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Wednesday, 29 December 2010
ROCHESTER, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK) today announced that it has entered into a technology license agreement with NEC Corporation that will allow each company access to the other’s patent portfolio.

“The cross-license agreement provides each company access to the other’s technology, and validates the strength of Kodak’s intellectual property portfolio.”
.The license agreement, which provides significant benefits to both companies, is royalty bearing to Kodak. Additional financial terms were not disclosed.

“We are pleased to have reached a mutually beneficial arrangement that advances the interests of Kodak and of NEC,” said Laura G. Quatela, Chief Intellectual Property Officer, and Vice President, Eastman Kodak Company. “The cross-license agreement provides each company access to the other’s technology, and validates the strength of Kodak’s intellectual property portfolio.”

About Kodak

As the world's foremost imaging innovator, Kodak helps consumers, businesses, and creative professionals unleash the power of pictures and printing to enrich their lives.

To learn more, visit www.kodak.com and follow our blogs and more at www.kodak.com/go/followus.
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Wednesday, 29 December 2010
The Power and Speed of Sprint 4G is Now Available in 71 Markets Nationwide

OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, Sprint (NYSE:S) officially unleashed the power of 4G in one of the world’s largest hotbeds of technological creativity and advancement - the San Francisco Bay Area. The new mobile broadband service from Sprint enables fast mobile downloads, wireless video chat and turbo-charged mobile Web browsing up to 10 times faster than 3G service1. The service will initially be available in San Francisco, San Jose, Palo Alto and Oakland. Nationwide, tech enthusiasts are enjoying the power and speed of the Sprint 4G network, in 71 markets2 across the country, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and New York City.

“The introduction of Sprint 4G will be a great asset for this area, and we encourage customers to try it by using one of our well-regarded 4G mobile devices.”
.The Sprint 4G Network can be accessed with a wide range of 3G/4G capable devices. For example, tourists can snap a photo of a San Francisco landmark with their Samsung Epic™ 4G and use Google Goggles to pull up facts about it by using visual search technology. Customers can video chat on their HTC EVO™ 4G, and families traveling for the holidays can power up the Overdrive™ 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot to share 4G speeds with up to five WiFi-enabled devices – such as an iPad™, laptop, iPod Touch™ or game console – making downloads, streaming video and Web browsing fast and easy. For students, consumers and small businesses that rely on Internet access, Web browsing and social networking to stay connected, Sprint also offers Dell™ Inspiron™ Mini 10 (1012) netbook designed to deliver maximum connectivity in a compact size.

“The Bay Area is responsible for creating so much new technology and today we are bringing the power of 4G to our customers in that region who are hungry for fast mobile broadband,” said Matt Carter, president-Sprint 4G. “The introduction of Sprint 4G will be a great asset for this area, and we encourage customers to try it by using one of our well-regarded 4G mobile devices.”

The Bay Area’s own Raj Singh of San Jose was one of five winners of the Sprint 4G App Challenge. Singh developed an innovative application to help food lovers be more productive in the kitchen. His application, Recipe Search, is a reverse recipe finder app. The user simply speaks the ingredients they have in their refrigerator or pantry and will then see a display of meals with directions for creating something with those ingredients.

Sprint first launched 4G in Baltimore in September 2008 and since then has delivered a robust portfolio of 4G devices, including smartphones, USB aircards, notebook/netbook products, mobile hotspots and routers, that are currently being used by consumers and businesses across the country.

For more information, visit www.sprint.com/4G.

About Sprint Nextel

Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 48.8 million customers at the end of the third quarter of 2010 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, Common Cents Mobile and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 6 in its 2010 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

1 “Up to 10x faster” based on download speed comparison of 3G’s 600 kbps vs. 4G’s 6 Mbps. Industry published 3G avg. speeds (600 kbps-1.7 Mbps); 4G avg. speeds (3-6 Mbps). Actual speeds may vary by plan or based on other factors.

2 Sprint 4G is now available in 71 markets: California – Los Angeles, Merced, Modesto, Sacramento, San Francisco, Stockton, Visalia; Colorado – Denver; Connecticut – Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven; Delaware – Wilmington; District of Columbia – Washington; Florida – Daytona Beach, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Tampa; Georgia – Atlanta, Milledgeville; Hawaii – Honolulu, Maui; Idaho – Boise; Illinois – Chicago; Maryland – Baltimore; Massachusetts – Boston; Michigan – Grand Rapids; Minnesota – Minneapolis-St. Paul: Missouri – Kansas City, St. Louis; New Jersey – New Brunswick, Trenton; New York – New York, Rochester, Syracuse; Nevada – Las Vegas; North Carolina – Charlotte, Greensboro (includes High Point and Winston-Salem), Raleigh (includes Cary, Chapel Hill and Durham); Ohio – Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus; Oregon – Eugene, Portland, Salem; Pennsylvania – Harrisburg, Lancaster, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Reading, York; Rhode Island – Providence; Tennessee – Nashville; Texas – Abilene, Amarillo, Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Killeen/Temple, Lubbock, Midland/Odessa, San Antonio, Waco, Wichita Falls; Utah – Salt Lake City; Virginia – Richmond; and Washington – Bellingham, Seattle, Tri-Cities, Yakima.


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Wednesday, 29 December 2010
Company’s digital signage platform recognized as ‘innovative’ solution for channel partners

PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Black Box Corporation (NASDAQ:BBOX), an industry-leading provider of voice communications, data infrastructure, and networking products, announced today that it has won Everything Channel’s CRN 2010 Tech Innovators Award for its iCOMPEL™ digital signage platform.

“And as a bonus, it’s highly affordable and simple to use but powerful enough to support a number of screens in any size company.”
.The award, which went to Black Box in the LCD Signage category, honors “innovative new solutions to bridge the widest gaps between current problems and solutions facing channel executives today.”

Steve Acquista, Black Box Director of Digital Signage, accepted the award at the 2010 XChange Tech Innovators Conference in Las Vegas. During the three-day event, IT product and service vendors and channel executives from around North America discussed how emerging technologies will drive partner success in future channel programs.

“We are honored to receive this award,” said Julie Lyda, Black Box Regional Vice President, North America Hotline. “Our current channel partners have already seen how the iCOMPEL has benefited their businesses, and we’re happy to see Everything Channel recognize how it can help others succeed.”

As an all-in-one, integrated hardware/software platform for digital signage content management, iCOMPEL enables users to distribute HD multimedia content to any number of digital screens. Also, for a lower cost of ownership, iCOMPEL ships with all management and design software preinstalled, and all software updates are free.

“Resellers and integrators know customers want digital signage, but for them to sell it successfully, they need a solution that truly demonstrates the power of digital signage in action. That’s what our iCOMPEL gives them,” Lyda said. “And as a bonus, it’s highly affordable and simple to use but powerful enough to support a number of screens in any size company.”

To help channel partners market iCOMPEL successfully, the Company has launched a Digital Signage Demo Program (www.blackbox.com/go/DSDP), through which resellers and integrators can purchase iCOMPEL units at deeply discounted prices, as well as a Digital Signage Certification Program (http://www.blackbox.com/go/DSCP), which enables channel partners to become Digital Signage Certified Experts through a self-directed, on-line course.

In addition, Black Box offers best product pricing through its Deal Registration Program, dedicated product and sales training, webinar presentations to prospective clients, and free, 24/7 technical support.

Black Box, along with other Tech Innovators award winners, will be included in the December 13 issue of Everything Channel’s CRN Magazine. To read about the Tech Innovators, go to http://www.crn.com.

About Black Box

Black Box is the world’s largest technical services company dedicated to designing, building, and maintaining today’s complicated data and voice infrastructure systems. Black Box services 175,000 clients in 141 countries with 195 offices throughout the world. To learn more, visit the Black Box Web site at http://www.blackbox.com.

Black Box® and the Double Diamond logo are registered trademarks, and iCOMPEL is a trademark, of BB Technologies, Inc. Any third-party trademarks appearing in this press release are acknowledged to be the property of their respective owners.



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Wednesday, 29 December 2010
The newest line of full-motion mounts begin shipping today

Minneapolis, MN. USA - www.chiefmfg.com - Chief, the industry leader in professional AV solutions, will be shipping their new Thinstall™ low-profile swing arm wall mount for TVs 37-58 inch (TS525TU). Designed for use with all types of flat panel TVs, the slim, ruggedly-constructed mounts have an ultra thin 1.5 inch profile, are easy to install, extend up to 25 inches (63.5cm) for viewing from any angle, and support as much as 125 lbs (56.7 kg).

Engineered for use with LED, LCD and plasma TVs, the Thinstall swing arm mounts collapse to a mere 1.5-inch depth while offering smooth, Centris™ fingertip tilt. High strength, forged steel arms are utilized within the Thinstall design for extra strength. Chief’s Centerless lateral shift feature offers up to 16 inches of post-install lateral shift, while height and leveling adjustments of up to one inch can be made after the mount is in place as well. All necessary hardware—including screws, spacers, and hex keys—are supplied for mounting on wood, concrete, or brick walls. Multiple cable paths have also been thoughtfully provided and are enclosed with covers allowing tool-free access. A wide-open wall plate lets installers quickly place the mount and connect power. In virtually any application, a single person can easily mount the system’s top rail and slide on the entire assembly.

Several more Thinstall swing arm mounts will be available early next year along with a full line of Thinstall accessories. Accessories to come include component shelves, camera shelves, speaker adapters, surge adapters, portrait adapter, and a cable wall channel.
Learn more about the complete series of Thinstall™ Swing Arm Mounts online at www.chiefmfg.com.

See Chief’s new Thinstall Swing Arm Mounts at CES, Chief booth 9439.

About Chief

Chief, is a division of Milestone AV Technologies, a Duchossois Group Company, and has more than 30 years of proven product and service excellence. Committed to responding to industry needs in the Pro AV, Residential and Office markets, Chief offers a complete line of mounts, lifts, racks and accessories for TVs, displays, projectors and other AV components.
Chief continues to design innovative solutions and helpful online applications, like Chief’s exclusive MountBuilder™ and RackBuilder™ applications that complement the technology they support. With numerous product awards and patented designs, Chief provides unique mount features, and is recognized for delivering quality products and knowledgeable, helpful customer service. You can follow @chiefmfg on Twitter or become a fan of Chief on Facebook for the most up-to-date information.

U.S. and Europe sales offices support a global network spanning the Americas, Europe, the Pacific Rim and beyond. Chief distribution centers are located in Minnesota, California, Hong Kong and the Netherlands. www.chiefmfg.com
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Tuesday, 21 December 2010
MONTREAL and CHICAGO — Haivision Network Video today announced that it has joined the prestigious Digital Screenmedia Association (DSA). DSA is a non-profit trade organization serving the digital signage, interactive kiosk, mobile, and self-service technology industries. Both Haivision and DSA are focused at advancing the application of interactive and monitored media throughout enterprise applications.

Haivision's CoolSign digital signage platform is designed for diverse, interactive, enterprise-grade deployments of screens driven by signage players or of digital frames. The combination of the CoolSign technology with Haivision's IP video systems allows managed content to easily reach standard set-top boxes, desktops, and even mobile devices. Haivision is unique in providing true end-to-end solutions for enterprise media.

"We're pleased to be joining with other industry leaders and DSA members to advance the development of the global digital signage, interactive kiosk, and mobile media community," said Peter Maag, executive vice president at Haivision. "As digital screenmedia technologies continue to emerge and evolve, we're prepared not only to facilitate better awareness across the industry and among potential users, but also to provide solutions that meet the needs of those markets."

"The DSA membership is a who's who in digital screenmedia," said David Drain, DSA executive director. "We have a broad cross-section of members, from small start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Our membership includes users, vendors, network operators, agencies, brands, integrators, pro A/V firms, and more. Companies join DSA to meet people and companies and gain access to valuable information and to save money — in other words, to be successful."

Haivision delivers technologies that combine video, graphics, and metadata across diverse networks. Haivision's CoolSign digital signage and Furnace IP video distribution solutions enable a high degree of administrative control, usage control and reporting, and interactive consumption of media throughout the enterprise regardless of endpoint platform.

Complete information on Haivision products, including recent case studies and application notes, is available within the download center at www.haivision.com

About Digital Screenmedia Association

The Digital Screenmedia Association was formed through the April 2010 merger of the Digital Signage Association and the Self-Service and Kiosk Association. With over 650 members, the purpose of the DSA is to advance the growth and excellence of the global digital signage, interactive kiosk, and mobile community through advocacy, education, and networking. More information is available at www.digitalscreenmedia.org. 

About Haivision Network Video

Based in Montreal and Chicago, Haivision Network Video is a private company and a world leader in delivering the most advanced and intelligent IP video networking and digital signage technology. Haivision's products are deployed worldwide within the foremost Fortune 100 companies; in the most rigorous military and defense applications; in state-of-the-art healthcare facilities for video collaboration and training; in highly renowned educational institutions for IPTV, teaching, and signage; in the most efficient interactive broadcast applications; and within the world's leading TelePresence suites. Haivision distributes its products through value-added resellers, system integrators, distributors, and OEMs worldwide.
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Tuesday, 21 December 2010
After acquiring Raxxess in 2009, Chief is ready to begin shipping its next generation of AV rack solutions – The Raxxess® Series.

Minneapolis, MN. USA - www.chiefmfg.com - Chief, an industry leader in AV mounts and rack solutions, is now shipping its E1 and S1 Series racks.

“Similar to our infield research when launching the Fusion Mount Line, this new innovative line is the result of listening to what our customers said would make their installs easier and more efficient,” said Carl Breczinski, Product Manager for the new Chief Raxxess Series. “We believe that our customers will see the benefits that these new racks can bring to their next job.” From extra space gained in the bottom of each rack for mounting small components to offering consistent ventilation options, the new Raxxess Series boasts advanced features and quality engineering that installers love to see,” add Breczinski.

Two new rack configurations will begin shipping today. The E1 Raxxess Series Rack is an enclosed rack with solid steel construction; laser cut knockouts and integrated cable tie points with an included rear rack rail. The S1 Raxxess Series is a knockdown rack with solid steel construction and is easy to assemble, requiring only five minutes of one person’s time.
A full line of accessories, including products bundled with SurgeX® surge arresters and thermal management products like the new 1U Fan Panel and Filtered Fan to protect equipment from dust, are also exciting additions to this new line of racks.

Also new this year is RackBuilder™—Chief’s professional online rack mount configuration tool. “RackBuilder will fundamentally change the way our customers specify and order rack configurations”, said Laurie Englert, Chief’s Marketing Director. “Unlike other tools in the industry, RackBuilder offers a real-time solution with precise, photorealistic renderings of our rack products, allowing customers to build, save and email rack configurations quickly and easily – all online.”

Users will walk through a series of five easy steps that will guide them to complete even the most complex rack mount solution. RackBuilder monitors and automatically calculates rack space capacity and compatibility to show the results of the users’ selections in real-time.
Take a look at the new Raxxess racks and accessories and build your own configuration using the new RackBuilder tool. Visit www.chiefmfg.com or www.rackbuilder.com for more information.

About Chief

Chief, is a division of Milestone AV Technologies, a Duchossois Group Company, and has more than 30 years of proven product and service excellence. Committed to responding to industry needs in the Pro AV, Residential and Office markets, Chief offers a complete line of mounts, lifts, racks and accessories for TVs, displays, projectors and other AV components.
Chief continues to design innovative solutions and helpful online applications, like Chief’s exclusive MountBuilder™ and RackBuilder™ applications that complement the technology they support. With numerous product awards and patented designs, Chief provides unique mount features, and is recognized for delivering quality products and knowledgeable, helpful customer service. You can follow @chiefmfg on Twitter or become a fan of Chief on Facebook for the most up-to-date information.

U.S. and Europe sales offices support a global network spanning the Americas, Europe, the Pacific Rim and beyond. Chief distribution centers are located in Minnesota, California, Hong Kong and the Netherlands. www.chiefmfg.com
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Monday, 20 December 2010
DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No.1 mobile phone provider in the United States1, today announced the Samsung Suede™ (SCH-r710). This handset will debut with the new Cricket Muve Music™ service in January 2011. The new wireless rate plan, the first to include a music experience designed specifically for the mobile phone, gives Cricket customers unlimited access to millions of songs, ringtones and ringback tones, in addition to unlimited access to voice, Web, text, video and more across Cricket’s nationwide 3G network.

.“Samsung Mobile is excited to launch the first handset to integrate with the innovative new Cricket Muve Music service,” said Paul Golden, chief marketing officer for Samsung Mobile. “When you combine the handset’s sleek design and impressive feature set, such as the dedicated Muve Music button, the Samsung Suede is a device poised to redefine how people engage with a mobile music service.”

A slim, stylish full-featured messaging phone, the Suede is designed with a 3-inch touch screen display, virtual QWERTY keyboard and an easy-to-navigate user interface. The Suede features a dedicated Muve Music button, which provides Cricket customers with one-touch access to download music instantly over Cricket’s 3G network. Cricket customers do not need a computer to use the Muve Music service. The Suede’s user interface features with customizable widgets, for instant access to popular social networking sites such as Facebook™, MySpace™ and Twitter™. In addition, the handset boasts an HTML web browser for fast downloads of music, video and news content, access to the Samsung Widget store and location-based services.

The Suede offers users a full messaging suite including SMS and MMS, along with a music player with microSD™ card support, accelerometer, 3.0 megapixel camera and camcorder and 135MB of internal memory with up to 16GB of expandable memory.

The Samsung Suede with the Cricket Muve Music service will be available at select Cricket Wireless stores beginning in January 2011. The Cricket unlimited plan including Muve Music is $55 per month while the Samsung Suede has a M.S.R.P. of $199.


About Samsung Telecommunications America

Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC, a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., researches, develops and markets wireless handsets and telecommunications products throughout North America. For more information, please visit www.samsungwireless.com.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2009 consolidated sales of US$116.8 billion. Employing approximately 174,000 people in 193 offices across 66 countries, the company consists of eight independently operated business units: Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, Digital Imaging, Semiconductor and LCD. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.

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Monday, 20 December 2010
Next generation wireless service enables rich multimedia experience, robust Web browsing and live video chat capabilities; now available in 70 markets

OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, Sprint (NYSE:S) officially launched 4G – the next generation in wireless service with download speeds that are up to 10 times faster than 3G service1 – in Denver (along with other cities along Colorado’s Front Range, including Boulder, Fort Collins and Greeley) and Bridgeport, Conn. With Sprint 4G, wireless customers will experience faster mobile downloads, video chat capabilities and turbo-charged Web browsing – all on the first wireless 4G network from a national carrier.

Customers in the Denver and Bridgeport areas can take advantage of the Sprint 4G Network with a range of 4G-capable devices. For example, tourists visiting Denver’s 16th Street Mall can snap a photo of the Paramount Theater or the Denver Pavilions with their Samsung Epic™ 4G and use Google Goggles to pull up facts about each using visual search technology powered by Sprint 4G. Customers can use video chat on their HTC EVO™ 4G , and families traveling for the holidays from can power up the Overdrive™ 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot to share 4G speeds with up to five WiFi-enabled devices – such as an iPad™, laptop, iPod Touch™ or game console – making downloads, streaming video and Web browsing fast and easy.

“Sprint is the leader in providing 4G service, and we’re proud to extend our advanced mobile broadband network to two more cities today,” said Matt Carter, president-Sprint 4G “Sprint is the first national wireless carrier to make 4G a reality for our customers, and now Sprint 4G is available in 70 markets across the country. We are delivering on the promise of 4G to meet the demand from our customers.”

Sprint 4G is now available in 70 markets: California – Los Angeles, Merced, Modesto, Sacramento, Stockton, Visalia; Colorado – Denver (includes Fort Collins and Boulder); Connecticut – Hartford, New Haven; Delaware – Wilmington; District of Columbia – Washington D.C.; Florida – Daytona Beach, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Tampa; Georgia – Atlanta, Milledgeville; Hawaii – Honolulu, Maui; Idaho – Boise; Illinois – Chicago; Maryland – Baltimore; Massachusetts – Boston; Michigan – Grand Rapids; Minnesota – Minneapolis-St. Paul: Missouri – Kansas City, St. Louis; New Jersey – New Brunswick, Trenton; New York – New York, Rochester, Syracuse; Nevada – Las Vegas; North Carolina – Charlotte, Greensboro (includes High Point and Winston-Salem), Raleigh (includes Cary, Chapel Hill and Durham); Ohio – Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus; Oregon – Eugene, Portland, Salem; Pennsylvania – Harrisburg, Lancaster, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Reading, York; Rhode Island – Providence; Tennessee – Nashville; Texas – Abilene, Amarillo, Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Killeen/Temple, Lubbock, Midland/Odessa, San Antonio, Waco, Wichita Falls; Utah – Salt Lake City; Virginia – Richmond; and Washington – Bellingham, Seattle, Tri-Cities, Yakima.

For more information, visit www.sprint.com/4G.

About Sprint Nextel

Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 48.8 million customers at the end of the third quarter of 2010 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, Common Cents Mobile and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 6 in its 2010 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com.

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Monday, 20 December 2010
Richfield OH.  Vivid Digital Concepts, the premier franchise-based digital sign network operator, is excited to announce a new addition to their digital marketing solutions for businesses: glasses-free 3D displays and advertising. The introduction of glasses-free 3D continues a string of “firsts” for the company. Vivid Digital was the first Digital Signage franchise concept in the country; the first to offer cellular-powered screens; the first to combine digital signage and mobile marketing and now they have added glasses-free 3D to their suite of products and services. Advertisers on the Vivid Digital Concepts Network will have the option to run a 3D advertisement that can be seen by anyone within viewing distance of the display. The advertising network is deployed through screens installed in local Network Partners which are high traffic and high-profile businesses.

How does glasses-free 3D work? Using auto-stereoscopic technology (ability to view 3-D without glasses) a specially crafted lenticular lens is deployed over the existing lens on an LCD screen. This lens, combined with the proper 3D content, allows an individual to view 9 different images simultaneously. This gives the illusion that the video is coming off the screen. Vivid Digital Concepts has a certified 3D designer on staff to create the content.

In order to bring this ground-breaking concept to the market, Vivid Digital Concepts has formed an exclusive strategic partnership with the leader in glasses-free 3D. The exclusivity portion of the partnership is a crucial advantage for current and future franchisees: no other digital signage franchisor can form the same relationship with this industry leader.

Additionally, Vivid Digital Concepts is able to integrate both 2D and 3D images on the same flat screen display in order to deliver a customized advertising plan to its clients. The company will continue to offer 2D advertising, but thinks that the glasses-free 3D ads will have a huge impact on exposure for those businesses that choose to take advantage of the technology. Deborah Naegle, Vivid Digital’s President, states: “Advertising’s main goals are to register some sort of connection with an intended audience and distinguish a product or service from the competition. We think that our ability to deliver 3D advertising in popular venues will be an enormous value-add for our clients and our franchise owners. As always, we are looking to stay ahead-of-the-curve and deliver value to everyone we work with.”

About Vivid Digital Concepts

Vivid Digital Concepts, based in Northern Ohio, installs and manages Private Digital Screen Advertising Networks.  Vivid Digital Concepts’ Advertising Networks focus on driving local business markets by providing relevant news, information and dynamic advertising for the community. Currently, Vivid Digital Concepts reaches hundreds of thousands of network viewers per month in 12 cities. The company believes in “Thinking Outside the Screen”© to reach viewers and provide a much-needed alternative to print advertising for local businesses. Vivid Digital Concepts is also the first franchise company solely dedicated to Digital Screen Advertising Networks. The company has developed a unique B2B sales model, with a focus on reoccurring revenue, for sales-driven individuals. VDC franchise owners acquire the rights to develop exclusive advertising networks. Franchise opportunities still exist in many areas across the United State. VDC is the only franchise company in the digital signage industry to offer mobile marketing and no-glasses 3D advertising.

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Thursday, 16 December 2010
Dolphins Fans First in Pro Sports to use Visually-Striking Christie MicroTiles Display Wall that Blends Interactivity, Texting Polls, Live Video Feeds and Corporate Sponsor Branding
 
CYPRESS, CA – Miami Dolphins fans are the first in professional sports to literally get their hands on a unique, interactive-multimedia display, featuring Christie® MicroTiles™, now running on the club level of Sun Life Stadium.
 
The Dolphins Interactive Wall combines an irregular cluster of 41 Christie MicroTiles modular display tiles, live and packaged video feeds, touch sensors, text messaging applications and large format print graphics installed as a wide, seven-foot high video display wall that fans can watch and use.
 
Tuned to the team’s integrated sponsorship, media and in-stadium marketing plans, the multimedia display features four content zones that inform and entertain fans. Content includes interactive highlights from the team’s history, live game feeds, video replays and highlights, texting-based instant polls, photo galleries, and information about the team’s stadium services and community programs.
 
Corporate sponsorships are designed directly into much of the Dolphins Interactive Wall’s content, making those brands part of the fan experience. Between on-demand Top Dolphins Moments, for example, viewers have fun wiping away virtual sea bubbles embedded with sponsor logos while dolphins swim in a virtual tank created by the Christie MicroTiles’ virtually seamless display blocks. (Click http://db.tt/E0m0sMu to see a video of the Interactive Wall in action.)
 
First in Pro Sports

The first of its kind in pro sports, the Dolphins Interactive Wall debuted Nov. 14 at the Dolphins-Tennessee Titans game.
 
The Dolphins Interactive Wall is a customized version of The BuzzWall™, developed by Christie, recognized as one of the world’s most innovative visual display companies, and Montreal-based Arsenal Media, recognized worldwide as a leader in digital media for unique applications.
 
“The Dolphins view the new wall as ‘transformational technology’ that’s helping raise the standard of the team’s in-stadium experience,” says Tery Howard, senior vice president and chief technology officer, Miami Dolphins. “The wall also introduces new incremental marketing opportunities for the Dolphins’ corporate sponsors, enabling them to build affinities with fans through content that’s dynamic, fun, timely and contextually relevant.
 
“Technology really provides us with the flexibility to have Sun Life Stadium take on the personality of the event and tailor it to that particular experience,” continues Howard. “Elements like The BuzzWall are a great example of how fans can come into this stadium for a University of Miami (UM) game and see it very well branded as UM, and the next day, we can have a Miami Dolphins game and easily change the branding. Offering a fully integrated experience is extremely important to our tenants, our marketing partners, guests and us. This is why technology such as Christie MicroTiles appeals so much to us.”
 
Arsenal Integrated, the multimedia R&D wing of Arsenal Media, is a creative production and strategy firm. Part of Christie’s lead creative team, the marketing and engineering groups of both companies planned and executed the global product launch of Christie MicroTiles in late 2009.

Fans Drawn to Wall

“The reaction from fans has been very positive, and we’re seeing people not only drawn to the wall, but staying to play with it,” says Denys Lavigne, president of Arsenal Media. “The wall shows what’s really possible with digital signage – an application that’s completely targeted to the space, and its business and revenue opportunities. This is not something people just happen to notice and watch. It’s more intimate. The wall creates a relationship and a buzz that works for the fans, the team and its corporate sponsors.”
 
“What has excited me the most is how the wall speaks to all ages,” says Howard. “There is so much of a footprint on this wall you can attract all ages. We didn’t originally target the content at kids, but they were all over it. As a result of that, you would have the parents there as well, and they’re consuming other content at the same time. It’s a multi-tasked offering that speaks to different demographics and age groups.”
 
Another Montreal company, Float4 Interactive, using sensors and software to create interactions a step beyond conventional touch applications, developed the BuzzWall’s immersive touch capabilities. txtstation™ Global Mobile Marketing, of Austin, Texas, provides the wall with real-time fan polling capabilities, activated by simple text messaging.
 
Dolphins Known for Tech Innovation

The Dolphins Interactive Wall is the latest innovation for one of pro sports most tech-savvy franchises. The stadium has one of the largest hi-definition video boards, and one of the longest LED ribbon displays in all of pro sports. The Dolphins were the first sports team to deploy virtual videoconferencing, and have more than 1,500 HD displays operating around the facility, showing supplemental information for fans and digital versions of menus in the concession areas. The team also uses and markets a wireless handheld game-day TV service called FanVision.

“The launch of the Dolphins Interactive Wall was something of a first birthday celebration for Christie MicroTiles, and we can’t imagine a more powerful demonstration of what’s possible with this new display technology,” says Kathryn Cress, vice president corporate & global marketing, Christie. “The Dolphins have demonstrated a lot of vision in going well beyond the pure ‘Wow’ factor of the tiles, and exploring the business benefits, which are numerous.”
 
About Arsenal Media

Arsenal Media is a digital content marketing agency specializing in content production and strategy, multimedia product development and project planning in digital signage. The BuzzWallTM is an all-in-one multimedia interactive application created by Arsenal Integrated, the digital R&D division of Arsenal Media.


Arsenal’s client list includes The Nielsen Company, Miami Dolphins, Kyocera, Christie, Metro Grocery Group and Quebec National Parks. For more info: www.arsenal-media.com Video portfolio: http://vimeo.com/arsenalmedia
 
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 http://microtiles.christiedigital.com for more information about Christie MicroTiles used in this installation.

 
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Thursday, 16 December 2010
SANTA CLARA, Calif., – AMD, Dell, Intel Corporation, Lenovo, Samsung Electronics LCD Business and LG Display today announced intentions to accelerate adoption of scalable and lower power digital interfaces such as DisplayPort and High-Definition Multimedia Interface® (HDMI) into the PC.

Intel and AMD expect that analog display outputs such as Video Graphics Array (VGA) and the low voltage differential signaling technology (LVDS) panel interface would no longer be supported in their product lines by 2015. HDMI has increasingly been included in new PCs for easy connection to consumer electronics devices. DisplayPort is expected to become the single PC digital display output for embedded flat panels, PC monitors and projectors.

DisplayPort and HDMI allow for slimmer laptop designs, and support higher resolutions with deeper color than VGA – a technology which is more than 20 years old. Additionally, as laptops get smaller and their embedded flat panel resolutions increase for more immersive experiences, the power advantages, bi-directional communications and design efficiency benefits of DisplayPort make it a superior choice over LVDS, the previous standard for LCD panel inputs.

Intel plans to end support of LVDS in 2013 and VGA in 2015 in its PC client processors and chipsets.

“Modern digital display interfaces like DisplayPort and HDMI enhance the consumer visual PC experience by immersing them with higher resolutions and deeper colors -- all at lower power -- to enhance battery life for laptops,” said Eric Mentzer, Intel’s vice president of Strategy, Planning and Operations for the Visual and Parallel Computing Group. “By moving to these new interfaces, Intel is able to focus investment on new innovations to enhance the PC experience rather than having to solve challenges of supporting legacy analog interfaces on our latest silicon process technology and products.”

AMD plans to begin phasing out legacy interfaces, starting with the removal of native LVDS output from most products in 2013. The company also plans to remove native VGA output starting in 2013, with expansion to all AMD products by 2015. This would mean DVI-I support will be eliminated in the same timeframe.

“Displays and display standards are rapidly evolving, with new features such as multi-display support, stereoscopic 3-D, higher resolutions and increased color depth quickly moving from early adopter and niche usage to mainstream application,” said Eric Demers, AMD’s chief technology officer, Graphics Division. “Legacy interfaces such as VGA, DVI and LVDS have not kept pace, and newer standards such as DisplayPort and HDMI clearly provide the best connectivity options moving forward. In our opinion, DisplayPort 1.2 is the future interface for PC monitors, along with HDMI 1.4a for TV connectivity.”

While the large installed base of existing VGA monitors and projectors will likely keep VGA on PC back panels beyond 2015, leading PC makers are in strong support of this transition.   The DisplayPort connector interface provides backwards and forwards compatibility by supporting VGA and DVI output via certified adapters, while also providing new capabilities such as single connector multi-monitor support.

Moving to the latest digital standards like DisplayPort enables customers to preserve backwards compatibility with installed equipment while taking full advantage of the latest advances in display capabilities, configuration options, and features,” said Liam Quinn, chief technology officer, Dell Business Client.

“We live in a digital-rich world and display technology must keep up with the explosion of digital content,” said George He, chief technology officer, Lenovo. “By transitioning to digital display technologies like Display Port and HDMI customers can not only enjoy a better computing experience, they get more of what’s important to them in a laptop: more mobility, simplified design with fewer connectors, and longer battery life.“

Leading display panel manufacturers such as Samsung Electronics LCD Business and LG Display also are in strong support of this transition.

Samsung Electronics LCD Business is already supporting this transition with embedded DisplayPort notebook panels, which we have been shipping since March of this year,” said Seung-Hwan Moon, vice president of engineering, LCD Business, Samsung Electronics.

“LG Display is fully prepared for this future transition. We already have different sizes of LCD panels with eDP out in the market to fulfill various needs of customers.“ said Michael Kim, vice president of IT Product Planning Department at LG Display.

The strong value proposition of scalable and low power digital display interfaces for PC users coupled with industry innovation around these interfaces should accelerate overall adoption of the newer display technologies for PCs.

About AMD

Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE: AMD) is an innovative technology company dedicated to collaborating with customers and technology partners to ignite the next generation of computing and graphics solutions at work, home and play.

About Dell

Dell (NASDAQ: DELL) listens to its customers and uses that insight to make technology simpler and create innovative solutions that simplify daily activities and help people stay entertained, connected and in touch. Learn more at www.dell.com.

About Intel

Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices.

About Lenovo

Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is dedicated to building exceptionally engineered personal computers. Lenovo’s business model is built on innovation, operational efficiency and customer satisfaction as well as a focus on investment in emerging markets. Formed by Lenovo Group’s acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the company develops, manufactures and markets reliable, high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products and services worldwide. Lenovo has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information see www.lenovo.com.

About LG Display

LG Display Co., Ltd. [NYSE: LPL, KRX: 034220] is a leading manufacturer and supplier of thin-film transistor liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) panels, OLEDs and flexible displays. The company provides TFT-LCD panels in a wide range of sizes and specifications for use in TVs, monitors, notebook PCs, mobile products and other various applications. LG Display currently operates eight fabrication facilities and five back-end assembly facilities in Korea, China and Poland. The company has a total of 44,000 employees operating worldwide. Please visit www.lgdisplay.com for more information.

About Samsung Electronics

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2009 consolidated sales of US$116.8 billion. Employing approximately 174,000 people in 193 offices across 66 countries, the company consists of eight independently operated business units: Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, Digital Imaging, Semiconductor and LCD. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.

Intel and the Intel logo are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the United States and other countries.

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Thursday, 16 December 2010
New power cooling solutions for OutD outdoor power systems can save over 40% of a telecom site’s total energy consumption

AMSTERDAM--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Delta Electronics announces new power system cooling solutions for OutD outdoor power systems that provide significant reductions in CO2 emissions and offer energy and cost savings that reduce total cost of ownership for its telecom customers.

“A battery compartment requires more effective cooling, whereas telecom devices and rectifiers can withstand much higher temperatures. Delta offers active cooling devices TEC for effective battery cooling. The rest of the system receives an optimized operating temperature through air conditioning, air ventilation or heat exchangers, or any combination of these,” says Andrzej Chaberek, Outdoor Product Manager, Telecom Power Solutions Business Unit, Delta Electronics.

“Using our hybrid cooling solutions, the savings in cooling can rise up to 90%. This revolutionizes the cost structure of thermal management and can achieve more than 40% savings in a site’s total energy consumption. By deploying Delta’s hybrid cooling and TEC solutions on a minimum of 1000 sites, an operator’s annual savings could reach 1 million euros,” says Chaberek.

Delta emphasizes both direct and indirect energy savings, having market-leading energy saving modules and site solutions that can enable energy savings approaching 100%. OutD and its advanced cooling options are a part of Delta’s SolutionE, a comprehensive, leading-edge concept for total energy efficiency that focuses on creating energy savings and a smaller carbon footprint.

Learn more about OutD at www.deltapowersolutions.com/SolutionE/#/outd.htm

A note on telecom systems

Telecom power systems secure telecommunication services in case of power interruptions or fluctuations. The essential parts of the system are rectifiers, batteries and a power system controller. The rectifier converts alternating current (AC) to direct current (DC) and provides the power necessary to charge the batteries. The power system controller monitors and controls the entire system and site power infrastructure, maximizes battery life, supports energy saving and informs the operator of maintenance needs.

About Delta Group

Delta Group is the world’s leading provider of power management and thermal management solutions, as well as a major source for components, visual displays, industrial automation, networking products, and renewable energy solutions. Delta Group has sales offices worldwide and manufacturing plants in Taiwan, China, Thailand, Japan, Mexico, India, Brazil and Europe. As a global leader in power electronics, Delta’s mission is, “To provide innovative, clean and efficient energy solutions for a better tomorrow.” Delta is committed to environmental protection and has implemented green, lead-free production and recycling and waste management programs for many years.

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Wednesday, 15 December 2010
TAIPEI, TAIWAN, - CAYIN’s SMP-WEBPLUS digital signage players empower twenty-three LCD screens in Suvarnabhumi Airport, the biggest international airport in Thailand. The digital signage network has become one of the most influential channels to convey official announcements and commercial advertisements to visitors in Thailand.

As the “first face” to visitors to Thailand, Suvarnabhumi Airport is responsible to ensure the safe and efficient flow of people and goods and, at the same time, enhance the country’s image. Introduced by DMaSStech, CAYIN’s premium distributor in Thailand, CAYIN’s digital signage solution was adopted by the Airport for the system’s sophistication and well-established worldwide successful stories.


To maximize communication effectiveness, twenty-three screens have been installed at the most strategic spots where all travelers must pass through. Immigration officers will check travelers’ passports, so each person needs to wait in line for at least ten to thirty minutes, which largely increases the chance of being noticed. Those screens can also lower perceived wait time and enhance visitors’ satisfaction.


In the preliminary phase, all twenty-three screens display the same content. With the help of the player’s powerful remote management functions, administrators can set schedules in advance to playback multimedia contents automatically. Control rooms can also immediately change contents to suit the time of flight and the number of passengers subject to particular onsite circumstances.


“As a compelling media with more than 14 million viewers per year, the digital signage network has received great attention from business owners in Thailand,” said Mr. Sathian Thancharoenkit, Managing Director of DMaSStech. “It is definitely the effective marketing media for corporations, hotels, and restaurants to enhance brand images, highlight new products, introduce seasonal tourist attractions, and promote special offers.”


The full story can be downloaded from CAYIN’s website:


http://www.cayintech.com/digital_signage_applications/cayin_digital_signage_at_thailand_Suvarnabhumi_Airport-en.pdf


About Suvarnabhumi Airport


Bangkok's new Suvarnabhumi Airport, about 25 km from the east of Bangkok, is the important business and logistic hub in the South-East Asia. The name, Suvarnabhumi, was conferred by King Bhumipol Adulyadej and means “The Golden Land” in Thai. Opened in September 2006, the airport replaces the overloaded Don Muang airport and can advance to accommodate 45 million domestic and international passengers per year. The airport is an important gate to Asia and develops Thailand as the aviation and air transport hub of South-East Asia. 


About CAYIN Technology


CAYIN Technology offers a complete portfolio of digital signage solutions including media players, servers, and software which are applicable to various industries, such as education, retail, hospitality, corporation, transportation, and public institutions. CAYIN is dedicated to being a reliable partner to its clients worldwide, and has successfully set up various application references globally. In order to best facilitate the deployment of CAYIN products, the company also provides tailored services to satisfy the ascending market demand for almost limitless applications. More about CAYIN Technology at http://www.cayintech.com.


About DMaSStech


DMaSStech Company Limited is established with the vision that the digital signage will soon be one of the most effective tools for the marketing communication and public relation, mass and widespread in the media world. With the mission to be the market leader in providing digital signage solutions in Thailand and regional markets, DmaSStech is focusing its resources, commitment and effort to move the company forward and exploring more updated solutions to meet customers’ needs. It also has served more than 40 corporate customers with CAYIN’s digital signage solutions, providing both the stand-alone solution and the networked solution. More about DMaSStech at http://www.dmassthailand.com.
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Wednesday, 15 December 2010
 
CYPRESS, CA – The recently-unveiled Veterans Memorial at Lansing Community College is a poignant tribute, which Christie® is proud to be a contributor to, honoring those who served their country. Located in the school’s atrium, the display features a 5 x 3 Christie® MicroTiles™ array and recognizes Medal of Honor and Distinguished Service recipients from the armed forces spanning World War I to Afghanistan and Iraq, from the three counties surrounding Lansing.
 
“The director of purchasing and two Board of Trustee members are military veterans and they wanted a video display to honor our veterans,” said Paul Price, director of media services for the college. “They took the idea to the college president – who is both a history and technology buff – and it all came together very quickly.”
 
“It was a very clean installation,” said John Young, sales representative for Roscor Media & Information Technologies, project integrator. “We were in and out within seven hours. However, the small opening in the granite wall where the MicroTiles are installed is a tight fit. We assembled the MicroTiles on a shelf and then simply slid the MicroTiles wall into the space provided. With the thick steel liner inside the opening, we had perhaps one-half inch of clearance all around. Because it is so tight, it looks gorgeous. What you end up with is a beautiful granite structure with the beautiful Christie MicroTiles inside. It is perfect.”
 
High ambient light in the spacious atrium left both Young and Price uneasy – at first. “At three stories, the atrium is very big and you have both natural and artificial light,” said Young. “We were initially concerned about the lighting but as it turns out, we didn’t have to worry because the MicroTiles display at such a high brightness.”
 
“Our content is combinations of video, text and graphics,” added Price. “No matter where you walk, the MicroTiles are still vibrant; they look great wherever you stand. MicroTiles have the cool factor that we all wanted and I am blown away by them,” concluded Price.
 
“The MicroTiles display grabs every eye that goes by,” added Lyle Laylin, media engineer for the college.
 
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 http://www.christiedigital.com for more information.
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Wednesday, 15 December 2010
Rob Muddiman Appointed Director of International Sales

New Milford, CT, USA – Magenta Research, the recognized leader in AV signal distribution and switching, today announced the promotion of Rob Muddiman to Director of International Sales. In this new role, Rob will be tasked with the expansion of Magenta's business globally.

Rob initially joined Magenta in April 2009 as the European Sales & Marketing Manager where he grew the European business over 40% each year, successfully expanding Magenta’s reach into the region. Prior to joining Magenta, Rob spent several years as General Manager for a Pan European team at Sony covering display, data storage, printer and retail/AV products. His 19 years of professional experience encompasses OEM, B2B and B2C channels, including two years at Mitsubishi, as well as seven years design experience. He is also a qualified Electronic Engineer.

“Rob has proven to be a key part of Magenta’s success, and this promotion is a result of his ability to think strategically on a global scale,” says Keith Mortensen, CEO of Magenta Research. “He has earned the respect of his peers, partners and colleagues and I am confident he will continue to make significant contributions to the company in this new role.”

Magenta Research has made significant strides in research & development in recent years allowing the company to introduce a number of new products that address a wide range of applications for switching and distribution of AV in the digital domain. Magenta’s comprehensive product portfolio not only covers virtually any AV distribution requirement, but is also known for field reliability in 24/7 and mission critical environments. Ideal for any application environment, products from Magenta Research have been chosen for innumerable high-profile installations around the world.

Visit Magenta at ISE booth number 1L114 in February 2011 to meet Rob and see the company’s latest technology, products and solutions .

About Magenta Research:

Serving the pro-AV and digital signage markets, Magenta Research is the industry recognized leader in the transmission, switching and flexible distribution of multi-format video, audio and auxiliary signals over fiber and Cat-X cabling. Its product range includes AV extenders, distribution amplifiers and matrix switchers for DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort, SDI, VGA, and component, composite, S-Video, audio, USB, RS-232 and IR signals. Magenta’s world renowned MultiView, Infinea and Mondo products are a benchmark in field reliability for 24/7 and mission critical environments. Hundreds of thousands of displays worldwide have been trusted with Magenta in virtually all environments including commercial, industrial, government, military, residential, transport, education, healthcare, retail, hospitality, sports and entertainment.
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Tuesday, 14 December 2010
Industry’s First TCO Calculator Evaluates Buying vs. Monthly Service, Electricity Usage, Software Fees; Enables Buyers to Make Informed Decisions on Digital Signage Deployments

RICHARDSON, Texas – AMX®, the leading provider of solutions that simplify the implementation, maintenance, and use of technology to create effective environments, today announced a total cost of ownership (TCO) calculator for digital signage installations. The first such tool in the digital signage industry lets buyers compare digital signage solutions and evaluate costs, both fixed and recurring. The TCO calculator also serves as an education vehicle introducing new buyers to the factors involved in digital signage deployments. AMX will be demonstrating the TCO calculator at Almo’s E4 AV Tour December 15 in New York City.


By simply inputting the features of two different signage products, the TCO calculator generates a cost comparison enabling potential buyers to make informed purchase decisions. Users can compare factors including buying versus monthly subscription service, software fees, maintenance, electricity costs, period of operation and size of deployment.


“A device like this can really benefit the marketplace as there are a number of options and variables that need to be analyzed and understood to make the best purchase in a digital signage deployment,” said Sean McNeill, AMX Vice President of Business Development. “As the digital signage industry is beginning to see explosive growth, organizations and businesses considering a deployment now have a source to educate themselves on the cost factors that come into play.”


The TCO calculator was created with input from industry experts such as InfoComm Academy Faculty Instructor and leading digital signage consultant Lyle Bunn. It introduces potential buyers to aspects of a deployment that they may not have contemplated. For example, companies must consider the alternatives of purchasing the hardware or a lease-like monthly subscription solution. Software cost and fees are assessed. And maintenance considerations are evaluated through noting the construction of the hardware, namely whether the solution is designed with solid state parts or moving parts. Moving parts, like a fan, may require repair or replacement during the deployment period.


The TCO calculator even analyzes environmental impact of players and employs wattage information to calculate electricity usage by location (state).


AMX is making the digital signage TCO calculator available free for any organization who wishes to upload it to their Website. To learn more about or use the total cost of ownership calculator, please visit
www.thinkinspiredsignage.com.

About AMX


AMX hardware and software solutions simplify the implementation, maintenance, and use of technology to create effective environments. With the increasing number of technologies and operating platforms at work and home, AMX solves the complexity of managing this technology with reliable, consistent and scalable systems. Our award-winning products span control and automation, system-wide switching and audio/video signal distribution, digital signage and technology management. They are implemented worldwide in conference rooms, homes, classrooms, network operation / command centers, hotels, entertainment venues, broadcast facilities, among others. AMX was founded in 1982 and is a member of the Duchossois Group of Companies. For more information, visit www.amx.com


AMX is a trademark of AMX, LLC registered in the U.S. and other countries. All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.
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Friday, 10 December 2010

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Digital Screenmedia Association (DSA), the non-profit organization that works to advance the growth and excellence of the global digital signage, interactive kiosk and mobile community, has published the inaugural installment of its Digital Signage Almanac 2011.

The 63-page report includes expert commentary on a number of current issues facing the industry, such as building a green agenda, digital billboards, DOOH advertising, dealing with ad agencies, and the in-store shopping experience.

The commentators include:
• Richard Cobbold, co-founder, Digital View and The Screen
• Darrin Friskney, director, Watchfire Digital Outdoor
• Jeff Golimowski, communications director, Outdoor Advertising Association of America
• Rob Gorrie, president and co-founder, ADCENTRICITY
• Matt Schmitt, founder and CEO, Reflect Systems

“In this publication, we review the successes of the past, look ahead to what’s new in the industry and provide some useful reference information,” said David Drain, DSA executive director. “I’m sure readers will want to keep this publication handy and reference it from time to time throughout the year.”

The Almanac contains 12 recent case studies, and also doubles as a comprehensive member directory for the Digital Screenmedia Association. The report is available for $249, or $199 for DSA members, and can be purchased at http://www.digitalscreenmedia.org/inc/sdetail/21537.

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Friday, 10 December 2010
CAMARILLO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Semtech Corp. (Nasdaq: SMTC), a leading supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, today announced it is working with IBM Corp. and its innovative 3D through-silicon via (TSV) technology to develop a high-performance ADC/DSP platform that has applications in fiber optic telecommunications, high performance RF sampling and filtering, test equipment and instrumentation, and sub-array processing for phased array radar systems.

Integration of high-performance data converters with advanced digital signal processing has traditionally been a difficult problem due to mixed IC technology requirements, management of chip-to-chip interconnect with high density, high power and high bandwidth and limited options for high-reliability multi-chip packaging with excellent thermal management. Numerous emerging applications may be significantly cost-reduced, and other new applications enabled, if ultra high performance data converters and/or RF transceivers constructed in the most advanced RF-optimized technologies can be efficiently married into a single package, along with highly-integrated application-specific digital processing constructed in the latest ultra-fine geometry CMOS technologies.

“Our strategic partnership with IBM is enabling Semtech and our leading-edge customers to define and develop a unique and versatile integrated ADC/DSP platform, applicable to multiple highly demanding system applications,” said David Clark, Vice President of Microwave & Millimeter-wave Products at Semtech Corporation. “Further, this first-generation 3D multi-chip module will validate key building blocks that will enable the accelerated time-to-market of future products with unique DSP content for specialized applications.

Semtech is partnering with IBM to develop the end-to-end module solution utilizing IBM’s 3D interposer technology to interconnect ADC functions in IBM custom logic SOI-based Cu-45HP technology with interleaver ICs in IBM’s 8HP BiCMOS SiGe technology. These two different technologies are connected through a single wiring layer on an interposer, which supports a bandwidth of greater than 1.3 Tbps in this design.

IBM’s 3D technology combines cost effective 90nm BEOL wiring levels for high speed signaling between die as well as providing ultra high capacitance density by integrating deep-trench (DT) capacitors at the top surface of the interposer. As frequency increases, the use of integrated decoupling capacitors is more attractive to counteract power supply noise effects that typically may be second order issues for slower applications. The interposer also connects to a package using copper TSV technology. Figure 1 shows a cross section of the 3D chip with actual SEM cross sections of the interposer chip and DT capacitors.

“We are delighted to be working with Semtech to utilize IBM’s 300mm 3D technology for its advanced product applications,” said Dan Berger, IBM Manager of 3D Technology Development at its Semiconductor Research and Development Center (SRDC). “3D technology provides a path to integrate CMOS and SiGe technology at very high bandwidth and with low power to provide a seamless high-performance module solution. IBM’s semiconductor, wafer finishing and assembly facilities offer a one-stop module solution for Semtech and its product partners. We also see significant benefits using 3D technology for other applications to address issues such as I/O power, power supply, interconnection bandwidth between components, modularity for re-use of IP or mixing technology nodes effectively, and form factor improvements that can be obtained by integrating components together in a smart cost effective manner.”

Clark added: “Once developed, the 3D TSV packaging platform can easily support future product upgrades by replacing any of the utilized IC technologies, either individually or in combination, to enhance the product performance as the next generation base technologies come on-line. For instance, future product versions could upgrade the 8HP ICs to 9HP, the custom logic Cu-45HP to 32-SOI, active circuitry could be incorporated into the interposer, etc. The modularity of the 3D TSV platform provides the utmost flexibility for product roadmap longevity.”

Availability

Semtech will have first ADC/DSP prototype modules available in 2011 and are working with partners to extend these product offerings utilizing these technology elements. Near-term applications include 100Gbps coherent receiver for fiber optic telecommunications, high performance RF sampling and filtering, test equipment and instrumentation, and sub-array processing for phased array radar systems. Semtech offers comprehensive design assistance, including field- and factory-based support. Data sheets, volume pricing, and delivery quotes, as well as evaluation kits and samples, are available at www.semtech.com/info.

About Semtech

Semtech Corporation is a leading supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors for high-end consumer, computing, communications and industrial equipment. Products are designed to benefit the engineering community as well as the global community. The company is dedicated to reducing the impact it, and its products, have on the environment. Internal green programs seek to reduce waste through material and manufacturing control, use of green technology and designing for resource reduction. Publicly traded since 1967, Semtech is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol SMTC. For more information, visit http://www.semtech.com.

Semtech, the Semtech logo, are registered marks of Semtech Corporation. The IBM name and logo are registered trademarks of IBM Incorporated in the U.S.A. and other countries. Other trademarks and trade names mentioned may be marks and names of their owners as indicated.

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Friday, 10 December 2010
Minicom Advanced Systems, a leading developer of remote access and KVM solutions for data centers, announced the successful implementation of their Remote Access Management (RAM) solution at Tift Regional Medical Center of Tifton, Georgia. A full service hospital campus serving twelve counties in South Central Georgia, Tift Regional is in the final stages of a multi-year consolidation of two data centers into a single, purpose-built facility. After a competitive evaluation and test installation, Tift Regional chose to replace all of its existing KVM switches and server monitoring systems with the Minicom RAM solution.

Said Wade Brewer, Tift Regional’s Director of Technology-Infrastructure Services, “Our systems software staff are very pleased with Minicom and everything it can do—the system’s features, ease of use, the way everything is consolidated. The management tools are very user-friendly. I am impressed.”

The Minicom RAM solution includes Minicom KVM IP switches and Mincom’s AccessIT™ remote management software, and is capable of providing remote access and control of servers and devices via in-band software (i.e. RDP, VNC) and out-of-band tools including KVM server access, console servers, PDUs and service processors (such as ILO, DRAC, and IPMI).

Savings and operational efficiency were key factors in the selection, according to Brewer. “The cabling structure is simple, and the software is very user-friendly. I like the platform’s scalability. And the management tools—I was very impressed that it can tie in and monitor everything, from the rack level to what’s happening with all the applications.” In addition, “The pricing was right on our budget target—the competition was 30 percent higher, easily.”

Tift also considered the cost of space, and energy for powering and cooling the racks of equipment. “The system is all bundled in one solution,” Brewer said. “We don’t need as many modules as we would with other solutions. It requires a lot less space and consumes less power.”

After an extensive test period, Brewer stated, “The system has proven itself. The software has been so much easier and more robust. The IP KVM switches are reliable, and overall, it’s been very effective in meeting our needs.”

The Tift Regional installation proves Mincom’s viability in the health care industry, said Rami Sasson, Minicom’s VP Business Development & Strategy. “The health care industry is increasingly dependent on data, and their data centers are under pressure. We are pleased that we have been able to provide a remote IT access management solution that promotes operational efficiency and meets Tift Regional’s stringent security requirements, while remaining cost effective.”

To learn more about the Minicom Remote Access Management (RAM) solution and AccessIT, visit www.minicom.com
   
About Minicom Advanced Systems

Minicom Advanced Systems
provides KVM remote access, extension and management solutions designed to expedite and simplify IT services. Tailored for IT managers who need secure, centralized, and seamless access to their mixed IT environments, these solutions enable local, remote, in-band and out-of-band access and management. Minicom’s unique approach maximizes past investments in IT infrastructure, installation, and training while adding innovative technology, resulting in reduced costs and increased productivity.

Founded in 1988, Minicom is a member of Intel Capital’s portfolio of companies and was named in the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 EMEA. In 2009, Minicom established Minicom Digital Signage. With headquarters in Israel and regional offices in North America, Europe and China, Minicom operates in over 70 countries.
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Friday, 10 December 2010
New LBT-1212O monitor available in open frame and touchscreen LED models

While most applications will suffice with an LCD screen, there are always new applications that want to transition over to LED panels. Caltron has just released the latest addition to their LED backlit monitors, the LBT-1212O, a 12.1” open frame LED monitor. With the industrial aspect of open frame monitors rapidly changing from one type of LCD panel to the next, quite a few integrators and OEM companies struggle to keep up with the quick and vast change. Caltron’s 12.1” LED backlit monitor is a bit different from the other LED monitors released. With the LBT-1212O, there is also the option of integrating a touch screen for applications that require a touch option. Given that the monitor does provide a higher contrast ratio and has less energy consumption to power a brighter screen compared to that of an LCD panel using a CCFL backlight. What makes this 12.1” uniquely special is that the resolution of the panel has increased from the typical 800 x 600 to 1024 x 768, allowing for a better quality display should any application require it. Many integrators yearn for a higher resolution output without the need for a larger screen, with the LBT-1212O that comes with the resolution of 1024 x 768, integrators can now create custom solutions that require a higher resolution without the larger size screen.

Many industrial applications are switching over to LED backlit panels in becoming green and environmentally friendly, so Caltron wants the opportunity to be able to contribute to the companies by offering more available solutions. LED backlit panels are known to have a longer MTBF (Mean Time Between Failure) than that of the traditional LCD panels enabling integrators and industrial applications to worry less about having to replace monitors frequently. The LED backlit panel is more robust and inclined to handle a more severe environment. The LBT-1212O is another monitor in the vast series of LCD/LED monitors that are available on the market, but what makes the LBT-1212O more unique and different is that the open frame monitor has a design that will not change so integrators will not have to worry about design changes when designing the monitor into a specific application. Like all of Caltron’s other open frame monitors that have a set and fixed enclosure by design so that when LCD panel manufacturers introduce a new generation of panels that may differ in dimension, Caltron will be sure to design brackets for the panel to ensure that the overall footprint of the open frame monitor will not change so there is no modification needed for any enclosure or application once the monitor is designed in.

The LBT-0842O LED monitors provide users with maximum functionality thanks to numerous inputs (DVI, composite video, S-Video, BNC), along with serial/USB touch interfaces. In addition to the standard LED monitors, Caltron also offers LBT-1212O in two touch-screen models, LBT-1212OTEAR (5-wire resistive LED open frame touch screen monitor) and LBT-1212OTEAS (surface acoustic wave LED touch screen open frame monitor). Best of all, Clatron’s LED monitors come at extremely competitive prices.

The LBT-1212O LED open frame monitor are available immediately for standalone or OEM usage. For more information or exact product specifications, visit www.caltronind.com, email sales@caltronind.com, or call 510-440-1800.

About Caltron Industries

Based in Fremont, California, Caltron Industries is a leading provider of digital signage, open-frame monitors, and touch-screen monitors. Founded in 1997, Caltron's products offer the cutting-edge of technology and can easily be integrated into OEM opportunities, all at affordable prices.
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Friday, 10 December 2010
Wincomm WLP-7822-12 Offers Its Global Partners the Latest Highly Reliable Panel PC

Hsinchu, Taiwan, –Wincomm is renowned for its fanless, ultra slim with excellent thermal design in the industrial automation industry. The high quality and reliability of its WLP series products have also established a sound reputation in the industry. Many engineers who prefer to use Wincomm panel PCs for designing have designed the Wincomm WLP series into their industrial applications since they like the space-saving design and do not have to worry about heat dissipation problems.
 
Many industrial panel PC makers design their own Panel PC by using mini-ITX or 3.5” standard general-purpose Industrial computer boards to save costs. Their orientation in mind is to save the cost.  From the viewpoint of thermal management, in the long term, this leads to quality and reliability problems.

However, the design of the Wincomm industrial PC is different from that of other manufacturers.  Wincomm designs its Panel PC- WLP series is from the thermal management first before designing the computer board. In the integrated board, Wincomm has adopted industrial grade components and materials; in addition to overall shock resistance, upper cover dust proof and side water proof designs, the product is stringently tested under different environments to demonstrate the dedication and development that was invested to ensure 24/7/365 no-stop operations. 
 
Furthermore, the fanless design, something that Wincomm is proud of, is taken to the next level in WLP-7822-12; under the airflow environment, the operating temperature can be controlled within 0~50°C. In order to save space, WLP-7822-12 is 1cm slimmer than the same class of products from other manufacturers (the thickness of the other brand is 6.xxcm, while ours is 5.5cm, which is thinner compared to previous designs, roughly 1cm in difference). Together with research and development in noise control, Wincomm WLP has pushed the envelope of performance in terms of industrial design application, as well as increased the depth and scope of applications.

The design concepts of the Wincomm WLP-7822-12 are:

1.    Exclusive mother board design
Before designing the layout of its own board, Wincomm conducts thermal flow simulations on all active heat generating components, such as the CPU, DRAM, NB and HDD etc., in order to design the most ideal layout and component placement. Comprehensive thermal management improvements are made over the disadvantages of the general-purpose mini-ITX or 3.5” industrial computer board design.

2.    Fanless design
Based on Wincomm’s years of expertise and experience in industrial design applications, a good fanless design is synonymous with quality; it is also the objective of extending product life in industrial application designs. In addition to the consideration of heat dissipation, the limited space is also the most challenging problem for industrial Automation application designs. The Wincomm’s fanless panel PC design solves the problem of space limitation.

3.    Consideration of high reliability design
The board integrated into WLP-7822-12 has been designed with industrial grade components and materials, which greatly enhances the product’s reliability, especially in terms of thermal design; it can attain 24/7/365 no-stop operations. Fro example, every WLP-7822-12 power input is DC 12V-28V.  All the component inside are used for higher power voltage.  That is one of the reasons for its high reliability design. 

4.    The state- of- the- art of slim and light design
The ultra slim body design has the advantage of having more applications that are easy to install, thereby ensuring optimal performance in industrial applications.

5.    Customized service and the ability for long-term product life cycle of supply
The mother board, BIOS, driver and the architecture are all designed by Wincomm from scratch. Therefore, we can satisfy all special requirements of our clients. Any change of custom-made is welcome. We know the industrial automation market is diversity. Moreover, we are able to provide long-term 5-7 years product life cycle. 

6.    Thoughtful design considerations
In terms of client application considerations, we have thoughtfully incorporated the upper cover dust proof and side water proof designs. Smaller power adapters are utilized; its unique anti-slip design ensures safety and reduces inconvenience during usage.

7.    Total solution for all kind of size of LCD- 10”, 12”, 15” and 17”
Wincomm’s total solution products mean that the same design concept will be deployed to all kind of size of LCD. Wincomm’s global partners do not need to consider using many different manufacturers’ products to complement the product mix.

The WLP-7822-12 is the ideal choice for panel PCs used in integrated industrial control systems. The sophisticated product provides satisfaction to all clients and is also a product “weapon” for global clients.

About Wincomm

Wincomm is one of Taiwan’s leading manufacturer of industrial computer and embedded computer products. Wincomm designs and develops all in one panel PC, large size all in one digital signage system, rugged box PC and embedded software products for a broad range of industries and applications. Wincomm aims to provide hardware and software integrated solutions for the most variant environments such as industrial automation/ human machine interface control, digital signage / infotainment Kiosk, and medical computing.
Founded in 1993, Wincomm is an ISO-9001 certified company and located in Science-Base Industrial Park (SBIP), Hsinchu, Taiwan. Overseas sales offices are in USA and Japan.
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Thursday, 09 December 2010
Complete Card Design Software Solution - Classic, Standard or Professional CardStudio Software Offered for Basic to Advanced Card Design and Printing

PARIS, — Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA), a global leader in specialty printing and automatic identification solutions, announces the release of its ZMotif™ CardStudio™ card design and issuance software suite this week at the CARTES & Identification Expo (booth #3 E 112). CardStudio is a new Zebra card design software application for intuitive design, encoding and printing of simple to complex design cards. CardStudio is available now, in 11 different languages worldwide through Zebra distribution and channel partners.

Ideal for a variety of markets CardStudio is easy to use right out-of-the box. Users are able to design cards for access control, gift cards, loyalty and club cards, school identification and library cards, and visitor badges. This software is optimized for all Zebra card printers including: direct-to-card, retransfer, current and legacy models, and contains many new features and benefits for anyone looking at designing and printing cards. CardStudio’s Direct-to-Printer (D2P) technology optimizes print quality and performance by providing advanced print control functionality from card design elements directly to the printer. New capabilities and features such as new software only license manager, and D2P print technology demonstrate Zebra’s commitment to deliver and innovate productivity software for ID cards across a wide range of industries and hardware/software solutions.

“Whether you are creating simple stand alone ID cards or more complex smart card encoded or enterprise access identification cards, our CardStudio software, offers an intuitive to use, proven solution for card design and issuance at any level,” says Ram Ramaprasad, director of product management at Zebra Technologies. “CardStudio software will enable our partners to deliver better integrated solutions to end users.”

CardStudio is available in three license editions including Classic, Standard and Professional for simple card design to more demanding enterprise integrated applications. CardStudio software license manager also enables easy upgrades from Classic and Standard to Professional edition with a license key, eliminating the hassles and frustrations of existing hardware based software licensing schemes.

Users can chose the features and capabilities based their needs and are easily upgraded to more advanced versions through a license key. Features of each edition include:

  • Classic: entry-level basic card design with magnetic encoding capabilities.
  • Standard: card design with simple database capabilities, additional print functionality and 2D bar codes.
  • Professional: enterprise card design with advanced printing data management, security, and encoding capabilities including for different smart card technologies (e.g. MIFARE) and Gen 2 RFID (UHF).

Effective immediately the Zebra QuikCard ID Solution bundle will include the Standard edition of CardStudio. The QuikCard bundle includes everything needed to create and print ID cards, viz. a printer, card design software, a Web camera, ribbon and blank cards.

About Zebra Technologies

Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA) provides the broadest range of innovative technology solutions to identify, track, and manage the deployment of critical assets for improved business efficiency. Zebra's core technologies include reliable on-demand printer and state-of-the-art software and hardware solutions. By enabling improvements in sourcing, visibility, security and accuracy, Zebra helps its customers to put the right asset in the right place at the right time. Zebra serves more than 90 percent of Fortune 500 companies worldwide. For more information about Zebra's solutions, visit http://www.zebra.com.
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Wednesday, 08 December 2010
New Value Card Printer Delivers Fast print speeds with High Image Quality

PARIS, — Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA), a global leader in specialty printing and automatic identification solutions, announced this week the new ZXP Series 3™ card printer at the CARTES & IDentification Expo (booth # 3 E 112). Available in the first quarter of 2011, the ZXP Series 3 extends Zebra’s industry leading Card printer product line with a new model that combines performance and affordability in a small footprint ideally suited for most card printing and encoding applications.

The ZXP Series 3 is unique to the card printing market, employing several advanced features that provide best-in-class performance at an attractive price point. The ZXP Release 3 ZRaster host-based image processing technology takes advantage of the increased processing power of today’s PCs to significantly optimise image and print quality while increasing overall print speed throughput. This permits greater sophistication in image optimisations without sacrificing printer speed or adding cost. Additionally, new Zebra high performance ribbons employ an improved chemical formulation specifically designed for fast high-quality image printing. Zebra is first to market with the new ribbons, which provide more efficient dye transfer and greater durability under printing conditions. Both these innovations work together to provide better image quality and faster throughput without compromising reliability or cost.

"Customers are looking to deploy card printers in a variety of applications, but they expect these printers to print faster and more realistic images," said Richard Powlesland, EMEA product manager, at Zebra Technologies. "With the ZXP Series 3 we are introducing a printer that delivers on the promise of high speed printing, brilliant image quality, enterprise networking features and full encoding capabilities – all in a compact, easy-to-use package."

The ZXP Series 3 is a full featured, high speed card printer ready to be integrated into standard ID card and access control applications. Its compact size makes it ideal for deployment in educational institutions and retail outlets for ID card, gift card, loyalty card, or membership card applications. The ZXP Series 3, with its added security and encoding features, also offers an affordable yet fully featured printing solution for the secure issuance of financial cards. The ZXP Series 3 includes the following features that set it apart in the market for a wide variety of card printing applications: Affordable on-demand card printing: ability to print direct-to-card full-colour or monochrome, single- or dual-sided cards.

Standards based smart card encoding: PC/SC and EMV standards compliant smart card encoding over USB and Ethernet. Secure financial card issuance: EMV certified encoding, increased security features such as a mechanical lock to secure the top cover, card input hopper, obscured input and output hoppers, and PC/SC encoding over Ethernet for financial instant issuance card printing. High-Performance Load-N-Go™ ribbons: new ribbons specially formulated for better print quality at faster speeds. “Green” ribbon cassettes: green-aware ribbon cassettes built with environmentally friendly plastics without sacrificing the ease of media loading. Available in Q2 2011. Ease of integration: full-featured SDK making it easy to integrate with a wide variety of enterprise card printing applications.

Effective from the launch of the product in 2011, the ZXP Series 3 will be included in the Zebra QuikCard ID Solution bundle. The QuikCard ID Solution bundle includes everything needed to create and print ID and other types of cards, including a ZXP Series 3 printer, CardStudio card design software, a Web camera, ribbon and blank cards.

About Zebra Technologies

Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA) provides the broadest range of innovative
technology solutions to identify, track, and manage the deployment of critical assets for improved business efficiency. Zebra's core technologies include reliable on-demand printer and state-of-the-art software and hardware solutions. By enabling improvements in sourcing, visibility, security and accuracy, Zebra helps its customers to put the right asset in the right place at the right time. Zebra serves more than 90 percent of Fortune 500 companies worldwide. For more information about Zebra's solutions, visit http://www.zebra.com.
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Wednesday, 08 December 2010
In her role as lead graphic designer, Weber is responsible for developing custom digital signage templates for Keywest Technology digital signage customers.

LENEXA, Kan.– Keywest Technology announced today that Emily Weber has joined the company as its lead graphic designer responsible for helping clients define a unique graphic look to fulfill their individual digital signage requirements.

In this position, Weber is responsible for consulting with customers to determine their needs, develop custom digital signage templates and work with clients on an ongoing basis to update their digital signage template designs if necessary.

“We are pleased to welcome Emily,” said company president Nick Nichols. “She brings a keen insight into graphic design for digital signage, a wonderful set of graphic design skills and an enthusiastic attitude towards working with customers to assist them in meeting their digital signage goals.”

Weber, a graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute with a degree in graphic design, is thoroughly knowledgeable in today’s most commonly used design software, including Adobe Photoshop, Premiere, and will employ these and other applications when designing digital signage templates for customers.

“It’s long been known that communicating effectively with digital signage requires attention to the appearance of the message being conveyed,” said Nichols. “Keywest Technology, with the help of Emily, now offers customers access to a professional-looking treatment of digital signage content without having to take on the expense of hiring their own graphic designer.”

Weber began working for Keywest Technology in the summer and has gained a wealth of experience working with customers to assist in developing and defining their own digital signage look.

About Keywest Technology

Keywest Technology develops and markets a wide variety of digital signage products including hardware, software and content development services designed to produce exceptional results. The company is also a pioneer in interactive digital signage, which couples the appeal of dynamic signage with the interactivity associated with interactive kiosks. www.KeywestTechnology.com.

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Monday, 06 December 2010
Haivision will exhibit a broad portfolio of smart products and solutions that simplify secure, reliable delivery of IP video to all variety of target devices and destinations. The company will showcase new additions to this portfolio, including sophisticated digital signage technology, as well as the latest enhancements to its proven encoding, decoding, and end-to-end network delivery systems. Haivision also will showcase a new DVB-to-IP gateway that gives enterprises the ability to harness and deliver digital broadcasts over IP video networks with ease. Collectively, Haivision's ISE 2011 product demonstrations will show the company's commitment to providing solutions that allow users to reach all viewers equally, anywhere and on any device.

NEW at ISE 2011! CoolSign Digital Signage Solution

Digital signage is the buzz phrase for ISE 2011, and Haivision's CoolSign digital signage solution boasts all the features and functions for any signage need — from smaller installations to sophisticated multiscreen landmark displays to large-scale global networks. Launched in 1998, CoolSign has a long legacy of innovation, pioneering many aspects of digital signage technology including n-tier architecture, native multicasting support, real-time connectivity, full edge device monitoring and control, flexible media scheduling, closed data architecture, bandwidth usage controls, and many others. Additionally, CoolSign's management UI is frequently cited as being one of the best in the industry — providing rich functionality in a simple, elegant, easy-to-use manner. Secure, scalable, reliable, and efficient, CoolSign serves the demands of myriad retail, government, financial services, corporate, and pure-play digital out-of-home advertising (DOOH) networks around the globe.

NEW at ISE 2011! Haivision Torpedo™

The Torpedo™ family of DVB-to-IP gateways enables today's digital broadcasts to be delivered over IP video networks without the need to re-encode the content. The Torpedo takes a digital RF DVB signal from a satellite or terrestrial antenna, extracts and filters the MPEG-2 transport stream packets, and retransmits them to multiple multicast or unicast UDP targets via an Ethernet interface. Using a single Torpedo, enterprises can deliver a number of digital satellite TV and radio services to viewers over standard IP video networks. Haivision's Torpedo supports both SD and HD satellite (DVB-S and DVB-S2) and terrestrial (DVB-T) signals. The Torpedo will also support DVB-T2, an emerging standard for terrestrial HD, early next year. The new gateway may be used as a stand-alone system or be integrated as part of the Haivision Furnace™ end-to-end IP video system.
Furnace™ 5.6

At ISE 2011, Haivision will highlight its Furnace™ 5.6, a complete solution for end-to-end HD H.264 video-over-IP distribution that provides a complete infrastructure for delivering secure video to any desktop and display within an organization. With the Furnace users can record any source, apply metadata, and deliver live or recorded video, or video on demand (VoD). The Furnace allows administrators granular control over the media within a facility, and a harmonized experience for all users.

• The Furnace includes a unique patented player technology called InStream™, which works across all platforms and requires no installation or client system upgrades.
• The Furnace requires minimal IT support.
• Combined with the Haivision Makito™ HD H.264 encoder, the Furnace provides encrypted video from the source to any player and display. The Furnace is also a powerful integrated solution that supports the Makito to manage and distribute live video to computers and set-top boxes, to create scheduled playback channels for enterprise TV and signage, and to record content and deliver VoD in a secure, easy-to-use system.

The Furnace Portal Server controls the direct and secure distribution of SD and HD H.264 video to both the "zero-footprint" InStream player and the Stingray™ set-top box. The Furnace Playback Manager supports scheduled channels for IP video broadcast and signage, and the Furnace Media Server leverages the efficiencies of H.264 to enable HD VoD.
Makito™ HD H.264 Encoder With Component Analog and DVI Inputs
At ISE 2011, Haivision will demonstrate the Makito™ HD H.264 video encoder, which supports both component analog and DVI inputs. The Makito represents the first and only full-featured high-performance compact encoder to combine the efficiencies of H.264 video compression and the image quality of full HD video within a very small form factor at a competitive price point.

• The unique encoding system delivers extremely low latency under 70 milliseconds, full-frame-rate H.264 encoding of HD video, and computer graphics resolutions up to 1920x1080 60Hz and 1280x1024 75Hz (SXGA) or 1080p60 video resolution.
• The Makito incorporates HiLo-Streaming™, the ability to encode once and emit both high- and low-bandwidth streams simultaneously, and Multi-Streaming™, the ability to send streams with different IP encapsulation to different destinations.
• When integrated with the Furnace™ IP video system, the Makito also distributes 100 percent secure and robust video.
The Makito offers the most efficient and affordable distribution, capture, and rebroadcast of HD video.

Makito™ Decoder

Also from Haivision at ISE 2011 will be the latest addition to the company's Makito™ family, an H.264 decoder that offers the most extreme low-latency decoding available with less than 70 milliseconds of latency at video resolutions of up to 1080p60. When paired with the popular Makito HD H.264 encoder, this system provides efficient delivery of HD video via HD-SDI or HDMI output. Sharing the space-saving, miniblade form factor and low power requirements of the Makito encoder, this new product is an optimal solution for military applications seeking a professional-grade, low-latency, high-performance video decoding solution.

About Haivision


Based in Montreal and Chicago, Haivision Network Video is a private company and a world leader in delivering the most advanced and intelligent IP video networking and digital signage technology. Haivision's products are deployed worldwide within the foremost Fortune 100 companies; in the most rigorous military and defense applications; in state-of-the-art healthcare facilities for video collaboration and training; in highly renowned educational institutions for IPTV, teaching, and signage; in the most efficient interactive broadcast applications; and within the world's leading TelePresence suites. Haivision distributes its products through value-added resellers, system integrators, distributors, and OEMs worldwide.

All trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.

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Monday, 06 December 2010
Mexico City – KOLO “Light up your idea!” has announced that it has joined the prestigious Digital Screenmedia Association (DSA). DSA is a non-profit trade organization serving the digital signage, interactive kiosk, mobile and self-service technology industries.

KOLO is a brand new reality involved in consulting and integration of digital signage solutions in Latin-American area, we are one of the few companies to implement a system in almost every Latin-American Nation. In 2010 we began to offer professional services like training and culture diffusion and sensibilization.


“DSA it’s a big opportunity to be with the leaders of the industry, be part of this great community and have the possibility to bring our contribution to everybody it’s the way that makes us proud”, said Andrea Mereghetti CEO of KOLO. 


“The DSA membership is a who’s who in digital screenmedia,” said David Drain, DSA executive director. “We have a broad cross-section of members, from small start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Our membership includes users, vendors, network operators, agencies, brands, integrators, pro A/V firms and more. Companies join DSA meet people and companies, gain access to valuable information and to save money – in other words, to be successful.”


About KOLO “Light up your idea!”

KOLO
is a company born from experience in the technology world as an integrator of audiovisual solutions-oriented to digital signage.

Our team of professionals in different areas of digital signage allows us to offer consulting services, design, development, implementation or optimization of digital circuits, as well as creation of attractive content for our customers.

In Mexico we represent and distribute different solutions of leading international brands, for LED displays, digital signage software and content management, digital frames and equipment for control and content distribution.

KOLO offers first level coverage, consulting and support for all digital signage solutions in Latin America.

About Digital Screenmedia Association

The Digital Screenmedia Association was formed through the April 2010 merger of the Digital Signage Association and the Self-Service & Kiosk Association. With over 650 members, the purpose of the DSA is to advance the growth and excellence of the global digital signage, interactive kiosk and mobile community through advocacy, education and networking. See www.digitalscreenmedia.org



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Friday, 03 December 2010
Acquisition extends SYNNEX’ distribution footprint; scales vendor base and SYNNEX’ world-class operations and ERP

FREMONT, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SYNNEX Corporation (NYSE:SNX), a leading business process services company, today announced it has completed the previously announced acquisition of a controlling interest in Marubeni Infotec Corporation (MIT), a subsidiary of Marubeni Corporation. MIT is a leading distributor of IT equipment, electronic components and software throughout Japan. SYNNEX has acquired an ownership interest of approximately 80% of MIT through one of its wholly-owned subsidiaries and through SB Pacific Corporation Limited, in which it has a minority investment. MIT has annual revenues of approximately $1.1 billion and employs approximately 400 people. Upon the consummation of the transaction, MIT was renamed SYNNEX Infotec Corporation and will remain headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.

The aggregate consideration paid for the company was ¥700 million yen (approximately U.S. $8.4 million), plus the assumption of approximately ¥9.2 billion yen of debt (approximately U.S. $110 million) required to fund working capital. The assumed debt was refinanced upon close by SYNNEX Infotec under a newly formed ¥10 billion yen working capital facility. The acquisition is expected to be modestly accretive in fiscal 2011 before integration related charges of approximately U.S. $5 to $10 million which will largely be non-cash and primarily expensed in the first quarter of fiscal 2011. Additional information regarding this acquisition will be discussed during the Company's fiscal fourth quarter 2010 earnings conference call in early January, 2011. The transaction closed on December 1, 2010.

About SYNNEX

SYNNEX Corporation, a Fortune 500 corporation, is a leading business process services company, servicing resellers, retailers and original equipment manufacturers in multiple regions around the world. The Company provides services in IT distribution, supply chain management, contract assembly and business process outsourcing. Founded in 1980, SYNNEX employs over 7,500 associates worldwide. Additional information about SYNNEX may be found online at www.synnex.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

Statements in this press release regarding SYNNEX Corporation, which are not historical facts, are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements may be identified by terms such as believe, expect, may, will, provide, could and should and the negative of these terms or other similar expressions. These statements, including statements regarding expectations of accretion and the timing and amount of integration related charges, are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: general economic conditions and any weakness in IT and consumer electronics spending; the loss or consolidation of one or more of our significant OEM suppliers or customers; market acceptance and product life of the products we assemble and distribute; competitive conditions in our industry and their impact on our margins; pricing, margin and other terms with our OEM suppliers; our ability to gain market share; variations in supplier-sponsored programs; changes in our costs and operating expenses; changes in foreign currency exchange rates; changes in the tax laws; risks associated with our international operations; uncertainties and variability in demand by our reseller and contract assembly customers; supply shortages or delays; any termination or reduction in our floor plan financing arrangements; credit exposure to our reseller customers, and negative trends in their businesses; any future incidents of theft; risks associated with our contract assembly business; and other risks and uncertainties detailed in our Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended August 31, 2010 and from time to time in our SEC filings. Statements included in this press release are based upon information known to SYNNEX Corporation as of the date of this release, and SYNNEX Corporation assumes no obligation to update information contained in this press release.


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Friday, 03 December 2010
DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile)1, the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the U.S., today announced the appointment of Brian Rosenberg as Senior Vice President of Sales. Rosenberg will report directly to Samsung Mobile President Dale Sohn and will be responsible for mobile device sales to industry representatives and executive management, as well as directing the overall sales, delivery, and customer satisfaction for all carriers and retail channels in North America.

“Samsung Mobile has become the number one mobile phone provider in the U.S. by focusing our efforts on providing the most innovation and the most device choices to consumers across the country,” said Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Mobile. “Brian’s leadership and experience will be a key component toward our goal of increasing our U.S. market share and introducing new and exciting products to our loyal customers.”

Rosenberg joins Samsung with more than 20 years of experience in the telecom industry, most recently with Ericsson North America.

Before joining Samsung, Brian held the position of Executive Vice President and General Manager on the AT&T global customer account for Ericsson North America. Prior to this role, Mr. Rosenberg was responsible for managing the overall Services Operations organization which includes Network Deployment, Network and Technology Consulting, Technical Education and Customer Support for North America. In addition, Brian oversaw all order fulfillment and project delivery.

Brian started at Ericsson in 1995 as the project manager for the Pacific Bell Mobile Services GSM build-out. He led a company-wide initiative to re-engineer the project management processes and implementation of Ericsson’s SAP system. Brian was also responsible for sales and business development for 3G networks in the US.

Mr. Rosenberg holds a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University and a Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering from Johns Hopkins.

1 Number one mobile phone provider in the U.S. claim for Samsung Mobile based upon reported shipment data, according to Strategy Analytics, Q3 2010 U.S. Market Share Handset Shipments Reports.

About Samsung Telecommunications America

Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC, a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., researches, develops and markets wireless handsets and telecommunications products throughout North America. For more information, please visit www.samsungwireless.com.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2009 consolidated sales of US$116.8 billion. Employing approximately 174,000 people in 193 offices across 66 countries, the company consists of eight independently operated business units: Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, Digital Imaging, Semiconductor and LCD. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.
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Friday, 03 December 2010
Leading AV extension & switching company, Magenta, has re-appointed its founder,
Keith Mortensen, as CEO


New Milford, CT, USA – Magenta Research is excited to announce the return of the original founder and CEO of the company, Keith Mortensen. Returning to the helm of the company as CEO, Keith looks forward to leading Magenta Research further into the digital future while still respecting the value and success of the legendary, market-leading MultiView Series – Magenta’s flagship product line.

In the almost 12 years since its founding, Magenta has grown from a small, self funded startup, to an industry leader with tens of millions in annual revenue and the industry’s most comprehensive lineup of AV extension, distribution and switching products. Keith’s vision and leadership have enabled Magenta to thrive, positioning the company as the future of AV extension and switching.

"I am excited to be taking such an active role in Magenta Research once again," said Keith Mortensen. "The structure of Magenta including our products, talented staff and state-of-the-art technology puts us in a great position to move the company forward.”

Magenta Research has made significant strides in research & development in recent years allowing the company to introduce a number of new products that address a wide range of applications for switching and distribution of AV in the digital domain. Magenta’s comprehensive product portfolio not only covers virtually any AV distribution requirement, but is also known for field reliability in 24/7 and mission critical environments. Ideal for any application environment, products from Magenta Research have been chosen for innumerable high-profile installations around the world.

About Magenta Research

Serving the pro-AV and digital signage markets, Magenta Research is the industry recognized leader in the transmission, switching and flexible distribution of multi-format video, audio and auxiliary signals over fiber and Cat-X cabling. Its product range includes AV extenders, distribution amplifiers and matrix switchers for DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort, SDI, VGA, and component, composite, S-Video, audio, USB, RS-232 and IR signals. Magenta’s world renowned MultiView, Infinea and Mondo products are a benchmark in field reliability for 24/7 and mission critical environments. Hundreds of thousands of displays worldwide have been trusted with Magenta in virtually all environments including commercial, industrial, government, military, residential, transport, education, healthcare, retail, hospitality, sports and entertainment.
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Thursday, 02 December 2010
Majority of consumers would rather bank with an organization that offers envelope-less cash/check deposit 
 

AUSTIN, TX - Wincor Nixdorf Inc., one of the world's leading providers of IT solutions and services to retailers and retail banks, today revealed the results of its first annual consumer survey, which is available for download here: http://bit.ly/dRgoum.
 
The survey polled consumers on their knowledge, preferences and trends regarding ATM usage. The majority of consumers indicated they would prefer to conduct banking transactions at their ATM, with more than 74 percent of respondents citing they hope one day their ATM will offer all of the functionality and services as their teller.  Additionally, the majority of respondents said they prefer depositing money at their ATM, as opposed to traditional face-to-face interaction with the teller.

"As the retail banking industry continues to struggle with making up for the loss of overdraft revenue, automation is no longer a "nice to have" - it is a necessity," said David Hadesty, VP of Product Management for Wincor Nixdorf's U.S. Banking Division. "With results of this survey showing consumers crave more features and functionality at their ATM, the opportunity for banks is obvious - invest in more sophisticated ATM technology that is proven to dramatically reduce cash handling costs at the branch, while freeing up valuable associate time for more critical tasks."
 
Key findings:

  •       Banks that offer envelope-less cash/check deposit have a competitive advantage: 63% of the entire sample agreed that, if all else was equal, and one bank offered envelope-less cash and check deposit and another didn't, they'd prefer the bank with this functionality
  •       Consumers go out of their way to use ATMs located on the premises of a retail bank because they want to avoid fees and feel that this is a more secure ATM environment
  •       86% of respondents agreed that ATMs features and functionality are important to choosing their bank
  •       Respondents want all of the service and features currently at a teller to be available at the ATM and the majority would visit the ATM more often if they could purchase other items such as stamps
  •       73% of consumers who do not have intelligent deposit at their bank are interested in this feature - and would use it about three times a month if it was offered to them
 
About Wincor Nixdorf

Wincor Nixdorf is one of the world's leading providers of IT solutions and services to retailers and retail banking. In the retail banking market, the company provides services and solutions to 20 of the world's top 25 banks, among others.  Wincor's portfolio of hardware, software, maintenance, services and consulting solutions is directed toward continual refinement, automation, and monetization of the retail banking process, while also focusing on enhancement of the customer experience.
 
In January 2010, Wincor Nixdorf introduced its new, technologically advanced CINEO family of solutions. CINEO's hardware, software, services and consulting offerings comprise the world's first integrated technology solution, from any manufacturer, that is designed to provide unprecedented levels of security and cost savings while giving financial institutions and retailers comprehensive cash auditing capabilities across diverse business sectors. 
 
Wincor Nixdorf has a presence in more than 100 countries and annual sales revenue of more than $3 billion. Headquartered in Paderborn, Germany, with manufacturing plants there and in Singapore, the company's U.S. operations are based in Austin, Texas. For more information, visit www.wincor-nixdorf.com/usa.
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Thursday, 02 December 2010
Majority of consumers would rather bank with an organization that offers envelope-less cash/check deposit 
 

AUSTIN, TX - Wincor Nixdorf Inc., one of the world's leading providers of IT solutions and services to retailers and retail banks, today revealed the results of its first annual consumer survey, which is available for download here: http://bit.ly/dRgoum.
 
The survey polled consumers on their knowledge, preferences and trends regarding ATM usage. The majority of consumers indicated they would prefer to conduct banking transactions at their ATM, with more than 74 percent of respondents citing they hope one day their ATM will offer all of the functionality and services as their teller.  Additionally, the majority of respondents said they prefer depositing money at their ATM, as opposed to traditional face-to-face interaction with the teller.

"As the retail banking industry continues to struggle with making up for the loss of overdraft revenue, automation is no longer a "nice to have" - it is a necessity," said David Hadesty, VP of Product Management for Wincor Nixdorf's U.S. Banking Division. "With results of this survey showing consumers crave more features and functionality at their ATM, the opportunity for banks is obvious - invest in more sophisticated ATM technology that is proven to dramatically reduce cash handling costs at the branch, while freeing up valuable associate time for more critical tasks."
 
Key findings:

  •       Banks that offer envelope-less cash/check deposit have a competitive advantage: 63% of the entire sample agreed that, if all else was equal, and one bank offered envelope-less cash and check deposit and another didn't, they'd prefer the bank with this functionality
  •       Consumers go out of their way to use ATMs located on the premises of a retail bank because they want to avoid fees and feel that this is a more secure ATM environment
  •       86% of respondents agreed that ATMs features and functionality are important to choosing their bank
  •       Respondents want all of the service and features currently at a teller to be available at the ATM and the majority would visit the ATM more often if they could purchase other items such as stamps
  •       73% of consumers who do not have intelligent deposit at their bank are interested in this feature - and would use it about three times a month if it was offered to them
 
About Wincor Nixdorf

Wincor Nixdorf is one of the world's leading providers of IT solutions and services to retailers and retail banking. In the retail banking market, the company provides services and solutions to 20 of the world's top 25 banks, among others.  Wincor's portfolio of hardware, software, maintenance, services and consulting solutions is directed toward continual refinement, automation, and monetization of the retail banking process, while also focusing on enhancement of the customer experience.
 
In January 2010, Wincor Nixdorf introduced its new, technologically advanced CINEO family of solutions. CINEO's hardware, software, services and consulting offerings comprise the world's first integrated technology solution, from any manufacturer, that is designed to provide unprecedented levels of security and cost savings while giving financial institutions and retailers comprehensive cash auditing capabilities across diverse business sectors. 
 
Wincor Nixdorf has a presence in more than 100 countries and annual sales revenue of more than $3 billion. Headquartered in Paderborn, Germany, with manufacturing plants there and in Singapore, the company's U.S. operations are based in Austin, Texas. For more information, visit www.wincor-nixdorf.com/usa.
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Thursday, 02 December 2010
Cincinnati-based Electronic Art recently announced its digital contribution to "Invisible: Slavery Today," a new exhibit at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati.

Electronic Art created and installed the digital interactive displays and many of the video components of the exhibit. The exhibit includes 17 hi-definition touch screen displays and several digital kiosks, including a 55-inch touch screen display that allows visitors to access statistics on modern slavery from the U.S. State Department.

"Museum exhibits are starting to move towards more interactive, digital content," Electronic Art president Tim Burke said in the announcement. "Museum goers have come to expect leading-edge technology as well as some element of interaction to be a part of the overall experience. We're honored that we could contribute to 'Invisible: Slavery Today' and use technology to bring awareness to this issue and help it resonate with people. This exhibit was created in a very short time frame, yet we were able to deliver quality design and programming for the exhibit opening."

"Electronic Art was a tremendous partner in putting this exhibit together," Paul Bernish, director of Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Initiatives at the Freedom Center, said in the release. "We've had a longstanding collaboration with them for our website design. Their work on this exhibit is a tribute to their versatility."

"Invisible: Slavery Today" is a museum-quality, permanent exhibition on the subjects of modern-day slavery and human trafficking that occupies some 4,000 square feet in the Freedom Center's east pavilion. Through a variety of techniques and media, including videos, sounds and touch screen presentations, "Invisible" offers a comprehensive examination of slavery in the modern world through the life experiences of five individuals who were caught up in it.

This article originally appeared on www.KioskMarketplace.com
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Thursday, 02 December 2010
Cutting Edge Form Factor Seamlessly Switches Between Entertainment and Productivity

Dell Venue Pro Smartphone with Windows Phone 7ROUND ROCK, Texas, – Dell today announced an expansion to its mobile portfolio with the new Venue Pro, the only vertical QWERTY Windows Phone 7 smartphone that gives professionals, families, students and gamers more options to stay connected, access the content they love and applications for success. The Venue Pro is the latest in Dell's commitment to provide innovative mobile solutions, which include the acclaimed Streak 5 pocket tablet.

The Venue Pro is designed to take productivity, social networking and on-the-go entertainment to new heights. Available immediately at Microsoft retail stores, Store.Microsoft.com, and today direct from Dell, the Venue Pro is a Windows Phone 7 smartphone featuring a cutting-edge portrait layout QWERTY keypad for faster text entry, editing and connecting with friends and family.

Any Way You Slide It

In addition to the QWERTY keypad, the new Venue Pro comes with Xbox LIVE and pre-loaded work/life applications that make everything easier and more beautiful on its sharp, bright and responsive 4.1-inch AMOLED touch display, which features rugged Gorilla Glass® for exceptional durability. Windows Phone 7 Live Tiles keep priorities in focus, and the Venue Pro’s single-button access delivers everything you care about including Bing for search, Xbox LIVE for games, and Zune for music and video.

"No matter how you slide it, the Dell Venue Pro with Windows Phone 7 brings a fresh new approach of doing more with less," said Michael Tatelman, Dell vice president and general manager, Dell consumer sales and marketing. "We’re continuing a path of creating smart, innovative and new mobile experiences to help people discover new ways to enjoy the web, connect with friends, and navigate their lives."

Elegantly designed, the Venue Pro's elliptical, slender form factor slips easily into your pocket. A 5-megapixel camera, high-speed wireless, and cloud-based services make it easy to keep in touch, share experiences and enjoy music, movies and more.

Carrier, Pricing & Availability Information

The Dell Venue Pro is available immediately at Microsoft retail stores, Store.Microsoft.com and direct from Dell by visiting www.Dell.com/VenuePro or calling directly at 1-800-308-DELL. Carrier and additional pricing information provided below.

  •     Carrier: T-Mobile USA*, with two-year contract† and qualifying data plan are required
  •     New Activation: 8GB = $99.99*
  •     New Activation: 16GB = $149.99*
  •     Upgrade Activation: 8GB = $199.99*
  •     Upgrade Activation: 16GB = $249.99*
  •     Without Contract**: 8GB = $449.99
  •     Without Contract**: 16GB = $499.99

Specifications

  •     Portrait slider with QWERTY keypad
  •     4.1" WVGA AMOLED multi-touch display
  •     Windows Phone 7 operating system
  •     Powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon solution with integrated 1GHz processor
  •     3G + Wi-Fi + Bluetooth
  •     Bands/Mode: UMTS 900/1700/2100/AWS, GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900; HSDPA 7.2Mbps/HSUPA 5.76Mbps
  •     5MP auto-focus camera

About Dell:

Dell (NASDAQ: DELL) listens to its customers and uses that insight to make technology simpler and create innovative solutions that simplify daily activities and help people stay entertained, connected and in touch. Learn more at www.dell.com.

*T-Mobile USA, with minimum two-year contract and qualifying data plan required. Other restrictions may apply including activation and early termination fees. For more information click here

**For use on T-Mobile USA network only

†Offers subject to change, not combinable with all other offers. Taxes, shipping, handling and other fees apply. Valid for new U.S. online purchases through the Dell Home Electronics and Accessories site and for phone orders of electronics and accessories purchased without a system only. Free shipping and handling offer available in Continental (except Alaska) U.S. only. Dell reserves the right to cancel orders arising from pricing or other errors.

Dell is a trademark of Dell Inc.

Dell disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others.
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Thursday, 02 December 2010
I/ITSEC/ORLANDO, FL – Boundary-pushing technology for delivering  the positive training of military personnel will be showcased by Christie® through interactive exhibits at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Booth 1825 at Orlando Florida’s Orange County Convention Center this week.

Christie will use a 6-channel immersive dome display to go beyond the typical points of view provided to helicopter pilots to simulate views of the critical ‘landing zone’ areas, which have been generally unavailable in traditional solutions. In an impressive NVG demonstration display, the award-winning Christie Matrix StIM™ with dual-input image processing will render both visible and infrared images independently but simultaneously, to create an optimum, realistic environment for night-vision training.  As well, delivery of varied maintenance training applications will be the focus of an immersive 3D technology platform in the Christie HoloStage® Mini in the booth.

Dome Simulates Much-Needed Perspective for Pilots
The Dome display highlights the capabilities of Christie visual display solutions in delivering a complex simulation environment.

The display features both helicopter and ‘fast jet’ simulation content from FlightSafety International. The blended 6-channel Christie Matrix StIM array will showcase the real-time processing and calibration capabilities of Christie ArrayLOC™, providing continuous, automatic balancing of color and brightness across the array.

Christie ArrayLOC effectively enables individual projectors to become ‘intelligent display nodes’ in a larger system infrastructure where the output capabilities of each projection ‘node’ are measured, compared against the rest of the array, and optimized on a real-time basis.

Christie Personalizes the NVG Experience
The Christie Matrix StIM™ employs Christie InfraScene™ technology with a 4-band LED illumination source that enables new levels of NVG training fidelity. In addition to the usual red, green and blue color primaries, InfraScene utilizes a separate infrared LED to ‘stimulate’ operational Night Vision Goggles (NVGs).

“Previous approaches to NVG stimulation required compromises in the balance of near-IR energy to visible light,” said Dave Kanahele, Christie director of simulation solutions.  “The Christie Matrix StIM features an independent infrared LED in addition to the conventional red, green and blue LEDs, and this lamp-less system allows our customers to adjust the balance of near-IR energy to visible light by independently processing and displaying image content across the red, green, blue and near-IR channels. This allows the IR scene to be optimized independent of the visible RGB imagery.”

To fully demonstrate this capability, Christie is featuring the Night Readiness Virtual Terrain Board™ image generator which utilizes Renaissance Science Corporation’s (RSC) programming libraries to deliver accurate NVG scenes by computing the optimal display drive parameters and injecting accurate sensor effects based on a physically accurate model of the NVG, the Christie Matrix StIM™ output, the underlying database, and environmental dynamics.

Christie HoloStage Mini Makes Maintenance Training Easy, Inexpensive
A two-surface, two-channel 3D immersive environment is an ideal solution for advanced service and maintenance training needs.  With a compact footprint that fits in standard 10’ high spaces, the Christie HoloStage Mini delivers high-performance maintenance training in a cost-effective way.

A complete turnkey immersive visual display solution created by Christie that is easily deployable, the HoloStage Mini features the latest display technology and offers a 120Hz 3D immersive head-tracked experience with two projection planes displaying an impressive 4.6 megapixels of resolution.

“The goal of simulation and stimulation training environments is to recreate, as closely as possible, real-life situations and environments, and with the suite of solutions and products that we’re showcasing over the course of the show, customers can be confident in Christie’s ability to provide the world’s leading simulation and visualization display systems for their training needs,” said Zoran Veselic, vice president, Christie Visual Environments.

About Christie®

Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc. a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ushio Inc., Japan (JP:6925), designs, builds and installs customized projection display solutions. Christie® delivers turn-key solutions for sophisticated virtual reality, simulation systems and control room environments including high-resolution power walls, multi-sided immersive environments, curved screen displays, domed simulation and multi-projector arrays. Industries and organizations that rely on Christie range from government agencies to oil and gas, aerospace to entertainment, and manufacturing and design to pharmaceuticals. Christie is listed among Military Training Technology magazine’s Top 100 simulation companies and has been awarded the Blue Ribbon for Innovation as well as the Red Ribbon for Best Program for the Christie Matrix StIM™. The awards recognize companies around the world that have made a significant impact on the military training industry across the spectrum of technologies – serious gaming, live training, constructive simulation, modeling, virtual simulation and others. For more information, visit www.christiedigital.com.

Christie® is a registered trademark of Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc.
Christie Matrix StIM™ is a registered trademark of Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc.
Christie ArrayLOC™ is a registered trademark of Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc.
Christie InfraScene™ is a registered trademark of Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc.
Night Readiness Virtual Terrain Board™ is a registered trademark of Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc.
Christie HoloStage® is a registered trademark of Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc.

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Thursday, 02 December 2010
Tech and Retail Giants Support Football Legend's New Campaign to Find a Cure for the Chronic Disease

RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Samsung Hope for Children, the national philanthropic initiative of the world's technology leader along with partners Boomer Esiason and Sears today launched a new social action campaign, "Tackle CF with Boomer Esiason." The new initiative will benefit the former NFL quarterback's foundation which supports medical research to find a cure for cystic fibrosis (CF) and also helps provide a better quality of life for those affected by the chronic disease.

“By working with the Boomer Esiason Foundation, we hope to elevate public consciousness about cystic fibrosis, the challenges of living with it day to day, and the importance of finding a cure”
.Since 2002, Samsung Hope for Children has generously contributed more than $3M to The Boomer Esiason Foundation. As part of their continued commitment to eradicate cystic fibrosis-which affects the respiratory and digestive systems of approximately 30,000 Americans-Samsung, along with retail partner Sears will donate $5* for each person who performs a social action to pledge their support to help fight cystic fibrosis this holiday season. The goal is to raise up to $150,000 where consumers who want to get involved simply need to share infographic with Facebook friends, check in on Foursquare at the Samsung Experience in New York City and Sears locations, or tweet "#TackleCF" through December 31st, 2010.

After his son Gunnar was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis in 1993, Esiason formed The Boomer Esiason Foundation and has since raised more than $80 million for CF research. This foundation has helped young sufferers like Gunnar lead fuller lives through scholarships and other support services.

"My son and my family know firsthand what it's like to live with a disease without a known cure and how it requires everyone's help to keep fighting," said Esiason. "Through the support of special partners like Samsung and Sears, we will continue to spread awareness of cystic fibrosis through 'Tackle CF' and work towards finding a cure once and for all."

"'Tackle CF' with Boomer Esiason reaffirms Samsung's commitment to making a measurable impact in the communities where we live and work," said Ralph Santana, CMO, NAHQ Marketing, Samsung Electronics America. "Samsung Hope for Children has been a continued supporter of Boomer Esiason and the important work he does to fight for a cure for cystic fibrosis. We are proud to continue our partnership with The Boomer Esiason Foundation through the 'Tackle CF' initiative in an effort to heighten awareness of the disease through education and supporting the critical research needed to find a cure."

"By working with the Boomer Esiason Foundation, we hope to elevate public consciousness about cystic fibrosis, the challenges of living with it day to day, and the importance of finding a cure," said Eddie Combs, chief marketing officer for Sears Electronics. "Sears Holdings has a history of supporting community engagement, and in particular, supporting individuals that face adversity and display courage to overcome challenges – ‘Tackle CF’ helps us to further our mission as a good corporate citizen."

For more information about cystic fibrosis or to learn how you can get involved, please visit www.tacklecf.com. To learn more about Samsung Hope for Children initiative visit: www.samsung.com/hope, you can also check out the Samsung Hope for Children Facebook Hope tab at www.facebook.com/SamsungUSA.

About Samsung Electronics America, Inc.

Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (SEA), based in Ridgefield Park, NJ, is a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. The company markets a broad range of award-winning consumer electronics, information systems, and home appliance products, as well as oversees all of Samsung's North American operations including Samsung Telecommunications America, LP, Samsung Semiconductor Inc., Samsung Electronics Canada, Inc. and Samsung Electronics Mexico, Inc. As a result of its commitment to innovation and unique design, the Samsung organization is one of the most decorated brands in the electronics industry. The company was ranked #19 in BusinessWeek/Interbrand "100 Best Global Brands," and named as one of Fast Company's "50 Most Innovative Companies of 2010." For more information, please visit www.samsung.com. You can also Fan Samsung on www.Facebook.com/SamsungUSA or follow Samsung via Twitter @SamsungTweets.

About Samsung Hope for Children

At Samsung we are dedicated to making products that inspire passion and create moments of wonder in people's lives. In that spirit Samsung Hope for Children was developed with a strategic focus on programs dedicated to helping children share the wonder of life, learning and our planet. Through our flagship program, Samsung Electronics America and its retail and business partners have raised more than $25 million for more than 300 schools, community-based foundations, and charities throughout the U.S. For more information please visit: www.Samsung.com/Hope

About the Boomer Esiason Foundation

The Boomer Esiason Foundation is a dynamic partnership of leaders in the medical and business communities joining with a committed core of volunteers to heighten awareness, education and the quality of life for those affected by cystic fibrosis, while providing financial support to research aimed at finding a cure. Boomer Esiason was a star NFL quarterback in 1993 when he learned his young son, Gunnar, was afflicted with the deadly disease cystic fibrosis. Not one to back down from a fight, he immediately launched the Boomer Esiason Foundation and vowed to eliminate the threat of cystic fibrosis. Boomer and his wife, Cheryl, are strongly committed to supporting the critical research needed to discover a cure for CF and to improving the quality of life for the 30,000 Americans living with the disease. They never lose hope that one day, a cure will be found.

About Sears

Sears Holding Corporation is the nation's fourth largest broadline retailer with approximately 3,900 full-line and specialty retail stores in the United States and Canada. Sears Holdings is the leading home appliance retailer as well as a leader in tools, lawn and garden, consumer electronics and automotive repair and maintenance. Key proprietary brands include Kenmore, Craftsman and DieHard. Sears Holding Corporation is the nation's largest provider of home services, with more than 12 million service calls made annually. Sears Holdings Corporation operates through its subsidiaries, including Sears, Roebuck and Co. and Kmart Corporation.

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Wednesday, 01 December 2010
•     Audience™ 4.0 provides the tools to create, manage, and play out multi-zone channels and dynamic digital signage

•    Supports both SD and HD content, and has enhanced animation and video capabilities including MPEG4 

•    Ensures broadcast channels and digital signage networks meet consumer demand for HD – driven by dramatic growth in HDTV and international televised events 


Markham, Ontario, Canada – Capital Networks Limited, a leading global provider of broadcasting and dynamic digital signage content creation and management software, has today launched a major new version of Audience™ -–  the industry leading information delivery platform. Audience 4.0 provides both broadcasters and organizations operating digital signage networks – with a powerful, flexible HD solution for highest quality broadcast content and digital signage displays. Packaged with an enhanced graphic interface and more video and animation support than ever before, the new Audience platform produces displays powerful enough to engage with today's public which is exposed increasingly to HD content.

Growing awareness of HD programming can be attributed to major sporting events, as well as the expanding HDTV home market. According to Informa Telecoms and Media, by 2014 the number of homes watching HDTV worldwide, will surge to 276 million.  As a result, more and more digital signage and DOOH broadcasters want to ensure the images people see out of their homes – in sporting stadiums, shops, restaurants, airport lounges and other public places –  match the quality that people are exposed to in their homes.

Jim Vair, Vice President of Business Development at Capital Networks commented: “Like it or not, increasingly digital signage messaging will be judged by the public against what they see in their homes. Digital signage content producers who lag behind the growing public appetite for media rich, high definition presentations run the risk of being left behind. The same is perhaps more true of broadcasters, as they approach the out-of-home world, they must ensure that their digital signage efforts are of the highest quality because they have their professional brand to uphold.

“Since 1991 we've supplied creation and content management software and support services to the demanding Broadcasting and Cable Television industries. More recently, we've developed our products and support to bring the same level of professionalism to the rapidly expanding Out of Home / Digital Signage industry. Audience 4.0 is the new platform for professional media enterprises based on 19 years of customer feedback and support. It delivers reliability, scalability, flexibility – and the highest quality images. This is what our customers want.” Jim Vair added.

Audience 4.0 also features new scheduling developments. These enable smart, enterprise level scheduling, so that users can target specific playbacks by demographic locations.  A large restaurant, for example, might want to promote certain dishes in certain cities or towns – or even an individual restaurant – where they are most popular. With Audience's advanced scheduling, they can now run these offers automatically, without the need to spend time on separate programming. This ensures that the business can display relevant local information, but retain consistent national branding.

Other key new features of Audience 4.0 include:
•    Support for Windows 7
•    Enhanced video file support – Including SD and HD, MPEG4 and MPEG2
•    Broadcast quality MNG animations builder – ideal for companies that don't have animators on staff but want animation within a show
•    Full alpha channel flash support
•    3D effects and transitions

About Audience™

Audience is an integrated information delivery system designed for broadcast and cable television, corporate communications, educational institutions, hospitality channels and digital signage. It gives users the power to communicate their messages, with maximum impact and minimal effort, to any target audience. It is completely scalable from simple, very affordable, one-channel systems to comprehensive worldwide networks that include dozens or even hundreds of localized channels.

 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 marketing, integration and sales organization for all DiGiMATiON incorporated software products and a 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 36 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.
 


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Wednesday, 01 December 2010
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), - Want to be the next Tyler Perry or Spike Lee? Here’s your chance. Sprint (NYSE: S) today announces the launch of the 4G “Competitive Edge Filmmakers Challenge,” a film competition that calls on college students to shoot a short film with a Sprint smartphone illustrating how the ease and services of 4G gives them a “competitive edge.” Two winners will receive a trip to Los Angeles to spend a day on a movie set, have lunch with Sprint executives and receive $2,500 to launch their career.

Starting today, participants can visit www.4GCompetitiveEdge.com for resources such as expert chats, podcasts and how-to guides. The site will also be available for the public to view and vote for the best short films.

“Sprint 4G really gives filmmakers an artistic edge since the technology is fast and makes it easy to shoot videos on your mobile device, stream the footage and upload it to your computer,” said Matt Carter, president of Sprint 4G. “Sprint has a portfolio of creative devices on our 4G network that can be used as a tool for filmmaking, and help you stay connected with friends and family.”

The Competitive Edge Filmmakers Challenge is more than a contest. It’s a chance for students to learn tips and inside information about filmmaking. That’s why Sprint 4G has partnered with Thurgood Marshall College Fund to kick off the Competitive Edge college tour that will visit historically black colleges and universities around the country.

The college tour will visit the following universities: Atlanta University Center, home of Spelman College, Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University; Delaware State University; Morgan State University; Virginia Union University; Shaw University; North Carolina Central University; and conclude at the CIAA Basketball Tournament in Charlotte, N.C.

As part of this tour, students will have the opportunity to screen a new feature film and participate in an entertainment career symposium with industry experts including special celebrity guests. Panelists will give students fresh insight on the different elements necessary for a successful career whether behind or in front of the camera via the newest technology. During the tour, students will also be able to sample Sprint 4G products and experience the speed and reliability of Sprint’s 4G network.

A recent cable and digital media study by Horowitz Associates shows that nine percent of African Americans use mobile phones for multiple purposes such as streaming video and watching television, compared to seven percent of Hispanic, three percent of Asian and three percent of white mobile phone owners.

“Sprint has a strong, long-standing commitment to diverse communities and we are excited to provide the cutting-edge technology that aspiring filmmakers need to showcase their creativity and technological savvy using their mobile device,” said Ralph Reid, vice president of Sprint Corporate Social Responsibility.

To enter the “Competitive Edge Filmmakers Challenge,” participants must be enrolled in a two- or four-year institution during the 2010-11 school year and submit a short film shot on a video-enabled 4G Sprint mobile device or any video-capable device. The movie must be two to five minutes in length, no more than 2G in size, and in one of the following formats: AVI, MOV, WMV or MPG. The contest begins today and ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on March 4, 2011. Entries submitted before or after those times will be disqualified. A team of Hollywood professionals, including directors, producers and actors, will judge the competition's finalists. Two winners will be notified by e-mail, phone or regular mail on or about March 13, 2011. Soon after, the winners will be publicly announced in Washington, D.C. Additional details about the contest, including college tour dates, contest rules and eligibility is available on www.4GCompetitiveEdge.com.

Sprint has been a leader in 4G wireless technology since launching its first 4G market in Baltimore in October 2008. Since that time, Sprint has expanded to 68 markets nationwide as well as introduced several products to its growing 4G device portfolio. With Sprint 4G, streaming video, fast file downloads and uploads and turbo-charged Web browsing are no longer just benefits for the home, office or coffee shop. Sprint 4G service plans are available at Sprint retail stores, Best Buy stores and local retailers, and through Sprint telesales at 1-800-Sprint-1 or online at www.sprint.com/4G.

About Sprint Nextel

Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 48.8 million customers at the end of the third quarter of 2010 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, Common Cents Mobile and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 6 in its 2010 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company.
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Wednesday, 01 December 2010
Kessel-Lo, Belgium – A wide range of high quality innovative touch solutions for gaming applications will be exhibited by Tyco Electronics Elo TouchSystems at the annual ICE Totally Gaming 2011 exhibition in London, UK, 25 – 27 January 2011.

Elo TouchSystems products at the show include large-format Interactive Digital Signage (IDS) touch displays, useful for interactive advertising and visitor guidance in casinos and hotels, and the B-series all-in-one touchcomputers for bingo, countertop sports betting, player management, point-of-sale (POS) and point-of-information (POI) applications. Also on show will be the new IntelliTouch Plus multi-touch 22-inch rear-mount touchmonitor and the company’s comprehensive range of standard gaming touchmonitors from small to large sizes featuring an unrivalled selection of touch technologies that are able to meet virtually every conceivable gaming application requirement.

The Elo TouchSystems IDS displays – which combine precision acoustic pulse recognition touchscreen technology with commercial-grade, large format LCD panels in a sleek true-flat design – offer system integrators, value-added resellers and software developers a high-performance solution for making digital signage interactive and measurable. Sizes range from 32 to 46-inch.

The IDS portfolio offers the digital signage market a unique industry solution: the only display system to incorporate zero-bezel, edge-to-edge glass touchscreen technology into large-format, ruggedised panels specifically built for commercial environments. The responsive Elo TouchSystems product with acoustic pulse recognition (APR) touch technology has a highly durable, aluminium chassis to ensure reliable interactivity and performance in almost any public-access location. Optional computer modules further optimise media bandwidth and interactivity for the delivery of highly engaging and measurable consumer content.

The Elo TouchSystems B-Series all-in-one (AiO) touchcomputers answer the industry need for a single compact touchcomputer platform to support countertop, pole- and wall-mounted applications. The B-Series product portfolio comprises three highly configurable, ruggedised and cost-effective AiO touch systems in 15 and 17-inch screen sizes, intended to support a wide range of applications and environments. The new B-Series complements other Elo TouchSystems AiO product lines including popular sizes like 19-inch.

Also on show will be IntelliTouch Plus surface acoustic wave touch products expanding the broad Elo TouchSystems touchcomputer and touchscreen portfolio by giving OEMs, application developers and customers new tools to leverage the distinct advantages of the Windows 7 operating system-compatible touch interface. The new IntelliTouch Plus touch technology will be shown on a 22-inch rear-mount touchmonitor. IntelliTouch Plus is based upon proven surface acoustic wave technology with over 20 years of reliable performance and millions of installations around the world.  It accurately records two simultaneous touch locations anywhere on the screen with three axes of touch information thereby overcoming many of the drawbacks of other multi touch technologies, such as camera-based optical technology that is subject to interference from ambient light variances and false touches. With this latest product technology, Elo customers can trust they have the same reliable performance for their touchmonitors that they have come to expect with the standard single touch IntelliTouch touch technology.

Tyco Electronics’ Elo TouchSystems will also be exhibiting its extensive range of high quality, built-to-last, standard gaming monitors and touch technologies that have been developed over almost four decades as an industry-leading designer and manufacturer of touchscreens. Elo TouchSystems designs and builds reliability into every touch solution and has an installed base of millions of systems worldwide that are designed to work for years in the most demanding of commercial applications.

Tyco Electronics’ Elo TouchSystems is exhibiting on stand number 4252.

About Tyco Electronics

Tyco Electronics Ltd. is a leading global provider of engineered electronic components, network solutions, specialty products and subsea communication systems, with fiscal 2010 sales of US$12.1 billion to customers in more than 150 countries. We design, manufacture and market products for customers in a broad array of industries including automotive; data communication systems and consumer electronics; telecommunications; aerospace, defense and marine; medical; energy; and lighting. With approximately 7,000 engineers and worldwide manufacturing, sales and customer service capabilities, Tyco Electronics' commitment is our customers' advantage. More information on Tyco Electronics can be found at http://www.tycoelectronics.com/.

About ELO TouchSystems

Tyco Electronics’ Elo TouchSystems is the global leading brand in touch technology. The Elo TouchSystems portfolio encompasses the largest selection of touchscreen technologies, touchmonitors, and all-in-one touchcomputers for the demanding requirements of diverse applications, such as industrial, medical, POS, kiosks, retail, hospitality, transportation, office automation and gaming. Elo founders invented the touchscreen over 35 years ago. Since then, Elo touchscreens have delivered one common, powerful result   advanced computer technology simplified for all users. For more information on Elo products and services, please contact +32 16 352100, view Elo products website at www.elotouch.eu or direct electronic mail inquiries to email.

Elo TouchSystems, IntelliTouch, Tyco Electronics and TE (logo) are trademarks of the Tyco Electronics group of companies and its licensors. All other products and company names referred to herein may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies or mark holders.



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Wednesday, 01 December 2010
Sprint expands the power and immediacy of 4G to 68 markets nationwide

San Francisco Market expected to launch 4G Service on Dec. 28


OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), - Sprint (NYSE:S) today officially unleashed the power of 4G – enabling fast mobile downloads, wireless video chat and turbo-charged mobile Web browsing up to 10 times faster than 3G service1 – in Los Angeles, Miami, Washington D.C., Cleveland, Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio. Customers in these metropolitan areas can now take full advantage of the Sprint 4G network using a wide range of 4G-capable devices. With the addition of these six markets, Sprint 4G is now available in 68 markets2 across the country, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and New York City. Additionally, the wireless carrier announced that it expects to launch the San Francisco market – home to Silicon Valley and thousands of tech enthusiasts – on Dec. 28.

How will 4G benefit Sprint customers in these areas? With the Overdrive™ 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot by Sierra Wireless, a visitor to Washington, D.C., (including Northern Virginia and parts of Maryland) can connect to the Internet with a laptop or any Wi-Fi enabled device to check the news at speeds that are up to 10 times faster than 3G. A hungry tourist in Miami, Fort Lauderdale or Palm Beach can search for the best food truck in their vicinity using one of the food-truck applications in the Android™ Market on Samsung Epic™ 4G. If sports fans in Cleveland, Cincinnati or Columbus are looking for up-to-date scores, no problem – it’s easy and quick to find on HTC EVO™ 4G. And, surfers in Los Angeles can forgo the waves and surf the Internet on-the-go using the first 3G/4G-embedded netbook and notebook from Sprint – the Dell™ Inspiron™ Mini 10 (1012) netbook and Dell™ Inspiron™ 11z notebook.

“We have witnessed a great demand from our customers for 4G speeds, power and capabilities in these cities already and today they officially have it,” said Matt Carter, president-Sprint 4G. “We are proud to deliver on our commitment to serve our customers and deliver 4G to more major metropolitan areas in 2010.”

Sprint first launched 4G in Baltimore in September 2008 and since then has delivered a comprehensive consumer, business and public sector strategy and a robust portfolio of devices, consisting of phones, USB aircards, notebook/netbook products, mobile hotspots and routers, that are being used by satisfied consumers and businesses.

To get an insider’s view about how Sprint is making sure that 4G is ready for its customers, visit the YouTube Web video series “Wiring Up 4G.” Videos are available for Los Angeles and New York City.

Sprint is delivering the power of 4G as the majority shareholder of Clearwire, the independent company that is building the WiMAX network. For more information, visit www.sprint.com/4G.

About Sprint Nextel

Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 48.8 million customers at the end of the third quarter of 2010 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, Common Cents Mobile and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 6 in its 2010 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com
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Wednesday, 01 December 2010
  •    Durable, high-quality laptop gives small businesses style and substance
  •    One of the thinnest and lightest ultraportable 13-inch laptops available
  •    The first ultra-thin laptop to offer Hyperbaric Cooling, an Intel® Advanced Cooling Technology

Dell today unveiled the Vostro V130, the latest and most stunning addition to its award-winning Vostro laptop line.

Designed with the needs and wants of on-the-go entrepreneurs in mind, the Vostro V130 combines head-turning style with best-of-breed durability and security. The Vostro V130 is one of the thinnest [as thin as 0.65” (front) to 0.78” (rear)] and lightest (starting at 3.5 pounds1) ultraportable 13-inch laptops available and includes color options Lucerne Red and Aberdeen Silver. Constructed from sturdy aluminum and reinforced with zinc hinges and a magnesium alloy palm rest, it is also durable and able to survive everyday bumps and thumps. In addition, the V130 is the first ultra-thin laptop to offer Hyperbaric Cooling, an Intel® Advanced Cooling Technology, to help it stay quiet and cool.

To increase productivity, the laptop can run Windows® 7 effortlessly while performing everyday tasks quickly thanks to the new Intel Core ULV processor, full-sized keyboard and 13.3-inch High Definition WLED display.

In addition, the new laptop provides business-class security and superior service and support when and where it’s needed, giving customers the power to do more while carrying less. With the Vostro V130, customers can choose their own level of 24/7 coverage with optional Dell ProSupport™ services and Accidental Damage Service2, as well as get help when they need it with DellConnect™3 which allows tech-support agents to troubleshoot and help repair system issues remotely. The laptop also comes equipped with the latest Trend Micro Worry-Free Business Security Services to protect your system and servers from viruses and virtual threats, as well as CompuTrace4 anti-theft.

“Small and mid-sized firms are re-examining their IT needs and are ready to implement technology that gives them comprehensive access to all the capabilities they need, even while on the road,” said Ray Boggs, vice president of small and medium business research at IDC. “Notebook PCs are on SMB shopping lists in a big way as firms shift from desktops and implement product refreshes that have long been delayed. Dell continues to keep SMB needs in focus with effective design, connectivity options and more processing muscle.”

Vostro V130: The Perfect On-the-Go Ultraportable for Small Business

The Vostro V130 is the perfect follow up to the popular V13 and includes new connectivity features based directly on customer feedback including the addition of an HDMI port for easy connection to High Definition TV, the ability to back up seamlessly or quickly connect devices and peripherals using the two USB 2.0 ports, shared USB/eSATA port and VGA.

Small businesses can work virtually anytime anywhere wirelessly with 802.11n wireless technology, optional WiMAX technology(U.S. only)5 and Bluetooth 3.0 for easy wireless connection to devices and peripherals such as keyboards, mice and headsets within a short distance. The new SIM card slot and upgraded built-in webcam complete the package, helping you stay connected to your business.

“With the V130, we are adding the functionality customers asked for without sacrificing the beautiful design they fell in love with in the V13,” said Sam Burd, vice president, Consumer, Small and Medium Business Product Group, Dell. “Starting today, I predict the V130 will fast become the must-have travel companion for today’s mobile professional.”

Pricing and Availability

The Vostro V130 is available today worldwide, starting at $429.

About Dell

Dell Inc. (NASDAQ: DELL) listens to customers and delivers innovative technology and services they need and value. Dell printers are available direct from Dell and from Dell’s more than 50,000 partners worldwide. For more information, visit www.dell.com.

Dell and Vostro are trademarks of Dell Inc.with optional Dell ProSupport™ services and
Dell disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others.

1 System Weight: Starting weight with a 6-cell battery. Weights vary with configuration and manufacturing variability.

2 Accidental Damage Service excludes theft, loss, and damage due to fire, flood or other acts of nature, or intentional damage. Customer may be required to return unit to Dell. For complete details, visit www.dell.com/servicecontracts.

3 DellConnect not used for all incidents. Broadband connection required. Go online for details at www.dell.com/dellconnect.

4 Not a Dell offer. Certain conditions apply. For full details, see terms and conditions at www.lojackforlaptops.com.

5 WiMAX: Not available in all cities. Check with WiMAX providers in your area for coverage and terms of service. Dell does not sell or provide WiMAX.
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Wednesday, 01 December 2010
This White Paper describes the importance of network management in reducing costs, increasing value in digital signage systems. The reliability, efficiency and value of any digital signage network is significantly enhanced by the selection of a robust, fully-featured network management system.  Such a system allows the optimization of operations by providing remote monitoring, control and maintenance of all elements - such as devices and media streams -within the network.

Remote monitoring gives improved visibility of system operations, allowing on-site support to be streamlined while gathering the performance statistics that are the basis of network optimization.  Advanced remote control capabilities enable this optimization as well as allowing early intervention to resolve operational issues. 

With over a decade of experience in developing remote management solutions for the IT industry, and being a pioneer in the Digital Signage industry, Minicom Digital Signage has gathered extensive knowledge and competences in this area, and is recognized as one of today's leader in the application of these solutions to the DS industry.

The white paper can be downloaded here: www.minicomdigitalsignage.com/requestdsnetworkmanagement.cfm
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Wednesday, 01 December 2010
Columbia, MD, – Arbitron, Inc. (NYSE: ARB) announced today that it is making its 2010 Client Conference and Urban PD Clinic available online to all clients.  While demand for Arbitron’s Client Conference and Urban PD Clinic has been high, we understand that it’s difficult to travel in December so we’re offering portions of the client conference online.  Registration for the virtual conference is only $49.00 and enables our clients to view and participate in the Urban PD Clinic on December 7, and the Arbitron Client Conference on Wednesday, December 8, as well as several online-only sessions focused on diary markets.

The virtual conference will be archived for 90 days so those clients that are able to join us in Baltimore, MD for all 3 days will also be able to access the archived conference, including the online-only sessions devoted to diary markets, at no additional cost.  To register, visit www.arbitronclientconference.com.

Some agenda highlights include:

  •  Urban PD Clinic on December 7: these are great sessions whether or not you are an Urban programmer. Deon Levingston, VP/GM of Inner City’s WBLS & WLIB New York, will serve as your host.
  • America’s No. 1 Morning Sports Show: Football legend Boomer Esiason and co-host Craig Carton of WFAN New York will share how their morning program climbed to successful ratings.
  • Goin’ Mobile: Special Edition: Check out the Arbitron-Jacobs Media study that documents the relationship of real 18-to-49-year-old consumers and their smartphones. This edition will feature previously unseen videos which highlight consumer response to the PPM.
  • Insights from industry experts including Jon Coleman on Debunking the Myths of PPM, Larry Rosin and the American Youth Study 2010, Deb Esayian from Emmis Interactive on Radio IS Digital, Social media and Radio and much more.

Plus, attendees to the virtual conference can participate in diary oriented online sessions including:

  •  A Ratings Analysis of Diary Markets. What we know about the performance of America’s top formats in diary markets vs. PPM markets.
  • What Cuts Through in Ratings. This Diary-based presentation will help programmers focus on the elements most critical for rating's success.
  • Studying Success in Diary Markets. In markets 50+, what characteristics, such as Cume or TSL, are shared among the leading stations?

About Arbitron

Arbitron Inc. (NYSE: ARB) is a media and marketing research firm serving the media – radio, television, cable and out-of-home – as well as advertisers and advertising agencies. Arbitron's core businesses are measuring network and local market radio audiences across the United States; surveying the retail, media and product patterns of local market consumers; and providing application software used for analyzing media audience and marketing information data. The company has developed the Portable People Meter and PPM 360TM, new technologies for media and marketing research.

Portable People Meter™, PPM™ and PPM 360™ are marks of Arbitron Inc.
Media Rating Council® and the "double checkmark" logo design are registered marks of the Media Rating Council.
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Wednesday, 01 December 2010
Technology enables mobile interactivity for retailers
 
EnQii, a leading global digital signage company, showcased the integration of Quick Response Codes with Digital Signage at the CETW show in New York. QR codes are scannable 2–D bar codes containing data. A shopper can photograph the code using a smartphone application and receive venue, product and user specific offers and product information linked to the content displayed on the digital sign.

“Retailers are continuing to innovate to ensure that customers get the most relevant information at the point of purchase.” said Max Stevens-Guille, EnQii’s Chief Technology Officer. “QR codes linked to digital signage allows retailers to close the promotional loop in–store and give their customers relevant offers at the point of purchase. EnGage’s QR codes embed the store’s id into the code so that we can keep track of where people are viewing the ads across a chain as well as seeing what they are viewing.”

The QR codes are integrated with EnQii’s EnGage platform. In the future as EnGage links with ePOS and inventory data it will allow for items that are in stock and perhaps over stocked to be promoted via QR codes and can also be linked to loyalty programs as well as influencing playlist content based on individual or group profiles.

EnGage is the leading digital signage platform in the industry and EnQii has recently launched a series of applications linked into the platform to provide functionality for different market sectors. The EnGage suite of products consists of the EnGage content management and networking platform, EnGage Menu (menuboarding software), EnGage Creator (message creation software), EnGage Music (integrated in-store music software) and EnGage Content Apps (online content store).

This suite has been tailored for three key market segments – digital merchandising for retailers and financial services, campaign management for advertising networks and merchandising for food service companies.

About EnQii

EnQii is a global leader in the digital signage and out-of-home media market with offices in New York, Toronto, London, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Melbourne. As one of the world’s truly global digital out-of-home companies, EnQii currently services thousands of locations across more than 14 countries. EnQii couples a deep understanding of customer behaviour with its powerful media technologies to provide clients with fully managed solutions that enables them to advance their overall customer communication strategy for many years to come. EnQii won the DIGI Award for outstanding technology in the healthcare category for the WHEN Network. Investors in the company include Amadeus Capital Partners, Wellington Partners and Ithmaar Bank. EnQii has recently been voted as the number one global digital signage provider for the third year in a row by www.DailyDOOH.com and a Tier One player by Frost & Sullivan.


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Wednesday, 01 December 2010
SURREY, U.K., – Burger King customers across the United Kingdom can now get a taste of digital signage with their flame-broiled Whopper. SSP, operator of more than 700 food outlets, has been replacing static light-box display menus in their Burger King restaurants with digital menu boards powered by Scala.

Working closely with Signature Digital Menus Ltd. (SDM), a company dedicated to bringing digital signage to quick-service restaurants, SSP has been introducing digital menu boards to its Burger King outlets as an operational tool to help increase the value of sales, lower the ongoing costs for signage and improve the way SSP manage prices, day-parts and promotions.

“We found Signature Digital Menus to be a better solution because they offer more than just the hardware. They offer a content solution,” said Ian Hetherington, Brand Manager of SSP. “They can analyze things like demographics, day parting and site trends — all of those things that we really need in our business.”

SSP’s new digital menu board system was introduced at Burger King restaurants at Victoria Train Station in London and at Birmingham Airport. The London site has two 46-inch Samsung LCD screens, and the Birmingham site has six 32-inch Samsung LCD screens. Each screen uses an embedded PC for content playback, and they run on Scala 5 software

The digital menu board system that SDM developed uses high-definition graphics and text that specifically targets customer demographics. A team of content editors and technicians from SDM continues to create customized branded content for the digital menu boards and remotely manages the screens at all the sites.

With this Scala-based solution from SDM at the Burger King restaurants, the digital menus are able to deliver real results to the bottom line, improving sales and providing a valuable return on investment. Since installing its first menu boards in 2009, SSP has seen as much as a 63-percent sales increase for some Burger King items.

“Burger King’s new digital menu board system has set new standards for the quick service restaurant industry. This system is fully flexible, truly customer focused, reliable and scalable,” said Oscar Elizaga, Vice President of Scala, EMEA and Emerging Markets. “The synergy between Scala and Signature Digital Menus has opened new commercial doors for SSP in its communication on the restaurant floor.”

For more information about Burger King’s use of digital menu boards in the United Kingdom, read the case study at www.scala.com/news/studies/BurgerKingUK.

About SSP

SSP is the leading dedicated operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations, operating restaurants, bars, cafes, food courts, lounges and convenience stores in airports, train stations, motorway service stations, shopping malls, conference centers and other leisure locations. With a heritage stretching back over 60 years, today SSP has 30,000 employees, serving millions of customers every week. It has business at over 140 airports and over 250 rail stations, and operates more than 2,100 units in more than 30 countries around the world.
 
SSP operates an extensive portfolio of over 200 international, national, local and specialty brands. These include Upper Crust, Starbucks, Caffè Ritazza, Burger King, M&S Simply Food, Bonne Journée, Pizza Hut, Caviar House & Prunier, and leading Japanese noodle brand Ajisen Ramen as well as stunning bespoke concepts such as the Montreux Jazz Café in Geneva and Sydney and the Bambini Wine Room in Sydney. Its brand portfolio is tailored for each specific location, depending on variables such as passenger profile, consumer need states, location type, size and design. More information at www.foodtravelexperts.com.

About Signature Digital Menus Ltd.

Signature Digital Menus Ltd. is a company dedicated to the provision of digital menu boards for the Quick Service Restaurant industry and other food outlet businesses. Signature Digital Menus Ltd is the sister company of Beaver Solutions — a digital signage company which provides a range of complete turn-key solutions to government, corporate and retail clients.

One of our directors, Tony Ingles, is the former Managing Director of Dan Display, a company which specialized in modular menu systems. Through working closely with the QSR industry, Tony Ingles has gained invaluable unique experience of the operational, financial and practical requirements of a menu board system.

Signature Digital Menus Ltd. combines the experience and skills of digital signage specialists Beaver Solutions, with the knowledge and expertise of Tony Ingles. We are formally supported by Sanyo, Samsung, Philips, Scala, Vogels and Matrox, who have all come together under the Signature Digital Menus Ltd brand to offer a 'one-stop' complete digital menu board solution. More information at www.signaturedigitalmenus.com.

About Scala

Driving more than 500,000 screens worldwide, Scala is a leading global provider of digital signage and advertising management solutions. Scala is the world’s first connected signage company, offering the leading platform for content creation, management and distribution in digital signage networks and the first unified platform for advertising management of both traditional and digital signage networks. The company's digital signage customers include Rabobank, IKEA, Burger King, T-Mobile, Virgin MegaStore, Warner Brothers, The Life Channel, Rikstoto, Repsol, NorgesGruppen, Audi, ECE Flatmedia, Kaufhof (Metro Group) and thousands more. Advertising management customers include CBS Outdoor, Clear Channel Outdoor and Magic Media, among others. Scala is headquartered near Philadelphia, USA, and has subsidiaries in Canada, The Netherlands, France, Norway, Germany and Japan, as well as more than 450 partners in more than 60 countries. More information is available at www.scala.com.
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