Panasonic System Communications Company of North America is showcasing new displays, projectors and software this week at Digital Signage Expo 2014 in Las Vegas. Panasonic is presenting products for a range of environments, from outdoor sports facilities to school cafeterias and department stores. Among the new products on display are the PT-RZ670U lamp-free projector, TH-47LFX60U ruggedized and weatherproof outdoor display, TH-47LFV5U video wall display and ET-SWA100 status-monitoring software, which enables customers to have clearer insight into the maintenance needs of their products.

"Companies across industries are embracing the benefits digital signage can offer, allowing them to respond more quickly to environmental changes, reduce paper waste and better attract the attention of customers, students or other stakeholders," said Art Rankin, senior director of AV technologies, in the announcement. "Having a deep understanding of the specific challenges our customers face enables us to deliver solutions that can adapt to a variety of environments, whether it's a bus stop in Phoenix or a restaurant in New Hampshire,"

New products on display at this year's DSE:

PT-RZ670U lamp-free projector: The new PT-RZ670U is a one-chip DLP laser projector featuring 6,000 lumens of brightness, intended as a solution for large signage applications where flat panel displays are not large enough. With its laser light source and filter-free design, the projector can run without maintenance for up to 20,000 hours, reducing total cost of ownership and minimizing strain on staff or the need for AV specialists, the company said. The PT-RZ670U is also equipped with DIGITAL LINK, a feature that, when connected to a compatible switcher, makes it possible to transmit AV content and control signals via a single CAT5e cable or higher, from a distance of up to 328 feet. The PT-RZ670U will be available in Fall 2014.

TH-47LFX60U ruggedized and weatherproof outdoor display: The TH-47LFX60U display delivers a high-brightness of 2,000 cd/m, producing vivid images even under direct sunlight, the company said. Because of its durability, the display can resist temperature changes ranging from - 4° F to 122° F. The display features IP55 level dust and water resistance for outdoor installations such as drive-thru menus and public transportation signage. The TH-47LFX60U will be available in Spring 2014.

TH-47LFV5U video wall display: As a highly durable display, the TH-47LFV5U can run non-stop, leveraging a cooling fan that can be set to operate automatically at high temperatures. Additionally, the display offers high definition and a wide viewing angle for high-traffic areas such as airports or museums. The display is also well-suited for the surveillance market, offering a super narrow bezel for seamless multiscreen layouts, the company said. The TH-47LFV5U will be available in Spring 2014.

Early warning software: The ET-SWA100 software monitors compatible Panasonic products connected to it, including all projectors and most flat panel displays in the DSE booth, the company said. The software enables customers to monitor devices remotely and receive alerts when a unit is not functioning correctly, has failed or needs maintenance. The software can also suggest maintenance scheduling and monitor device temperature to avoid future issues, to minimize downtime and reduce costly, inefficient visits, the company said.

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