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.
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.
Wednesday, 22 October 2014
DFI Hires Ex-Advantech Executives as Corporate General Manager and Vice President of Global Sales
【Taipei, Taiwan】 - DFI is pleased to announce the two newest additions to the corporate management team--General Manager Franz Wei, and Vice President of Global Sales Edwin Lu. With the addition of these two experienced industry professionals, we are confident that DFI will grow significantly in the North American Industrial PC industry.
Mr. Wei has several years of experience as a Vice President of Advantech, as well as other global companies in the high tech industry, and is highly regarded industry-wide. “I am extremely pleased to join DFI as General Manager,” said Mr Wei. “I am excited to bring my years of industry experience to such a successful company and thought leader in the IPC space.”
Mr. Edwin Lu bring many years of successful sales leadership experience from his time at Advantech and ADLINK. “I believe my sales leadership experience with industry-leading companies will enable me to add significant value to the DFI family of companies, specifically in creating an environment for aggressive sales growth in all regions where we have a presence.”
With the majority of computing devices embedded in electronic equipment and machines of all types, the embedded computer system is by far the most common form of computer in use today. Computers continue to move rapidly away from the desktop and make their way into devices of all types, for both commercial and consumer use. DFI has been a leading provider of custom embedded computer systems and board level products for over 30 years.
DFI is constantly expanding the markets of the Industrial PC industry worldwide to meet the needs of our customers. In their new roles, Mr. Wei and Mr. Lu will work with all global teams to continue DFI’s rapid growth in the Americas and ensure that DFI maintains and increases it’s industry position and thought leadership.
About DFI Technologies
Established in 1981, DFI® is a leading supplier of high-performance computing technology worldwide. With more than 33 years of experience, DFI® focuses on innovative design and manufacture of leading-edge board and system level products for embedded applications requiring strict revision control and long life availability. DFI uses the latest technology platforms and manufacturing techniques to produce cost-effective products for use in medical diagnostic & imaging, ATM/POS, industrial control, kiosk, security & surveillance, digital signage, gaming, and other embedded applications. For more information, please visit us at: www.dfi.com
DFI Technologies is the American affiliate of DFI, providing high quality, long life, custom computing solutions to meet the embedded computer needs of a variety of industries, including Gaming, Medical Device & Healthcare, Digital Signage, Interactive Kiosks, Transportation, Industrial Automation, Communications, and Security. Located in Sacramento since 1985, and winner of multiple awards for fast growth, DFI Technologies excels in designing, integrating, and servicing small form factor, fanless, all-in-one, and multi-function industrial-grade PCs with the longest product lifecycle in the industry. For more information, please visit www.dfitech.com.
Wednesday, 22 October 2014
Storefront's Custom Android Devices
More and more retailers are pulling out traditional checkout registers in favor of tablet-based payment kiosks. A leading payment servicer, North American Bancard (NAB) has partnered with Moki to deliver their sleek new payment kiosk, Storefront.
But, as NAB found out, the process of sourcing the custom hardware, enclosure, operating system and remote management can be quite challenging. Moki was able to help NAB jump several technical hurdles, resulting in a complete solution in significantly less time with increased control over the app and device.
To do this, Moki used the following tools to get PayAnywhere Storefront from an idea to reality:
- Launcher: A powerful app used to lock down the Android experience, was installed with the OS from the factory.
- Manager: Our cloud-based remote management platform was enabled, to track and manage each device.
A Fully Custom Experience
The PayAnywhere Storefront kiosk had to be simple and straightforward for retailers to own and operate. With Launcher, Storefront arrives pre-configured to run just the payment app and the necessary management apps.
Customers will not be bothered with the myriad of pre-installed apps or unnecessary settings -- just the ones needed to quickly authorize the kiosk and be ready to transact.
Below is a sample custom home screen, running on Android, that can be enabled by Launcher.
Control from Afar with Moki
Moki's Manager platform allows NAB to monitor device performance, remotely configure the merchant experience and silenty push critical updates without requiring user intervention.
Go Mobile With a Custom Android Kiosk.
Wednesday, 22 October 2014
GTEC/OTTAWA – Canadian visual and audio technologies leader Christie®, is bringing its broad range of advanced visual displays, and processing and collaboration solutions to Canada’s Government Technology Exhibition and Conference (GTEC), which takes place October 27-30 at the Ottawa Convention Center. The four-day show attracts over 6,000 participants and is the primary forum for government and private sector communities to gather and exchange ideas and advance the business of ICT in government. Christie’s diverse solutions of single or multiscreen and 3D projectors, powerful compact LCDs, digital signage and collaboration and content management tools, lets government agencies and businesses display, monitor, control, interact and collaborate with their visual assets – from any source. The Christie booth includes the Christie Phoenix®, Christie® Brio Team+, Christie GS Series projector, Christie® MicroTiles® and a selection of flat panels all showcasing how Christie’s broad solutions deliver quality, dependability, and peace of mind at a low cost of ownership for government agencies and beyond.
Christie Phoenix allows collaboration anywhere at any time
Christie PhoenixChristie Phoenix enables seamless access and control of audio-visual data for thousands of simultaneous viewers regardless of location, breaking through the physical walls of any control room, broadcast set or boardroom to encompass a global workplace. It consists of one or more Christie Phoenix hardware nodes as well as web-based management software connected through using a standard IP network. Using the powerful Christie Phoenix, community-owned utility and gas companies, government agencies, along with transportation and telecommunications centers can make quicker and more accurate life-critical decisions, and share appropriate data even in the most challenging of environments. Christie Phoenix is renowned for ease of use and its ability to encode, decode and simultaneously display over 1000 video sources on multiple displays walls using multiple desktops.
Christie Brio – the future of collaboration
The award-winning Christie Brio family of meeting presentation and collaboration solutions allows users to connect, collect and share content through a single unit. The family includes Brio Team, Brio Team+ and Brio Enterprise. At GTEC, Christie will display Brio Team+, with an integrated wireless access point that eliminates the need for apps or additional hardware to mirror the full desktop of tablets, phones or laptops as 30 fps HD video sources in a collaboration session. Ideal for meeting spaces in corporate, academic and government facilities, Brio Team+ can also display high quality video content at native resolutions through DVI video inputs that support video output sources 2560x 1600 at 30Hz or 1920 x 1080 at 60Hz with HDCP.
Christie GS Series Projector
Making its GTEC debut is the Christie DHD555-GS. Part of the 1-chip DLP® Christie GS Series, the DHD555-GS eliminates the need for lamp and filter replacements, providing 20,000 hours of low-cost operation. It features wireless connectivity and a suite of optional lenses for greater installation flexibility. Christie GS Series provides clean, radiant images with up to 5400 ANSI lumens with Picture-in-Picture functionality, making it ideal for board and conference rooms, government buildings and agencies and a variety of small venue applications. Easy to install, the Christie DHD555-GS includes display port, HDMI, DVI and HDBaseT connectivity.
Christie MicroTiles and Christie Flat Panels – Ideal for any large display
Christie MicroTiles, the world’s first fully-creative modular building blocks to create digital canvases of any size or shape fit seamlessly into any décor or room. Combining both DLP® projection and LED, they produce brighter images and a wider colour palette than conventional LCD or plasma displays. They self-calibrate and are designed for maximum image quality in high ambient light environments such as control rooms, broadcast sets, educational facilities and many more indoor applications.
The booth also features the Christie FHD552-X LCD flat panel. This 55-inch ultra-narrow bezel (only 3.5mm when tiled) flat panel display offers full HD resolution, high pixel density, and LED-backlit screen so images look sharp at any distance – all with energy-efficient operation and low cost of ownership.
Christie flat panels are in numerous private and public spaces all over the world including the University of Waterloo’s Stratford Campus, with the tallest MicroTiles wall in the world, and the university’s Research Entrepreneurs Accelerating Prosperity (REAP), a research initiative that pays student researchers to develop new uses and markets for interactive display technologies. Download Christie Book of Shapes for more digital creativity using MicroTiles from around the world.
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.
Wednesday, 22 October 2014
Robert Morris University implements a digital kiosk for freshman orientation
PITTSBURGH, PA--(Marketwired) - Industry Weapon, experts in simplifying and advancing the applications of digital signage, worked with Robert Morris University to reduce the communication breakdowns during orientation week by implementing an interactive kiosk on site. RMU found a way to provide information that was fun, engaging and informative.
The mission was to mitigate communication issues among faculty, staff, students and parents during orientation week. Printed handouts containing way-finding and schedule information had been easily lost and littered in the past. So RMU found an alternative that would use less paper while engaging and welcoming new students.
The solution had to be technologically advanced enough to entice potential students, but easy enough that parents could use it, comfortably. It also had to be inviting, so that prospective high school students could feel at home as soon as they entered the building.
Industry Weapon provided RMU with an interactive kiosk for a week; situating the kiosk right outside of the admissions office so new-coming students and visiting parents saw it immediately.
Industry Weapon also designed the applications, integrations and content accessed by the kiosk users. The entire campus was digitally recreated for the interactive way-finding app, allowing users to locate a direct route to the dorms or lecture halls. Way-finding also proved to be a great tool for parents, who were looking to unload their child's dorm supplies from the car as easily as possible.
The bookstore also ran content for the week, including top-selling items for incoming freshman and the newest clothing line for the upcoming year. The new line of hoodies, displayed on the kiosk, prompted users to mention the sale at the register for a discount.
The freshman orientation schedule of events was also available in calendar form. Students were able to see when and where the tours began and ended. This allowed students to manage their time before the next event.
Groups or individuals could also use the kiosk for a more self-gratifying amenity: the Selfie App. Users could take pictures of themselves complete with goofy hats and glasses, if they wanted. They then had the option to email the pictures and/or upload them to showcase on the kiosk for everyone to see.
"College students are very connected to their online personas. Having their photos transmitted across campus via the digital signage gave students a sense of accomplishment." - John Locke, Director of Student Life, RMU
The Instagram Application has been a huge hit on the rest of RMU's digital signage, so there was no question in incorporating it onto the orientation kiosk. The kiosk's Instagram integration automatically pulled all posted pictures to their account. These pictures were then displayed on the b-roll of the signage, playing as a slideshow while the kiosk wasn't in use.
Industry Weapon's interactive kiosks allowed students and parents access to way-finding, orientation schedules, bookstore information, and more. RMU's communication efforts were streamlined and less paper was used during 2014's orientation week. The selfie app was a neat addition that allowed new students to get involved and feel accepted. The kiosk had a positive effect on both the students and the staff.
About Industry Weapon
Industry Weapon (www.industryweapon.com), a digital media company, specializes in simplifying and advancing the applications of digital signage. The SaaS solution enables subscribers to design, schedule and publish multimedia content and integrated data sources to screens, kiosks, tablets and mobile devices. Industry Weapon's solution is suited for all industries and includes 24/7 free training and support along with design and creative services.
Wednesday, 22 October 2014
Markham, ON - A leading North American telecommunications and media company with more the 15,000 employees chose the Audience software platform to power their recently installed digital signage network designed to enhance corporate communications throughout the company. (Name of the publicly owned corporation cannot be disclosed due to privacy concerns).
After an extensive RFP process and looking to provide a combination of company-wide news as well as hyper local, location specific information, the Audience software platform was picked to create, manage and distribute content through 106 employee facing displays in all corporate buildings and store locations.
The network is powered by a combination of Audience MS Windows and android media players. The Audience.Android solution provided by Capital Networks Limited was designed as an economical alternative to a full MS Windows deployment in order to expand the size and scope of any digital signage network.
Individual departments are provided access to the network to post department specific information alongside company-wide messaging, while maintaining a consistent look and feel across the entire network.
A combination of dynamic live data, automated data and manual updates including emergency messaging is automatically monitored and able to take responsive action if equipment failure or messaging errors are detected.
Resembling a broadcast television channel, the content is also able to be viewed on a variety of devices including desktops, laptops and tablets ensuring employee communication regardless of location.
About Capital Networks Limited
Capital Networks Limited is a privately held company based in Markham, Ontario, Canada. Established in 1991, Capital Networks is a respected leader in the supply and support of advanced multimedia systems to communications companies engaged in cable television operation, broadcasting, direct-to-home and place-based media. Capital Networks has sold Audience™ software through authorized resellers into a variety of market segments including Digital Signage, Cable TV, Education, Corporate and Municipal applications in more than 40 countries. Clients include: OLGC - Ontario, York Region Police - Ontario, United States Air Force, United States Marine Corps, N.A.I.T. - Alberta, Pan Pacific Hotels - Singapore, Cablevision - New York, Rogers Cable TV - Toronto, Cox Communications, and many others.
Tuesday, 21 October 2014
Version 3.4 of KioWare for Android is now available. Also available is Version 7.3.0 of KioWare for Windows. With External Device Support for a plethora of new devices, this latest release of KioWare Kiosk Software Products allows for integration with new payment, printing, and security devices.
Analytical Design Solutions Inc. (ADSI) has released new versions of their Windows and Android suite of KioWare kiosk software products. KioWare’s ability to integrate with credit card readers, printers, and other external devices provides deployers with an abundance of options when configuring a new kiosk payment system.
All KioWare products can be used to secure mobile devices such as tablets, desktops, and smartphones running on Android or Windows OS.
Disable Status Bar on Android
Version 3.4 of KioWare for Android, (Lite, Basic, & Full with Server) now disables the status bar that appears on devices running Android KitKat (4.4) and newer. This is a particularly significant security feature for the upcoming release of Android L. External devices enabling printing and card reading have also been added to the KioWare for Android product line (Basic and Full models). Star Micronics Printers such as the FVP-10 and the TSP650ii are now supported, as well as the compact Magtek Dynamag card reader.
Spanish Configuration Option for Android
KioWare for Android has added a Spanish Configuration option to the list of default languages offered; configuration options can now be displayed in Spanish, German or French languages as well as the original English configuration default.
Kiosk Software for WindowsEMV Compliant Devices, Bill Dispensors, Driver's License Form Fills
Version 7.3.0 of KioWare for Windows has also added significant new external device support to increase the capabilities of kiosks running KioWare. KioWare for Windows (Basic & Full) now supports devices on the ChipDNA platform by Creditcall. Through ChipDNA, Creditcall provides EMV-ready devices for both attended and unattended payments. These devices are EMV compliant and remove the need for implementers to go through the complex EMV certification process. Additional external devices now supported by KioWare for Windows (Basic & Full) include ARCA Envoy-based Bill Dispensers (for example, the Fujitsu F53) and any forthcoming Envoy-based devices. New to this version is support for the ScanShell 800R which allows driver’s licenses to be scanned and form fields populated with the data.
Kiosk Exit Routine Modification
KioWare for Windows (Lite, Basic, & Full) now allows kiosk deployers to modify the KioWare exit routine, allowing an addin to indicate that the exit pin is valid but that another event must occur prior to exiting. This allows the administrator to track exits, identify exiting users, and create an additional layer of permissions.
All KioWare kiosk software products lock down your device into kiosk mode, which secures the overall operating system, home screen and usage of applications. KioWare also offers KioWare Server which allows for remote kiosk management, usage stats, kiosk health monitoring and remote content updating.
All of these products are available as a free trial with nag screen. Existing clients with current support have the ability to upgrade.
Monday, 20 October 2014
STiNO eyevis, a manufacturer for audiovisual communication software solutions, and MMD, the leading technology company and brand license partner for Philips Monitors, jointly showcase Digital Signage solutions at Viscom in Frankfurt from November 5 - 7 at booth 3.1E55. It includes the new iChannel 7 CMS cloud solution, AudioPlay InStore radio cloud service, ePromoter smart remote screen management solution for easy product promotions for the SME market segment, and touchPromoter multi touch and kiosk presentation software at the new Philips BDL4254ET as 42” multi touch display.
iChannel 7 is STiNO’s next generation cloud based content management system version 7.1 targeting a large number of vertical market segments providing an intuitive and easy to use web frontend with reports and proof-of-play functions for selling advertisements. Additionally it contains campaign management with playlist scheduling, device management, user role management just to name a few core software features and is offered as a SaaS or perpetual software license.
ePromoter is STiNO’s ground-breaking Android software solution that publishes content to large-format displays using an intuitive drag & drop interface from any Android smart phone, tablet, or smart display. This will allow the smaller shop or restaurant owners to use cost efficient digital marketing in their location without the need for network and server infrastructure. Additionally, STiNO offers a large selection of PowerPoint templates that can be easily edited by any user and saved as a slide show or video for use with the ePromoter manager.
"We are excited to demonstrate our products with the display products of Philips Signage Solutions at our stand. This allows us to present high quality but highly cost efficient product bundles for various digital signage applications", says Franz Hintermayr, CEO of STiNO eyevis GmbH.
"To address a multitude of vertical market segments, we need experienced software partners such as STiNO to showcase a broad spectrum of applications where our displays could be used in digital signage environments", says Stefan Klima, Sales Manager at MMD.
Visit us and schedule a meeting with our experts to get an overview of all our new developments and discuss with us about your requirements.
About STiNO eyevis GmbH
STiNO eyevis, a German manufacturer of digital signage software for audiovisual communication solutions, is offering intuitive web based content management software from stand-alone systems to dynamic digital signage networks to cloud based services. STiNO eyevis has a worldwide network of certified partners. As one of the few providers, STiNO eyevis is capable to support diversified hardware platforms from PC to SoC systems running Windows, Android and Linux operating systems. Support for interactive applications via multi-touch displays and remote management possibilities via mobile devices such as smart phones or tablet computers complete the extensive range of solutions in the digital signage environment.
MMD is a wholly owned company of TPV, established in 2009 through a brand license agreement with Philips. MMD exclusively markets and sells Philips-branded LCD displays worldwide. By combining the Philips brand promise with TPV’s manufacturing expertise in displays, MMD uses a fast and focused approach to bringing innovative products to market. MMD operates internationally with its European headquarters in Amsterdam and a local office in Prague to serve the Eastern European market. Through its network of local sales agents MMD works with all major European IT Distributors and resellers. The company’s design and development centre is located in Taiwan.