June Product Showcase

Creating quality products, we stand behind with lifetime warranties is why so many integrators and A/V professionals turn to Premier Mounts. Learn more about our latest and greatest products that solve your A/V challenges in our November Product Showcase!

LFC-L

Large format mobile cart for flat-panels up to 300 lbs

 
  • The ability to create mobile solutions for massive flat panels and touch screens up to 98″
  • Mobile base designed to nest multiple carts with its open design
  • Flat panels can be mounted anywhere along the 60in poles for desired viewing height
  • Display can be mounted in portrait or landscape orientation
  • All components ship in one box
  • Locking heavy-duty, 4 inch casters easily support large weights while proving maneuverability
  • Full setup takes less than 10 minutes and installation steps are the same as our line of mobile carts and stands making it especially easy for those already using our products
  • Weight capacity 300lbs
List Price: $1,299


UMB-DBTS

Unistrut Attached Flat Panel Menu Board Mounting Solution

  • "No Assembly Required” brackets are ready to hang on the panels and are designed to attach directly to commercially available unistrut channel
  • Perfect for installations at locations that operate 24/7 and cannot shut their store down for any length of time
  • Displays can be positioned anywhere from flat to a 15 degree tilt for preferred viewing angles
  • The most cost-effective digital menu board mounts on the market today
List Price: $89

PP-5A

Ceiling Adapter with 1.5 in. Coupler with Cable Access Hole

  • Designed to work with 1.5 in" threaded NPT pipe
  • Cable access hole for safely routing signal cable through pipe interior
  • Adjustable-height suspension adapters are compatible (APP-1321 or APP-2446) for drop distances of more than 3.8 ft.
  • 500lb weight capacity
List Price: $90  
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A New Reality for Airports After COVID-19? And More Demand for AV Services?

What will airports need from the pro AV and digital signage community, to fast track new protocols, new needs?

Digital Signage for airports, as well as other public transportation hubs, has been booming throughout this century. But as I write this, air travel has come not to a complete halt but to a crawl, with many wondering where we’ll go from here. As confusing as this spring 2020 disruption is, it won’t last long, in business cycle, or technology cycle terms, so it’s a good time to reflect on what direction this important market for digital signage, displays, and mounting solutions is headed, in the second half of 2020 and beyond. When everyone– including airport designers and tech providers – come out of the hiatus and take flight again, we’ll all be facing new landscapes, and we should learn now about what’s coming. Airports have been a steady market, and they’ve offered significant revenue potential not just on the hardware side, but also on the content side, as they adopted a hybrid model of showing informational content and sponsored content, i.e. advertising. The latter trend is a part of the larger story of digital signage becoming increasingly attractive to brands and agencies as a new “network”, using that term not in the IT sense but in the media network sense.  These new networks in public places are referred to as DOOH, or Digital Out of Home, and they offer networked digital signage screens in public places that result in placed-based digital networks similar to TV or other broadcast networks. When you sum up the pieces of the digital signage and display puzzle in airports, we’ve had a synergy where the total is greater than the sum of the parts: the need for flight and terminal information first, as flight schedule information, officially called Flight Information Display Systems (FIDS) are obviously key; then add to that the rise of DOOH networks to expose to a very captive audience – travelers waiting on flights, shopping, eating, and generally tied to one location for hours and open to screen messaging of all kinds; and finally, public safety and security rise each year in importance. And that synergy had already kicked off a variety of display and digital signage technology trends in airports:
  • More LED, for bigger, higher res, and brighter screens
  • The need for easy access and service for screens, including LED screens and LCD-based video walls. This includes front access to the screen components.
  • Mounting options for screens when flat walls, or in some cases any wall at all, were not available.
And on the content side: In addition to digital advertising– part of that DOOH mix described above– more and more AV and digital signage called on to:
  • Promote compliance with any federal and state statutes related to security, and safety
  • Facilitate the delivery of public safety/security information to more locations, including outdoor areas of the airport
  • Tie in more systems to prevent, deter or halt criminal activity, and facilitate criminal investigations and police actions to safeguard travelers.
So what can we expect to be fast-tracked, in airports, coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic? At Premier Mounts, we so often work with the best creative minds in the architectural profession, and we recently became aware of a great analysis of this issue, seen from an architect’s point of view. It’s a great way to frame our approach in the pro AV world, and learn from it. The article can be viewed on the Gensler web site. Gensler, if you’re not familiar with them, is one of the most prestigious, highly awarded, and forward-thinking architectural firms in the world. The article talks about how design can help airports simultaneously secure their facilities and provide new measures to help protect the traveling public from the spread of viruses and other diseases? As you read through it, have in mind, what role will AV play in that? To read the article, click here: So, what can we add, from the AV perspective, to start creating road map to approach new challenges in airport design? Start by looking at the Gensler analysis, where there are several areas where the pro AV community can contribute. “Use technology to pre-map the passenger experience,” the Gensler article says, to “leverage existing digital technology to pre-map the passenger experience in the style of Disney’s Fast Pass.” While a lot of that will involve smartphone apps, the nature of Airports is that you have a much more diverse population passing through, with many different languages, and with much more security protocols in place, so you can’t rely on everyone using smartphones as their primary platform. Gensler also says that “Decentralizing passenger processing will be one of the key health and wellness strategies that might be a near-term element of an airport’s flexibility plan, despite the costly and operational challenges associated with this shift.” Well, those costs could be reduced by using smart digital signage to create and funnel people into new zones some of which might need real walls and partitions and some of which could be created with mostly digital tools. Also on Gensler’s list is:  “Accelerate biometric screening… In fact, we should be exploring how to minimize other touchpoints in the airport experience. Airports can work quickly to accelerate the biometric screening process that some have already begun testing through retinal and facial recognition technologies.” On that last point, facial recognition technology, there is of course a big role for pro AV there. Wherever you have the cameras needed for that, you also need screens for the monitors to view even as the data crunching is done remotely, and screens for the passengers and airport security staff part of the equation. And there are so many more possible scenarios where more pro AV hardware, software, and services will be needed in airports. It’s clear that all restaurants, from QSR to sit-down, will have different design going forward. In airports as in other venues, that will include more digital signage to remind customers of new safety protocols, more remote or online ordering that could include screens. (And this would be a great time for “haptic” touch screens. Finally, we predict that the “hybrid model” of airport content, with digital signage showing both informational and sponsored content, will be under more scrutiny. Not in the sense of sponsored content becoming less frequent, but with sponsored content more tailored to the audience as opposed to being just TV content that people see at home or anywhere. In a sense, the hybrid will be even more hybrid: the informational/safety/security content will be more important and so more production values will be applied to make it more compelling. And the sponsored content will contain more sensitivity to safety and security. The bottom line on content: the need for more, better, different content – and ever more large screens to show it.

May Product Showcase

Creating quality products, we stand behind with lifetime warranties is why so many integrators and A/V professionals turn to Premier Mounts. Learn more about our latest and greatest products that solve your A/V challenges in our November Product Showcase!

TL72-MS2

Lightweight Floor Stand for Flat-Panels up to 160 lb

  • Floor Stand combination includes the PSD-TL72 and a CTM-MS2
  • Height adjustable across the dual 72 in. polished chrome poles
  • Patented Clevis tilting mechanism which allows 12° of continuous tilt
  • Built-in lateral shift
List Price: $1,020


EB72-RTM

Rotating Mount Floor Stand for Flat-Panels up to 160 lb

  • Floor Stand combination includes the PSD-EB72 and the RTM-L
  • Provides rotation between 0º and 90º for a horizontal or vertical configuration
  • Optional caster can convert the base into a mobile stand
  • Great for rotating displays such as the Samsung Flip
List Price: $1,159

PSD-TTS-B

Universal Tabletop Stand for Flat Panels up to 40"

  • Adjustable mounting arms that can be positioned anywhere along the vertical chrome posts
  • Cosmetic back cover conceals poles and cables for a clean and finished appearance
  • Patented Griplates™ hold the flat-panel display permanently in the desired position
  • 150lb Weight Capacity
List Price: $379  
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The 30-Minute LED Mount “Shoot-Out”

If you’re an InfoComm show veteran who’s logged a couple decades of attending that trade show, you remember the InfoComm “Shoot-Out”. It was a huge, separate area off the show floor where attendees could walk through and see video projectors mainly, or other display devices, in A/B comparisons. Or more typically A/B/C/D etc side-by-side shootouts. Which of the supposedly 500 lumen (“factory spec sheet”) projectors in one of the shootouts looked brighter on the screen? What was the color profile of the different images on the screen? It was a lot of fun, not just useful for AV pros as we all evaluated competing products. All the displays/projectors got the same content feed (provided by Extron, back in the day), so the industry viewed it as objective. It was fun! But eventually so many DLP-based and LCD-based projectors started to perform very closely to one another. And then the race pretty much switched to DLP vs. LCD, in projection. Also add to the fact that some InfoComm exhibitors were not all that thrilled about attendees spending time looking at their product offerings in places at the show other than in their own booths. Fast forward to today. Direct view LED is all the rage in the display world. But you won’t see many LED “shootouts” at industry events. Again, trade shows are now about each individual gear manufacturer wowing you in their own big expensive booth. You might see one in someone’s warehouse, and that happens quite a bit. And you can tell a lot about the product that way. __________________________________________________ You can do a shootout of LED panels… can you do a 30-minute shootout comparison of LED Mounting products? What should you look for? ___________________________________________________ That leads us to the question: You can do a shootout of LED panels, so can you do a 30-minute shootout comparison of LED Mounting products? Of course, mounting products are not displays, so we’re talking apples and oranges. But thinking about the “shootout” phenomenon, got me thinking: Let's say you’re an AV integrator, and one of your designers or installers says to you: "hey, I have a new LED mount, from ABC Mounting company, in the warehouse. And their rep is here also. We've never used them before. He’s loading the mount back into his car in 30 minutes. Can you take a quick look at it?" If you have a few minutes to look at it, what are a few things you should look for? What questions should you ask? Whether in an A/B side by side, or just on its own, how can you bring that “shootout” eye to the task of looking at that LED mounting product? Here are some tips, below. First, framing the goal first, i.e. what you’re really looking to answer, followed by some specifics: How easy is it for the mount to install?
  • Can the mount be assembled and placed onto a wall in under 30 minutes?
  • When the rep answers the above: drill down: with 2 people? What about for a solo installer?
  • Weigh it. Period. Lightweight designs are always preferred. Get the numbers. Record them.
  • Does the manufacturer provide detailed instruction manuals? Ask to see them.
Does the mount have post installation adjustments?
  • The best mounts features Z alignment that can be done before LED is placed on the wall. Go through them and try them.
  • Does it have several mounting points that can push LED cabinets together to eliminate seams when displays are up?
  • Mounts with built in adjustment save time on a project site – make a list of those and compare it to the other options.
How sturdy is the mount?
  • Is the Mount engineered down to precise millimeter and made of high-quality steel? Look at it closely. It’s all in the details, and it’s super useful to do a side-by-side comparison.
Go through the paces above, on your own, when that kind of “shoot-out” opportunity comes your way. In the meantime, I’d be remiss in this exercise if I did not cut to the chase and point out, about Premier Mounts LED products: How easy is it for the mount to install?
  • The components of Premier Mount’s Convergent series can be assembled and placed onto a wall in under 30 minutes
  • Ideally, they are installed with 2 people, but it’s definitely possible for a solo installer with the right equipment
  • It saves effort for people who may be short on time or manpower.
  • It comes with very detailed instruction manuals to help guide you.
  • And remember: the faster install time, allows for more time on site to fine tune the displays
Does the mount have post-installation adjustments?
  • Our Convergent LED wall mount features Z alignment that can be done before LED is placed on the wall. Absolutely.
  • Also, there are several mounting points that can push LED cabinets together to eliminate seams once the displays are up.
  • All those adjustments that are built in, will save you time on a project site.
How sturdy is the mount?
  • Out Mount is engineered down to precise millimeter and made of high-quality steel, totally. Check it out in person. It will be obvious on close inspection.
Shoot-Outs? We love them. Bring ‘em on. They separate the pretenders from the contenders, in LED mounting especially.