(From InfoComm 2005)

Sampo Professional, a maker of flat-panel liquid crystal display (LCD) TVs and plasma monitors, now offers what it claims are the industry’s first IP-addressable displays, which enable users to control the devices remotely through a local or wide-area network.

In addition to basic control functions such as power on/off, picture-in-picture (PIP), picture-over-picture (POP), and screen and sound adjustments, users also can switch video sources remotely, giving them the ability to change displays to a predetermined video source for applications such as video paging or broadcasting mass messages–all from a simple web browser interface.

The new functionality has several applications that could prove useful for schools, said Brian Ballard, vice president of Sampo Professional. Using this capability, school leaders can turn off all units after hours from a single location, thereby saving power. They also could dedicate a channel for broadcasting emergency information only and switch over all units to that channel instantly in the event of a crisis.

“With our 2005 line of IP-addressable digital displays, we’ve taken flat-panel displays to a new level of functionality, giving organizations of all sizes the ability to realize decreases in deployment costs, increases in operational efficiencies, and expansion of their mass-communications capabilities,” Ballard explained.

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