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ADA-Compliant Displays Help Minimize Additional Construction Costs

ADA Compliance and Digital Signage Displays

Earlier this year, the Department of Justice’s new Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards went into effect. These new standards set minimum requirements, both scoping and technical, for new construction and alterations of the facilities of more than 80,000 state and local governments and over seven million businesses so that their buildings are accessible to more than 54 million Americans with disabilities.

Any display that extends beyond 4-inches is in violation of the ADA.

The new requirement applies to any objects protruding from a wall in a path of travel, so it applies to digital signage in any number of places from flight information boards at airports to digital advertisements in shopping malls.  Any display that extends beyond 4-inches is in violation of the ADA.

Previously, users who wanted to incorporate eye-level digital video walls into their environments had to consider the additional expense of recessing the displays into existing walls or building cabinetry in order to meet ADA accessibility guidelines. These additional measures added to overall installation costs, especially when mounting large-format displays.

However, now there are large-format displays that meet and even surpass ADA regulations and have given end-users and integrators increased installation flexibility. At 3.5″ (89) mm deep and 107.8 lbs, both the TH-70LF50U and the TH-80LF50U are thin enough to meet the rigorous ADA accessibility guidelines. In fact, the LF50 Series is the thinnest professional LED of their size in the world. These new ultra-thin displays enable much more creative installations, without additional construction expenses.

With SLOT 2.0 architecture, the 700 cd/ m2t displays offers the expandability to run even the most robust software to meet diverse customer needs in such applications as showrooms, retail, transportation terminals and auditoriums.

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Rick Albert

Rick Albert is Vice-President, Flat Panel Displays & Hospitality Vertical Sales Team, of Panasonic Solutions Company (PSC), a division of Panasonic Corporation of North America that delivers content creation, collaboration, information-sharing and decision-support solutions for customers in hospitality, government, healthcare, education and media production, as well as a wide variety of commercial enterprises. Rick has over 33 years of experience in the Broadcast, AV, and Professional Display industries, including positions in sales, product marketing, marcom, and executive mgmt. Prior to his role as Vice-President in PSC, Rick was Vice-President of Panasonic Professional Display Company (PPDC), a division of Panasonic Corporation of North America that supplied Professional Plasma and LCD solutions to Fortune 1000 companies, Hotels, government agencies, and many commercial customers in the Professional AV markets. PPDC was part of a group of B2B focused divisions within Panasonic that were merged in April 2010 to form PSC. Rick started with Panasonic in 1986 and over the course of his career has managed sales, product marketing, marketing communications, channels, engineering, and product development. Rick Albert holds a B.S. in Business Mgmt. from West Virginia University and has completed US and international executive development programs at Panasonic.

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