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Sep 02, 2015

Architects Using Digital Displays

Architecture is both an art and a science. Without the art, buildings become bland, stolid fixtures, but without the science, structures might not even stand, let alone inspire. Where architecture is at its best both function and form come together to create something that is both beautiful and practical. Purpose over Personality Within the world of architecture there are stars, just like in every other realm, and those famous architects have created stunning structures to earn their clout. But looking at the purpose behind the design is becoming as important as the person creating the design. The managing partner at the innovative firm NBBJ, Steve More…
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Aug 28, 2015

An Insider’s Look at Planar’s Marketing Team

In partnership with Saturday Academy’s ASE program, Planar offered an internship this summer to Emily K., an honors student attending a high school in the area.  As the summer wrapped up, she had a chance to share some insights about her experience. Q. What was it like working at Planar? A. Initially, I chose Planar in the hopes of improving my communication and video editing skills, as well as to gain insight and a hands-on experience in an office work environment. All of which can be checked off the list as throughout the summer, I gained significant knowledge about the office work life. I formed a web of connections as my work took me around the More…
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Aug 20, 2015

Behind the Scenes: A Conversation with Planar's VP and CFO, Ryan Gray

We are running a series of interviews with our executive team. Today we hear from Ryan Gray, CFO. Q: Ryan, how long have you been at Planar? In the industry? A: I have been at Planar for almost a decade now. Q: What are the top things you do for the company? What is your role? A: As CFO, my organization and I are responsible for ensuring compliance with all external reporting requirements, instilling a strong control environment and protecting the assets of the company, ensuring adequate liquidity/financial resources are available to drive the company’s strategy, providing useful and actionable data/analysis to enable rapid decision-making, helping More…

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Aug 13, 2015

Your Vision Comes First

The most impressive video wall installations begin with a vision: a sense of purpose, an idea of a customer experience, a message to communicate, a space to fill, a visitor to impress. See how your vision can come to life using Planar’s video wall calculators. The Planar® DirectLight™ LED Video Wall Calculator enables you to build a seamless LED video wall and download technical specifications, renderings and request a quote for your next project. It is a free, online tool that simplifies the video wall selection process by helping customers visualize and plan for their LED video wall installations even before they make their purchase. The unique More…

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Aug 03, 2015

Behind the Scenes: A Conversation with Planar's VP of Research and Development, Sam Phenix

We are running a series of interviews with our executive team. Today we hear from Samantha Phenix, Planar’s VP of R&D. Q: How long have you been at Planar? In the industry? A: I joined Planar in April of 2014, but I have worked in the display industry for most of my career. For many years I worked in R&D at Barco’s Medical Imaging Division. After Barco, I worked at Dell and then at Intel, developing vertical marketing strategies for a variety of scientific applications where displaying and interpreting visual data play a huge role. Q: What attracted you to Planar? A: Living in Portland and working in the display industry, I kept an eye on what More…

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Jul 30, 2015

Planar and our products are different – in a good way!

It is a balance that we seek to strike each day at Planar: moving fast, experimenting and bringing our expertise and commitment to quality to bear on product innovations. You see this kind of creativity illustrated in Planar’s product lines. It was our experience in video wall solutions that lead to the award-winning design of the Clarity® Matrix LCD Video Wall System, with it’s off-board architecture, thin mounting depth, and highly-differentiated features. Certain features might be poorly imitated, but not replicated by followers in the market, Clarity Matrix stands as an example of how experience and expertise in a field leads to new innovations More…

LCD video wall , direct view LED , video wall

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Jul 23, 2015

Digital Displays and Signage in Healthcare

Imagine the last time you went to a hospital or clinic. You were either going for your own medical need or to support someone you care about. Either way, the process is fraught with stress and confusion. Adding to that difficulty checking in, finding where you need to be, and then waiting and you have a recipe for unhappy people. Digital displays can help with the entire process of getting people where they need to be, checking in, and making the wait time easier. Healthcare Digital Trends One of the biggest trends showing up in hospitals is indoor, digital wayfinding. Think GPS navigation for inside the hospital. Connexient has created a system More…

digital signage , healthcare , lcd displays , video wall

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Jul 15, 2015

Behind the Scenes: A Conversation with Planar's VP of Marketing and Product Strategy, Jennifer Davis

We are running a series of interviews with our executive team. Today we hear from Jennifer Davis, the VP of marketing and product strategy. Q: What are the top things you do for the company? What is your role? A: My team is responsible for our product roadmap and strategies.  Product managers act as mini-CEO's of their product lines to ensure that they meet customer needs and have a winning value proposition that represents great return on the investments Planar makes in these products and platforms. My team is also responsible for all of our marketing communications: generating demand, building the Planar brand, and equipping our reseller partners to More…

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Jul 08, 2015

Is 4K Content Available?

It doesn’t help to have a 4K display unless there’s content available. And the concern is a legitimate one since the first HDTVs came out in 1998 but the switch to HD broadcasting didn’t take affect for over a decade after that (June, 2009). So are things going to be the same with 4K Ultra-High Definition (UHD) content? The good news is that the first 4K displays came out over a decade ago, so the content is catching up right now. 4K Streaming As of the middle of 2015 the two biggest players in video streaming (Netflix and YouTube) have 4K content to stream (provided your internet connection is fast enough). Additionally Amazon’s instant video service More…
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Jul 01, 2015

Behind the Scenes: A Conversation with Planar’s CEO, Gerry Perkel

We are running a series of interviews with our executive team. Today we hear from Gerry Perkel, Planar’s President and CEO since 2005. Q: Gerry, what did you do before coming to Planar? A: Well I started my career in the software industry but early on I joined Tektronix and spent about 20 years there in a variety of roles and business units.  My time at Tektronix was both rewarding and very educational.  With my various assignments I got to work with customers all around the world and in several different markets.  I got to see products that were a wild success and some that flopped.  Ultimately my final years at Tektronix was at the helm of the Color More…

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