Planar Offers Continuing Education Class about Video Walls for Architects and Designers

  Planar Offers Continuing Education Class about Video Walls for Architects
  and Designers

  Leading architects and designers can now learn how to incorporate digital
 media walls into their plans as part of the American Institute of Architects
                         Continuing Education Program

AIA Convention 2013 Booth # 3907

Business Wire

PORTLAND, Ore. -- June 20, 2013

Today, Planar Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:PLNR), a global leader in digital display
technology, in cooperation with the American Institute of Architects (AIA),
announced it has launched a new continuing education credit class entitled
Designing Media Walls: Imagery, Video and Information on Digital Canvases.
Planar recently became an AIA Cornerstone Partner, and will offer the
Continuing Education System (CES) class to AIA’s nearly 80,000 members.

The free class, which was created for architects and interior designers,
offers a primer on video wall technology. Specifically, participants will

  *Function and components of a video wall system
  *Detailed technical specifications of a video wall
  *Key design considerations for assembling a complete video wall solution
  *New trends and innovative uses of video walls

Planar video walls are installed worldwide in airports, museums, sports
venues, hospitals, universities and retail showrooms. Planar tiled LCD
technology is preferred for its off-board electronics design which reduces
weight, heat, points of failure, and mounted depth, allowing for compliance
with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

“Increasingly, architects and designers are incorporating technologically
advanced designs into their corporate, healthcare, hospitality, retail and
residential building projects,” said Jennifer Davis, vice president of
marketing at Planar Systems. “Being an AIA Cornerstone Partner and offering
AIA CES credit sessions is an important part of our commitment to the
architectural industry and design community.”

Participants taking Planar’s Designing Media Walls session will earn one
learning unit of credit with health, safety and welfare (HSW). AIA architect
members are required to complete 18 hours of continuing education per year for
membership renewal, and CES credits help architects in many states meet their
state licensing board’s mandatory continuing education (MCE) requirements.

Planar initially will offer the class by appointment at architectural firms
throughout the United States. Over time, the course will be made generally
available through Planar reseller offices, AIA local chapter offices and as a

“Designing Media Walls was an excellent introduction to the architectural
potential of video displays,” said Ernie Staley, architect with CH2M Hill &
IDC Architects. “The course gave me a solid foundation to begin incorporating
media walls into our designs. Of the many AIA Continuing Education courses
I’ve attended, this was definitely one of the most useful and informative.”

Planar provides one-of-a-kind video wall expertise based on over 30 years of
digital display innovation. The company also offers a variety of desktop and
touch screen monitors favored by architects and designers for their
Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Building Information Modeling (BIM) work and
large format displays for conference room presentations.

In March, Planar announced that 3D BIM models of select Planar large format
LCD displays and video walls are available free through the Autodesk® Seek web
service, allowing architects, engineers and designers to easily download 3D
models of Planar displays.

The recently introduced Planar® Mosaic™ architectural video wall solution will
be on display at the AIA Expo in Denver, CO, June 20 – 22, Booth # 3907.
Designers or firms interested in scheduling an AIA class can visit the Planar
website’s Continuing Education page.

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

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Media Contact:
Blu Print Public Relations
Kami Toufar, 503-799-3724
Investor Contact:
Planar Systems, Inc.
Ryan Gray, 503-748-8911
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