Planar Releases 3D BIM Models of LCD Displays and Video Walls through Autodesk Seek

  Planar Releases 3D BIM Models of LCD Displays and Video Walls through
  Autodesk Seek

Architects, engineers and designers can now easily integrate 3D BIM models of
                     Planar displays into building plans

Business Wire

PORTLAND, Ore. -- March 26, 2013

Today, Planar Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLNR), a global leader in digital display
technology, announced that 3D Building Information Modeling (BIM) models of
select Planar large format LCD displays and video walls are now available free
through the Autodesk® Seek web service.

Planar's Clarity Matrix LCD video wall on Autodesk Revit (Photo: Business
Wire)

Planar's Clarity Matrix LCD video wall on Autodesk Revit (Photo: Business
Wire)

Autodesk Seek allows architects, engineers and designers to easily find,
preview and download 3D models of Planar displays. They can then incorporate
these models into their building plans without having to create the models
themselves. According to a report by McGraw-Hill Construction titled, “The
Business Value of BIM in North America: Multi-Year Trend Analysis and User
Ratings (2007-2012),” BIM adoption has grown 500% in the past years among AEC
(Architect, Engineering, Construction) professionals and research indicates
that up to 80% of firms have adopted BIM.

“The BIM process has transformed design and construction with its ability to
improve project 3D design and team collaboration,” says Jennifer Davis, vice
president of marketing for Planar Systems. “By offering our products as BIM
ready objects, we make it easier for architects, engineers and designers to
integrate Planar displays into their project designs right from the start.”

3D BIM models of three Planar product families are now available from the
Autodesk Seek online content library, a web service that supplies free BIM
models from a wide range of building product manufacturers. The models include
Planar® Mosaic™ architectural video walls, Clarity™ Matrix LCD video walls and
Planar® UltraLux™ Series large flat panel monitors. Each of these BIM models
provides data-rich drawings and product specifications that accurately depict
the displays and their options within Autodesk® Revit®, a market-leading 3D
design platform.

While Planar has provided 2D CAD drawings of its products for years, it was
time-consuming for designers to turn these 2D drawings into accurate 3D
objects. With the 3D BIM models available on Autodesk Seek, building
professionals can now download these models and easily plug them right into
their overall project designs, speeding up their work and improving the
quality of their project models.

“Building Information Modeling technology has quickly become the industry
standard for accurately simulating buildings in 3D before they’re
constructed,” says Rob Gaspard, AIA, principal of architectural firm
WORKSBUREAU. “As a result, we have a growing need to integrate product data
from manufacturers like Planar into our BIM designs. By putting 3D models of
its displays on Autodesk Seek, Planar is not only miles ahead of the curve,
but it’s allowing me to offer enhanced decision making capabilities to my
clients, making my job a whole lot easier.”

Audio visual resellers and system integrators who consult, sell and service
display technologies can also benefit from these 3D BIM models.
Photo-realistic project models have become a key sales tool for AV designers
and consultants when pitching their design concepts. Now they can more easily
incorporate Planar displays into their design proposals, allowing project
owners to more clearly visualize the design.

About Planar

Planar Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: PLNR) is a global leader in display and digital
signage technology, providing premier solutions for the world's most demanding
environments. Retailers, educational institutions, government agencies,
businesses, utilities and energy firms, and home theater enthusiasts all
depend on Planar to provide superior performance when image experience is of
the highest importance. Planar video walls, large format LCD displays,
interactive touch screen monitors and many other solutions are used by the
world’s leading organizations in applications ranging from digital signage to
simulation and from interactive kiosks to large-scale data visualization.
Founded in 1983, Planar is headquartered in Oregon, USA, with offices,
manufacturing partners and customers worldwide. For more information, visit
http://www.planar.com.

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INVESTOR CONTACT:
Planar Systems, Inc.
Ryan Gray, 503-748-8911
Ryan.Gray@Planar.com