HD in its native form calls for significant storage and network bandwidth. And your display screen must be set for proper resolution to benefit from this high-quality media.
So how does this play into the discussion of digital signage content and hardware? Simple: Never, ever use a consumer screen in any location outside of a home environment. For one thing, you, the seller, will be liable when it fails, and the warranty is VOID or reduced to 90 days once that consumer screen was set up in a commercial environment! You must use a properly rated commercial screen!
When it comes to Color, Contrast, and Brightness, you should aim high – as in high contrast, high resolution, and great color rendering. What does this mean for your screens? The most famous name brands in commercial displays, also called professional displays, include LG and Samsung, and these offer excellent quality for dynamic sign displays.
Now that we have settled on that, here’s the basic information you need: Do you need a screen with IPS (In Plane Switching) to accommodate Portrait mode? Do you need speakers? (A building directory, for example, rarely needs speakers built in.) What size screen? Will the screen need to be certified for 16/7, 18/7 or 24/7 operation? Generally, the warranty is three years for commercial displays.
Do you need an external enclosure? Do you want a kiosk? By using the proper Needs Analysis (two are included in the guide, Making the Move to Dynamic Signage, available at the School of Sign Arts website), you can verify and validate all those answers and more, such as who is managing the content, and what is the true purpose of the display.
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