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ZYTOUCH® Adds Rugged Touch Capability to iMotion® High-Definition Digital Signage for the Great Outdoors

18 March 2010

Describing another ultra-large digital signage project to go live using its Projected Capacitive Technology (PCT™), Zytronic has revealed details of the 65" ZYTOUCH® touchscreen supporting the interactive capabilities of iMotion; an advanced, high-definition outdoor digital display. The iMotion all-weather outdoor screens, which have built-in audio and optional Bluetooth™ or WiFi connectivity, present dynamic content with added value through features such as interactivity.

The units are purpose designed for use in all locations, including demanding public outdoor environments such as ski resorts, marinas, golf clubs, amusement parks, filling stations and fairgrounds. The very large display is presented in a choice of portrait or landscape orientation, and in optional 65" or 46" sizes, to suit a wide range of communication needs. The system’s creator, Infinitus of Slovenia, conceived iMotion to deliver the advantages of cutting-edge technology with complete reliability, drawing standards from the military and automotive industries to achieve its goal.

The imposing steel and aluminium vandal-proof enclosure is over two metres high, for the largest 65" displays, and features a proprietary heating ventilation air conditioning (HVAC) unit to maintain a stable operating environment for its high-tech integrated systems. The display is protected by an immensely tough 6mm + 6mm laminated glass PCT™ sensor featuring an antireflective coating to enhance readability for users. iMotion® is optimised for easy network connectivity, with support for leading digital signage software and plug-and-play connection using industry-standard power and internet interfaces.

Available in almost any form/factor ranging from 5" to 82", PCT™ is unlike most other touch technologies which typically require front-face active components, such as a resistive or conventional capacitive overlay. The PCT™ sensor uses a grid of conductive 10-micron diameter copper capacitors arranged as an XY grid and embedded in a laminated panel, positioned behind or between layers of glass. The capacitors generate a field, which is sensitive enough to be altered by the proximity of a conductive object such as a finger. By measuring minute changes in the field, the touchscreen’s controller is able to precisely determine the point of touch. The sensors have an inherently high light transmission, even without AR coating or optical bonding, and are immune from hazards such as scratching, dust, harsh cleaning fluids and extreme weather conditions.

Crucially important in this application, PCT™ touchscreens can also be sealed to IP67/NEMA4 levels to prevent ingress of moisture or particles. Jure Malešič, CEO, Infinitus, d.o.o., says, “iMotion is designed to attract and hold people’s attention, and only Zytronic was able to deliver a touch sensor that could meet our ultra-large screen size requirements. PCT™ offers proven performance and delivers highly accurate operation through our protective glass cover, even with gloved hands, and durability throughout extreme outdoor environments.” He continues, “ZYTOUCH® fulfilled all our requirements and was unique in being able to support for our ultra large screen requirements, with minimal effect on brightness. It is crucial in enabling companies deploying iMotion® to promote their brands with attention-grabbing, vibrant images and colours that are clearly visible in all lighting conditions and environments.”

Elatec, Zytronic’s local representative, with offices throughout central Europe including Germany, Russia, Czech Republic and Slovenia, played a central role in helping integrate the ZYBRID® touchscreen. “Elatec’s local presence and technical support facilities, including its in-house engineering department configured to assist with customers’ projects, helped achieve a high quality  result within a short timeframe,” says Ian Crosby, Zytronic’s Sales and Marketing Director. Crosby continues, “ZYTOUCH® is an extremely tough performer, and as only PCT™-based touch sensors could meet the brief for a large 65" laminated, weather and vandal resistant touchscreen, it was the natural choice for Infinitus to realise its vision for iMotion. ZYTOUCH® also promotes ultra-modern styling and clear, crisp images, which are highly valued by today’s brand owners. The result is another milestone application for Zytronic, and pushes PCT™ to the forefront of solutions for interactive digital signage.”

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