Infocomm 2014 will see the release of the next generation range of T-series modular outdoor LED screens by Barco, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of visualisation solutions.

The series will encapsulate three different pixel pitch formats: 8mm, 10mm and 16mm; all SMD and designed for 24/7 outdoor usage. However, a 6mm model will be released further into the future to accommodate markets that require it.

Differentiating themselves from previous models that were larger, heavier, required four alignments and electrical connections per m2 among other issues like requiring cumbersome secondary steel and one controller and PSU per tile, the next generation T-series is fully modular and comes pre-assembled in a standard section sizes starting at 3×3 modules (1.44m2) up to 8×5 (6.4m2). Any section in between those sizes is also possible with other sizes available on request.

The new T-series is also lighter than previous models, coming in at 35kg/m2, including secondary steel (opposed to 80kg/m2 in previous models), and requires only four alignments and electrical connections per section (6.4m2). Furthermore, only one controller is required per cabinet and power supplies are shared within each section. These features have a significant impact on project costs due to no mounting plates or secondary steelwork being required. Install time is also drastically reduced by up to 60%.

The accompanying NP100 LED Video Processor features one HDMI and one 3G SDI input. Outputs include one HDMI loop, one 3G SDI loop and two Infinipix Ethernet RJ45 up to 10GbE while remote control ports include two Ethernet RJ45 1GbE. A single 75 Ohm BNC connector is provided for sync.

Two kinds of shaders will be available: long and short, depending on the install height and viewing angle. The shaders are specifically designed for proper viewing contrast.

Other major features include easy front and back access, full access to all internal components with no tools required for the module internals and its design lends itself easily to corner or curved installations. Multiple redundancies are built into the system and offers advanced web-based monitoring and diagnostics.