The product with the most emphasis was definitely LED displays. These displays were everywhere in every configuration. From traditional 16:9 landscape or portrait configurations to odd geometric patterns, wavy walls, and floors for dancers and even cars! We believe that LED Display technology will play a significant role in the AV integration business. There are just so many applications and so many capabilities that cannot be done with traditional LCD or OLED.
Why all the LED hype?
Just like all technology, this is one that used to be out of reach for the typical business; reserved for Times Square advertisements and mega-corporation use only. Similarly, as technology has advanced, the price has come down even as the products have improved. What used to be an outdoor-only type of display has found its way inside for applications with high ambient lighting.
Content Management Systems
There will likely never be one panacea or perfect CMS because most of the CMS companies originally focused on a specific vertical, such as way-finding. So, their CMS does way-finding extremely well and will also support many other verticals within Digital Signage, but maybe not the best for a retail application, for example. That would be where our Digital Signage team would be your best resource. We can help you determine the best CMS for your needs and your budget.
Infrastructure for Digital Signage
Flat panels continue to be the number one choice for Digital Signage applications. The OLEDs are making big inroads in the display market because of their rich color saturation and clarity. Note, OLEDs like the plasma screens before have an inherent challenge with screen retention. Curved surfaces also will play a significant role in Digital Signage. Several companies were showing surfaces that had the ability to flex. The uniquely shaped screens make sure your content is noticed because of its distinctive presentation. Your valuable content has a greater impact.
Traditional projectors used to have no real place in the Digital Signage world because of the bulb replacement challenge associated with the heavy duty-cycle. However, today’s lamp free projectors have changed the game. LED and Laser projectors can now support the duty cycle required by Digital Signage, and with their ability to do unbelievable 3D modeling and seamless edge blending, they bring a whole new option to the value proposition.
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Mike has been a recognized speaker and educator at over 50 national digital signage symposiums and expositions. He has published over 100 articles with industry trades. He has overseen the successful implementation of over 200 dynamic digital signage projects.