LED - the rising star for businesses

Early adopters of new technologies can often be found in the corporate sector, especially when it comes to AV.  And a technology currently leading the way within the corporate market is sub 5mm, Narrow Pixel Pitch (NPP) LED, which now holds 58% of the corporate LED signage market.

Why has it seen such growth? Because LED provides high brightness, high impact displays, even in high ambient light environments .  This makes it ideal as the main display in a boardroom or auditorium or the atrium welcome in the lobby.

But it is not just the brightness that makes these displays the corporate high flier:

Making a big impression

LED displays produce glorious imagery with incredible depth of colour and detail – even in bright boardrooms – guaranteeing presentations look impressive.

 

LCD screens can only reach around 100” in size – and even then – they are incredibly expensive, heavy and impractical to install.  LED displays are modular in design, so can be as large as you need.  These are made up of slim panels to create a seamless display with no bezels disrupting the image.

Optoma’s QUAD LED display has the simplicity of a single LCD screen but is larger (130”), proportionally lighter, easier to install but still gives the ‘wow factor’.  Its unique pre-build process reduces the installation complexity and means this can be operational in just a couple of hours with less downtime for the business and a lower overall total project cost.

Each LED screen is made up of individual surface mount diodes or SMD (sometimes referred to as a package). Within each SMD there is an individual red, green and blue diode which makes each SMD work as an individual pixel that is the building block for all display devices. A full HD screen is made up of over two million individual pixels.

Optoma’s QUAD LED display is at the forefront of LED screen design, pioneering a 4-in-1 (four pixels in one package) SMD layout. This unique design creates a high-quality image with extremely wide viewing angles and a very flat finish. The design creates excellent black levels along with the added benefit of a robust front face less prone to damage.

ErP compliance

Corporate environments need to ensure equipment is ErP compliant and draws less than 0.5W in standby.  QUAD FHDQ130 is one of the few LED displays that can achieve this. 

No image retention

Unlike other technologies, LED does not suffer from image retention so static information can be displayed with no risk of image burn.

Low maintenance and reliability

Requirements of display products used in corporate environments often include a low maintenance solution, efficient running costs and operating temperatures. Optoma LED displays are highly reliable, designed for 24/7 usage, built from high quality parts down to component level, providing a low maintenance solution with a lifespan of over 100,000 hours or around ten years.

Silent

It is especially important in a corporate setting that displays are quiet to not distract audiences from the presentation or meeting. LED displays provide this visual focus without distraction.

Multiple mounting solutions

LED displays can be fitted on a framework, freestanding or wall mounted.  The LED modules can be fixed directly onto a suitable wall using wood or plaster screws without a mounting frame but a simple, lightweight frame option is available if needed. Optoma’s QUAD LED display comes with both a wall mounting bracket and hanging brackets.

 

LED displays are the natural choice for display technology in the corporate space.  They are bigger, brighter, while being reflection and bezel free.  They perform well in large environments with high ambient light. 

 

CASE STUDY

Read how software developers, Serif, created a striking space in its headquarters in Nottingham with a 4m wide LED display as the central focal point together with audio and conferencing facilities. Read more here.

Kitting out your boardroom: saving money in the long run

 

With the onward advancement of technology and the increase in expectations, a flipchart and pen simply doesn’t cut the mustard for business meetings any longer.

Technology now allows us access files, work collaboratively on screen and stream data wirelessly.  Upgrading your meeting room technology can seem like a costly investment but making meetings more effective can have big payoffs in terms of increased productivity and more efficient group collaborations.

Is your business taking advantage of the tools that it could be using that could save you money in the long run?

BYOD
What is becoming increasingly expected of businesses is for visitors and clients involved in meetings to be able to bring in a device (whether it’s a tablet, laptop or smartphone) and connect seamlessly to your display equipment. It is important that the projector in your boardroom or meeting rooms can accommodate this.

Working together
New interactive functionality in projectors allows several people to work simultaneously on the screen without using a pen. It is easy to annotate on the projected image, open Microsoft office files or web browsers and interact with the content without even touching a computer. 

This ability to work collaboratively on documents and presentations in meetings is a real asset to companies.  The work can be saved to a computer and distributed to participants and non-attendees after the meeting.

Conferencing
Conferencing equipment is essential for companies that regularly meet with people in different geographic locations.  Face-to-face meetings remain important but installing conferencing equipment gives you and your clients the possibility to slash travel costs and staff travelling time.

Around 1.8bn hours of Skype video calls are made each year with an increasing number of these coming from business conferences and video meetings.  Data conferencing lets you share text, images and data in real time. Videoconferencing uses telephone or data lines to transmit audio and video. A projector allows you to share content in your meeting on a super-size screen.  A large flat screen display would cost significantly more than a projector to achieve the same image size.

Going wireless
Using tablets and mobile devices as the interface between the presenter and the on-screen presentation is becoming ever more popular. Whether it’s controlling a slideshow, pulling up and manipulating data or simply used as a script/prompt for reference data, tablets are changing the boardroom and improving the way we conduct meetings.

Most projectors now have wireless functionality to stream data from mobile devices using wireless HDMI devices such as the Optoma WHD200 or Google Chromecast or Optoma’s mini WiFi dongle. 

Future proof your investment

It is important to future proof any investment in equipment.  Review the inputs and outputs you might need. Look at what sources you are using now but also what you might want to use in the future.  Most new computers and laptops have HDMI outputs enabling Full HD 1080p resolution.  Multiple HDMI inputs in your projector allow you to switch between sources easily. 

There is a growth now in HDbasedT functionality.  HDBaseT not only allows data to be sent over a much greater distance than HDMI but can also carry HD video, audio, ethernet, power and control on a single cable.  This significantly cuts down the number of cables needed for a typical business installation.

Optoma has a range of business projectors that have wireless, interactive and HDbasedT functionality.  Most have internal speakers avoiding the cost of installing external speakers.  They also include audio output if an external sound system is required. 

Most of these can be controlled remotely with full support is provided for Crestron, Extron, AMX, PJ-Link and Telnet LAN protocols. Once installed, the projector can be monitored and controlled over LAN.

Kitting out your boardroom is not just about impressing customers – it also makes financial sense.  It can save time and money by reducing off-site meetings and installing future proofed equipment in your boardrooms gives your team the tools to work more effectively.