Munich, June 22, 2022 – For the exhibition of the Digital Signage Summit Europe, which will take place at Munich Airport on July 6 and 7, 2022, Concept International is packing the exhibition boxes. In the luggage are micro, mini and booksize PCs from Giada, large-format LED walls from the manufacturer Ledman, a clever presentation pedestal with large-format displays for AV system integrators and the “FutureRaspi”, a Raspberry Pi 4 adapted to the needs of the digital signage industry. Concept CEO Mike Finckh is looking forward to meeting many customers and partners in Munich. Visitors will find Concept International at booth 9.
With the DSSE, the second major presence event of the digital signage industry follows after the ISE. On July 6 and 7, 2022, representatives of the industry will meet at this two-day congress in Munich’s Hilton Hotel at the airport. As in the pre-Corona years, value-added distributor Concept International will have a booth in the exhibition. “We want to build on our success at ISE and are looking forward to meeting many customers and partners,” explains Mike Finckh, managing director of Concept International. “After all, there are some who couldn’t be there at ISE in Barcelona.”
LED modules from Ledman: simple procurement model and good supply availability convince
Concept’s booth features indoor and outdoor LED walls from Ledman, a top-10 LED module manufacturer that Concept has included in its lineup since fall 2021. AV system integrators can use Ledman modules to equip their large-format displays in shopping malls, control rooms, airports or stadiums with display tiles in 16:9 and 1:1 formats – including curved and transparent.
“At ISE, the LED theme was very well received. System integrators, interior designers and shopfitters who were previously unable to benefit from their customers’ LED wall needs can now do so – thanks to our simple procurement and brokerage model,” explains Mike Finckh. A specially tailored offer for channel partners is the installment plan with full service for LED panels. The partner can book an all-inclusive package right up to vandalism insurance and receives commissions similar to those for brokering cell phone contracts. Delivery, service and support are managed by Concept.
According to Concept, it is not struggling with supply problems like other LED suppliers: “LED market growth in China is only moderate due to the greater market maturity. At the same time, Ledman has large production capacity. We bring our established supply chains into play and can thus usually deliver within two weeks,” says Mike Finckh. A customer’s project for a 4K wall, which was first brought to Concept International’s attention at ISE, had already been delivered and put into operation last week, he said.
LED showcase for system integrators
Of particular interest to AV system integrators: the newly developed LED demo column. Behind it is a column on rollers, which is covered on three sides with different LED modules. This means that it can be easily tried out – even on site – in different positions and lighting conditions. It is equipped with seven different Ledman displays in different shapes, with different pitches and for different applications for viewing. Controlled by Giada mini PCs, the stele only needs to be plugged in and customers and prospective customers can see how different large displays work and appear. Furthermore, a new LED wall management system is integrated, which can be managed via the cloud. Interested visitors can try out the roll-stele on site.
All Giada innovations are there
From the Giada portfolio, Concept has a whole range of innovations in its luggage, which have increased enormously, especially in terms of graphic performance. For example, the VM27, successor to the VM23, the basic signage PC for system integrators with ten-year availability. The micro PC (154mm x 126mm x 40mm) is an entry-level model that offers plenty of graphics performance with the latest Intel Atom generation. Fanless, the VM27 can be well housed in panels or behind displays. The Atom Elkhart Lake processor built into the VM27 is now so powerful that it is becoming an affordable, more readily available and energy-efficient alternative to Core i processors for customers.
The same path, also with the latest Jasper Lake CPU, is taken by the booksize PC Giada F106 (189.6 x 148.3 x 26mm), which can easily be hidden behind monitors or panels. Extremely energy-saving, with a 55 percent increase in computing power, which also comes close to the Core-i range – with very good price-performance. The F106 is available in a fanless version as well as in a version with a fan and a higher base speed. With one HDMI and one display port, it plays two screens simultaneously up to 4K.
Giada SDM-L11 is a slot-in PC (175 x 110 x 18mm) with Intel Core-i processors in Tiger Lake architecture that meets the highest demands. Smooth UHD display, multi-touch inputs, digital whiteboards with resolutions up to 8K – all no problem. The new, very small form factor of the SDM-L11, fits as an alternative to the OPS format, for example, in displays from Sharp/NEC and serves, in addition to classic digital signage application scenarios, also the education and collaboration area in whiteboards.
Industrial digital signage with adapted Raspberry Pi 4
The “FutureRaspi” is Concept’s own version of a Raspberry Pi 4. The credit-card sized single-board computer gets a fanless, robust metal housing with VESA drillings and eliminates the widespread weak point of a “wobbly” Micro-HDMI socket with an integrated fixation of the HDMI cables. The FutureRaspi is optimized for industrial and digital signage and also offers optional Power-over-Ethernet. Especially for the Raspberry, there are now a lot of good and cheap or free digital signage software packages and so it fits perfectly into the concept with a price of around 150 Euros.