Stereoscopic Desktop Monitors for Military Geospatial Display

Schneider-Digital’s 3D PluraView monitor series is established as the de-facto standard in the military sector and is by far the market leader for military 3D-stereo desktop displays. By Sarah Simpson / 12 May 2022
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3D PluraView stereo monitors by Schneider Digital can provide full potential to users for stereoscopic display, data capture and editing operations.

In the context of military geo-information applications, the latest generation stereo display technology for the desktop is based on passive, dual-screen systems. These are predominantly used for photogrammetry and GIS/mapping, satellite imaging, UXO identification, operations planning and airspace coordination.

Certified for use with BAE Systems (Socet GPX), Thales (GeoMaker), Collins (SCi-X) and Esri (ArcGIS Pro) stereoscopic software packages, this perfect hardware/software match also applies to the new generation of mesh-based 3D-reality modeling applications, for instance nFrames SURE.

An example of comprehensive and intuitive integration of multi-source 3D datasets in a unified stereoscopic data environment, on the 3D PluraView monitors by Schneider Digital, is the new versions of ArcGIS Pro – a universal stereoscopic software platform. Developed by US-company Esri, a world leader for GIS (Geographic Information Systems), the ArcGIS Pro automatically displays stereo images or video from satellites, aircraft and UAS (unmanned aerial systems), together with all other 3D content, such as LIDAR, CAD & mesh datasets on connected 3D display hardware.

Future-proofed stereoscopic monitors

Schneider Digital is one of the few manufacturers worldwide for future-proof, stereoscopic desktop and large-scale projection systems, manufacturing and professional workstations and servers. All workplace components, i.e. workstations, stereoscopic desktop and large-format 3D stereo visualization solutions, can be shielded or ‘zoned’ to reduce or eliminate any electromagnetic emissions, according to the NATO SDIP-27 standard (Level A, B and C).

Available as complete workplace solutions from Schneider Digital (monitor + workstation + input devices), they can be shielded and zoned according to the NATO SDIP-27 standard. The initial SDIP-27 shielding level (Level C) for the 3D PluraView monitors can be executed with minimal effort and cost involved.

Armed forces worldwide use digital, 3D stereoscopic monitors for visual interpretation tasks. Stereoscopic image analysis is a key technology, as it provides access to image content that can be interpreted much better than monoscopic, single-image coverage from the same source and resolution.

Directly compatible with stereoscopic software

With a resolution of up to 4K per screen, the dual-screen 3D PluraView monitors are directly compatible with most stereoscopic software applications, i.e. no middleware, special graphic drivers or stereo signal emitters are required. Stereoscopic images are viewed on the 3D PluraView through very light-weight, passive and cross-polarized glasses.

The left image is displayed on the vertical monitor, the right image is electronically mirrored, displayed on the upper monitor and viewed through a so-called ‘beamsplitter’ mirror, creating a holographic object effect in 3D space.

The additive combination of the two screens results in a very bright stereoscopic visualization which, in contrast to active LCD shutter glasses, allows for permanent use in normal daylight office or lab environments. With two screens, the full monitor resolution of up to 4K (UHD) is achieved for each stereo channel and therefore each eye.

Furthermore, the passive, dual-screen stereo principle is completely flicker-free, as the left and right images are displayed on separate monitors, permitting comfortable, long-term work with stereoscopic content.


Available in two different assembly sizes – four screen diagonals: 22″/ 24″ and 27″/ 28″ – for optimal adaptation to workplace and software application.

Highest resolution – from Full HD to 2.5K (WQHD) up to 4K / 10 Bit (UHD) per monitor and stereo channel for extremely sharp, bright and high-contrast image display.

Absolutely flicker-free – supporting relaxed, fatigue-free work in 3D-stereo with extremely lightweight, yet robust polarization glasses.

Suitable for normal office daylight environments – no dark-phase 120Hz switching, maximum brightness and full resolution, as separate monitors are used for each stereo channel / each eye.

Wide 170 degree viewing angle – flexibility enabling image exploitation or consultative viewing by several people at the same time.

Suitable for direct connection to laptop workstations – plug & play with just two monitor cables – ideal for mobile use, field operations.

Certified zoning available – according to NATO SDIP-27 standard (Level A, B, and C).

Posted by Sarah Simpson Specialising in digital copy Sarah is an experienced copywriter and researcher. Working with Unmanned Systems Technology Sarah has developed a passion for sourcing unique digital content and a talent for writing about the latest technical innovations in the unmanned sector. Connect & Contact