Protecting a Public TV/Monitor From Damage And/Or Theft
As the flat screen TV and monitor prices come down the uses for them has increased in areas that was not predicted or even intended by the manufacturers.
As an example many schools are using large flat screen TV’s in their gymnasiums…not only can they stream video content to the TV, they can use the TV as a scoreboard as inexpensive software is available to convert the TV to an electronic scoreboard using a PC or laptop and inexpensive software.. Hospitals are using TV’s as patient status boards…not the grease pencil as seen on the program ER. Many businesses, universities, government offices, etc are using TV’s as directories that can be easily changed. Restaurants and bars are using them for menus…the list goes on.
As this explosion of flat screen TV’s occurs into public spaces the ability to protect them from access and damage has become necessary. There are many TV anti-theft enclosures that protect digital signage and TV’s. Almost all are designed for outdoor applications and provide a weather tight installation. For indoor applications it is not necessary to provide climate control and weather tight seals. The added expense of hinged doors, surge protectors, and a mount that already exists simply drives up the installed cost of the unit.
For psychiatric facilities TV sets should not be mounted on walls just using off the shelf mounts unless covered because of the risk to patients. All cords and cables should be as short as possible. Consideration should be given to providing built-in TV or media centers and installing an isolation switch that staff can control. Manufactured indoor covers are now available to fit virtually any TV and media requirements that can be customized for each situation. For maximum safety, the electrical outlet and cable TV outlet should be located inside the cover to keep wires and cables away from the patients. Additionally enclosures that do not have sharp corners and edges provide a safer alternative to the basic sheet metal box of weather tight enclosures.
For correctional facilities the same requirements exists as well as the need to have sloped tops for an anti-ligature attributes as well as polycarbonate panels to prevent breakage from extreme acts of violence. Even video arraignment systems require an enclosure on the accused side of the proceeding. Inmate transfer buses sometimes contain monitors to begin the correctional facilities indoctrination process…those monitors need TV anti-theft accessories and damage protection.
The uses and flexibilities that today’s modern electronics especially TV’s require that the user develops the applications and use including how much protection do I really need. The user must address the overall cost of the installation and the purpose it will serve and realize there are options available in today’s market.
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