While measures designed to slow down the spread of coronavirus are starting to ease a little, social distancing is likely to be needed for some time yet to try and prevent further peaks.
But how practical is it in the workplace and in schools? Now, more than ever, display size matters.

Schools and classrooms

According to the current guidance, classrooms will need to be rearranged to allow pupils to remain 2 meters apart and classes should have no more than 15 pupils.
To implement these measures, schools will need to use all the space available and many pupils may have to sit further away from the front of the classroom or to the sides.

With pupils further back or on the sides, how do we ensure they can still clearly see the image in lessons using display technology?

While interactive touch screens have become very popular their fixed size and viewing angle could be an issue.
The most popular size used in schools currently is 65" diagonal. This size provides excellent visibility for pupils in small classrooms and acceptable visibility up to 3m away. But what happens if pupils now have to sit further away or off centre?

Projectors are more flexible in terms of image size and compared to touch screens, projectors cost much less per diagonal inch: you can achieve an image 120" diagonal with a standard projector costing as little as £300 ex vat or with an interactive projector for less than £1000 ex vat.
A large projected image is not only easy to see from further away, it is also clear when viewed from the sides of the room.

Corporate, healthcare and public sector

Social distancing at work

Social distancing at work may be more or less challenging depending on the industry, working methods and needs.

In the same way as in classrooms, people in meeting rooms and training rooms will be required to sit further apart than they normally would to maintain the recommended distancing.
In order for everyone to see the data or presentation clearly, a larger image may be required, especially in larger rooms. A projector is a very cost-effective way of displaying a large image without using valuable space in the room.

Face to face meetings with partners, colleagues or clients can often be replaced by video conferencing but when there are more than 4 or 5 participants all in different locations, the screen can become crowded and people difficult to see clearly on a small screen.
It is worse when several participants are sharing their screen to show detailed data or text which would be difficult to read in a small corner of the screen.
Using a projector as part of a video conferencing system to project a large image will allow all participants and their data to be clearly visible.

In open plan spaces, desks and work stations may be further away from each other and digital signage information may be more difficult for employees to see from the new location.
The solutions available include installing more individual displays around the space, using a large video wall visible from further away or for a lower cost yet effective solution, using projection for an extra-large information screen.

 

Whatever the environment, where digital information is used for larger group of people, you need to ensure that the image size is suitable to the new layout and seating arrangement.
You can find further information on the importance of image size on our website here.