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At InfoComm 2014, Planar announced it is expanding its 4K product offerings with new displays ranging in size from 28" to 98". The new displays, which will be showcased at the InfoComm 2014 tradeshow, include additions to two popular Planar product families—the Planar® UltraRes™ Series and Planar® EP-Series™. Planar also unveiled its new Planar® IX-Series™ 4K desktop monitor.
“Planar’s early and ongoing commitment to commercial 4K is reflected in this wide range of new models,” said Steve Seminario, senior director of product marketing at Planar Systems. “From desktop monitors to ultra-large format displays, our goal is to accelerate the adoption of ultra HD technology by making it accessible, affordable and well-tailored to commercial applications.”
With four times the resolution of full HD, Planar ultra HD displays deliver life-like picture quality and an immersive experience. Compatible with existing full HD and 4K sources, as well as the growing number of 4K devices coming to market, Planar 4K displays offer broad connectivity for both current and future use. All models also come with an energy-efficient architecture featuring a whisper-quiet, fan-less design made possible through LED backlighting and advanced power management.
Planar UltraRes 98"
With the Planar UltraRes 98" the company is expanding its award-winning Planar UltraRes Series line to include a large format 4K display in a size that supports large rooms by providing a seamless, single-display solution to applications previously requiring a tiled video wall. Designed for resolution-rich commercial applications, the Planar UltraRes 98" combines 4K clarity with state-of-the-art design and performance. From conference rooms to training centers to public display applications, the immersive 98" display captures the attention of audiences from a wide range of viewing distances.
Like the best-in-class Planar UltraRes 84", which Planar introduced in 2013, the Planar UltraRes 98" offers extensive connectivity options, including support for up to eight connected sources. The Planar UltraRes 98” includes built-in UltraRes MediaPlex™ software, which allows multiple sources to be viewed simultaneously with the ability to upscale and downscale content to full screen or quadrants of the screen. With an installation depth less than four inches, the Planar Profile™ Mounting System makes the Planar UltraRes 98” compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements and ensures easy installation in any environment.
The Planar UltraRes Series now supports true 4K at up to 60Hz via HDMI 2.0, enabling smoother fast-motion video and mouse tracking, as well as compatibility with new and emerging 4K playback devices. “We choose Planar for many of our display needs,” said Jeff Hastings CEO of at BrightSign, the market leader in digital signage media players. “Planar has built a reputation as a premier commercial 4K display manufacturer in the industry, and is also proving to be a leader in the effort to support true 4K resolution at 60 frames per second, an important requirement for smooth video playback.”
Planar EP-Series 58" and 65"
Planar is also bringing 4K resolution to its popular Planar EP-Series line with the introduction of 58" and 65" models. The displays, built for mission-critical and extended use applications, are ideal for demanding 24x7 commercial operations such as airports and control rooms and as digital signage in a variety of settings including retail stores, hospitality settings and corporate lobbies.
The new 4K displays join the Planar EP-Series full HD 46" and 55" models, known for high durability, stunning image performance and advanced commercial functionality. The ultra HD Planar EP-Series 58" and 65" displays come standard with an expansion slot that supports Intel’s Open Pluggable Specification (OPS) for digital signage, making them compatible with OPS devices such as media players and PCs. The new 4K displays support both landscape and portrait modes and include an ultra-slim, logo-free bezel to direct viewers’ attention to the display’s content. Planar EP-Series 4K displays are also available with integrated multi-touch technology for interactive 4K experiences.
Planar IX-Series 28"
Introducing 4K for desktop users, the Planar IX-Series features a 28" LCD monitor that offers an immersive 4K desktop experience for control room operators, architects, video editors, graphic designers, photographers and corporate desktop users. The new ultra HD desktop monitor line is available with dual and quad stand options and features Planar’s FlexFour™ software, allowing up to four distinct video sources to be viewed concurrently on the same monitor.
The Planar UltraRes 98”, Planar EP-Series 58” and 65” and Planar IX-Series 28” will be available through Planar’s global network of authorized resellers and will begin shipping in the third calendar quarter of 2014. Learn more about Planar’s new 4K products at www.planar.com/4K.
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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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The Planar® UltraLux™ Series is a family 60", 70" and 80" LCD displays that feature a unique industrial design and forward-thinking engineering which brings current consumer electronics styling to the professional market.
“With the Planar UltraLux Series, customers finally have the eye-catching scale to create immersive video experiences with a single large format display,” said Jennifer Davis, vice president of marketing for Planar Systems. “The range of screen sizes, touch interactivity, and design flexibility are unprecedented. And the strong early market reaction to Planar UltraLux is an indication that this type of design is an important performance criteria for buyers of professional displays.”
The product will begin shipping late Summer and is available through Runco Authorized Resellers as well as other Planar partners.
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