrounds without
grid lines and insert
pictures. You can also
add your logo, real-time,
date and RSS newsfeed
of special offers into your
presentations.
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Retail
The benefits of touch computing have
expanded well beyond increasing
check out throughput and accelerating
new associate training.
ELO Touch Solutions
Elo Touch Solutions are collaborating
with leading retailers to create,
innovate and develop new retail
offerings and interactive brand
experiences, including: mobile point of
service, customer guided shopping,
interactive digital signage, customer
facing displays and virtual stores.
Their range spans from 10” mobile
retail tablets to 70” interactive digital
signage display screens. Options
include touch displays 7” to 32”,
interactive digital signage 32” to 70”,
all-in-one touch computers 15” to 22”,
open frame kiosk solutions 12” to 42”,
and retail mobile tablets and dock
solutions 10.1”.
At retail point-of-sale (POS) the
goal of store automation is to make
checkout fast and easy for both the
cashier and the customer. Touch
POS systems speed and simplify
cash register functions and reduce
operator errors. In an industry in which
employee turnover is high, touch POS
can dramatically reduce training time,
empowering sales staff and service
staff to provide higher quality customer
interactions. Ideal for department
stores, speciality chains, grocery
stores and convenience stores.
Versatile Elo touch monitors can also
manage and streamline vital day-today business operations, performing
inventory control, client management,
appointment book, employee roster,
clubs and client incentive and client
marketing functions.
Elo kiosk touch display
Elo touch display
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LCD monitor and touch screen solutions
Retail
Panasonic Professional video wall displays
Panasonic
Panasonic professional, large format displays include indoor displays for high reliability, 24/7 usage; network displays with
wireless and network capabilities; multi-touch displays with wireless and network capability; outdoor displays for high visibility in
bright environments with durability against rain and dust; video wall displays with super narrow bezels and 24/7 usage; and 4K
LED displays for outstanding picture quality.
BenQ
BenQ LCD display screens for retail
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BenQ digital signage displays are ideal in retail stores,
shopping malls and other public areas, offering a range
of large format LCD monitors perfect for landscape or
portrait. For video walls, their range includes models with
extremely thin bezels, which means that the gap between
each screen is very small.
Multiple monitors
and video walls
Panasonic 4x4 video wall of 12 display screens
(above and right)
Create eye-catching displays with multi-screen video walls
while multiple desktop monitors expand your working space
Multi-screen LCD monitors allow
you to expand the working space
on your computer. An example
would be dual screen monitors
with Microsoft Word running on
one screen and Microsoft Excel on
another screen.
Usually when you have two programs
running on a single monitor, you
have to switch between them when
working. A two screen multiple LCD
monitor would allow you to see both at
the same time.
You can copy and paste or drag
information from one monitor to
another.
The picture on the right shows dual
LCD monitor screens with the same
image mirrored on the second monitor.
Where you are using two monitors
in portrait (vertical) mode, a cursor
that leaves the bottom of the upper
monitor appears at the top of the
lower monitor. Again, you can drag
information across the monitors.
ErgoMounts
Paramotion dual
desk mount
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Multiple monitors and video walls
Multiple monitors
To extend the same image across two
or more monitors you need to have
the monitors attached to your system
to be able to do this. You can then tell
Windows to extend the desktop across
the monitors. How to do this varies
slightly between Windows editions.
Three horizontal screens are ideal
for displaying a wider view of an
image to best effect, and are ideal for
travel agents, photography studios,
museums and art galleries. Specialist
medical monitors are available for
healthcare for diagnostic, review and
reporting of medical images. For
example, X-Rays, CAT scans and MRI
images can be viewed on desktop
medical monitors, perhaps with
students observing on large format
portrait (vertical) displays for medical
training.
ErgoMounts multi-screen stands
Other specialist desktop LCD monitors
include colour correction models for
CAD, photographic, publishing and
other colour critical applications.
Many new desktop monitors come
with two ports on the graphics card,
either VGA, DVI or HDMI. You can
plug monitors into each of these. If
you only have a single monitor port,
then you can either replace the existing
graphics card with a dual port one,
or in some cases you could install a
second graphics card. For triple and
quad monitors you will need to ensure
your computer has a suitable graphics
card. Most local computer shops will
be able to do this for you if you do not
have an IT Department.
Windows Vista
- Click on the ‘Start’ button orb then ‘Control panel’
- If on Vista, then make sure you are on ‘Control Panel Home’ rather than ‘Class
View’
- In the ‘Appearance and Personalization’ section click on ‘Adjust screen resolution’
- Click on monitor number 2
- Put a tick in the ‘Extend the desktop onto this monitor’ tick box and then click on
the ‘Apply’ button.
Windows 7
- Click on the ‘Start’ button, then ‘Control panel’
- In the ‘Appearance and Personalization’ section click on ‘Adjust screen resolution’
- In the ‘Multiple displays’ drop down box, choose the ‘Extend these displays’ option
and then click on the ‘Apply’ button
Windows 8
On your keyboard, press the Windows key + R, then on the Run dialog type control
and press return.
- In the ‘Appearance and Personalization’ section click on ‘Adjust screen resolution’
- In the ‘Multiple displays’ drop down box, choose the ‘Extend these displays’ option
and then click on the ‘Apply’ button
Windows 10
ErgoMounts dual vertical stand
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-Click on the Windows icon in the bottom left hand corner of your computer. Select
‘Settings’ and then ‘Display’.
- If you only have 1 monitor attached to your computer, or if using a laptop, you will
see a blue rectangle with the number 1.
- Click ‘Detect’ and if more than one monitor is connected it will display this for you.
- Duplicate is where a second monitor mirrors the first monitor. Extend is where your
computer desktop is extended across both monitors.
- You can also change orientation from this screen from landscape to portrait and
adjust brightness levels. Click ‘Advanced Display Settings’ to change your screen
resolution.
NEC video wall of 6 display screens
Video walls
Large format displays, over 32”
diagonal, are installed in a video wall to
create impact in public areas. Video
walls can be installed in landscape
(horizontal) format, using all the same
size display screens in combinations
of 2x2, 3x3 (as shown above in the
NEC video wall), 4x4, 5x5 or more.
Content can be displayed across
all the display screens or different
content on each display screen or a
combination.
NEC’s videowall displays support video
and signal daisy chaining for up to 100
units, including LAN daisy chaining
with network switching capabilities.
Requiring less cabling, installation time
and cost is reduced especially on large
roll-outs, enabling any signal to be sent
via DisplayPort and daisy chained to
the next display.
Repeat Signage Professional digital signage software
Video walls can also be created using
a matrix of varying size display screens
to create stunning effects.
The pictures opposite show a video
wall in a US hospital who wanted
to create a ‘donor wall’ and used
Repeat Signage Professional edition
digital signage software to display the
content.
Repeat Signage
trial download
Repeat Signage Media Wall digital signage software displaying a ‘donor
wall’ in a US hospital. Names have been removed for data protection.
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Professional digital signage software
Professional digital
signage software
Large format display (LFD) with Nexcom OPS module
player (Slot-in PC), playing digital signage software
Turn your display screens into digital notice
boards, menu boards or advert displays
Professional digital signage
software lets you create your
presentation using a variety
of media. Depending on the
software package, for example,
you can insert pictures,
animated gifs, text, Rich Text
Format (allowing you to use
bold, italics, etc), documents
such as Microsoft Word,
Excel, OpenOffice, Adobe
PDF documents, real-time
date and clocks, Flash clocks,
PowerPoint scheduler, video,
webcam, web browser and
RSS feeds.
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Stand-alone digital signage software is
where you install the software (often a
download link which you can evaluate
first and then purchase the software
licence) onto your computer or laptop.
You design your signage presentation
and then ‘play’ it from your computer
onto a desktop monitor, a large format
display screen or through a projector
onto a projector screen or window film.
Using your normal computer to play
a signage presentation and work on
your computer at the same time is
not practical. Dedicated computers,
called digital signage players or media
players are normally used to play out
presentations onto screens.
Some digital signage software allows
you to create presentations for
interactive touch screens.
Digital signage players (also called
media players or mini PC’s) are
available with dual, quad or multiple
outputs that allow you to play your
presentations onto a video wall, also
called a media wall.
Some large format display screens
(LFD) have an OPS slot to allow a
Slot-in PC, which keeps the Slot-in-PC
securely and neatly tucked away at the
back of the screen, thus deterring theft
and tampering with software.
When using display screens without a
Slot-in-PC option, mounting solution
manufacturers have provided mounts
to incorporate a media player to be
sited within the bracket and screen
installation.
Stand alone digital signage software,
depending on the software, may be
available in Standalone, Standard
or Media Wall editions. All-in-one
usually denotes that all elements are
included in the software, for example,
a designer to create your presentation;
a scheduler to specify the date and
time you want your presentations
to be displayed and for how long,
and a player that ‘plays out’ your
presentation onto your display screen.
These all-in-one stand-alone software
packages are cost effective as you
normally pay one licence fee for the
whole software solution. This license
fee may be renewable after a given
period of time or be a lifetime one-off
license fee, with upgrade options.
Another important feature to consider
is the support in the form of a help
system, free or paid for training videos
and free or chargeable email support.
Depending on the digital signage
software, licences may cover the
software being displayed on a single
display screen, dual screens, four
screens etc. Where you want to
display different presentations on each
of four screens, for example, some
software packages need one license
for installation onto one computer
attached to four screens. Others may
require a separate software licence
for each computer and screen. For
education and large corporations, site
licenses may be available.
Repeat Signage™ V4 digital signage
software helps you get your message
across and promote your products
or service. It is easy to use and you
can create a presentation and have
it playing in minutes. You just need a
Windows based PC, a large display
screen and Repeat Signage. Features
include touch screen support,
remote updating and scheduling
of presentations, and it supports
Windows 10, 8/8.1, 7, Vista and XP.
Why Repeat Signage? The Repeat
Software team will give you an
outstanding level of support with free
training videos, sample presentations
and we have satisfied customers in
over 29 countries across the globe.
Developed in the UK, Repeat Software
Ltd can customise Repeat Signage
V4 for industry specific and regional
versions.
Download trial edition
All this sounds very complicated, but
as there are so many options on the
market, it is worth the time and effort
to trial a few and check the licensing
requirements before purchasing.
Digital signage software that is cloud
based (Internet/web-based portal)
means that the software is hosted on
the software developer’s website and
you use your web browser on your
computer, smartphone or tablet, to
create your account and log-in. From
there you can design, schedule and
distribute your signage presentations
to your display screens. Cloud signage
is normally Software as a Service
(SaaS), on subscription, where you pay
for different levels of service.
Not everyone wants to host their
presentations on third party websites,
however some software offer a choice
of updating content.
Repeat Signage V4 Standalone
This edition is designed to be used in
reception areas, on exhibition stands
and in individual shops. You can
design a presentation and then just
play it on screen, or when Windows
starts. Changing the presentation
content is done manually. The only
control that allows remote updating
is the Flash RSS feed control. From
within the software you can access
our cloud server where you can
create RSS news feeds to display and
update in the Standalone edition.
Repeat Signage V4 Standalone edition
is in use on some RAF (UK Royal Air
Force) bases in the UK for displaying
information. Because of internal
security policies, the digital signage
computers were not allowed to be
networked, so a quickly updatable
standalone system, with minimal
training, was required. Internet-based
digital signage systems simply cannot
be used in this type of situation.
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Professional digital signage software
Digital signage presentations
Repeat Signage V4 Standard - Remote and network updatable system for schools, retail outlets and
businesses. Includes a built-in spreadsheet for sales graphs, menus, class lists, etc. Touch screen support.
How to create a Repeat Signage digital signage presentation
Download Repeat Signage onto a
Windows PC. Open the software and
click Presentations. Select Create a
Presentation. Either select a template
and change our images and text for
your images and text, or select a blank
template and insert a variety of media to
create a presentation.
In our hotel example, we inserted
pictures, text, Flash clock, Flash banner
(text over pictures) and an RSS news
feed. Once inserted, you drag and
drop into position. Double clicking each
control opens up options so you can
change fonts, size, colours, time zones,
transparency and how long you want
each picture to display before changing
to the next picture.
The sample presentation for the
Ambassador Hotel in Cork was simply
designed using one of their corporate
colours for the background.
Along the top, the hotel logo, name,
date and time were inserted and moved
into position and fonts and colours
selected. The bottom bar shows the
hotel’s contact details.
Using the Flash banner control (text over
pictures) a playlist of hotel pictures was
created with a choice of 50 transitions to
change from one picture to the next after
a pre-selected time, e.g. 10 seconds.
Text label colours and background can
be customised to corporate colours.
The green bar is a rectangle shape with
pictures and RSS feed inserted on top.
Screenshots right show how the play list
of pictures changes. Ideal for reception
to showcase hotel facilities to guests.
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Repeat Signage V4 Standard Edition is ideal to showcase products and services in a
variety of businesses. Examples show how pictures change to showcase hotel facilities
Digital signage for corporate applications
Repeat Signage V4 Corporate - Remote and updatable system with professional features plus the ability
to display information from databases. Touch screen support.
Repeat Signage V4 allows the
insertion, with drag and drop and easy
resize, of a variety of media including
pictures, animated gif (or svg), text,
Flash banner (pictures with text), Flash
clocks, Flash RSS reader, Flash (swf),
Flash video (flv), audio, document, RTF
document, PowerPoint, spreadsheet
(has an in-built spreadsheet), pageturning PDF, webcam and web
browser.
Displaying spreadsheets allows
you to display information such as
sales graphs, hospital patient lists or
classroom attendance lists.
The Repeat Pictures feature (in all
editions) has 4,000+ icons for use in
your presentations. You can select an
advert template and create adverts for
complementary products or services
to generate an income.
Repeat Signage allows you to
update your content from a local
network, from a website, via FTP or
you can update remotely over the
Internet. From the main menu select
RepeatServer.com to create your RSS
feeds, access over 3,000 images for
use in Repeat Signage, and update
your presentations anywhere in the
world (with an Internet connection).
Repeat Signage at Caxton Publishers, Johannesburg, S.A., and below, Repeat
Signage on outdoor displays at Harrisburg International Airport (HIA),
Pennsylvania, United States.
For businesses that use a database
for querying product information,
then the ability to display content
from a database into a digital
signage presentation opens up many
possibilities. Both the Repeat Signage
V4 Corporate and Media Wall editions
include database support.
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Professional digital signage software
Digital signage presentations
Repeat Signage V4 for UK Estate Agents - Customised Standard edition plus the ability to display
RightMove and ExpertAgent property files. Touch screen support.
The Repeat Software
development team are able to
customise the Repeat Signage
Standard edition software for
niche markets, such as Repeat
Signage for UK Estate Agents
This edition is the customised
Standard edition plus the ability to
display RightMove and ExpertAgent
property files. The software also
includes templates for you to easily
create your signage presentations.
Repeat Software are happy to work
with IT and AV resellers and resellers
in niche markets to customise for
particular markets, such as adult care
and residential care homes.
Brand manufacturers, such as Sharp,
NEC, LG and Panasonic, have high
brightness large format displays in
their range, which are ideal for placing
in estate agents’ windows or retail
stores.
Picture right is a Sharp digital signage
display screen; picture below an LG
window-facing display screen.
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Repeat Signage template, change our images and text for your own
Sharp PN-Y series
of displays for
digital signage
applications
Digital signage for video walls
Repeat Signage V4 Media Wall - Fully featured professional signage for creating 4-monitor media and
video walls. Database support. Touch screen support.
Repeat Signage Media Wall edition
digital signage software is designed
for use with 4-screen video walls. You
can display a presentation across all 4
screens or have different presentations
playing on individual screens.
Presentations can be designed in any
resolution, such as Full HD 1920x1080p
or Ultra HD 4K at 3840x2160 pixels, in
landscape or portrait.
Although Repeat Signage Media Wall
has 4-monitor support, it has been
running successfully for several years
as a donor wall in a US hospital. All 6
display screens of various sizes and
orientation, display a single image, and
using playlists and scheduling, changes
to pictures of the hospital donors,
spreadsheet of donations and pictures
of purchased medical equipment.
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Repeat Signage Success Stories
Repeat Signage at Yowi Dell in Kuala Lumpur
Repeat Signage Media Wall in use at a US hospital as a ‘donor wall’
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Digital signage players
Digital signage players
Sharp digital signage display screen
with embedded USB media player
Media players, or digital
signage players, which they are
also known as, are available
for both Windows and Android
operating systems, with various
specifications from displaying
signage presentations onto a
single display screen or multiscreen video walls.
Media players are available with or
without digital signage software.
Once you have created your signage
presentations, you connect the media
player to a display screen or video wall
panels.
In 2007, the first Slot-in PC’s appeared
on the market, in which you slotted a
Slot-in computer into the side or rear
of a display screen, thus deterring theft
and tampering. These were followed
in 2009 by OPS (Open Pluggable
Standard), which are the same in
that they accommodate Slot-in PC’s,
but with a much smaller slot for the
OPS Slot-in PC. Both Windows and
Android operating system Slot-in PC’s
are now available on the market.
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In 2013, Samsung brought out System
on Chip (SoC), initially introduced
on TV’s, and together with their
digital signage software, MagicInfo,
provided customers with an all-in-one
solution. Their MagicInfo Lite software
is shipped with their display screens
with options to upgrade to MagicInfo
Premium software depending on
whether you want light signage with
basic features or a fully featured
software solution.
In 2014, Sharp introduced an
embedded USB media player into
their PN-Y series of displays, for
LANless and light signage USB based
applications. You can load .jpg and/
or .vmw contents onto any USB
memory stick, which you insert into
the USB port of the display screen.
The embedded USB media player in
the display screen then looks into the
USB’s folder and automatically plays a
maximum 30 contents cued onto it.
Where you need the power of a
computer operating system to display
your digital signage presentations,
especially if you are using HD graphics
and videos, then you would need
to consider a media player that is a
dedicated computer, rather than a
USB media player.
The NEXCOM NDiS series, with
fanless design for almost silent
operation, addresses the requirements
for a broad spectrum of digital
signage applications. This series of
cost-effective digital signage players
support single, dual and multiple
display screens, whilst their OPS Slotin PC’s slot into the back of display
screens with an OPS Slot, for both
Windows and Android. NEXCOM
also specialise in industrial fanless
computers and PC factory automation.
Edis Audio Visual have both Windows
and Android Quad Core players
in their portfolio, plus an ultra mini
Windows Quad Core fanless player
with embedded Windows 10 software,
that plays your digital signage
presentations through the HDMI port
so it has full video and audio input to
the display screen.
NEC OPS Slot-in options, for both
Windows and Android
NEXCOM NDiS series embedded
computer media players for Full HD
video playback (picture above) and
4K2K video playback (picture below)
Nexcom NDiS M535 Powered by
6th Gen. Intel® Core™ Processor,
interactive OPS-Based Digital
Signage Platform, Support 4K
(HDMI 2.0) Resolution
Edis AV Ultra Mini PC
with Windows 10
AOPEN digital signage player
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Mounts and trolley solutions
Mounting solutions for
your display screens
Media player
mounts
Where the display has an OPS slot in
which to slot in a PC at the back of the
screen, then installation onto a wall or
ceiling mount is a simple procedure, as
the PC fits snugly in line with the back
of the screen.
Peerless DS-MBZ642L
quick service restaurant
menu board mount creates
a mounting surface
through connecting wall
plates
Wall
mounts
Where you are using a separate media
player, then consideration needs to be
given as to where you can site this.
Unicol wall mounts with a small PC
housing are suitable for small form
factor PCs. These interface units,
either flat to wall or tilting, can reduce
installation time. Custom made and
security locking versions are also
available.
Unicol Screentrac is a modular
track system for linear mounting
flat screens in any number, ideal
for digital menus in fast food
restaurants
Unicol
PCZW
PCZX
Unicol Adapta-Wall ‘push to close push to open’ mount
with secure latching.
A flat/tilt wall mount with media device
storage for 27” to 60” flat panel displays
is Peerless-AV’s DS508 dual purpose
solution for commercial applications,
providing media controller housing and
access as well as security features. The
open wall plate design gives plenty of
wall access for installation of electrical
outlets and running of input cables and
you need a separate adapter plate to fit
your screen. Displays can be mounted
in both landscape and portrait.
Peerless DS508
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Constructing a Unicol freestanding video wall stand
ideal for foyers or exhibition stands
AV Ltd. Tel: 01754 769967
Trolleys and carts
Unicol Rhobus
4-screen trolley
TOP-TEC
Loxit Hi-Lo
Mono single
Voyager
MediaMast
Trolley
column floor
mounted
electric screen lift
Peerless SR598
SmartMount® flat panel cart for
55” to 98” displays
Ceiling mounts
Unicol CP1-1000 twin
LCD display ceiling mount
Peerless DST942-6 multi-display ceiling mount
Wall arms
ErgoMounts EMX200 extending
wall arm ideal hotel TV’s
Peerless articulating wall arm mount
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