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Planar Mosaic is Centerpiece of New Zealand's First Living Building

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tūhoe is a proud community of indigenous New Zealanders intent on cementing its identity as a people focused on a positive, distinctive future. Tūhoe has begun to establish a bold new identity, starting with the construction of a new headquarters building for the community: Te Uru Taumatua, New Zealand’s first Living Building. The facility houses all the staff of the Tūhoe community leadership. In addition, it includes a library and a cafe and provides space for community meetings and cultural events. Architecturally, Te Uru Taumatua is designed to make an unmistakable first impression, an objective that is met on many levels, including the display technology provided by Planar Systems, an advanced video wall that greets all who enter through the main lobby.

The building was designed by architectural and design firm Jasmax, whose New Zealand offices are in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Tauranga. To maximize the impact of the building, the design firm Law Creative Group was engaged to manage creative inputs and the firm suggested a high impact, high-tech first impression. International award-winning, interactive media company Click Suite, based in Wellington, helped bring the Tūhoe tribe’s dream of a central cultural community center to fruition. Click Suite commissioned and installed the Planar Mosaic video wall in the building’s main lobby as a focal centerpiece. “Planar Mosaic is a tool with which we can inspire community but also convey our commitment to innovation,” says Kirsti Luke, chief executive, Tūhoe. “Putting this advanced video wall in the main lobby of what we believe is an iconic building sets a powerful first impression and indeed says that we are true to both goals.” Read more.

Planar Mosaic Video Wall Creates a Dynamic Platform for High-End Apartments

Friday, October 17, 2014


 

In the luxury apartment rental arena in the Chicago area, competition is fierce. One forward-thinking player in the market, M&R Development, is setting itself apart and increasing leasing interest by making pioneering use of video wall technology from Planar in its new 73 East Lake building located in the city's trendy Millennium Park area. Setting a uniquely vibrant tone and identity for the building is a Chicago first: a lobby installation of a Planar Mosaic Architectural Video Wall. Planar Mosaic is a new and dynamic platform with which a real estate entity such as M&R - or any entity for that matter - can differentiate itself, appeal more effectively to its target market, and portray itself as a technological leader. Read more.

Planar Announces Next Generation Clarity Matrix LCD Video Wall System

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

 

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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