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While we know it can be challenging to pin down application details in the early stages of a project, gathering as much info as you can early on can help save thousands of dollars from the get-go and can even save you from headaches later where you might need to modify your proposal to reflect the correct product and adjusted labor. In Part I of The Great Outdoors, we highlighted 5 questions to help our reseller partners uncover specific needs for getting outdoor digital signage right the first time.
Now, let’s take a look at some of the unique features Samsung has engineered as part of their totally new 2016 outdoor lineup and see if we can put the answers to those questions to work for you!
For example, knowing who the audience is and where the unit(s) will be located may clue you in on the need for durability features. Let’s say you’re working on an application for a movie theater, college campus or theme park, you may want to suggest a model with Magic Protection Glass which can withstand whacking from a hammer or even a baseball bat to protect the investment your clients are making in digital signage against rowdy patrons or students. Three of the five new series include Magic Protection Glass: OHF, OHD & OHE Series. (See chart at bottom). Another feature is Polarized Sunglass Support which ensures a perfect picture regardless of the viewer’s lenses and eliminates the blinding glare on most flat panels.
IP56 Certification is another important feature that can be essential to the longevity of an outdoor unit if directly placed in the elements. As defined in international standard IEC 60529, it classifies the degrees of protection provided against the intrusion of solid objects (including body parts like hands and fingers), dust, accidental contact, and water in electrical enclosures. The standard aims to provide users more detailed information than vague marketing terms such as waterproof. Samsung has IP56 certification on the OHF, OHD and OHE Series outdoor units. (See chart at bottom.)
Depending on the application, some locations may require round-the-clock operation. With Samsung, select outdoor units are rated for 24/7 usage meaning they are engineered to run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for 5 years to half brightness. This means the display will run a full 5 years without any noticeable degradation in brightness; if used only 24 hours a day 5 days a week, this life span would be extended beyond 5 years, minimizing total cost of ownership. Don’t forget Samsung’s 3-Year On-site manufacturer’s warranty on all professional displays, plus New optional, Protection Plus extended and expedited service options to help you meet the requirements for overnight replacements for more critical installations where down-time is simply NOT an option. Ask your Almo rep for more details.
Speaking of brightness, did you know Samsung’s new 24” compact display, the OM24E can not only take direct sunlight without blacking out the panel like many outdoor units, but it has also been engineered and tested to withstand temperatures of 110 degrees! Plus, the display can now automatically optimize brightness control and increase energy efficiency using the new Auto-Brightness Sensor. This allows the display to automatically reduce brightness to 200 nits or up to 1,500 nits depending on the ambient light which maximizes effectiveness of digital signage in any lighting conditions. In addition, the OM24E also allows users to manage digital signage content wirelessly with built-in Wi-Fi and mobile app support.
Although most applications are a great fit for complete products that are ready-to-hang right out of the box, we realize there are plenty of unique applications where digital signage displays are incorporated into an overall design theme or as part of another structure – Samsung hasn’t left you hanging in this regard. In the OMD Series, Samsung offers two versions to accommodate needs for a fully-enclosed, ‘complete product’ (OMD-W) as well as a KIT version (OMD-K) which can be installed into a more customized enclosure. Both versions can stand up to direct sunlight in a store-front window or out in the elements in a weatherized enclosure (provided by others); both versions now available in 46”, 55” and 75” sizes for maximum design flexibility.
Let us know how we can personally help you on your next outdoor digital signage project and we’ll help confirm the right solution for your specific application.
Here’s a snapshot of the key specs on Samsung’s 2016 Outdoor Lineup: (see www.almoproav.com for full details)
And don’t forget to register for this Friday’s Webinar on Samsung’s High-Bright, Outdoor and Weatherized Displays!
The Great Outdoors: High Bright, Outdoor & Weatherized Displays Defined on Jun 29, 2016 2:00 PM EDT at:
Drive-thru restaurants, theme parks, stadiums, retail window displays – these are all places where specialized displays are a necessity due to the outdoor elements, lighting and more. In this session, learn the differences between these types of displays, when to use them and in what applications. Through an examination of real-world case studies, you’ll explore the essentials for installing these specialty displays and important considerations BEFORE you start to specify a project.
Presented by Jonathan Brawn, Brawn Consulting on behalf of Samsung.
Gone are the days of just one flavor of outdoor displays… Samsung has totally revamped its outdoor lineup to include a wide variety of sizes ranging from 24” up to 75” and with an impressive range of brightness levels from 200 nits* to 3,000 nits to meet practically any outdoor application you may be up against.
The first thing you want to learn more about when a client comes to you with an outdoor application is anything and everything you can find out about the location where the unit(s) are planned and what the client is trying to accomplish by implementing outdoor digital signage.
- WHO is the audience?
Patrons, employees, students, children (theme park), etc.?
- WHAT is the application and purpose of the display/digital signage? What size did you have in mind and what kind of content will be displayed?
Theme park/corporate or college campus, etc.?
Will it be used to draw attention to an attraction, communicate helpful information to reduce wait times/perceived customer satisfaction, advertise promotions/events to drive sales, etc.?
Will content be full motion video, still images, slide-show like content, GIF, TIF formats, etc.?
- WHERE will the unit(s) specifically be located within the facility/property/campus/park, etc.?
Will it be positioned under an overhang, or directly out in the elements (rain, snow, direct sunlight, high/low outdoor temperatures)? Will the display be within reach of audience/viewers at ground level or mounted higher and totally out of reach?
- WHEN will the unit be used?
What hours/schedule will the display need to run each day; Will 24/7 be required?
- HOW does the client plan to update content?
Will a network (Cat5) cable be available at the installation location? Would they like to update content via USB thumb drive, network or over Wi-Fi, etc.?
Believe it or not, if you take the time to ask the right questions early on, you’ll be leaps and bounds ahead of most of your competitors and at the end of the day, your client will appreciate you taking the time to understand their goals for implementing digital signage and their viewpoint will change from thinking you’re just a vendor who’s quoting some outdoor units to what the great firms strive to become, a valued partner fully engaged with their clients.
Stay tuned for The Great Outdoors (Part II) where we’ll dive into some of the new unique features Samsung has engineered as part of their expanded outdoor digital signage lineup and how Samsung can help solve digital signage problems common to outdoor applications. Give us a call with your application questions today!
Since moving to Pensacola in 2014 after living in major markets like New York and Atlanta for so many years, flying out of a smaller airport isn’t so bad—with no security lines I can breeze into the airport, grab my regular parking spot right near the elevator in the garage right across from the terminal… and “Who’s bedda than me?” as they say in New York.
Visiting Vegas this time for the NAB Show, (National Association of Broadcasters), it’s the perfect event to showcase Samsung’s new broadcast video wall display solution, the UD55E-S. Looking forward to hearing feedback from dozens of major TV networks and their engineering teams over the next two days, as I deplane I’m immediately greeted by a number of Samsung displays before we even leave the gate area and I’m vividly reminded how rich this destination is for digital signage as it pounces on visitors at every turn. Countless displays clamor for your attention- larger than life images and dazzling graphics promoting the latest acts and long-standing shows on the strip not to mention tantalizing jackpot tickers and even slot machines right in the terminal. Checking into my hotel, Samsung video wall displays (UD Series) serve as a sleek, gorgeous digital canvas behind the minimalist and modern check-in desk to create the chic, hipster experience at SLS Las Vegas. Samsung displays, tablets and other technology are hard at work supporting the property’s mission for world class hospitality. From the lobby and restaurants, concierge lounge right down to Smart TVs in every guest room, (we’ll save that for another blog).
Samsung’s UD55E-S displays are calibrated specifically for use by broadcast studios. Factory-calibrated to a low 2,800˚-6,500˚ K color temperature, UD55E-S monitors are in sync with nearly all broadcast cameras and lighting, giving you the confidence of knowing the image on your studio’s videowall is precisely what your audience at home will see. UD55E-S displays also maintain a sharp image and accurate color when viewed off-axis, and the ultra-narrow bezel-to-bezel width of just 3.5mm (about 1/8″) delivers a near-seamless videowall, with maximum impact, clarity and accuracy. In the below images taken at ISE by our VP Marketing, Melody Craigmyle in March, you can see the difference in the images through the eyes of a viewer at home watching a broadcast with a traditional video wall display (right) and UD55E-S broadcast video wall display (left). Notice how crisp and vivid the content appears on the broadcast videowall unit compared to what the majority of studios are using today.
For a limited time, we are offering special pricing on IN-STOCK UD55E-S broadcast videowall units, while supplies last. We can help you save money on the product AND reduce installation labor by more than half of typical requirements for traditional videowall panels with Samsung’s extensive factory color calibration and advanced color expert software (included free) and with every UD55E-S. Give me a call or email me today with details about your ON-CAMERA videowall application or studio set client who is ready for an upgrade and I’ll help you confirm if this solution is right for your specific project.
So whether you call it “Sin City” or “The Entertainment Capital of the World,” Vegas is totally a Samsung town!
Here’s a picture of Almo’s Business Development Manager, Apryl Lamberti and Nancy Onffroy, Samsung’s Channel Manager at NAB on the show floor.
Why just meet brand standards when you can EXCEED them? With Samsung’s launch of 9 new, Slim Direct-Lit LED Hospitality TV models, including an updated 40” and NEW 43” & 50” options, it’s never been easier for reseller partners to help their clients improve guest experience and maximize loyalty rates by extending the viewing experience consumers already know and love from the world’s leading consumer TV brand right into the guest room.
Like the majority of Samsung’s hospitality lineup, new models provide for compatibility with every Digital Rights Management system with three versions in each size to accommodate every application so whether you’re using a set-back-box, need pro:idiom for use with Free-to-Guest content, b-LAN or a combination unit with pro:idiom/b-LAN built-in to accommodate a property that might be transitioning from Lodgenet/Sonifi over the next 5 years and can’t hold out until FTG contracts are up, we can help determine the right product for every project and help you future-proof a property so they can upgrade today and start improving guest experience without having to worry about their investment going to waste.
Samsung also offers a wide variety of SMART TVs and even now Curved TVs and UHD/4K hospitality sets for the most demanding hospitality clients who are making technology investments part of their long-term strategy for maximizing loyalty rates of millenials who have adopted Smart technology as second nature and will make-up a large percentage of revenues for hotels in the next 20 years as they hit stages of their careers that put them at their prime for business travel. Starting at 55” and up, these units are just 2” in depth (690 Series/890 Series), Samsung Direct-Lit LED Hospitality TVs are the perfect way to put finishing touches on guest room renovations or a new hotel design; sets can be mounted directly to furniture/fixtures with the included security hardware and base, or mounted to the wall or within a built-in unit with a very low profile perfect for a slim and sleek look and just the right amount of modern sophistication in the glossy finish, black housing with bezels so narrow you’ll barely notice anything but the incredible image. your guests get nearly the full screen size in actual viewing image, without the bulk! Plus, Samsung SMART TVs have capabilities for guests to share content like photos, videos, music and more right from their mobile devices to the TV, all wirelessly without taxing resources of the property’s wireless network.
We maintain a healthy inventory of hospitality product in three of our warehouse locations (Reno-NV, Dallas-TX and Columbus-OH) to provide delivery within just 2-3 days to nearly every part of the country and we specialize in logistics and large project rollouts where scheduled ship-dates (or specific delivery dates) are required to opening deadlines and phased-renovation schedules, or to ensure matching product to last throughout a model transition if a property’s renovation schedule falls after the first of the year when model transitions can often mean a property has multiple versions of product which can sometimes cause an inconsistency in user experience from room to room or technical glitches depending on a variety of factors. We can help you avoid these issues and will work with you to plan your projects to meet critical delivery dates.
As digital signage continues to grow in the pro AV space, it’s no secret that one of the biggest trends has been the movement to larger screen sizes with how affordable panels have become. For Samsung, in addition to larger screen sizes it’s their video wall category that continues to tip the scales with record growth. Taking a close-up look at the new, expanded video wall product lineup, the new UD and UE “E” Series Smart Signage Video Wall Solutions in 46” & 55” options and specifically their Color Expert Technology, it should be no surprise that reports show Samsung spends nearly as much on R&D and product development as some of the world’s global technology leaders including companies like Hewlett Packard, Microsoft and others.
Why is Color Calibration Important?
While there are many components that contribute to a successful digital signage installation, video walls can be particularly challenging because of the added complexity involved with having to adjust the luminescence, brightness, color and other settings on multiple displays in order to achieve a uniformity in appearance with the goal of getting the overall array to show the content as it was originally designed/intended without looking patchy or having any color variation between screens. Some examples of color calibration issues include: fonts could appear grey or darkened to the point text may not be easily spotted by a viewer, graphics may appear distorted and unsynchronized because of the time difference of conventional LCD panels’ scanning mechanisms and images can appear choppy, images of select screens within an array may appear tinted or as though they have a cast of color (green, red, blue) over the entire image which can distract the viewer by drawing their attention to the differences or imperfections rather than to the intended content.
Samsung Addresses Calibration Starting Right at the Factory… Why?
Samsung’s new optimal calibration solution provides multistep factory tuning process and uses an Advanced Color Management (ACM) Chipset with 16-bit processing and a 12-bit lookup table (LUT) that provides the highest performance available for image and color processing in our industry. The ACM chipset enables displays to provide extremely crisp, clear images with accurate color, producing nearly perfect uniformity right out of the box which makes Samsung’s video wall displays more tech-friendly and saves considerable labor on the job which can mean higher profitability and/or more competitive video wall proposals for your clients. The enhancements made to the 2015 “E” Series UD/UE product lineup is “dramatically different” and does the majority of the work for you without a color calibration tool, although some folks will likely still want to make some adjustments. The differences with the latest ACM chipset have been said to be 20-30% faster in processing and some of Samsung’s applications engineering level technical teams have described the setup for new video walls taking nearly 70% less time than previous generation product, so the Samsung product will be a great asset for integrators to grow their video wall business in the year(s) ahead. The ability for fine tuning is provided with Samsung’s Color Expert Software for customers who want to customize the color settings beyond the factory calibration settings depending on environmental conditions, content, client preferences, etc. This software is included at no charge and allows for finite adjustments to settings such as local uniformity, gamma and white balance to create engaging and immersive experiences for viewers regardless of the application.
Why has Samsung Become Known for their Video Wall Display Solutions?
Samsung is known for being the premier brand of professional grade displays (as well as consumer) but this is especially true when it comes to video wall displays. These units come standard with a 3-Year on-site, parts and labor warranty with a variety of options available for extended service programs to fit nearly every budget, which can be particularly important in a video wall installation when there’s no time for down-time. If you’ve ever talked with a Samsung employee that has been on a factory tour, you’ve probably heard comments about the impression made on them by the extensive quality control inspections; this factory tuning and calibration is another great example of the Samsung brand standard and their commitment to quality and manufacturing excellence; they strive for perfect product out-of-the-box and the number of units we see coming back as DOA compared to other lines we work with is extremely small in comparison.
A few other highlights include: high durability for longer term usage, clear viewing with vivid colors for exceptional picture quality, and superior panel technology and design result in anti-wrinkling/crumpling panels. The durability of these panels is unmatched; rated for 16 hours a day/7 days a week usage or 24/7 usage at high temperatures, these units are built to last. They even include built-in technology to help prevent image-sticking that can happen when the same image is displayed for a long period of time, especially common in black/white or greyscale content, so this is one less thing you have to worry about especially if the client has not yet determined their content selections at the design and proposal stage, which we know happens more often than not. Finally, Samsung is also known for having the best picture quality in the industry; their displays have very high contrast ratios and the darkest blacks as well as quicker response time for smoother motion viewing. Below are some visual examples to help you see just what we’re talking about and how this technology can make an impact to the picture quality.
Can Almo Help Design Your Next Video Wall Project?
Absolutely! Reach out to us today to help design the right video wall solution for your specific needs. Whether it’s the ultra-narrow bezel (3.5mm edge to edge) or new UD/UE “E” series high-bright versions at 500 or 700 nits, studio/broadcast version or you’re looking for a simple video wall solution without having to add the expense of a separate PC and want to simply play content right from a USB thumb drive, contact your Almo rep today or me personally for assistance with your next video wall system design. Let us help take the guesswork out of your next video wall project, while increasing your margins and providing you with a quality product you can continue building your reputation on. Samsung provides extensive support for Almo partners and is here to help us as we work with you to grow your business. We look forward to hearing your creative video wall ideas!
Thanks to Listen Technologies, You Don’t Have To…
Have you ever tried to keep up with a conversation or presenter whose voice (or audio) kept phasing in and out? Or worse, have you been tortured by having to sit through a full-day class or maybe stuck in a waiting room outfitted with televisions where you were constantly straining just to HEAR the message? I’m sure it’s happened to all of us, right?
Chances are you became frustrated or annoyed to the point you simply ‘checked-out’ and totally disregarded the topic because it required too much effort to try and keep up when you couldn’t hear the whole message. If so, you know how exhausting it can be to sit through a meeting, live performance, or training class when you can’t hear clearly, whether it’s a result of poor audio, high ambient noise levels like air conditioning or paper shuffling or even just highly reverberant room acoustics (like bars/restaurants, auditoriums or even houses of worship). Now just imagine how challenging those same environments could be for someone with hearing loss… which is estimated to be 17% of the US population or 1 in every 5 people according to recent studies.
To put things into perspective, here’s a visual example to help show what hearing loss looks like compared to what someone with perfect hearing would experience in the same environment.
Thankfully, Listen Technologies has FOUR key technologies with a variety of solutions that overcome the challenges of noise, distance, clashing conversations, and hearing loss to deliver precise and personalized audio in any setting or environment. Let’s review:
- ListenRF– using radio frequency, RF solutions are the most common technology deployed for assistive listening systems. For example, in a large house of worship with multiple spoken word, choir and even live from the band, you have combined challenges of different levels of audio in addition to the unique architectural elements that make acoustics a challenge to say the least- but radio frequency helps to pick-up the signals and deliver it far and wide for maximum coverage to help parishioners hear the message and facilitate audience engagement for participation.
- ListenIR– On the opposite end of the spectrum is IR or infrared technology. Based on line of sight, it provides a more secure level of audio transmission compared to RF technology and is often used in applications such as court-rooms, corporate board rooms, and even healthcare, education, military and government spaces where high security or privacy is required.
- Listen’s new iDSP or intelligent digital signal processing solution, includes pieces like the LR-4200-IR, a high performance IR receiver with extreme sensitivity providing the best pickup and range of any device of its kind making it easy for the end user to wear and operate and easier for the venues to dispense, store and maintain.
- ListenPoint provides students with clear, precise amplification that focuses their attention on what matters most, education. Specifically in classrooms, this technology is sometimes referred to as voice/sound lift and it’s actually a requirement of some states because studies have shown learning to be enhanced by these systems. After all, students can’t learn what they can’t hear.
- ListenLoop– incorporates a closed-loop, copper coil hearing loop within the architecture/construction materials (typically in the floor for example) which makes it possible to extend assistive listening to anyone with a t-coil enabled hearing aid or cochlear implant. That means visitors or patrons can listen to the audio signal discretely through their own hearing aid—without any additional receivers or equipment. High quality receivers can also be added to allow those who do not use hearing aids to listen to the audio that is being produced by the ListenLoop system.
- ListenWiFi– the ultimate in “personal listening” we can all use, millennials included! Everyone’s asked for BYOD, and Listen has LISTENED. ListenWiFi systems broadcast audio from multiple televisions or other audio sources using digital WiFi transmission. The sound is delivered to any WiFi enabled device with audio streaming capability like a smartphone or tablet using the free ListenWiFi app. Say some of your best clients are sports bars/restaurants with multiple TVs streaming all kinds of content/different games, news stations, and more, this solution allows you to “tune-in” to the specific TV (channel) using a simple free app and use your own (or provided ear buds), iPhone or Android device to listen to the associated TV.
“With Listen’s Wi-Fi Personal Listening system, we were able to offer our members the ability to listen to any of our TV’s anywhere in our club using their own iPhone or Android device.”
Scott Felsted, CEO, Gold’s Gym
We know how powerful case studies can be and we’re sharing a few here, but what really helps showcase the simplicity and almost second-nature assistive listening systems provide, is to catch up with your Almo rep today to have a complimentary demo system shipped to you for an upcoming customer meeting and see how Listen’s solutions can help you “tell the story” about engaging audiences, creating memorable experiences and result in long-term sales growth for your customer, and ensuring more productive meetings- all without having to lip-read!