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.

LG Introduces UT640S Series UHD Commercial Lite TV Signage

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The UT640S series UHD (3840 X 2160) Commercial Lite TV Signage is designed to combine live television programming with digital signage content in diverse business environments. By providing compatibility with AV Control systems and DPM (Display Power Management) as well as its smart connectivity, simple user-friendly interface and UHD picture quality, the UT640S series enhances ease of use while helping businesses entertain and communicate with their target audiences. The new LG UT640S Series UHD Commercial Lite TV Signage is available in screen sizes from 43-inch to 86-inch class.

The displays’ embedded Content and Group Management System allows managers to edit and play content, and schedule playlists and groups. It also allows a manager to control the signage via remote control, mouse or mobile phone without the need for a separate PC or software, thereby simplifying content management.

The UT640S series includes LG SuperSign Control software, to give managers the ability to control multiple displays at once. A single account is provided, which can check device information, set up basic properties such as power, picture mode, volume, time, scheduling and even firmware updates for up to 100 displays, through a single server. Centralized control can prevent public tampering with TV settings, and a Lock mode blocks external input signals containing non-compliant content – a very useful feature for preventing misuse of TVs in various facilities or public spaces.

Initial set up of multiple displays is easy and efficient with USB cloning, since managers do not have to completely set up each display one by one. Instead, the user creates a master display, and then copies the data from it onto a USB memory device. From there, the data can be easily distributed to the other displays through a USB plug-in.

Real-time remote monitoring helps ensure maximum uptime, as malfunctions or errors can be easily handled through real-time remote care. Should an error occur, notifications can be sent through the SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) protocol.

Wake-on-LAN (WOL) enables managers to turn on displays by sending messages through the network. This greatly simplifies the installation and maintenance processes since only a single wire is needed for power and network connection.

Picture quality is excellent with LG IPS (In Plane Switching) screen technology. IPS provides a wide viewing angle where color remains accurate, contrast is consistent and text is legible. Content can be clearly seen, regardless of the viewer’s position. The display also includes 4K UHD upscaling, which automatically upgrades Full HD content to UHD resolution so that images look crisp and clear in virtually any situation.

The UT640S series is Crestron Connected® certified, for a higher level of compatibility with professional AV controls. This can result in virtually seamless integration and automated control, boosting business management efficiency.

 

See Clear Through to Amazing Experiences with LG Transparent OLED Signage

Available now in the Unites States, LG Transparent OLED Signage is a super-thin (7mm), see-through display designed to deliver unique, Augmented Reality (AR) experiences in specialized commercial applications, particularly high-end retail, hospitality, art galleries and museums.

With a high transmittance rate and higher picture quality, content appears crisp, clear and vivid on the sleek and seamless, one-piece glass design.

LG Transparent OLED Signage can elevate a customer experience beyond imagination, delivering messages and promoting products while simultaneously showing the actual products or objects behind the display. It creates a new level of engagement as the content magically appears, and can heighten engagement even further when equipped with an interactive touch screen overlay.

The impressive picture quality and sheer wow factor makes the display ideal for installation anywhere requiring discerning taste and the latest trends, such as the retail application addressed in video A. Installations can be a single display, or several displays tiled together to create a video wall. The transparent and slim design not only attracts attention, it lends itself to a unified spatial design by separating a space while naturally connecting it, as with the museum exhibit shown in video B. No doubt, LG Transparent OLED Signage truly takes digital signage to an unreal level.

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LG’s New LAPE Series DVLEDs Pitch a Beautiful Curve

LG’s stunning DVLED displays are made to stand out. And the new LAPE Series Indoor Premium Fine-Pitch DVLED takes stunning to a new level, with specially designed, flexible LED display modules to support true concave and convex curvatures up to a 1,000 millimeter radius.

Available with 1.5, 2.0 and 2.5mm pixel-pitch resolutions, the LAPE Series DVLEDs deliver vivid picture quality through a wide range of color details with deep contrast thanks to LG’s exclusive Dynamic Contrast Algorithm. 16-bit color processing provides a higher grayscale level, which seamlessly displays different depths and densities of colors with virtually no distortion, resulting in a more realistic image. Content playback is smooth, with a picture that’s easy on the eyes. All models in the LAPE series can configure an FHD/UHD resolution screen.

With the distinctive image quality and custom flexibility, these DVLEDs present a blank canvas with a freedom of design. This allows businesses to transform media into works of art and bring content to life with amazing impact.

The LAPE series includes a versatile 4K system controller, providing simplified system configuration in a high-resolution platform. The controller also has a built-in high-performance media player as well as scaler. LG’s new management control software platform, LED Assistant, provides easy screen management.

Whether a business needs to display information in control rooms, common areas, auditoriums or retail spaces, and even wrapped around corners, LG’s latest world-class slim screen is shaped to impress.

Power can be located up to 60 meters (196 feet) away, and the LAPE Series offers the ability to choose how the signage is powered, selecting either the Remote Power Model or the Embedded Power Model. Users can choose the desired screen brightness by customizing the number of power supply units based on the electrical capacity of the installation environment.

The LAPE series is also designed to support signal redundancy as an optional feature. For additional peace of mind, LG provides Signage 365 Care, an optional cloud service solution that makes the maintenance of DVLED displays easier and faster, by remotely managing information such as operating status, data usage, monitoring and fault detection.

The LAPE Series is a smaller, lightweight DVLED display module that breaks free from conventional norms. The ease of handling and installation helps prevent the chance of damaging the LED dots, which can happen with conventional sizes. The LAPE Series provides front installation and front service access, eliminating the need for rear access space and allowing for a sleek screen design and maximum space optimization.

Have a look at the LG LAPE Series Indoor Premium Fine-Pitch DVLED in action:

Meet the new LG 130-inch All-in-one DVLED

A massive 130-inch screen. Embedded sound. Zero bezels. Makes for one incredible experience in a conference room, boardroom or executive auditorium. Commands attention to keep viewers engaged during meetings and presentations.

It’s LG’s new All-in-one DVLED LAA Series Signage, and it made its U.S. debut at InfoComm 2019.

All-in-one? Yes, because the sound is an integral part of the display. This massive 130-inch screen doesn’t require additional speakers for its impactful audio effect. Its embedded Surface Sound comes from the entire screen. The LAA Series Signage incorporates 36, 4.5W exciter speakers placed throughout the screen, that create vibrations through the actual LED panel to deliver clear, realistic sound.

But the greatest advantage is the 130-inch screen size with no bezels. Even bigger than a 2×2 video wall with 55-inch LCD panels, it displays content without lines or distortions for a more immersive visual experience. It’s ideal for use in place of projection systems. Since DVLED has no bezels, it provides a high-resolution image unequaled across large expanses.

So, how do you get this huge screen to where you need it to be? Like on the 30th floor, for example? A screen this size is certainly too big for an elevator.

No problem. This display assembles easily, and consists of 12 LED modules that are placed in a 4×3 configuration. The LED screen can be easily installed and managed from the front side – the modules can be attached or detached by hand or with an optional magnetic tool. Stand mounting, wall mounting or ceiling mounting facilitate placement.

Each module automatically recognizes its location within the screen and the setting values, so the screen doesn’t require a complicated screen setup process. All you need to do is turn it on. It is Crestron Connected® certified for a higher level of compatibility with professional AV controls to achieve seamless integration and automated network-based control, and is compatible with LG’s SuperSign® CMS, making content creation and distribution a breeze.

And how’s the picture quality? Beautifully realistic. Vibrant, sharp and clear, thanks to Full HD resolution, 1.5mm pixel pitch and HDR 10 for vivid color expression and greater contrast ratio. With a 160-degree wide viewing angle to accommodate everyone in the room.

Users can access settings such as picture mode, volume, and more, using a remote control instead of needing to connect to a PC. It features the same UI as general LG digital signage – a quick study.

Lastly, maintenance is easier and faster with the optional Signage365Care service, a cloud service solution provided by LG. Signage365Care remotely manages the status of displays in client workplaces for fault diagnosis and remote-control services, ensuring the stable operation of clients’ businesses.

See the LG 130-inch All-in-one DVLED LAA Series Signage in action at InfoComm 2019:

Why Commercial-Grade Digital Signage is Worth the Investment

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Last week we told you about the advantages of commercial-grade hospitality TVs over consumer TVs for use in hotel guest rooms. This week we’ll get into the advantages of commercial-grade displays for use as digital signage.

From engineered durability, innovative form factors and a wide range of sizes, to installation, integration and management, commercial-grade displays excel at meeting long-term business needs.

LG commercial displays are designed to provide 18-24/7 operation (depending on model) and can provide attention-grabbing content in public environments, and often harsh conditions, day in, day out. LG uses commercial-grade components to prolong the life of the display—with key considerations such as heat, dust and humidity all playing a role in the build quality.

Not only is the construction of LG commercial-grade displays superior to that of consumer-grade displays, the back-end infrastructure allows businesses to create, post and manage their own content with ease. Let’s have a look at the advantages:

  • Consistent Image Quality – With IPS (In-Plane Switching) LCD screen technology, the angle of view does not affect the image quality. IPS is a leading advantage for displays in public areas and large spaces where people are moving about.
  • Effective Brightness and Contrast – Commercial displays are available with a brightness and contrast range ideal for the venue. Resellers and systems integrators can take note of the lighting conditions for each display location and select a display accordingly.
  • Display Orientation – Commercial displays can be used in landscape or portrait modes and have a wide selection of industrial mounting options. Consumer-grade screens are landscape format only.
  • Innovative Form Factors – LG leads the way in innovative display form factors that can blend virtually seamlessly into the space, complement existing structures or become iconic elements of the architecture.
  • Easy Connectivity – Commercial displays lead the way in connectivity, making an installation much more economical for systems integration. Feed the display any type of digital signal and it can daisy chain to whatever the output requires.
  • Variety of Inputs – Commercial displays feature a wide variety of inputs including RS232C, RJ45, USB, HDMI, DP, DVI-D and more.
  • Easy Content Management – LG’s webOS Signage is a web-based content creation/management platform that is supported by a wide network of software integrators in the U.S. It works with the displays’ embedded SoC (System on Chip) and eliminates the need for external media players and associated cables and mounting hardware. The content can be managed from a centralized location.
  • Fail-safe Engineering – LG commercial displays are purpose-built for maximum messaging uptime. For example, you can have webOS Signage software playing through a LAN cable that uploads to 4 GB of usable storage on the display. Then set it up so that the display will feed from a USB stick as a backup. And then have a standard video player attached to the back of the display as another backup. Newer versions of webOS Signage can also point to a server that can download a file such as a video for digital signage content and upload it to the display at a specific time during off-hours or when the business is closed.
  • Fanless Design – LG commercial displays are air-cooled and require no internal fans that can add bulk and facilitate ingress of contaminants.
  • Circuit-protecting Conformal Coating – LG commercial displays are engineered with conformal coating to protect the display’s internal circuitry from moisture and airborne particulates. Conformal coating is a thin chemical coating or polymer film that is topically applied to circuit boards. It is designed to protect electronic circuits from harsh environments that may contain moisture, dust and other contaminants known to harm circuit boards.
  • IP5X Certification – Select LG commercial displays feature IP5X Dust-proof Certification. They are designed to resist dust buildup, which means better long-term performance and less heat generation.
  • Outdoor Use – Outdoor commercial displays employ vandal-resistant glass and an IP56 design which allows for outdoor operation with protection from ballistic impact, wind, dust, rain, sleet, snow, brake dust, or car fumes. There’s no need for a separate environmental enclosure, air filters, or additional vandal-proofing measures. These displays also feature ultra-high brightness and contrast, luminance control, thermal management, polarized sunglass viewable anti-glare screen, plus available touch screen panels.
  • Installation Quality Service (IQS) – LG’s IQS ensures that all displays are properly installed and color-corrected. Our commercial-grade warranties and post-sales support ensure low TCO and high ROI.
  • Commercial displays are backed by 3-year commercial warranties with extended years of service coverage available. Consumer products, on the other hand, usually have a 1-year warranty.

When you weigh all the advantages of commercial displays it’s easy to understand the reasons for the additional upfront cost, and the reasons for the lower total cost of ownership.

Commercial-Grade Hospitality TVs Offer Numerous Advantages for Hoteliers

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When the time comes for hoteliers to purchase new televisions for the guest rooms, the first inclination might be to go to the local big-box store and make a big purchase. After all, those TVs have the latest high-resolution options and features, and they’re probably what the guests are accustomed to watching at home.

However, consumer-grade TVs are not built for use in hotel guest rooms, and can create more work and waste more time than their discounts are worth. Commercial-grade hospitality TVs, on the other hand, offer numerous advantages over consumer-grade TVs, and are the right choice for hotel properties of any size.

Commercial-grade hospitality TVs are purpose-built for use in hotel guest rooms. LG provides the latest Pro:Centric® hospitality TVs in an array of sizes from 32-inch HD Standard TVs all the way up to 75-inch 4K UHD ultra-slim Smart TVs. And for the luxury suites, the revolutionary LG OLED Wallpaper hospitality TVs, one of the first TVs in the world to incorporate Dolby Atmos® sound, offer the ultimate in-room entertainment experience.

On top of that, LG offers a Pro:Centric Smart set-top box made for the hospitality industry that enables Smart functionality on non-Smart hospitality TVs. Hoteliers can now upgrade their non-Smart TVs to better accommodate today’s technology-enabled, digital-savvy guests.

Another plus for hotels is that LG hospitality TVs have the built-in capability to support customized applications and guest services through a wide array of system integrators and service partners. And the TVs can be set up all at once, quickly and easily, via an LG Pro:Centric server at the head end, eliminating the need to go from room to room setting up one TV at a time. LG hospitality TVs include a standard 2-year Commercial Warranty on parts & labor.

Here’s a list of feature advantages comparing LG commercial-grade hospitality TVs to consumer-grade TVs:

LG Hospitality TVs

  • Includes Pro:Idiom® digital decryption – no cable/satellite box is required to view premium High Definition channel content
  • Free LG 5-Star Service with routine preventive maintenance visits from technician
  • TVs include anti-theft systems such as a lock-down swivel base, built-in Kensington slot cable system; credenza hole; lock-down plate with anti-theft mounting hardware
  • Remote management provides the ability to set up the TVs all at once via LG’s Pro:Centric server; integrators can create an interactive electronic programming guide and interactive welcome screens to highlight property amenities, guest services and more
  • Pro:Centric Smart TV Platform supports a wide array of Over-the-Top (OTT) or Internet-based applications
  • Set start channel and volume limiter
  • Set start volume at power-up
  • Key lock prevents guests from accessing TV menu settings where picture settings can be disrupted
  • Label channels with specific network labels regardless of location in the USA
  • Optional Pro:Centric Smart set-top box adds smart functionality to non-Smart hospitality TVs
  • Standard 2-year Commercial Warranty on parts & labor included. Optional Enhanced Service Plans available.

Now, let’s have a look at what hotels get with consumer-grade TVs:

Consumer-Grade TVs

  • Cable/satellite box is required for viewing
  • TVs must be carried in for repair
  • No lock down mechanism included
  • Individual room visits required to set up
  • No hospitality features
  • 1-year parts / 90 days labor warranty

When you weigh the advantages the choice for hoteliers is clear.

The Many Ways to Communicate in Hospitals via Digital Signage

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Digital signage can enhance every section of a medical facility. With the ability to easily add, remove and update content in real time, and target content for specific areas, a digital signage network can ensure that staff, volunteers, patients and visitors receive relevant information throughout the facility.

In lobbies and waiting areas, digital signage (including video walls) is ideal for presenting dynamic branding images and messaging to inspire confidence and comfort, create an ambiance to distinguish the facility and help ensure the flow of patients, referrals, donations, staff and volunteers.

Throughout the common areas, in addition to wayfinding displays which can save staff members from a deluge of visitor interruptions and questions, visitors and patients can benefit from information about the hospital and its services. For example, a physician and department directory, health and wellness infotainment, fundraising news and donor recognition, and emergency alerts.

In the cafeteria and coffee shop, digital menu boards enable quick menu changes and dayparting and can cross-sell and up-sell items while including nutritional information per FDA requirements.

In meeting rooms and conference rooms, large format displays can elevate the quality of virtually any presentation and improve staff training. Displays that are Crestron Connected® certified and Cisco compatible can ensure seamless automation and control, enabling complete conference room automation. Small displays outside the rooms can present the schedule for the day.

In nurses’ stations, break rooms and other key staff locations, monitors and displays can keep the staff informed with workflow information, notices of upcoming events or lectures/training, safety alerts, and patients’ whereabouts through pre-surgery, surgery, and post-surgery recovery. Team-building content such as new staff introductions, profiles, successes, recognition/accolades, and congratulations for weddings, births, etc., can increase workplace pride and morale, and reinforce healthcare values.

In patient rooms, besides offering entertaining shows, movies and the web, healthcare-grade patient-room TVs can be configured to deliver specific medical- and health-related educational content for patients and their families.

To get the most from your investment, work with a digital signage content provider that offers technology best practices for healthcare facilities, including subscription-based feeds for medical networks, news/weather reports and lifestyle messaging. Also important is scheduling software that can integrate with your IT and patient appointment and procedure scheduling systems, and digital place-based networks for revenue-generating advertising. You’ll have the high-quality content you need, for the right reasons, at the right times in the right places.