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An Outdoor TV for a Budget

An Outdoor TV for a Budget

Posted by: Richard Williams | Posted on: November 23rd, 2012 | 0 Comments

The way we watch television has changed over the last few years. We have waved goodbye to the VCR and welcomed technology like TiVo that enables us to watch TV shows when we want – not when the schedulers want us to.

Where we watch television has changed a lot too. With the Internet now a common source for many of our favorite shows, the living room is no longer the only place where we settle down to watch TV. Read More

Positioning Outdoor Screens for Maximum Effect

Positioning Outdoor Screens for Maximum Effect

Posted by: Richard Williams | Posted on: November 22nd, 2012 | 0 Comments

Outdoor screens have many uses and applications. For advertisers, outdoor digital signage reaches large audiences and provides an effective and visible form of out of home marketing. For retailers and manufacturers, outdoor digital signage provides an effective method of branding, getting the company name instilled in people’s memory. And for service providers, outdoor screens provide a real-time communication platform, helping to keep customers informed of changes, schedules and timetables. Read More

Giant Sized LCD Enclosures – For Big Screen Outdoor Digital Signage

Giant Sized LCD Enclosures – For Big Screen Outdoor Digital Signage

Posted by: Richard Williams | Posted on: November 21st, 2012 | 0 Comments

Since LCD screens began dominating the home entertainment sector, the large flat panel TVs have got bigger and bigger. IT is now not uncommon for large 50” plus screens to be used in people’s front rooms, and when LCDs are taken out of the home and used as digital signage then even larger screen sizes are used.

Increasingly, TV manufacturers are producing larger and larger sizes of LCD TV, and with these behemoths come a requirement to protect them in outdoor locations.

Large sized screens are ideal for outdoor digital signage as the bigger the screen, the more easily the TV is viewed from afar, and for this reason many outdoor screens are much larger than the LCD TVs we use at home.

But producing LCD enclosures for such giant-sized screens can be difficult as these devices require quite a lot of power and generate quite a large amount of heat, which has to be dissipated to prevent the screen from overheating.

Cooling is an essential aspect of providing protection for giant-sized LCD screens. Not only do there need to be a lot of cooling fans to ensure heat is transferred away, but some of filter has to allow fresh air in, and the heated air out.

Using any type of a filter on an outdoor LCD enclosure is made difficult by the need to ensure that water and other weather elements can’t penetrate the LCD enclosure and infest the TV.

Another difficulty faced in providing LCD enclosures for such large-sized devices is ensuring they are securely mounted. A screen of this size, plus the enclosure that houses it can exceed 200 kg (440 pounds) so has to be mounted securely.

Despite these challenges, 70” LCD enclosures are now commonly available and are ideal for protecting large-sized devices in not just outdoor locations but ensuring this heady investment is physically secured as well with a rugged steel body and shatterproof screen protecting from impacts and vandalism.

Digital Signage and Art – A Modern Medium

Digital Signage and Art – A Modern Medium

Posted by: Richard Williams | Posted on: November 20th, 2012 | 0 Comments

While we are all familiar with digital out of home (Dooh) and outdoor digital signage used for marketing, branding, promotion, advertising and information, there are other far less utilitarian uses for digital screens.

David Hockney's iPad art

With the rise of touch screen and tablet computers like the iPad, digital signage is being used in the art world – not only to display artists work, but also to create it.

David Hockney, the celebrated British artist, has embraced this technology as a way of enabling him to create works and distribute it – doing away with galleries, printing and allowing the artist to get instant responses and critiques to the work.

Hockney, a septuagenarian, has experimented with digital technology for a long time  but has said it is only recently that the speed of computing has allowed work to be created digitally as well as being displayed.

Digital Poster at Chatsworth Houise

And Hockney isn’t the only one. British stately home Chatsworth House has introduced digital signage and digitally designed work in its art collections. Created by another British artist Michael Craig-Martin, a contemporary conceptual artist, created a digital black line portrait of Laura Burlington, the present Lady Burlington, which was commissioned by Lord Burlington.

The digital signage is used not just to display the portrait but to also transform the line portrait into coloured images. The areas of the image is divided into nine different areas and the digital signage software places different colours into these areas every few seconds, meaning the portrait changes continually and is never the same.

Digital Signage and Captive Audience Networks

Digital Signage and Captive Audience Networks

Posted by: Richard Williams | Posted on: November 19th, 2012 | 1 Comments

Ensuring your message is viewed by a large number of people is one way companies try to use digital signage screens for advertising. This is one reason why so many more outdoor digital signage systems are being erected because of the larger potential audience. Read More

Armagard – A Mark of Assurance – Beware of Imitations

Armagard – A Mark of Assurance – Beware of Imitations

Posted by: Richard Williams | Posted on: November 18th, 2012 | 0 Comments

As industry leader in the manufacture of digital signage and LCD enclosures, Armagard’s products are continually being copied by other companies seeking to take advantage of the burgeoning outdoor digital signage and LCD enclosure market.

With many new websites emerging, selling LCD enclosures, and often copying the design of not just the products, but Armagard’s leading website www.lcd-enclosure.com, too, many consumers are thinking they are getting the Armagard quality but are not.

When looking for an LCD enclosure look for the Armagard symbol. If it doesn’t say Armagard you will not be getting a quality product manufactured from the best materials and components and engineered by our highly skilled technicians and time served professionals.

Armagard Logo

So beware of cloned websites, poor quality replica enclosures and anybody offering cheap protection for outdoor digital signage.  When looking for a manufacturer of LCD enclosures always choose a reputable and well-establish company like Armagard, otherwise replacing screens in outdoor locations could become a costly routine.

Four Aspects to Outdoor Digital Signage Protection

Four Aspects to Outdoor Digital Signage Protection

Posted by: Richard Williams | Posted on: November 17th, 2012 | 0 Comments

Using screens outdoors for advertising, information or branding is a technical challenge. LCD screens were not originally designed for outdoor use, and while LCD enclosures and outdoor TV systems are now commonly used in outdoor areas, not all systems provide the comprehensive protection necessary for outdoor digital signage.

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Digital Signage in the Desert – extreme protection for extreme locations

Digital Signage in the Desert – extreme protection for extreme locations

Posted by: Richard Williams | Posted on: November 16th, 2012 | 1 Comments

Outdoor digital signage is fast catching up with indoor systems. It has some way to go yet but there are more and more installs in outdoor locations erected everyday. Read More