Integrated Systems Europe (ISE), which took place in Amsterdam on February 5-8, provides a showcase for the latest developments in AV, including displays and digital signage. Here, we present some of the new products that caught our eye
For sheer WOW factor, it was hard to beat the OLED Falls display at the main entrance to LG’s stand. Made up of 88 ﬂexible Open Frame OLED displays, this highlighted the creative possibilities of wrapping signage around curved surfaces.
Another highlight was LG’s Transparent OLED Signage, which, with 38% transparency, enables items behind the display to be seen even when static or moving content is played. LG sees great potential for this in retail, museums and galleries.
Transparency is also a feature of LG’s Color Transparent LED Film, which transforms any size of glass surface into digital signage for displaying everything from brand logos to full colour videos. The self-adhesive, removable film has a maximum transparency of 73% and is invisible when not in use.
LG was also showing its fine-pitch LAPE series of LED displays, which feature separate power and display modules for an ultra-thin profile, with support for true concave and convex curvature up to 1,000R; the LAA series of bezel-less 130-inch meeting room LED screens with embedded audio for mid- to large-sized conference rooms; an 86in 4K Interactive Digital Board with active pen and a faster response time; and new IP-rated outdoor signage products, including the Model 55XE4F, which is 64% lighter and 37% thinner than LG’s previous 55-inch model.
Lifesize announced enhancements to its Lifesize Share platform, which enables the wireless sharing of media and video content on any connected screen, with optional connectivity to a Lifesize videoconferencing service. These include the ability, with Bluetooth Beacons, to launch Lifesize room systems remotely and join meetings from recognised mobile devices; integration with ScreenCloud digital signage to transform connected screens inside and outside meeting rooms into dynamic, automated content displays; the ability to switch an in-room display from digital signage to a video call automatically, then return to digital signage when the call ends; and support for the Kaptivo whiteboard collaboration system, which enables users to capture content drawn on a physical whiteboard in real time and share it with remote participants.
Lower price point
SiliconCore Technology launched the EZ-HD Series of pre-configured LED displays, which give integrators the opportunity to specify a SiliconCore LED display at a previously unavailable price point. The lobby/meeting room HD displays re available in three fixed sizes – 110in, 130in and 165in – and have a brightness specification of 1200-1500 nits. With an easy to assemble frame system that can be attached to any load-bearing wall via standardised brackets, the displays can be installed by two technicians in under three hours.
NEC Display Solutions Europe unveiled a range of new display technologies grouped into three core focus areas – meeting and collaboration, digital signage and large venues. Highlights included:
Direct View LED (dvLED) technologies for indoor and outdoor signage, billboards and presentation screens, including 137in and 165in models pre-configured for quick and easy installation and operation;
New C, V and P Series UHD large format displays, plus a range of customisation options for the V and P Series. These include PCAP touch screens in 55in and 65in; Protective Glass for busy areas (all models); and Mirror Glass (P Series only), which doubles as a fitting room mirror and digital screen.
The new E Series of entry-level UHD professional displays, which offers simplicity and powerful performance for a wide range of applications in meeting rooms, retail, leisure and hospitality; and
An out of the box Media Player for single screens and smaller networks that also offers budget-friendly media playback via a Raspberry Pi module.
At the show, NEC Display Solutions announced a pan-European partnership with Maverick AV that will see the specialist distributor take on its new range of interactive collaboration solutions, including the InfinityBoard, a new series of ShadowSense Touch displays (the NEC C Series SST) and a new entry-level collaboration display series (the NEC CB Series).
Sharp followed the 4K trend with three new 4K professional displays for digital signage, a 4K 70-inch interactive Windows collaboration display (WCD), developed in partnership with Microsoft, and two new 4K BIG PAD interactive displays. It also previewed a second generation 80-inch 8K display.
WCDs are a new category of device and Sharp held hourly demonstrations to show how meetings can be made more collaborative and productive using a WCD designed to work with familiar Microsoft tools, like Office 365. USB-C and wireless connectivity offer easy switching between multiple devices, while sensors within the display capture data on the working environment.
Sharp was showing several other new 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) displays, like the TH1 range of 65in, 75in and 85in interactive displays (with integrated Android PC and whiteboard application), the BIG PAD HC1 series and PN-HM, PNHB and PN-HW large format displays (with embedded Android Soc).
These were shown running applications from a number of software partners. Qwizdom was demonstrating its Oktopus teaching platform, which provides more than 70 subject-specific tools that help bring lessons to life; Cenareo (recently rebranded from CityMeo) was managing the digital signage content on the Sharp stand and providing live demonstrations of facial detection software; Videro was showing how content on new PN HB/ HM displays can be controlled via mobile devices; and Demodern was demonstrating a VR interactive showroom, designed for IKEA, that lets visitors explore and configure furniture items within a virtual kitchen and living room set.
Sharing a stand with , Philips Professional Display Solutions, Philips Monitors highlighted SuperWide 32:9 format curved screens ideal for use in trading rooms, architectural firms and graphic design agencies, like the 499P9H. This 49 inch screen is wide enough to replace two side-by-side 27in QHD monitors and incorporates a MultiClient Integrated KVM switch that allows users to manage two separate PCs simultaneously; a pop-up Windows Hello webcam with facial recognition; and a USB-C docking solution. Featuring highspeed USB 3.1 technology and a reversible USB-C connector for one-cable docking, this enables users to transfer data quickly and securely, recharge notebooks and plug their peripherals directly into the monitor to share files and watch videos.
More than twice the fun
Digital signage is one of the key applications for 10 new displays announced by Panasonic that more than doubles its 4K display offering to 18 models.
These include four smaller sizes (from 43 to 65 inches) in the premium SQ1 series, suitable for 24/7 digital signage in retail stores, conference rooms, broadcast studios and control rooms. The new sizes have the same features as the larger 98in and 86in displays, such as 500 cd/m2 brightness, In-Plane Switching technology (IPS), anti-glare treatment and a built-in 4K USB media player.
Panasonic’s other new 4K displays make up the six-strong CQ1 series for organisations that want a 4K display for information sharing in classrooms and meeting rooms, but not the ultra-high brightness and round the clock operation offered by the SQ1 series. The six models in sizes of 43 to 86 inches have a brightness of 400cd/m2 and continuous daily operation for up to 16 hours.