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Planar Accelerates Adoption of Ultra HD with New 4K Displays

The leader in 4K displays for commercial applications to showcase new ultra HD displays ranging in size from 28” to 98”at InfoComm 2014

 

Las Vegas, June 18, 2014 – Today at InfoComm 2014, Planar Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLNR), a global leader in display and digital signage technology, announced it is expanding its 4K product offerings with new displays ranging in size from 28” to 98”.

The new displays, which will be showcased at the InfoComm 2014 tradeshow, include additions to two popular Planar product families—the Planar® UltraResSeries and Planar® EP-Series™. Planar also unveiled its new Planar® IX-Series 4K desktop monitor.

“Planar’s early and ongoing commitment to commercial 4K is reflected in this wide range of new models,” said Steve Seminario, senior director of product marketing at Planar Systems. “From desktop monitors to ultra-large format displays, our goal is to accelerate the adoption of ultra HD technology by making it accessible, affordable and well-tailored to commercial applications.”

With four times the resolution of full HD, Planar ultra HD displays deliver life-like picture quality and an immersive experience. Compatible with existing full HD and 4K sources, as well as the growing number of 4K devices coming to market, Planar 4K displays offer broad connectivity for both current and future use. All models also come with an energy-efficient architecture featuring a whisper-quiet, fan-less design made possible through LED backlighting and advanced power management.

Planar UltraRes 98″

With the Planar UltraRes 98” the company is expanding its award-winning Planar UltraRes Series line to include a large format 4K display in a size that supports large rooms by providing a seamless, single-display solution to applications previously requiring  a tiled video wall. Designed for resolution-rich commercial applications, the Planar UltraRes 98” combines 4K clarity with state-of-the-art design and performance. From conference rooms to training centers to public display applications, the immersive 98” display captures the attention of audiences from a wide range of viewing distances.

Like the best-in-class Planar UltraRes 84”, which Planar introduced in 2013, the Planar UltraRes 98” offers extensive connectivity options, including support for up to eight connected sources.  The Planar UltraRes 98” includes built-in UltraRes MediaPlex™ software, which allows multiple sources to be viewed simultaneously with the ability to upscale and downscale content to full screen or quadrants of the screen. With an installation depth less than four inches, the Planar Profile™ Mounting System makes the Planar UltraRes 98” compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements and ensures easy installation in any environment.

The Planar UltraRes Series now supports true 4K at up to 60Hz via HDMI 2.0, enabling smoother fast-motion video and mouse tracking, as well as compatibility with new and emerging 4K playback devices. “We choose Planar for many of our display needs,” said Jeff Hastings CEO of at BrightSign, the market leader in digital signage media players. “Planar has built a reputation as a premier commercial 4K display manufacturer in the industry, and is also proving to be a leader in the effort to support true 4K resolution at 60 frames per second, an important requirement for smooth video playback.”

Planar EP-Series 58″ and 65″

Planar is also bringing 4K resolution to its popular Planar EP-Series line with the introduction of 58” and 65” models. The displays, built for mission-critical and extended use applications, are ideal for demanding 24×7 commercial operations such as airports and control rooms and as digital signagein a variety of settings including retail stores, hospitality settings and corporate lobbies.

The new 4K displays join the Planar EP-Series full HD 46” and 55” models, known for  high durability, stunning image performance and advanced commercial functionality. The ultra HD

Planar EP-Series 58” and 65” displays come standard with an expansion slot that supports Intel’s Open Pluggable Specification (OPS) for digital signage, making them compatible with OPS devices such as media players and PCs. The new 4K displays support both landscape and portrait modes and include an ultra-slim, logo-free bezel to direct viewers’ attention to the display’s content. Planar EP-Series 4K displays are also available with integrated multi-touch technology for interactive 4K experiences.

Planar IX-Series 28″

Introducing 4K for desktop users, the Planar IX-Series features a 28” LCD monitor that offers an immersive 4K desktop experience for control room operators, architects, video editors, graphic designers, photographers and corporate desktop users. The new ultra HD desktop monitor line is available with dual and quad stand options and features Planar’s FlexFour™ software, allowing up to four distinct video sources to be viewed concurrently on the same monitor.

The Planar UltraRes 98”, Planar EP-Series 58” and 65” and Planar IX-Series 28” will be available through Planar’s global network of authorized resellers and will begin shipping in the third calendar quarter of 2014. Please visit Booth #C6836 at InfoComm 2014 to learn more about Planar’s new 4K products and to see a demonstration. Additional information is available at www.planar.com/4K.

 

About Planar

Planar Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: PLNR) is a global leader in display and digital signage technology, providing premier solutions for the world’s most demanding environments. Retailers, educational institutions, government agencies, businesses, utilities and energy firms, and home theater enthusiasts all depend on Planar to provide superior performance when image experience is of the highest importance.  Planar video walls, large format LCD displays, interactive touch screen monitors and many other solutions are used by the world’s leading organizations in applications ranging from digital signage to simulation and from interactive kiosks to large-scale data visualization. Founded in 1983, Planar is headquartered in Oregon, USA, with offices, manufacturing partners and customers worldwide. For more information,visit www.planar.com.

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Planar Rolls Out Clarity Matrix Video Wall Calculato

First-of-its-kind online tool makes it easier, faster and more accurate to design and install video walls                         


PORTLAND, Ore., May 13, 2014–
Planar Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLNR), a global leader in display and digital signage technology, has unveiled the Clarity™ Matrix Video Wall Calculator, a free, online tool that simplifies the video wall selection process by simulating for users what their Clarity™ Matrix LCD Video Wall will look like even before they make the purchase.

The first-of-its-kind tool, the Clarity Matrix Video Wall Calculator enables users to quickly and easily configure a LCD video wall for their project, preview it with their own content and download the results—complete with specification data, installation diagrams and custom renderings. The free calculator is designed to make the selection process more successful for anyone considering a video wall, including system integrators, designers, consultants and end users.

“The Clarity Matrix Video Wall Calculator simplifies the selection and configuration of a video wall system by reducing the process from hours to minutes and making it available 24 hours a day, seven days a week from any PC, tablet or smart phone,” said Jennifer Davis, vice president of marketing at Planar Systems. “It offers a very unique online visualization experience that clients love, and distills a vast quantity of data down to exactly what they need to proceed with their video wall project.”

Simplifying the Video Wall Selection Process 

The easy-to-navigate Clarity Matrix Calculator was built for Planar’s recent launch of the Clarity Matrix LCD Video Wall System with G2 Architecture to help customers design and specify video walls with greater ease, speed and accuracy. It includes an attractive user interface, advanced room customization features and detailed installation mechanics. Users can compare different display models side-by-side on the same wall. They can also upload and preview their own content, while exporting detailed images, schematics and data straight into their sales proposal or project specification.

“The new Clarity Matrix Calculator really helps to shorten the video wall sales cycle,” said Matt Pullen, sales manager with CCS Presentation Systems. “Our clients love seeing their own content on the proposed video wall even before they’ve made their choice. The Clarity Matrix Video Wall Calculator is a time-saving resource that is intuitive and extremely informative.”

A Complete Set of Information

The only tool on the market that can generate such a complete set of information, the Clarity Matrix Video Wall Calculator is the place to start when selecting a tiled video array of ultra-narrow bezel LCD displays. With this calculator, users can:

  • Create a graphical rendering of the video wall by choosing the model and orientation of the displays and entering the desired display configuration. The rendering can be previewed online or exported as an image to include in product proposals or to share with clients.
  • Configure a room by defining the size of the room, choosing one of several custom room environments and selecting a wall color to customize the conceptual design.
  • Visualize custom content by uploading their own image or video or selecting from a preset list of content options to make the video wall come to life.
  • Compare models and configurations by selecting two models or display configurations and viewing a side-by-side comparison of specification data.
  • Understand the environmental and design impact of their video wall by determining the dimensions, weight, power consumption and heat load for their selected video wall configuration, which can be exported into Excel for additional analysis.
  • Generate schematics by previewing a mechanical drawing of the mounting array for the video wall that shows dimensions, drill hole patterns, and cable details that can be exported, saving hours of custom CAD design work.
  • Export their results by downloading a PDF file summary, which serves as a personal datasheet of their video wall configurations complete with images, schematics and specification data.
  • Quickly obtain a quote by clicking on a link directly from within the calculator.

The Clarity Matrix Calculator can be used from a range of devices including PCs, smartphones and tablets, and requires no software installation or registration. To use the calculator, please visit www.planar.com/matrixcalculator or watch a video demonstration of the calculator on Planar’s You Tube channel.

About Planar 

Planar Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: PLNR) is a global leader in display and digital signage technology, providing premier solutions for the world’s most demanding environments. Retailers, educational institutions, government agencies, businesses, utilities and energy firms, and home theater enthusiasts all depend on Planar to provide superior performance when image experience is of the highest importance.  Planar video walls, large format LCD displays, interactive touch screen monitors and many other solutions are used by the world’s leading organizations in applications ranging from digital signage to simulation and from interactive kiosks to large-scale data visualization. Founded in 1983, Planar is headquartered in Oregon, USA, with offices, manufacturing partners and customers worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.planar.com.

 

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Planar Systems Announces Expansion of Sales Staff

PORTLAND, Ore., April 3, 2014 - Planar Systems, Inc.(NASDAQ: PLNR) today announced two new expansions to the Planar sales force.

Based out of New York City, Tani Klein joins the Planar team as the new Sales Manager for the Northeast Region, including the New York City metro area, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Tani previously served as the Chief Operating Officer for Primeview, a video wall and commercial display manufacturer, where he achieved a 200 percent sales increase year over year.  Tani has 10 years of experience in the ProAV industry, particularly with background in managing key accounts for major AV integrators and resellers, as well as overseeing technical support and product management for commercial displays in both the United States and abroad.

Planar is also pleased to announce the addition of Chad Heffernan as the new Sales Manager for the state of Florida.  Based out of the Miami area, Chad brings over 20 years of sales experience to Planar Systems.  Previously working for SMART Technologies, he lead large enterprise opportunities and was responsible for the discovery, development and fulfillment of global deployments of SMART’s touch screen displays and collaborative software to many Fortune 500 companies.

About Planar 

Planar Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: PLNR) is a global leader in display and digital signage technology, providing premier solutions for the world’s most demanding environments. Retailers, educational institutions, government agencies, businesses, utilities and energy firms, and home theater enthusiasts all depend on Planar to provide superior performance when image experience is of the highest importance.  Planar video walls, large format LCD displays, interactive touch screen monitors and many other solutions are used by the world’s leading organizations in applications ranging from digital signage to simulation and from interactive kiosks to large-scale data visualization. Founded in 1983, Planar is headquartered in Oregon, USA, with offices, manufacturing partners and customers worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.planar.com.

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Planar Showcases the Industry’s Largest Interactive Display with Corning® Gorilla® Glass

LAS VEGAS, February 12, 2014–Today, at the Digital Signage Expo 2014 in Las Vegas, Planar Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLNR), a global leader in display and digital signage  technology, unveiled the breakthrough 84-inch 4K Planar® UltraRes™  Touch with ERO™ featuring Corning® Gorilla® Glass.

By combining Planar’s exclusive Extended Ruggedness and Optics (ERO) optical glass bonding technology with Gorilla Glass, an industry-leading cover solution, the 84-inch 4K Planar UltraRes Touch is durable and scratch resistant,  making it ideal for digital signage and public venue applications. Planar UltraRes Touch now also supports up to 32 simultaneous touch points, offering the ultimate solution for multi-user applications, including collaboration walls and touch tables.

“The addition of Corning Gorilla Glass to our proprietary ERO optical bonding technology further enhances the durability and visual performance of the Planar UltraRes Touch display,” said Becky Connors, product marketing manager at Planar Systems. “By dramatically increasing the number of touch points, we’ve made it possible for organizations to create highly immersive and engaging experiences.”

For retail stores, museums, hospitality and corporate lobbies, Planar UltraRes Touch offers the durability and flexibility needed for a robust interactive experience.  Planar UltraRes Touch also provides the key features necessary for corporate meeting rooms where touch capability enhances group collaboration. 

Built for Unsurpassed Durability and Performance 

With Planar’s ERO technology, Corning Gorilla Glass is optically bonded to the LCD cell using a proprietary process unique to Planar, providing exceptional durability and performance.  The ERO process keeps out dust and moisture and improves image contrast by eliminating the air gap between the display and the glass. Gorilla Glass is more than four times stronger than tempered soda-lime glass, which enables a substantially-thinner design, and it better resists scratches that can cause the glass to break. Due to the Gorilla Glass’ thinness, parallax and the resulting touch errors are reduced, weight is decreased, while touch sensitivity and display responsiveness are improved.

“We are thrilled for the launch of Planar’s 84-inch UltraRes Touch featuring the world’s largest piece of Gorilla Glass,” said David Loeber, business director for Large Cover Glass at Corning Incorporated. “Planar’s expertise in commercial signage hardware and optical bonding paired with Corning’s expertise in advanced glass solutions yields an innovative product and a great opportunity for collaboration.”

Designed for Style and Function

Planar UltraRes Touch offers a sleek design with an attractive, narrow bezel of just 1.3 inches, providing an elegant backdrop for stunning ultra-high resolution content. It has a mounted depth of only 3.6 inches, making it compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for protruding objects in public environments. The display supports both landscape and portrait orientation, and a logo-free bezel makes it equally practical to use the display in either mode.

With a native 4K resolution of 3840 x 2160, Planar UltraRes Touch provides four times the resolution of a full HD display for advanced clarity—even at short viewing distances for touch users. And with optically-clear Gorilla Glass, every detail is displayed with outstanding color rendition, contrast, and resolution.

Planar UltraRes Touch displays come standard with Planar MediaPlex™ software, which allows up to eight directly attached sources to be viewed, four at a time, in 42-inch diagonal full HD quadrants. Upon command, any of the quadrants can be upscaled to fill the entire 4K display area. Available only from Planar, this feature provides a unique way to display both touch and non-touch content on the same display.

Planar UltraRes Touch displays featuring Corning Gorilla Glass and 32 touch points will be available through Planar’s global network of authorized resellers in the second calendar quarter of 2014. Visit Booth #405 at the Digital Signage Expo 2014 to learn more about the Planar UltraRes Touch and to see a demonstration. Additional information is available at http://www.planar.com/ultrares.

 

About Planar 

Planar Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: PLNR) is a global leader in display and digital signage technology, providing premier solutions for the world’s most demanding environments. Retailers, educational institutions, government agencies, businesses, utilities and energy firms, and home theater enthusiasts all depend on Planar to provide superior performance when image experience is of the highest importance.  Planar video walls, large format LCD displays, interactive touch screen monitors and many other solutions are used by the world’s leading organizations in applications ranging from digital signage to simulation and from interactive kiosks to large-scale data visualization. Founded in 1983, Planar is headquartered in Oregon, USA, with offices, manufacturing partners and customers worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.planar.com.

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Planar Introduces Two New Simplicity Series Digital Signage Displays at Digital Signage Expo 2014

LAS VEGAS, February 12, 2014– Planar Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLNR), a global leader in display and digital signage technology, today announced it has added two new sizes to its Planar® Simplicity™ Series line of edge-lit LED displays, offering customers a broad range of choices for deploying simple, sleek and affordable digital signage displays.

The complete Planar Simplicity Series, from 32” to 55”, will be on display at the Digital Signage Expo 2014, February 12-13, in Planar’s booth (#405) at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas.

With the addition of the 46” and 55” models, customers now have four sizes from which to choose, making the Planar Simplicity Series a highly versatile solution for a wide variety of  commercial applications including retail stores, restaurants, corporate meeting rooms, fitness centers and museums. The Planar Simplicity Series now features four sizes, 32” and 42”, introduced in Fall 2013, and 46” and 55” announced today.

“Planar Simplicity Series displays are a sleek, commercial-quality digital signage display solution that’s both economical and easy to deploy, making it the perfect canvas for commercial content,” said Becky Connors, product marketing manager at Planar Systems. “And with the availability of the 46” and 55” sizes, we’ve now expanded the series, offering our customers a broad range of choices for their digital signage needs.”

The Planar Simplicity Series redefines simple signage, both in terms of functionality and design. With built-in media playing, the cost and complexity of installing third-party media players is eliminated. Planar Simplicity Series displays are easy to install and allow users to create and display content using tools they already have—including videos, photography from cell phone cameras, stock photos and music libraries.

From a single-display installation to a multi-display network, the Planar Simplicity Series was designed to bring simplicity to nearly every digital signage project. The displays are highly versatile, supporting playback of a wide variety of media formats. They also come with a full array of inputs and can be controlled remotely through LAN or RS-232.

In terms of design, the displays feature an elegant, slim profile—less than 1.7” deep— blending naturally into any environment and achieving compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements for protruding objects in public spaces. In addition, the bezels contain no distracting logos, keeping the focus on the content itself.

With prices starting at $595, the Planar Simplicity Series extends the benefits of digital signage to a wider range of organizations, including those with limited budgets. Moreover, the displays use LED backlight technology allowing the displays to operate at industry-low levels of power consumption, making them highly energy efficient.

Planar Simplicity Series displays are available through Planar’s network of authorized resellers. Visit Planar’s You Tube channel to watch a video about the Planar Simplicity Series or visit www.planar.com/simplicity for more information.

About Planar 

Planar Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: PLNR) is a global leader in display and digital signage technology, providing premier solutions for the world’s most demanding environments. Retailers, educational institutions, government agencies, businesses, utilities and energy firms, and home theater enthusiasts all depend on Planar to provide superior performance when image experience is of the highest importance.  Planar video walls, large format LCD displays, interactive touch screen monitors and many other solutions are used by the world’s leading organizations in applications ranging from digital signage to simulation and from interactive kiosks to large-scale data visualization. Founded in 1983, Planar is headquartered in Oregon, USA, with offices, manufacturing partners and customers worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.planar.com.

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