Panasonic to Preview Laser Projector and Digital Signage Solutions at Integrate 2016

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Sydney, 25 July 2016 – Panasonic Australia will preview its latest high-brightness laser projector and other digital signage solutions for applications from event production to retail displays, at the upcoming Integrate exhibition from  23-25 August, Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park.

Panasonic is a pioneer in the development of laser projection technology and will display the brightest projector it has ever launched – the upcoming PT-RZ31K 3-chip DLP solid shine laser projector specially designed for large venues. The stunning 28,000 lumen picture quality provides an immersive experience for large installations, rental and staging, and 3D projection mapping applications. Laser technology delivers continuous maintenance-free operation, low total cost of ownership, and a compact cabinet for installation flexibility.

“Panasonic has been very strong in producing high brightness projectors for large venues, projection mapping and outdoor events.  By bringing a laser projector to this space we are giving our rental partners a winning alternative, with technology that is bright enough, small enough and reliable enough for their needs.” said Chris Maw, Product Manager, Projectors, Panasonic. “The RZ31K will further drive the trend for permanent 3D mapping installations, combining the benefits of low-maintenance and low operating costs with the high brightness that is required in large venue installations.”

At Integrate, Panasonic will also demonstrate the PT-RZ970 laser projector in conjunction with software that uses an externally connected camera to significantly shorten adjustment time for multi- or curved screen projections, supporting the creation of seamless edge blended, color-matched and geometrically adjusted images.

The company will preview a new ‘Space Player’ hybrid spotlight and laser projection device. Available in black or white, the Space Player is a compact cylinder that resembles a regular shop spotlight but can highlight in-store displays by blending video, stills, graphics, and text-based digital signage with multiple spotlighting effects in virtually any combination desired. Thanks to a flexible universal joint, Space Player can project in all directions below its horizontal axis, and is mountable on conventional lighting tracks, making installation and relocation easy. Data is stored on SD Card, and ‘Space Player’ can be updated over a wi-fi network, including capabilities such as Intel® Pro WiDi to mirror screens of supported mobile devices and PCs. Other applications include museums, showrooms, hotels, function halls, exhibitions, or in any area where spotlighting is used to capture attention.

Panasonic will also showcase the newly-developed ‘Light ID’ technology, available in early 2017, which enables simple sharing of content for information, entertainment, guidance and advertising, using LED display technology.

Panasonic Light ID links smartphones with digital signage. It provides detailed information through modulating LEDs at a speed unperceivable to the human eye. The system uses a dedicated mobile app to instantly share content between Light ID transmitters, such as displays and LED signboards, to smartphones.

This system enables the transmission of Light IDs from a display using high-speed backlight control technology. This can be achieved through a compatible set-top box (STB) linked to the display, or through inbuilt media players using a USB memory device.

A single display can provide a variety of information to smartphones, and has applications in tourist areas for instance, where information to help visitors navigate an airport, train station or shopping arcade could be delivered in multiple languages. In museums, detailed exhibit information and voice guidance could be provided using smartphones or tablets.

In addition, Panasonic will demonstrate its easy to set up digital signage solution, the ‘System on a Chip’ AF1 display series of 55 inch LED panels. The AF1 Series features an Android™ and HTML5-based OpenPort Platform™ and is equipped with a 1GHz quad-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, and 8 GB of internal storage. It substitutes expensive external ‘Wintel’ systems which also require cabling, additional mounts and installation.

An inbuilt media player and Wi-Fi® capability also greatly reduce cabling complexity and eliminate the need for an external player device if simple play back of videos and photos is required. The display’s open API allows users to control the displays through third party software running on the open port platform.

Chris Maw added: ”This platform streamlines the process every customer has to go through in order to implement their digital signage system. Working with systems integrators, it’s possible to control an entire 24/7 digital sign network from the AF1 Series – such as building-wide LED signs including lighting, audio, and show control – using one comprehensive cloud based interface.”
 
Key Features

PT-RZ31K
Available in Australia in late 2016, the PT-RZ31K series offers WUXGA and SXGA+ options, 360 degree installation, DIGITAL LINK single-cable transmission of video and control signals over long distances, a backup input setting, as well as edge blending, colour matching, brightness and colour control with geometric adjustment functions for blending multiple projectors.

The projector boasts a suite of image enhancement technologies designed to provide immersive picture quality, including a 120Hz Real Motion Processor for fluid action sequences, 20:000:1 contrast, Detail Clarity Processor 5 for fine details, and System Daylight View 3 for enhanced colour and brightness in mapping applications.

The Series is compatible with existing Panasonic lenses for 3-chip DLP projectors, allowing operators to share lenses between projectors in their inventories.
 
Space Player
The Space Player (PT-JX200 Series) will be available in Australia in 2017. It features a 1-Chip DLP™ imaging device and a robust laser light source providing 2,000 lumens at XGA resolution. Panasonic hybrid colour-wheel technology produces very rich and vibrant images for such a compact device. The filterless design requires no maintenance for up to 20,000 hours of 24/7 operation.

Space Player is also very simple to use, requiring only content stored on SD Card to commence playback. When connected to a local network, Content Manager allows playlist scheduling and access to brightness/power supply settings, all easily editable over Wi-Fi. Included Wireless Manager software enables wired or wireless transmission of images displayed on PC screens to the Space Player, while a Wireless Projector app is offered for iOS and Android™ devices. Terminals include SD Card slot, HDMI, USB Type-A for power supply, and RJ45 supporting PJLink™, Art-Net, and Crestron software.

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