Ask the Board – July 25, 2016 | DAVID SALEME

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With so many flat-panel display options now on the market, what is the best approach to making the best choice for a project?


The best approach for selecting a flat panel display can vary significantly depending on the project.  For example, bezel thickness is a critical factor when building a video wall, but becomes less important when installing a single sign or non-adjoining signs. Useful life must also match the environment. In a transportation setting, many of our screens must remain on 24/7/365. Selecting a screen designed for this type of use helps ensure clear messaging on day one as well as years down the road.  Screen reflectivity can also be an issue in a transportation environment because lighting designed for the facility in general is often located in a manner that reflects off the screen.  These reflections can cause issues with passengers trying to read text on a screen, so it is important that the glass on the screen is designed to diffuse this light in a manner that doesn’t wash out the text it displays. Finally, even screens from the same manufacturer can display gradient colors differently. Knowing a screen’s ability to handle gradients, especially across an array of displays, helps ensure that future high quality content is reproduced as intended. With the variety of options available, it is important to know the specifications of the displays you are considering, but it is also necessary to include in the process a side by side comparison of models under consideration to identify the display that best meets your individual needs.    

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John Glenn Columbus International Airport

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