Thursday, 17 April 2014
New partnerships with Everbrite, Toshiba, Spectrio trigger deployments using Comqi"s digital signage platform and services
NEW YORK – Marketplace momentum from emerging partnerships focused on vertical markets and enterprise opportunities highlight a strong Q1 and continuing 2014 outlook for shopper engagement technology firm ComQi.
The New York-based software and services firm is actively collaborating on quick service restaurant menus and messaging with Everbrite, one of the largest and most well-established retail sign companies in North America, and on retail and other out-of-home digital projects with Toshiba.
Another partnership with Spectrio builds ComQi’s shopper engagement technology and services into the solutions package of one of America’s top all-inclusive audio/video marketing companies.
“These are strong, very active partnerships that we’ve collectively invested a lot of time and resources to spin up, and we’re now starting to see the results in orders and field deployments,” says Stuart Armstrong, President and Chief Revenue Office for ComQi. “We expect to see business from these partnerships continue to accelerate in rest of 2014 and 2015.”
The partnership with Milwaukee-based Everbrite leverages that firm’s more than 80 years of experience building signs and visual identification plans for retailers. The ComQi EnGage digital signage platform, and supporting services, is now embedded into a full-turnkey offer provided to Everbrite customers in Quick Service Restaurant and other retail sectors.
Toshiba America Business Solutions started in 2013 deploying digital signage projects that use ComQi EnGage as a central component as part of its newly launched ellumina Digital Signage Managed Business Services turnkey solution. Toshiba re-branded ComQi’s software as “Experience Manager”, a platform supporting services that directly addresses the needs of customers within a variety of vertical markets.
One of Toshiba’s signature projects is a network of more than 800 screens – scheduled, managed and supported using EnGage software and media playback devices – at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, home field of the San Diego Chargers NFL team.
“We started rolling out a store of the future project in 2013 and Q1 of 2014 with a major automotive brand at its U.S. dealer stores, underpinned by ComQi’s EnGage digital signage and video on demand capabilities,” said Aaron Kleinhandler, CEO of Spectrio. “Combining the multiple screen sizes with mobile and tablets, and our music and messaging services, creates a full audio-video experience designed to help staff and inform customers.”
These partnerships are on top of a set of already strong collaborative efforts forged earlier between ComQi and partners. PlayNetwork uses EnGage system in verticals such as fashion retailing. Aceso and VGSi are active in health care, and EWI is lighting up screens in auto dealerships.
This broad spectrum of partners takes advantage of ComQi’s diverse and unique shopper engagement technology suite, which includes:
- EnGage Content Management System: A comprehensive web-based platform to define, manage and measure highly-targeted digital customer touchpoints;
- Passport: A cloud-based platform that power communication and interaction between digital displays and shoppers’ mobile devices;
- EnGage On-Site Manager: Easy-to-use web tools that let store-level staff manage on-screen messaging;
- EnGage Video on Demand: Smartphone and tablet controls that let retailers store, train, demonstrate and assess video content on media players on demand. Approved staff can connect to screens, and then browse and play from the content library.
ComQi is a global leader providing a cloud-based Shopper Engagement Technology that influences consumers at the point of decision, in-store, using all digital touch-points: digital signage, mobile, video, touch, web, and social networks. ComQi’s mission is to deliver an end-to-end solution that is tailored to engage consumers by optimizing communications and marketing strategies that provide the best ROI. Passport, ComQi’s mobile solution, is a targeted communication channel between the retailers and the shop-pers, through the stores’ displays and the shoppers’ smartphones and tablets.
Through the Passport interactions, retailers enhance their marketing campaign for shoppers to experience a unique and personal connection with their brand. Visitors are stimulated by an entertaining digital dialogue, reinforcing the brand identity and the consumer brand relationship. Simultaneously, retailers gain valuable detailed data analytics and business intelligence on the shoppers.
ComQi’s hundreds of customers include leading brands around the world, such as Victoria’s Secret, Bath and Body Works, Meijer, H&M/Weekday, Six Flags, AT&T, McDonald’s and The Premier League (in the UK), CinemaxX (in Germany), Toys ‘R’ Us (in China), and Carrefour and Credit Lyonnais (in France).
Wednesday, 16 April 2014
Adding New Executive Vice President & Chief Customer Officer
Reflect, the premier turnkey digital media solutions provider for out-of-home customer experiences, today announced the addition of Dick Doyle as Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer. Dick brings over 20 years of retail marketing, management and sales experience to Reflect.
In his role as Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer, Dick will be responsible for strategic business development and client relationship management. “It’s exciting to be joining a company with the reputation and momentum Reflect has in the marketplace. I am eager to grow current and new client relationships to bring innovative in-store digital media solutions to retailers and brands,” said Dick.
Dick’s background in executive management, marketing and sales in the consumer packaged entertainment, technology, and CPG industries allows him to bring over twenty years of experience to Reflect’s leadership team. Prior to joining Reflect, Dick was most recently Executive Vice President, Integrated Customer Solutions, for Acosta Sales and Marketing - who purchased Mosaic Sales Solutions in 2012. As part of Mosaic’s leadership team for more than 10 years – Dick built and led some of Mosaic’s largest client teams serving brands and retailers from Disney to Walmart & Best Buy. Dick holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics from Boston College.
Servicing brands like Target, Best Buy, GameStop, and Verizon Wireless for over a decade, Reflect’s reputation as the go-to turnkey solution provider for in-store digital media has led to rapid growth including nine new clients in the last eight months. “I am very, very excited that Dick has joined Reflect. His experience working with Fortune 100 companies in North America brings invaluable experience and insight into our organization. I am confident his experience will bring measurable business value to our current and future customers,” said Bill Warren, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Reflect.
Wednesday, 16 April 2014
Screens, a new, young Israeli media company, has successfully completed installation and digital media broadcast in over 100 bars and pubs in Israel. The company installed Android tablets and TV screens connected to Android streamers in the hottest hang-outs for young Israelis. The ad and content network is based on cutting-edge NoviSign technology, which enables creating, broadcasting and managing content on multiple screens in a cost-efficient way.
The installations were made in the leading bars and restaurants that are well-known as trend-makers, dictating the next-best-thing in many diverse fields from dining to fashion to vacation spots and so on. With an exposure of more than 200,000 people every week, the broadcasts are a paradise for advertisers.
In an ever-changing world, any business, especially in the highly dynamic entertainment market, must adopt the latest available marketing and technological tools in order to stay in the game. By harnessing cloud-based capabilities together with Android availability, the business can update its customers in real-time, at any given moment, enabling rich and interactive content, with no special IT capabilities required.
Screens-Innovative Ad Platform believes the simplicity of usage, combined with rich content and a prestige spread, targeted nationwide is exactly what the next generation of advertisers is looking for. Instead of shooting in all directions, the NoviSign software platform enables creating a focused and accurate campaign that is also interactive and dynamic, reaching exactly the 'right people' with the right profile and, no less important, with the ability to spend money.
Screens, based on NoviSign's innovative broadcast solution, enables any bar, restaurant, or club to present real-time content: from preparations for an event, through the event itself and after the event, as well, including a promotion for future events. Using Facebook, Twitter, 4Square, and Instagram, the platform lets clients and customers participate in the scene as it happens. Combining real-time social capabilities with advertising tools on premises creates a unique opportunity for owners and the advertisers, without the usual annoying 'hard marketing' the customers might feel when it is pushed aggressively as in most other types of media.
Screens is taking ownership over the entire solution: from screen set-up through NoviSign's software implementation and training and including support and additional services.
Gil Matzliah, NoviSign CEO: “Screens is taking the advertising world to the next level by distributing a dynamic advertising arena, combining social networks and real-time content to a highly valued market of young adults. Screens is a great example of creative integration of technology, broadcasting, marketing and advertising.”
How exactly does it work?
Screens installs a set of screens in the customer’s premises (TV screens, smart screens, tablets, projectors, etc.). Using NoviSign's Digital Signage software for Android, Screens installs the application and sets up the network. With NoviSign's easy-to-use CMS (Content Management System), the business manager can control the content, manage it and broadcast it to the entire network or to each segment or screen separately. Screen's representative trains the local staff on how to use NoviSign's software from basic campaigns to multi-user interactive real-time campaigns.
Screens offers advertisers to share in 'advertising real estate' and establish ad hoc creative business collaborations.
Screens is an Israeli advertising and media company that provides a unique advertising platform for the young adult population (ages 21-35) in recreational and entertainment businesses in the hottest spots in the main cities of Israel. Learn more about Screens at https://www.facebook.com/screens2013.
NoviSign offers a complete, end-to-end Digital Signage software as a service solution, based on easy-to-use off-the-shelf components. With NoviSign, businesses can create, manage and broadcast a campaign to specific locations in real-time. The NoviSign platform with its unique editing capabilities for creating campaigns, includes specially configured interactive ways to promote a business. The broadcasts, displayed on screens or tablets at the business’s various locations, encourage visitors at each venue to interact with the screens through their smartphone devices for entertainment, information, and promotions. To read more about NoviSign Digital Signage, please visit the company website: http://www.novisign.com for more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, 15 April 2014
Agreement taps NCR’s broad service network and communications expertise to support CradlePoint’s growing global customer base
DULUTH, Ga.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), the global leader in consumer transaction technologies, and CradlePoint, the leader in cloud-managed 3G/4G networking solutions for distributed enterprises, announced today an agreement that provides CradlePoint customers with expanded field service and support globally. Under the agreement, NCR, through its Telecom & Technology line of business, will provide on-site installation, hardware maintenance and remote monitoring services that support CradlePoint’s cloud managed networking solutions.
CradlePoint’s existing and new enterprise customers with geographically dispersed locations will significantly benefit from access to the more than 13,000 NCR badged service professionals and managed service centers globally, allowing CradlePoint to continue its focus on delivering world-class wireless networking solutions to the market.
“We chose to partner with NCR because of their reputation for customer focus and service value,” said Ryan Adamson, COO for CradlePoint. “With NCR, we will provide our customers unparalleled access to their field service technicians in North America and internationally, which will give our customers a complete solution approach from installation and professional services to their ongoing networking needs. We’re very excited to announce this new strategic service agreement with NCR to our customers because of the value and consistent delivery model it will provide.”
“NCR provides CradlePoint global reach and scalability to help them further expand their business into new markets,” said Sophia Williams, vice president and general manager, Telecom & Technology line of business, NCR Corporation. “By leveraging NCR’s deep domain experience in IT services and tele-communications, CradlePoint can continue the growth momentum that it has experienced throughout North America and deliver proven and reliable solutions that improve operations, lower costs and optimize customers’ network connections.”
CradlePoint is the global leader in cloud-managed 3G/4G networking solutions, providing business grade and secure connectivity to distributed enterprises. Specializing in business continuity, advanced edge routing solutions, machine-to-machine (M2M), and primary connections, CradlePoint’s award-winning solutions are purpose built for PCI-compliant networks. CradlePoint was the first to pioneer and fully enable high-speed LTE in our solutions to maximize the potential of the cloud for businesses worldwide. CradlePoint is a privately held company in Boise, Idaho. Learn more at CradlePoint.com or follow us on Twitter @CradlePoint.
About NCR Corporation
NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is the global leader in consumer transaction technologies, turning everyday interactions with businesses into exceptional experiences. With its software, hardware, and portfolio of services, NCR enables more than 485 million transactions daily across retail, financial, travel, hospitality, telecom and technology, and small business. NCR solutions run the everyday transactions that make your life easier.
NCR is headquartered in Duluth, Georgia with approximately 29,000 employees and does business in 180 countries. NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries.
Web sites: www.ncr.com, www.ncrsilver.com
Tuesday, 15 April 2014
NewswireToday - /newswire/ - York, PA, United States - KioWare software now available to federal, state, & local government agencies through a GSA IT Schedule 70 Contract - KioWare.com.
Analytical Design Solutions, Inc. dba KioWare, a premier provider of secure kiosk software, is pleased to announce the award of their General Services Administration (GSA) Information Technology Schedule 70 Contract (IT Schedule). KioWare’s GSA Schedule Contract Number GS-35F-277BA is valid through March 29, 2019 and has three five-year extension options.
As an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity, government-wide contract, KioWare’s GSA IT Schedule can be utilized by federal, state, and local buyers to secure the company’s kiosk software solutions at pre-negotiated pricing, terms and conditions. All KioWare software products lock down devices into kiosk mode, which secures the overall operating system, home screen and usage of applications. Also known as a wrapper, KioWare serves to restrict access within a device, turning the device into a secure, self-service kiosk. KioWare product lines range from basic browser lockdown to server-based remote monitoring, with software that works on both the Windows and Android OS.
KioWare is sold throughout the world in over 80 countries to businesses, as well as federal, state/regional, and local government buyers. KioWare’s clients include the US Air Force, Coast Guard, Army Reserves, and Army Corps of Engineers, Department of State, and more than 50 cities and counties nationwide.
“KioWare’s success in the marketplace can be attributed to our high commitment to customer service. We pride ourselves on listening and acting on customer feedback.” explained Jim Kruper, President of Analytical Design Solutions, Inc. “Typically this translates into new software features. However, as we expanded into the federal market we learned our customers valued the ability to purchase through GSA Schedule Contracts because of the amount of time they saved during the procurement process.”
As an SBA certified small disadvantaged business, purchases through the KioWare’s GSA Schedule Contract count towards an agency’s small business goals. For more information on purchasing KioWare’s kiosk lockdown solutions through the GSA Schedule Contract, please contact Christina Hamberger at 717-843-4790 ext. 470 or email.
About ADSI, developers of KioWare Kiosk Software
Founded in 1991 to provide client server software development, Analytical Design Solutions Inc. (ADSI) developed KioWare (kioware.com), award winning kiosk system software for the Windows OS in 2001, and KioWare for Android software in 2012. KioWare deploys browser-based applications into a kiosk mode environment easily and inexpensively, securing the operating system, and allowing users to access only the application. Each client has the ability to customize KioWare to his or her needs, with a product line ranging from basic browser-lockdown to robust server based remote monitoring.