By John Dixon On February 08, 2011
ADA Guidelines Spur Ingenuity Of Integrators And Video Wall Manufacturers more
COMPANY: Planar Systems
HEADQUARTERS: Beaverton, OR
SLIM DOWN: The Clarity Matrix
LCD Video Wall System from Planar
Systems is the first to break the fourinch
ADA requirement, measuring 3.6
inches in total depth.
Since its introduction in 1990,
the Americans with Disabilities
Act (ADA) has eliminated barriers
and created new opportunities
for millions of people across the
country. But as with all significant
social changes, the ADA has
required many organizations to
change the way they do business.
Though disruptive at first,
these changes have often led to
innovations that improve products
and services for everyone, not
just those with disabilities,
and generate new business
opportunities for contractors and
other service providers.
ADA accessibility guidelines
for the use of large LCD video
walls in airports, government
buildings, and other public
venues are a great example.
The ADA requires objects
projecting from walls including digital displays panels to protrude
no more than four inches from the finished wall to make it easier
for the sight-impaired and those with
other disabilities to navigate in hightraffic
concourses and other crowded
areas. Most large digital displays and
mounting brackets exceed this fourinch
depth requirement by several
In buildings with open-wall
construction, the displays are routinely
recessed into the wall. Cabinets are
also built around the screens to comply
with the ADA guidelines when putting
them in these public spaces. But these
solutions don’t work in buildings
with concrete walls, leaving facilities owners to make do in eye-level
locations with traditional, printed signage, rather than more engaging
LCD digital video walls.
The ADA requires objects projecting from walls including digital displays panels to
protrude no more than four inches from the finished wall to make it easier for the sightimpaired
and those with other disabilities to navigate in high-traffic concourses.
In addition to adding extra fans and vents to dissipate the heat,
integrators must be careful when using glass panels in front of displays.
These panels help protect the screens, but can also add heat. The better
option is bonded-glass display screens, such as Extended Ruggedness
and Optics (ERO) screens from Planar Systems, which protect the
monitor and improve picture quality without increasing heat.
The ultimate solution to the ADA guidelines will need to come from
digital display manufacturers. Although large commercial displays
keep getting slimmer, most LCD video walls have a depth of five inches
with the LCD display alone—not including the mounting system.
The Clarity Matrix LCD Video Wall System from Planar Systems is
the first to break the four-inch barrier, measuring a mere 3.6 inches
in total depth. The Clarity Matrix LCD panel comes with an integrated
EasyAxis Mounting System that provides an ultra-slim profile, along
with built-in fine positioning adjustments for perfect panel-to-panel
These design innovations are long overdue for owners and managers
of public facilities where recessing and cabinets haven’t been possible
or affordable. A systems integration partner that Planar works with
closely, Mtek Kiosk, based
in Portland, OR, anticipates
gaining significant new business
opportunities in 2011 now that
the four-inch depth barrier has
John Dixon, product marketing manager
for Planar Systems, has been in the
AV industry for more than a decade.