Large format E Ink displays: benefits and challenges

Large Format E Ink Displays: the benefits of E-Tela

GDS, a market leader in indoor and outdoor large format E Ink displays, produces a color and monochrome digital poster based on epaper display technology.

Part of GDS’ e-Tela™ product family, the large format E Ink displays features tiled displays, which use GDS’s G+Bond™ and G+Natural-light™ technology.  G+Bond™ allows for an outdoor large format E Ink display, and G+Natural-light affords uniform front light for both nighttime and daylight information.

E-Tela’s ultra-thin large format E Ink displays have a minimal carbon footprint, it is fanless and can be easily read in direct sunlight. They are well-suited for gas stations, price signs, QSR, retail, road signs, transportation and other digital out of home (DOOH) applications. (read also  E paper display:5 application you must know about)

Large format E Ink displays

Integrating Large Format E Ink Technology

E-Tela large format E Ink displays can easily be installed at bus stops or on train platforms to show schedules and destinations (read also real time bus arrival information system). This kind of displays can also function as low power, lightweight and slim solutions for on board applications, such as in-car information and external train updates. Operating at almost zero power, E-Tela large format E Ink displays work autonomously for months. They are also wireless, running on solar or battery power, and afford diagnostic capability and broadband wireless communication.

These large format E Ink displays are a significant step forward in transportation technology, eliminating the need of an electrical installation, providing signage solutions for remote locations and ensuring ongoing service even during power loss. After they’re installed, E-Tela large format E Ink displays can be updated from any web-based management system through Internet access.

An example of E-Tela large format E ink display is what we call A0. The name originates from the display dimensions that are similar to an A0 poster format. The A0 E-Tela is composed by 3×32’’ E-ink panels tiled along the longer side. It has a total active area of about 700x1200mm and over 10 million pixels which, by the way, is more than the resolution of a 4K display.

The Future of Transportation Technology

Free from external power sources or cable telecommunications connections, E-Tela large format E Ink displays represent the future of transportation technology. Displaying maps, timetables and real-time arrivals, E-Tela large format E Ink displays can be easily installed across cities in record time. They can be easily adapted to fit any metropolitan infrastructure and additional displays can be added over time.

With a variety of size and connectivity options to choose from, E-Tela large format E Ink displays can be customized to meet a city’s needs. Standard e-paper modules diagonal sizes are 9.7’’, 13.3’’, 32’’ and 42”. GDS can tile these together seamlessly to get larger format. Also, by cutting waste and maximizing efficiency, E-Tela large format E Ink displays are ideal for cities burdened by carbon emissions and escalating technology costs.

Large format E Ink displays

Smart Technology for Smart Cities

Smart cities favor E-Tela large format E Ink display technology for sites, such as bus stops, because they require 99% less power than TFT displays. The main advantages of E Ink technology are the following:

  • Solar power and battery powered
  • Ideal for real-time information
  • Managed from a centralized location
  • Diagnostic capabilities
  • Wireless communication
  • Minimal installation and maintenance costs
  • Remote signage for inaccessible locations

Summary of E-Tela  Large Format E Ink Displays

Revolutionary E-Tela large format E Ink display technology provide up to the minute updates that can be easily read in any light or weather condition. E-Tela large format E Ink displays are self-sustainable and ideal for out-of-the-way locations, thereby minimizing maintenance and installation costs. E-Tela large format E Ink displays are also a priority for smart cities looking to expand their technological services while reducing their carbon footprint.

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