What improvements have you seen in hardware that have made it easier to install, operate and maintain displays in outdoor locations?”
There have been improvements to hardware that better prepare displays for the outdoors. It comes in the form of better cooling and circulation for the display, possibly dipping the displays to better protect against moisture. At the end of the day, putting displays outside with the elements is not an easy proposition. As a company, we try to shy away from putting displays outside (other than our famous strip marquees) because of the extreme heat we see throughout the summer months. The screens and other hardware to run these displays just do not last in these conditions. In addition, climate-controlled enclosures are usually cost prohibitive, and direct sun glare is also an issue either with visibility as well as potential impact on interactive-type displays. Unless you’re willing to invest in expensive enclosures or plan for frequent equipment replacements, outside displays just don’t seem worth the headache.