Nine Reasons Your Company Should Want
Thin Clients

Thin Client endpoints deliver the performance a demanding workforce requires, along with the simplified management and built-in security ITDMs crave. They can be used with various operating systems like Windows and Linux to take advantage of whatever situation the business would like, and can be a business’s ‘window to the cloud’ to help achieve the most ROI with the lowest TCO. Let’s look at why Thin Clients might be right for you.

1) Tailored for demanding environments – Thin Clients are designed for wherever security, manageability and a streamlined user experience are crucial factors for success. Whether deployed in data-heavy healthcare and finance contexts or cost-sensitive higher education settings, Thin Clients have the inherent security to protect valuable data and simplified, centralized management to minimize potential downtime.

2) Inherent endpoint security – Thin Clients keep threats from malware and viruses at bay by preventing direct access to the data center, minimizing potential downtime due to compromising attacks and keeping work schedules on track.

3) Useful connectivity options – Thin Clients provide more ways to connect, with a wide array of ports to meet any team’s work needs or preferences, including HDMI, fast-charging USB Type-C™, Ethernet and more.

4) Stylish, differentiated form factors – The LG Thin Client portfolio embraces high quality and sharp design. And with a lineup ranging from ultra-thin, ultra-lightweight MIL-STD-810G laptops to the 38-inch class Curved UltraWideÔ All-In-One (AIO) monitor to the flexible, most compact box form, they can optimize almost any work environment.

5) Versatile deployment options – The Thin Client portfolio streamlines any IT infrastructure, no matter the scale or need. Most come equipped for 2K–4K dual-monitor resolutions, letting users take full advantage of multi-functional daisy chain configurations. From refitting the common desktop to keeping a mobile workforce connected, Thin Clients can simplify the workday.

6) High-performance display quality – LG Thin Clients support graphics-intensive applications with ease, with wider screen sizes to accommodate expanded levels of multitasking and IPS screen technology for crisp, clear images with vivid colors from virtually any viewing angle.

7) Easy on the budget – Already less expensive to deploy, integrate and manage, Thin Clients go even further by consuming less energy than traditional desktop PC setups, thanks to a minimal design and long product lifecycle.

8) Low-noise environments – LG Thin Clients are built with fanless designs that don’t add distracting office noise.

9) Fewer replaceable parts – Built with fewer breakable parts that could require maintenance or replacement over time, Thin Clients have extended product life and no fear of the obsolescence common to most IT fleets.

LG Thin Client endpoints are efficient, versatile, secure and cost-effective in virtually every deployment, and can help your company get the most from your cloud infrastructure.

 

LG Outdoor DVLED Gives Toronto Sports Fans a Huge View of the Big Games

There’s always a tremendous amount of fan excitement in Toronto’s Maple Leaf Square before and during hockey games; and in Jurassic Park, home to Raptors fans during basketball games. The public square has a capacity of 5,000 people, and hosts pre-game gatherings and outdoor viewings of games like season openers and playoffs for both the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Raptors.

Games going on inside the arena are displayed live on the outdoor screen for public viewing, and fans have been known to line up the night before in eager anticipation.

So, when you’ve got 5,000 energized fans outside wanting a great view of the big game inside, what’s the best way to accommodate them?

The solution is a massive new LG outdoor Direct View LED (DVLED) display. It’s now part of Maple Leaf Square, and it replaces a previous, smaller screen.

According to rAVe [PUBS], “Giving Toronto sports fans a superior viewing experience in Maple Leaf Square adjacent to the Scotiabank Arena, the new 2,200-square-foot LG DVLED display is 37 percent larger than the previous screen. The installation of the new 62-by-35-foot screen marks the expanded partnership between MLSE and LG, which have a shared mindset of elevating every game for fans. LG Electronics Canada is the exclusive Consumer Electronics Partner of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Raptors.”

rAVe adds, “The LG DVLED screen (with a 6mm pixel pitch) consists of 1,269 modules housed in 168 cabinets that make up the single screen. Each cabinet is equipped with an IP-66 rating to ensure the highest level of protection and performance in any weather, and each module features a premium-tier chipset that provides rich, saturated colors and a high level of brightness to ensure quality display even in direct sunlight.”

Fans and visitors alike have a whole lot to love. See the new LG Outdoor DVLED in action:

Cisco and LG Offer Expanded Video Conferencing and Display Solutions for Business

To address the ever-growing need for more effective business communication and information sharing, Cisco and LG are offering an expanded range of outstanding solutions for video conferencing, content delivery and presentations. These technology pairings ensure the user experience is simple, straightforward, eye-catching and engaging every time. Support is coordinated, consistent and available globally from Cisco and LG.

Cisco video conferencing solutions coupled with LG commercial displays create premium, turnkey collaboration systems scalable for small to large business environments.

The entry-level Cisco Webex Room Kit Mini video conferencing package includes camera, codec, speaker and microphones integrated into a single device for small groups of up to 5 people. Further video conferencing packages include the Webex Room Kit, Webex Room Kit Plus and Webex Room Kit Pro, to accommodate larger and deeper rooms of up to 14 people with enhanced features, flexibility and control. All products offer sophisticated camera technologies that bring speaker-tracking capabilities to every room.

System features include remote management for greater convenience and control, adaptive audio input for incoming calls, low latency detection to eliminate echo or lip sync issues, auto system and display standby mode, automatic integration and no-touch setup.

When coupled with Cisco-compatible LG displays, these kits offer outstanding, crystal-clear conferencing. Display offerings include a wide selection of series and sizes, and the visual connection is second to none. LG’s IPS panels provide true-to-life colors, deep black levels and rich color saturation for amazing contrast and color detail at virtually any viewing angle. So everyone in the meeting has the best seat in the house.

Cisco-compatible LG displays include the FHD SM5KE, SM5KD, SM5KC, SM5D and SM5C Series; 4K UHD UH5E, UH5C, UM3E, UM3C Series and LS95D; UHD Ultra Stretch BH7D; and Touch Screen TR3E and TC3D Series and TR3D Interactive Digital Boards in FHD or UHD, depending on size.

See How Innovative Digital Signage Enhances the Fitness Center Experience

While health club memberships are at an all-time high, intense competition within the industry means fitness centers must constantly review and upgrade the experience they provide to their members. Operators should be keenly focused on seeking new ways to keep members coming back, as a “two percent increase in customer retention has the same effect as decreasing costs by 10 percent.”1

In addition to physical gym space, fitness centers must also compete with workout apps and live online fitness classes. Digital signage can provide a more exciting and engaging on-site experience than these competing technologies and ensure optimum results in communication, advertising and entertainment. What’s more, today’s advanced digital signage solutions offer something for virtually every area of the facility: we have a new Fitness Lookbook that will show you what’s possible.

There’s plenty of effective content for digital signage in fitness centers, too. Here’s a short summary.

Outdoor – Get noticed by displaying branding, advertising and digital mosaics to stand out and attract interest from a distance.

Reception Area – Display club services and membership information, provide self-check-in and promote supplements, protein powders, clothing and more for purchase.

Throughout the Facility – Provide wayfinding, studio or spa schedules and digital bulletin board messages. Interactive touch-screen digital signage can engage members even further, and Beacon technology can display targeted information and offers.

Workout Areas – Display class schedules. Provide an exciting, physically competitive environment with inspirational videos, virtual group fitness classes or individual workout instruction.

Lounge Areas – Digital signage makes great menu boards, and content can be updated or changed in real time from a central location or remotely. Promote your healthy food and drink options and display class schedules.

Entertainment – Commercial-grade TVs are a must for health clubs. They are durable, designed for extended use, and provide the content flexibility, high picture quality and wide viewing angles required for fitness centers.

Whatever the need, we can help. LG commercial displays can be a powerful visual strategy for keeping fitness center members engaged, informed and coming back.

Have a Look – For your inspiration, our new detailed Fitness Lookbook can help you visualize digital signage applications for your facility.

 

*1 https://www.skyword.com/contentstandard/creativity/building-customer-loyalty-through-the-art-of-storytelling/

LG UT670H Series Smart Hospitality TVs Offer Cost-Effective IPTV Functionality and Experience-Enhancing Features

Last week we gave you the rundown on Pro:Centric® and Pro:Centric Direct television content management systems, and how they can help hotels provide an innovative in-room experience via interactive solutions for guests.

The Pro:Centric Direct platform is available on LG Smart Hospitality TVs. One such TV is the new UT670H Series, a cost-effective Internet Protocol television (IPTV) solution with webOS 4.5, available in the most hotel-requested sizes of 43, 49 and 55 inches. UT670H Series Smart TVs offer Ultra HD resolution, which is four times higher than that of Full HD, and provides a more realistic and immersive television viewing experience. UHD’s 3840 x 2160 pixel resolution creates outstanding images with incredibly vivid detail.

LG UT670H Series TVs elevate the in-room entertainment experience and increase convenience through implementation of high-end technology.

Because the UT670H Series supports the Pro:Centric Direct platform, it offers customizable tools for LG’s Systems Integrator partners to create interactive applications that enable delivery of a wide range of unique solutions tailored to both hotel management and guest needs. Guests can locate and enjoy available TV channels or access a wide range of over-the-top (OTT) smart apps, check on the daily weather, review available hotel amenities and more – all from the comfort of their room.

Value-added features include voice recognition, allowing users to easily control the TV. The TV series also supports SmartShare, Screen Share, Pro:Idiom® and Bluetooth Sound Sync.

SmartShare allows guests to share content between compatible devices more easily and quickly by showcasing all the device’s audio, video and photo content in simple menus on the screen. ScreenShare connects a smartphone or a laptop PC to the TV via a Wi-Fi Direct connection. The TV will display the device’s screen, and guests can share their content and memories together. Pro:Idiom digital rights management (DRM) technology provides access to premium content to help assure rapid and broad deployment of HDTV and other high-value digital content. Bluetooth Sound Sync enables guests to listen to music on a mobile device through the TV speakers via Bluetooth connection, supporting Android (above v4.4 KitKat) / iOS-based mobile devices.

Hospitality features also include Software-enabled Access Point (SoftAP) and embedded Broadband Local Area Network (b-LAN). SoftAP is a “virtual” Wi-Fi feature that uses software to create a wireless hotspot. The current version supports Bridge Mode, which enables network managers to control connected devices. For properties with SONIFI, embedded b-LAN allows pay-per-view (PPV) and video on demand (VOD) support without the need for a set-top box.

Setting up UT670H Series hospitality TVs is simple with EzManager, a convenient installation function that helps to set up Pro:Centric TV settings automatically without extra effort of configuration.

LG Pro:Centric: Enhancing the Hotel Guest Experience Is Getting Easier

Hoteliers can enhance their guests’ in-room television experience with LG’s Pro:Centric® television content management system that creates an innovative in-room experience via interactive solutions for guests. Designed with simple and intuitive editing tools and pre-designed templates, the intuitive Pro:Centric interface handles guest requests such as housekeeping and laundry services in a personalized manner. For the hotelier, Pro:Centric offers efficient content production and management while maximizing on-site advertising effectiveness to boost the hotel’s image.

Pro:Centric can act as an in-room concierge, giving guests the ability to see hotel amenities such as restaurants, bars, spa services, fitness and business centers, and more, via billboards presented on their in-room TV. The hotel property can customize and update these billboards as required to promote whatever businesses and services will benefit them and their guests. Pro:Centric also enables guests to access their favorite streaming services and smart TV applications such as Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Showtime, Crackle, HBO GO, Amazon Prime Video, or they can select their favorite TV show or movie from the electronic programming guide. In addition, guests can pair their mobile devices with the TV for screen sharing and playing audio files. These personal experiences with the hotel can contribute to guest loyalty with customers that have unique, positive stories to share.

Pro:Centric Direct, LG’s fully customizable HTML application environment, is available on LG more advanced hospitality TVs. Pro:Centric Direct features an innovative authoring tool using drag-and-drop widgets and enables over-the-top (OTT) Internet video streaming and casting services. Pro:Centric Direct also supports IP networks for two-way communications, enabling interactive services to be offered to guests such as room service ordering, spa service booking, concierge requests, portfolio review and checkout, all from the TV. In addition, ticker messaging and individual or group messages can be sent to the guest’s TV, all within a fully-customized, hotel-branded user experience.

When guests benefit, hotels benefit. By providing a simple means to access hotel services and amenities, Pro:Centric Direct promotes a consistent revenue stream for the hotel property. This cost-effective delivery of uniform services and features across both RF (radio frequency) and IP (Internet protocol) based networks eliminates the need for additional hardware such as a set-top box in the room.

With LG Pro:Centric hospitality TVs, installation and maintenance are both simple and efficient when using LG’s Pro:Centric server installed at the hotel’s head end equipment room. LG provides the necessary tools and technical training to third-party installers and integrators, so that they have the skills to directly support the hotel property. Hundreds of TVs can be quickly installed and configured in a matter of days, and post-installation changes and maintenance can be made remotely via the server and sent to the TVs automatically, without inconveniencing hotel staff or guests.

LG’s Pro:Centric application environment provides extended customizable tools including HTML5, Java, and Flash. With these tools, LG Systems Integrator Partners can optimize the full range of LG hospitality TVs and develop their own enhanced services. This increased control and customization provides premium hotel services to guests without the need for a set-top box. For hotels looking to retrofit their existing legacy TVs rather than purchase new TVs, LG’s Pro:Centric-enabled set top box provides all the same tools and benefits without the need to replace recently purchased TVs.

As hotels host an increasing percentage of digital savvy, device-enabled guests, LG Pro:Centric-powered products and user environments can provide a personalized, home-like experience that’s good for guests and good for business.

How to Visualize Your Digital Signage Project Even Before You Begin

Have you seen our online Visualization Tools?

We’ve created a group of virtual helpers to make it easy for you to get started with an LG commercial display strategy. Because LG commercial displays come in different technologies, sizes and shapes, there’s quite a lot of potential. Probably more than you’d think. Let our visualization tools be your creative guides – you’re sure to come away with some amazing ideas for stunning digital experiences.

Virtual Showrooms – Explore our interactive environments and discover how to enhance your brand, communicate more effectively, drive interest and engagement, and improve productivity. Navigate through our virtual showrooms for QSR, Education, Hospitality, Retail, Corporate and Airports. Use your mouse to look around: each showroom guides you through a number of areas, showing suggested products to improve the experience all along the way.

Video Wall Configurator – Visualize an LG video wall virtually anywhere. Choose the environment, size of wall, display model, number of displays and the type of content you’ll be showing (or upload your own content). Then custom configure your video wall, create your blueprint and have it sent directly via email. You can even have it sent directly to an LG representative for a quote.

Lookbooks – Every page is an inspiration with an LG lookbook, and we have 10 of them to help you visualize what’s possible for your business. Choose from QSR/Fast Casual, K-12 Education, Corporate, Indoor DVLED, Oil and Gas, Hospitality, LG OLED Retail, General Retail, Higher Education and Fitness. You’ll see our products in numerous environments along with a list of key features that deliver optimum results specific to their task. You’ll want to download these lookbooks and keep them for future reference.

By the way, these visualization tools are just part of our expanded Resource Hub, where you can find case studies, eBooks, white papers, infographics, videos and more to give you plenty of insight, and show you new ways to transform your business for better experiences and a bigger bottom line. We encourage you to visit the hub often.

LG UltraFine Monitors Bring P3 Color Space to Your Workplace

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Last week we told you about LG’s 5K and 4K UltraFine™ monitors designed for Mac professionals. One of their features is full coverage of the P3 color space. So, what is P3, and what’s in it for you?

Color space refers the range of colors, or gamut, that a camera can see, a printer can print, or a monitor can display. Creative professionals are very familiar with the standard sRGB color space, as they know their work is most apt to be seen in the colors they intended, regardless of the type of monitor used to view it. Many also work with the Adobe RGB color space, as it contains a larger range of colors than sRGB, and represents a lot of the colors that professional DSLRs and printers can reproduce.

The P3 color space, or DCI-P3, is the color range that a digital cinema projector can reproduce, allowing for a much wider contrast and color gamut than traditional film-targeted work. Similar to Adobe RGB, P3 contains a larger range of colors than sRGB. While Adobe RGB leans more toward blues and greens, P3 extends more into the reds and yellows. A device that can display P3 can therefore show more colors than an sRGB device.

Many newer Apple devices have P3 displays, such as newer iMac and MacBook Pro computers, iPad Pro tablets, and some iPhone models. The P3 color gamut is close to Adobe RGB, and as with Adobe RGB, working with P3 shouldn’t be an issue for any project if the user has a bit of experience using color management and color profiles.

Is P3 for TV? Could be. While HDTV’s standard color space uses sRGB, as video moves beyond Full HD (1080p) to 4K (3840 or 4096) and even 8K (7680), we should see a corresponding shift to wide color gamut. In fact, P3 is already the delivery color space specified by Ultra HD Premium – a logo program that defines what technical standards a TV must meet to deliver a ‘premium’ 4K experience: to qualify as an Ultra HD Premium TV, a TV must be able to display more than 90% of the colors defined by the P3 color space.

While P3 is aimed at digital cinema projection, mass market television and video workflows could eventually replace sRGB with P3.

This is good news for graphic designers, art directors, photographers and videographers, as the new LG 5K and 4K UltraFine monitors with P3 are the perfect partners for professional Apple devices, and a future-proof advantage for tomorrow’s wide world of color.

LG’s New 5K and 4K UltraFine Monitors Offer Optimized Performance for Mac Users

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LG Electronics USA has introduced a new 27-inch UltraFine™ 5K (5120 x 2880) IPS Monitor which, along with the 2019 model 24-inch UltraFine 4K (3840 x 2160) Nano IPS™ Monitor, give art directors, graphic designers, photographers and videographers two high-quality options designed specifically for the latest Apple products. LG UltraFine monitors offer outstanding image quality when connected to a Mac or iPad Pro.

LG 27-inch UltraFine  5K Monitor 27MD5KLB-B. The LG UltraFine 5K is a wide-screen solution that features the P3 wide color gamut and 500-nit brightness for optimized images, with no calibration required. The monitor’s 218 pixels per inch (PPI) provide detailed, lifelike images and sharp text for viewing multiple windows and tools simultaneously. The built-in camera, microphone and two-channel rich bass speaker provide a full multimedia experience and make the monitor an ideal choice for professionals that communicate online via video.

Designed to enhance productivity, the LG UltraFine 5K delivers powerful all-around performance and the latest connectivity options. For configuring a versatile Mac workstation, its Thunderbolt™ 3 port can transmit 5K video, audio and data simultaneously as well as charge a device up to 94W with just a single connection. This powerful port is fully compatible with Thunderbolt 3 enabled Mac and USB Type-C™ enabled Mac or iPad Pro. Three USB Type-C ports are also provided.

The LG UltraFine 5K is also designed for user comfort and convenience, with an included adjustable height and tilt stand. Compatibility with macOS Mojave 10.14.6 and iOS 12.4 enables users to control brightness and volume directly from the Touch Bar or keyboard on their MacBook Pro. Additionally, the monitor’s ambient light sensor automatically adjusts screen brightness when connected to a Mac.

LG 24-inch UltraFine 4K Monitor 24MD4KLB-B. Measuring nearly 24 inches of Ultra High Definition resolution, users can experience stunning images with similarly realistic colors and the full coverage of the P3 wide color gamut and 500-nit brightness. And with Nano IPS technology, nanometer-sized particles on the screen’s LED absorb excess light wavelengths, realizing richer color expression that accurately reproduces content, from actual images and videos to CG, at virtually any angle.

This 4K monitor’s quality build and design and easy connectivity give users unhindered ability to explore, enhance and refine their creativity. With a Mac, the monitor’s two Thunderbolt 3 ports can be used to daisy chain two 4K monitors and configure a versatile Mac workstation as well as charge Mac up to 85W simultaneously without a separate power cable. Three USB Type-C ports are also provided; a height / tilt adjustable stand is included.

LG’s UltraFine 5K and UltraFine 4K monitors are engineered for high performance and reliability in demanding professional environments and include LG’s 3-year Limited Warranty on Parts and Labor.

Stay tuned. We’ll be diving into the P3 wide color gamut and its advantages in an upcoming post.

Enhance Presentations, Learning and Collaboration with Large Format, Touch Screen Displays

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LG’s new large format touch screen displays feature advanced technologies that offer more capabilities and potential for interactive presentations and attendee participation.

In-Cell Touch Screen Display

At 86-inch class, the new TN3F-B In-Cell UHD Multi-Touch Screen Display has a rightful place at the head of the class, meeting or conference in a wide range of venues – capturing and holding attention with crisp, clear graphics, vivid colors and legible text from virtually any viewing angle.

For the presenter, In-Cell Touch and Active Pen technologies enable a natural cursive writing experience, providing advantages in writing performance, visibility and design because the LCD panel and protective glass are directly bonded, with virtually no air gaps to potentially break contact. The TN3F’s Active Pen is pressure sensitive, so strokes can be thick or thin, accurately reproducing the user’s handwriting on the screen.

For collaborating across multiple locations, the TN3F’s data mirroring technology enables two-way writing and sharing in real time so users can remotely share annotations and facilitate meeting collaboration. Screen sharing provides the content-sharing function with laptops or various mobile devices too. Using the IDB DUO App, files can be directly shared between the Interactive Digital Board and the client devices, for smarter classes and meetings.

The TN3F display provides an easy all-in-one experience that integrates both webOS and IDB apps into its embedded high-performance system-on-chip (SoC), without the need for a PC. The IDB mode can be activated with a touch.

IR Multi-Touch Point Displays

LG’s new cutting-edge TR3BF-B series IR Multi-Touch Point Displays with UHD and IPS support dual pen and multi-touch functions to provide accurate drawing and authentic touch quality. In addition, the displays support multi-directional communication and interactive learning.

Available in 65-, 75– and 86-inch class, the TR3BF series displays can simultaneously use up to 20 points of multi-touch and 10 points of writing, as well as two types of stylus pens at the same time. This offers a lifelike board writing experience and makes collaboration much easier while accommodating multiple participants at the board at the same time.

To further replicate the whiteboard experience, the TR3BF series allows users to erase text, pictures and other items written on the screen by using their own hands. Much easier than erasing with a stylus, palm erasing feels more natural, like erasing a real whiteboard. It’s extremely intuitive even for first-time users.

LG TR3BF series displays use the Chrome web browser which is built into the Android OS, so users can search the web easily and quickly, without the need to connect to an external desktop.