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New G2 Architecture combines the thinnest ultra-narrow LCD in the industry with best visual performance, easiest installation and 24x7 reliability
Planar introduced the next-generation Clarity™ Matrix LCD Video Wall System with G2 Architecture, delivering a new level of visual performance for Planar’s award-winning family of LCD video wall solutions.
The Clarity Matrix with G2 Architecture combines the industry’s thinnest profile ultra-narrow bezel LED LCD video wall with improvements in design, installation and service, further delivering on its reputation as the best-in-class video wall solution. In addition, a new 55” Clarity Matrix model sets a new benchmark with a tiled bezel width as small as 3.7 mm (0.15 inches), stunning image quality, simplified installation and maintenance, and 24x7 mission-critical reliability.
“The next generation Clarity Matrix builds on the accomplishments of the award-winning Planar Clarity Matrix family of video walls, which has gained significant market adoption,” said Planar CEO and President Gerry Perkel. “We are taking the key elements that everyone loved about Clarity Matrix, making them even better, and combining them into a next-generation product that meets the needs of today and tomorrow.”
Designed for the Highest Visual Performance
The Clarity Matrix with G2 Architecture delivers no-compromise visual performance with superb image quality, perfectly aligned panels and ultra high resolution. It boasts the industry’s narrowest bezels with a tiled bezel width as small as 3.7mm (0.15 inches) between adjacent LCD screens. It also comes with Planar’s EasyAxis™ Mounting System, which provides an installed depth of just 3.6” (91mm) —the thinnest in the industry—for perfect panel-to-panel alignment. This thin depth makes the Clarity Matrix with G2 Architecture compliant with the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) requirement for protruding objects of less than 4 inches.
The Clarity Matrix with G2 Architecture also provides outstanding image quality with stunning 4K ultra high definition (UHD) input capability and 10-bit color processing. Planar’s Big Picture Plus processing is built into the system, allowing content to be scaled across the entire video wall or sections of the video wall.
Built for Simple Installation and Service
The simplified installation and service of the Clarity Matrix with G2 Architecture enables A/V resellers and system integrators to offer their customers a high performance, cutting-edge video wall system at a lower total-cost-of-ownership.
“Over the last four years, we have deployed hundreds of Clarity Matrix video wall displays that have simplified our installations while providing the very best performance,” said Stephen Sullivan, senior vice president of Constant Technologies, Inc., an A/V integrator based in Rhode Island. “Planar is a valued display partner, and the next generation Clarity Matrix architecture will allow us to continue our success in deploying best-in-class LCD video walls.”
With built-in video extension of up to 330 feet (100 meters), Clarity Matrix with G2 Architecture offers unprecedented installation flexibility while eliminating the cost and reliability concerns of using third-party cable extenders. Like the previous generation Clarity Matrix, no AC power outlets are required behind the displays, and a single power supply module can now drive as many as eight displays, reducing the rack space requirement in half and further reducing the number of power outlets required.
For simplified maintenance, the Clarity Matrix with G2 Architecture features off-board electronics architecture, reducing maintenance time and complexity with easy-to-access source input and control. The Clarity Matrix with G2 Architecture integrates Planar’s WallNet™ software, making it possible to monitor display performance and troubleshoot issues remotely – even in environments using simple network management protocol (SNMP)-based enterprise device management.
Engineered for 24/7 Reliability
The Clarity Matrix with G2 Architecture provides 24x7 reliability for the most mission-critical environments including utility, traffic management, military, and law enforcement control rooms. With a 25 percent reduction in heat produced from off-board electronics and power supplies, the Clarity Matrix with G2 Architecture exceeds performance and lifetime expectations even in the most demanding environments. The redundant power supply module provides continuous operation even in the event of a power failure.
The Clarity Matrix with G2 Architecture is available through Planar’s global network of authorized resellers and will begin shipping this quarter. Visit Planar’s You Tube channel to watch a video about Clarity Matrix with G2 Architecture. Or, see Clarity Matrix with G2 Architecture in action at Integrated Systems Europe (Stand #3-A80) or the Digital Signage Expo (Booth #405).
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At InfoComm 2013, Planar unveiled the Planar® PS5580, a narrow bezel LCD video wall display aimed at the growing number of budget-conscious customers who want to create high-impact video walls.
ThePlanar PS5580 is a 55” ultra-slim, narrow bezel LCD display designed with advanced video wall capabilities, commercial-grade features and LED backlight technology, delivering a simplified video wall solution with a sleek profile and low power consumption. The LCD video wall displays can be tiled together to create a large, visually stunning video wall intended for a wide variety of digital signage applications including retail stores, hospitality, universities, sports bars, corporate lobbies, conference rooms and exhibits.
“The Planar PS5580 breaks down barriers to video wall adoption by providing a reliable, high-performance solution at an affordable price,” said Steve Seminario, senior director of product marketing for Planar Systems. “We have seen growing demand for a straight-forward and affordable video wall solution. The Planar PS5580 delivers that while providing extremely low power consumption and an ultra thin profile. Whether customers are using a single display or tiling 100 together to create a large video wall, the Planar PS5580 packs a lot of value into a simple package.”
Over the past few years, the market for video walls has exploded as technology has advanced and more customers have discovered their immersive impact on viewers. “The market for LCD super narrow bezel displays has seen extraordinary growth since entering the market in 2009, experiencing great success within video wall applications,” said Parmjit Bhangal, market analyst at Futuresource Consulting. “The 5 to 10mm bezel category had a particularly strong 2012, and this success continued into 2013 as the category grew 21.8 percent quarter-on-quarter in the first quarter.”
Planar PS5580 features include:
- 55” very narrow bezel LCD display
- Full high-definition 1920 x 1080 resolution
- 400 nit brightness
- Edge-lit LED backlight for low power consumption (130 watts) and ultra-slim depth
- Built-in video wall scaling up to a 10x10 array
- Flexible connectivity (including DVI, HDMI, Display Port 1.1, VGA)
- All metal enclosure for durability
- VESA mount compatible
- Optional mounting system optimized for tiling and slim mounting depth compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Planar’s Customer First™ three-year warranty and support that includes 24x7 technical support, advanced replacement, second-day shipment to customers, and free replacement shipping
The Planar PS5580 complements Planar’s award-winning LCD video wall solutions, which together provide the most comprehensive line-up of LCD video wall displays in the industry. The Planar PS5580 monitor is the latest addition to the Planar PS-Series, a line of large format LCD display monitors designed to deliver superior commercial performance and affordability for digital signage applications.
The Planar PS5580 display will be available through Planar’s global network of authorized resellers and will begin shipping in the third calendar quarter of 2013. Visit the PS5580 product page for additional information.
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Architects, engineers and designers can now easily integrate 3D BIM models of Planar displays into building plans
3D Building Information Modeling (BIM) models of select Planar large format LCD displays and video walls are now available free through the Autodesk® Seek web service.
Autodesk Seek allows architects, engineers and designers to easily find, preview and download 3D models of Planar displays. They can then incorporate these models into their building plans without having to create the models themselves. According to a report by McGraw-Hill Construction titled, “The Business Value of BIM in North America: Multi-Year Trend Analysis and User Ratings (2007-2012),” BIM adoption has grown 500% in the past years among AEC (Architect, Engineering, Construction) professionals and research indicates that up to 80% of firms have adopted BIM.
“The BIM process has transformed design and construction with its ability to improve project 3D design and team collaboration,” says Jennifer Davis, vice president of marketing for Planar Systems. “By offering our products as BIM ready objects, we make it easier for architects, engineers and designers to integrate Planar displays into their project designs right from the start.”
3D BIM models of three Planar product families are now available from the Autodesk Seek online content library, a web service that supplies free BIM models from a wide range of building product manufacturers. The models include Planar® Mosaic™ architectural video walls, Clarity™ Matrix LCD video walls and Planar® UltraLux™ Series large flat panel monitors. Each of these BIM models provides data-rich drawings and product specifications that accurately depict the displays and their options within Autodesk® Revit®, a market-leading 3D design platform.
While Planar has provided 2D CAD drawings of its products for years, it was time-consuming for designers to turn these 2D drawings into accurate 3D objects. With the 3D BIM models available on Autodesk Seek, building professionals can now download these models and easily plug them right into their overall project designs, speeding up their work and improving the quality of their project models.
“Building Information Modeling technology has quickly become the industry standard for accurately simulating buildings in 3D before they’re constructed,” says Rob Gaspard, AIA, principal of architectural firm WORKSBUREAU. “As a result, we have a growing need to integrate product data from manufacturers like Planar into our BIM designs. By putting 3D models of its displays on Autodesk Seek, Planar is not only miles ahead of the curve, but it’s allowing me to offer enhanced decision making capabilities to my clients, making my job a whole lot easier.”
Audio visual resellers and system integrators who consult, sell and service display technologies can also benefit from these 3D BIM models. Photo-realistic project models have become a key sales tool for AV designers and consultants when pitching their design concepts. Now they can more easily incorporate Planar displays into their design proposals, allowing project owners to more clearly visualize the design.
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