The demand for video walls is growing at an incredible pace, with sales expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate of 19.24 percent through 2020. For solution providers, video walls are an exciting opportunity to incorporate a growing, high-value technology into their product offering. But where to start?
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With something as complex as a video wall, a basic checklist can help you ensure that you don’t miss a key element that might impact the success of your design or installation process. So when you’re ready to get started on your next video wall project, keep in mind the following key steps:
Understand the full scope of the project
What is your customer’s goal for its new video wall? Who will be using it and how? Before you do anything else, take the time to fully understand the scope and goal of the project. This will ensure that you and your customer are both working toward the same goal.
Determine the number of images to be displayed
Next, consider how many images will need to be displayed at once. This will help guide your technology choices. For example, your customer might need a single large image, which could be accomplished with multiple digital displays, one large screen or even a projector. Or your customer might need several images, either from a single source or one or more from a combination of its own DVD, computer, RSS feed, video stream and/or other source.
Go with trusted technology
Although it can be tempting to select the most affordable displays available in order to stay within your customer’s budget, remember that quality is just as important. Choose professional-grade screens that are designed to operate for long periods of time, often in harsh environments. Look for products within budget that have been proven in the field, ideally, in a similar application. Above all, go with brand names that are highly regarded in the pro AV industry. If you need help with technology procurement, consider partnering with a technology distributor, which can give you access to the best products on the market.
Carefully select mounting hardware
Don’t make your mounting system an afterthought. You want to select hardware that will protect the display for years to come, while also offering simple, easy-to-access maintenance for both you and your customer. Today, “pull-out” mounts are growing in popularity, because they allow the back of a display to be easily accessed without much disruption. Of course, make sure the wall (or other structure) where the mount will be installed is structurally sound. If not, it may need to be reinforced.
Optimize your content
Work with your customer to determine what type of content will be displayed and where it will come from. To ensure video and images look their best, always opt for content that matches the screen’s native resolution. Otherwise, the end result may appear stretched, blurry or otherwise distorted.
Assess electrical requirements
Consider what components you’ll use for the display and whether or not the environment has the electrical infrastructure to support them. If not, you may need to do some electrical work to get the facility ready. Remember to account for surge protection and any cooling devices that you might use to keep the display from overheating.
Calibrate for optimal brightness, color and contrast
Before handing over control of the video wall to your customer, be sure that each of these three elements is calibrated for the best possible picture.
Plan for ongoing maintenance
Every video wall installation will require some degree of ongoing maintenance, and some may need occasional troubleshooting. Offer your customers preventive maintenance and service as part of your service offering; this will allow you to visit the installation regularly to make sure it’s working as it should and still looks great. It also gives you the chance to create some recurring revenue, while also giving your customer the peace of mind that its investment will be protected over time.
This checklist should help you get started on a video wall project, but naturally each installation is unique. By paying close attention to your customer’s needs, you’ll be well-equipped to meet its needs now and in the future.