IN PICTURES: Panasonic debuts 98-inch 4K display and B2B portfolio at roadshow
Panasonic Business Systems launched a series of business-to-business (B2B) products at its 2014 Roadshow, hosted in Melbourne. The event showcased the vendor's toughbooks, proejctors, commercial displays, broadcast and security solutions, and unified communications. A key component of the event was its 98-inch (TH-98LQ70) LED display which uses a 4K panel.
The director of the business systems group at Panasonic, Jason Coleman, opened the event by discussing the company’s strategy for its B2B solutions. According to Coleman, the needs of businesses are constantly evolving, and Panasonic’s value lies in using those changes to build a broad range of technology solutions that are tailored to its customers. The purpose of the BSG Roadshow is “to bring to life the integrated and customised solutions that Panasonic offers”.
Peter Huljich, group manager for projector, flat panel display and broadcast, unveiled Panasonic’s new 98” 4K LED LCD panel, the TH-98LQ70. This is designed for B2B applications that demand the exceptional clarity of 4K, including CAD drawings, medical imagery, broadcast production and digital signage.
The PT-DZ870 is Panasonic’s flagship 1-chip DLP projector with 8500 lumen brightness and a 10,000:1 contrast ratio. It also has ‘Auto Screen Adjustment’ technology built-in that makes it easy to create multi-screen projections. Eight of these projectors, paired with ultra short-throw lenses, are currently being used at Australian Museum for a walk-through tunnel depicting dinosaurs wandering through Sydney Harbour.
The Panasonic PT-RZ670 is a 6,000 lumens 1-chip DLP lamp-free projector. While traditional lamps need to be replaced every 2,000 hours, the laser light source in the PT-RZ670 means it doesn’t need lamp or filter maintenance for 20,000 hours or more depending on usage, Panasonic claims.
Fraser Larcombe, Business Development manager for security, demonstrated Panasonic’s new 6 Series cameras, available in 1080p and 720p resolutions. These cameras include the company’s proprietary Enhanced Super Dynamic and Adaptive Black Stretch technologies, which ensure a consistently high quality picture for all types of lighting environments, including building lobbies with windows or glass doors, ATM vestibules, and outdoor areas that transition from daylight to night.
Jason Lee, the product marketing manager for Toughbook, demonstrated that Toughbooks can be customised with various options. Here, he is demonstrating the Toughpad FZ-M1’s optional barcode scanner.
Larcombe also demonstrated Panasonic’s Network PTZ (pan, tilt, zoom) dome cameras, which offer a unique ‘rain wash’ coating that offers better visibility against rain or dirt. While water droplets and dirt on conventional dome cameras can blur the field of view, the ‘rain wash’ coating on the PTZ cameras means water droplets and dirt don’t cling to the camera.
Also new to the range is Panasonic’s LFB and LFC Series of collaborative LED LCD displays, which are designed for meeting rooms and classrooms. The LBF70 Series includes a multi-touch function that supports up to six touch points and can be used with a finger or stylus. Both Series have built-in Miracast and compatibility with iOS to accommodate the BYOD trend, enabling participants to wirelessly transmit content to the display from their own devices.
Vincent Bautista, product marketing manager for unified communications, showed off Panasonic’s new KX-NS1000 business communications server (pictured on the far left). This IP-PBX server offers voicemail, fax and email functions and delivers benefits such as a one-look network where multiple units through different offices can be used as a combined PBX system.
Mathew Alexander, product marketing manager for broadcast and professional video products, showed how the GH4, a digital single lens mirrorless camera with 4K video recording, can be used for broadcast purposes. At the roadshow it was set up in a video camera rig and connected to the AG-YAGHG interface adapter, which adds all of the video, audio and power connectivity required for professional video workflows.
Panasonic had several vertical market scenarios setup to demonstrate how various products could be integrated into a single solution for customers. The food service scenario combined a Panasonic PTZ (pan, tilt, zoom) IP security camera, commercial panel, projector and IP phone.
Panasonic demonstrated its full range of rugged Toughbook notebooks and tablets, which includes tablets, laptops and convertible ultrabooks running Windows and Android.
The new AJ-PX270 (pictured on the left) is Panasonic’s first P2 HD handheld camera that supports AVC-ULTRA recording. It includes all of the key functions from Panasonic’s larger shoulder-mount camcorder, the AJ-PX500 (pictured on the right) in a much smaller and lighter form factor. New to the AJ-PX270 is support for video streaming via 3G or 4G mobile networks.