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Turkey, TV and Thanks

It’s Thanksgiving week, and tomorrow we hope you’ll be enjoying a big meal and plenty of fun time with family and friends. Maybe you’ll have Friday off too for a win-win.

Television plays a major role on Thanksgiving Day. In fact, people will be spending much more time in front of the TV than at the dinner table. From sports to specials, there’s something for everyone and there will be plenty of binge-watching. To be sure, there’s nothing better than overdosing on tryptophan and television. And there’s nothing better than watching your favorite show…on LG OLED.

Are we biased? You bet. Although this is the commercial display blog, we’re very familiar with LG OLED consumer TVs. And don’t forget that our product line

includes commercial-grade LG OLED hospitality TVs. Granted, watching the game or parade on a 98-inch LG LCD commercial display can be a blast indeed.

On another note, before the big meal begins it is traditional for everyone to say a few words about what they are most thankful for. For us, there have been many successes this year. But one thing always gets us stoked, and that is hearing how our solutions have helped a business transform its environment, elevate its brand image, and create a better experience for its customers, guests, visitors, patients, students, passengers, employees; as well as the IT pros and systems integrators that bring it all together.

And if you took the time to read this blog, we like that too.

Happy Thanksgiving.

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How Digital Signage Can Revitalize Hospital Communication

Last month we told you about the benefits of a digital signage wayfinding system in large medical centers. But that’s only half of the story. Commercial displays can enhance every corner of a medical facility. And since digital signage offers the ability to easily add, update and delete content in real time, and target content for specific areas, it can ensure that staff, volunteers, patients and visitors get up-to-date and relevant information all throughout the facility.

In nurses’ stations, break rooms and other key staff locations, digital 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. Additionally, 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 meeting rooms and conference rooms, large format displays can elevate the quality of virtually any presentation and improve staff training; while small displays outside the rooms can present the schedule for the day.

In the cafeteria and coffee shop, digital menu boards enable menu content flexibility throughout the day and can cross-sell and up-sell items while including nutritional information according to FDA requirements.

Throughout the common areas, in addition to touch-screen 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, a physician and department directory, health and wellness content, fund-raising news and donor recognition, and emergency alerts.

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

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

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 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 and in all the right spots.

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NY Digital Signage Week Hosts Our Final Roadshow for 2017

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October 30 – November 3 was New York Digital Signage Week, bringing together industry leaders, media owners and planners, creative agencies, retailers, architects and investors, all looking to experience the latest and greatest digital signage has to offer.

We were there on Thursday, November 2, at 404 Studios for our final roadshow of 2017. Doors opened at 7AM for an energizing event including a delicious breakfast and lunch, plus a comprehensive keynote on 4K by Gary Kayye, founder of rAVe [Publications]. At 4PM we transformed the show into a relaxing four-hour cocktail reception with music provided by NY hotspot DJ Carol C, along with plenty of passed hors d’oeuvres and ultra-fresh oysters—shucked and served on the spot. It was a huge turnout.

LG OLED displays dropped lots of jaws. Highlights included:

  • LG OLED Wallpaper Hospitality TV incorporating Dolby Atmos® sound
  • LG OLED Wallpaper Display
  • LG OLED Wallpaper In-Glass
  • LG OLED Video Wall

A vertical pillar configuration of four 86-inch Ultra Stretch Displays stopped attendees in their tracks and showed them the menus and agenda for the day.

New IT products drew loads of attention:

  • 43-inch and 32-inch 4K UHD Monitors
  • 38-inch Curved 4K HDR UltraWide™ Monitors
  • Desktop PCoIP Processor
  • 27-inch UltraFine™ 5K Monitor for Mac
  • Cisco Room Kits integrated with 4K displays

LG Technology Partners also showcased their offerings, ranging from digital media players to digital signage software to AV mounts, touch screens and protective overlays. Their links are below.

If you were there, have a look at our photo album. If you weren’t there, have a look at all you missed. We had an amazing time.

A big SHOUT OUT and thank you to Gary Kayye, our technology partners and all our guests for making the 2017 roadshows a major success. See you next year.

NYC Roadshow Pics

 

Technology Partners

APPSPACE

BrightSign

CHIEF

LG Hausys

Omnivex

Pads4

Peerless-AV

pingHD

SKYKIT

TSItouch

 

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LG Brings Fitness on Demand to Senior Living Facilities

Exercise is more important for seniors than at any other age range, and health recommendations indicate that seniors can benefit from as little as 15 minutes per day of moderately heart-pumping exercise. About 30 minutes is an official target, in addition to at least two sessions per week of muscle-strengthening activity.

LG is partnered with Fitness on Demand™ (FOD™), a leading delivery platform of virtual fitness classes, to help make this easy for senior living facilities. Since 2010, Fitness on Demand’s services have allowed facilities around the world to economically deliver premium fitness programs to their users. With programming and services designed to optimize space, streamline operations, and offer unparalleled variety, Fitness on Demand is the perfect addition to senior living facilities.

Fitness on Demand easily integrates with new or existing A/V equipment to accommodate small or large group classes. The virtual workout instruction programs can be shown on an LG hospitality/healthcare TV, large format commercial display or video wall, depending on the size of the fitness center.

Fitness on Demand provides hundreds of premium fitness classes. Your senior living facility’s fitness director can select programs that are challenging enough for active older adults while offering levels that are safe enough for those less active.

The LG/Fitness on Demand solution includes an appropriately-sized LG commercial display, audio system (if required), a FOD membership, touch screen tablet, flush in-wall tablet mount, media streaming hub, and access to an administrative web app. The solution also offers a personalized mobile app for facility residents.

LG offers all the commercial display technologies today’s senior living facilities need, along with expert installation, integration, technology partners and Five-Star Service. The LG/Fitness on Demand solution enables senior living facilities to offer fitness classes 24/7, to better accommodate a diverse community of seniors and enable them to work out and enjoy life on their own schedule.

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There’s Nothing “Old” About Senior Living Anymore

As senior living options continue to grow and evolve, we’re seeing an increase of commercial display technologies in today’s independent senior living communities, assisted living facilities and CCRCs (continuum of care retirement communities). One of the main reasons is that the new generation of seniors is more tech savvy, and better prepared to reap the many benefits large format displays and UL Grade healthcare TVs offer.

At the foundation of a display technology deployment is the goal to ensure that social isolation among the residents doesn’t occur. When used throughout a facility, digital signage can engage residents, motivate them to participate in activities, inform them of important events and make them laugh. And on their TVs, the latest communication technologies can keep their family and friends in the loop by enabling face-to-face conversations in real time, regardless of how geography separates all involved.

Let’s take a look at some of ways to best use commercial displays in senior living environments.

Deliver News and Community Information
Is there a free flu shot clinic this week? Or an upcoming birthday party? An approaching storm or a big community festival? And what’s on the menu in the cafeteria? Pushing content to your network of displays is quick and easy with software like LG’s webOS for signage or Pro:Centric Direct for TVs. You can even target specific areas or groups in the community with special messaging and updates.

Post Photos and Videos of Community Events
Residents enjoy seeing themselves and their companions on a large TV or display screen. Does your community have a special event coming up? Capture the memorable moments digitally, being sure to grab enough images so that everyone gets to be in the limelight. Then post it all to your content server and let the show begin.

Take Your Fitness Center to a Virtual New Level
With an LG video wall powered by Fitness on Demand™ in your fitness center, you can deliver premium fitness programs to your residents, 24/7. You’ll have an unparalleled variety of virtual instructor-led classes, so residents can be inspired and invigorated in both mind and body, time after time.

Show Your Humorous Side
People enjoy funny videos, quotes, comics and amusing facts. Make it a habit to use your digital signage to give residents more reasons to smile, laugh and be entertained throughout the day.

Keep It Interesting with RSS Feeds
This is an easy way to keep everyone in the know. Link numerous RSS feeds to your display network to produce highlights from the latest sports, local and international news, health information, weather and more.

Promote Your Community
Use the TVs and digital signage as marketing tools – welcoming visitors and prospects with your custom branding elements, images and descriptions of amenities to show them why your community is THE place to be.

With networked digital signage and UL Grade healthcare TVs in your senior living facility, residents can enjoy the numerous benefits of modern technology like never before. It can bring them closer to their community, keep them engaged and aware, and avoid isolation. These guidelines can help ensure a healthier, happier and more social atmosphere for residents and staff alike.

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Notes From the Field: LG OLED on the Road

Over the last couple of years, you’ve probably heard a lot about LG OLED, but probably more in the consumer television space rather than in commercial signage. Here at LG Commercial Displays, we also tend to talk a lot about OLED, but due to the nature of B2B marketing, it usually is in front of customers at trade shows and our road shows. What often comes up in these discussions is how people envision using these displays to engage, entertain and inform their audiences. Today I would like to share some of the things I have heard in the field (from people probably like you) about the potential use cases that excite people when they see LG OLED displays in action.

The In-Glass OLED, which is dual sided, often attracts the most attention at shows. Why? Because when displayed in the hanging version, it almost appears to be floating. At our most recent road show, an attendee wanted to use it inside some of their stores within a mall, with one side as an “attractor” facing toward the common area of the mall, and the other side facing inward for shoppers inside the store. This is in fact how we envisioned this OLED display being used when it was developed, and it was great to see someone immediately inspired to use it that way.

Another product that always stops people in their tracks is the Dual-View Curved Tiling OLED, which links up to eight curved OLED screens together on each side to create a truly one-of-a-kind display experience. When talking with show attendees, they have told us that it could be the showcase piece in their corporate HQ lobby, or an engaging display to greet travelers in an airport common space, or a moving piece of art to show off a brand in a retail environment for a flagship store.

Finally, without a doubt, the product that always grabs the most attention is our razor-thin LG OLED Wallpaper. I think that the best part of demonstrating this product at shows is encouraging people to get up close and really see how unbelievably thin the display is, even with the mount behind it on the wall. When people look at the OLED Wallpaper, their imaginations tend to run wild, since the use cases are virtually limitless. It’s always fun listening to how people envision using it within their spaces (or within new spaces that they haven’t begun to build yet).

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Healthcare Facility Wayfinding Displays Can Reduce Stress, Boost Confidence

This week’s post is a departure from the norm. To illustrate the benefits digital wayfinding systems can bring to healthcare facility patients, we are featuring a personal story from one of our LG team members.

If there’s any environment that has a lot to gain from a digital wayfinding solution, it’s a healthcare facility.

I remember the time I had to have a few tests done at a large medical center. I hadn’t been there before, and I underestimated the amount of traffic I’d have to crawl through on the way there. I was already anxious about the tests, and rushing from the parking lot to the main entrance didn’t help matters.

Inside was a large lobby where I looked around for a directory, or someone I could ask for directions. People were coming and going but I didn’t notice any signs or receptionist on duty. I stopped a nurse and she sent me informed and on my way, but wishing I had a better memory.

I had a bit of walking to do, and unfamiliar corridors to navigate. I mixed up a right for a left at one point, and wound up having to ask someone again. This time it was a doctor, who told me that sometimes even she gets lost. I had to backtrack to change direction, and eventually got to where I needed to be, albeit anxious, frustrated and late for my appointment.

So how could digital wayfinding signage have turned this experience around in my favor?

Easily. If the facility had an interactive directory kiosk in the lobby, and digital screens with detailed maps along my route, I would have felt informed and in control, saved time and eliminated the stress of being lost and late. Some certainty would have been very welcome, as would an easy navigation to the cafeteria when my appointment was finished.

In addition to providing directories and clear, concise directions, a system of wayfinding displays can be used to provide awareness of nearby amenities such as hotels, public transit, parking, etc., deliver emergency and severe weather alerts, evacuation procedures, and even summon a doctor to a particular area or room ASAP. All while giving patients and visitors an enhanced sense of well-being, safety and security.

Interactive wayfinding is being used in single buildings, campuses and healthcare systems that include multiple locations. The wayfinding solution can also be combined with a downloadable smartphone app, and beacons can be used to send turn-by-turn walking directions to people’s phones.

Doctors’ and dentists’ offices, clinics, hospitals, long-term care facilities and other healthcare providers are discovering that using digital signage to communicate with patients, visitors and staff has many advantages. We’ll be addressing a number of applications and benefits in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.

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The New eBook Every Hotelier, System Integrator and Reseller Needs to Read

Thinking about purchasing guestroom TVs for your hotel? Or recommending them to a client? There are key considerations that can make the process simple and ensure a high ROI. But hoteliers and their staff may not have the technical expertise to know where to begin, and therefore shy away from even asking questions. The good news is we’re here to help. Our new eBook answers the most important questions hoteliers should be asking before making their purchase decision.

Download Five Questions Every Hotelier Should Ask About In-room Guest TVs and learn about TV technologies and features, installation, maintenance and after-sale support. And get a snapshot of the latest offerings for 2017 that can accommodate virtually any budget and IT infrastructure, and elevate the guest experience for even the most tech-savvy travelers.

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Case Study: LG Commercial Lite TVs Redefine the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center Experience

The Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in Charlotte, NC, wanted to enhance their Belk Theater lobby in a way that would give guests a seamless experience prior to and during theater performances. The goal was to use digital signage displays to promote coming attractions, detail concession stand offerings in real time and also allow guests to keep enjoying the show even if they had to step out of the theater before intermission.

There were challenges for the displays to overcome, including bright ambient created by the sun illuminating the lobby through the building’s all-glass front façade. Plus, the Blumenthal A/V team wanted to install the displays themselves, meaning that easy installation and setup were paramount.

It took only 15 cost-effective LG Commercial Lite TVs to transform the Belk Theater lobby into an environment that entices and engages theatergoers, exactly as planned. Download the case study and learn how.

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Learn How Small Format Displays Can Make a Big Impact

For many consumers, the smartphone has become a powerful information gathering and shopping tool. However, interactive and intuitive small format displays and tablets employed at the point-of-purchase can close the feedback loop and provide more knowledge. An engaged and knowledgeable customer is a powerful ally, and these displays can allow them to make even smarter buying decisions.

Download our Small format displays make a BIG impact eBook and learn how these displays can enable businesses to manage their brand, control messaging and provide outstanding customer engagement compared with other conventional means. You’ll find out why they are here to stay, how and where they can be used and how they can benefit your company.

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