Sep 25, 2019

LED Talks #3: Trust a worry-free canvas

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What a LED processor basically does is translating the original signal of the connected video source into something the LED tiles understand. But things don’t always go as planned. That’s why you need a great processor increasing the reliability of your project and offering that extra piece-of-mind throughout the entire servicing process.

Our previous LED Talks broadly dealt with the influence of processors on the image quality of your LED wall. But your content may look as perfect as you want, if the display suddenly decides to break down, it isn’t worth a thing anymore. So today we’re zooming in on the relationship between processing and LED maintenance.

1. Before potential failure: Ease-of-use

The InfinipixTM manager, NM100, hosts a straightforward web interface that allows you to centrally access information for your LED displays and offers the tools to view and manipulate settings on your devices. As the system is based on HTML5, operating systems running on Windows, Mac OS, and Linux, can be used to control the LED displays. With the additional SNMP and JSON RPC support, the InfinipixTM features can also be implemented in third party monitoring and control solutions.

2. During failures: Guaranteed up-time 

Because one processor can drive multiple tiles, data flows from tile to tile in a daisy chain. In the unlikely event that the data path is interrupted, all subsequent tiles in the chain would be void of content. Now, you don’t want your customers to look at a black display, right?

The Barco LED platform works with an additional processor which is connected to the last display tile in the chain. This redundant data path travels in the direction opposite to the data flow to ensure all the LEDs receive the signals. When this back-up data flow takes over an uninterrupted image is guaranteed.

But what’s the use of having a redundant system if nobody ever knew the redundancy kicked in? InfinipixTM will also send out notifications to the service engineer, so he can fix the issue and prevent a second failure from happening.

In addition, where competitive processors would leave you to search for the point of failure all by yourself, Barco’s product is telling you exactly where to look for the issue and which specific component needs replacement.

3. After failures: Stress-free serviceability

Barco's LED platform facilitates efficient maintenance. With our latest XT series, replacing a LED tile can be done in less than two minutes. The InfinipixTM system is able to identify the replacement of a module in your installation and this information then automatically triggers a transfer of the necessary image settings and color data of the replaced tile to (re-)calibrate the entire wall. There’s no need for user intervention or additional manual actions from an engineer.

The intuitive and easy web interface also enables remote control, monitoring and maintenance. This means service personnel can dial in remotely and don’t always need to go on-site, reducing labor and transport costs to a minimum.

LED by example: NOS

NOS, a Dutch journalistic broadcasting institution, uses Barco’s curved LED displays to support the anchor’s stories with compelling high-quality images and infographics. The InfinipixTM system brings 24/7 reliability to the time-critical news environment. The technology not only provides the demanding viewing audience at home with an added perspective on the current events, the production team also admits that Barco’s LED technology makes it easier and more cost-effective for them to do their job. 

Conclusion

In your quest for a new LED solution, don’t forget the most vital question: What if things go wrong? Barco’s unmatched LED processing technology excels in exceptional user experiences and is fully optimized to support maximized up-time and effective productivity.

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