AV Distributor Drinks Own Champagne
As a major IT and Pro AV distributor, D&H Distributing is always looking for new tools to help its clients achieve their vision. Its recent move to a new HQ in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was the ideal opportunity to show off, and so a 5×3 panel video wall is now pride-of-place in the lobby. Gefen 4K AV-over-IP was effectively used to deliver customisable, simple, and reliable control of the HD content it presents.
“The video wall is a true showpiece.” said Jason Fregede, Pro AV Solutions Architect for D&H, “We only wanted to showcase brands we carry and trust. It’s an attention-grabbing installation that also ensures we have access to any kind of visual content we want through a reliable, easy-to-use system. As an authorised distribution partner of Gefen’s video distribution products, we knew that the Gefen 4K AV-over-IP line would be the perfect solution to show our clients that it’s possible for not just us, but them also, to design beautiful, simple-to-operate video walls for different types of applications.”
The video wall includes 15 NEC (UN4551S) 55-inch ultra-narrow bezel display panels in a 5×3 configuration. Using four 4K digital signage players, and content managed by the Lenovo LDS platform, D&H can use the displays in a number of different configurations, with the option to create a 3×3 main display with flanking displays to show supplemental content. This was important, as the video wall’s use cases vary from day to day with events and meetings that demand different capabilities. The video wall relies on multiple Gefen 4K UHD transmitters and receivers, plus the Gefen Matrix Controller, for scalable configuration and control.
“Norman Yohay from Yohay & Associates was critical in helping us establish this successful relationship with D&H. Once forged, D&H learned that Gefen was capable of creating a spectacular showcase in a permanent, public installation,” said Aaron Hernandez, Director of Gefen’s manafacturer. “With hundreds of people passing by the video wall every day, and the central role it can play in events and welcoming new partners to the building, it was essential to use an ultra-reliable video distribution solution that can be quickly updated and easily controlled.”
Fregede also noted that the Gefen 4K AV over IP solution is one of the simplest to implement, which makes it ideal for integrators and resellers working on their first video wall project or looking to expand into the Pro AV market.
Currently, D&H’s lobby video wall is used to present custom “welcome” or “thank you” slides and videos for guests and vendors, and can also link with the company’s Twitter feed, YouTube channel and other online content sources to display a constant stream of branded content.
D&H Distributing: www.dandh.com
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