Digital Signage and FCC Compliance

Joey Davis November 30, 2018 307 Views 0 Comments 2018, blog

When LED Digital Signage is manufactured, there are governmental regulations in place to make sure it meets certain performance standards. These protocols are imposed and enforced by an entity called the Federal Communications Commission, better known as the FCC. The FCC is an independent US Government agency formally tasked with governing communications by electronic devices across all 50 states and territories. When grading LED displays, the FCC is primarily concerned with investigating whether the displays produce an acceptably low level of electromagnetic interference (EMI).

The reason why the FCC enforces this requirement is because LED devices emit electromagnetic energy that can influence the performance of other electronic devices. If the amount of energy emitted breaches the FCC’s threshold, it could theoretically impact the operation of cell phones, computers, and most dangerously, emergency communication devices.

This year, NanoLumens was flagged by the FCC for a violation found in our digital signage display technology. It had nothing to do with electronic emissions. Instead, it had to do with where we placed (or more accurately, failed to place) a sticker. In the eyes of the FCC, the backside of our displays must feature a small sticker indicating that our equipment is in compliance. We neglected to place these stickers on the backsides of our displays because, well, nobody would be able to see them anyway. Who cares, right? Apparently, the FCC cares.

Noted.

Moving forward, our stickers will always be properly placed. Our products have always been compliant with all relevant emissions and interference regulations, and our digital signage display performance is consistently tops in the industry, but our customers can finally rest easy now with the knowledge that a sticker they will never see is stuck to a place they will never look.

Phew. Bullet dodged.