New Display Express TV Panels Let Everyone Take Control

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Last year, we added custom Web Preset panels to Display Express, giving sites the power to create and assign control panels to specific users. Now we’ve created custom TV panels, where a user can click on a TV “button” (which can be one, a group, or all TVs), and change the channel, set the Volume, or turn power on and off.

This gives users the ability to choose from Preset-style or Manual control of their DX system. Already, there are several applications arising from this feature.

Display Express is a crowd-sourced application – everything we add comes from ideas from our integrators and end users. Keep the great ideas coming, guys. We do respond.

Sports Bars

Traditionally, integrators use Crestron/AMX touch panels for this application, giving bartenders the power to touch and control TVs. Nice touch, but a really expensive solution for a simple system application. Plus, the dealer needs to send a programmer/designer out every time things change.

Now, you can install a Display Express/QMOD system to deliver cost-effective HD media video and control through RF coax. Integration is a snap – just add one ICC1-IR or ICC1-232 to each TV – add one QMOD HDTV modulator for each TV or signage channel. It’s easy to scale the design up and down – just add or subtract freely.

Need control? Easy – just throw in a few iPad2s – nice touch panels at only $399. And there’s all sorts of chargers, holders and accessories available.

For Display Express software, just define everything through the easy to use Web pages. Once you define Presets (assign control commands to one or more TVs), you can create automated schedules and Preset control panels and buttons.

Then create a few TV Control panels. Lay out a panel with a logical array of TVs, using an array of 3 rows of 15 spaces. Give the panel a name and save it.

Finally, you can define a number of Panel Users, assign one or more pages, and your system is done.

While there are many tablets available, we recommend the iPad – the pages look great and operation is consistent. You can save the DX access as an icon, and add it to the Home page. Generally, you only need to log in once – so the panels are always there.

Once the system is set up, you can show the customer how to edit their own panels, so they can tweak on their own time. Also, you can set up the server for outside access – so you can test and update remotely. Expansion is just matter of adding TVs and channels to the database, no special programming required.

At this point, there is already a large sports bar planned for this application.

Structured Control

Large-scale sites can now mix some manual control in with the master schedule operation. This means that a “floor manager” in different areas can open up a TV panel from their desktop, tablet, or smartphone, and change a channel on the fly. A tour guide for a sports arena can control a few TVs as part of the walk-through.

Each has a small window of control, taking a little bit of control that’s assigned to them.

Personal Control

Here’s an application from a consultant. A major TV content provider has a number of HD studios in the facility. All send their HD-SDI feeds to QMOD-SDI HD-SDI Modulators. Offices all over the site have multiple TVs, all networked by Display Express.

The problem was in offering personal control to the offices. The designer had planned for custom control panels, then we sent them a screenshot of our new TV Panels. Bingo. Now the app will be a reality – because the Web panels saved thousands from the site’s control and maintenance costs.

Want to try a test drive? Click here to link to our web demo!

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