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Thursday, 30 October 2014

Webinar to explore and address the growing opportunities for digital signage companies to do business in Taiwan.

Louisville, KY (PRWEB) The digital signage market is not just growing. It’s exploding. And it’s global.

On November 12, representatives from the Digital Screenmedia Association (DSA), Digital Signage Multimedia Association (DSMA), and American Institute in Taiwan will present Taiwan’s Growing Digital Signage Market, an informative discussion on the growth of digital signage in Taiwan and the opportunities for the United States. Attendees can register here.

The global digital signage market will be estimated at $13.2 billion by 2016, with an expected 35% CAGR. North America and Western Europe are currently the leading markets for digital signage, but strong growth is expected in China, Japan, and the rest of Asia- Pacific and Latin America in coming years. Taiwan leads the industry in areas such as panels, monitors, industrial personal computers, while the U.S. excels in system integration application and software.

The webinar will explore how many companies in Taiwan are actively seeking to purchase software, applications, content, and hardware-software integration solutions from U.S. companies.

“Part of our partnership with the DSMA is to explore the potential business opportunites between U.S. and Taiwan-based companies, to develop relatinships, and support the success of the digital signage industry globally,” said Paul Flanigan, Executive Director of the DSA. “This is a terrific chance to understand the first steps in building those relationships."

Scheduled to speak during the webinar:

  • Christopher J. Marut – Director, American Institute in Taiwan
  • Paul Flanigan – Executive Director of Digital Screenmedia Association
  • Nick Jane – Chairman of Digital Signage Multimedia Alliance Taiwan
  • John Wu – CEO of IAdea Corporation
  • Jeff Chang – Regional Business Development Manager of Intel Microelectronics Asia

The webinar will take place on November 12, 2014 at 6:00 pm ET. Attendees may register here.

About the Digital Screenmedia Association

The DSA is an independent, non-profit association, whose mission is to advance the growth and excellence of the global digital signage, interactive kiosk, and mobile community through advocacy, education and networking. Members include users of digital screenmedia in all vertical markets including retail, hospitality, food service, and healthcare, as well as manufacturers, resellers, and distributors of hardware and software, network operators, integrators, advertising agencies, consultants, analysts, publishers, trade show organizers, and service companies. http://www.digitalscreenmedia.org

About the DSMA

The DSMA is the largest industry organization in the Asian-Pacific region addressing needs related to digital signage, interactive technologies, content strategy, and multimedia integration. Its members bring into the platform exceptional in-depth knowledge in areas including display technology, industrial computing, digital content, systems integration, and advertising. http://www.dsma.tw

About The American Institute in Taiwan

The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) is a non-profit, private corporation established shortly after the United States Government changed its diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing on January 1, 1979. The Taiwan Relations Act (PL 96-8) of April 10, 1979, authorized the continuation of "commercial, cultural and other relations between the people of the United States and the people on Taiwan." It also provided that "any programs, transactions, or other relations conducted or carried out by the President or any Agency of the United States Government with respect to Taiwan shall, in the manner and to the extent directed by the President, be conducted and carried out by or through the American Institute in Taiwan." The Department of State, through a contract with the Institute, provides a large part of AIT's funding and guidance in its operations. Congress, in passing the Taiwan Relations Act, also assumed an oversight role with respect to the Institute's operations.

AIT Washington, located in Arlington, Virginia, is the headquarters office of the American Institute in Taiwan. It serves as a liaison with its counterpart organization, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO), as well as with U.S. government agencies.

AIT's Taipei Office (AIT/T) with a total staff of over 450 people undertakes a wide range of activities representing U.S. interests, including commercial services, agricultural sales, consular services and cultural exchanges. The Institute also operates a Chinese language school, trade center, and library. AIT has a branch office in Kaohsiung (AIT/K) that handles local commercial promotion, consular services, information and cultural work. Website.

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Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Equipped with Moki’s Platform, Outform’s interactive digital displays (iDISPLAY) will provide clients with a complete digital merchandising solution

SALT LAKE CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Moki (www.moki.com), a leading provider of software that enables mobile devices to bridge physical and digital worlds, today announced it will partner with Outform to provide increased security and remote management for Outform’s iDISPLAY tablets. The combined technologies will allow customers to manage display content and settings from one centralized dashboard.

“Moki’s technology is a great addition to our iDISPLAY tablets,” said Ariel Haroush, Outform CEO. “The ability to integrate Moki technology with Outform’s Pulse technology ('Moki Pulse') provides a powerful solution to visual merchandisers seeking a quick ROI as they manage digital displays in a complex retail environment. The Moki Pulse ability to remotely access tablets with easy-to-use management software gives customers a robust and complete digital merchandising solution.”

Outform’s iDISPLAY tablets provide in-store interactive digital displays for brands such as Motorola, Under Armour, Oakley and Toys R Us. The iDISPLAY allows brands to create customized in-store experiences to engage their customers.

In the past, remote management for tablets in the field was subject to a variety of operational challenges. The Moki-Outform partnership will allow brands to remotely monitor, control and support each tablet, no matter where it is located.

The combined technologies allow customers to:

  •     Manage and update the content of display tablets without having to physically interact with the devices, saving brands time and money.
  •     See when display tablets come online, monitor performance and control settings of individual devices, optimizing performance and ensuring maximum uptime.
  •     Troubleshoot remotely rather than send technical support personnel to manually address issues.

“Businesses are looking for a single source for both hardware and software to create and manage digital interactions in-store,” said Tom Karren, Moki CEO. “With Moki on board, Outform becomes a one-stop shop for this type of holistic solution.”

About Outform

Outform manufactures interactive hardware technology providing full-service turnkey solutions, in-house product design, logistics and project management. Outform’s roots lie in its creativity and understanding of shopper behavior which allows it to provide unique product marketing solutions to global brands that help them achieve increased sales and brand awareness.

iDISPLAY products are fully developed interactive digital displays built for commercial use. Outform considers every aspect of your commercial environment to find out where and how its technology can help you get the exposure you're looking for.

About Moki

Moki enables digital interactions in physical retail environments with its leading mobile software platform. The company was founded in 2012 and has enabled over 150,000 devices for digital interactions in physical environments. Moki’s platform provides management, analytics, and security to its customers.

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Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Exton, PA October 29th, 2014—Last Call Studio (LCS) was looking to enhance its in-store experience by integrating digital signage into its strategy. But before making the jump, LCS wanted to be sure that they were getting a bang for their buck, and looked to Scala for a solution.
 
Scala proposed to first test the digital signage network at a single store, collect and track incoming statistics and then adjust the strategy based on the findings. If successful, then more locations could be implemented into the game plan.
 
During testing, nine screens were installed promoting three product groups: dresses, shoes and handbags. Detailed, time-stamped sales and customer traffic data was recorded, along with comments and information from sales associates and customers.
 
“The use of in-store digital displays matched with Scala Advanced Analytics provided us the opportunity to dig deeper into targeted merchandise categories in a way we have never been able to. This allowed us to align inventory with digital messaging at peak shopping times, creating a more engaging experience between us and our customers.” Ignaz Gorischek, vice president, Store Development
 
Following Scala’s recommendation, LCS was able to reduce upfront costs and significantly increase conversion rates for the promoted products.
 
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Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Motion Picture Exhibition Company driving resurgence of drive-in theaters with plans to increase U.S. total by 50 percent

CHICAGO - NEC Display Solutions of America, a leading provider of commercial LCD display and projector solutions, announced today its selection as exclusive supplier of digital cinema projectors to USA Drive-Ins, a motion picture exhibition company solely dedicated to the revitalization of the classic American drive-in.

The company will exclusively use NEC Display NC3200S and NC3240S digital cinema projectors in this initiative to increase the number of drive-in theaters in the U.S.  The locations will present family-friendly films in an all-American experience. USA Drive-ins has executed an agreement to partner with the iconic American restaurant experience Johnny Rockets.

“This effort embodies a deep belief that people should have greater access to movies and that families should experience the fun of going to the drive-in,” said Bill Dever, Managing Director of USA Drive-Ins.  “We are excited about partnering with NEC and GDC Technology, a digital cinema solutions provider.  These are both cutting-edge companies dedicated to providing the best movie going experience possible.”

 “We are delighted to be working with USA Drive-Ins to invigorate the classic American drive-in and make it available to families,” said Jim Reisteter, General Manager of the Digital Cinema Division at NEC Display.  “USA Drive-Ins is evoking a celebration of a uniquely American experience, and we’re honored to play a key part.”

“GDC welcomes this opportunity to bring the theater-going experience to more people and applauds USA Drive-Ins for its work,” said Dr. Man-Nang Chong, founder and CEO of GDC Technology.

Besides NEC’s and GDC’s roles in the project, Ballantyne Strong, Inc. (NYSE MKT: BTN) is the project’s reseller and will provide installation, warranty and technical services from its state-of-the-art network operations center.

“We’re honored to be leading the USA Drive-Ins deployment with GDC Technology, serve our distinguished role as NEC’s master reseller for digital cinema projectors, and also to provide post-sale 24/7 technical support,” said Gary Cavey, President and CEO of Ballantyne Strong.

Besides the traditional drive-in locations, set for completion in the spring of 2015, USA Drive-Ins also is deploying “pop-up” drive-ins for which it will utilize NEC digital cinema projectors.

All NEC digital cinema projectors are Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI) compliant, which allows exhibitors to capitalize on current and future growth opportunities, and can be centrally managed, freeing up on-site theater personnel for more strategic activities.

For more information on NEC’s digital cinema projectors, visit http://necdisplay.com/category/digital-cinema-projectors.

To learn more about financing options and current promotions, please visit http://www.necdisplay.com/GoDigital.  

About NEC Display Solutions of America, Inc.

Headquartered in Itasca, Ill., NEC Display Solutions of America, Inc., is a leading designer and provider of innovative desktop LCD monitors, commercial- and professional-grade large-screen LCD displays, a diverse line of multimedia and digital cinema projectors, and integrated display solutions. NEC Display Solutions develops leading-edge visual technology and customer-focused solutions for a wide variety of markets, including enterprise, healthcare, education and digital signage. For additional information about NEC Display Solutions of America products, call (866) NEC-MORE, or visit the website at www.necdisplay.com.

About VUKUNET

VUKUNET, from NEC Display Solutions of America, is the engine that powers the digital out-of-home advertising business.  VUKUNET is the only universal ad serving platform that drives ads to any digital out-of-home network, regardless of content management system. VUKUNET makes the buying, flighting and reporting of digital out-of-home ad campaigns easy.  For additional information about VUKUNET, visit www.vukunet.com, or call (877) 805-VUKU. 

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Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Leveraging Christie’s 360-degree digital delivery capabilities, the network contributes to the guest experience while generating new revenue sources for exhibitors
 
SHOWEAST/HOLLYWOOD, Fla – Christie® today announced the launch of its new media initiative, Christie Experiential Networks® (CEN). Based on the theme “From the Street to the Screens™,” the network features unique digital destinations such as the Christie double-sided digital standee, the experiential video wall and the hero screen; some of which will be introduced during ShowEast, Oct. 27-30, in Hollywood, Florida.

“Christie was at the forefront leading the conversion of film to digital projection, and we are today the first to deploy a refined experiential strategy that will transform the way exhibitors, brands, agencies and studios connect with moviegoers across the country,” said Kevin Romano, senior director, Global Media, at Christie. “From projection mapping to mobile, to augmented reality and gesture interactions, we are committed to delivering superior, content-driven experiences for the cinema industry.”

New Role, New Business Model

Christie Experiential Networks (CEN) adds a new layer to how Christie brings value to the cinema industry. With this new initiative, Christie becomes a network operator that supplies technologies and digital content to exhibitors’ lobbies.  Christie provides standard track installations at no cost to the exhibitor and can also provide personalized concepts for a competitive investment. CEN’s team of media specialists will manage advertising sales, in a revenue-share model with the exhibitors.

Experiential, Mass Media Style

From a brand and studio perspective, Christie’s new CEN provides access to a large-scale network of refined, multi-platform digital experiences for the consumer. Technologies and content strategy will, for example, enable studios to transform a trailer into a 4K gesture experience; or brands to create an interactive experience from an app, such as a 30-second ad or a static poster. Then the experience can be distributed on a national scale in top designated market areas. A variety of experience options are available for brands and studios.

More Entertainment Value Means More Guest Engagement, and More Revenues

CEN’s mission is to create new revenue streams for exhibitors, deliver refined media opportunities for brands and studios, and offer high-impact digital experiences for the consumer. Denys Lavigne, senior director, Experience Strategy and Creative Services, at Christie: “It is time that exhibitor lobby spaces become a legitimate part of the cinema experience and growth strategy for the industry. Experiential is growing everywhere; brands and studios are embracing it, and consumers expect it. With similar experiential projects that we’ve created for other industries, we observed that when customers are engaged there is more dwell time, which means higher brand impact, and a better overall experience.”

The Christie Experiential Networks programming will also integrate promotional elements such as discounts, special promotions and giveaways. Romano added, “Guests who interact with the digital displays will gain a direct and immediate benefit that makes their experience that much better.” These opportunities extend to studios, product marketers, advertisers, and exhibitors, who will be showcased on the new network as well as on the legacy systems Christie plans to integrate as one high-impact digital media within the exhibitor environment.

From the Street to the Screens - a 360-Degree Perspective

Christie is delivering this new media initiative as part of its 360-degree digital solution capabilities. Sean James, vice president, Global Professional Services, at Christie, said, “The industry might not be fully aware but Christie has developed a solid track record over the past five years in delivering next generation digital signage applications for our clients and partners. Our recent acquisition of Arsenal Media reinforced our unique position as a total solutions provider from strategy, hardware and software, to content, enterprise-level network operations center, maintenance and ongoing technical support. Now, with the addition of our media sales services, headed by Kevin Romano who has played a key role in the development of brand advertising in cinema, we feel we have built the ideal team to accompany the cinema industry in this next phase of innovation and growth.”

About Christie

Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc. is a global visual technologies company and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ushio, Inc., Japan, (JP:6925). Consistently setting the standards by being the first to market some of the world’s most advanced projectors and complete system displays, Christie is recognized as one of the most innovative visual technology companies in the world. From retail displays to Hollywood, mission critical command centers to classrooms and training simulators, Christie display solutions and projectors capture the attention of audiences around the world with dynamic and stunning images. Visit www.christiedigital.com for more information.

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Tuesday, 28 October 2014

A new digital signage record has been registered by The Russian Book of Records. The project realized by DigiSky in the Merсuriy City Tower (MIBC Moscow City) has become a record-holder with the official record of “The Highest Resolution of Indoor Videowall”.

This is the second record of the unique tower – in 2012 year Moscow tower “Mercuriy City” obtained the title of the highest building in Europe in frames of the “High-Rise Buildings Rating” by analytic company "Emporis". It is 29 meters higher than its London competitor – skyscraper The Shard.

“Mecuriy City” is elite hi-tech office space equipped with the most innovative technologies. The videowall was installed in the lobby of the building to display important, interesting and actual visual information for visitors of the business center. According to the client’s request the videowall was made in a custom configuration – several parts of the wall were installed on different walls of the lobby. Every part of the videowall displays special content, but one image is formed as the result.

Videowall is a construction of several displays, joined together by overall content. Videowalls could be made in any configuration. Videowalls can be used for informing visitors, advertising, as a décor of interior, in shop windows etc. Videowalls always attract attention not only by video content but also by its brightness, sizes and unusual form. The most frequent places of use of videowalls are malls, business centers, banks, large stores, exhibition centers, airports, railway stations and etc.

The record of the installation in “Mercuriy city” is that the videowall displays the most possible resolution of 42346x2304 pixels which is the real native resolution of LCD panels. The resolution of each display is 1366x768 pixels, so the general resolution of the videowall is 42346x2304 pixels. Each display receives the video signal of separate graphic card output via individual fiber optic line. So 93 individual video signals from control system, in real time comes to 93 displays. The control system which provides these set of video signals consist of 24 multimedia servers.

Physically the videowall is divided on several segments – to fit in the architecture and interior of the building, but is an organic whole from the multimedia system’s point of view. The real resolution of the videowall is achieved by delivering video signal on each display from individual video outputs of the graphic card. Full control system of this videowall is realized in Wings AV - the software and hardware solution from AV Stumpfl. Hardware system consists of 24 powerful graphic media servers Wings Engine Install, with the fifth generation of the software Wings Vioso on board. This system works with this videowall as one multimedia zone of such a high resolution and to display any content on it – video, graphic, pictures.

“We are ready to realize any idea from our clients. We are honored that the management of the "Mercuriy city" has chosen our company to implement this unusual installation," - says Ekaterina Pechkurova, Executive Director of DigiSky company.

DigiSky is one of the leading companies, providing turnkey solutions in Digital out-of-home field, music and audio spots services, audio branding for clients in such sectors as retail, retail real estate,  QSR, HoReCa, fitness industry, banks, hotels etc. all over Russian Federation and CIS.

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Friday, 24 October 2014

Christie expands its professional services portfolio with Christie Experiential Networks
         
SHOWEAST/HOLLYWOOD, Fla – Christie® announced its ShowEast presence, which focuses on complementing Christie’s industry-leading digital cinema projection and audio equipment with new, engaging experiential displays including media offerings and digital experiences assembled to drive revenue for its global, cinema customer base.

Specifically, Christie Professional Services will debut its new Christie Experiential Networks solutions for exhibitors, studios and brands. Built around the theme “From the Street to the Screens™,” it transforms patrons’ entire cinema experience with outdoor projection mapping and a fully interactive, multiplatform, revenue-generating digital hub inside.

In this context, Denys Lavigne, who leads Experience Strategy and Creative Services at Christie, will share his decades of knowledge of content creation and distribution on the "Monetizing Your Digital Investment-New Technologies to Serve the Exhibition Community" panel, scheduled for Tuesday, October 28, 8.30 a.m. – 9.30 a.m., Atlantic Ballrooms 2 and 3 at the convention center.

Christie is one of the few international companies to offer a 360-degree, completely integrated digital signage delivery, from strategy and content creation to system design and deployment of all visual displays, including software and content integration as well as enterprise-level network operations center, maintenance and ongoing technical support to keep those systems running 24/7.

Christie Expands Vive Audio Solution Options

Also, on Tuesday October 28 at 3.45 p.m. in auditorium 19 of the AMC Aventura 24 multiplex, ShowEast attendees can experience the rich, dynamic, detailed sound of the Christie Vive Audio™ line, integrated with Dolby® Atmos™. The demo will feature Christie’s latest LA4 line array screen channels and LA5S wall surround speakers, which are components of the world’s first cinema line array sound system specifically designed for auditoriums over 400 seats. These Christie Vive Audio Premium Large Format (PLF) speakers feature the patented 6-inch Christie planar ribbon driver technology, designed for motion picture playback of DCI digital cinema audio format and supporting leading formats such as Dolby® Atmos™, Auro 11.1, and 7.1 and 5.1 surround sound.

In addition to the LA4 and LA5S, the new speaker line includes the Christie LA4 and LA5 line array speakers, the Christie LA4S and LA5S line array surround, and the Christie LA4C and LA5C ceiling surround. These products raise the bar for cinema sound in very large and PLF auditoriums to provide a truly immersive experience on all levels of the audio spectrum and to every seat in the house.

“The introduction of Christie Vive Audio last summer was a true game changer, revealing more accurately the full, dynamic details of the new generation of surround sound technology. Its installation has quickly gained momentum among global exhibition,” said Kathryn Cress, vice president, Global & Corporate Marketing, Christie. “With its new line of premium, large-format speakers, Christie has again redefined audio excellence, providing exhibitors with a full-range of digital cinema sound solutions for every auditorium, regardless of acoustic environment or physical size.”

“Accurate motion picture playback is one of the biggest challenges to designing the perfect premium large-screen auditorium. The larger the room, the more critical the choice of speakers and their proper placement,” said Patrick Artiaga, director of business development, Audio Solutions, Christie. “As Christie Vive Audio PLF speakers were specifically designed for larger rooms, they provide an optimal audio solution to match the visual experience of today’s demanding PLF auditoriums. As well, Christie backs all of its visual and audio solutions with a technical support team whose industry expertise is unsurpassed, ensuring that moviegoers enjoy the ultimate immersive experience.”

The annual ShowEast conference, now in its 29th year, is being held at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, Florida, Oct. 27-30.

About Christie

Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc. is a global visual technologies company and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ushio, Inc., Japan, (JP:6925). Consistently setting the standards by being the first to market some of the world’s most advanced projectors and complete system displays, Christie is recognized as one of the most innovative visual technology companies in the world. From retail displays to Hollywood, mission critical command centers to classrooms and training simulators, Christie display solutions and projectors capture the attention of audiences around the world with dynamic and stunning images. Visit www.christiedigital.com for more information.

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