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Mobile TV Display Screens For Farms & Farmers

Thomas Sands, Director of Sands Agricultural Machinery contacted Aqualite with a unique use for an Aqualite High Brightness LCD TV. He wanted a large screen to mount on one of his brand new Horizon agricultural crop-sprayers.

Agricultural Shows & Exhibitions

Sands Agricultural Machinery celebrates its 40th Anniversary this year, founded in 1975 when the company introduced the very first Self-Propelled Forward Control Crop Sprayer to the UK.

In the intervening 40 years, Sands have gone on to become proud British manufacturers of high performance self-propelled crop sprayers, with ranges from 3,000-5,500 litres capacity.

All products feature unrivalled standard specifications with optional dual ride and automatic headland boom lift with Boom widths ranging from 12m – 40m.

Thomas explained further, “We worked hard on a high quality promotional video showing off our very latest machinery and its state of the art technology. We wanted the best content possible for our new screen. During the show, the new video served as a great sales tool, allowing our visitors to see our new products in a central area on our stand, allowing visitors to enjoy refreshments and talk to us at their leisure”

“I had looked in detail for the best screen for our outdoor application, and after talking to Aqualite’s Managing Director, Kim Menen, he convinced me that their screen was the one to go for. Kim went the extra mile and even explained that I could return the screen if I wasn’t completely satisfied!”

“The screen was perfect, even in some of the very bright conditions we had during the event”

“The 2015 Cereals Show was a great event for us this year” he added. “The screen was perfect, even in some of the very bright conditions we had during the event, the video that we’d worked so hard on certainly paid off. We had some excellent enquiries which we’ve followed up on with some firm orders definitely in the pipe-line.

Marine AV & On Board TV Systems – Super Yachts & Luxury Boats

Aqualite are specialist AV and home cinema suppliers to the luxury yacht industry and offer first rate professional design and specification of indoor and outdoor on board cinema, IT, communication, security, lighting and automation systems on luxury motor boats, sailing ships and super yachts.

We also develop, install and support on board digital signage and advertising systems for cruise ships, ferries and public service vessels.

We are committed to providing our clients with the highest level of service possible to achieve the perfect, technologically and aesthetically integrated system, customized to your exact requirements. Our luxury, onboard installations will provide your yacht or boat with the distribution of home cinema systems, digital audio / video, yacht security, plasma / LCD TV, lighting control, telephone system, onboard networking, automation and much much more.

We work with marine architects, super yacht interior designer, luxury boat builders, marine electricians and in fact anyone who needs to be involved, every step of the way, to ensure that you get the onboard AV system you want.

AV system with HD screens throughout the yacht updated with new releases.
Creston touch screens for easy control of onboard music, lighting, blinds and television.
Full surround sound cinema with pop up screen
Plasma, LCD or LED flat screen TVs
Audio on demand system available throughout the yacht (inside & outside).
Sound server and IPOD docking stations

Please contact us if you are interested in discussing an on board entertainment system, marine communications, super yacht security or IT systems for the luxury yacht or marine market.

With the World Cup just around the corner

With the World Cup just around the corner, stories are already circulating about an anticipated supply shortage of weatherproof screens for the pubs, clubs and hotels hop- ing to attract customers with the lure of big screen match coverage.

The scale of the business opportunity for AV resellers and integrators over the summer of 2010 shouldn’t be underesti-mated.

The hospitality sector has been hit by both a combination of poor trading conditions and the bad weather. The summer is the time to claw it back, and an outdoor screen will provide an additional attraction to punters and turns unproductive outdoor spaces into revenue generators.

While the World Cup provides the key attraction, the fact that Murray is going well in the tennis and the England cricket team has risen from its usual torpor will extend the outdoor season this summer. End-users on the verge of making a purchase decision might also be influenced by the consideration that any investment made now will still be current for the London Olympics in 2012.
The economics are fairly straightforward from an end- user’s perspective. A moderately busy town or city pub can turn- over £2,000 to £3,000 in an hour. By extending the busy period, through providing enter- tainment, and increasing the capacity of the premises, by making an outdoor space pro- ductive, the ROI on an outdoor screen is pretty impressive.
Customer requirements
When designing an LCD dis- play for outdoor use there are essentially two problems: (1) bad weather, and (2) good weather.
Some vendors have tried to get around the problem of bad weather by installing standard commercial screens in a sealed cabinet. While this is fine in an outdoor advertising context it doesn’t provide an ideal solu- tion for outdoor entertainment.
The cabinets are bulky and can restrict the viewing angle. In contrast a display designed specifically for outdoor applica- tions looks almost as slim and stylish as its indoor equivalent, and yet offers a similar level of protection to a cabinet. The new AquaLite range is encased in metal. Wiring and controls largely concealed and the LCD panel protected with 6 mm toughened glass.
The AquaLite range is rated at IP66, which is currently the best available for an outdoor LCD screen and indicates total protection against dust and tem- porary flooding by water. This means that the screen should withstand anything that the British summer will throw at it in terms of bad weather.
But in some respects, good weather can present equally difficult operating conditions for an outdoor LCD display. The important considerations here are glare, ambient light and heat. All AquaLite screens, whether LED backlit or standard, are fit- ted with anti-reflective glass to filter out the worst of the sun’s light. While this is effective up to a point, the additional bright- ness achieved with the LED backlighting is the best defence against strong ambient light.
When compared with its direct competitors, the AquaLite is the only offering to offer the com- bination of 1500 candelas of brightness and Full HD. Where conditions don’t demand full power, the brightness can be adjusted by the user, delivering a high quality image with lower power consumption. While the additional brightness available
from the LED backlit model commands a premium over the standard fluorescent AquaLite range, it can make a difference between viewers enjoying the game or sidling off home to watch it there.

Specifications

With the increasing variety of outdoor applications in mind, AquaLite LED backlit range is available in three sizes – 32- inch, 42-inch and 52-inch diagonal.

The screens are all Full HD, and as such can be used for movies and promotional videos as well as sports. Text display is very legible, offering the potential to use the displays in transport and other text or numeric data applications.

All of the models in the range feature a built-in analogue and digital tuner for accessing broadcast content.

There is also an SD card slot for digital signage applica- tions, and further models are planned with a slot for a PC card for signage applications. With the toughened glass pro- tective screen extending beyond the LCD panel, AquaLite can overprint the surround with a corporate livery for a pub chain or a hotel group, for example.

AquaLite’s initial delivery of the LED backlit models sold out very quickly, but further stock is on order from the Chinese factory in which the company has a majority shareholding.

AquaLite says that this ownership position allows them to secure supplies even when other vendors might have difficulties in meeting demand.