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An Indoor/Outdoor TV for All Reasons & All Seasons

The Peerless-AV 47-inch UV2 Outdoor TV can withstand extremes in temperature and precipitation, even protecting with weatherproof speakers. By Commercial Integrator

In case you weren’t aware, Peerless-AV (yes, the Peerless that is famous for mounts) is offering an Indoor/Outdoor TV that is an outstanding choice for environments that may be less than ideal including cold, rain, dust, and bright light.

Your first inclination may be, “Who needs that?” but stop and think for a moment of the places and times it would be perfect. How about restaurants, night clubs and country clubs with outdoor dining, sporting venues (baseball, football, soccer…), ice rinks, zoos, theme parks, factories, retail outdoor strip malls, rental and staging (where events are often outdoors), and at the marina or on a boat!

Let’s look at a few examples.

Clean Image Car Wash: In the spring of 2014 Clean Image Car Wash made the decision to update their facility’s signage. Their static services board located at the entrance of the car wash required regular upkeep due to weathering and consistent service changes.

In addition, each and every promotion designed to increase sales and up-sells required the printing of a new sign and manual removal and replacement of the signs. Clean Image decided it was time to look for a digital signage solution that would look sleek and modern, while offering a cost effective option. In just two months, Clean Image Car Wash has experienced a noticeable increase in up-sells.

With promotions displayed prominently in a visually-appealing, well-lit services board, more and more customers spend their time in line perusing service package offerings. And, with the Xtreme Outdoor Digital Menu Board’s ability to quickly change content, much of the attention garnered surrounds new promotions that pop on and off the board frequently, causing a call to action due to their time-sensitive nature.

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority: In late 2012, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) rolled out a new digital signage project designed to inform riders on its Metrorail system about track work, weekend closures and other travel issues before they pass through the fare gate at any of the system’s 88 stations.

The project required displays that could withstand rain, snow, dust, dirt, pressure washing and other ravages unavoidable in the transit environment. Today, 110 Xtreme displays are mounted on station manager kiosks both inside and outside all Washington Metro stations, with digital media players inside the booths feeding content to each display.

For the more than 700,000 commuters who ride the local rails every day, the Metro’s Kiosk Information Display System (KIDS) delivers vital information ranging from elevator outages, problems on a particular train line and track maintenance that may affect service to travel advice for special events like D.C.’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival.

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium: In mid-2014, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium embarked on a project to revamp the facility’s signage. A well-known, non-profit organization welcoming approximately 2.2 million guests annually, the zoo was relying on static wayfinding signage and a handful of flatscreen TVs showcasing videos via the zoo’s internal digital content network.

This conservation-minded organization also hoped to reduce the use of printed materials to assist in keeping the environment green. Located in Powell, Ohio, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium faces a multitude of weather challenges, including snow, ice, moisture, bright sun, and humidity.

Open 363 days of the year, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium remains a visitor attraction even during winter months with its annual holiday lights display. As such, the zoo and aquarium needed a solution offering clarity and outdoor capabilities. Installation of the 39 Xtreme Displays began in May 2014 and will be completed this month.

With its initial success, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium plans to continue providing an enhanced experience for its visitors with weather warnings and ride information shared via additional Peerless-AV digital signage solutions.

Standard televisions simply are not made to be used in these conditions and if your TV should fail due to these types of use the warranty would not be honored. Speaking of which – these sets come with a two year warranty!

The 47-inch UV2 Outdoor TV has won several awards from industry publications including Technology Integrator EXC!TE (2014 Winner) and TWICE (2014 Best in Show). It is rated to temperatures as low as -24 degrees Fahrenheit and as high as +124 degrees Fahrenheit, is fully-sealed to protect against water, dust and insects, uses anti-reflective impact resistant safety glass and even has external water proof speakers that sound great.

For even harsher environments there is the Xtreme Outdoor model which boasts temperature ratings as low as -40 degrees Fahrenheit and as high as +140 degrees Fahrenheit. The icing on the cake – very reasonably priced. So no reason to drag your feet any longer – this is a great product whose time has come.

 

This article was originally published by our content partner Commercial Integrator.

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