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Why athletic facilities should consider fine pixel pitch LED displays
Fine pixel pitch screens are customizable and creative displays that can pack a punch.
Making your school’s athletic facility stand out doesn’t always mean buying the largest and most expensive display available. In fact, when deployed strategically and paired with compelling content, smaller displays can bring in the large crowds, too.
The technology for smaller displays has come a long way in the past decade. While the best options were once limited to low-resolution projectors and bulky television screens, today’s displays offer stunning pictures and come in modular panels that can be installed according to custom specifications. Due to their superior quality and versatility, fine pixel pitch LED displays are a particularly ideal solution for any organization interested in upgrading their facilities.
The following is a quick guide to fine pixel pitch displays, as well as some ideas for deploying this signage in an athletic stadium or facility.
What Is Fine Pixel Pitch?
Pixel pitch is a way of measuring the image quality of a direct-view LED display. More specifically, it refers to the distance between the center of each pixel within an LED panel. This can range anywhere from just below 1 mm to as much as 34 mm for very large outdoor displays. Practically speaking, the lower the pixel pitch, the better the image resolution will be, allowing for shorter viewing distances. For fine pixel pitch displays, which are around 3 mm and lower, this means viewers can stand extremely near without it affecting the screen’s quality. Although they use the same technology as large outdoor displays, this higher resolution makes them ideal for seamless, close-up displays.
With this in mind, here are some practical suggestions for how you can use fine pixel pitch displays to increase engagement and give your facilities an easy upgrade.
Food and drink sales can be a significant source of income for a stadium or arena, but not if visitors are having a hard time reading the menu or if employees are neglecting to replace outdated signs. To avoid these problems and help attract even more visitors to your concessions, switch out old and unattractive menu boards with fine pixel pitch displays.
With high-quality digital signage, it’s not only easy to change prices and food selections whenever necessary, but dynamic photos, animations, and videos will also appeal to customers. Creative facilities could even advertise promotional offerings — such as a half off all beverages at halftime — just by touching a button.
Trophy Rooms and Halls of Fame
Before and after games, visitors often love browsing trophy cases and reading about past sports heroes and historic achievements. Why not make this experience even more entertaining by replacing the placards with dynamic screens?
Rather than photos and long blocks of text, visitors can watch highlight reels and clips from games, or scroll through the rosters of their favorite bygone teams. For younger generations especially, this can be a great educational attraction — one that may even impact recruitment.
Although locker rooms usually stay out of the general public’s eye, they nevertheless provide a great opportunity to use high-quality displays. As focal points for the athletes, locker rooms can even be transformed into important recruiting tools with a few state-of-the-art screens.
Kansas University, for instance, recently upgraded the locker rooms at their football facility with modular fine pixel pitch LED displays. Installed as multiple 50-foot-long ribbon-style seamless screens that surround the room, their athletic department now uses them to broadcast player names, photos, statistics, as well as spirited video content, helping to turn their locker room into a source of pride and inspiration.
For stadiums and other facilities with ample amounts of real estate on their walls, fine pixel pitch displays can be turned into lucrative digital advertisements. Already common in places such as airports, these types of advertising displays can be installed and set up easily, then rented out to multiple different advertisers at once. This can quickly make them a regular source of income.
In addition, these types of displays can be deployed for a variety of other uses as well. For instance, use them to highlight notable donors or to recognize exceptional athletes or coaches. With outdoor-ready LED display equipment, their use can even be extended and customized to baseball, football, and other facilities that don’t typically contain any protection from the elements.
Press Briefing Rooms
Beyond the fields of play, the next most likely area of your facility to get camera time is probably your briefing room. Considering the inherent value of a briefing room backdrop for branding and other messaging, utilizing a fine pixel pitch LED display opens up a world of possibilities. Not to mention, it looks infinitely better than a wrinkled vinyl banner.
Regardless of the size of your briefing room, having a seamless high definition video display as the backdrop showcases crisp, clear, and even animated logos. Limited only by the imagination of your marketing and video teams, more engaging briefings and higher-quality representations of your school and program are really just the beginning.
For creative athletic departments, there are countless applications for modular fine pixel pitch screens. This versatility provides an attractive and customizable alternative to standard scoreboards and tiled LCD walls broken up by bezels. Fine pixel pitch LED displays are a way to give your facility the upgrade it needs.
For more information or to explore LED display ideas and solutions for your school or university, fill out a quote request form, or give us a call at 877-356-3684.
Own the Airwaves with Custom LED Display Technology
New and advanced broadcast design technologies are helping TV stations create captivating studio environments and sets that keep viewers enthralled and visually engaged. Direct-view LED display technology is becoming increasingly economical, and being utilized in a variety of eye-popping applications that can truly set studios apart. LED technology has long been a front-runner for broadcast set designers, used in everything from backlit color changing panels and other scenic elements, to ticker displays and of course, in-studio lighting. Seize attention and hold viewers like never before by staying on the forefront of broadcast set design with the use of seamless LED display technology.
The biggest trend on sets around the country are large LED video walls. These walls enhance stories and bring them to life in order to better connect with the audience. While tiled LCD TV walls have been the norm in the past, as pricing for slim and seamless LED display panels continues to decrease, more and more stations are able to afford this exciting technology. This can be a very economical investment since it brings almost unlimited flexibility to the set.
One recently completed Neoti broadcast studio project included both a large 6-foot-wide by 8-foot-tall traditional video wall, as well as an eye-catching 2-foot-wide by 8-foot-tall column. The context for this project was for a nationally broadcast morning show targeting a millennial audience. When you consider how visually-sophisticated millennials are, it becomes clear that the old-school approach of using LCD monitors in a tiled wall presentation with visible bezels just won’t cut it anymore.
With Neoti’s commitment to the full scope and context of an LED display project, we recognize and understand the unique demands of a live broadcast environment. Whether it is power and signal redundancy, on-site technical support, fast LED service & repair handled by Neoti engineers in the U.S., or batch-matched inventory held especially for a project, we take our commitment to our customers very seriously.
It is easy to take any broadcast studio to the next level with Neoti’s cutting-edge display solutions. Build video walls of any size to communicate more clearly to your audience, or let Neoti design a solution to fit your unique and custom specifications. Our award-winning Ace Block fine pixel pitch series of LED displays are ready for prime time, with cableless connections and a front-serviceable design, all while offering superior black levels, color uniformity, and viewing angles. The Ace Block series offers pixel pitch options as low as 0.9mm, allowing for close-range placement of both talent and cameras.
If you believe a video wall is out of your budget, contact Neoti to make sure, as you just may be happily surprised. Neoti also rents a variety of displays, so make sure to set your creativity on over-drive the next time your team is planning something exciting for a special event or for a sweeps period. Neoti’s stand-out quality is creativity, and our standout priority is relationships. We aim to provide our customers with an expert and fulfilling journey from project conception, to installation, and beyond.
To learn more about our unique and cutting edge solutions for the broadcast market that will help you engage your audience, visit our Broadcast market page.
Creativity Unlocked with Creative LED Screens
LED display technology continually improves, with advancements that enable new and exciting uses, and more importantly, creative and engaging ways to feature content.
LED display technology continually improves, with advancements that enable new and exciting uses, and more importantly, creative and engaging ways to feature content. Creative LED applications, such as custom shapes, ribbons, and even arches and waves have been made possible by the ever-expanding capabilities of LED technology. In fact, LED screens are now even bendable!
So why stay chained to an old video display limited by the size and shape of a consumer TV, when there are near-endless possibilities with today’s LED display technology? Creative implementations of flexible and custom LED screens can make for an infinite number of unique visual designs and configurations.
It takes more than just a digital display to truly catch people’s attention. An innovative, eye-catching, and well positioned, LED display is capable of stopping people in their tracks and creating genuine viewer engagement.
Take our Kansas University football locker room project, for example. By creatively utilizing a ribbon of Ace Block 1.5mm pixel pitch panels specially manufactured with cable-free connectors on the sides, we crafted a customized and innovative display perfectly tailored to the needs of the space. Without thinking out of the box, and going a custom route, this would not have been possible.
The benefits of these creative LED display solutions go far beyond being eye-catching and vibrant displays. The wide-ranging capabilities of LEDs can facilitate solutions for unique and difficult applications that require flexible (literally) designs. When technology is not setting the boundary, the possibilities for creative presentations are limitless!
Bendable LED screens are made with advanced SMD LED technology and small-scale implementation. Even though trying to bend a standard LED panel will break it, flat panels are still very much a part of the creative process. For instance, Magic Boxes use square LED flat panels in a cube form to create a mind-blowing 3D display experience.
The level of advancement of LED displays in just a few years is remarkable. Once thought of as simple monochrome sign boards, LED display technology blazes forward and amazes viewers with its versatility, energy efficiency, and stunning image quality.
From broadcast TV studios, to retail signage and tradeshow booths, LED display technology is being creatively applied to an expanding variety of applications. As a leader of inspired LED display solutions, Neoti continues to pioneer with new and exciting display applications for LED technology. Offering a full range of pixel pitch and aspect ratio options, Neoti provides unique, engaging, and fully customizable LED solutions.
IP Ratings - What are they? Why do they matter?
When selecting an LED video wall, the IP rating of outdoor LED display panels is a critical piece of information to consider. IP ratings can vary greatly between display panels, and some may not have any IP rating at all. Understanding what these IP ratings mean and why they matter is key to choosing an LED display solution that is suitable for your specific application.
What is an IP rating?
IP ratings, also known as International Protection Markings or Ingress Protection Markings, are detailed by the standardized IP Code published by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). The rating system was developed to classify the degree of protection that electrical systems have against different types of ingress, including dust, water, and accidental contact.
A two-digit rating system is utilized to classify how protected electronic elements are from different forms of ingress. The first number rates the protection against solid objects such as dust. The scale ranges from 0 to 6, with a zero meaning no protection against solid object ingress, and a 6 meaning fully protected.
The second digit of the IP rating explains the protective quality against multidirectional low pressure water jets or water submersion for certain durations of time. A zero indicates no protection, and the highest rating of 8 indicates maximum protection against long periods of water immersion. When reviewing products that are advertised as “waterproof”, check this against the IP rating to see how much water protection the product truly has.
Why does the IP rating matter for outdoor LED displays?
It is recommended that outdoor LED displays have an IP rating of at least IP54, and ideally IP65. This rating means maximum protection against dust and solid objects, as well as the capability of withstanding multidirectional low pressure water jets (aka rain). This rating is not difficult to achieve on the front of an LED panel; but with the necessary ports and connectors that could allow wind, rain, and dust to ingress, successfully receiving this rating is a greater challenge for the back of the screen.
Due to the harsh outdoor conditions of rain and dust, outdoor LED display panels that are not IP rated or do not achieve a rating of IP65 are prone to damage or failure with long-term exposure. The stringent IP testing process subjects panels to environments of varying temperature and pressure, as well as dust and water to accurately determine their protective qualities.
Without a rating of IP65 or higher, an LED panel will not last long in a fixed outdoor setting. Neoti carries a variety of outdoor LED solutions that have undergone this strict IP testing, and we only offer outdoor panels with a minimum IP rating of IP54 for temporary and rental applications. In our effort to provide the best solution for each individual customer and project, we know how important it is to consider all of the variables, including exposure and weather.
Seamless LED Displays Offer Many Advantages Over Older Technology
Seamless LED display technology has advanced to the point where it has many advantages over alternative display technologies, especially for large and creative display applications.
Content should be the primary driving force behind any new video wall display. But you don’t want to compromise your arresting content with visual interference, like the bezels separating tiled LCD displays. Advances in LED display technology are rapidly driving down prices, and are leading to an increased adoption of seamless LED displays. This is good news for businesses that are looking for ways to display eye-catching content to attract the customer’s attention.
Businesses need a display that delivers a high impact message with uninterrupted content. Many technologies can be leveraged to create a video wall, and customers can choose from tiled or discrete LCD flat panels, rear-projection cubes, or projection, among other options. While each option has its pluses and minuses, seamless LED displays are increasingly delivering a number of important advantages over these older technologies.
Today’s seamless direct-view LED display technology is compact, slim, and lightweight because RGB LED diodes are fixed directly onto circuit boards (known as SMD) which reduces the space required for complex wiring. This makes for a very compact design that provides brightness far beyond projection, enhanced contrast due to superior black levels, impressive color uniformity, and a general image quality that (depending on pixel pitch and viewing distance) can even rival an LCD monitor. It also lacks the unsightly bezels that can dramatically interfere with your content. That means businesses no longer need to erect legacy jumbotron technology, build tiled walls with LCD TVs, or invest heavily in proprietary rear projection modules.
In addition, traditional displays typically allow for only one video signal, or message, to be displayed. A seamless LED display by comparison, can display multiple signals and sources within various user-defined zones. This allows a business to deliver much more dynamic and impactful content on each display.
Another major advantage of seamless LED displays over older technologies is their flexibility. Direct-view LED displays come in various aspect ratios and sizes as well as in curveable and flexible varieties that can be easily shaped to fit practically any space. In addition to standard video formats, a business can make a long ribbon display or a display that wraps around a curved space. Displays can even be in the shape of a cube, pyramid, or column. The possibilities are truly endless.
Seamless LED displays offer a number of benefits when compared to other technology including:
Brightness – specifically outdoor daylight visibility – is better.
Viewing angles are equal or superior
Power consumption is comparable
LCD tiled walls have limitations in terms of daisy-chaining multiple screens, whereas LED panel walls can be expanded to enormous sizes
Modules and components can be quickly and affordably replaced instead of entire panels or displays. (Serviceability should always be factored into the cost of ownership.)
The lifetime of typical LED panels is upwards of 100,000 hours (11.5 years). This is better than most LCD TVs.
LED displays have cableless connectivity options while most LCD TVs do not
LED has better black levels than most LCD displays
LED displays have better curving ability due to the modularity and panel size
To learn more about the advantages of LED displays for your business, give us a call at 877-356-3684 and speak with one of our experts. If you already have a specific project in mind, feel free to fill out a rental or sales quote request and we'll guide you through the whole process.