Ensure Effective Meeting Collaboration with Interactive Digital Boards

As the use of digital devices increases and digitalized working becomes more and more common, multiple people in different locations are working together to solve problems and make important decisions. As these tasks become more complex, collaborative meetings have become a key to success for businesses. To maximize the effectiveness of such meetings Interactive Digital Boards (IDB) are being used to reduce logistics costs and make the most of every minute.

The use of an IDB can be extended beyond general business/corporate meeting rooms to various venues such as hotel conference rooms, hospitals, military command centers, architectural firms and fashion design studios.

How does it work? An IDB helps facilitate a successful meeting by driving participants to freely submit their ideas directly onto the board using intuitive multi-touch and writing tools. Multiple users can write simultaneously, while 4K UHD picture quality keeps attendees engaged with vivid colors and crisp graphics that are easily seen from virtually any seat. What’s more, the IDB smart platform enables this kind of efficient collaboration even without the need for a PC, and enhances it further via file sharing and saving capabilities.

When you assemble a team and call a meeting you want it to be as beneficial to the business as possible. IDBs can help. See LG’s IDB in action in this short video.


Get students to spend on Campus with social spaces

Your students are spending money socializing off-campus, and it’s going to keep happening if you don’t act now. Campuses are full of potential places for students to gather, but schools aren’t taking advantage of them, fostering empty cafeterias and libraries. Innovative schools are retaining student dollars by turning campus businesses into opportunities to network and learn together.


At my school, off-campus coffee shops were the place to hang out. The drab cafeteria and library didn’t encourage socializing, they were last resorts.

 Modern schools are investing in spaces that bring people together. They offer study rooms with large displays for collaboration, so students aren’t huddled around a laptop off-campus. Social spaces like cafes integrated into libraries encourage students to spend more time and money on campus. Students studying in a library with a cafe are far more likely to buy a drink there than somewhere off-campus. You need to capitalize on convenience. 

Cafeterias have similar problems. Students will not spend their money in a place that is dated and boring. Address these issues by creating a social space with commercial televisions and ultra-wide menu displays. You can provide entertainment, make your cafeteria look better and make lines more efficient with one key update.


Today’s students expect an advanced, resourceful campus. They want spaces full of updated technology that facilitates learning, and signs that show where food and entertainment is. They want to socialize somewhere that doesn’t feel like a dingy school building. It all boils down to effective usage and promotion of your social spaces. 

Schools that lack today’s technology become a generic building demanding tuition. 

Show off a popular, thriving campus on your next tour.


The Hotel Guest Room: Accommodating, Entertaining and Unforgettable


It’s summertime. School is out and vacation plans are in. It means more traffic to hotel properties, and hoteliers use this opportunity to grow their database by capturing guest emails and profiles for marketing purposes. Marketing to previous guests is an effective way to develop a returning customer base.

And so is providing stellar accommodations. A standout hotel stay goes beyond the marketing strategy and can leave guests with an indelible impression of quality. Give guests an amazing experience and you’re likely to see it pay off in enthusiastic reviews, recommendations and return bookings. Which brings us to the hotel guest room and how to make it even better.

The guest room’s center of attention after a day of sightseeing and activities is the television. And today, there is so much more that can be done with that television.

Commercial-grade hospitality TVs are the ideal way to provide personalized services and top-quality entertainment for guests. From basic, small-screen Full HD TVs to large 4K Ultra HD smart TVs to razor-thin luxury TVs with state-of-the-art sound, hotels can have their pick and suit their budget.

Today’s hospitality TV technology enables digital decryption of premium HDTV content from cable, satellite or video-on-demand (VOD) services and supports an interactive electronic programming guide (EPG). It also facilitates easy remote TV configuration and programming via a server in the hotel’s head-end room, making configuration and setup a breeze without impacting the guests.

What’s more, hotels can provide guests with apps and lots of extras. With embedded applications such as Hulu, Crackle and YouTube, plus built-in Wi-Fi and display sharing, your tech-centric, device-enabled guests will feel right at home and be securely connected to enjoy personal content from their compatible mobile devices on their room TV.

Hotel systems integrators can take advantage of the TV/server IP-based integration and deploy customized services without the need for a set-top box. Wide platform support of HTML5, Java and Flash allows more options for SIs to develop rich, interactive custom applications guests will appreciate.

What if your hotel has non-smart TVs? An easy upgrade is a smart set-top box made specifically for the hospitality industry. It can enable advanced smart functionality and digital decryption of premium HDTV content on non-smart commercial models.

In peak season hotels are booked solid. Hoteliers ensure sufficient well-trained staff are on hand and do everything possible to keep guests from waiting long for services. And to that end, the guest room TV can play a major role by integrating custom content with interactive guest-centric features.

Using an HTML-based platform with a built-in UI design/editor that runs over an IP network, hotel SIs can keep guests up to date on hotel activities, news, weather and other information through widgets that can be placed on the TV’s home screen. Offering guests more services than ever before, an IP interface for two-way communications can enable guests to place orders for room service, book appointments at the spa, interact with the concierge, review their portfolio and check out.

Regardless of their size, hotels can benefit greatly from the latest hospitality televisions for guest rooms and innovative digital signage for the common areas. And so will today’s tech-savvy guests who are always looking for a better digital experience.


LG Electronics Announces Plans For U.S. Solar Panel Assembly Plant

Last week LG Electronics announced plans for a new solar module assembly plant in Huntsville, Ala. The new factory will create about 160 new full-time jobs, increasing LG’s Huntsville employment by 60 percent to more than 400 workers.

LG is investing $28 million to establish the new factory with two production lines on LG’s 48-acre campus in Huntsville, where the company has had operations for four decades. This underscores the company’s commitment to investing in America and to driving environmental sustainability.

Starting in early 2019, the new plant is expected to produce 500 megawatts of high-performance solar panels annually. “That’s over a million solar panels a year,” said Soon Kwon, global president of the LG B2B Company.

LG is one of the top providers of solar panels for the residential market in the United States, and the new solar plant will help LG better serve its U.S. customers, explained Kwon. “This demonstrates our commitment to being a long-term leader in the U.S. solar industry. LG’s investment in U.S. manufacturing is consistent with the Administration’s goal of creating U.S. jobs,” he said.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey welcomed with open arms LG’s significant expansion in the state. “LG has a long history as a leading corporate citizen in Alabama. Now, LG is launching our state’s first solar manufacturing plant, which represents a major milestone both for Alabama and for the company. We look forward to seeing where this great partnership takes us in the future,” she said.

LG selected Alabama after conducting a competitive, multistate search. Attractive state and local incentives were key to LG’s decision to locate the new solar production operations in Huntsville. “We’re thrilled that LG selected Huntsville for its new solar panel assembly plant, because the company considered many other locations for this project,” said Greg Canfield, secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce. “LG is a world-class company, and its decision represents a powerful endorsement of Alabama’s advantages and its workforce.”

Calling LG “a strong community partner in Huntsville for many decades,” Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle said, “Our relationship has deepened through visits to the company’s headquarters in Korea and successful advancements in technological innovation. LG chose Huntsville as the place to do business in the U.S. more than 30 years ago, and they’ve chosen Huntsville again as a place to prosper with the new solar module plant.”

“With the expansion of LG Electronics in the Huntsville-Madison County, Alabama region, LG will utilize the latest technology in a high-growth market to produce these solar panels,” said Dale Strong, Chairman of the Madison County Commission. “The diversity and worldwide recognition of the Madison County economy demonstrates we continue to thrive with our finest hours still ahead.”

The new factory will initially assemble LG’s famous “NeON 2” series 60-cell modules, which are high-performance solar panels that generate over 17 percent more power than most conventional 60-cell panels (340 Watts-per-panel rating versus 290W). Light-induced degradation is reduced significantly in these panels to maximize performance and maintain maximum potential power output for the life of the modules.

The company’s new solar module plant builds on LG’s legacy of leadership in Huntsville. After starting as the company’s first U.S. manufacturing subsidiary in 1981, Huntsville became the home of LG’s service division in 1987, which expanded over the years to support LG’s growing presence in the United States. Today, as the headquarters location for North American service operations, LG Huntsville includes the technical call center, service training center, field service operations and parts warehouse.

The U.S. solar factory announcement coincides with other major LG jobs initiatives in the United States. LG is finishing construction of its new million-square-foot washing machine plant in Clarksville, Tenn. This $250-million factory will create 600 new jobs there when washer production starts in the fourth quarter. Later this year, LG will open an advanced electric vehicle components factory in Hazel Park, Mich., and expanded R&D center in Troy, Mich., creating nearly 300 new jobs there. And construction is under way for the new LG North American Headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., a $300-million project that is expected to open in 2019.

LG’s NeON 2 series solar modules are used for residential roofs, commercial, and utility projects worldwide. Here are some interesting projects to give you an idea of what’s possible.


Property-Wide Digital Content Can Elevate the Hotel Guest Experience


Last Friday we talked about providing a better hotel guest experience for tech-savvy travelers, starting with attention-grabbing digital signage in the lobby. In fact, having a network of digital signage throughout the common areas can give the property a cutting-edge appearance and engage guests in many ways. Let’s think about the kinds of content a hotel might want to run on that digital signage.

Show Guests the Way
Welcome guests and guide them with digital maps and directories. As guests make their way to and from their rooms, touch screen displays in the common areas provide a familiar interface for them to navigate through your hotel.

Get Them to Their Meetings on Time
If visitors have arrived for a conference, small-format signage in the hallways can help get them to the right place at the right time. Manage your meeting room schedules in real time from a desktop PC, laptop, tablet or smart phone.

Entertain and Inform in the Restaurant or Bar
Use commercial-grade signage TVs for news and sports, and integrate your menus, promote daily specials, announce happy hours, deliver important alerts and more.

Offer the Best Fitness Classes in Town
In your fitness center, use video walls, large-format 4K UHD displays or hospitality televisions to offer a variety of interactive fitness classes 24/7. We partner with Fitness on Demand™, a leading delivery platform of hundreds of premium high-definition workout classes by the industry’s best instructors. Your guests can experience a diverse array of fitness classes at their convenience.

Entice Them into Your Salon and Spa
Use attention-grabbing stretched displays and razor-thin displays to set the ambience for a relaxing and rejuvenating escape. Include tranquil images, promote, cross-sell and upsell services and spa products, showcase the latest hair trends for inspiration, and introduce the stylists and massage therapists with their pictures and short bios.

Generate Additional Revenue with Advertising
Sell advertising space on your digital signage to inform guests about local tourist attractions, restaurants, nightclubs, car rental services and other businesses of interest.

Running digital signage in hotel common areas is easy with a platform such as webOS for Signage. WebOS for Signage works with the displays’ embedded System-on-Chip (SoC) and enables high-quality content creation and remote management, while eliminating the need for media players and onsite servers.

Next Friday we’ll take you to the guest room, where tech-savvy, device-enabled travelers can enjoy an accommodating and memorable entertainment experience that’s second to none. See you then.


Bring your Campus tour to life

When prospects tour your school in the summer, they’re facing an empty, unwelcoming campus.  Choosing which school to attend is a huge step in a student’s future, and they have to know they’ll be happy there for the next four years. Don’t let prospects walk away unconvinced.


Whether prospective students have already received acceptances, or are evaluating schools to apply to, you need to make a great first impression to ensure their enrollment. Don’t lose students at the last step of the process because of the season. When deciding which school to attend, I wanted someplace I could envision myself. Because I visited in the summer when much of campus was closed it felt deserted and uninviting. Students that get this impression from your school are enrolling elsewhere. Eliminate this issue by using new technology to display a vibrant campus and inspire touring prospects.

Show off your campus with digital signage over the summer months:

  • Advertise what’s open during fall and winter semesters that may not be open over the summer, such as your bookstore.
  • Display what your campus looks like when fall and winter semesters are in session.
  • Show all your school has to offer outside the classroom by advertising upcoming events and activities.
  • Your cafeteria is the heart of your school – promote all menu options with images that whet appetites.


An empty campus over the summer term means new opportunities. Digital signage allows you to show all your school has to offer. From typical student hang-outs to the possibilities of campus life, showcase an inviting school with lots of social opportunities.

Make your tour the best it can be year-round.


Tech-Savvy Guests Are Looking for More in Hotels


As we saw at HITEC this week, improving the guest experience is key to creating a standout hotel. Hospitality professionals browsed the show floor looking for solutions: What do hotel guests want and how can we better provide it?

What do we know about today’s hotel guests? From our perspective we know that many are tech-savvy. They’re accustomed to incorporating digital technology into all aspects of their lives – from mobile phones, tablets and laptops, to smart TVs and voice-activated home assistants. They depend on display screens for information and appreciate the immediate gratification of a digital experience. And they bring this expectation with them when they travel.

To meet and exceed the expectations of these guests, hotels are making the most of multi-featured, commercial-grade hospitality TVs in the guest rooms, and innovative digital signage solutions in the common areas. The end goal is to make it easier for hotels to serve their guests and communicate the messaging that will make their stay more enjoyable.

Let’s start with the lobby. A hotel lobby makes a strong first impression. It’s the first thing guests see, and it’s where innovative digital signage displays can create a wow factor and help define the hotel’s brand by communicating its strengths, values and services. The latest display form factors are attention-grabbing, fit just about anywhere, and content can be easily managed from a central location. Video walls, touch screens, razor-thin screens, curved screens, stretched screens and transparent screens can all be incorporated into a property-wide digital signage network.

Digital signage can maximize opportunities for guest-driven interactivity that can result in requests for more information, reservations at the restaurant and booking of spa services. Common-area displays give the property a cutting-edge appearance and can engage and inform guests in many ways.

Next week we’ll dive into the types of content a hotel might want to run on digital signage throughout the property. Stay tuned.


Now Playing: InfoComm 2018 LG Booth – Full Tour

InfoComm 2018 was fantastic. Plenty of excitement at the LG booth, and some awards too, including a 2018 Commercial Integrator BEST Award and a 2018 Digital Signage Magazine Best of Show Award for our Transparent Color LED Film. Year after year, LG continues to bring to market new innovations that offer end users and systems integrators alike opportunities to drive business and increase their bottom lines.

If you weren’t at InfoComm, or if you were and want to share some of the excitement with your colleagues, the video below will come in handy. It’s a full LG booth tour hosted by Gary Kayye, founder of rAVe [Publications], and Garry Wicka, LG’s head of marketing.

In the 23-minute video you’ll see and hear about:

55-inch Transparent LG OLED Concept
Open Frame LG OLED Signage, with exciting news for integrators
1.5 mm Indoor Direct View LED Signage
55-inch LG OLED Wallpaper
55-inch HD Dual-Sided In-Glass LG OLED Wallpaper
86-inch Ultra Stretch Displays
65-inch 4K LG OLED Wallpaper
65-inch 4K LG OLED Video Wall Panels
Interactive Digital Boards
88-inch Ultra Stretch Display
Full Suite of Thin Client Computing Solutions
Indoor and Outdoor Ultra Bright Displays
webOS SoC Partners
Smart LG OLED Hospitality Televisions
Hospitality Room Air Purifiers
LG Solar Panels
55-inch, 0.6 mm Even Bezel Video Wall


You’re in for a treat. Sit back and enjoy.


Daypart Scheduling: Not Just for TV, Radio and QSRs

Blog060818_880x440TV and radio stations understand the importance of knowing who their audience is at different times throughout the day. And they schedule their programming and advertising accordingly, to engage the right people with the right content at the right time.

QSRs schedule their offerings by time of day with menus that, if on digital signage, change instantly. If there’s not much of a menu change after lunch, they can add small graphic animations later in the day to “suggest” particular items, offer special pricing and cross-sell.

With digital signage, daypart scheduling is a fine strategy for making sure your content is targeting specific demographics that are most likely to be patronizing your business at specific times, or for highlighting offerings relevant for the time of day. All while providing a better, more personalized customer experience.

Let’s say you have a large home improvement store. You know that your early morning customers are mostly contractors, so you can target your content to those trades. In the afternoon it’s home owners and retirees, and on weekends plenty of do-it-yourselfers – great times to promote your home repair classes and seasonal sales.

Maybe you’re a hotelier. Your lobby is a perfect spot for dayparting and you can do it all on a single display. In the morning promote your coffee shop, airport transportation and local attractions. In the afternoon switch to lunch info, spa services and happy hour. In the late afternoon and early evening feature the restaurant (with mouthwatering hi-res images). After dinner the cocktail lounge and local entertainment.

We see dayparting in numerous businesses. It can be very effective in shopping malls, retail stores, financial institutions and just about anywhere digital signage is used.

With astute observations, creative thinking and good content management you can use dayparting to knock your digital signage ROI out of the park. Here’s a great opportunity to involve your employees as you ponder these questions:

  • Who is your typical customer in the morning? Afternoon? Evening?
  • How many demographic groups can you identify?
  • Does anything change on the weekends?
  • What products/services are most appealing to those demographics at those times?
  • For each demographic, what do you want them to do?
  • Based on the particular demographic, what is an appropriate message?

Use your answers for inspiration then create your content and run it on schedule. There are many digital signage content management software solutions that enable flexible daypart scheduling, or you might prefer to partner with a content provider. Whichever you choose, choose carefully based on your needs, goals and working preferences.

And don’t forget – digital signage content can be tweaked, rearranged or changed completely as often as you wish. Nothing is set in stone (or print).


Recommending Digital Signage for Education? You Have Four Audiences to Consider.

As a reseller or systems integrator, when you recommend a comprehensive digital signage solution for an educational facility you need to think about the needs of everyone involved:


Today’s students are digital natives. They want an exciting class time and an engaging learning environment that increases productivity and concentration. They want personalized learning that fits their level of content absorption and encourages them to research and study. They want easy material sharing for seamless in-class activities and discussions, and a clear view of resources from teachers and other students.


Teachers want to provide a high-quality education, with clear supporting materials. They want efficient delivery of materials according to each student’s level, and convenient sharing of resources between teacher and students, or among students, to facilitate collaboration. They want to organize course material not only for teaching but also for reference by other teachers and students. They want to easily update the material and set it up quickly for the next class.

School Administrators

School administrators want a technology-oriented facility that supports teachers and students with a wide range of information. They want an organized environment for administrative staff to support the students’ families with efficient paperwork and requests. And they want a smart school image that reflects its fast adoption of technology and attracts student enrollment.

IT Directors

IT directors want durable and reliable technology, with simplified maintenance of hardware and software. They want easy installation and compatibility with their existing network provider’s system and content management solution. They also want responsive service with prompt personal attention to deal with problems, compatibility issues and support for special features.

How can digital signage meet these needs?

An Elevated Appearance – Large-format displays and video walls can create a high-tech, visually stimulating appearance that will appeal to students, alumni and visitors alike.

Dynamic Educational Content – Using digital signage, instructors can easily prepare and provide a broad range of educational content to support student involvement and greater lesson comprehension.

Real-time Content – Availability of real-time content and video sharing via digital signage makes the teacher’s job easier and more efficient even in tele-education applications involving multiple locations. Every student receives the same content at the same time.

Seamless Classroom Communication – Teachers and students can share content from their devices (BYOD) to the digital signage display over a Wi-Fi network. This greatly improves collaboration in classrooms and lecture halls.

Interactive and Self-paced Learning – Students’ individual use of interactive whiteboards in class can provide personalized learning where each student can progress at their own pace. Such an environment can result in higher levels of student achievement.

Easy Campus-wide Communication – Digital signage with embedded SoC can enable centralized content management and faster, Greener updates of educational materials and displays. This results in a much more effective administrative process and cost/time efficiencies.

Emergency Alerts – A campus-wide digital signage network allows an administrator to quickly push important information out to a single display, a group of displays or every display on the network.

High Reliability and Easy Integration – Commercial-grade digital signage is engineered for long hours of continuous operation and includes a commercial warranty and comprehensive support. A campus-wide solution can be flexible and work with the system the facility wants to use.

Digital signage can excel at getting the right information to the right people at the right time. As educational facilities transform into tech-centric environments, instruction and communication will have no limitations.