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Friday, 28 May 2010
LAS VEGAS – For more than 20 years, JCM Global has been the leading supplier of peripheral products to the gaming industry. Today the company represents Samsung, the world leader in digital display technology, adding a new chapter in a legendary legacy. Now JCM Global has provided an extensive range of Samsung monitors to the newly expanded Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino in Coarsegold, Calif.

Chukchansi initially ordered sixteen 46” Samsung Ultra Thin (UT) series LCD monitors, and from them, the property created four separate large video walls. The result was an incredibly high-impact, hi-definition video wall. Because the monitors have an ultra-thin bezel, the entire wall appears as one unit, virtually seamless in appearance from any angle across the casino floor.

JCM Global Product Manager Jeff Gray said, “The resort is located near Yosemite National Park with stunning views of the park and surrounding Sierra foothills, and providing guests with remarkable visuals inside the resort was extremely important to Chukchansi management. JCM is proud to provide Chukchansi with the solution for this challenge.”

The Samsung UT Series boasts the world’s thinnest bezel at a combined bezel thickness of 6.7 mm, for an amazingly thin and seamless appearance. Other video walls have a combined thickness of up to four inches.

Samsung monitors are designed with user-friendly technology that enables users to upload and broadcast a wide range of content from an equally wide range of media sources, including IP, PC or USB. An optional built-in PC allows for both content creation and management. A built-in video wall processor allows for easy configuration of all monitors within the video wall.

The Chukchansi team was so pleased with the new monitors that they turned to JCM to provide in-room monitors for the beautifully appointed hotel rooms in the resort’s new tower. JCM provided Samsung Pro:Idiom 32” monitors to replace existing in-room televisions. The Samsung Pro:Idiom product is a recent addition to the extensive Samsung product line, and the Chukchansi installation is among the first in the world.

About JCM Global

JCM Global is the automated transactions solutions provider trusted by operators and manufacturers alike. Its global offices provide top-level sales, engineering and service for the world’s best systems solutions for the banking, gaming, kiosk and retail industries. JCM Global sets standards with products such as the Universal Bill Acceptor (UBA®), Intelligent Cash Box (ICB®), the Vega™ bill validator and the new iVIZION™ bill validator. For more information, visit www.jcmglobal.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 188,000 people in 185 offices across 65 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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Wednesday, 26 May 2010
Samsung and Brazilian partner Planac Informatica bring Smart-AVI Video Walls to Brazil

BRAZIL, South America -The Brazilian division of Industry trendsetter Samsung, in cooperation with Brazilian based Planac Informatica, has installed 2 video walls powered by Smart-AVI’s family of Digital Signage products. The video walls are part of Samsung’s product showroom in their Brazilian office.

The walls, 3x3 and 3x4 will each run on Smart-AVI’s Video Wall System. “We are proud to be an integral part of this project. It is a great opportunity for us to demonstrate our technology and to further our international partnerships” says Albert Cohen, President of Smart-AVI, Inc. “Samsung would not have chosen Smart-AVI were it not for the quality and reliability of our products.”

Lucio Fayh, Smart-AVI, Inc.’s Vice President in Brazil, worked closely with Planac Informatica’s Carlos Chirico, who was essential in the procurement of the video walls. Planac Informatica is a business technology consulting, solutions, services and knowledge source in the technical and administrative fields. The company works in planning, deployment and management of the most varied information technology systems. They can be found on the web at http://www.planac.com.br/

About Samsung

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 188,000 people in 185 offices across 65 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 http://www.samsung.com

About SmartAVI

SmartAVI is a privately-held, world-leading innovator in the fields of digital signage, video wall systems and a complete array of A/V extenders, switches and matrixes, based in Burbank, California. Companies that have embraced SmartAVI’s expertise include: NASA, Boeing, DreamWorks Studios, Johnson & Johnson, United States Army, Procter & Gamble Company, Adobe Systems Incorporated, Lockheed Martin, Monte Carlo Resort and Casino, and Miller Brewing Company.
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Wednesday, 26 May 2010
Topshop chooses LG digital signage solutions to showcase high-profile fashion launch in stores across London and the UK

Slough,UK -  LG, a global leader and technology innovator in electronics - is partnering with leading fashion retailer, Topshop, to supply a range of commercial display screens to support its latest high profile launch - the Kate Moss Summer '10 collection. 

Installed prominently in 17 Topshop stores across the UK - including its Oxford Circus flagship and the newly-opened, three story, 14,000 square foot Knightsbridge emporium - the 65" LG screens - from the M6503C range - were used to premier the much-anticipated short film of Kate Moss by director and producer, Nick Knight. The new film will be shown on loop in the shop fronts of all 17 participating stores to reach out and engage with customers and drive excitement around the launch.

LG's large format displays are part of Topshop's commitment to better communicate with its customers and enhance their shopping experience. The latest LG digital signage technology which aims to involve, excite, inform and increase customer numbers and drive sales - has been simultaneously installed throughout Topshop stores including Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, Nottingham, Cardiff and Dublin as well as in the large shopping centers at White City and Brent Cross.

LG's continued investment in the latest digital signage technologies is driven by the belief in its importance to the future of retail. As borne out by the ISE 2010 survey: The Future of the High Street, 81% of industry respondents believe that powerful digital display packages can improve customer service and more than 90% believe it could actually increase retail spending, which has strong implications for retailers looking for innovative but affordable routes to retail growth. 

"We are delighted to have been chosen to participate in this high profile launch by such an iconic retailer as Topshop and also one that is known for both its high street heritage and its constant innovation in the latest retail trends," says Barrie Guy of LG Business Solutions.  

"Topshop's decision to use the latest LG display technology to showcase its 2010 launch and drive sales is yet another example of the strong support for digital signage that we are seeing in the retail sector," he adds.

Kyra Oates, Promotions & Events Manager, Topshop said: "Partnering with LG to incorporate these large screen displays into our launch has provided a great platform to showcase  the Kate Moss Topshop Spring Summer 2010 film  and heighten the environment in our new Knightsbridge store ."

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Wednesday, 26 May 2010
Richfield OH. - Vivid Digital Concepts (VDC), the premier franchisor in the digital sign industry, is pleased to announce the continued expansion of its Private Advertising Networks.

Vivid Digital Concepts began franchising in November 2009. VDC franchisees are awarded the right to develop digital advertising networks in an exclusive geographic territory. The advertising network is deployed via flat screens sized up to 42’’ that are located in highly-visible, high-traffic local businesses. The network of screens provides local, relevant content to area residents and an opportunity for advertisers to reach a targeted audience at very reasonable cost-per-viewer. Advertisers on the Vivid Ad Network are able to gain tremendous exposure through 10-15 second full motion ads that are displayed up to 250 times per day on network screens. The ads themselves are essentially mini-TV commercials designed to showcase a business and engage viewers.

Besides the full-motion advertisements, the screens also display local weather, news and community information. “The screens really become a touch-point of information and entertainment for the local community,” says Deborah Naegle, President of Vivid Digital Concepts; she continues: “it isn’t just about the advertising, rather the ads are there to help drive the local economy and attract new customers.”

Along with a corporate-owned and operated network in Northeast Ohio, in the past year, franchises have opened in the following locations:

•    Orlando, FL
•    Charlotte, NC
•    Detroit, MI
•    Pittsburgh, PA
•    Denver, CO
•    Dallas, TX (2 locations)
•    Beaverton, OR
•    West Cleveland, OH

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 thousands of network viewers per month in 10 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.

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Tuesday, 25 May 2010
SAN JOSE, Calif., - AOpen, the world-leading small-form-factor (SFF) computer system manufacturer and digital signage solution provider announced today their upcoming partnership webinar with X2O Media, a full-service provider of software, network management, and content services for professional digital signage applications, to be held Wednesday, June 2, 2010 at 11AM PST/2PM EST.

This joint webinar will focus on the partnership between AOpen and X2O Media, with emphasis on X2O Media’s Xpresenter™ Xe digital signage solution and AOpen’s platforms including the Digital Engine® and XC mini series.  Moreover, you will learn that when it comes to digital signage, one size does not fit all.  Join the webinar and see how X2O Media and AOpen’s solutions are tailor made to provide customers with more choice.  

Join Kevin Cosbey, Business Development Manager, for this informative webinar discussing AOpen’s product solutions featuring X2O Media’s digital signage solution.  Through these webinar opportunities, you will gain further insight to enhance your relationships with AOpen’s partners that will provide you with solution-based information helping you go to market with AOpen’s products. 

Register today at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/616976937 to join this webinar

Join us for this LIVE Event on: Wednesday, June 2, 2010 / 11:00 AM PST / 2:00 PM EST

About AOpen

As the pioneers of ultra small form factor (uSFF) components and customizable platforms, AOpen America, Inc. (http://usa.aopen.com) remains in the wheelhouse with its strategic alliances, setting the standard for vertical market solutions via Mini-ITX platforms that provide open architecture versatility, next-generation technology and unmatched value through huge energy cost savings and readiness compliance with ENERGY STAR and EPEAT. AOpen drives Innovation Economy Technology™ (I-ET) in socially responsible, green IT solutions for offices, homes and mission-critical applications.

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Tuesday, 25 May 2010
X2O's Digital Signage Platform Used in a Wide Variety of Ways to Enhance the Visitor Experience and to Improve Communications

MONTREAL — X2O Media, a full-service provider of software, network management, and content services for professional digital signage applications, today announced that its Xpresenter™ digital signage platform is being utilized by Inspiration Ministries in "The City of Light," a global mission outreach and media training center located on 93 acres in Lancaster County, South Carolina. Inspiration Ministries is using its digital signage network in a wide variety of ways, from improving internal communications and administrative efficiency, to providing visitors with detailed information on the organization.

The City of Light is a multi-year $150 million project that replaces several of Inspiration Ministries' separate facilities scattered across Charlotte. To better communicate with staff and campus guests, Inspiration Ministries required a state-of-the-art digital signage network that could support a wide variety of applications, including interactive displays, while being easy for multiple users to update. To meet these needs, the organization chose X2O Media's Xpresenter digital signage platform.

"Implementing this emerging technology on such a broad scale in a matter of a few months was very challenging," recalled Cecil Elmore, CIO of Inspiration Ministries. "X2O Media proved to be an exceptional partner. Their contributions were central to the overall communications and messaging plans of Inspiration Ministries. David Wilkins and his team went above and beyond the call of duty, and we highly recommend them."

"We've embraced technology to better spread our message," said Julie Bridges, Senior Project Manager for Inspiration Ministries. "Utilizing digital signage has proven to be invaluable in achieving our goals. Xpresenter has allowed us to do a number of exciting things that increase efficiency and better communicate with visitors. In addition, X2O worked closely with our graphics team to create a consistent look and feel for each screen, and developed multiple Web control screens to manage more efficiently the workflow of different applications, such as our Call Center and bookstore."

To increase efficiency in the WorldReach Ministry Headquarters, Xpresenter links with Microsoft® Outlook® allowing meeting room updates to be automatically displayed, while screens in the prayer room and call center allow employees to see and track prayer times and what prayer requests are coming in. Xpresenter provides Inspiration Ministries with a simple and convenient way to communicate with employees and display employee news such as new hires and promotions. It also provides a way to send alerts in the event of an emergency on campus.

In the International Welcome and Prayer Center, a donor display scrolls the names of those who have contributed to The City of Light project. Interactive touch-screens in the Center are used to disseminate detailed information about Inspiration Ministries to visitors featuring rich content such as footage from Inspiration Ministries' newly launched television network, Halogen. For The City of Light's bookstore, displays provide information on products for sale, while in the café menu screens show prices for coffee and food, in addition to specials and promotional items.

"We are proud to have our Xpresenter utilized at The City of Light, a project that truly demonstrates what can be accomplished with advanced digital signage solutions," stated David Wilkins, X2O Media's President and CEO. "From third-party software integration, to streamlined content creation and updating, to adapting the workflow for each different application to handle a wide variety of video formats and other content, Xpresenter has everything needed to enhance the worship environment."

X2O's Xpresenter is an end-to-end platform designed to make creating, managing, and distributing broadcast-quality digital signage content on networks of all sizes available to all. With the latest release of the platform, version 3.0, X2O has bolstered Xpresenter Template Maker, the only patented application running inside Microsoft® PowerPoint®, with integrated content management and an extensive "smart" object library for the quick and simple creation of content featuring videos, images, PowerPoint slides, RSS feeds, live information sources, and much more.

About Inspiration Ministries


Inspiration Ministries is the parent company to The Inspiration Networks, which are available in more than a billion homes worldwide through its various distribution platforms, including its Internet broadband site (www.inspiration.net) and three satellite and cable TV networks: INSP - The Inspiration Network; Inspirational Life Television (i-Lifetv); and Inspiration Network International (INI). The Inspiration Networks also operate "Inspiration Video On Demand," the first inspirational platform for cable television video on demand (VoD) delivery; and "Inspiration Global," providing broadband video content in the four major trade languages — French, Italian, German, and Spanish. Please visit www.inspirationtoday.com for more information.

About X2O Media

X2O Media is a full-service provider of software, network management services, and content services for professional digital signage and corporate communications applications. The company offers a wide variety of software solutions for digital signage and interactive networks of all sizes. X2O's award-winning Xpresenter™ provides an end-to-end platform for the creation, management, and distribution of content at broadcast quality, and at a fraction of the time of other solutions. In addition to technology, X2O offers content design, acquisition, management, distribution, and monitoring services for digital signage networks. More information about X2O Media is available at www.x2omedia.com.

All trademarks and registered trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

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Monday, 24 May 2010
TAIPEI, TAIWAN, - CAYIN digital signage system will empower over 50 screens all around three main exhibition halls at COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2010 from June 1st to 5th. Full lineups of digital signage products, as well as diversified applications, demonstrate the high integration compatibility of CAYIN digital signage solutions. Two new applications with mobile technologies and barcode scanners will be revealed during the exhibition at Hall 3, Booth G555.  

COMPUTEX TAIPEI, celebrating its 30th anniversary, is one of the most influential IT exhibitions in the world. During the 5-day exhibition this year, over 50 screens in three exhibition halls will be powered by CAYlN digital signage system to inform visitors of the most up-to-date information and activities.

Nangang Exhibition Hall, Taiwan's largest modern trade-show venue, has comprehensively adopted CAYIN’s digital signage system to manage displays located at the most strategic spots. In addition, as a trustworthy partner of the exhibition organizer, CAYIN continues sponsoring COMPUTEX digital signage three years in a row.

“Showering visitors with the charm of digital signage applied in an exhibition is only one part of CAYIN’s demonstration at COMPUTEX,” said Ravel Chi, Vice President of CAYIN Technology. “CAYIN will also make the worldwide debut of two advanced digital signage integrations at the CAYIN’s booth.”

To perfectly fit diversified requirements from different applications, integration capability becomes the real advantage of optimizing digital signage system. Two new applications include:

  • Digital Signage and Mobile Solution: Visitors can learn how iPhone, Google Maps and 3G technology are integrated with CAYIN digital signage system.
  • Digital Signage and Barcode Scanner: CAYIN creates a scenario to present how retailers can utilize a barcode scanner with digital signage to boost sales.
More useful applications, along with complete lineup of digital signage products, will be showcased at COMPUTEX.

  • Digital Signage and Web Server & Database: CAYIN xPost outlines the wide possibilities of integrating digital signage system with web servers and databases for different vertical markets and applications.
  • Digital Signage and Touch Screen: Visitors will learn how CAYIN SMP-WEB series players empower interactive digital signage as an information stand.
  • Web-based and Zone-type Digital Signage Players: CAYIN will showcase new networked digital signage players, including SMP-PRO4, SMP-WEB4, and SMP-WEBDUO. Visitors can choose a suitable player based on their requirements, such as Full HD video, streaming video, RSS feed, multiple screens support, etc.
  • Powerful Management Server and Software: CAYIN CMS servers, together with SuperMonitor 3 and SuperReporter 2, enable administrators to centrally update content, schedule playlist, broadcast streaming video, monitor functioning status, and create billing reports.
CAYIN Technology not only demonstrates the latest digital signage applications at its booth, but also teams up with DS SIG, AOpen, Qisda, and Modernsolid to sponsor COMPUTEX digital signage at seven main entrances. You are more than welcomed to visit CAYIN at Hall 3, G555 to experience the emerging technology.
 
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Monday, 24 May 2010
Eden Prairie, Minnesota - Dedicated to carrying on Dave Thomas’ vision of exceeding customer expectations, the Thomas family has deployed a WAND Digital Restaurant in several of their Thomas 5 Ltd. restaurant locations in Ohio. Included in the comprehensive deployment is WAND Digital Menu and Point Of Purchase (POP) Boards featuring LG Electronic screens, as well as WAND Point Of Sale (POS) hardware and software. The Wendy’s franchise looks to captivate customers with the sophistication and attractive design of these significant upgrades. Anticipating a positive response from customers, the WAND solution is expected to increase restaurant profits and improve satisfaction.

“WAND has continually provided us with exceptional solutions that are tailored to our brand and help improve our customer’s restaurant experience“, said Wendy Thomas, Partner of Thomas 5 Ltd. Inside a Wendy’s Digital Restaurant the Digital Menu Boards (DMB) engage customers with high-definition video and images, providing easy access to featured menu items. During the order taking process customers can order casually without interruption by use of Conversational Ordering, thus enhancing the customer’s overall satisfaction. Conversational Ordering allows the order to be changed at any point in the transaction increasing speed of service and order accuracy.

“We experienced our best hour ever after upgrading to WAND POS and now with WAND Digital Menu Boards we’ve pushed our margins up 7.5% which is estimated to be worth over 50 thousand a year. With these funds we will be able to keep investing in the latest technology for all our restaurants to keep our customers coming back for more!” said Thomas.

The Wendy’s Digital Restaurant locations feature a fresh, new style that has franchisees especially excited. One of the newly digital Thomas 5 Ltd. locations is Ohio State University (OSU) Hospital. The OSU Wendy’s location is equipped with ten 47-inch LG LCD Digital Menus. The restaurant has a unique design with two ordering lines and two separate menus coming from either end of the restaurant to meet in the middle at the counter. Five Digital Menu Boards are mounted on each side of the counter, drawing in customer attention from all angles. The Thomas 5 Ltd. franchise has been involved in extensive testing of WAND Digital Menu Boards for the Wendy’s brand and has been an innovative franchise throughout its ten year partnership with WAND.

About Thomas Five Limited

Thomas Five Ltd. is a Wendy’s franchise owned by Dave Thomas’ five children, including his daughter Wendy Thomas the brand’s namesake. Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, the franchise is committed to carrying on Dave’s legacy through business traditions and volunteer work, and operates 33 Wendy’s restaurants. Thomas Five Ltd. is a strong advocate of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, a foundation dedicated to dramatically increasing the adoptions of more than 150,000 children waiting in North America’s foster care systems. The franchise is at the forefront in promoting the latest Wendy’s products, always consistent with Dave’s vision of delivering quality fresh food and enhancing the customer’s experience.

About LG Electronics

LG (Life’s Good) Electronics was established in 1958 and is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea. One of the world’s three largest manufacturers of LCD displays, LG produces a wide range of products, including wide-screen models, micro display panel televisions, and OLED panels. In addition to LCD and plasma screen technology, LG Electronics is also a strategic player in everything from solar cell technology to state-of-the-art computer hardware. For more information please visit www.lge.com.

About WAND Corporation

WAND Corporation is the world leader in POS software for Quick Service Restaurants, and a leading innovator in Digital Menu Boards. Much more than digital signage, Digital Menu Board technology shows the customer what they want, when they want it. Thousands of QSR locations benefit by working with WAND Corporation, including Arby’s, A&W, Burger King, Checkers/Rally’s, Church’s Chicken, and Wendy’s. With over 150 employees and more than 23 years of experience in a rapidly changing industry, WAND Corporation is a nimble, thriving QSR innovator, having never lost the spirit that was the inspiration for its birth in 1987. More information is available at www.wandcorp.com.
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Friday, 21 May 2010
Almo Becomes first distribution partner; deal launches new routes with subscription-free digital signage products from AMX

RICHARDSON, TX - AMX, the leading provider of solutions that simplify the implementation, maintenance, and use of technology to create effective environments, today announced plans to expand distribution through an agreement with Almo Professional A/V, a leading U.S. distributor of consumer and professional audio visual products. Under the terms of the agreement, Almo Professional A/V now offers the AMX subscription-free Inspired XPress digital signage hardware/software line.
 
"This agreement is a major milestone for Almo and the professional A/V industry," said Sam Taylor, executive vice president and COO for Almo Professional A/V. "As the first distributor of AMX signage products - one of the highest-regarded A/V brands - Almo is giving its partners access to a turn-key digital signage package so they can offer their customers an easy-to-use yet customizable signage solution. We're augmenting this package by working with AMX to offer dedicated programs and trainings that help our partners make the most out of every digital signage sale."

"Almo Professional A/V has an excellent reputation with its channel partners and have built a highly skilled sales team that is InfoComm-trained and DSCE-certified," said AMX Vice President of Business Development Sean McNeill. "Almo is the ideal distributor to help AMX reach a new segment of the AV market."

The cost-effective Inspired XPress is based on a new type of player that provides a powerful, turn-key digital signage solution with customization capabilities. It's simple, all-in-one software tool allows users to quickly and easily create templates and content, and then publish that content to tiny players that can easily be mounted behind a display. Based on a Scalable Vector Graphics platform, it can blend streaming video, encoded video or images and audio file formats with other dynamic information such as RSS or XML feeds. It can play text in any direction and includes basic fonts for several languages and allows users to load customizable fonts to support corporate branding.

Almo Professional A/V will host an Almo/AMX Digital Signage Solution Provider program. Almo will also provide resellers with educational opportunities for the IS XPress solution via live webinars, on-demand classes, and live instructor-led training at its E4 AV Tour sponsored by InfoComm.

AMX is a member of the Digital Signage Association www.digitalsignageassociation.org. To learn more about AMX digital signage solutions please visit www.inspiredsignage.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

About Almo Professional A/V

Founded in 2009, Almo Professional A/V is the nation's fastest growing distributor serving the needs of professional audiovisual integrators, dealers and consultants. With a highly skilled sales team, reseller education programs, 12 distribution centers across the U.S. and product lines specifically for the Pro A/V channel, customers can expect the full distribution experience on a local and a personal level.

The entire Almo Professional A/V sales team is Infocomm-trained, and the vast majority is CTS-certified. The team is also the first to complete the Digital Signage Certified Expert program. Almo Professional A/V teams with InfoComm International to offer certified courses that enable partners to stay ahead. At the same time, the division works with industry vendors to bring live and online product training opportunities directly to channel partners.

Almo Professional A/V distributes all the leading displays and peripherals, with new manufacturers and products being added each day. Markets served include bar and restaurant, corporate, digital signage, education, government, healthcare, home theater, hospitality, house of worship, and rental & staging.

Almo Professional A/V is a division of Almo Corp., the nation's leading independent distributor of consumer electronics and major appliances. For more information about Almo Professional A/V, please call 410-560-2890 or go to www.almoproav.com. Almo Professional A/V can also be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/almoproav.

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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Thursday, 20 May 2010
Deal Offers Industry Leading Support in the UK to Enhance Product Availability, Logistics and Pre/Post Sales Support for Glasses-Free 3D Digital Signage


New York, NY - Magnetic 3D, the global leader in glasses-free 3D display and 3D digital signage solutions, today announced a new distribution agreement with CIE-Group Ltd. of Nottingham, UK. This new agreement will offer current Magnetic 3D Value Added Resellers (VARs) and new reseller prospects access to Magnetic 3D's entire line of products & services, including industry-leading combined 2D- and 3D-compatible displays, logistics support, and pre/post sales support in the emerging glasses-free 3D display market.

CIE-Group Ltd. has been in operation for more than 40 years, supplying high quality, cost effective solutions to the demanding professional installation and ProAV reseller sectors. The Company is committed to providing the industry with innovative solutions and unsurpassed pre- and post-sales support and service.

"By providing our customers with greater access to Magnetic 3D products as well as local sales and technical support, CIE will add immense value to our business," said Tom Zerega, CEO of Magnetic 3D. "This new partnership will fuel the growth of Magnetic 3D's Value Added Reseller community in the region and the adoption of Enabl3D products and services in the European market. We are very excited about the addition of CIE-Group Ltd. to our family of partners."

Magnetic 3D recently launched a new Value Added Reseller Program to inform, educate, and motivate the reseller community about Magnetic 3D products and service in this emerging auto-stereo 3D display and 3D digital signage segment. Participating VARs benefit from learning about the highly growth oriented 3D display solutions market segment, gain outstanding revenues when closing sales with existing clients or new clients from the sale of Enabl3D display solutions, and earn additional profits to benefit the operation.

"Magnetic 3D's ground breaking glasses-free 3D display technology offers the highest quality 3D viewing experience on the market today," said Steve Collins, Group Sales Director at the CIE-Group Ltd. "As a Company that is committed to providing our customers with innovative solutions, partnering with Magnetic 3D was a natural fit that allows us to offer our resellers innovative 3D display technology and 3D digital signage solutions. We are very excited to be working in the field of 3D and will educate our Value Added Resellers on this new product category with the goal of increasing the adoption of 3D throughout the UK and the region."

The new agreement between Magnetic 3D and CIE-Group Ltd. includes support for the entire Magnetic 3D product line, which consists of 3D display technology ranging in size from 22" to 57", in addition to Magnetic 3D's turnkey software solutions for 3D content production, playback and networking with the E3D Creative Suite and FuzionCast content management software.

About Magnetic 2D

Headquartered in New York City, Magnetic 3D (www.magnetic3d.com) designs and produces industry leading end-to-end auto-stereoscopic 3D display solutions, 3D digital signage media and 3D services. Magnetic 3D's Enabl3D hardware and software solution modifies flat panel displays allowing them to display HD 3D content without the need for any special eyewear. The company focuses on delivering the highest quality visual experience for retail digital signage, hospitality, cinemas, casino gaming, hotels and other public places, exceeding clients' 2D visual expectations.

About CIE-Group

CIE-Group Ltd have a 40+ year history of supplying high quality, cost effective solutions to the professional, installation & manufacturing industry, developing a comprehensive portfolio of products to meet the demands of installation audio, AV, CCTV, entertainment, technology and OEM business sectors.
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Thursday, 20 May 2010
Olathe, Kansas — Popstar Networks and Avnet Technology Solutions, the solutions distribution leader and an operating group of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), announced today that they have reached an agreement to closely collaborate to provide a complete solution for digital signage network deployments.

As part of this alliance, Avnet’s Embedded Solutions group will distribute Popstar’s Frontstage™ software solutions suite of products and services, which seamlessly delivers and manages highly engaging passive and interactive digital media content across a variety of networks in the U.S. and Canada. Popstar will recommend Avnet’s extensive display and player hardware line, along with its world-class integration, installation and maintenance support services. Both companies bring formidable expertise to consult and work closely with partners and their end customers in the design and deployment of extensive digital media networks.

“Popstar’s growing reputation and the technical sophistication of its signage deployments became apparent as we searched for the right digital signage software company to align with Avnet. The demand for interactive digital signage is growing rapidly, and Popstar understands how to deliver a unique, intuitive and powerful interactive experience utilizing a wide variety of digital media assets,” said Mike Gaeta, Vice President, Supplier Marketing, Embedded Solutions, for Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas. “Popstar’s commitment to excellence complements Avnet’s culture. They embrace and understand the importance of the content message, plus possess the knowledge and software technology platform to team effectively with Avnet to engineer and deploy the right experience for the customer.”

“Avnet is a well-respected, global solutions distribution and integration company with impressive technical and financial resources,” said Don Selmon, Popstar’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “The breadth and depth of Avnet’s digital signage product and services offerings, along with the dedicated professionalism and resources of the Avnet team, certainly have us convinced that our alliance will deliver an outstanding result and value for our clients.”

Popstar Networks, Inc., headquartered in Olathe, Kansas, is the developer of the Popstar Frontstage™ Digital Signage Platform, combining digital media technology and creative content development experience with a steadfast commitment to customer service. Popstar works with clients to develop the right digital signage strategy and solution for their “point-of-presence” (POP). Popstar’s digital media products and services, including passive, interactive, creative and mobile solutions are engaging audiences in a variety of market applications, including healthcare, QSR/Fast Casual, entertainment and retail markets across the U.S. and Canada. For more information, please visit us at www.popstarnetworks.com.
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Thursday, 20 May 2010
Fairfield, NJ -- AMCOR has recently been assessed and certified for meeting the requirements of ISO 9001:2008 for Logistics Services including inventory management, depot repair and parts distribution services. AMCOR first obtained ISO certification in 1998 and has continued to build and improve upon the system to provide the best possible quality to our customers. Tom St.John, President of AMCOR stated “Our ISO Quality Program is integrated into every aspect of our business. We have implemented systems to track and improve quality throughout every department. The end result is a better product for our customers.”

AMCOR is an ISO9001:2008 Certified Service Solutions Company that has been providing inventory management, depot repair, replacement parts and refurbishment services to maintenance organizations, OEM’s and end users worldwide since 1986. Headquartered in Fairfield, NJ, AMCOR has additional service and distribution centers in El Paso, Texas, Juarez, Mexico, and the Czech Republic to support a variety of products in the POS, general purpose computing and transportation industries. AMCOR provides component level repair, whole unit repair and refurbishment on printers, kiosks, self checkout equipment, touch screens, bill acceptors, coin dispensers, PC’s and complex keyboards
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Tuesday, 18 May 2010
Pioneers rapid market growth with ultra slim bezel, specialized LCD display products
 
SEOUL, Korea – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, is strengthening its leadership in the fast-growing Digital Information Display (DID) market with its innovative lineup of ultra-slim bezel and specialized LCD display products for applications in video walls, digital signage and outdoor advertisement.
 
Offering the most diverse lineup of DIDs on the market, Samsung achieved an industry record sales of 100,000 DID panels in April 2010, according to company sales numbers, further expanding its leadership in the market.
 
“Beyond TVs, Digital Information Displays are a major next-generation growth engine for the LCD industry with applications in digital signage and e-boards,” said Yoonho Kwon, vice president of strategic marketing at Samsung Electronics’ LCD Business. “By introducing a diverse lineup featuring specialized products, Samsung will continue to strengthen its industry leadership and maintain our market share of 50 percent of the overall DID market.”
 
Since it first introduced DID solutions in 2006, Samsung has pioneered the growth of the market and became the first company to surpass 1 million units in accumulated sales in February 2010.
 
According to market research firm DisplaySearch, the overall market for DID is forecast to expand to more than fourfold over the next six years, from 2.23 million units in 2010 to 9.09 million units in 2016.Samsung’s market share in LCD DID panels, which make up a majority of the DID market, reached 41.9 percent in 2009 with 463,000 units sold, and is forecast to expand to 48.8 percent this year, according to DisplaySearch.
 
Behind these industry milestones is Samsung’s technological leadership, diverse range of display solutions, and manufacturing excellence. Samsung has introduced a variety of specialized DID panels to meet customer needs including panels ranging from 32 inches to 82 inches, ultra-slim bezel displays and super-wide screen proportions.
 
Pioneering new opportunities for large video walls, which combine multiple DIDs, Samsung’s ultra-slim bezel panels have the world’s thinnest frame at just 7.3 mm, a quarter that of conventional products. Samsung’s 46-inch panel delivers natural picture quality even in multi-monitor mode without splitting the displays.
 
Samsung is supplying ultra slim bezel panels to more than 50 major corporate customers globally for use in video walls installed in police stations, fire stations, meteorological facilities and military command centers, as well as shopping malls as information boards and display advertisements.
 
Samsung’s technological leadership in LCD manufacturing has also allowed the mass production of 4:1 aspect ratio super-wide panels, offering an alternative to conventional proportions of 4:3 or 16:9. With a 4:1 aspect ratio, the company’s 43-inch super-wide panel offers an innovative display solution for that makes signage in subway stations, airports, shopping malls and schools, further expanding opportunities for growth in the DID market.



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 188,000 people in 185 offices across 65 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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Tuesday, 18 May 2010
DETROIT,PRNewswire -- IntelliTouch Digital Solutions (www.IntelliTouchdigital.com) announces the exclusive release of the Ripple Conversion Engine™, designed to run Flash-programmed content on Internet-enabled mobile devices in virtually any browser.

Thousands of companies currently require that mobile devices support Flash video for users to fully experience all features of their Flash-inclusive websites; however, many don't.  The Ripple Conversion Engine™ allows today's mobile internet audience the ability to bridge this major gap in website accessibility, regardless of the mobile device they use. 

The expense of redesigning websites into device-specific versions is daunting.  The introduction of the iPad, iPhone and other mobile devices that do not support Flash requires that companies rebuild Flash-inclusive websites or risk being ignored by users of those devices.  These users often represent a tech-savvy audience of proven trend-setters and early-adopters. To allow a sub-standard website to be your company's calling card to these mobile Internet surfers is marketing poison.

"The Ripple Conversion Engine™ can be used to process all Flash programming platforms," says Larry Bloom, President of IntelliTouch Digital Solutions.  "No matter the size of your company, IntelliTouch can provide the simplest and most cost effective path to delivering your Flash-inclusive website to mobile-Internet users."

"Today's most influential group of consumers includes those with the newest devices that employ the latest software," says Jeffrey Olszewski, IntelliTouch Digital Solutions V.P. of Sales and Marketing.  "The Ripple Conversion Engine™ takes all the features of your company website straight to them."   Jeffrey adds, "IntelliTouch Digital Solutions can provide all websites, even those with the most dynamic graphics, barrier-free access to this influential audience.  For many companies, the Ripple Conversion Engine™ will be the difference between reaching this audience and being left behind."

IntelliTouch Digital Solutions is scheduling viewings of the Ripple Conversion Engine™, by appointment only.  Please contact IntelliTouch directly at (866) 881-0646 to schedule an appointment.

About IntelliTouch Digital Solutions:

IntelliTouch Digital Solutions provides a comprehensive range of digital signage products and services, including: Through Window Advertising, Digital Signage and Menu Boards and Interactive and Transactional Kiosks. Our turn-key product suite is designed to promote a low total cost of ownership and rapid return on investment, whether you are operating a business on a local, regional or global scale.
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Tuesday, 18 May 2010
By Dustin Walsh 

Rochester-based Intellitouch Digital Solutions Inc. is working to bring Warren-based Art Van Furniture Inc. into the digital future.

The digital marketing company signed a contract in January to supply its touch-screen inventory software to all 32 Art Van locations by the end of this summer, pushing its revenue up to a projected $750,000 this year.

Intellitouch's software taps into Art Van's inventory system and allows users to browse Art Van's entire furniture collection while perusing in-store options. It has been testing at the West Bloomfield location since February 2008. Since then, systems have been installed at the Warren, Royal Oak and Canton stores.

“Art Van wanted to figure out how to display their entire collection in smaller clearance centers and specialty stores,” said Jeffrey Olszewski, Intellitouch's vice president of sales and marketing.

Art Van's Canton location is a Pure Sleep branded store — which only sells its mattress collection. But, with a large touch-screen computer system and Intellitouch's software, Art Van is able to virtually display its product line without sacrificing square footage.

“Now that we are shifting to smaller facilities with specialized product, they are becoming more important,” said Michael McDonald, Art Van's director of information systems. “It's a good enough representation of the product that we can actually make sales from it and the system has paid for itself several times over.”

McDonald declined to reveal furniture sales at the Pure Sleep location via the system. But Olszewski confirmed that Art Van made a single $3,000 purchase with the system at one of the test locations.

Art Van will install two to five systems in each of its 32 stores but may also place them offsite, McDonald said.

“We've been discussing placing them at major shopping centers near our locations,” McDonald said. “We think it can push some traffic from the mall to our environment.”

Intellitouch, which employs 10, is not solely hinged on Art Van, however, as the company has its system at several Domino's Pizza and California Pizza Kitchen stores.

The company also creates digital signage and is working on a deal with Magic Windows for several of its metro Detroit locations, Olszewski said.

Intellitouch also created software to project an interactive virtual spokesperson for LiPari Foods at its customer show held last Tuesday at Rock Financial Showplace in Novi. LiPari also is contracting Intellitouch to create point-of-purchase digital signage for supermarket locations, Olszewski said.

“These companies are all looking at ongoing digital enhancements to make their products more marketable,” he said. “They all want to create a unique experience for the customer.”

Tommy Woycik, president of Troy-based Nextep Systems, a provider of touch-screen kiosk systems, said the systems provide customers with a more inclusive experience.

“Anyone can go online and buy a couch (from Art Van),” he said. “The systems offer a different experience that can attract the shopper to companion sales more easily.”

Woycik said that self-service systems have progressed over the past 50 years, starting with the jukebox, the copy machine and the ATM.

Nextep employs 20 and its clients include Cottage Inn Pizza, Subway and Quiznos. Although he wouldn't give revenues, Woycik said business has increased 100 percent each year since 2007.

The self-service industry in North America grew to $4.9 billion in 2008 and is expected to grow to $9.8 billion by 2013, according to Natick, Mass.-based VDC Research.

“Travelers expect self-service kiosks everywhere they go,” he said. “It's becoming more and more prevalent in everything we do as consumers.”

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Tuesday, 18 May 2010
Company continues its complimentary Summer of Digital Signage promotion…

MENOMONIE, Wis. – StrandVision LLC today introduced an optional preconfigured, point-of-display Linux player for use with its digital signage system. The compact appliance can be mounted at or behind a flat screen digital signage display to ease deployment and administration.

“We have received many requests from our reseller/installer partners and from customers for this type of unit,” explained Mike Strand, StrandVision founder and CEO. “Now, customers have the option to buy fully-configured plug-and-play player/display appliances that make deployment a snap.”

When using the StrandVision Linux Player, users simply connect the large format display to the VGA or HDMI output on the player, connect the unit to the Internet and enter their username and password. The Linux player automatically finds and logs onto the StrandVision service in the Cloud and after initializing the system, begins the signage playback.

The StrandVision digital signage appliance is based on a compact, powerful MediaWave HD Linux personal computer unit. The unit, which measures 7-1/8” x 6-1/2” x 2-1/2”, features an Intel Pentium T4400 2.2GHz Dual-Core mobile processor, 1MB CPU, 1GB DDR2 memory, a 160GB SATA hard drive and SUSE Linux. It is covered by a manufacturer’s return-to-depot one-year parts and labor warranty.

Available immediately directly from StrandVision and through authorized resellers, the fully configured, ready-to-play unit is priced at $699.99. Behind the screen mounting hardware is priced at $69.99, with an optional wireless a/g/n card available for $79.99.
Free Microsoft-based signage still available

StrandVision customers can continue to use off-the-shelf Microsoft Windows-based personal computers for their deployments if they do not opt to purchase the Linux player. Using an existing personal computer is an especially attractive way to be introduced to StrandVision Digital Signage since the company is offering full-featured StrandVision Digital Signage subscriptions for free. This limited time offer is available to everyone who simply registers on StrandVision’s website at the Summer of Digital Signage Giveaway program page.

About StrandVision

StrandVision LLC, based in Menomonie, delivers low-cost, Web-based Software as a Service (SaaS) digital signage through a patented approach that delivers content to subscribers’ LCD and plasma displays, as well as computer screens and websites. StrandVision’s service distributes text and graphics pages, video content, and national and local weather and news. It is ideal for medical and dental offices (patient education), banks, retailers and industrial distributors (video merchandising), education (student, staff and visitor information), employee break rooms (events and benefits), non-profit and religious organizations (member and supporter communications), and other applications.

StrandVision also offers PC-2-TV.net (http://www.pc-2-tv.net), a fully digital, high-definition (HD) personal computer-to-television adapter for use with digital signage and many other applications.

StrandVision Digital Signage services and PC-2-TV.net are available directly from StrandVision and through registered affiliates and system integrators (http://www.strandvision.com/?installers). Additional information about StrandVision is available at http://www.strandvision.com.
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Friday, 14 May 2010
Tightrope Media Systems announced today that it has launched an international sales division to be headed by Steve Israelsky. He is transitioning from VP of Domestic Sales and Chief Marketing Officer to Executive Director - International Sales.

Tightrope Media Systems is a leading broadcast equipment company that provides web-centric digital signage, broadcast automation systems, broadcast video servers, and Zeplay - a four in/four out instant replay machine for arenas, stadiums and mobile production trucks.

Tightrope’s international division will primarily focus on Zeplay instant replays, and Carousel digital signage. Zeplay is a lightning fast, rock solid 4 in/4 out instant replay machine that constantly records four 100Mbps HD-SDI streams while simultaneously playing out any or all of the streams. It is designed so that a single operator can effectively manage all 4 angles and all eight streams and features a super smooth jog/shuttle controller, a built-in, multi-viewer for all eight streams, and GPI interfaces for integration into production systems.

Carousel is Tightrope’s easy to use, browser based, digital signage system. It is deployed at over a thousand organizations throughout the United States, with many customers in the K-12, higher education, municipal, hospital, and corporate markets. Users can use existing flash, video and graphics or enter messages directly with Carousel’s template driven system.  Carousel also pulls in weather reports, RSS feeds, traffic cams, video feeds and more.

According to Tightrope CEO Eric Henry, “At NAB this year it became very apparent that with the launch of Zeplay and the interest that Zeplay and Carousel received from the International attendees, the time was right to take our International sales efforts beyond the exploratory stage and into a full scale sales effort.  Steve did such an outstanding job building our U.S. sales and marketing organization that we felt he was a perfect fit to take Zeplay and Carousel into the international arena.”  “I am very excited about taking Zeplay and Carousel internationally”, stated Mr. Israelsky. “Based on the level of interest in our product line from international attendees at NAB, I am extremely optimistic about our international prospects”. 

About Tightrope Media Systems

Founded in 1997, Tightrope Media Systems is the pioneer of web-centric digital signage and broadcast automation systems. It provides station automation, video servers, internet video on demand, live streaming, and the Carousel Digital Signage system. Tightrope's award winning systems are used across North America in government, hospitals, universities, high schools and local television stations. You can reach Tightrope Media Systems at (866) 866-4118 or visit them on the web at http://www.trms.com.
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Friday, 14 May 2010
Booth C6084, InfoComm10, June 9 – 11, Las Vegas, Nevada

GDS Displays has added a 38 in. stretched version to its MIDAS range of outdoor LCD products. Designed to provide a fully integrated, digital signage solution in applications including transportation, public information and leisure, the 38 in. stretched MIDAS display is readable in direct sunlight and is suitable for continuous use in challenging environments.
 
The new LCD display gives highly contrasted content as well as excellent image quality. The company’s advanced 1000 cd/sqm LED backlighting technology enhances readability and offers excellent uniformity of light whilst consuming less power and offering longer life than commonly used conventional CCFL lamps. An ambient light sensor continually samples the light and adjusts screen brightness levels to ensure comfortable viewing at all times. By optically bonding vandal proof glass directly to the LCD, GDS has alleviated back-of-glass reflection and condensation issues whilst giving the display excellent protection.
 
38 in. stretched MIDAS displays are housed in rugged IP65 rated enclosures that provide both physical protection and resistance to moisture and dust ingress. The new displays are fully thermally managed with the correct internal operating temperature maintained automatically (heating and cooling). This means no additional enclosures or ancillary cooling systems are required.
 
A range of built-in sensors support an on-board diagnostics system that monitors the ‘health’ of the display. Gathered diagnostic data can then be reported back through the system. When maintenance is required an extendable front frame allows quick-and-easy access to minimise downtime.
 
The 38 in. stretched MIDAS outdoor LCD display has an operating temperature range of -20 °C to +40 °C. Overall dimensions (WxHxD) are 1050 mm x 396 mm x 200 mm.
 
About GDS Displays

For over 30 years, GDS Displays has provided customised display products, solutions and services to a wide range of clients across diverse markets. We are proud to have pioneered solutions and technologies such as sunlight readable displays, piezo inverters, large screen optical bonding and thermal management systems for outdoor applications. Today we continue at the forefront of the displays industry, continuously improving and investing in new solutions and applications such as high brightness LED backlighting to maintain our best in class position.
 
GDS Displays is one of five divisions that make up GDS. Operating across five continents, the group includes Electronic Manufacturing Services, Energy, LED Street Lighting and Printers and Kiosks. Manufacturing facilities that include prototyping capabilities are located in Rockford IL, USA to provide local resource and the best possible support for customer applications. The company has an integrated industrial platform that allows the individual divisions to benefit from the collective resources of the Group.
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Thursday, 13 May 2010
National Datacast offers media transcoding and reformatting service for digital signage and place-based media

Arlington, VA – National Datacast, Inc., a commercial subsidiary of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), today announced its “MediaWrap” Service for transcoding and reformatting of media files used in digital signage and digital place-based media networks. The service enables the re-application of media files on individual or multiple networks while simplifying advertising campaign placement.

The “MediaWrap” Service is available to advertisers, agencies and network operators to reduce the cost and complexity of media recomposition for advertising campaigns. The broad range of media file reformatting and transcoding capabilities available through National Datacast allows “one stop shopping.” The high definition and production grade quality of reformatting equipment allows media files to be transferred to new formats quickly and with minimal erosion, if any, of definition, resolution and color correctness. The result is a better quality of media file for place-based network and display presentation.   
 
The wide range of media formats and resolutions used in digital signage networks can add to the cost and complexity of ad placement. The National Datacast approach enables digital signage advertising commerce to be achieved efficiently and cost-effectively.

National Datacast, a nationwide content delivery network, is teaming with the PBS Media Operations Center (MOC) to offer the “MediaWrap” Service by combining National Datacast’s cost-effective digital signage content management and delivery capabilities with the MOC’s vast professional broadcast industry experience in transcoding and reformatting for multiple media platforms. 
 
The “MediaWrap” Service uses the MOC state-of-the-art technical facilities and experienced staff that currently provide similar services for various PBS video requirements.  The “MediaWrap” Service initially consists of ingest, media processing and transcoding along with file transfer to the customer. Soon the “MediaWrap” Service also will offer other MOC media file capabilities, expected to be of value to the digital signage industry, including  workflow management, multiplatform transcoding, storage management, metadata indexing, and file-based ingestion into a scalable, extensible, grid based, fully redundant transcoding solution that manages the media transformation life cycle for projects of any size.
About National Datacast, Inc.

National Datacast has been at the forefront of datacasting technology since 1988, when the company was formed as a for-profit subsidiary of the Public Broadcasting Service. National Datacast continues to be the leader in nationwide data broadcasting, providing customized solutions for managing and delivering entertainment, information, and other digital content to consumers at home and on the go, businesses and government across the U.S.  National Datacast's network integrates the broadcast facilities and capacity of PBS member television stations with options for wired or wireless broadband as a return channel enabling clients to reach their customers locally, regionally and/or nationally, in real time or on a scheduled basis.  See www.NationalDatacast.com.
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Wednesday, 12 May 2010
OEM partnership provides iSIGN Media with new growth channel in digital signage marketplace

Toronto, Ontario – AOpen America Inc. (“AOpen”), the world’s leading ultra small-form-factor computer system manufacturer and digital signage solution provider has entered into an OEM licensing agreement with iSIGN Media Solutions Inc. (“iSIGN”) to embed iSIGN’s patent-pending Bluetooth®  interactive software technology into AOpen’s digital media players.  The move has led to the creation of the world’s first multi-function media player, capable of providing content management, Bluetooth® message broadcasting and data logging of consumer responses into a single unit. Fundamentally, consumers are able to interact with iSIGN-enhanced digital signs by using their mobile handsets. The new multi-function models will provide the digital signage industry with both cost savings, added smarts and convenience never before available.  

“We are pleased to be working with iSIGN Media to introduce a world’s first in digital signage technology,” said Dale Tsai, President of AOpen America. “iSIGN Media provides us with much needed business intelligence functionality to help our customers achieve new cost benefits while taking advantage of the latest in digital signage innovation.” The exclusive agreement will enable AOpen to develop additional multifunction media players and digital engines available to all markets worldwide including retail, municipal and public applications.

AOpen will be promoting the new exclusive MP45DU, DE45HG and DE7000 models to existing and new customers to enable each to now collect consumer responses from mobile devices with a choice of three data logging dashboards. Existing AOpen units currently in use will also be able to be enhanced with an iSIGN licensed online solution to provide business intelligence for a low monthly fee with full support from both companies.

Both firms will launch the new units in North and South America and expect to realize increased unit sales and up to 30% penetration in the current sales of 30,000 units per month sold worldwide by AOpen. Selected AOpen distributors have been made aware of the new multi-function media players and their response has been extremely positive and enthusiastic. 
 
The companies are planning an industry-wide push to introduce the multi-function media players to targeted customers in the following four channels: general retail; food and drug; fast food and cinema; and, convenience stores. Launch promotions have been confirmed at various up-coming trade events.

“The signing of this OEM agreement is a major step forward for iSIGN and is the first of many anticipated licensing agreements,” says Alex Romanov, Chief Executive Officer at iSIGN Media.  “We are looking forward to working closely with AOpen and to help them grow their leadership position in the digital media marketplace.”


About AOpen

As the pioneers of ultra small form factor (uSFF) components and customizable platforms, AOpen America, Inc. (http://usa.aopen.com) remains in the wheelhouse with its strategic alliances, setting the standard for vertical market solutions via Mini-ITX platforms that provide open architecture versatility, next-generation technology and unmatched value through huge energy cost savings and readiness compliance with ENERGY STAR and EPEAT. While remaining as the true leader in uSFF components and platforms, AOpen also provides a complete array of digital signage technologies for streamlined, end-to-end solutions in consumer-grade environments and provides scalable technologies ranging from cost-efficient nettop media players to their Digital Engine™ and XC Mini flagship lines.  AOpen continues to drive Innovation Economy Technology™ (I-ET) in socially responsible, green IT solutions for offices, homes and mission-critical applications.

About iSIGN Media

iSIGN is a leading developer of location-based interactive proximity advertising solutions that deliver rich media, permission based messages, free of charge to cell phones using Bluetooth® connectivity. The Company’s patent-pending advertising platform combines the precision of direct marketing and the tracking potential of the Web to deliver more cost effective and ROI-driven advertising than is possible via print, radio and television. iSIGN is based in Markham, Ontario with R&D and customer support operations in Vancouver, BC. iSIGN is publicly traded in Toronto (TSX.V) under the symbol “ISD”. Additional information about iSIGN Media can be found at www.isignmedia.com.
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Wednesday, 12 May 2010
SAN JOSE, Calif.,--AOpen, the world-leading small-form-factor (SFF) computer system manufacturer and digital signage solution provider announced today their upcoming partnership webinar with Ergotron, a leading manufacturer of digital display mounting and mobility products, to be held Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 11AM PST/2PM EST.

This joint webinar will focus on the partnership between AOpen and Ergotron, with emphasis on Ergotron’s medical cart and AOpen’s line of Digital Engine® and XC mini products.  Moreover, you will learn how Ergotron’s various solutions paired with AOpen’s products will provide you with innovation and ergonomic mobility.

Join Kevin Cosbey, Business Development Manager, for this informative webinar discussing solutions for the medical industry.  Through these webinar opportunities, you will gain further insight to enhance your relationships with AOpen’s partners that will provide you with solution-based information helping you go to market with AOpen’s products. 

Register today at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/864896576 to join this webinar

Join us for this LIVE Event on: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 / 11:00 AM PST / 2:00 PM EST

About AOpen

As the pioneers of ultra small form factor (uSFF) components and customizable platforms, AOpen America, Inc. (http://usa.aopen.com) remains in the wheelhouse with its strategic alliances, setting the standard for vertical market solutions via Mini-ITX platforms that provide open architecture versatility, next-generation technology and unmatched value through huge energy cost savings and readiness compliance with ENERGY STAR and EPEAT. AOpen drives Innovation Economy Technology™ (I-ET) in socially responsible, green IT solutions for offices, homes and mission-critical applications
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Tuesday, 11 May 2010
New Corporate Communication Tool Takes Digital Signage Beyond the Display Screen by Sending Real-Time Messages and Alerts to Employee Desktops, Mobile Devices, and Interactive Kiosks

MONTREAL — X2O Media, a full-service provider of software, network management, and content services for professional digital signage applications, today announced that the company will be participating in this year's International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) World Conference from June 6-9 in Toronto. X2O Media will introduce business communicators to X2O™, the company's complete enterprise communication solution.

Created to address the growing demand by organizations for better employee communications, X2O allows business executives, marketing communications staff, and human resources professionals to display content quickly and easily in the form of desktop TV channels, scrolling news feeds, or data-driven screen savers on employee desktops, mobile devices, digital signage displays, and interactive kiosks, using the same tools to manage content on all screens.

The X2O platform can be used to send real-time company messages or emergency alerts, graphical dashboard data, live news feeds, and video content to one or multiple channels, greatly improving the effectiveness and reach of employee communications. With X2O, users can create customized channels combining dynamic graphics, animations, video, and live data in a visually stunning format that resembles what viewers are used to seeing on network television. Content can be sent to any number of screens simultaneously, allowing targeting of messages to the right person, at the right time, in the right place.

"We are very excited to participate in the IABC 2010 World Conference, where attendees will learn how our new X2O enterprise communication platform dramatically improves internal communications and empowers businesses and organizations by taking content beyond the display screen to desktops, mobile phones, and kiosks," said David Wilkins, X2O Media President and CEO. "X2O redefines digital signage by allowing corporations to build a TV network with hundreds or thousands of personalized screens displaying real-time information, anywhere in the world."

As an added bonus for organizations utilizing Microsoft® SharePoint®, an integrated suite of server capabilities for enterprise-wide content management, X2O allows users to easily display content already found within the SharePoint environment. With this tight integration, screens are automatically updated with information on upcoming events, company announcements, and business dashboard data, saving users significant time while keeping employees informed in real time.

For more information on X2O, visit www.x2omedia.com or contact info@x2omedia.com.  

About X2O Media

X2O Media is a full-service provider of software, network management services, and content services for professional digital signage and corporate communications applications. The company offers a wide variety of software solutions for digital signage and interactive networks of all sizes. X2O's award-winning Xpresenter™ provides an end-to-end platform for the creation, management, and distribution of content at broadcast quality, and at a fraction of the time of other solutions. In addition to technology, X2O offers content design, acquisition, management, distribution, and monitoring services for digital signage networks. More information about X2O Media is available at www.x2omedia.com.

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Monday, 10 May 2010
Garland, Texas -- CE labs, a top manufacturer of pro-grade audio and video products and digital signage systems, announced the establishment of a dedicated digital signage content creation division called The Weird Box, signaling the importance that content creation is having on the development of the digital signage industry.

Eric McCready, Vice President of Sales, said, "Digital signage can be a dynamic and inspiring place for designers with its diverse mix of styles, approaches and applications. This new studio will help us further develop our understanding of this vibrant industry and to work more closely with extremely talented designers. Reflecting CE labs status as one of the hottest companies for digital signage right now I expect this cutting-edge studio to influence not only our thinking on new design trends and ideas for our hardware, but also for many digital signage system applications."

Using the latest video and motion graphics software, The Weird Box will have a range of content creation packages and themes including repurposing of print collateral into rich, animated digital content, custom branded digital signage templates and playlist management services. Run by a compact, committed team of designers working with established CE labs engineers, it will also be a key component for CE labs' digital signage systems.

Creative Director, Tony Smith said, "CE labs investment in this innovative design studio reflects the importance of digital signage content creation and the role it plays in a successful digital signage campaign. This studio gives talented designers the opportunity to work with a new industry that is still discovering itself. The digital signage industry is growing at an accelerated pace and will be a huge opportunity for designers to set this medium apart from broadcast, print and web."

The Weird Box studio is part of CE labs ongoing investment in digital signage. In late 2009, CE labs forged a partnership with Reflect Systems, Inc., announcing media-appliance support for digital signage and out-of-home media networks. CE labs has grown to become a complete digital signage turn-key solution offering high definition digital media players, content management software, and now, dedicated digital signage content creation.

The Weird Box is available now for dedicated digital signage content creation services.  Visit www.theweirdbox.com for more information.
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Thursday, 06 May 2010
Full-featured Digital Signage for free…

MENOMONIE, Wis.– StrandVision LLC today announced the Summer of Digital Signage Giveaway program under which it is offering a free one-year subscription to its Internet-based digital signage.

The promotion runs through August 31, 2010. Participants simply log onto the StrandVision Digital Signage console at http://www.strandvision.com/testdrive.html, fill in “SDS-SV” as the promotion code and begin building their digital signage displays. They can be up and running in just a few minutes.

The Summer of Digital Signage program is designed to introduce companies, non-profit organizations, schools and government agencies to the benefits of digital signage. It offers participants the opportunity to create their own custom digital signage content and have it delivered over the Internet directly through an existing personal computer to their display monitor or television.

For a quick overview of digital signage and how it can add to an organization’s communications mix, visit http://www.strandvision.com/signage_overview.html.

The StrandVision Summer of Digital Signage package is a full-featured digital signage system that allows participants to incorporate their own photos and graphics into their digital signage display. Several advanced features are also provided including scheduling, scrolling text, a graphics library, time and date notices, national and local newsfeeds, as well as local weather and Radar. The digital signage can also be displayed in a frame on participants’ Websites.

“We’re giving participants the full boat for free – no hidden fees, no gimmicks. We don’t even ask for a credit card,” said Mike Strand, StrandVision president and CEO. “We see the Summer of Digital Signage as an opportunity to introduce and educate everyone to the potential of digital signage. We also think that, as the economy begins to improve, we can help participants increase their business by giving them another powerful promotional tool. We’re confident that once they see the potential of StrandVision digital signage, they’ll want to make it a permanent part of their communications mix.”

StrandVision provides the digital signage service through participant-provided Internet connections, Windows PC computers and displays. The promotion runs until 5:00 PM Central on August 31, 2010. Summer of Digital Signage subscriptions are valid for one year from the signup date, providing participants meet minimum usage standards. See http://www.strandvision.com/summer_of_digital_signage.html for details.

About StrandVision

StrandVision LLC, based in Menomonie, delivers low-cost, Web-based Software as a Service (SaaS) digital signage through a patented approach that delivers content to subscribers’ LCD and plasma displays, as well as computer screens and Websites. StrandVision’s service distributes text and graphics pages, video content, and national and local weather and news. It is ideal for medical and dental offices (patient education), banks, retailers and industrial distributors (video merchandising), education (student, staff and visitor information), employee break rooms (events and benefits), non-profit and religious organizations (member and supporter communications), and other applications.
StrandVision also offers PC-2-TV.net (http://www.pc-2-tv.net), a fully digital, high-definition (HD) personal computer-to-television adapter for use with digital signage and many other applications.

StrandVision Digital Signage services and PC-2-TV.net are available directly from StrandVision and through registered affiliates and system integrators (http://www.strandvision.com/?installers).
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Wednesday, 05 May 2010
e Screen Forum USA is pleased to announce its NewYork launch event in association with the Digital Screenmedia Association. A morning briefing at which we will hear from some of North America's key executives from the digital out-of-home transport sector.

The opportunity for advertisers to target the traveling public has never been greater. The transport sector has not only provided some of the earliest and most successful digital signage case studies, but it has put the D-OOH industry firmly on the map and underpinned its recent growth.

The high traffic and high value audiences of the worlds’ airports, train stations and metro hubs have proved highly desirable to digital advertisers. Whilst advances in mobile internet & video-on-demand technology is enabling a host of exciting passenger-targeted digital opportunities.

The newly launched Screen Forum USA is holding an informal breakfast meeting on Tuesday 22nd June to assess these trends and understand how different transport markets are using digital signage to attract advertising and engage with their audiences.

An informal breakfast meeting with brief presentations and case studies from companies specializing in the different sectors of ‘Planes, Trains & Automobiles’. The session will provide valuable insight and an opportunity to network and discuss the opportunities raised;

Speakers Inc:

Rich Ament – CBS Outdoor : Senior Vice President, Business Development, Displays Division. Rich will discuss CBS’ experience across its digital channels on train networks - where CBS’ digital medium demonstrates some of the most noticeable advertising in New York.

Erik Bottema – Kinetic Worldwide : Director of Aviator North America Aviator is Kinetic's business unit dedicated to air travel. Erik is in a unique position to provide industry-leading insight into the impact of digital on this crucial transport sector.

Mark French – Founder of NBC Everywhere & new D-OOH Strategist Institute CPRS. Having built a digital business delivering 5 billion annual impressions for NBC (including taxis, pumps & in-flight), Mark will give his unique assessment of the digital opportunity in transport.

Denise MacDonell – Harris Corporation : General Manager of Digital Signage. Harris’ recent digital installation on the buses in Raleigh breaks new ground in pointing to the future direction of the passenger experience. Denise will present their learnings from this exciting installation.

Lou Giacalone – President & Founder of CoolSign & DSA Executive Board Member. Lou will review case studies showing how the digital signage industry in North America is rising to the challenge of developing solutions that meet the needs of transport operators.

Venue:
The Screening Room, The Crosby Hotel, 79 Crosby Street, (between Prince and Spring Streets)
New York NY 10012 , New York
Date: Tuesday 22nd June 2010
Time: 9am - 12 am

Cost: (including breakfast)
Screen Members : FREE
Non-Screen Members : $150
DSA Members : $ 135

Note: There are very limited places for this breakfast briefing, so please register as soon as possible.

Lisa Goldstein

t: 44(0)7952 407 974
www.thescreen.org
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Wednesday, 05 May 2010
Enabl3D™ Solution Offers First-Ever 3D Content to Web-Based Digital Signage Platforms

SAFFRON WALDEN, United Kingdom - Magnetic 3D and signagelive today announced they have collaborated to offer glasses-free 3D digital content via a web-based digital signage platform for the first time.  Using the signagelive platform, 3D digital signage provided by Magnetic 3D can be scheduled and played back anywhere in the world using a standard fixed or mobile Internet connection and web-browser. The combined offering will be available globally through existing Magnetic 3D and signagelive resellers, distributors and strategic partners.

Magnetic 3D, the global leader in glasses-free 3D display and 3D digital signage solutions, and signagelive, a Software as a Service (SaaS) digital signage platform, will unveil their solution at the upcoming Screen Media Expo in London.  Demos will take place at stand F10 on May 5 - 6, 2010.

"The emergence of 3D technology for use in public locations is exciting and the glasses-free 3D displays developed by Magnetic 3D offer the best solution available today," said Jason Cremins, CEO of Remote Media Limited, the company behind signagelive. "We have been listening to our customers and the appetite for incorporating 3D support within signagelive has been tremendous. By partnering with Magnetic 3D we can now offer them a seamless solution for delivery of glasses-free 3D content."

"We are excited to have partnered with Remote Media to support the growing demand for 3D enabled digital signage solutions in Europe and the Middle East," said Tom Zerega, CEO/Co-Founder of Magnetic 3D. "By working with signagelive, we can empower companies of all sizes the opportunity to easily upgrade their existing 2D network to one that is Enabl3D." 

Following the upgrade, customers will be able to program both 2D and glasses-free 3D content on all Magnetic 3D's Enabl3D Displays ranging from 22" to 57" through the integration of Magnetic 3D's Fuzion player within the signagelive platform.

About Magnetic 3D

Headquartered in New York City, Magnetic 3D (www.magnetic3d.com) designs and produces industry leading end-to-end auto-stereoscopic 3D display solutions, 3D digital media and 3D services.  Magnetic 3D's Enabl3D hardware and software solution modifies flat panel displays enabling them to show HD 3D video content without the need for any special eyewear.  The company focuses on delivering the highest quality visual experience for retail digital signage, hospitality, movie-theatres, casino gaming, hotels and other public places, exceeding clients' 2D visual expectations.

About signagelive

signagelive is a multi-award winning, easy to use online software solution enabling you to quickly and easily update and manage your chosen digital signage software or hardware players over the Internet using your web browser.

signagelive is used every day all over the world to manage 1,000's of digital signage displays in different types of locations, from schools to football stadiums and everything in-between.

signagelive has been created to be very simple to use with clearly defined modules enabling non-technical users to easily manage a single display up to a large-scale digital signage network. You pay one all inclusive price per player, no servers, no hidden costs or extras and free software updates and support.
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Wednesday, 05 May 2010
Operators can reduce system downtime and increase operational transparency for increased system value

Zurich, Switzerland - Minicom Digital Signage (MDS), the leader in media infrastructure solutions for the Digital Signage (DS) marketplace, introduces a unique Proof of Performance mechanism for Digital Signage Systems. The technology will be demonstrated at ScreenMedia Expo 2010 (booth D5), taking place in London (UK), on May 5-6, 2010.
The proprietary technology is based on a unique Media Feedback Monitoring (MFM) mechanism mounted on the display. The solution enables DooH network operators to establish Proof of Performance (POP) so advertisers can evaluate the value of their network. The new technology also enables operators to reduce system downtime and operational costs thereby improving ROI.

Ronni Guggenheim, CEO Minicom Digital Signage: "Performance of Digital Out Of Home (DooH) systems is crucial to generate value from the Digital Signage marketing media. Today's Digital Signage systems do not give operators and customers the level of transparency needed to establish reliable system performance. The technology we introduce enables operators to run automated billing systems and providing automated proof that the ad was actually shown. This crucial and missing link will lead advertising driven DooH networks to breakthrough."

Minicom Digital Signage Proof of Performance technology provides:
More reliable - Actual media sampling More accurate - Objective to display More comprehensive - End-to-end measurement

About Minicom Digital Signage

Minicom Digital Signage is a media infrastructure solution provider, focused on developing solutions for the Digital Signage industry with the mission to increase infrastructure value and reduce operational costs. MDS solutions provide:
  •     Advanced remote monitoring and control capabilities, with innovative technology
  •     Better price/performance, lower operational costs and lower integration costs
  •     High robustness and reduced risk powering over 400K displays around the world
  •     High reliability and world-renown professional support

At the ScreenMedia Expo, MDS will be hosting the Digital Signage Showcase, demonstrating an entire digital signage ecosystem.  For more information, and to coordinate a personal demonstration at the show please contact: Elizabeta Petakovic
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Wednesday, 05 May 2010
Xtra Mart offers customers 80 locations to access DVDs at $1/night

DULUTH, Ga. - NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) continues the growth of its outdoor BLOCKBUSTER Express kiosk deployments, adding 80 Xtra Mart convenience store locations.  Xtra Mart has 150 locations throughout Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland. Kiosk deployment will begin in May and is expected to finish this summer.

Xtra Mart customers can rent their favorite new or classic movies conveniently and affordably through NCR's BLOCKBUSTER Express-branded kiosks, which offer standard DVDs for only $1 a night with no membership required. Customers simply use their credit card at the machine and are charged $1 per night until they return the DVD to any BLOCKBUSTER Express kiosk - not just the kiosk where they rented the DVD. The kiosks will be stationed outside Xtra Mart locations, allowing customers to rent a movie any time day or night, making the DVD kiosks even more convenient for consumers.

"Xtra Mart is constantly striving to provide premium services and products to our customers. Installing DVD kiosks outside our stores accomplishes just that," said Robert Sanft, category manager at Xtra Mart.  "We knew that we wanted to partner with a company that was as dedicated as Xtra Mart to providing customers with fast and reliable access to products and services."

NCR's outdoor kiosk is the most secure and highest-capacity weather-protected DVD-rental kiosk in the industry. With capacity for more than 900 DVDs each, the kiosks can provide consumers the widest, most popular selection of new and classic DVDs available. For a full list of titles available at BLOCKBUSTER Express kiosks, visit www.blockbusterexpress.com, where consumers can also rent a title online for pickup at their chosen kiosk.

"By partnering with NCR, Xtra Mart is providing its customers with a total shopping experience, including fuel, food and entertainment at convenient locations with flexible hours," said Alex Camara, vice president and general manager, NCR Entertainment. "Our DVD-rental kiosk deployments are continuing to grow as more retail partners decide to incorporate entertainment options into the everyday shopping benefits they offer customers."

For more information about Xtra Mart, visit www.xtramart.com

About NCR Corporation

NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is a global technology company leading how the world connects, interacts and transacts with business. NCR's assisted- and self-service solutions and comprehensive support services address the needs of retail, financial, travel, healthcare, hospitality, entertainment, gaming and public sector organizations in more than 100 countries. NCR (www.ncr.com) is headquartered in Duluth, Georgia.

NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries. BLOCKBUSTER Express is a trademark of the BB 2009 Trust and is licensed to NCR.
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Wednesday, 05 May 2010
TAIPEI, TAIWAN, - Onze-Lieve-Vrouwziekenhuis Aalst (OLV Hospital), a large hospital which is famous for having accomplished the Belgium King’s heart surgery, has successfully deployed CAYIN digital signage solutions in its newly constructed building. The installation aims to assist the Hospital in establishing efficient information delivery platform, improving service level, boosting interactions, and providing visitors and patients with a more comfortable environment.

Eight CAYIN SMP-WEBPLUS digital signage players placed in reception areas have been adopted to control the playback contents of ten 40” and 65” NEC screens. Information including doctors’ names, departments, and possible schedule for visit hours is shown keeping visitors and patients updated with all the latest information.

Not limited to a one-way information broadcasting system, SMP-WEBPLUS will be extended to integrate with touch screens in the second phase of construction and therefore, will provide more interactivities and convenience. Through simple clicks on touch screens, visitors and patients can easily find information such as doctors’ visit hours, direction guide (floor plan), facilities’ (hospital’s) introductions, etc.

“Thanks to VSV Belgium (distributor of CAYIN solutions), Vanerum Sign & Display (installer), and Vanerum IMS (content designer) who have contributed a lot to this project, the installation was carried out successfully and the performance of this system is very satisfying”, said Mr. Peter Coppens in the Technical Dept. at OLV Hospital. “Digital signage is the best medium to improve our service level by providing patients and visitors with instant information and leading patients and visitors to their destination quickly.” 

SMP-WEBPLUS, CAYIN’s web-based digital signage player, can support such functions as playback 720p HD video, Flash® animation, and HTML web page on portrait or landscape displays. It can integrate with database and HID compliant touch screens, enabling the hospital manager to further provide interactive digital signage in the second phase of deployment.

“Management is easier and cost-saving now”, said Peter Coppens. “Each player can be controlled remotely by a web-based user interface via a wired/wireless network. To change contents, our colleagues only need to change the html content by inputting information into a central database.”
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Wednesday, 05 May 2010
Xpresenter™ 3.0

With Xpresenter™ 3.0, X2O Media takes content creation to the next level, combining unprecedented ease of use with the broadcast-quality video graphics the company is known for. The Xpresenter Template Maker 3.0 authoring tool has been bolstered to integrate content management, making it more efficient than ever to create and schedule compelling content straight from the familiar PowerPoint® interface. In addition, it includes an extensive "smart" object library for the quick and simple creation of content featuring videos, images, PowerPoint slides, RSS feeds, live information sources, and much more. Version 3.0 also includes support for 3-D effects, enabling the creation of innovative elements such as crawling tickers and rotating graphics. Other enhancements to the platform include a more powerful digital asset management system, ad campaign management tools, and advanced rule-based scheduling tools.

Xpresenter 3.0 also features Microsoft® Office add-in tools for PowerPoint, Word, and Excel®, making it easier than ever for users to update content. The Xpresenter Office add-ins appear as custom toolbars directly inside the Office Ribbon. This tight integration allows Xpresenter users to publish content directly from their favorite Office applications to display screens on the X2O network.

New Versions of Xpresenter™ Xe — Now Shipping!

When it comes to digital signage solutions, one size does not fit all. That's why X2O Media is introducing three new cost-effective versions of its Xpresenter™ Xe digital signage system. Designed for any budget, the new high-quality solutions allow users to select the features they need, without paying for those that they don't. All new Xe versions offer the same intuitive point-and-click content management tools, while providing varying levels of output complexity to meet the needs of any application. New Xpresenter Xe versions include the Xe Digital Poster for still images, Xe Video Poster for stills and video, and Xe Dynamic DS for stills, video, and data-driven graphics, enabling users to choose the application they need now and upgrade as future needs arise.

New X2O™ Enterprise Communication Digital Signage Platform

At InfoComm 2010, X2O Media will showcase the new X2O™ enterprise communication platform, which allows businesses and organizations to distribute real-time messages to multiple screens throughout their network, greatly improving the effectiveness and reach of corporate communications. With X2O, users can quickly and easily display real-time company messages or emergency alerts in the form of desktop TV channels, scrolling news feeds, or data-driven screen savers on employee desktops, mobile devices, digital signage displays, and interactive kiosks, using the same tools to manage content on all screens. Content can be sent to any number of screens simultaneously, allowing targeting of messages to the right person, at the right time, in the right place.

For organizations utilizing Microsoft® SharePoint®, the Xpresenter platform enables integration of yet another content source to allow users to display information on upcoming events, company announcements, schedules, and business dashboard data directly from SharePoint to their digital signage network.

Introducing X2O Ad Production Services for Digital Signage

X2O Media will unveil a revolutionary new service that provides access to high-end ad content at affordable prices, giving any network operator, big or small, the means to better monetize its network, while providing advertisers with an innovative content creation tool. With X2O Media's straightforward Ad Production Service, users can make purchases directly from X2O Media's online content library — including animated backgrounds, video clips, data feeds, and more — or simply send their digital assets to X2O Media's award-winning creative services team and have their ads professionally produced in record time.

Company Overview:

X2O Media is a full-service provider of software, network management services, and content services for professional digital signage applications and corporate communication applications. The company offers a wide variety of software solutions for digital signage networks, interactive screens, and out-of-home screens of all sizes. X2O's award-winning Xpresenter™ provides an end-to-end platform for the creation, management, and distribution of content at broadcast quality, and at a fraction of the time of other solutions. In addition to technology, X2O offers content design, acquisition, management, distribution, and monitoring services for digital signage networks. More information about X2O Media is available at www.x2omedia.com.

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Wednesday, 05 May 2010

GDS Displays will be showcasing a wide range of its industry-leading advanced display solutions at InfoComm10 in Las Vegas. With over 30 years experience meeting the needs of display applications in the most challenging environments, GDS Displays has accumulated a wealth of technical knowledge that helps it form reliable partnerships with its customers to develop product solutions that exceed their performance requirements.
 
Amongst the LCD display products to be exhibited will be the Ultra High Brightness (UHB) range in sizes ranging from 15in. to 65in. Designed for 24/7 operation, UHB products offer high definition brilliant colours and utilise proprietary white LED backlight technology to achieve brightness levels up to 4000cd/m2 that allow use in a wide range of direct sunlight outdoor applications.
 
The MIDAS outdoor range including a new stretched 38in. version and another with touch screen functionality will also be featured on the GDS booth. MIDAS offers a full sunlight readable, truly integrated solution with no ancillary heating or cooling required. Available in sizes up to 46in., these units are ideal for outdoor transportation, public information and leisure applications. Built- in diagnostics add to the ease of use of the MIDAS range and an IP65 rating means that the internal electronics are protected from challenging environments including rain, snow, dust and air pollutants.
 
Exhibits will also include a demonstration unit that will allow visitors to see and understand the benefits of the company’s bonding and backlighting technologies. By bonding vandal proof glass directly to the LCD, GDS not only alleviates back-of-glass reflection and condensation issues, but also affords excellent protection to the display. As well as significantly enhancing the readability of its displays in direct sunlight, the company’s LED backlighting technology consumes less power than conventional CCFL lamps, offers better uniformity of light and has a longer life.
 
Completing the line-up of products will be the 65in. D6 Digital Advertising Platform and the Easy Shopping Kiosk unit that provides a complete hardware and software solution to enable retailers to offer better service to their customers.
 
About GDS Displays

For over 30 years, GDS Displays has provided customised display products, solutions and services to a wide range of clients across diverse markets. We are proud to have pioneered solutions and technologies such as sunlight readable displays, piezo inverters, large screen optical bonding and thermal management systems for outdoor applications. Today we continue at the forefront of the displays industry, continuously improving and investing in new solutions and applications such as high brightness LED backlighting to maintain our best in class position.
 
GDS Displays is one of five divisions that make up GDS. Operating across five continents, the group includes Electronic Manufacturing Services, Energy, LED Street Lighting and Printers and Kiosks. Manufacturing facilities that include prototyping capabilities are located in Rockford IL, USA to provide local resource and the best possible support for customer applications. The company has an integrated industrial platform that allows the individual divisions to benefit from the collective resources of the Group.
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Wednesday, 05 May 2010
Tel Aviv, Israel - C-nario, a global provider of digital signage software solutions, today announced that it will demonstrate its C-sign solution running on the Microsoft Windows Embedded Standard  7 operating system, and Intel-based hardware platform,  at Screenmedia Expo, to be held in London, May 5-6, 2010.   C-nario will demonstrate its support for Windows Embedded Standard  7 at Intel's booth (# E13).

Windows Embedded Standard 7 is a high performance platform that delivers the power, familiarity and reliability of the Windows 7 operating system in a highly customizable and componentized form. With Intel's microarchitecture, the platform addresses the retail and digital signage market's need for a more streamlined, high performance and highly reliable solution through rich user experiences and enhanced connectivity.

C-sign is a Web-based digital signage solution for small and medium businesses. C-sign delivers the highest playback quality, helping SMBs enhance customer experience, promote their brand, and deliver useful information in the most efficient manner. C-Sign has the superb quality of C-nario's products and can be scaled from a standalone system to networked multiple displays.

C-sign will be demonstrated on a small form factor player, supporting true high definition content.

 "C-nario is a strong supporter of Intel and Microsoft platforms and a leader in the adoption of their innovative technologies," said Yael Elstein, Vice President Marketing of C-nario. "Our support of Windows Embedded Standard 7 enables us to offer our customers optimized solutions for their business needs."

"We are committed to helping our partners simplify development and create solutions with rich, connected user experiences for their customers through Windows Embedded Standard 7 and the other flexible Windows Embedded platforms and technologies," said Ashwin Kulkarni, senior product manager for Windows Embedded at Microsoft Corp. "For retail and hospitality, we're delighted to work with C-nario and other industry partners to meet market needs through the optimized digital signage platform from Microsoft and Intel."

C-nario's software-based platform has proven extremely successful in numerous demanding applications, meeting the requirements of a wide range of customers. 

C-nario's portfolio of digital signage solutions include C-nario Messenger - a digital signage display, distribution and management platform; C-nario Advertiser - a sales-driven ad management system; C-nario Entertainer - a platform for fully managing and operating complex high-quality video, audio and data-based displays; and C-Sign - a Web-based digital signage solution for small and medium businesses.

About C-nario

C-nario is a world-class provider of end-to-end software-based digital signage solutions across all industries, including advertising, retail, corporate, public, media and entertainment sectors. C-nario's cutting edge technology enables unparalleled playback and management capabilities of high-impact video displays in any size, shape and resolution. To date, the company has deployed in 40 countries through its global partners and international value-added resellers. The company has offices in the United States, Europe, Asia and Israel. For more information about C-nario visit www.c-nario.com.
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