Global visualisation leader Barco and ProAV distributor Starin are teaming up this month to showcase UniSee – a revolutionary patented modular platform that surpasses traditional LCD video walls on every level – at the exclusive event “Visualise Your Bright Outcome in 2018” in Indianapolis, Indiana on November 14, 2017.

  • Innovative bezel-less LCD video wall offers unmatched brightness, highest reliability, back-light lifetime and intra-tile uniformity.
  • Completely redesigned and optimised LCD platform responds to market’s strong demand for an easier-to-install, perfectly aligned display system offering an uninterrupted viewing experience.
  • Strengthens Barco’s leadership in large-screen visualisation by expanding its portfolio of advanced rear projection, LCD and LED video walls.

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As long-time collaborators in the development and distribution of large-screen visualisation, Barco and Starin are excited to host a VIP event featuring the Barco UniSee LCD video wall platform. Following on the heels of Barco’s primary launch events on October 24 in Belgium, New York City, Dubai, Beijing and Montreal last month, Starin’s “Visualise Your Bright Outcome” event will feature hands-on demonstrations of UniSee to showcase all of its groundbreaking features and capabilities.

“After consulting with our valued resellers, installers, partners and end users in the marketplace, we knew that we had to completely rethink the concept of LCD video walls and their mounting structures. The result is Barco UniSee − a revolutionary patented modular platform that will redefine the LCD video wall market for many years to come,” comments Suchit Rout, Strategic Marketing Director – Operator Experience at Barco.

Starin is excited to offer the new UniSee video wall, a highly anticipated solution by an industry seeking to overcome the typical challenges of video walls, such as color uniformity, energy consumption and efficient mounting.

Single uniform view

“Simply put, Barco UniSee is brilliant,” comments Bill Mullin, CEO of Starin. “I’ve never been more delighted with a development so right for what the market needs. It is truly one of the best works of engineering innovation I have seen in our industry. We’re very pleased that Barco chose Starin for the introduction, as they did for the ClickShare launch, as this is another game changer.”

Barco UniSee offers a single uniform view, making it the ideal LCD video wall platform for a multitude of applications – including control rooms, corporate lobbies, experience centers, brand showrooms, executive briefing centers and meeting rooms. Thanks to its patented NoGap technology, users can present content over multiple video wall tiles without the disturbance of a bezel for a truly seamless, brilliant image.

Higher reliability with ease of installation and servicing

The patented UniSee Mount uses the power of gravity to perfectly and automatically align panels, ensuring fast, easy set-up and maintenance. Barco has also re-engineered the design of the panels to counter all possible variations in brightness from the center to the edges. The result perfect and unmatched intra-tile and inter-tile uniformity.

UniSee Connect features Barco’s Sense X automatic, continuous and real-time colour and brightness calibration system, which ensures that the complete wall produces a perfectly balanced image at all times. UniSee’s modular design also enables faster servicing most repairs can be completed on-site, minimising downtime of the entire Barco UniSee wall. What’s more an optional redundant power supply (either locally or remotely installed) takes over when the first unit fails to ensure continuous uptime of the display.

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