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Monday, 31 January 2011
CAMBRIDGE, UK - Adder, the experts in connectivity solutions, deliver in-depth training to an expert audience of I.T. and A/V professionals. The Adder I.T.E. (Inside The Experience) training event was designed to give distributors and integrators the knowledge to specify and integrate AdderLink Infinity systems into the real world. This first event was held at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford and will continue to tour around the world throughout 2011.

The intensive training program was designed to equip a handpicked group of industry professionals with the tools and knowledge needed to specify the product range into potentially complex installations. The course content covered intensive IP network training and how AdderLink Infinity takes advantage of the network. Adder Product Manager - John Halksworth commented, "Installation and integration of the product is very straightforward with auto discovery of devices, but the additional knowledge attendees gained will help position them as the 'go to' people for new projects."

The key to AdderLink Infinity's broad and varied adoption is its flexibility. Depending how you configure your IP network, AdderLink Infinity can be used as a point-to-point extender, KVM switch or as a Matrix. Modern network switches will deliver the capability to run a 48x48 matrix with DVI, USB, RS232 and Audio on all ports. Furthermore, as an IP based matrix switch, AdderLink Infinity gives you almost unlimited extension possibilities.

Sales Director - Simon Clew commented, "Infinity's first year of sales have been quite astounding; we have seen the technology adopted by industries which demand absolute quality for applications which require absolute flexibility. We have seen this technology specified into some really large projects and in A.I.M. we have delivered a user friendly technology to manage this from administrator level to media network user. I really couldn't be any more delighted."

More information on AdderLink Infinity can be found at http://www.adder.com and to find out when the next I.T.E. Infinity training event will happen near you, contact your local Adder Technology office.

About Adder

Adder is a leading developer and thought leader in connectivity solutions. Adder's media networks, extenders and keyboard, mouse and video switch solutions enable the control and distribution of IT systems around the world. The company distributes its products in more than 60 countries through a network of distributors, resellers and OEMs. Adder has offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Shanghai and Singapore. Visit http://www.adder.com.
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Monday, 31 January 2011
OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As the Dallas/Fort Worth area prepares to welcome fans to professional football’s biggest stage, Sprint has been preparing for the big game to ensure coverage, capacity and network dependability for customers in and around Cowboys Stadium. A near-record crowd is expected to be on hand in Arlington, Texas on Feb. 6.

“We are stepping up our game this week to ensure our network is ready to handle the increased traffic that comes with the big game,” said Bob Azzi, senior vice president of Network - Sprint. “Hundreds of thousands of fans are expected to be in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and we want to ensure customers have the best possible wireless experience.”

Sprint invested nearly $50 million in the past year to improve its network in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. This figure includes $2.85 million spent on telecommunications enhancements for game-day communications. An additional $2.5 million was invested to enhance coverage and capacity at additional locations throughout the area.

For this year’s event, Sprint has bolstered its wireless and wireline networks to accommodate the expected increase in voice and data traffic, including:

  • Deploying two Cells on Wheels (COWs) near Cowboys Stadium for additional coverage and capacity.
  • Performance improvements for the Distributed Antenna System (DAS) inside Cowboys Stadium
  • Adding additional iDEN and CDMA sites for improved coverage around the stadium and at additional venues including: Dallas Convention Center, Hilton Anatole, Sheraton Dallas, Downtown Fort Worth, and the Fort Worth Convention Center.
  • 4G network partner Clearwire enhanced coverage and capacity through the addition of two 4G macro sites
  • On-site support at the stadium to closely monitor call and data volumes on game day.
  • The Sprint 3G network reaches more than 283 million people in more than 19,000 cities (inclusive of data roaming). In addition, Sprint first launched 4G in Dallas/Fort Worth in November 2009 and it is currently available in 71 markets across the country. For more information, visit www.sprint.com/4G.

Current and prospective customers can view coverage maps using the Sprint Coverage Tool, which is available at www.sprint.com/coverage and at self-service, touch-screen kiosks at many Sprint retail stores.

About Sprint Nextel

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

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Monday, 31 January 2011
Earls Court, LONDON – Tyco Electronics unveiled the new Elo TouchSystems 2242L touchmonitor with IntelliTouch Plus surface acoustic wave product technology at the International Casino Exhibition (ICE) 2011 in Earls Court, London, January 25-27, 2011. Elo TouchSystems, a leading brand of professional touchscreen products, with the 2242L, a 22-inch open-frame touchmonitor, brings OEMs and design engineers the ability to develop multi-touch applications compatible with the Microsoft Windows 7 operating system for dynamic, reliable touch-enabled gaming, concierge and other guest-engagement hospitality experiences.

The Elo TouchSystems 2242L with IntelliTouch Plus surface acoustic wave (SAW) product technology is Tyco Electronics’ newest touchmonitor compatible with the Windows 7 operating system additional qualifications (AQ) for multi-touch functionality, and was made available to select partners in early December 2010.

“Gaming and hospitality environments present unique performance and durability requirements for touch screens, and the Windows 7 operating system delivers enormous design advantages with its stable and innovative touch interface,” said Murtaza Amiji, Business Development Director at Tyco Electronics Touch Solutions business. "Tyco Electronics blended these market needs and OS capabilities in our Windows 7 OS-compatible Elo 2242L monitor with the IntelliTouch Plus surface acoustic wave touch technology system to increase the range of touch options for the gaming industry.”

“We’re excited to see a reliable and economical monitor supporting Windows operating systems’ touch functionality that is specifically designed to complement and enhance commercial scenarios," said Mark Relph, Senior Director, Windows Developer & Ecosystem team, at Microsoft Corp. “With the 2242L, businesses can use the touch functionality of Windows 7 operating system to offer a unique and engaging experience to their casino and hospitality customers across a wide range of uses and applications.”

The IntelliTouch Plus surface acoustic wave touch technology system received Windows operating system touch Additional Qualification (AQ) status for touch interactivity by passing the testing criteria established by Microsoft for Windows 7 operating system. With this certification, customers can trust that the 2242L will work reliably with the Windows 7 operating system without the need to load external touch drivers and can easily take advantage of the touch functionality built into the Windows 7 operating system.

Unique to the 2242L Windows 7 OS-compatible touchmonitor is the use of Tyco Electronics IntelliTouch Plus product technology which, unlike other multi-touch technologies, utilises three axes of touch information to deliver sensitive, accurate, drift-free recordings of two simultaneous touch locations anywhere on the screen regardless of position or pressure applied. The IntelliTouch Plus touchmonitor utilises pure-glass construction to deliver excellent imagery, high light transmissions and is not affected by variations in ambient or extreme light. It also supports finger, gloved hand and soft stylus activation and features durable, scratch-resistant glass to assure continuous surface performance even if scratched.

The new Elo TouchSystems 2242L monitor was showcased, along with other touch technology innovations, in Stand #4252 at ICE 2011 in Earls Court, London, January 25-27, 2011. More information on ICE 2011 can be found at: http://www.icetotallygaming.com/.

About Tyco Electronics

Tyco Electronics Ltd. is a global technology company with fiscal 2010 sales of US$12.1 billion to customers in more than 150 countries. We design, manufacture and market products for customers in a broad array of industries including automotive; data communication systems; consumer electronics; telecommunications; aerospace, defence and marine; medical; energy; and lighting. With approximately 7,000 engineers and worldwide manufacturing, sales and customer service capabilities, we are a recognised leader in many of the industries we serve. More information on TE can be found at www.te.com.

About Elo TouchSystems

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

Elo TouchSystems, Tyco Electronics and TE (logo) are trademarks of the Tyco Electronics group of companies and its licensors. All other products and company names referred to herein may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies or mark holders.
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Friday, 28 January 2011
•Agreement is part of largest ID/IQ contract vehicle in FBI history
•FBI’s IT Triple S vehicle can be utilized throughout Department of Justice (DOJ)
•Dell can provide services, support, and supplies


FAIRFAX, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has selected Dell’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Perot Systems Government Services (PSGS), a unit of Dell Services, as one of the 46 prime service and solutions providers for the agency’s indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) Federal Bureau of Investigation Information Technology Supplies and Support Services (FBI IT Triple S) contract. A prime services designation provides Dell Services with the opportunity to compete for a range of IT supply and support services at the FBI. The FBI IT Triple S vehicle has a ceiling value of $30 billion over a period of up to eight years.

For more than 15 years, Dell has helped enable federal law enforcement and the intelligence community’s critical missions by providing a full range of IT products as well as services including:
  • applications services
  • business consulting
  • business process services
  • IT consulting
  • IT-as-a-service, including cloud-based and virtualization services
  • managed services
Within the FBI and the Department of Justice, Dell has provided technical services such as subject matter expertise on Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) implementation, Microsoft Active Directory exchange design and implementation, virtualization design and implantation, storage installation and optimization, Oracle RAC tuning, client deployment management, and execution and data center modeling.

Dell will augment these capabilities with its expertise, high-quality personnel, mature processes and extensive corporate best practices, alongside its diverse team of specialized subcontractors, including: Alliance Micro Corporation; GTI Federal; Global World Technology, LLC; HMS Technologies, Inc.; Identification International, Inc.; Intelligence Decisions, Inc.; JHC Technology, Inc.; KST Data, Inc.; Mainstay Enterprises, Inc.; Pixel Systems, Inc.; RONIN IT Services, LLC; SNS One, Inc.; Systems Made Simple, Inc.

Richard Pineda, Vice President, Dell Services Federal Government: “As a long-time FBI products and services provider, Dell knows the crucial role the FBI plays in ensuring citizen safety. We are proud to be providing products and services to enable the FBI’s critical mission.”

About Dell

Dell Inc. (NASDAQ: DELL) listens to customers and delivers worldwide innovative technology and business solutions they trust and value. Dell Services develops and delivers a comprehensive suite of services and solutions in applications, business process, consulting, infrastructure and support to help customers succeed.

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Friday, 28 January 2011
Provides reliable, high-performance connectivity for students and faculty

PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--HP (NYSE:HPQ) today announced that the University of New Mexico (UNM) has improved its network infrastructure performance and flexibility while cutting upgrade costs in half by implementing HP Networking solutions.

Part of HP’s Converged Infrastructure portfolio, which integrates data center technologies into pools of interoperable resources, HP networking solutions are enabling UNM to keep pace with campus expansion by providing students and faculty with secure, high-performing connectivity.

UNM needed a new network infrastructure that addressed these challenges and supported the needs of its newly remodeled high-tech basketball arena, The Pit. UNM now relies on HP network technology for video displays and digital signage throughout The Pit, where several 2011 NCAA Final Four playoff games will be played.

As the end of life for UNM’s existing network switches approached, the university extended a competitive bidding process to five vendors. UNM selected HP networking solutions, including the HP E4800 switch and the HP Intelligent Management Center network management platform for increased performance, single-pane-of-glass management and reduced total cost of ownership.

The HP Intelligent Management Center seamlessly integrated UNM’s existing multivendor network environment without network downtime during the upgrade. The new solution reduces the time required to implement network changes, enabling the university to rapidly deliver improved service to users. UNM’s IT staff now has improved monitoring of the campus network, speeding issue identification and resolution.

“With more than 32,000 students, 20,000 employees and a dozen remote campus locations state-wide, it is crucial that we generate the best performance and value from our technology investments,” said Mark Reynolds, interim director, Information Technology, UNM. “HP solutions enabled us to upgrade to next-generation network standards, better support campus growth and reduce total cost of ownership over the previous solution.”

Networking is a key component of HP Converged Infrastructure, which enables the Instant-On Enterprise. In a world of continuous connectivity, the Instant-On Enterprise embeds technology in everything it does to serve customers, employees, partners and students with whatever they need, instantly.

More information about HP Networking solutions is available at www.hp.com/go/networking.

About the University of New Mexico

UNM is New Mexico’s largest university and features the state’s only schools of law, medicine, pharmacy and architecture. It operates the only academic health center in New Mexico and is noted for comprehensive undergraduate and graduate programs with high national standing and international recognition.

About HP

HP creates new possibilities for technology to have a meaningful impact on people, businesses, governments and society. The world’s largest technology company, HP brings together a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure to solve customer problems. More information about HP is available at http://www.hp.com.

This news release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. If such risks or uncertainties materialize or such assumptions prove incorrect, the results of HP and its consolidated subsidiaries could differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements, including but not limited to statements of the plans, strategies and objectives of management for future operations; any statements concerning expected development, performance or market share relating to products and services; any statements regarding anticipated operational and financial results; any statements of expectation or belief; and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. Risks, uncertainties and assumptions include macroeconomic and geopolitical trends and events; the competitive pressures faced by HP’s businesses; the development and transition of new products and services (and the enhancement of existing products and services) to meet customer needs and respond to emerging technological trends; the execution and performance of contracts by HP and its customers, suppliers and partners; the achievement of expected operational and financial results; and other risks that are described in HP’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to HP’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2010. HP assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements.

© 2011 Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P. The information contained herein is subject to change without notice. The only warranties for HP products and services are set forth in the express warranty statements accompanying such products and services. Nothing herein should be construed as constituting an additional warranty. HP shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein.


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Friday, 28 January 2011
Low fares airline Ryanair is installing signagelive-powered digital displays at all of its bases across Europe to steadily communicate company information to more than 8,000 employees.

Ryanair is using signagelive’s cloud-based digital signage software to generate daily programming lists that are pushed out to a network of 40-inch integrated LCD displays now being installed at 44 bases around Europe.Details “Our airline and our workforce are growing at such a pace that we needed some effective way to inform our people about company developments, our core business model, best practices, company events and career advancement opportunities,” says Muiris Doogue, Internal Communications Officer for Ryanair. “We wanted to implement a communications platform that would allow us to reach as many of our staff as possible, in a new and dynamic way.”

In an initiative driven by the Dublin, Ireland-based airline’s Personnel and Information technology departments, Ryanair staff members develop playlists within signagelive’s browser-based content management platform. Programming is tailored and targeted daily to individual bases, or distributed across the company’s full base network.

The company also produces a magazine-style news show each month, which is filmed at locations throughout the Ryanair airport network and presents company news and activities in a fun, unique format.

Ryanair chose signagelive for several reasons, notably its ease of use and speed, sophisticated scheduling and targeting capabilities, and the Software-as-a-Service platform’s broad range of supported file formats.

signagelive is an open standards, web-based digital signage platform designed to support anything from small private corporate networks to large enterprise networks that have thousands of end-points. Named the UK’s Digital Signage Manufacturer of the Year in 2009, Remote Media has a global reputation for making effective use of emerging web services and media technologies to provide a platform that is current, flexible and highly affordable.

ROI already evident

Ryanair is already seeing a return on its investment in signagelive technology. “Since implementing our new internal communications strategy, Ryanair’s core objectives, values and developments are much more readily available to our staff,” adds Doogue. “That’s very important to us, and the signagelive team has been of tremendous help making that happen.”

“Developing this business with such a well-known, respected brand like Ryanair is very gratifying,” says signagelive CEO Jason Cremins. “They’re known as very sharp business people, who take great care in how they allocate budgets.”

signagelive will be demonstrating its capabilities and latest hardware and software at three international  trade shows in the coming weeks.

The company is part of the Digital Signage Showcase on Stand 10N116 in Hall 10 at this year’s Integrated Systems Europe in Amsterdam. Feb. 1-3, and will be showing its software-based Virtual Player for Android for the first time. Hardware partners Advantech and Ginsbury will be also be running signagelive on products shown in their ISE booths.

signagelive is part of the UK Trade and Industry Stand ‘AV26 in Hospitality Suite Avenue at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Feb. 14-17. Signagelive’s software will be demonstrated running over 3G from Stream Communications and updating media content for displays, tablets and mobile phones.

signagelive will be supporting its US-based strategic partner PingHD at the Digital Signage Expo in Las Vegas, Feb. 22-25. Located at booth 621 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, PingHD will be showing a range of real-world solutions including digital menu boards, photo-frame displays and digital posters all running signagelive.

About Ryanair

Ryanair is the world’s favourite airline and operates more than 1,500 flights per day from 44 bases and 1200+ low fare routes across 27 countries, connecting 160 destinations. Ryanair operates a fleet of 255 new Boeing 737-800 aircraft with firm orders for a further 56 new aircraft (before taking account of planned disposals), which will be delivered over the next 1.5 years. Ryanair currently has a team of more than 8,000 people and expects to carry approximately 73.5 million passengers in the current fiscal year.

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Thursday, 27 January 2011
ST. PAUL, Minn. & DUBAI, United Arab Emirates--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, 3M unveiled its new Innovation Center in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The opening of the Dubai center, set to bring 3M technologies and innovations even closer to its regional customers, will provide 3M with an expanded facility in the Middle East to better support customer needs across the region resulting in more cost-effective customer centric solutions created specifically for the region, in the region.

”The Dubai center will draw upon 3M’s global R&D strength and 45 technology platforms to provide solutions for local customers to experience all around the region,” explained Irfan Malik, vice president, 3M Middle East and Africa. “At 3M we have an expression that says ‘3M is always within reach.’ This new center, in addition to our Saif Zone Manufacturing Facility, demonstrates that we are continuously investing in the local market while consistently producing innovative products for our customers.”

“3M Customer Technical Centers worldwide foster creativity and imaginative forward thinking that result in a steady stream of new and improved products,” said Inge Thulin, executive vice president, 3M International Operations. “With every new center, we can be certain that 3M’s development of products and technologies will continue to grow in regions throughout the world.”

Customer Technical Centers are unique to 3M around the world and serve as a mechanism for customer inspired innovation. The first of its kind in the Middle East region, the Dubai center will offer potential customers, business partners, and research and development experts the opportunity to test a host of 3M’s groundbreaking innovations. Located in Internet City, the center, which is LEED certified and environmentally friendly, will be divided into 14 zones showcasing all of 3M’s technology platforms, capabilities and products for the Middle East market.

“When touring our center, customers will discover the magic of 3M’s innovation by experiencing it,” added Malik. “They will see, hear, touch and interact with our technologies on a first hand basis and learn about their various applications in the exciting on-site teaching rooms, an entirely new experience for the region.”

The center also will be a hub for training and product application to accelerate the development of new products and services locally across all of 3M’s businesses such as Healthcare, Display & Graphics, Safety & Security, Industrial & Transportation, Electro Communication, and 3M’s verticals such as Oil & Gas.

“Innovation is a common language expressed in many tongues,” said Malik. “Wherever we are in the world, we are connected by our desire to create new and improved materials, processes and products. Creating innovative products and services that respond to customer needs in the region has always been a way of life at 3M Gulf and that is a goal that our new center aims to take even further.”

The Innovation Center in Dubai is the 30th 3M Customer Technical Center in the world. The opening comes shortly after 3M Gulf’s inauguration of its Saif Zone Manufacturing Facility in Sharjah-UAE, a pre-built leased facility that will help create a faster reaction to the market needs of Gulf customers, as well as significant lead time improvement.

To learn more about the Innovation Center in Dubai, please visit www.3mgulf.com/innovation

About 3M

3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of ingenious products. Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better. 3M is the innovation company that never stops inventing. With $27 billion in sales, 3M employs about 80,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 65 countries. For more information, visit www.3M.com or follow @3MNews on Twitter.
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Thursday, 27 January 2011
Companies also exploring strategic cooperation in other areas

BEIJING & TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Lenovo and NEC Corporation (NEC) today announced a strategic relationship that creates a joint venture between the two companies and forms the largest PC group in Japan. The agreement aligns NEC, Japan’s number one PC company, with Lenovo, the fastest growing top-five PC maker in the world*. The new joint venture gives both Lenovo and NEC a unique opportunity to grow their commercial and consumer PC businesses in Japan, the third largest PC market in the world, through a stronger market position, enhanced product portfolios, and expanded distribution channels.

“We have a long history of innovation in Japan and a firm commitment to the Japanese market. Now, we are combining our global strength and momentum with NEC’s market leadership. It is the perfect partnership for us and for our customers.”
.The new joint venture combines NEC’s market reputation, product development capabilities, well-regarded customer service and knowledge of customer needs in Japan with Lenovo’s heritage of technology expertise, strong global business momentum, and global supply chain reach. It will give customers in Japan more innovative products that are faster to market, more attuned to their needs, and competitively priced.

Lenovo and NEC will form NEC Lenovo Japan Group, and under this group, Lenovo and NEC will establish a new organization known as Lenovo NEC Holdings B.V., registered in the Netherlands. Under the terms of the agreement, Lenovo will hold a 51 percent stake in the new joint venture, while NEC will hold a 49 percent stake. Hideyo Takasu, currently President, NEC Personal Products, Ltd., will become President and CEO of the new joint venture, while Roderick Lappin, currently Representative Director and President, Lenovo (Japan) Ltd., will become Executive Chairman. Lenovo (Japan) Ltd. and NEC Personal Computers, Ltd., a new company formed as a result of separating NEC’s PC business from NEC Personal Products, Ltd. will both become 100 percent subsidiary companies of the new joint venture. As the result of this transaction and upon closing, NEC will receive from Lenovo US$175million through an issue of Lenovo shares.

NEC has long been the leading PC company in Japan with widespread sales, marketing and distribution capabilities. Lenovo, the fourth-largest PC maker in the world* currently has a major research center, known as the Yamato Lab, in Yokohama, Japan, and a main sales office in Tokyo. Combining the operations of both companies in Japan will commence immediately with cooperation and collaboration in manufacturing, development and sales. The transaction is expected to close by June 30, 2011.

“The agreement with NEC is a perfect fit for our strategy. It reinforces our commitment to our core PC business while, at the same time, providing important new opportunities for growth in Japan,” said Yang Yuanqing, CEO, Lenovo. “We have a long history of innovation in Japan and a firm commitment to the Japanese market. Now, we are combining our global strength and momentum with NEC’s market leadership. It is the perfect partnership for us and for our customers.”

“Lenovo is the right partner at the right time for NEC, and we believe that we are creating a strategic relationship today that will benefit NEC and our customers for many years to come, said Nobuhiro Endo, President, NEC. “We believe this alliance will further reinforce and expand our PC business in Japan, upholding the NEC brand name and will continue to provide Japanese PC users with products supported by high quality and service. Taking this strategic relationship as a first step, NEC will accelerate expansion of our IT business worldwide.”

During and after the transition from independent operations to the joint venture, both companies expect that all their existing PC operations, including customer service, product delivery and warranty fulfillment, will continue as usual. The current product brand names of both NEC and Lenovo will continue, and the joint venture will leverage each company’s strength, such as NEC’s product development capabilities and Lenovo’s procurement resources to develop and to provide the most suitable products to all users in Japan. For consumer products, NEC and Lenovo will continue to maintain their own brands, and provide sales and support through existing routes. For commercial PCs, NEC will continue to market products and support customers through NEC’s current channels.

As part of this strategic alignment, Lenovo and NEC have also agreed to discuss further cooperation in other areas, including selling PCs and providing global support to Japanese companies operating outside of Japan (JOCs); developing, producing, and selling devices such as tablets; and selling additional IT platform products such as servers.

About Lenovo

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

In its fiscal year closing March 31, 2010, Lenovo recorded US$16.6 billion in revenue and last year reached a record high global market share at 10.4%*. Lenovo, the fastest growing top five consumer PC maker in the world, and the third largest commercial laptop manufacturer globally, has grown faster than the PC industry six quarters in a row worldwide, and Lenovo Japan has been the fastest growing PC company five quarters in a row in Japan.

Goldman Sachs acted as exclusive financial advisor to Lenovo for the NEC JV agreement.

About NEC Corporation

NEC Corporation (TSE:6701) is a leader in the integration of IT and network technologies that benefit businesses and people around the world. By providing a combination of products and solutions that cross utilize the company’s experience and global resources, NEC’s advanced technologies meet the complex and ever-changing needs of its customers. NEC brings more than 100 years of expertise in technological innovation to empower people, businesses and society. For more information, visit NEC at http://www.nec.com.

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Thursday, 27 January 2011
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. & WESTBOROUGH, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Premier Retail Networks, Inc. (PRN), a global leader in digital place-based media services and BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc. (NYSE:BJ), a leading warehouse chain in the eastern United States, today announced that BJ’s has selected PRN to provide high-quality, 1080p video programming for BJ’s in-club television department.

Under the multi-year agreement, PRN will provide strategic content and creative services, such as best-in-class HD 1080p programming, custom production services and a custom branding package. BJ’s members will be able to view high-quality television programming and will receive HD education at the point of purchase to better inform their television buying decisions. PRN will also provide BJ’s with national and regional advertising sales representation and support with advertisers and agencies across the country.

With the addition of BJ’s’ 189 locations, PRN’s HDTV Network now delivers more than 70 million commercial viewers monthly across more than 3,255 leading retail locations – reflecting an increase over the size of the viewership audience released in Nielsen’s latest “Fourth Screen Audience Report.”

“We’re very well aligned with PRN’s strategic approach to creating engaging and effective content focused on the member experience at BJ’s,” said Chris Maynard, Television Buyer at BJ’s. “Their long track record and established best practices around content and creative services will greatly assist us in demonstrating the quality of our offering and informing the BJ’s member who is considering a television purchase.”

“BJ’s has fine-tuned a very successful formula for bringing its members high-quality, brand-name merchandise for low prices, and we’re looking forward to further enhancing that shopping experience by providing informative, relevant and timely HD programming,” said Richard Fisher, PRN president and chief executive officer. “This new relationship also presents an important strategic addition to our ad sales efforts by providing marketers with the ability to reach additional, highly desirable consumers on the East Coast.”

About Premier Retail Networks, Inc.

Premier Retail Networks, Inc. (PRN) provides digital place-based media services that enable retailers and marketers to reach consumers in more than 10,000 locations in the U.S. and Mexico. PRN works with leading retailers, advertisers, content and technology companies to create and deliver place-based media that engages, informs and motivates consumers where they shop, eat and socialize. PRN’s retail customers include Acme Markets, Albertsons, Associated Food Stores, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Costco, Jewel-Osco, Meijer, Pathmark, Sam’s Club, Shaw’s, ShopRite, Star Market, Target, Walmart Stores and Walmart Mexico. Through advertising sales relationships with Retail Entertainment Design and indoorDIRECT, PRN also represents the in-venue networks located in Fred Meyer and Fry’s Marketplace retail stores, and in a number of leading quick service restaurants. PRN’s programming alliances include major television networks and other media properties, as well as movie studios, record labels and magazine and newspaper publishers.

About BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc.

BJ's is dedicated to providing members with high-quality, brand-name food and merchandise at prices that are significantly lower than supermarkets, supercenters, department stores, drug stores and specialty retail stores. BJ's carries the most product variety of any wholesale club with more than 7,000 items, including supermarket-sized staples, USDA Choice meats and stock-up items. BJ's is the only wholesale club to accept all manufacturers' coupons and for greater convenience, offers the most payment options including EBT.

Headquartered in Westborough, Massachusetts, BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc. is a leading operator of warehouse clubs in the eastern United States. The Company currently operates 189 clubs and 101 gas stations in 15 eastern states. Learn more and shop online at BJs.com or for exclusive content visit Facebook.com/bjswholesaleclub and Twitter.com/bjswholesale.
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Thursday, 27 January 2011
Further Exhibition Highlights: Outdoor Displays up to 70” -- High-Temperature- and Transflective-Displays -- ECO-Displays with integrated Auto-Brightness- and Motion Sensor -- Super Slim Displays with LED Backlight

Wiesbaden, 27th of January 2011 | Since the mid-90s, the name HYUNDAI IT has been synonymous with the development and production of state-of-the-art display technologies. Advanced products are offering reliable operation, supreme image quality and a sophisticated, function-oriented design. From 1st to 3rd of February, the Korean manufacturer again will introduce its full line-up of both indoor as well as outdoor digital signage displays at ISE 2011 on booth no. 11I58 in hall 11.

3D Video Wall

As the big exhibition highlight HYUNDAI IT will introduce the world’s first 3D Video Wall with diagonal of 138” (350.5 cm). It consists of 9 (3x3) stereoscopic 3D-displays of the new model S468FL, that combines the reliability of public displays with innovative 3D technology. Especially its design with almost seamless bezels (only 7.3 mm; two products side-by side) and the integrated video wall function makes the S468FL the ideal display for multi-display installations. The 3D effect is realized by polarized filters on both the displays as well as on the related passive 3D-glasses. The 3D-Formatter which is already integrated makes it possible to display common 3D video formats without any further accessories.

Outdoor/High-Temperature Display

For operations in outdoor areas HYUNDAI IT presents for the first time an outdoor display with a diagonal of 70” (177.8 cm). Due to the housing that meets the requirement of IP 55 to 65, the intelligent cooling and heating system and special LCD panels, this outdoor display is ready for any climate and weather conditions. Optional features like panels with LED backlight, auto-brightness sensors, touch screen function as well as UV- and anti-graffiti protection are completing the innovative product concept. Also being developed for outdoor use, the new high-temperature panel is ready to run in operational conditions of up to 105° C. This prevents so called “blackouts”, caused by overheating, and makes it suitable for installations sites which are characterized by high temperature and bright ambience or direct sun light.

ECO-Displays: Motion-/Brightness-Sensor, Transflective Panels, LED Backlight

With a series of ECO-features HYUNDAI IT is on target to provide environment-friendly products which reduce power consumption, especially when it comes to permanent operations of digital signage installations. Accordingly, there will be shown public displays at ISE which are equipped with integrated motion- and auto-brightness-sensors. Thereby the motion sensor detects human motion inside a defined periphery around the display. If there is no motion detected, the display automatically switches to stand-by mode. The auto-brightness sensor measure continuously the ambient brightness and adjust the panel’s brightness accordingly. Furthermore transflective panels are using the ambient light in order to increase the panel’s brightness. With almost 40% less power consumption - compared to regular displays - also the new public displays with LED backlight care for ecological aspects. As another result of the LED backlight these displays are coming with a super-slim-design (depth). Further ECO-features are the reduced power consumption in stand-by mode (DPMS) and a demand-oriented operation of the fan systems.

More product introductions: HID compatible touch screen displays (Human Interface Device), wide-view displays with a narrow bezel, stand-alone kiosk systems with touch screen function (standard and tailored designs).

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Wednesday, 26 January 2011
Dubai-Based Digital Communication Solutions Company MxN Continues to Lead Middle East Market With CoolSign Technology

MONTREAL, CHICAGO, and DUBAI — Haivision, the leading provider of the most advanced video networking, digital signage, and IP video distribution solutions, today announced that MxN Middle East is now in its fifth year as a certified reseller of the CoolSign digital signage product. CoolSign was recently purchased by Haivision. From its corporate headquarters in Dubai's prestigious Dubai Media City, MxN provides technology, consultation, and content services to clients and customers throughout the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. The company has successfully delivered client solutions based on CoolSign technology across a range of market verticals including banking, retail, corporate, and leading educational institutions.

"We have always had a great positive working relationship with CoolSign, and through this new partnership with Haivision, we look forward to continuing our provision of this industry-leading digital signage solution," said Raad Raad, managing director, MxN. "As we continue our own expansion, opening a technical and content development hub in Amman, Jordan and developing a few strategic distributors in key markets, we will be even better positioned to deliver and support CoolSign solutions across the Middle East."

Haivision's CoolSign digital signage solution boasts all the features and functions needed for any signage installation, from small deployments to sophisticated multiscreen landmark displays to large-scale global networks. Launched in 1998, CoolSign has a long legacy of innovation, pioneering many aspects of digital signage technology including n-tier architecture, native multicasting support, real-time connectivity, full edge device monitoring and control, flexible media scheduling, closed data architecture, bandwidth usage controls, and many others. In addition to being, scalable, reliable, and efficient, CoolSign boasts a management user interface that provides rich functionality in a simple, elegant, easy-to-use manner.

MxN technical staff has the highest level of CoolSign training, and the company's creative staff develops content in both Arabic and English. The company thus is equipped to help customers across the Middle East to turn digital displays into effective communication tools. MxN also offers these services as part of a full channel-management solution that virtually eliminates the operational burden for the customer. MxN is currently planning construction of the region's first digital signage and interactive media showroom.

"MxN is an extremely valuable partner in the Middle East market, and the company's knowledge of CoolSign, its strong client base, and its commitment to providing sophisticated and effective digital media solutions will be critical to continued adoption of CoolSign across this active region," said Richard Brice, vice president, EMEA, Haivision.

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

About MxN

MxN provides technology, consultation, and content services to clients and customers throughout the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. From its corporate headquarters in Dubai's prestigious Dubai Media City, MxN focuses on providing innovative, robust, and flexible technologies that fuel the digital communications industry. MxN delivers solutions that give its partners and clients the ability to communicate effectively with their targeted audiences. The company provides customizable digital marketing tools that include digital signage, digital ambient music channels, and self-service kiosks, as well as queue management. MxN also distributes hardware solutions for video distribution, KVM switches, and IP control devices. The MxN Network is powered by the most robust, flexible, and scalable digital content management software in the market today.

About Haivision Network Video

Based in Montreal and Chicago, Haivision Network Video is a private company and a world leader in delivering the most advanced and intelligent IP video networking and digital signage technology. Haivision's products are deployed worldwide within the foremost Fortune 100 companies; in the most rigorous military and defense applications; in state-of-the-art healthcare facilities for video collaboration and training; in highly renowned educational institutions for IPTV, teaching, and signage; in the most efficient interactive broadcast applications; and within the world's leading TelePresence suites. Haivision distributes its products through value-added resellers, system integrators, distributors, and OEMs worldwide.
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Wednesday, 26 January 2011
EAL4+ and TEMPEST certifications ensure superior hardware-based, port-to-port signal isolation; tamper-resistant casing and certificate authentication protocol protect against physical infiltration.

PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA, — Black Box Corporation (NASDAQ:BBOX), an industry-leading provider of voice communications, data infrastructure, and networking products, today debuted its new range of ServSwitch™ Secure KVM switches featuring military-grade security to combat data leakage across internal ports and to the outside world, protecting sensitive data and preventing electronic snooping.

Available in two- and four-port desktop models for both DVI and VGA, the ServSwitch Secure KVM Switch with USB provides control and separation of two to four PCs connected to both secure and non-secure networks through a single keyboard, mouse, and monitor. Also, two of the VGA models support keyboards with integrated CAC (Common Access Card) readers, which is unique among KVM switches of this type, meeting Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12) requirements.

The ServSwitch Secure KVM Switch with USB uses Black Box’s exclusive hardware-based data isolation to ensure unidirectional data flow with hardware data diodes to provide robust security against port-to-port data leakage. Channel-to-channel crosstalk isolation greater than 80-dB virtually eliminates cross-port signal sniffing.

“Other solutions on the market use software-based data isolation technology, which introduces the risk of hacking or malware threats,” said Mike McCurry, ServSwitch Product Manager at Black Box. “Our hardware-based technology eliminates the risk of both intentional and unintentional software corruption that might expose sensitive data.”

Every ServSwitch Secure KVM Switch with USB unit provides high-level, military-grade security, but the switches are also ideal for any private-sector business with extremely sensitive intellectual property or proprietary data security needs, such as those in the pharmaceutical, healthcare, or financial services industries.

The two DVI models are designed, engineered, manufactured, and shipped pursuant to the international Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level 4 (augmented by ALC_FLR.2 and ATE_DPT.2), and the four VGA models meet both the Evaluation Assurance Level 4 (augmented by ALC_FLR.2 and ATE_DPT.2) and TEMPEST USA NSTISSAM Level I and NATO SDIP-27 Level A performance.
Fail-safe physical security.

In addition to operational security, each ServSwitch Secure KVM Switch with USB unit also comes standard with fail-safe physical security features, including tamper-evident tape on the casing that reveals a broken seal, as well as automatic disabling of the unit in the event of a breach in the physical casing. The carefully shielded metal case features dual shielding in critical areas and a low-emissions profile to subvert data snooping through electromagnetic radiation detection.

Each port is independently powered by its own USB connection, eliminating the risk of shorting or overloading the power supply on one port to access the others. In addition, the ServSwitch Secure KVM Switch with USB does not support connections to sensitive analog inputs, including computer microphones, for enhanced crosstalk-leak protection.
Exclusive firmware authentication protocol.

As an added security feature, only Black Box provides a validation function to check the authenticity of the device on demand. If a breach is suspected, Black Box will immediately provide an authentication certificate under secure, separate cover to enable users to validate the security posture of the device with the use of the front-panel LED indicators. The protocol is provided only upon request and under separate cover (not shipped with the device) to prevent a rogue element from mimicking the sequence to give the appearance of security.

The ServSwitch Secure KVM Switch with USB also comes with free, 24/7 technical support for the life of the unit, and it is backed by Black Box’s two-year warranty.

Black Box currently has a small number of devices available for evaluation purposes. To learn more about how to get an evaluation unit or to see how the ServSwitch Secure KVM Switch with USB can best be used in a particular high-security application, contact Black Box at 1-724-873-6556 or learn more at blackbox.com/go/ServSwitchSecure.

About Black Box

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

Black Box® and the Double Diamond logo are registered trademarks, and ServSwitch is a trademark, of BB Technologies, Inc. Any other third-party trademarks appearing in this press release are acknowledged to be the property of their respective owners.
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Wednesday, 26 January 2011
First-time channel availability of HP videoconferencing solutions includes boot camps for value-added resellers

PALO ALTO, Calif., HP (NYSE: HPQ) and Ingram Micro Inc. (NYSE: IM) today announced that Ingram Micro will be the first authorized distributor of HP Visual Collaboration videoconferencing solutions.

The agreement enables Ingram Micro to offer the high-definition HP Visual Collaboration line to its U.S. network of value-added resellers (VARs).

HP’s software-based videoconferencing solutions, launched in November, are based on scalable video coding, an encoding technology that supports high-definition video and greatly improves the user experience while reducing deployment costs. The offerings include a desktop client, executive desktop and room systems that enable people to collaborate more effectively, no matter where they are.

“HP Visual Collaboration sees tremendous business value in partnering with Ingram Micro and opening up this IT channel,” said Rob Scott, vice president and general manager, Visual Collaboration, HP. “Our desire is that VARs are able to build and grow a profitable practice around HP’s visual collaboration solutions, and Ingram Micro makes that possible.” /p>

HP and Ingram Micro are kicking off the program with a series of VAR Boot Camps. The first is being held today at HP’s Executive Briefing Center in Cupertino, Calif. Additional boot camps in Plano, Texas, and Buffalo, N.Y., are planned for February.

Interested resellers are invited to learn more about the upcoming boot camp sessions at the HP VC Expressway on the HP Partner Portal or by contacting their Ingram Micro HP sales representative.

“We’re pleased to be the first to bring HP’s new offerings for enterprise-class video collaboration to the VAR community,” said Kevin Prewett, vice president, Vendor Management, Ingram Micro U.S. “Together with HP, we will enable VARs to integrate these new offerings into their overall communications solutions for customers, whether SMBs or larger firms. HP’s new generation of software-based videoconferencing solutions is a powerful asset to the Ingram Micro lineup.”

Ingram Micro will offer the full HP Visual Collaboration product suite that delivers reliable, quality, high-definition video conferencing over enterprise or best-effort networks.

The HP Visual Collaboration solutions offered through Ingram Micro include:

  • Ideal for dispersed teams, the HP Visual Collaboration Desktop software client can be deployed easily by all users on their own PCs and notebooks.
  • The HP Visual Collaboration Executive Desktop is a bundled, touchscreen solution that features an HP TouchSmart PC loaded with HP Visual Collaboration software. It also includes camera and headset accessories. Expected to be available to VARs in June.
  • Designed for team collaboration, the HP Visual Collaboration Room 100 and Room 220 integrate high-quality video into multipurpose conference rooms, offering low total cost of ownership.
  • At the core of the portfolio is the HP Visual Collaboration Portal. This comes preconfigured on HP ProLiant DL360 servers and allows IT administrators to handle remote configurations, authentication and licensing of system components.
  • The HP Visual Collaboration Router provides distributed media routing and is built on HP industry-standard server appliances.
  • Providing an easy migration path for companies that want to continue to use legacy videoconferencing solutions, the HP Visual Collaboration Gateway connects to both H.323 and SIP protocols.

Through the HP PartnerONE program, HP will offer Ingram Micro’s VARs attractive benefits and incentives on HP Visual Collaboration products. Together, HP and Ingram Micro will provide channel partners with the solutions, tools and resources to help grow their businesses and achieve a consistent, competitive edge.

In addition, VARs will be able to provide installation, maintenance and help desk services for HP Visual Collaboration products upon completion of training and certification courses offered by HP.

More information about HP Visual Collaboration solutions is available at www.hp.com/go/visualcollaboration.

About Ingram Micro

As a vital link in the technology value chain, Ingram Micro creates sales and profitability opportunities for vendors and resellers through unique marketing programs, outsourced logistics services, technical support, financial services and product aggregation and distribution. The company serves approximately 150 countries and is the only global broad-based IT distributor with operations in Asia. Visit www.ingrammicro.com.

About HP

HP creates new possibilities for technology to have a meaningful impact on people, businesses, governments and society. The world’s largest technology company, HP brings together a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure to solve customer problems. More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at http://www.hp.com/.

This news release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. If such risks or uncertainties materialize or such assumptions prove incorrect, the results of HP and its consolidated subsidiaries could differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements, including but not limited to statements of the plans, strategies and objectives of management for future operations; any statements concerning expected development, performance or market share relating to products and services; any statements regarding anticipated operational and financial results; any statements of expectation or belief; and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. Risks, uncertainties and assumptions include macroeconomic and geopolitical trends and events; the competitive pressures faced by HP’s businesses; the development and transition of new products and services (and the enhancement of existing products and services) to meet customer needs and respond to emerging technological trends; the execution and performance of contracts by HP and its customers, suppliers and partners; the achievement of expected operational and financial results; and other risks that are described in HP’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to HP’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2010. HP assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements.

© 2011 Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P. The information contained herein is subject to change without notice. The only warranties for HP products and services are set forth in the express warranty statements accompanying such products and services. Nothing herein should be construed as constituting an additional warranty. HP shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein.


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Wednesday, 26 January 2011
Minicom Digital Signage, leading manufacturer of advanced media distribution and innovative management solutions for the digital signage industry, is happy to announce that it is launching its new solution family ScreenGate at ISE 2011 in Amsterdam on Feb 1st to 3rd.

ScreenGate solution The ScreenGate solution family includes ScreenGate™ Management Gateway - which offers state of the art management capability, with Proof-of-Performance technology included - and ScreenGate™ IP Streaming solution - which offers IP streaming media delivery advantages.

Ronni Guggenheim, CEO of MDS, says: “With its new ScreenGate solution, MDS is further expanding its innovative offer to the Digital Signage market. We are proud to be the first company in the market to offer an IP streaming solution specifically designed to respond to the challenges of digital signage networks. ScreenGate IP Streaming has been designed in close cooperation with some of the leading DooH network operators, incorporating their feedback and answering some of their current challenges. ScreenGate solution is not just a media distribution solution over IP: with ScreenGate Management Gateway (SMG), ScreenGate is a media delivery solution which ensures the media to be delivered to the screen. By seamlessly integrating with SMG, ScreenGate IP Streaming benefits from the built-in patented Proof of Performance and offers a full management plug-in to enable comprehensive display access, control and management, making it the next generation management platform for Digital Signage displays around the globe.”

ScreenGate IP Streaming Solution

ScreenGate IP Streaming solution is MDS’s latest media distribution solution which allows network operators to maximize their network value by leveraging the inherent benefits of IP technology with its pervasiveness, its scalability and its cost-effectiveness using existing LAN infrastructure. The DS content will be distributed with full-HD quality and requires only a small bandwidth.

ScreenGate Management Gateway

Minicom Digital Signage’s revolutionary ScreenGate Management Gateway (SMG) is a digital signage management software platform which ensures the delivery of the right content to the right device at the right time. In case of display failure, SMG sends immediate alerts in order for network operators to solve the issue immediately. SMG delivers advanced remote control and performance monitoring, featuring Proof-Of-Performance technology which maximizes your network’s efficiency.

In order to celebrate this launch, MDS is organizing a Happy Hour on February 2nd at 2.30 PM with a special session on “How to reduce your cost and manage your DS Network with MDS ScreenGate Solution”, which will be followed by aperitifs and drinks and Live Demo of MDS’ new ScreenGate Solution.

Minicom DS is also co-organizing the DS Showcase with ISE and the Expert Tour with OVAB
Click here to meet MDS at the DS Showcase at ISE.

About Minicom Digital Signage

As a leader in the Digital Signage industry, Minicom Digital Signage provides advanced media distribution and innovative management solutions based on cutting edge technology in order to reduce OPEX and enhance the value of Digital Signage networks.

Our mission is to offer network operators, integrators and distributors, media delivery and management solutions which allow the distribution of rich content from a player to multiple remote digital displays, and to offer advanced network management capabilities in order to bring the highest added value to the network at the lowest capital and operational costs.
With more than two decades of experience and offices and partnerships all over the world dedicated to providing solutions in video distribution and display management, as well as 400,000 screen displays powered in all types of verticals, Minicom Digital Signage is a recognized leader in providing innovative and comprehensive solutions to the ever-growing challenges of the Digital Signage industry.
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Wednesday, 26 January 2011
The NEW signagelive player for Android will be launched next week at Integrated Systems Euro pe on Stand 10N116 at the RAI, Amsterdam. The signagelive Android player will be demonstrated on both Tablets and Mobile Phones with features that enabled scheduled content to be deployed and played back based on dates and times, plus the ability to ‘swipe and play’ media using a unique gesture touch interface.

In addition to the NEW signagelive Android player, we will be demonstrating the following at ISE:
  • NEC LCD Display with integrated PC running signagelive Display edition.
  • Advantech ARK-DS303P 1080p digital signage player running signagelive Display edition.
  • IAdea SMIL players and the latest XDS-245 24″ LCD SMIL Display running signagelive Virtual Player.
  • A range of real-world content samples using the signagelive interrupts feature to switch between different layouts and content.

LIVE signagelive platform demonstration showing all the latest features available to control and update your signagelive powered digital signage network.

If you would like to view a video of signagelive for Android in action, here is a link http://vimeo.com/19170645




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Wednesday, 26 January 2011
Leading Hardware Vendors Announce a Bundled Digital Signage Solution
 
Today 26 January 2011, AOpen Computer BV Europe and MMD, the company behind Philips branded public signage solutions, announce the upcoming release of an AOpen Digital Engine® alongside one of Philips Public Signage displays equipped with the space saving Smart Insert. Both companies are leading hardware manufacturers in their respective fields and have commenced a close relationship together as preferred partners. The exciting hardware combination offers customers a complete tested and certified digital signage platform, providing customers with a reliable and open hardware solution. 

James Hua & Wilfred De ManAccording to Wilfred De Man, Director Sales & Marketing EMEA “We are proud to announce our partnership with AOpen with these bundled packages. This is another sign that the Smart Insert solution offers ultimate flexibility for System Integrators and Solution Providers, as opposed to all-in-one digital signage devices.”

In early 2010 AOpen and MMD announced the Philips Smart Insert for a perfect mounting solution to attach the media player to the display. This means that if one of the products needs a replacement, the customer only needs to replace one item, thus lowering the total cost of ownership. Other key benefits include: providing an optimal fit on the wall, maximum flexibility, easy upgrades, tidy cable management, green solution, hardware operability tested and certified.
 
James Hua, General Manager AOpen Computer BV Europe, concludes: “MMD is a strong multimedia display vendor and therefore a good choice to bundle our forces with. We will offer a bundled package, which makes it easy for our customers to install a digital signage hardware platform that is tested and certified, allowing for a reliable and cost efficient solution.”
 
About MMD

MMD is a wholly owned company of TPV established in 2009 through a brand license agreement with Philips. MMD exclusively markets and sells Philips branded LCD displays worldwide. By combining the Philips brand promise with TPV’s manufacturing expertise in displays, MMD uses a fast and focused approach to bringing innovative products to market. Through its network of local sales agents MMD works with all major European IT distributors and resellers. The company’s design and development centers are located in Taiwan and Amsterdam.
 
About AOpen

AOpen has more than 10 years of IT hardware manufacturing experience along with keen insights into IT industry trends that help drive the growth of AOpen. As the leading manufacturer, of digital signage hardware solutions world-wide, AOpen keeps expanding its products and services for digital signage and other vertical application markets. With in-depth market knowledge AOpen can offer advice for complete digital signage platform solutions. AOpen has cultivated a sophisticated ecosystem of premium solution providers to offer its solutions via its value added channel network to the market.
 
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Tuesday, 25 January 2011
The latest solution scenarios for banks and retail companies are on display at Wincor World 2011

New solution scenarios that enable the automation of the cash cycles of banks and retail companies are at the heart of Wincor World 2011. There Wincor Nixdorf and 40 of its partners will be presenting some 600 exhibits across 10,000 square meters of exhibition space. These exhibits form a foundation on which, among other things, Wincor Nixdorf will show how cashless payments can be processed, how branches and stores can be redesigned for greater security and customer-friendliness, and how POS processes in retail stores can be automated. In addition to the exhibition, the 7,000 visitors expected from more than 90 countries around the world can take advantage of nearly 60 presentations from experts in the retail and banking sectors plus a variety of practice-oriented workshops.

Just one year after introducing its concept for re-orienting cash processes, Wincor Nixdorf can report decisive steps forward in the introduction of its new technology. At Wincor World, Eckard Heidloff, President and CEO of Wincor Nixdorf, presented the latest project: In the Netherlands, a cash-in-transit (CiT) company, a bank and a retail company are testing the cross-sector networking of their cash cycles. The “intelligent” cash cassettes, which are automatically filled with the day's takings at the retail store’s checkouts, are transported by the CiT company to a bank and inserted directly into the bank's ATMs to replenish their supply of cash. The retailer no longer has to count this cash manually, and neither the retailer’s nor the bank's staff ever have direct contact with the banknotes. “The great level of interest in our Cash Cycle Management Solutions and our new CINEO hardware system generation with its software-platform have confirmed for us that we’re on the right path with this concept,” said Heidloff at the start of Wincor World 2011.

Cooperation in automating cash cycles around the world.

“We’ll be realizing other important steps in our vision through our cooperation with Giesecke & Devrient,” Heidloff went on. Giesecke & Devrient specializes in banknotes and banknote processing in central banks and cash centers. Wincor Nixdorf and its new partner intend to bundle their expertise in automating cash cycles, from consumers to banks, retail companies and CiT companies and all the way to the central bank. In addition, in the future they will work more closely together on the standardization of systems and processes, with the goal of more efficient cash processing. As part of this cooperation, the two companies will be founding the joint venture “CI Tech Components AG” for the ongoing development and marketing of security technology for testing and processing banknotes.

Designing processes for transparency and cost-effectiveness.

In addition to the extended Cash Cycle Management Portfolio, Wincor World 2011 will be focusing on software that supports the multichannel orientation of retail banks, on solutions for processing cashless payment transactions and on security solutions that protect banks and retailers from attacks across all sales channels and processes. A new generation of CINEO systems for the automation of processes in self-service banking environments and bank branches will also be on display. For retail businesses, Wincor Nixdorf will present a scalable portfolio of POS solutions and flexible self-service solutions for the checkout zone. The expanded development of its Retail Software Suite means that Wincor Nixdorf now offers a uniform software platform for supporting the various delivery channels.

Transparent systems- and cash processes.

Wincor Nixdorf presents new ideas for the efficient operation and maintenance of its solutions. IT monitoring and business monitoring of bank branch and retail store processes enjoys increasing significance among customers. For this reason, Wincor Nixdorf has developed a management dashboard solution that provides banks and retail companies with a graphical view of system, service and cash processes using dashboards. The data needed for these dashboards is provided from the information collected by the Wincor Nixdorf eServices Platform.

Increase in revenues and operating result in the first quarter.


On the occasion of the opening of Wincor World, Heidloff made a point of noting that Wincor Nixdorf’s numerous innovations have underscored its position as a leading end-to-end provider to businesses in the retail and banking sectors. During the first quarter of the current fiscal year (2010/2011), the company increased its revenue and its operating result (EBITA) by 4 percent each in comparison with the same period last year. With an eye toward the company’s course for the remainder of the fiscal year, Heidloff pointed to the continuing uncertainty regarding the speed and sustainability of the global economy’s recovery from the effects of the economic crisis. For fiscal year 2010/2011 as a whole, the company continues to strive for revenue growth of 6 percent and an increase in the operating result of 8 percent. In Heidloff’s opinion, the speed of the market’s recovery will play a decisive role in whether the company can achieve these goals.
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Tuesday, 25 January 2011
Chase to install ATMs with NCR’s new Scalable Deposit Module (SDM), improving the Chase customer experience for making cash and check deposits

DULUTH, Ga.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) today announced that it will install additional ATMs at hundreds of Chase locations in 2011, helping one of the nation’s largest banks deliver a faster ATM experience for customers who make multiple deposits. The roll-out will include ATMs equipped with NCR’s next-generation Scalable Deposit Module (SDM) technology, the only technology on the market that allows consumers to deposit both cash and checks simultaneously in any orientation through a single slot. This new technology, designed for NCR SelfServ ATMs, delivers a consumer deposit experience that is twice as fast as other ATMs.

“NCR’s new SDM technology will help make our Deposit Friendly ATMs even better,” said Ryan McInerney, CEO of Consumer Banking at Chase. “It will be even easier for customers to make deposits at more of our ATMs.”

Chase operates 16,000 ATMs across the United States.

With SDM, a typical consumer transaction of five bank notes and two checks can take less than 60 seconds to deposit. SDM improves the experience for small and medium businesses, such as doctors and small business owners, who on average deposit between 12-20 checks and/or 25-30 notes per transaction. Through SDM technology, customers who make multiple deposits benefit from a quick and reliable transaction outside the branch.

“Our bank customers have seen their deposit volumes nearly double as they roll out their no-envelope deposit ATMs. Clearly, consumers and small businesses enjoy the speed and convenience of anytime self-service banking, and NCR was committed to the innovation that extends those capabilities by making our ATM deposit experience faster and easier,” said John Bruno, executive vice president, NCR Corporation. “We’re pleased that an innovative bank such as Chase recognizes the value of SDM, and we look forward to rolling out this technology to their consumers this year.”

NCR SelfServ ATMs have been designed to deliver the highest levels of availability – critical to customer satisfaction. Unique features such as self-healing technology that allows the ATM to recover automatically without the need for human intervention, dual-roll receipt printers that ensure the ATM need never run out of paper, and graphical operator panels that allow bank employees to quickly and effectively perform routine maintenance tasks all ensure NCR SelfServ ATMs are “in service” when consumers want them.

In addition to the SDM-enabled SelfServ ATMs, NCR also will install cash dispensing ATMs from its SelfServ family in various Chase locations.

According to the most recent Retail Banking Research (RBR) study, NCR is again the global market share leader in ATM technology. NCR has been the top provider of ATMs since 1986 – 24 consecutive years.

About Chase

Chase is the U.S. consumer and commercial banking business of JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), which operates more than 5,100 branches and 16,000 ATMs nationally under the Chase brand. Chase has 146 million credit cards issued and serves consumers and small businesses through bank branches, ATMs and mortgage offices as well as through relationships with auto dealerships and schools and universities. More information about Chase is available at www.chase.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.

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Tuesday, 25 January 2011
Worldwide winner for innovation in outstanding design and function

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--NEC Display Solutions of America, a leading provider of commercial LCD display and projector solutions, announced today that its 23-inch MultiSync® EX231W desktop monitor has won the renowned iF Product Design Award for 2011, which is given to companies that have made outstanding design achievements. This distinguished honor is given each year by an international jury of experts and is one of the world’s most esteemed design accolades.

The iF Product Design Award is given to a product based on clearly defined criteria, such as quality of design, quality of workmanship, degree of innovation, environmental sustainability and ergonomics. NEC’s MultiSync EX231W, ideal for enterprise office environments, impressed the panel of judges in the category of “05 Computers.”

“It’s truly an honor to receive such a prestigious award for the MultiSync EX231W, a display that sets the benchmark for performance, design and environmental advances,” said Kevin Christopherson, Director of Product Marketing for NEC Display Solutions. “NEC’s high standards and commitment-level of providing innovative products can be clearly seen in the MultiSync EX231W, and the iF Product Design Award confirms this product as a leader in its category.”

First-class quality is offered in the MultiSync EX231W with brand new technologies like the human sensor, which detects user activity in front of the monitor and reduces its power up to 95 percent with inactivity. Users have the ability to adjust the inactivity length and sensor settings. The stylish monitor is equipped with DisplayPort and DVI-I inputs for full high-definition resolution, as well as an ultra-slim bezel (14.6mm width), ultra-light weight (9.3 lbs with stand) and USB pass-through on the top of the monitor, which allows quick connecting of a webcam or simple flash drive access.

The MultiSync EX231W design was created by Naoto Fukasawa, an internationally-known, award-winning industrial designer. In 2003, Naoto Fukasawa established Naoto Fukasawa Design. While collaborating with representative brands in Italy, Germany, France, Switzerland, Scandinavia and Asian countries for their product developments, he is also consulting both national and international companies. Fukasawa has won many awards internationally and, in 2007, he was accorded the title of Honorable Royal Designer for Industry (Royal Society of Arts). Since 1992, Fukasawa has been designing the MultiSync monitor series for NEC.

About NEC Display Solutions of America, Inc.

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

About VUKUNET

VUKUNET, from NEC Display Solutions of America, is the engine that powers the digital out-of-home advertising business. VUKUNET is the only universal ad serving platform that drives ads to any digital out-of-home network, regardless of content management system. VUKUNET makes the buying, flighting and reporting of digital out-of-home ad campaigns easy. For additional information about VUKUNET, visit www.vukunet.com or call (877) 805-VUKU.
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Tuesday, 25 January 2011
Stelios Fragkos appointed region VP to harness innovation in world’s fastest growing economies

DULUTH, Ga.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--NCR Corporation (NYSE:NCR) today announced it is creating a dedicated emerging markets sales group as part of its strategy to drive growth by responding faster to the needs of companies and consumers in some of the world’s fastest growing economies.

Stelios Fragkos has been promoted to regional vice president, Emerging Markets Group, which comprises Brazil, India, China and Middle East and Africa. Reporting to Peter Leav, senior vice president, global sales, Fragkos will focus on expanding NCR’s customer base, revenue and profitability in these markets. The new organization arrangement will create the focus required to allow Fragkos and his team of regional leaders to deliver responsive support to customers’ needs by extending NCR’s partnership approach and tightly aligning the company’s regional go-to-market, R&D and manufacturing strategies.

“The growth of self-service is a global phenomenon with 75 percent of NCR revenues already coming from international markets,” said Peter Leav, who also heads NCR’s Emerging Markets Council. “We are driving further growth by focusing a consolidated high performance team on the most dynamic economies, with growing middle classes that increasingly require self-service to manage their lives. NCR’s Emerging Markets Group will empower our sales and consulting teams to harness our regional innovation structure to deliver more relevant insight and technology. Stelios has a track record of understanding emerging market needs, building a collaborative partnership approach with customers and driving profitable growth, and so he is ideally suited to head this new group.”

Most recently, Stelios served as vice president for NCR Middle East and Africa operations where he successfully managed operations and led sales for all NCR solutions. Prior, he was Managing Director, NCR Greece, from when he joined NCR in 1999.

“I’m pleased to be leading NCR’s expansion in emerging markets,” said Stelios Fragkos. “We have a strong brand, relationships, market leadership and insight in the most exciting markets in the world. We have invested for growth in the regions. Now is the time to leverage our innovation structure through the strength of NCR’s local market teams and so help our customers achieve their business goals, and to reach greater levels of success.”

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.

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Monday, 24 January 2011

Wincor Nixdorf AG will hold Wincor World 2011, the ATM manufacturer's annual exhibition and world conference, January 25 to 27 in Paderborn, Germany.

"New solution scenarios that automate and combine banking and retail cash cycles comprehensively for the very first time will be in the spotlight at Wincor World 2011," said company officials. Wincor Nixdorf, which has its headquarters in Paderborn, is the world's second-largest ATM manufacturer based on annual shipments.

With its enhanced portfolio of cash cycle management solutions, Wincor Nixdorf will be presenting itself as an end-to-end supplier for the design of the cash process. Other highlights include software, which supports multichannel strategies for retail banks and security. Wincor Nixdorf executives also will be available for consultation, in addition to presenting new software products and services.

The exhibit hall for Wincor World 2011 is 7,000 square meters.

Story courtesy of www.ATMmarketplace.com.

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Friday, 21 January 2011
X2O Media Creative Services Team and Ad Agency Mediavation Honored for Excellence in Digital Signage Deployment at Retailer Mark's Work Wearhouse

MONTREAL — X2O Media, a full-service provider of software, network management, and content services for professional digital signage applications, and Mediavation, a provider of print and electronic advertising, branding, and creative services, today announced that their digital signage deployment at Canadian retailer Mark's Work Wearhouse has earned a 2010 DIGI Award. Now in their sixth year, the DIGI Awards represent the only industry award program that recognizes the outstanding integrators, content providers, and product manufacturers focusing on digital signage. The awards are selected and presented by Digital Signage Magazine and The Digital Signage Group.

"The DIGI Awards have grown every year, as have the creativity and diversity we see demonstrated by award winners in the use of digital visual communication," said David Keene, Executive Editor of Digital Signage Magazine and chair of the judges committee for the DIGI Awards. "The work that X2O Media's Creative Services team and Mediavation did with Mark's Work Wearhouse illustrates how engaging and entertaining digital signage content can serve as a highly effective informational sales tool."

X2O Media worked with Mediavation, one of Mark's Work Wearhouse's ad agencies, to bring to life the agency's creative concept of presenting product innovations as part of a dynamic "faux newscast." This concept is complete with faux news anchors and weather presenter, catchy over-the-shoulder stills and video, crawls, graphics, and branding elements, all against the backdrop of a faux news studio.

Shoppers entering the store see on-screen video that engages them with the professional look of a major news network and serious news presenters. However, it communicates product information and innovation with comic imagery, including graphics, branding elements, and images delivered by X2O, and humorous crawl script, developed by Mediavation. X2O Media staff combined their experience in graphics and in news broadcast production to give the whole presentation a newsy feel with a fun approach.

"The DIGI Awards honor excellence in digital signage technology, creativity, and innovation, and we're proud to have earned this distinction for our creative services work," said X2O Media President and CEO David Wilkins. "This award is particularly meaningful to us, as it is judged by our peers within the digital signage market."

"Mediavation was proud to have X2O as one of our partners in the execution of the vision developed for Mark's Work Wearhouse," said Joseph Levy, President of Mediavation. "To win this special award and be recognized by our peers and the industry, while doing what we love is a great honor."

X2O Media's content creation services include concept design, graphics design, and repurposing of existing branding assets to best fit the digital signage medium. X2O's Creative Services team has created graphics for events such as the U.S. presidential elections, the Super Bowl, Euro Cup soccer, and Canadian national elections, among many other events, and its innovative approaches and design excellence have earned the team numerous prestigious industry awards including Broadcast Design Association (BDA) awards (U.S.) for its election graphics work, as well as design awards from Omni Intermedia Awards.
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Thursday, 20 January 2011
Rockford, Il.- GDS Inc., Global Display Solutions Inc., an international supplier of advanced display products and solution has announced today the release of the Clearview Series of high performance displays.  The Clearview Series are both high bright, 1000+ nits based on LED edge lighting and optical bonding.  The Clearview Series is offering these premium features at incredibly low commercial prices.  Ranging from 8.4” to 22” wide screen, the Clearview Series offers these features while still maintaining the original OEM display package.

The Clearview Series is based with an industrial LCD display family offering wide temperature ratings and guaranteed long product life cycles.  GDS adds high output, highly efficient LED edge lighting to the OEM display.  Brightness performance achieved is between 1000 and 1200 nits (candela /meter2), depending on the display.  These solid state lighting systems are twice as efficient as the CCFL lighting they replace.  The LEDs will turn on at -30 C, so it can match the rated operating temperature of the display which ranges from -20 to -30C (depending on display) to +85C.  The LEDs can also be dimmed to less than .5 nits, for night operation.

The Clearview Series also includes Optical Bonding.  Bonding increases the contrast of the display by eliminating most of the reflected loss caused by non-indexed matched cover glass.  Additionally, optical bonding eliminates any chance of moisture or contamination from forming under the cover glass, in the air gap.  The lack of air gap also prevents the trapped air from heating up from the “green house” effect.  Bonded displays also make the display much more rugged and more difficult to break.  Should the cover glass break, the bonding material will hold in place any of the broken glass shards. 

“High bright LCD displays with LED lighting, with the addition of optical bonding; all while maintaining the original OEM display footprint is phenomenal itself, but at these prices, it is like getting one of these advanced features for no additional charge” say David Blass, Business Development Manager  for GDS.

The Clearview Series is one of the most competitively priced display families in the market.  A 100 piece price for a 15” display, with 1000 nits and optical bonding is only $495.   The Clearview Series can be specially ordered with a variety of semi-custom configurations, such as bonded touch screens, EMI glass or for those applications that cannot use bonding, an unbonded version. 

About GDS

GDS Inc. is a subsidiary of Global Displays Solutions SpA, of Italy, an ISO 9000 certified company at all locations.  GDS Inc. is located Rockford Il..  The Clearview Series is available immediately, with an typical  lead time of 6 – 8 weeks.  Models CV150XG01 (15” XGA), CV170SX01 (17” SXGA) and CV190SX01 (19” SXGA) are priced at $495, $595 and $695 respectfully.  Complete datasheets and products specifications are available online at www.gdsclearview.com, or contact David Blass, Business Development Manager at (815) 713-2456 or email for more details.
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Thursday, 20 January 2011
ONELAN recently announced that Switzerland's Spot Werbe AG has opted for ONELAN's Linux-based digital signage to power its digital-signage LED screens used for outdoor advertising.

The ONELAN digital signage is used for static advertisements in a single zone (Under Swiss law moving content on outdoor screens is prohibited.), and six screens have been installed and a further 22 are now planned, according to ONELAN officials.

Each screen is driven by an ONELAN Net-Top-Box (NTB) 510 player located inside the display; staff from SPOT WERBE are able to change the content on the outdoor signage remotely over a Web browser.

reprinted courtesy of DigitalSignageToday.com
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Thursday, 20 January 2011
Visit Booth 12A85-86 for the latest digital signage developments from Scala’s Technology Partners

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands – Scala, the world’s leading software provider for digital signage networks, will exhibit its latest release of Scala QuickStart that supports HP’s new SignagePlayer at Integrated Systems Europe 2011, Feb. 1-3 at the RAI International Exhibition and Congress Center in Amsterdam (Booth 12A85-86).

The new and affordable HP SignagePlayer/Scala QuickStart solution1 features a locked-down Microsoft® Windows® Embedded operating system and a preconfigured Scala Player for outstanding performance and reliability. Displaying videos, pictures, crawls, interactive Adobe® Flash, and Scala scripts with dynamic text or graphics in any combination up to 1080p allows the system to be used in a wide range of applications. The HP SignagePlayers can also be easily connected to any Scala Content Manager anywhere in the world.

“Never before has setting up a full-featured digital signage player been this easy,” said Gerard Bucas, Scala’s Chief Executive Officer. “We’re incredibly pleased to introduce this new service in conjunction with the new Scala certified players from HP. We believe we have achieved a significant breakthrough for the industry.”

At ISE 2011, HP will provides all 33 screens used in both of Scala stands, including HP’s 42-inch digital signage touchscreen and HP’s latest screen development, the 47-inch LD4710 with bezels that are less than 18 mm wide. This new digital signage display is thinner, smarter and more connected, giving businesses a full-featured, contemporary and engaging digital signage solution from HP.

Several of Scala’s partners also will exhibit a range of digital signage technology at Scala’s booth at this year’s event.

Mdina Media is an AMD embedded partner that delivers creative industrial hardware solutions that are notable for their cost-effectiveness, low-noise level and the capability to deliver 24/7 performance. Mdina Media will present three novelty products developed with AMD: Nvidia 9400M, the world’s smallest nano player; 780E ATI, the world’s smallest fanless system; and the low-energy 9-watt and 18-watt AMD G-series with powerful AMD Radeon HD 6000 graphics. The low power consumption products of Mdina comply with current green PC standards.

Mdina Media, who is providing all of the audio equipment in Scala’s booth, will also demo its innovative holosonic technology, which enhances digital signage by providing sound directly to your audience. The holosonic speaker is the only Audio Spotlight system that focuses sound specifically to listeners, providing sound where you want it and quieting other areas. The SPL Computer automatically raises and lowers sound levels in response to changes in ambient noise conditions.

IAdea will be showcasing its latest line of digital signboard products, along with its newest media appliances. The new digital signboards on display include XDS-245, a 24-inch display with integrated HD media player, and the XDS-104 next-gen 10-inch display (signboard) with built-in player, featuring touch buttons for interactive customer feedback collection at the point of engagement. The new XMP-340 full-HD media appliance with live audio/video overlay function will also be on display for the first time.

Nexcom will display its ultra-reliable, yet surprisingly cost-effective range of Scala-approved digital signage players. The NDiS Series incorporates solutions ranging from low-cost products aimed at single- and dual-screen deployments, right through to high-end platforms capable of supporting four independent displays and HD Video wall. All platforms in the NDiS range are based on cutting-edge AMD/Intel technology and offer superb performance, flexibility, reliability and extreme value for money.

iBASE Technology will exhibit its PC-based digital signage media players. These specially designed slim players separate electronics from the heatsink to significantly reduce the height of the unit and provide higher reliability. With built-in embedded GPU and dedicated GDDR3 graphical memory, these media players boosts the graphical performance in the smallest footprint money can buy.

MediaVue Systems will be showcasing its new high-performance SureVueD, the newest member of the SureVue family of digital signage player PCs. The SureVueD can output three simultaneous HD digital channels. With industrial-grade design and components, and innovative thermal management the SureVueD delivers the same high-reliability for which all SureVues have become known.

Working very closely with Scala, Blue Chip Technology developed the Vario portfolio of dedicated digital signage players for the Scala EMEA customer base. The Vario L3 is the trusted first choice for most digital signage projects, occupying a performance/price sweet spot and neat footprint.  The L3 is flanked by the entry-level, fanless A1 and the rack mount performance powerhouses of the E3 and 2U. Designed and manufactured for 24/7 operation and featuring a three-year “Trio” warranty, the Vario player range has a managed long-term lifecycle, bringing reliability and stability to any DOOH installation.

Additionally, Scala will display a PufferSphere M from Pufferfish at the booth. The PufferSphere M is a portable unit that projects images onto a 360-degree, spherical display.
 
Scala will also showcase the diverse uses of Scala 5 software, including transportation, hospitality, banking, recreation, entertainment, retail and professional services.

To request an interview or booth demo with a Scala representative at ISE 2011, contact Harry Horn by e-mail at Harry.Horn@scala.nl or by phone at +31 43 3588300.

About Scala

Driving more than 500,000 screens worldwide, Scala is a leading global provider of digital signage and advertising management solutions. Scala is the world’s first connected signage company, offering the leading platform for content creation, management and distribution in digital signage networks and the first unified platform for advertising management of both traditional and digital signage networks. The company's digital signage customers include Rabobank, IKEA, Burger King, T-Mobile, Virgin MegaStore, Warner Brothers, The Life Channel, Rikstoto, Repsol, NorgesGruppen, Audi, ECE Flatmedia, Kaufhof (Metro Group) and thousands more. Advertising management customers include CBS Outdoor, Clear Channel Outdoor and Magic Media, among others. Scala is headquartered near Philadelphia, USA, and has subsidiaries in Canada, The Netherlands, France, Norway, Germany and Japan, as well as more than 450 partners in more than 60 countries. More information is available at www.scala.com.
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Thursday, 20 January 2011
SYDNEY, – SapientNitro, part of Sapient (NASDAQ: SAPE), announced today that Paul Bennett has joined the company as national managing director of SapientNitro in Australia, effective immediately.

Bennett brings 20 years of global industry experience to SapientNitro, having worked in Sydney and London in leadership roles at international agencies, including Euro RSCG (CEO Australia), Proximity Worldwide (managing director, EMEA), BBDO Europe (business development director), and Lowe Worldwide (international CRM director). He will be responsible for all aspects of the Australia business, with a focus on ensuring that SapientNitro’s globally recognized best-in-class customer experience offering is fully implemented in Australia.

“Paul’s appointment is a natural step in moving the already successful Australian business on to even greater achievement,” said Alan J. Herrick, president and chief executive officer of Sapient. “Paul joins a highly-awarded business which continues to capitalize on its ability to deliver high-impact, through-the-line marketing services for clients. He’s had stewardship of leading global brands and is passionate about the merging of creativity and technology to get into the hearts and minds of consumers.”

SapientNitro has offices in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane. It’s well known for its “Best Job in the World” campaign for Queensland Tourism, which took the top prize at the Cannes International Advertising Festival in 2009. Recently, its Sydney office was appointed to handle all creative duties for Stockland Commercial Property shopping centers throughout Australia.

Said Bennett, “I’m impressed by SapientNitro’s ability to successfully integrate its market leading digital expertise with traditional marketing and advertising capabilities. Companies are looking for a new type of partner to help them navigate the world of multi-channel marketing and commerce, yet the number of companies genuinely capable of doing so is limited. There is huge potential for SapientNitro in Australia to harness the great expertise we have locally, while tapping into the company’ global resources and expertise in online marketing, commerce and technology, to deliver outstanding work for our clients. I’m thrilled to get started.”

Concurrent with this move, Michael Branagh, previously managing director of SapientNitro in Australia, has taken on an expanded global leadership role, where he will serve as managing director of global accounts with specific emphasis on helping to steward SapientNitro’s global relationships in the Australia market. As global clients have played an increasingly strategic role in the company’s business, Branagh will help to grow its large multi-national accounts, including Coca-Cola, Mars, Unilever, and Volvo. He will also continue to lead the company’s Brisbane office.

In June 2009, Sapient acquired Nitro Group, an award winning, above-the-line advertising agency, forming SapientNitro. The acquisition brought best-in-class brand-led thinking and above-the-line creative capabilities to Sapient’s digital expertise, and expanded Sapient’s global footprint into new Asia-Pacific markets, including Australia, China, and Singapore. Since then, the Asia-Pacific teams have been focused on adding fully integrated marketing and commerce solutions for leading brands.

About SapientNitro

SapientNitroSM, part of Sapient®, is one of the world’s largest integrated marketing and technology services firms. We create and engineer highly relevant experiences that accelerate business growth and fuel brand advocacy for our clients. By combining multi-channel marketing, multi-channel commerce, and the technology that binds them, we influence customer behavior across the spectrum of content, communication and commerce channels, resulting in deeper, more meaningful relationships between customers and brands. SapientNitro services global leaders such as Citi, The Coca-Cola Company, Mars, Singapore Airlines, Target, and Vodafone through our operations in North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. For more information, visit www.sapientnitro.com or follow us on Twitter @sapientnitro.
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Thursday, 20 January 2011
Haivision Extends the Capabilities of the Furnace™ IP Video System to Address Enterprise-Grade Requirements

MONTREAL and CHICAGO — Haivision, the leading provider of the most advanced video networking, digital signage, and IP video distribution solutions, today announced the availability of its Furnace™ 5.8 IP video system with features that support advanced integration, security, and control capabilities for IP video recording and distribution.

Furnace 5.8, coupled with Haivision's Makito™ HD H.264 encoder and the Furnace's patented InStream™ player, supports end-to-end AES 256-bit encryption, assuring the highest level of protection for video assets. A related development is InStream's support of the complete HD H.264 HD toolset, enabling digital broadcast channels to be streamed live through the Furnace architecture.

To further the effectiveness of enterprise-wide integration of Furnace, release 5.8 supports a feature called Intelligent Publishing. After recording a video segment, users can now automatically make that video available securely to authorized users according to established metadata. The recording (NVR) process can be executed through the Furnace user interface or through an extensive and secure Application Programming Interface (API) if integrated third-party control systems are employed. With Furnace 5.8, the system's standard-based API is further extended to allow granular integration with its popular Command and Control module, an enhancement that gives administrators exact control over InStream players and Stingray™ set-top boxes.

Haivision's Furnace is the only end-to-end system for HD H.264 live distribution, recording, playout, and video-on-demand. It is used extensively for IP video within education, medical, military, media and entertainment, and enterprise markets.

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

About Haivision Network Video

Based in Montreal and Chicago, Haivision Network Video is a private company and a world leader in delivering the most advanced and intelligent IP video networking and digital signage technology. Haivision's products are deployed worldwide within the foremost Fortune 100 companies; in the most rigorous military and defense applications; in state-of-the-art healthcare facilities for video collaboration and training; in highly renowned educational institutions for IPTV, teaching, and signage; in the most efficient interactive broadcast applications; and within the world's leading TelePresence suites. Haivision distributes its products through value-added resellers, system integrators, distributors, and OEMs worldwide.
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Thursday, 20 January 2011
Investment aims expand leadership in next generation displays for mobile devices

SEOUL, South Korea--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a global technology innovation and digital convergence leader, today announced it has acquired display technology firm Liquavista BV. Samsung completed the acquisition of Liquavista, based in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, in December 2010.

Liquavista, founded in 2006 as a spin-out from the Philips Research Labs, offers a new type of electronic display technology known as electrowetting for applications in e-readers, mobile phones, media players and other mobile devices.

The electrowetting technology, which operates in transmissive, reflective, transparent and transflective modes, enables the creation of displays with bright, colorful images with dramatically reduced power consumption. Offering more than twice the transmittance of LCD technology and able to operate at low frequencies, displays utilizing electrowetting consume just 10 percent of the battery power of existing display technologies.

With the acquisition of Liquavista, Samsung aims to expand its leadership in next generation display technologies by pioneering the application of electrowetting in e-Paper and transparent displays. As electrowetting can be manufactured by modifying existing LCD production lines, Samsung will be able to realize significant synergies through the utilization of existing manufacturing equipment and capabilities.

In e-paper applications, the response time of the electrowetting displays will be more than 70 times faster than that of existing reflective displays, allowing for color videos, which was previously thought impossible. In future, the application of the technology is expected to expand to transparent, transmissive and transflective displays.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.


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

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Thursday, 20 January 2011
TAIPEI, TAIWAN, - CAYIN will introduce in-depth digital signage integrations for different vertical markets at booth 12A95, Integrated Systems Europe 2011. CAYIN welcomes all system integrators who are eager to stand out from the competition to join CAYIN. The exhibition will be held in RAI Exhibition Centre, Amsterdam, Netherlands from February 1st to 3rd.

From the live demonstration at CAYIN’s booth, visitors will experience how CAYIN’s flexible platform can be integrated with external web servers and digital devices in different vertical markets. The following applications will be showcased in the exhibition.

CAYIN Digital Signage and 3G, GPS, Google Maps

CAYIN’s SMP-WEB series digital signage players can integrate with 3G and GPS technology to provide mobile and place-based solutions. Players installed in moving vehicles can playback content based on location. Administrators can also locate each player on Google Maps and instantly have an idea of overall connection status of all players.

CAYIN Digital Signage and Access Control System

Integrated with the access control system, SMP-WEB series digital signage players can convey both general and individual messages when employees scan the RFID card at the entrance. The screen can even send out warning messages to those who have bad attendance records when CAYIN’s solution integrates with an attendance system.

CAYIN Digital Signage and Bank System

CAYIN’s SMP-WEB series digital signage players can integrate with a bank’s web server to present currency exchange rates, interest rates, and news tickers automatically on screens.

CAYIN Digital Signage and Barcode Scanner

CAYIN creates a scenario to present how retailers can utilize a barcode scanner with digital signage to boost sales.

To perfectly fit diversified requirements from different applications and stand out from the competition, the flexible integration capability of CAYIN’s digital signage solution becomes the real advantage of optimizing digital signage system to win out in projects and tenders.
You are more than welcome to visit CAYIN at booth 12A95.

About CAYIN Technology

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



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Thursday, 20 January 2011
PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--HP Enterprise Services today announced FCC, a Spain-based multinational public services company, has signed a seven-year technology services agreement with Hewlett-Packard Servicios España, S.L.

“HP’s innovative, industry-leading infrastructure services will ensure our IT systems meet our critical business requirements as we expand into additional global markets.”
.The agreement is intended to transform FCC’s technology infrastructure to advance the company’s ability to compete internationally; it is valued in excess of $300 million in revenue for HP (NYSE:HPQ).

With this agreement, HP will provide data center services and end-user workplace management for the entire FCC organization, which has a presence in 54 countries. FCC’s core businesses are environmental services and water management, construction of large infrastructure, cement production and renewable energy production.

“FCC has grown twofold over the last four years, and we want to increase our competitiveness on an international scale by improving our efficiency and practices,” said Antonio Gómez Ciria, general manager, Administration and IT, FCC. “HP’s innovative, industry-leading infrastructure services will ensure our IT systems meet our critical business requirements as we expand into additional global markets.”

The agreement is part of a broader initiative by FCC to reengineer its management systems to better allocate resources to strategic tasks. Citizen Services Group, FCC’s parent company, intends to apply these same efficiency improvements to all of its international businesses.

HP will provide centralized data center services and consolidate FCC’s distributed data centers into two locations in Madrid, Spain, operated by HP. Through consolidation and standardization, FCC can increase agility, improve visibility over its international operations and lower its operating costs.

HP also will provide workplace services, including delivering service desk services in nine languages to support FCC’s 20,000 worldwide employees. Onsite support and managed print services will keep systems running and users productive. HP’s workplace solutions are based on industry best practices that create consistent, well-integrated and scalable processes and tools to deliver a more agile end-user computing environment.

“To capitalize on its many growth opportunities, FCC needs a technology infrastructure that is available, enables collaboration and adapts easily to change,” said Mike Nefkens, senior vice president and general manager, HP Enterprise Services, EMEA. “Drawing on our extensive expertise in managing technology environments for large global companies, the HP team will help FCC on its journey to become an Instant-On Enterprise.”

In a world of continuous connectivity, the Instant-On Enterprise embeds technology in everything it does to serve customers, employees, partners and citizens with everything they need, instantly.

About Fomento De Construcciones Y Contratas, S.A.

FCC is a Citizen Services company operating in 54 countries. Its annual revenues exceed 12 billion euro and it has 92,000 employees. It obtains 45 percent of revenues from outside Spain, and 54 percent of EBITDA is produced by the Services and Renewable Energy businesses. Please visit http://www.fcc.es for more information.

About HP

HP creates new possibilities for technology to have a meaningful impact on people, businesses, governments and society. The world’s largest technology company, HP brings together a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure to solve customer problems. More information about HP is available at http://www.hp.com.

This news release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. If such risks or uncertainties materialize or such assumptions prove incorrect, the results of HP and its consolidated subsidiaries could differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements, including but not limited to statements of the plans, strategies and objectives of management for future operations; any statements concerning expected development, performance or market share relating to products and services; any statements regarding anticipated operational and financial results; any statements of expectation or belief; and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. Risks, uncertainties and assumptions include macroeconomic and geopolitical trends and events; the competitive pressures faced by HP’s businesses; the development and transition of new products and services (and the enhancement of existing products and services) to meet customer needs and respond to emerging technological trends; the execution and performance of contracts by HP and its customers, suppliers and partners; the achievement of expected operational and financial results; and other risks that are described in HP’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to HP’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2010. HP assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements.

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Wednesday, 19 January 2011
Grand prize winner will receive up to $20,000 in cabling and cabinet solutions

PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Black Box Corporation (NASDAQ:BBOX), an industry-leading provider of voice communications, data infrastructure, and networking products, today announced the start of its Cable & Cabinet Makeover Contest. Participants can enter photos of their disorganized wiring closets, telco rooms, or cabinets for a chance to win a makeover by Black Box experts, including up to $20,000 in equipment and installation services.

Andy Schmeltzer, Structured Cabling Product Manager at Black Box, says, “A disorganized cabling and cabinet setup costs time and money. Moves, adds, and changes are more expensive. Even a small problem can cost much more in labor and network downtime. But with a well-organized closet, problems are easily fixed or avoided altogether. Black Box has the solutions and expertise, including SpaceGAIN™ CAT5e and CAT6 cables and patch panels, Elite™ IT cabinets, cable management equipment, biometric access locks, and environmental monitoring systems to clean up and protect even the messiest closet.”

After the entry period ends on February 16, 2011, five finalists will be selected from which the grand prize winner will be chosen by popular vote. Photos of the finalists will appear on blackbox.com, where voters can register to choose their favorite. In addition, everyone who enters the Cable & Cabinet Makeover Contest or registers to vote in the contest is eligible to win an Apple® iPad® and receives 10% off their next Black Box order.

For complete contest rules, visit http://www.blackbox.com/go/Makeover.

About Black Box

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

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

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Wednesday, 19 January 2011
EXTON, Pa. – Scala, the leading provider of end-to-end software solutions for digital signage and advertising management, has been recognized for its involvement in two innovative digital signage deployments at the 2010 DIGI Awards. Scala won “Best Deployment, Integration of Digital Signage and Mobile/Cell Phone Technology” for 4Food: Build your Burger within a Social Network. Scala was also named the winner of “Interactive Technology Roll-Out of the Year” for Texas State Technical College’s digital signage degree program and installation.

Before stopping into the midtown Manhattan store, 4Food customers can log on to the website (www.4food.com) and build their burgers in advance via computers or 4Food’s smart phone application. If customers need to place an order upon entering the store, employees take orders on iPads, which upload instantly to the kitchen. A giant 13-foot by 20-foot LED wall displays TV programming, 4Food’s Twitter feed, 4Square updates and the customer names as orders are ready for pick-up. Scala software integrates with the restaurant’s point of sale system and real-time inventory. The network also integrates with 4Food’s online community, where creating an account is encouraged and members can earn points for food.

Texas State Technical College (TSTC) is the first school to offer a degree program in digital signage technology. Students enrolled in the program earn a two-year associate’s degree and receive their training entirely online in a virtual classroom. Students use Scala software to create content, manage playlists, identify audiences, and measure and track digital marketing results. They develop and run mock campaigns on the campus network and manage transmissions of multimedia content to more than 50 displays on the four TSTC campuses.

“We greatly appreciate the recent awards that acknowledge the cutting-edge social media and interactive applications our partners and customers have created using our software,” said Tom Nix, Vice President of Scala, Americas and Oceania. “We look forward to sharing how our customers leverage adjacent technologies to get exponential value out of their Scala digital signage solution.”

About Scala

Driving more than 500,000 screens worldwide, Scala is a leading global provider of digital signage and advertising management solutions. Scala is the world’s first connected signage company, offering the leading platform for content creation, management and distribution in digital signage networks and the first unified platform for advertising management of both traditional and digital signage networks. The company's digital signage customers include Rabobank, IKEA, Burger King, T-Mobile, Virgin MegaStore, Warner Brothers, The Life Channel, Rikstoto, Repsol, NorgesGruppen, Audi, ECE Flatmedia, Kaufhof (Metro Group) and thousands more. Advertising management customers include CBS Outdoor, Clear Channel Outdoor and Magic Media, among others. Scala is headquartered near Philadelphia, USA, and has subsidiaries in Canada, The Netherlands, France, Norway, Germany and Japan, as well as more than 450 partners in more than 60 countries. More information is available at www.scala.com.
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Tuesday, 18 January 2011
Agreement established to provide comprehensive design platform down to 14nm targeting low-power, high-performance for advanced consumer electronics

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ARM® [(LSE: ARM); (Nasdaq: ARMH)] and IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced an agreement between the two companies to extend their collaboration on advanced semiconductor technologies to enable the rapid development of next generation mobile products optimized for performance and power efficiency. The resulting technology will provide a suite of optimized physical and processor IP by ARM tuned to IBM’s advanced manufacturing process down to 14nm; providing streamlined development and earlier introduction of advanced consumer electronics into the marketplace.

As the consumers’ requirements increase for high-end features on mobile devices including; extended battery life, uninterrupted internet access, high end multimedia and secure transactions, the chip design becomes increasingly more challenging. Designers must consider nanometer -scale effects in terms of lithography, variability, and so on while simultaneously meeting performance, power and area (PPA) targets across hundreds of millions of transistors. This increased complexity potentially results in additional in-house design time.

Through this agreement ARM and IBM will collaboratively develop design platforms aligning the manufacturing process, microprocessor and physical IP design teams. This collaboration will minimize the risk and barriers to migrating to smaller geometries while enabling optimized density, performance, power and yield in advanced SoC designs; accelerating the introduction of advanced electronics into the marketplace.

“The ARM Cortex processor family has become the leadership platform for the majority of smart phones and many other emerging mobile devices,” said Michael Cadigan, general manager, IBM Microelectronics. “We plan to continue working closely with ARM and our foundry customers to speed the momentum of ARM technology by delivering highly advanced, low-power semiconductor technology for a variety of new communications and computing devices.”

“IBM has a proven track record of delivering the core research and development that is relied upon by major semiconductor vendors worldwide for their advanced semiconductor devices. Their leadership of the ISDA alliance, which features a diverse set of top-tier companies as members, is growing in importance as consolidation trends in the semiconductor manufacturing industry continue,” said Simon Segars, EVP and general manager, ARM physical IP division. “This agreement will ensure we are able to deliver highly tuned ARM Artisan Physical IP solutions on advanced ISDA process technologies to meet the early time-to-market our customers demand.”

Past collaboration with IBM and ARM on advanced geometries has been underway since 2008, resulting in the implementation of extensive process and physical IP refinements to improve SoC density, routability, manufacturability, power consumption, and performance. Moreover, through the previous collaboration on the 32nm and 28nm nodes, ARM has already delivered 11 test chips that provide concrete research structures and early silicon validation. In addition, ARM has developed specific optimizations targeting ARM processor cores including most recently a complete ARM Cortex-A9 processor core implemented on 32nm High-K Metal Gate technology.

Today’s agreement reinforces the aligned co-development of semiconductor process, foundation Physical IP building blocks, and microprocessor core optimization necessary to achieve market-leading system-on-chip (SoC) solutions. Furthermore, it extends access for ARM to continue this systematic test chip roadmap and assure early time-to-market readiness of the necessary platform of physical and processor IP solutions for nodes ranging from 20nm through 14nm.

About ARM

ARM designs the technology that is at the heart of advanced digital products, from wireless, networking and consumer entertainment solutions to imaging, automotive, security and storage devices. ARM’s comprehensive product offering includes 32-bit RISC microprocessors, graphics processors, video engines, enabling software, cell libraries, embedded memories, high-speed connectivity products, peripherals and development tools. Combined with comprehensive design services, training, support and maintenance, and the company’s broad Partner community, they provide a total system solution that offers a fast, reliable path to market for leading electronics companies.

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Tuesday, 18 January 2011
ONELAN has set up a new department to cater for increasing customer demand for integration services and solutions.

The department will handle all aspects of integration of ONELAN products with third party systems and products. To date several successful 3rd party integrations have been rolled out including Assumption Grammer school, NHS Bristol, and Highbury College.

The Integration Services department will be headed up by Andy Cordwell. With over 20 years’ experience delivering software solutions Andy also has unrivalled knowledge of ONELAN’s products having previously been involved in all aspects of ONELAN’s product development.
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Monday, 17 January 2011
Merthyr Tydfil originally had a standalone digital signage player which was just used in the college library. They needed a new digital signage system to provide information college wide (news/ messages/ important announcements etc). ONELAN emerged as the best solution able to deliver what they required: a system where more than one user could upload information, which could be time scheduled, that used common file formats and with great flexibility in the layout design of the screens.

What is installed

Two ONELAN Net-Top-Box (NTB) 5500s are used to publish content to ONELAN Century NTBs located across the college campus driving 46” Samsung screens, and a 32” LG screen. Signage is situated on each of the four floors of the college. In the library a NTB 5500 is connected to a LG 40” screen. In the main reception there is a 50” screen.

ONELAN’s power saving techniques enable a system to be scheduled to shut down and reboot the screens which benefits Merthyr Tydfil’s sustainability policy. It reduces the printing of posters and leaflets, saving on printing and paper costs.

End result/Customer feedback

“We are delighted with our ONELAN signage system, it provides flexibility, creativity and professional output every time.” Gareth Morgan, Merthyr Tydfil IT Dept.

About Merthyr Tydfil College

The College was established on the present site in 1955. Courses are managed under three faculties: Business & Lifelong Learning, Services to People and Technology.
About 850 students follow full time courses and a further 3500 enrol part-time. The College holds a large Work based Learning contract, has a vibrant Commercial Services unit and has achieved more Enterprise Scholarships that any other Further Education establishment in Wales.

A major programme of improvement to the College estate is in progress with approximately £1.8 million spent in the current academic year.
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Friday, 14 January 2011
Park Cast Network, a New York City based, digital-out-of-home (DOOH) network- provided PlowShare Group’s client, the New York City Department of Transportation the ability to hyper-target their key audience for a Pedestrian Safety campaign.  PlowShare Group was asked to promote and distribute the Broadcast and Out of Home elements of the NYC DOT Pedestrian Safety PSA campaign in September 2010. Developed by NYC-based Ready366 and launched in October, 2010, the campaign seeks to raise awareness of the 30mph citywide speed limit; something that nearly two-thirds of New Yorkers were not previously aware of.

Park Cast Network, which owns and operates digital screen media within parking garages throughout the city, stepped up to support this important message by running the campaign in parking garage exits, entrances and waiting rooms across its network of more than 40 high-volume premium public garages. In total the spots aired 263,358 times between October 25-November 30. According to PlowShare President, Jeffrey Boal, “We are thrilled with Park Cast Network’s commitment to this campaign, and grateful for its commitment to communicate this important message to its customers. Talk about targeting an audience!”

About Park Cast Network

Park Cast Network operates digital out-of-home video advertising networks in public parking facilities in the Central Business Districts of major cities (DMA) within the United States.  With HD displays strategically positioned at touch points, Park Cast Network delivers its message to an "on the go" captive audience at the beginning and end of their daily routines.  To learn more visit: www.parkcastnetwork.com .

About PlowShare Group

PlowShare Group is the second largest provider of public service advertising in the county.  Representing over 31 nationally recognized blue chip nonprofit and government agencies such as American Red Cross, World Wildlife Fund and Make-A-Wish Foundation, PSG was able to deliver over $747,300,000 in donated media time and space in 2009.  To learn more visit www.plowsharegroup.com
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Friday, 14 January 2011
FRANKFURT, Germany – Patrons at new holyfields restaurants in Germany can expect to spend more time enjoying their dining experience, thanks to a new interactive ordering system powered by Scala.

With the goal of creating a digital ordering system to speed up the ordering process, holyfields partnered with Newroom Media and the Ippolito Fleitz Group to develop user-friendly self-service kiosks. To order a meal, a customer simply selects his or her preferred food and drink on one of the kiosks and then proceeds to a cashier. They receive pagers that will alert them from their tables when food is ready for pick-up.

With the ordering system in place, customers eliminate time wasted waiting for someone to seat them, take their order and serve their meal. Now guests have more time to enjoy their dining experience with friends and family than at an ordinary quick-service restaurant.

The kiosks feature an intuitive design interface, high level of scalability, modern design, and a constant and stable system capable of operating for 17 hours a day. Each kiosk is equipped with a 32-inch Samsung LCD display, Tyco Electronics IntelliTouch Surface Wave Touchscreens and a DE7000 Digital Engine from AOpen.

The kiosk interface uses only Scala scripts, including some never used before, as well as specially developed optical effects such as transparent pop-ups. Scala Content Manager and Scala Player software drive content to the screens.

“At holyfields, our ordering system is reliant on the new terminals. Failure or downtime would result in customer dissatisfaction and a loss of money,” said Gerhard Schöps, Managing Director of holyfields. “Therefore, the operation of these terminals is crucial. We are very satisfied with the speed and reliability of the Scala software, as are our customers.”

In the future, holyfields wants to work with Scala to extend the system to allow customers to pay directly at the terminal and to integrate terminal payment methods for paying instantly and automatically via credit card and cell phone.

“Scala is honored to contribute to the innovative ordering system at holyfields. The system is truly customer-focused, reliable and intuitive,” said Oscar Elizaga, Vice President of Scala, EMEA, India and Latin America. “This project showcases the versatility and possibilities inherent to Scala software.”

For more information about holyfields’ use of digital signage, read the case study at www.scala.com/news/studies/holyfields.

About Newroom Media

At Newroom Media, it is our priority to create a unique and intelligent brand of communication. We believe in working cooperatively with our clients to develop and distribute innovative, interactive and digital concepts and products for the information, entertainment and advertising fields – connecting the real world with the digital world.  Interactive Digital Signage allows the user to interact with E-commerce applications, online content and real objects, all of which simultaneously adapt to both the user and  external circumstances. Our goal is to create the latest in highly efficient communication solutions that fulfill the need for entertainment, while achieving a lasting advertising effect at the same time. To do this, we use media such as shop windows, mobile phones, internet, plasma / LCD displays and kiosk systems. In the words of Henry Ford, “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” We are focused on the strategic integration of digital and interactive media into the communication concepts of our clients. We thank you for partnering with us. More information is available at: www.newroom-media.de

About ippolito fleitz group

ippolito fleitz group is a multidisciplinary, internationally operating  design studio based in Stuttgart, Germany. We are identity architects. We work in unison with our clients to develop architecture, products and communication that are part of a whole and yet distinctive in their own right. This is how we define identity.  With meticulous analysis before we begin. With animated examination in the conception phase. With a clarity of argument in the act of persuasion. With a love of accuracy in the realization. With a serious goal and a lot of fun along the way. Working together with our clients. As architects of identity, we conceive and construct buildings, interiors and landscapes; we develop products and communication measures. We do not think in disciplines. We think in solutions. Solutions that help you become a purposeful part of a whole and yet distinctive in your own right. We architect your identity. More information: www.ifgroup.org

About Scala

Driving more than 500,000 screens worldwide, Scala is a leading global provider of digital signage and advertising management solutions. Scala is the world’s first connected signage company, offering the leading platform for content creation, management and distribution in digital signage networks and the first unified platform for advertising management of both traditional and digital signage networks. The company’s digital signage customers include Rabobank, IKEA, Burger King, T-Mobile, Virgin MegaStore, Warner Brothers, The Life Channel, Rikstoto, Repsol, NorgesGruppen, Audi, ECE Flatmedia, Kaufhof (Metro Group) and thousands more. Advertising management customers include CBS Outdoor, Clear Channel Outdoor and Magic Media, among others. Scala is headquartered near Philadelphia, USA, and has subsidiaries in Canada, The Netherlands, France, Norway, Germany and Japan, as well as more than 450 partners in more than 65 countries. More information is available at www.scala.com.
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Friday, 14 January 2011
Version 8.0.2 enhances the digital signage platform’s drag-and-drop user interface and HTML player

PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Black Box Corporation (NASDAQ:BBOX), an industry-leading provider of voice communications, data infrastructure, and networking products, today announced the release of new software that enhances the management and creative control of digital signage content displayed through the award-winning iCOMPEL™ platform.

Version 8.0.2, now available for download at blackbox.com, boasts new features that simplify and streamline the process of content design for high-impact, attention-getting digital signage.

“iCOMPEL already had one of the most intuitive content-management interfaces anywhere,” said Keith Kazmer, Digital Signage Product Manager. “Now, we’ve made it better, so it’s even easier to use.”

Digital signage administrators, when adding content into the iCOMPEL playlists and content library, can now drag and drop multiple content files from their desktop directly into the playlists and folders of the iCOMPEL software. Image thumbnails are shown within the playlist and file manager pages.

Also with this update, the iCOMPEL HTML player now supports the latest WebKit open source layout technology used by the Apple® Safari® and Google® Chrome™ browsers while adding HTML5 and SVG graphics support to the platform.

“With these HTML player improvements, content designers can achieve sophisticated creative effects for their digital signage content,” Kazmer said. “Professional effects can be achieved without the use of expensive professional Flash programmers or HTML and CSS developers. For instance, the background of an HTML page can be set up as a transparent image, and tables within a digital screen can have a transparent border and background—which can make for a really impressive presentation of menu boards, airport information boards, and event schedules.”

The upgrade brings other improvements to the platform, including:

  • The ability to quickly back up and restore all media and settings on the iCOMPEL using an external USB disk.
  • No restrictions on file naming when using the iCOMPEL Web user interface.
  • An improved screen status page that shows connection state, the serial number of the digital display, and the CPU and disk temperature history.
  • XML Web services allowing HTML and Flash to access features on the iCOMPEL.
  • More customizable “ad-hoc” content-control capabilities, which enable iCOMPEL users located at a remote screen to tailor messaging to a local audience.
  • For improved security, a Web interface that uses secure digest authentication instead of the weaker basic authentication.
  • A more advanced maintenance menu.

The iCOMPEL family of browser-based, networked players gives businesses and organizations of any size an affordable solution for improving internal and external communications through relevant, dynamic digital signage. With it, users can stream recorded or live video, Flash animation, RSS news and stock ticker feeds, and other Web media.

As an integrated hardware/software solution, iCOMPEL comes preloaded with design tools for assembling and distributing HD-quality multimedia content to digital signs. It includes tools for playing stored and live media in multiple screen zones, and menus for scheduling content distribution by time and location. There are no additional software fees for current iCOMPEL owners.

For more information on the iCOMPEL product line, visit http://www.blackbox.com/go/iCOMPEL.

The Black Box iCOMPEL is one of the Company’s many solutions for digital signage. Black Box also offers LCD and plasma displays, and AV extenders, splitters, switches, and converters, all of which can be found at http://www.blackbox.com/go/AV. To see more than 270 digital signage and multimedia solutions, view the Company’s e-catalog at http://www.blackbox.com/go/DS10ec. All products are backed by free, live, 24/7 Tech Support at 724-746-5500 or at http://www.blackbox.com.

About Black Box

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

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

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Thursday, 13 January 2011
Xpresenter™ Digital Signage Software Delivers Intuitive, Engaging Guide to FCC Visitors With Interactive Wayfinding and Up-to-Date Event Information

MONTREAL — X2O Media, a full-service provider of software, network management, and content services for professional digital signage applications, today announced that its award-winning Xpresenter™ digital signage software is being utilized at Atlantic Canada's newest meeting and convention facility, the Fredericton Convention Centre (FCC) in the City of Fredericton, New Brunswick. X2O delivered a state-of-the-art digital signage system that offers cutting-edge features such as interactive wayfinding, animated maps, and real-time information, allowing visitors to take advantage of the FCC's many amenities.

The City of Fredericton is known widely as a smart, innovative community, and the FCC's digital signage system is designed to reflect this aspect of the city's character. In the conceptual phase, the designers of the FCC envisioned a touch-screen system that would not only provide a "wow factor" for visitors, but would also serve as an intuitive guide to the events taking place throughout the facility, and give attendees the up-to-date event information they need through a visually engaging and highly responsive interactive interface.

Driven by Xpresenter, the FCC's touch-screen system enables guests to access information about scheduled events, facilities, and amenities via any of the strategically located and vertically oriented 46-inch digital HD displays. Upon choosing their preference of English or French, guests are given a variety of options. They can go to a list of their organization's meetings, times, and locations. By clicking on a meeting, they can use the wayfinder feature to view the best path to their desired location, while exploring available amenities along the way. Xpresenter is integrated with the FCC's EMS® event management software, ensuring that the most current meeting location information is presented to attendees, and that expired events are automatically taken off the screens. The Xpresenter saves the FCC's staff considerable amounts of time and money since they only have to enter the information in one system.

Another page shows information on local area attractions around the convention center in a Google Maps™-type application. A real-time text ticker at the bottom of the screen provides live weather forecasts and news reports, RSS feeds, personalized messaging created by FCC staff, and regularly updated flight arrival and departure information for the nearby Fredericton International Airport. Throughout the FCC, Xpresenter is additionally powering 19-inch screens located in front of every meeting room. These screens are also linked to the event management system, allowing them to display the name of the current meeting and schedule of events.

"When designing the FCC, our goal was to create a space where the technology was thought out very well, and incorporates the same, if not better, advanced technologies you would find in convention centers for larger cities," says Mike Richard, vice president of operations for e-Novations ComNet Inc., a municipal corporation that is owned by the City of Fredericton and is responsible for digital media projects. "By utilizing the Xpresenter platform, we have achieved that goal. A perfect blend of form and function, our digital signage network provides the 'wow factor' we were looking for with a highly convenient way for our guests to find their way around the FCC and take advantage of all the amenities it has to offer."

The system was designed and installed by PSAV® Presentation Services, a leading supplier of A/V and event technology equipment to hotels and other institutions. In addition to Xpresenter, X2O Media supplied creative design and graphics creation services. X2O Media's Creative Services team provided polished branding with a distinctive look and feel and created space for appropriate inclusion of ads.

X2O Media'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. Xpresenter's patented authoring module allows Microsoft® PowerPoint® users to produce compelling content that incorporates animations, video clips, and real-time data sources — all within the PowerPoint interface.

About X2O Media

X2O Media is a full-service provider of software, network management services, and content services for professional digital signage and corporate communication 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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Thursday, 13 January 2011
EnQii, a leading global digital signage company, today announced that it was launching EnGage Content Apps – an online content store to provide best of breed content for its digital out of home customers. The content app store is integrated with EnQii’s EnGage platform and allows customers to preview and buy content from a variety of suppliers to use in their out of home networks.

“We are excited by this new initiative”, said Ajay Chowdhury, EnQii’s CEO. “Excellent content is the backbone of any digital signage system and until now users have had to go to many different places to get this content. We have partnered with some of the best providers in the field to showcase their products in one place and to enable our customers to seamlessly use it with our platform. This fills a much-needed hole in the digital signage industry.”

EnGage Content Apps can be accessed through EnQii’s EnGage platform. Once a customer accesses the store they can choose content in different categories, preview it, purchase it and publish it into their digital signage system. The system will include both free and paid for content that has been vetted by EnQii to ensure they work well for Digital Out of Home networks. At launch the content providers to the system include Digichief (news, sports scores, stock prices and infotainment), Custom Weather and AccuWeather (weather), Eventful (local events listings), Blue Fox (videos and images), PlayNetwork (music and custom content) and Saddle Ranch Productions (custom content). In addition to this content the app store will also contain EnQii’s own content widgets including QR codes, clocks, web links and TV inputs.

The EnGage suite of products consists of the EnGage content management and networking platform, EnGage Menu (menuboarding software), EnGage Creator (message creation software), EnGage Music (integrated in-store music software) and EnGage Content Apps (online content store).

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

About EnQii

EnQii is a global leader in the digital signage and out–of–home media market with offices in New York, Toronto, London, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Melbourne. As one of the world’s truly global digital out–of–home companies, EnQii currently services thousands of locations across more than 14 countries. EnQii couples a deep understanding of customer behaviour with its powerful media technologies to provide clients with fully managed solutions that enables them to advance their overall customer communication strategy for many years to come. EnQii won the DIGI Award for outstanding technology in the health care category for the WHEN Network. Investors in the company include Amadeus Capital Partners, Wellington Partners and Ithmaar Bank. EnQii has recently been voted as the number one global digital signage provider for the third year in a row by www.DailyDOOH.com and a Tier One player by Frost & Sullivan.
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Wednesday, 12 January 2011
Industry Expert Brings 15 Years of International Experience to Senior Management Role

MONTREAL and CHICAGO — Haivision, the leading provider of end-to-end IP video and digital signage solutions, today announced the appointment of Richard Brice as vice president, Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). Brice joins the company with deep technical knowledge and extensive experience in growing international operations. As vice president, EMEA, his responsibilities will include further strengthening of Haivision's presence across key markets.

"Richard has a valuable understanding of technical issues, as well as a unique ability to leverage this knowledge in opening up and expanding new markets," said Mirko Wicha, president and CEO of Haivision Network Video. "We're very pleased to welcome him to the Haivision management team and to be working together toward even greater success in the EMEA region."

Prior to joining Haivision, Brice spent 10 years with Miranda Technologies, most recently as senior vice president of U.S. sales. He earlier served as the company's managing director, Europe, in London and as president of Miranda Asia, based in Hong Kong. Brice tripled the company's European operations between 2001 and 2006 while steadily increasing profitability, and he was part of the senior management team during Miranda's IPO in late 2005.

Before working with Miranda, Brice was the commercial director of Oxtel plc in the U.K. He has been a visiting fellow of Oxford Brookes University in the electronic engineering department and is a member of SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers) and the Audio Engineering Society (AES). He is an author, a successful composer and recording artist, and a sound engineer. Brice earned his bachelor of arts (Hons) from University of Bradford. Brice is based near Paris.

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

About Haivision Network Video

Based in Montreal and Chicago, Haivision Network Video is a private company and a world leader in delivering the most advanced and intelligent IP video networking and digital signage technology. Haivision's products are deployed worldwide within the foremost Fortune 100 companies; in the most rigorous military and defense applications; in state-of-the-art healthcare facilities for video collaboration and training; in highly renowned educational institutions for IPTV, teaching, and signage; in the most efficient interactive broadcast applications; and within the world's leading TelePresence suites. Haivision distributes its products through value-added resellers, system integrators, distributors, and OEMs worldwide.
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Wednesday, 12 January 2011
BOSTON, MA, — Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, has received Authorization to Operate (ATO) Accreditation from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) for twelve Project 25 Land Mobile Radio (LMR) systems used by the U.S. Army throughout North America.

An ATO is formal recognition by the Designated Accrediting Authority (DAA) regarding the acceptable level of risk associated with operating a system for the DoD. After implementing all designated IA controls, all Harris Army P25 LMR systems received ATO accreditation for processing, storing and transmitting mission-critical communications information.

"An official ATO is extremely important and a true designation of confidence," said Steve Marschilok, president, Harris Public Safety and Professional Communications. "The successful completion of the demanding ATO process indicates that the Harris systems used by the Army provide increased levels of IA security over critical information system assets and have the ability to effectively adapt to changing market conditions and user requirements."

The Harris P25IP system combines the benefits of an IP-based network with industry recognized P25 standards. The result is a single cost-effective IP-based network that is reliable, scalable and secure while providing communications interoperability. Harris also delivers established IA methodology that leverages enterprise security with a programmatic view of overall mission assurance.

Harris Public Safety and Professional Communications is a leading supplier of assured communications® systems and equipment for public safety, federal, utility, commercial and transportation markets — with products ranging from the most advanced IP voice and data networks, to industry leading multiband, multimode radios, to public safety-grade broadband video and data solutions. With more than 80 years of experience, Harris Public Safety and Professional Communications supports over 500 systems around the world.

About Harris Corporation

Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has approximately $5 billion of annual revenue and more than 16,000 employees — including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications® products, systems, and services. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at www.harris.com.
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Wednesday, 12 January 2011
Digital Signage Network Improves Communications and Cuts Costs

DORSET, England – The resort town of Bournemouth bustles with business and tourism in England’s southern coast, generating hundreds of millions of British pounds a year and employing thousands of workers. A major goal of Bournemouth’s Borough Council is making locals and visitors aware of the region’s many activities and events. This task brought with it an internal communications challenge. The Council had struggled to efficiently coordinate communications and disseminate news to its staff. Direction Marketing & Communications and Scala offered a solution to solve this — a centrally managed digital signage network that informs the council’s staff, based in various locations within the city, simultaneously and instantly if needed. This is the first system of its kind in the region.

“Keeping staff informed across a wide range of departments and buildings is a major problem for any large organization, and we are no exception,” said Jayne Young, Bournemouth Borough Council’s Internal Communications Officer.

Scala Certified Partner Direction created a widespread network of displays strategically positioned in prominent public areas throughout the town. Bournemouth’s new network, called INfo Channel, is currently deployed in the town hall and an outlying depot, with a view to potential expansion to many other community centers such as the local libraries. It comprises a central server running Scala 5 Content Manager software with Scala Media Players driving three 50-inch high-definition screens in the town hall reception area (public facing), the staff Terrace Café and the Southcote Road depot (both staff facing). An additional 10 24-inch staff-facing screens have been deployed throughout the rest of the town hall complex.

Using Scala Content Manager, the Council communications team can now efficiently schedule and distribute all content for each of the displays from a single location. Direction provides customized content, as well as live news feeds for local news, weather/traffic reports and national news. Altogether, the network is replacing paper-based posters, memos and newsletters; reducing staff workload; and improving communications with more up-to-date details on upcoming events.

“This project clearly demonstrates the incredible versatility and user-friendliness of the Scala software. The Bournemouth Council will surely benefit from its network by distributing up to date information fast and at a low cost,” said Damon Crowhurst, Director of Business Development & Services for Scala, EMEA.

“INfo Channel allows us to improve, extend and significantly enhance internal staff communications, and has reduced operational costs,” concluded Young.

For a full case study about how digital signage has saved money in British resort town, visit www.scala.com/news/studies/bournemouth.

About Direction

Founded in 1989, Direction Marketing & Communications has established a distinctive reputation for honesty and integrity much appreciated by its UK-wide client base. The agency is unique in offering world-class 3D animation and illustration in addition to a complete portfolio of marketing communications services; it added Scala digital signage to its portfolio in 2007. More information is available at www.direction123.com

About Scala

Driving more than 500,000 screens worldwide, Scala is a leading global provider of digital signage and advertising management solutions. Scala is the world’s first connected signage company, offering the leading platform for content creation, management and distribution in digital signage networks and the first unified platform for advertising management of both traditional and digital signage networks. The company's digital signage customers include Rabobank, IKEA, Burger King, T-Mobile, Virgin MegaStore, Warner Brothers, The Life Channel, Rikstoto, Repsol, NorgesGruppen, Audi, ECE Flatmedia, Kaufhof (Metro Group) and thousands more. Advertising management customers include CBS Outdoor, Clear Channel Outdoor and Magic Media, among others. Scala is headquartered near Philadelphia, USA, and has subsidiaries in Canada, The Netherlands, France, Norway, Germany and Japan, as well as more than 450 partners in more than 60 countries. More information is available at www.scala.com
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Wednesday, 12 January 2011
New NCR SelfServ Slimline helps retailers enhance consumer experience, better respond to shoppers’ demand for seamless interactions across retail channels

DULUTH, Ga.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today at the National Retail Federation (NRF) Annual Convention and Expo (Booth #1903), NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) showcased a new kiosk enclosure, engineered with a sleek, modern design. The new NCR SelfServ™ Slimline enables retailers to makes it easier for consumers to shop seamlessly across multiple channels while giving them a more interactive, self-service user experience in-store.

“Every element of the new design is focused on the consumer, making its use in a variety of self-service solutions approachable and natural,” said Lyle Sandler, vice president, design and consumer experience, NCR Corporation. “The enclosure establishes a new aesthetic that is complementary to both contemporary store design and visual merchandising displays, in order to encourage consumers to engage with self-service solutions as a positive aspect of their total shopping experience.”

NCR SelfServ Slimline is designed for consumers who now want to be able to connect with a retailer out of the store, for example on the Internet at home or on a mobile device, and then continue their shopping journey in-store. This converged shopping experience is being delivered by applications including Endless Aisle, where retailers can bring online shopping into the store and Customer Loyalty, which enables retailers to extend the reach of frequent shopper programs quickly and consistently across channels.

The growing demand for kiosk-based solutions was reinforced by findings of an October 2010 RIS News report, “2010 Cross Channel Tech Trends Study: Maximizing Leverage Across Channels,” where 75 percent of retailers say that deploying Endless Aisle capabilities in their stores is a top three cross-channel priority for 2011, up from 25 percent in 2010. Through Endless Aisle, customers can easily order out-of-stock items at an in-store kiosk or select from an expanded base of merchandise online and have it shipped to their home or to the store.

The SelfServ Slimline is based on NCR’s proven SelfServ™ 60 kiosk hardware, which provides exceptional performance and superior energy efficiency. Matched up with NCR’s Netkey digital signage software, which uses a proven, scalable architecture that enables fast and flexible application development, retailers are able to quickly develop and deploy converged channel solutions.

Integrated peripherals and devices include a standard 17-inch all-in-one touch screen with integrated motion sensor, speakers, dip-reader and thermal printer. Custom options include an imaging scanner, PIN pad and full page printer. Future releases will include integrated digital signage options designed to engage customers with rich, multimedia content.

The NCR SelfServ™ Slimline is also designed to be flexibly customized, readily adapting to store brand schemes. Retailers can easily wrap or customize the kiosks to complement their existing brand identity.

The new kiosk was designed by NCR’s Customer Experience Consulting team. Its domain experts include specialists in design, human factors, cognitive engineering, user interface design, consumer psychology and industrial engineering.

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.

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Wednesday, 12 January 2011
New terminals expand NCR RealPOS product line and extend choice, flexibility and value to retailers and resellers globally

DULUTH, Ga.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) today launched two new all-in-one point-of-sale solutions as part of its NCR RealPOS™ product line: the NCR RealPOS™ 50 and the NCR RealPOS™ 25.

The NCR RealPOS 50 provides a combination of performance, versatility and reliability to help retailers maximize their POS investment. It features a powerful and energy-efficient processor to run the latest graphical touch-based applications and deliver fast, personalized service.

Targeted for small and medium businesses, the NCR RealPOS 25 is an economical terminal that delivers exceptional energy efficiency, reducing the total cost of ownership for retailers. It operates without requiring a cooling fan.

Quick access to internal components and diagnostic indicators make both systems simple to install, highly serviceable and easy for associates to use.

With their versatile, multi-purpose design both terminals can function either as a point-of-sale device or a touch-based, multimedia kiosk for self-service applications. Offering flexible mounting options, the terminals can be placed on a counter, pole, bracket or wall. The systems can also be customized with optional bezel colors to match store aesthetics and branding.

As part of NCR’s commitment to industry standard architecture, the new terminals provide an open platform for current and next-generation software applications, including NCR Advanced Store, the NCR Advanced Retail Solution and the NCR General POS software, as well as diverse solutions offered by NCR RealPartners.

“These two new all-in-one POS terminals bring more choices and exceptional value for retailers,” said Greg Egan, vice president of product management for NCR Corporation. “NCR continuously looks to introduce innovative new products that create value for retailers, enabling them to realize operational efficiencies while improving their customers’ shopping experience.”

The new RealPOS terminals support multiple operating systems, including Microsoft Windows® Embedded POSReady 2009, Windows 7 and Windows XP Professional, as well as Novell SUSE® Linux Enterprise for Point of Service.

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.

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Tuesday, 11 January 2011
Saffron Walden –  signagelive has announced that it has joined the prestigious Digital Screenmedia Association (DSA). DSA is a non-profit trade organization serving the digital signage, interactive kiosk, mobile and self-service technology industries.

signagelive is a multi-award winning digital signage software platform. Using your Internet browser we enable you to manage and update your screens at the ‘click of a mouse’ from £8 or $10 per month inclusive of support and all future updates.

Jason Cremins – signagelive CEO commented – “We fully support open standards and organizations that positively promote the Digital Signage sector and we are thrilled to join the DSA having been impressed with their work in promoting best practice within the sector. We look forward to working closely with David Drain and the DSA to promote openness in the digital signage sector and our activities in North America and across the world.”

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

About signagelive

We are a 17 year old company solely focused on our multi award winning digital signage software. At signagelive®, we embrace steadily emerging and evolving technology to provide our customers with a digital signage software platform that reliably and efficiently runs even the largest retail networks.

We win repeat business and awards for a solution that is relentlessly current, nimble, well supported, open, easy to use, and truly affordable.

We’re known for innovation – leading the sector in the adoption of new technologies and standards like SMIL, HTML5, Media RSS, social media and mobile, and extending the medium to corporate desktops and IPTV.

Based in the UK and operating globally, we have a large, fast-growing and diverse client base that covers everything from small businesses to major retailers like Harrods and Thomson (TUI Travel).

About Digital Screenmedia Association

The Digital Screenmedia Association was formed through the April 2010 merger of the Digital Signage Association and the Self-Service & Kiosk Association. With over 650 members, the purpose of the DSA is to advance the growth and excellence of the global digital signage, interactive kiosk and mobile community through advocacy, education and networking. See www.digitalscreenmedia.org
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Tuesday, 11 January 2011
MOSCOW, — Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, has contracted with Svyaz Engineering to begin local manufacturing of Harris digital television transmitters to support the Russian Federation's transition to digital over-the-air television.

This regional manufacturing presence will enable Harris to offer localized support for broadcasters migrating to the DVB-T/T2 digital format as Russia continues its move toward an analog switch-off date in 2015. Local manufacturing will allow Harris customers in the region to benefit from competitive pricing, improved lead-time and immediate access to post-sales support.

"We look forward to working with Svyaz to support the Russian Federation in its digital transition," said Richard Scott, senior vice president, global sales and service, Harris Broadcast Communications. "Svyaz is a solid engineering and manufacturing company, boasting unrivalled technical capabilities and world-class manufacturing services. In addition, Svyaz provides Harris with direct access to Russian broadcast business opportunities."

Svyaz specializes in power supply manufacturing, as well as distributing manufactured products to local and export markets. Located in Moscow, the Svayz plant will produce Harris® Maxiva™ UHF multimedia TV transmitters.

"We are delighted to enter into this relationship with a world-leading provider of radio and television broadcast equipment at such a crucial time for the broadcast industry in Russia," said Alexander Koshelev, director general of Svyaz. "Manufacturing these transmitters in Russia will help ensure a smoother nationwide switch from analog to digital and enable the deployment of some of today's most modern broadcast technology across the Russian market."

Harris Broadcast Communications offers products, systems and services that provide interoperable workflow solutions for broadcast, cable, satellite and out-of-home networks. The Harris ONE™ solution brings together highly integrated and cost-effective products that enable advanced media workflows for emerging content delivery business models.

About Svyaz

Svyaz Engineering is one of the leading companies in Russia for engineering and manufacturing of radioelectronic and electrotechnical equipment for telecommunication, power, oil and gas, defence and railway industries. Svyaz was founded in 1997 on the basis of Mints RadioTechnical Institute, a leading Russian company in the field of radar facilities engineering. The company is located in Moscow, has a new full-cycle factory built in 2006 and more than 600 employees. The Svyaz R&D Department consists of 60 engineers and several testing laboratories. Additional information about Svyaz is available at www.sipower.ru.

About Harris Corporation

Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has approximately $5 billion of annual revenue and more than 16,000 employees — including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications® products, systems, and services. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at www.harris.com.
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Tuesday, 11 January 2011
Minicom Digital Signage, leading manufacturer of advanced media distribution and innovative management solutions for the digital signage industry, is again partnering with ISE to help create the Digital Signage Showcase, and is co-organizing the Digital Signage Expert Tour, along with OVAB Europe, at ISE in Amsterdam on Feb 1 – 3, 2011.

While many actors of the digital signage industry will be exhibiting at ISE 2011, they will present bits and pieces of digital signage networks in many different booths, showing their own parts of the overall application. The DS Showcase at ISE 2011 will provide a complete 'end-to-end‘ overview of the digital signage eco-system with a perspective on how to plan, create, rollout and operate a full-scale digital signage network, from content to measurement.

André Koitzsch, Minicom Digital Signage Sales Director for EMEA, says: “Minicom Digital Signage is delighted to be partnering with ISE, which is the major European exhibition for the digital signage industry. In the DS Showcase, we will demonstrate how digital signage solutions provide a competitive platform to all vertical markets to fulfill their customers’ expectations. MDS will take this opportunity to present its latest ScreenGate solution family, which offers IP streaming media delivery and state of the art management capability, with Proof-of-Performance technology included”.

The Digital Signage Expert Tour is co-organized with OVAB and will start at the DS Showcase. This Tour is an educational framework designed to help visitors understand the full digital out-of-home experience on the ISE show floor and to provide them with an overview of selected exhibitors, following the path of the digital signage supply chain, outlining how the various pieces fit into the overall digital signage puzzle.

Mike Blackman, Managing Director of Integrated Systems Events, says: "As the market for digital signage continues to grow, so it has become an even larger part of our event. ISE now offers a greater number of digital signage exhibits and solutions than any other European tradeshow. The Digital Signage Showcase and Expert Tour were a great success at ISE 2010, and we are delighted to be working with Minicom Digital Signage and OVAB Europe again in helping to make these important events happen.”

About Minicom Digital Signage

As a leader in the Digital Signage industry, Minicom Digital Signage provides advanced media distribution and innovative management solutions based on cutting edge technology in order to reduce OPEX and enhance the value of Digital Signage networks.

Our mission is to offer network operators, integrators and distributors, media delivery and management solutions which allow the distribution of rich content from a player to multiple remote digital displays, and to offer advanced network management capabilities in order to bring the highest added value to the network at the lowest capital and operational costs.

With more than two decades of experience and offices and partnerships all over the world dedicated to providing solutions in video distribution and display management, as well as 400,000 screen displays powered in all types of verticals, Minicom Digital Signage is a recognized leader in providing innovative and comprehensive solutions to the ever-growing challenges of the Digital Signage industry.

 
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Monday, 10 January 2011
– Both companies bring broad range of capabilities and manufacturing savvy, useful for development of multi-touch technology for a variety of consumer form factors and applications – 2011 International CES

LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today at the Consumer Electronics Show 2011, 3M and Quanta Computer promoted 3M Projected Capacitive Technology (3M PCT) designed specifically for consumer electronics devices. The two companies also announced their intent to continue to collaborate on a broad basis, targeting all market segments, with a focus on consumer electronics products.

“3M continues to establish 3M PCT as the multi-touch standard across a variety of enterprise and consumer applications”

During 2011, 3M is continuing its development of 3M PCT, which Quanta may use for notebook, netbook, tablet and all-in-one PC platforms. 3M PCT multi-touch technology is currently one of the only multi-touch solutions made by a leading manufacturer that can register more than 10 simultaneous touch events with a 6-millisecond response time, making it one of the most accurate and robust solutions available to users. Based in Taiwan, Quanta is a leading original design manufacturer with a reputation for high quality and leading platforms.

“Quanta is excited about the possibility of developing new consumer products, which incorporate the latest in multi-touch capabilities, and we feel the 3M PCT platform best enables multi-touch consumer applications,” said C.C. Leung, founder and vice chairman, Quanta Computer. “We want to continue working with 3M to provide multi-touch solutions for the whole touchscreen display, using 3M materials, electronics and sensor design, and have internal capabilities to tailor the system to meet individual OEM needs. This, coupled with our fast and efficient supply chains, would provide a compelling platform for our customers.”

3M is a global leader in research and development, producing thousands of products for dozens of diverse markets. 3M Touch Systems provides innovative touch solutions – from touchscreen electronics to firmware and software to sensors – that incorporate finger and stylus input along with superior light transmission and color neutrality, as well as proven leadership in touch response time and gesture input.

“3M continues to establish 3M PCT as the multi-touch standard across a variety of enterprise and consumer applications,” said Voyl Divljakovic, 3M vice president and general manager, Electronic Solutions Division. “We continue to bring together the strengths of 3M technology platforms and embody the 3M methodology of closely working with our customers – like Quanta – to develop and create solutions that result in products that work to address the desires of end users in new and exciting ways.”

About 3M

A recognized leader in research and development, 3M produces thousands of innovative products for dozens of diverse markets. 3M’s core strength is applying its more than 40 distinct technology platforms — often in combination — to a wide array of customer needs. With $23 billion in sales, 3M employs 75,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 65 countries. For more information, visit www.3m.com or follow @3MNews on Twitter.
3M is a trademark of 3M.

About 3M Touch Systems Inc.

3M Touch Systems Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of 3M and provider of innovative touchscreen solutions, provides innovative touchscreen technology products to customers worldwide under the “3M” and “MicroTouch” brands. Popular single-touch and multi-touch applications include casino gaming, foodservice, hospitality, industrial, interactive digital signage, healthcare, retail point of sale and self-service.

3M Touch Systems operates globally and reports through 3M Electro and Communications Business, headquartered in Austin, TX. For more information about 3M Touch Systems and MicroTouch products, visit www.3M.com/touch01. For an overview of popular touch technologies and terminology, visit www.touchtopics.com.

3M and MicroTouch are trademarks of the 3M Company.


About Quanta Computer

Quanta Computer is a Fortune Global 500 Company that is regarded as the world’s largest manufacturer for notebook computers and other PC related products. Quanta provides innovative products with leading technology that range from information, communication, networking, consumer electronics, and car electronics to storage. Founded in 1988, Quanta Computer is headquartered in Taiwan with major operation facilities set up in Asia, Canada, North America, South America, and Europe. Quanta Group currently employs over 65,000 employees worldwide with consolidated revenues topped US$26.7 billion for fiscal year 2009. For further information, please visit Quanta Computer’s Website at www.quantatw.com/.
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Monday, 10 January 2011
Booth to Feature Managed Digital Signs and Frames, Video Streaming, IPTV, and Interactive Systems Interoperating as a Complete, Mature Solution

MONTREAL and CHICAGO — Haivision, the leading provider of end-to-end H.264 IP video solutions, today announced that it will showcase its newly acquired CoolSign digital signage technology for the first time at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2011 in Amsterdam, Feb. 1-3. CoolSign technology has led the digital signage market for more than a decade, providing comprehensive software solutions for mission-critical, enterprise-ready signage deployments. At ISE 2011, Haivision will demonstrate how its existing line of IP video systems combine with CoolSign technology to deliver intelligent video, graphics, and data easily and securely to any desktop, display, digital frame, and mobile device.

"Until now there has been a dividing line between video streaming and the world of digital signage, forcing integrators and their customers to jump between platforms and products for different visual communication applications," said Peter Maag, executive vice president at Haivision Network Video. "At ISE 2011, we will demonstrate how the addition of CoolSign digital signage technology to our portfolio positions Haivision as the only company capable of delivering end-to-end technology solutions for enterprise communications across all media delivery platforms and networks. This represents a major step forward in terms of simplifying integration challenges and managing what is displayed on screens everywhere and anywhere."

CoolSign is a feature-rich signage solution that incorporates sophisticated and patented technology to control, schedule, distribute, display, and monitor digital media. A mature technology that can scale to meet the demands of digital signage deployments of any size, CoolSign can manage media displays from complex video walls, to synchronized flat panels, to highly distributed picture frames. Initially launched more than 12 years ago, CoolSign boasts a very large installed base of networks and players at premier clients, covering a broad spectrum from retail to corporate to pure-play digital-out-of-home advertising (DOOH) networks.

"The cost and headaches involved in reconciling different systems to create a comprehensive media delivery solution are simply too much for most integrators," said Lou Giacalone Jr., CoolSign founder. "Haivision's unique ability to offer a single-vendor solution that addresses streaming, signage, store-and-forward, and interactive applications simply and cost-effectively makes our company the true leader within the marketplace."

Today, integrators can immediately benefit from the CoolSign/Haivision synergy. For local deployments, CoolSign is ideal as a "channel" within a Furnace IPTV deployment, available to all users on demand or managed centrally and delivered to low cost Stingray HD set-top boxes. Going forward, Haivision products will blur the distinction between video, graphics, and data within highly controlled and interactive user media solutions.

ISE attendees can learn more at the Haivision booth, 10L136.
Complete information on Haivision products, including recent case studies and application notes, is available within the download center at www.haivision.com

About Haivision Network Video

Based in Montreal and Chicago, Haivision Network Video is a private company and a world leader in delivering the most advanced and intelligent IP video networking and digital signage technology. Haivision's products are deployed worldwide within the foremost Fortune 100 companies; in the most rigorous military and defense applications; in state-of-the-art healthcare facilities for video collaboration and training; in highly renowned educational institutions for IPTV, teaching, and signage; in the most efficient interactive broadcast applications; and within the world's leading TelePresence suites. Haivision distributes its products through value-added resellers, system integrators, distributors, and OEMs worldwide.
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Monday, 10 January 2011
NRF/NEW YORK – Christie®, a global visual technology company, today unveiled a range of comprehensive digital signage solutions at the National Retail Federation (NRF) Expo 2011; solutions that deliver the coveted “wow” factor that retailers are searching for as well as the behind-the-scenes monitoring and control necessary to keep display systems running. Characterized by excellent visual quality, ease of setup and use, and low maintenance, the solutions are backed by support and service options, which only a world-class manufacturer like Christie, with more than 80 years of best in class visual products and services experience, can provide.

“Retailers know their messaging and want partners who can translate their visions into impactful displays that support in-store marketing strategies, increase dwell time and engage shoppers,” said Sean James, vice president, Managed Services, Christie. “We create exciting, in-store experiences that make customers stop, shop and play. And by offering specialty installations from design through deployment and into post-deployment monitoring and maintenance, Christie offers retailers the end-to-end solutions they need to stand apart in a competitive world.”
 
Ultimate Freedom for Store Designers and Brand Managers
Christie’s digital display solutions deliver extremely bright and high resolution images, ideally suited for window front and in-store installations. The modular nature of the displays gives store designers complete freedom to create captivating digital displays in any shape or size. Plus, with their narrow profile, displays can be part of any store retrofit, and can be easily assembled, dismantled and reconstructed in new locations and configurations to meet the changing needs of each (shopping) season.

With the unrivalled wide color gamut, Christie’s digital displays deliver exceptional Pantone color matching, providing Brand Managers with the added assurance that the integrity of their brand is consistently protected and maintained.

Ongoing Monitoring, Support and Services
Christie’s Digital Signage Solutions also include post-installation remote management, monitoring and control of all digital displays. A virtual “big brother,” Christie’s 24/7 managed services ensure that clients’ display systems continued to play and display consistently and reliably.  

Interactive, Multimedia Solutions and Services on Display at NRF
NRF Expo 2011 attendees will be struck by how Christie displays can be seen from any viewpoint and angle, ensuring that the fast-moving audiences that characterize retail shopping dwell on and in some cases interact with the display, which in turn delivers the full impact of a retailer’s messages.

Specifically, Christie will showcase a ‘shop and play’ interactive display, featuring Christie MicroTiles in a unique configuration complete with sound, that allows customers to select different product configurations interactively, spinning and rotating them for better views, and even downloading the images to their mobile devices should they desire.

As well, a “Virtual Shelf™ will be showcased. A multimedia application, the Virtual Shelf
combines Christie MicroTiles display technology, interactive and mobile applications to support new innovative in-store marketing strategies. Retailers can significantly add value to the in-store experience from a visual and architectural perspective, while optimizing inventory management with a mix of real and virtual products on display.

“Christie’s digital video displays have been used by some of the world’s most discerning retailers and marketers including Harrods, Versace and the Miami Dolphins,” said James. “Retailers need an instant way to connect with customers and influence shopping decisions at the point of purchase, where the majority of sales are made. Our goal is to deliver the “wow” factor that ultimately engages customers, while providing back-end support to ensure that displays are always running and driving revenue for our clients.”

About Christie®

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

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Friday, 07 January 2011
MediaTile Leverages Commercially Available Sprint 4G Network To Demonstrate Next Generation Cloud-based Customer Service Solution

Scotts Valley, CA, Las Vegas, NV, – The MediaTile Company, the leader in 3G and 4G cloud-based digital signage solutions, today announced that they are demonstrating, at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2011), an interactive digital signage solution with live 2-way, face-to-face video capabilities using Sprint’s commercially available 4G network in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The breakthrough solution, powered by the company’s MediaCast Video Presence system, is the HumanKiosk Video Concierge. The demonstration, located in a hospitality suite off the CES 2011 show floor, illustrates how remote video attendants can be used to answer consumer questions quickly and accurately in real time, enabling brands to offer personalized customer service at more shopping venues, and at lower costs.

Beginning this quarter, HumanKiosk pilot programs will be available on the Sprint 4G network for customers, brands and other solution providers, enabling them to adopt this revolutionary breakthrough in their selling venues.

MediaTile’s HumanKiosk with MediaCast Video Presence is an all-in-one, freestanding interactive digital signage solution that delivers a breakthrough in brand-to-consumer communications. The cloud-controlled MediaCast system can run pre-scheduled, interactive digital merchandising promotions while also providing a live, 2-way video session between a consumer in the store with a question, and a representative of that product or service.

About MediaTile

MediaTile is the worldwide leader in cloud-based digital signage solutions. A digital signage technology innovator and platform provider, MediaTile was the first company to deliver the advantages of cloud-computing using the unique combination of cellular connectivity and a SaaS-based content management system. The result, MediaTile solutions are extremely simple-to-deploy and easy-to-use. Our cloud-based approach has brought both customer praise and industry awards as it eliminates many of the costs and complexities associated with traditional digital signage and delivers ROI faster. Backed by our MediaServices team, a 99.9% web-application SLA, and end-to-end service and support, your network will be up and running in record time, with record results. www.mediatile.com
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Friday, 07 January 2011
ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Minkus Electronic Display Systems, Inc. and 3M and 3M Digital Signage today announced that they have entered into a patent license agreement involving digital display technology.

The license agreement resolves a legal dispute between the parties in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware involving Minkus Electronic Display Systems’ United States Patent Number 5,309,174. Under the terms of the settlement, the court made no findings on validity, enforceability or infringement of the Minkus patent, and neither party made any admissions regarding those issues or the merits of the case.

Minkus Electronic Display Systems is a premier licensor of digital display technology patented in United States Patent Number 5,309,174, awarded to inventor Loren Minkus.

3M Digital Signage (formerly Mercury Online Solutions) makes digital signage possible by providing digital displays, hardware, software, and network management services for its web of interactive internet kiosks. The company also provides network design, consulting, implementation, monitoring, support and hosting services. Its server products allow users to manage, manipulate, and maintain their own network of digital sign applications. 3M Digital Signage draws clients from the retail, financial services, entertainment and education sectors. Diversified technology giant 3M changed the company name from Mercury Online Solutions after acquiring it in 2005. For more information, visit www.3mdigitialsignage.com.

About 3M

A recognized leader in research and development, 3M produces thousands of innovative products for dozens of diverse markets. 3M’s core strength is applying its more than 40 distinct technology platforms – often in combination – to a wide array of customer needs. With $23 billion in sales, 3M employs 75,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 65 countries. For more information, visit www.3M.com or follow @3MNews on Twitter.
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Thursday, 06 January 2011
Demonstrated at CES, “Virtual Concierge” Solution Concept and others show power of 4G for Retail; Preparing for Q1 2011 Pilot Programs from MediaTile

Scotts Valley, CA and Las Vegas, NV – From the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), The MediaTile® Company, a leader in cloud-based 3G and 4G digital signage solutions, today announced it is showcasing a breakthrough in virtual customer service solutions created in collaboration with the ng Connect Program and member companies, including Alcatel-Lucent.  The Virtual Concierge and two other new solution concept demos in the ng Connect Program are showcased for the first time in the Alcatel-Lucent booth (Booth # 35469) at CES (January 6-9, 2011).

The three solution concepts each show different aspects of retail, shopping and how interactive customer service will change thanks to high bandwidth networks, including 4G/LTE.

Virtual Concierge, powered by the MediaCast System and 4G/LTE, enables consumers to now have a personalized way to communicate in a foreign land at an airport or hotel, or at a store or bank through an interactive kiosk where they can have a 2-way video conversation in the language of their choice.  Travelers can also have the information shared by the expert pushed to their mobile device.

Gametime Media Table, powered by the MediaCast System and 4G/LTE, is a connected media-playing tabletop where users can consume media, play games and share social networking apps, view advertisements and even interact using their own mobile phone as a controller or the touchscreen-enabled tabletop.

Media Hotspot, powered by the MediaCast System and 4G/LTE, is a new digital age version of the jukebox that allows consumers to listen to their favorite artists, buy music, videos, movies and more, and then, if they like what they hear – purchase the media on their mobile and take it with them. The Media Hotspot also includes a Wi-Fi hotspot.

“Working with the ng Connect Program has been a rewarding experience. We’ve created an award-winning solution concept and we’re proud of our accomplishment with the Virtual Concierge, which will truly change the way travelers and others can get information on new and exciting destinations,” said Simon Wilson, CEO of The MediaTile Company. “Using MediaCast Video Presence running across 4G LTE networks, consumers can ask direct, face-to-face questions of subject matter experts and brand authorities ‘in the cloud’, and pose these questions when and where it matters most – from the aisle of a store, the lobby of a hotel, or the foyer of a bank. Now, consumers can get answers to their specific questions when they require immediate and accurate information.”

MediaTile is bringing solution concepts, including the Virtual Concierge, to market under the name “HumanKiosk with MediaCast Video Presence.”  The all-in-one system is a free-standing, interactive digital signage solution that delivers a breakthrough in brand-to-consumer communications.  Using 4G/LTE high-bandwidth networking, the MediaCast system runs scheduled, interactive digital merchandising promotions while also providing a live, 2-way video session between a consumer in the store with a question, and a representative of that product or service.  The MediaTile Company is actively engaging retailers, brands and others through pilot program offerings that commence in Q1 2011, with full delivery and deployments by year’s end.
 
Unlike customer-driven information delivery technologies and other forms of remote customer service, MediaCast Video Presence is highly engaging and personal.   Customers will receive information that is contextually relevant to them, whether by demographic, location, or language.  In addition, the HumanKiosk is fully self-contained, and requires no technology or network setup on-site; just add power and the system is ready to run.

About MediaTile

The MediaTile Company (MediaTile) is the worldwide leader in cloud-based digital signage solutions.  A digital signage technology innovator and platform provider, MediaTile was the first company to deliver the advantages of cloud-computing using the unique combination of cellular connectivity and a SaaS-based content management system.  The result: MediaTile solutions are extremely simple-to-deploy and easy-to-use.  Our cloud-based approach has brought both customer praise and industry awards as it eliminates many of the costs and complexities associated with traditional digital signage and delivers ROI faster. Backed by our MediaServices team, a 99.9% web-application SLA, and end-to-end service and support, your network will be up and running in record time, with record results. www.mediatile.com

MediaTile Products and Services Include:

MediaCast® System – Cloud Controlled.   Our on-demand, 24x7 web-based content delivery and management system provides complete and secure control of your signage network enabling you to move your message™.

MediaServices ™ – Cloud Created.  Our media team and solutions deliver dynamic media and data, composer templates, and creative media services, enabling your digital signage network to be relevant™.

MediaTile® Players/Displays/Kiosks – Cloud Connected.   Our media players, displays and HumanKiosk™ systems provide all-in-one capabilities, making setup extremely easy; just add power™.
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Thursday, 06 January 2011
Starmount Engage™ Extends Personalized Selling to Connect with Customers and Deliver Store Efficiency - NRF 100th Annual Convention & Expo

AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Starmount today introduced its new mobile selling assistant, Engage™, which transforms the way retailers deliver a more efficient, personalized store experience for customers, from point-of-interest to point-of-sale. Engage provides store associates with full transaction capabilities to assist customers without leaving their side.

“With the advent of the smartphone as a personal shopping device, retailers are now faced with customers that are, in many cases, better equipped and more knowledgeable than their store associates,” said Jerry Rightmer, president and chief technology officer for Starmount. “Engage gives retailers the ability to extend the power of their web and enterprise store systems to a mobile platform, helping store associates have meaningful and personalized interactions for greater customer service and more effective selling.”

Going mobile with Engage empowers store associates to better assist shoppers and efficiently checkout buyers. Key features and related capabilities of Engage include:

  • Secure transactions with the functionality of a point-of-sale (POS) system
  • Simplified customer data collection
  • Tender with credit or gift cards
  • Paperless e-receipt delivery or printer connectivity
  • Flexible selling capabilities (item and transaction discounts, price override, tax override, etc.)
  • Lightweight application running native on the Apple iPod touch, iPhone, iPad or other smart devices
Urban Outfitters, the innovative specialty retail company, implemented Starmount’s mobile selling solution in select Urban Outfitters stores last year to differentiate the in-store experience and drive efficiency. By extending POS beyond the typical cash wrap environment, Engage enables store associates to do more through richer customer interactions and service, targeted cross-sell and up-sell of products, and efficient store operations to reduce long wait times and lines.

Additionally, Starmount designed Engage to ensure tight integration with existing backend store systems and to deliver secure transactions across the enterprise. The simple user interface greatly reduces training time and cost to quickly implement the mobile selling application across stores.

“Shoppers’ worlds have changed from solitary and disconnected to personal and mobile,” Rightmer added. “Engage extends beyond transactions to help retailers deliver a more connected, more relevant store experience to their customers.”

Starmount will be featuring Engage at booth #672 of the National Retail Federation BIG Show, January 10-11, 2011 in New York City.

About Starmount

Starmount software solutions bring the richness of the web and the power of mobile into the store, where retailers can create more personalized, relevant, and dynamic interactions with customers. From mobile selling to interactive kiosks, our retail solutions transform the store environment to a more connected, engaging shopping experience. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Starmount works with a diverse client base of leading retailers around the world. For more information, visit www.starmountsystems.com, read the blog at www.blog.starmountsystems.com, and follow on Twitter www.twitter.com/starmountsystem.

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Thursday, 06 January 2011
New Monitors and Projector Offer the Ultimate Visual Experience for the Widest Variety of Gaming and Entertainment Content Yet - 2011 International CES

LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Samsung Electronics America Inc., a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Corporation, today announced from the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas the latest line up of 3D computer displays, HDTV/ monitors and a Home Theater projector incorporating Samsung’s proprietary 3D technology. Available in 23- and 27-inch configurations, the 7 and 9 Series monitors, along with the SP-A8000 1080p 3D Home Theater projector, will be available on display at Central Hall booth #12006, January 6-9, 2011.

“With the explosion in entertainment content from 3D films, television and video games and the increased availability of 3D capture devices like cameras and webcams, gamers, home entertainment enthusiasts and content creators are demanding more functionality from their display devices,” said Young Bae, director of display marketing, Samsung Enterprise Business Division. “Consumers will not only enjoy the latest in Samsung display technology for the best possible 2D experience with the 7 and 9 Series monitors, they will also be able to enjoy a wide variety of native 3D content and, on some models, even watch 2D content in 3D thanks to Samsung’s real-time 2D to 3D conversion technology.”

Innovative 3D Performance

Samsung has reinvented the 3D monitor experience to allow its users to experience the wide variety of 3D content now available. Unlike other 3D solutions, which only work for video gaming, Samsung’s new 3D monitors and HDTV/monitors also allow users to enjoy 3D movies, 3D TV and user-created 3D content like 3D photos and 3D videos. In order to do this, Samsung has created a new 3D technology, based on 3D panels available only in Samsung displays.

The proprietary Samsung 3D panel gives the 7 and 9 Series monitors a hyper realistic 3D playback, which makes them ideal for immersion in intense PC or console gaming, or for watching action-packed video content like movies and sports.

The 950 Series Monitor and the 7 and 9 Series HDTV/Monitors can automatically analyze and render 2D content in real-time to stunning 3D, supporting not only PC content, but also content from Blu-ray players, gaming consoles and set-top boxes.

Offering a complete 3D solution in a single package, the 7 and 9 Series feature a built-in glasses sync emitter, and they are packaged with a pair of 3D active-shutter glasses and middleware for 3D gaming.

The 7 and 9 Series offer Samsung’s highest quality monitor image in a TN panel—whether for 2D or 3D content. Users will experience the ultimate in color and clarity with Samsung’s new Ultra Clear Panel technology, which combines the vibrancy of a glossy display while maintaining the ease of viewing afforded by an anti-glare matte finish. The LED-backlit panel boasts 100% sRGB coverage, for the most realistic color reproduction.

In addition to these monitors, Samsung further demonstrates its commitment to 3D display technology with the SP-A8000 3D projector. Home users looking to enjoy 3D in a group setting will be able to do so, thanks to the large image the SP-A8000 can project. The 1,000 ANSI lumen SP-A8000 features a single-bulb, single-lens design. The SP-A8000 also benefits from Samsung’s 3D engine and can convert 2D content to 3D, affording a realistic image and genuine 3D end result.

Sophisticated Styling

Style-conscious consumers will appreciate the aesthetic enhancement the 7 and 9 Series monitors add to a room, with razor-thin screens and unique designs. Most striking, the metallic-silver finished 9 Series features a slim, asymmetrical design that offers a clean, modern look. All circuitry is housed within the display’s base, resulting in a uniformly ultra-slim panel. The 7 Series display sports Samsung’s signature Touch of Color design, which embeds colored accents in the bezel for a stylish, unique look.

Adding appeal to eco-conscious users, Samsung’s 7 and 9 Series reduce energy consumption by as much as 40 percent over traditional displays, thanks to the LED-backlit technology. In addition, the 9 Series’ high-gloss front, sleek back and all-aluminum base are comprised of recyclable material and like all of Samsung’s LED displays, is free of mercury and halogens, making it easier to recycle.

Users looking to consolidate their TV and PC monitors or utilize the 7 and 9 Series displays as secondary televisions will appreciate the HDTV/Monitor (MFM) versions, which feature an HDTV tuner for live television in addition to PC and AV playback. The HDTV/Monitor 7 and 9 Series displays integrate a convenient picture-in-picture function, allowing for simultaneous activities like viewing live sporting games while managing player stats online.

The SP-A8000’s conveniently blends in with any room décor and its glossy black, dolphin-like shape helps it complement the entertainment area, whether incorporated into a modern interior or mounted from the ceiling above.

Versatile and Flexible

For enhanced viewing options and productivity, the 7 and 9 Series are equipped with signature Samsung visual display technologies. The Eco Light Sensor creates a comfortable viewing environment by automatically adjusting the brightness of the screen based on ambient light and Eco Motion Sensor contributes to ease of use and lower energy consumption by automatically turning the display on or off when a user is within or has left the vicinity of the monitor.

The 3D-enabled 7 and 9 Series displays will all be available in March 2011. Display models will retail for TBD. The SP-A8000 will be available beginning January 2011, and will retail for TBD. All Samsung display products are available through Samsung resellers and distribution channels, which can be located by calling 1-800-SAMSUNG or by visiting www.samsung.com.

About Samsung Electronics America Enterprise Business Division

Based in Ridgefield Park, N.J., Samsung’s Enterprise Business Division (EBD) is a division of Samsung Electronics America (SEA), a U.S. subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Company, Ltd. (SEC), the world’s largest technology company based on revenue. As one of the fastest growing IT companies in the world, Samsung EBD is committed to serving the needs of consumers ranging from the home user to the Fortune 500 elite and supporting the valued channel partners who serve our customers. Samsung EBD offers a complete line of award-winning color and mono-laser printing solutions, desktop monitors, laptop computers, digital signage solutions and projectors. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com or call 1-800-SAMSUNG.

About Samsung Electronics America, Inc.

Headquartered in Ridgefield Park, NJ, Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (SEA), a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., markets a broad range of award-winning, digital consumer electronics and home appliance products, including HDTVs, home theater systems, MP3 players, digital imaging products, refrigerators and washing machines. A recognized innovation leader in consumer electronics design and technology, Samsung is the HDTV market leader in the U.S. Please visit www.samsung.com for more information.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd

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

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Thursday, 06 January 2011
LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill., - In the wake of reports about a global corporate restructuring affecting the LG Electronics Business Solutions Company, LG Electronics USA confirmed that the commercial display business in the United States remains intact.

From a corporate structure standpoint, LG Business Solutions, now known as “LG Commercial Displays” has been incorporated into LG’s Home Entertainment business unit. However, in the United States, the Commercial Displays business will continue to operate as a separate business catering to the varied specialized needs of the U.S. business-to-business (B2B) market.

“This move better positions the business to bring the latest display technologies to LG’s valued B2B customers,” said Wayne Park, president of LG Electronics USA, Inc. “While capitalizing on the synergies with consumer electronics on a worldwide basis, LG Commercial Displays will continue to operate as a separate business in the United States, focused on the B2B market.”

Park named Regional Business Leader Y.K. Cho as head of the U.S. Commercial Displays business. Ron Snaidauf, vice president, Commercial Displays, continues to lead the lodging, hospitality and health care segments, while Jeff Dowell, vice president, Digital Signage, continues to lead the digital signage and monitor business areas addressing the restaurant, retail, education and industrial markets.

“As the new head of Commercial Displays in the U.S., I am excited at the opportunity to lead our aggressive growth strategy for 2011 and beyond,” Cho said. “The corporate restructuring means that we’ll have stronger product development capabilities that will enable us to provide highly innovative and unique solutions for all of our U.S. B2B customers’ needs.”

Park emphasized that LG’s commitment to the B2B business in the United States remains very strong. And while the corporate structure in Korea has changed, the unit continues to operate as a stand-alone business in the United States, focused on leading-edge technology solutions for the hospitality, lodging, health care, education, retail and digital signage markets, he explained.


About LG Electronics USA

LG Electronics USA, Inc., based in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., is the North American subsidiary of LG Electronics, Inc., a global force and technology leader in consumer electronics, home appliances and mobile communications. In the United States, LG Electronics sells a range of stylish and innovative home entertainment products, mobile phones, home appliances and business solutions, all under LG’s “Life’s Good” marketing theme. The LG Electronics USA Commercial Displays business serves customers in the lodging and hospitality, digital signage, systems integration, healthcare, education, government and industrial markets. Based in Lincolnshire, Ill., with its dedicated engineering and customer support team, LG Commercial Displays delivers business-to-business technology solutions tailored to the particular needs of business environments. For more information, please visit www.LGusa.com.
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Wednesday, 05 January 2011
Revolutionary 3M Projected Capacitive Technology featured in three new multi-touch displays – 2011 International CES

LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today at the Consumer Electronics Show 2011, 3M Touch Systems Inc. previewed three new multi-touch displays based on 3M Projected Capacitive Technology (3M PCT). 3M’s newest addition to its PCT line of solutions includes a 23-inch industrial design display with an innovative ergonomic design to address a variety of multi-touch user scenarios designed to create a truly immersive and natural user experience. 3M PCT multi-touch technology is currently one of the only multi-touch solutions made by a leading manufacturer that can register more than 10 simultaneous touch events with a 6-millisecond response time, making it one of the most accurate and robust solutions available to users.

“We are excited to see 3M continue to expand its multi-touch display offerings and help us firmly establish and maintain our standards for multi-touch sensing capabilities. Anything less is simply unusable.”

The 23-inch “designed for multi-touch” display is ideal for desktop applications looking to enable the full power of multi-touch while providing an ideal ergonomic multi-touch user experience with its locking, configurable metal base, 1080p high-definition display and a sleek “virtual bezel” glass surface. This display can easily rotate from landscape to portrait mode and be quickly adjusted and locked in place at angles ranging from 90 degrees to virtually lying flat on a table top.

3M will also showcase its newest 32-inch and 22-inch chassis LCD displays based on 3M PCT, which offer “true” 10+ finger multi-touch on a durable glass surface, with a wide-viewing angle, high definition display and robust metal housing. These chassis displays are ideal for integration into larger systems by integrators and OEM’s.

3M multi-touch displays are compatible with Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP and Linux operating systems. With fast, responsive multi-touch capabilities, these displays allow for a variety of engaging single, multi-user and collaborative applications, including: audio/visual, casino gaming, digital signage, education, media and broadcast, security, telecommunication, telecommunications and utilities.

“With more than 25 years of capacitive sensing expertise, 3M is uniquely positioned to establish 3M Projected Capacitive Technology as the multi-touch standard for a wide range of pro-consumer and professional applications,” said Chris Colbert, general manager, 3M Touch Systems. “With our expanding line of multi-touch desktop and chassis displays, developers, integrators, and OEM’s can now offer their customers a more natural and immersive user interface.”

The 3M booth at CES 2011 (#36526, upper South Hall) will feature a variety of 3M PCT multi-touch demonstrations, including a four panel cascading touch table, a nine panel interactive display wall, a head-to-head computer gaming station, and an on-screen joystick interface. Many of these demonstrations will also feature the latest “knowledge user” solutions from multi-touch visionary Perceptive Pixel Inc.

“The challenging requirements needed to deliver actually useful multi-touch applications are well met by the fast, accurate and responsive characteristics of 3M Projective Capacitive Technology,” said Jeff Han, founder, Perceptive Pixel Inc. “We are excited to see 3M continue to expand its multi-touch display offerings and help us firmly establish and maintain our standards for multi-touch sensing capabilities. Anything less is simply unusable.”

3M Touch Systems provides innovative touchscreen technology products to customers worldwide under the “3M” and “MicroTouch” brands. Popular single-touch and multi-touch applications include casino gaming, foodservice, hospitality, industrial, interactive digital signage, healthcare, retail point of sale and self-service. For more information about 3M and MicroTouch products, visit www.3M.com/touch01. For an overview of popular touch technologies and terminology, visit www.touchtopics.com.

About 3M Touch Systems Inc.

3M Touch Systems Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of 3M and provider of innovative touchscreen solutions, operates globally and reports through 3M Electro and Communications Business, headquartered in Austin, TX. For more information, visit www.3M.com/touch.
More information about 3M Company is available online.

3M and MicroTouch are trademarks of the 3M Company. All other trademarks listed herein are owned by their respective companies.
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Wednesday, 05 January 2011
Scala-powered network capitalizes on growing shift from traditional media to outdoor advertising

To date, Poland’s Scala-powered digital signage network consists of 80 screens strategically positioned in urban hot-spots.


OLSZTYN, Poland – In the last five years, Poland – like many European countries – has experienced a significant shift in advertising expenditure away from traditional media to outdoor media. But research still suggests that this static media may not fully capture and retain spectators’ attention. Recognizing the opportunity, Polish media company Onmedia developed an innovative approach to outdoor media advertising for its clients.

Working with local governments and technology partners, Onmedia launched Poland’s first country-wide digital signage media network with a system of 10 screens in eight major Polish cities starting with Olszyn, Gdynia, Katowice and Bydgoszcz. To date, Poland’s Scala-powered digital signage network consists of 80 screens strategically positioned in urban hot-spots.
 
The network is proving a success, according to Onmedia, due in part to a defined strategy with the following goals: attract and maintain the audience’s interest; establish an efficient way to centrally manage the network from a single location; and secure buy-in of the project from local governments.

Poland’s new nationwide network has met all of these goals. It consists of high-definition LED screens split to display both social/public content (news, weather, bus schedules, etc.) and commercial content (advertising, videos). Screens positioned near busy bus stops and high pedestrian traffic areas continually present dynamic digital content to attract and hold the attention of people passing by the displays.

Major Polish advertisers — Indykpol, Family.pl, Mok, Anitech ERA and more — have already invested in the new network. Additionally, local governments have embraced the system as an excellent platform to keep citizens up to date about changes in schedules and bus routes, as well as information about promotions, ticket prices and more.

Onmedia contracted with Scala to provide robust software for the design and management of all content. In addition, Scala Players drive all content to the screens to ensure stability and high quality. Scala software enables a single point of control for the creation and distribution of relevant content and news feeds to all screens, ensuring an efficient, highly controlled content management process.

“We are very happy to be part of such a landmark project in Poland,” said Oscar Elizaga, Vice President of Scala, EMEA, India and Latin America. “Onmedia did an excellent job creating a ‘guaranteed to watch’ audience with live timetable feeds for public transportation. Plus, the section dedicated to advertising means that promotions can run 24/7, which opens the door for advertisers to target a large, captive audience day and night.”

For a full case study about digital signage’s role in Poland, visit www.scala.com/news/studies/onmedia.

About OnMedia

Onmedia is unique in the Polish market. Onmedia was founded in 2007. Its founders are people with passion and great experience in the advertisement industry. In September 2009 Onmedia launched the first country-wide, innovative modern communication media advertising network. More information at www.onmedia.com.pl

About Scala

Driving more than 500,000 screens worldwide, Scala is a leading global provider of digital signage and advertising management solutions. Scala is the world’s first connected signage company, offering the leading platform for content creation, management and distribution in digital signage networks and the first unified platform for advertising management of both traditional and digital signage networks. The company's digital signage customers include Rabobank, IKEA, Burger King, T-Mobile, Virgin MegaStore, Warner Brothers, The Life Channel, Rikstoto, Repsol, NorgesGruppen, Audi, ECE Flatmedia, Kaufhof (Metro Group) and thousands more. Advertising management customers include CBS Outdoor, Clear Channel Outdoor and Magic Media, among others. Scala is headquartered near Philadelphia, USA, and has subsidiaries in Canada, The Netherlands, France, Norway, Germany and Japan, as well as more than 450 partners in more than 60 countries. More information is available at www.scala.com
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Tuesday, 04 January 2011
Vista, CA - The Digital Signage Expert Group (DSEG) today recognized Lyle Bunn with their honorary "Doctorate of Digital Signage" for his contributions to the ongoing advancement and development of the Digital Signage industry through education.
 
Alan Brawn, Co-Founder and Chair of the Digital Signage Experts Group Program said, "Lyle Bunn is an industry visionary whose work in Digital Signage project definition and planning has been extremely valuable in clarifying project processes, defining a project road map and navigating critical success factors." 
 
In presenting the recognition Brawn noted that "Lyle Bunn has advanced the industry through focusing a bright light of attention on digital signage and publishing almost 200 industry articles and whitepapers in numerous industry and business publications including USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and the National Post. He has provided education to business and communications professionals at every major industry event and helped shape conference education programs through his advisory roles. He has helped honor those deserving of industry wide recognition by serving on the judging panels of the DIGI and POPAI award programs. We honor the work and the man."...
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Tuesday, 04 January 2011
LINCOLN, NE, – Nanonation has partnered with Touch Revolution (www.touchrev.com) to launch a new line of TRū™ Touch Monitors. Touch Revolution will be showing a variety of innovative touch products in booth #21755 in South Hall 1 at 2011 CES in Las Vegas beginning January 6. The new line of displays will showcase its multi-touch integration and illustrate a new level of customer engagement technology.

Touch Revolution’s booth will feature a dual-screen kiosk with a sketchbook application created by Nanonation that enables users to browse an “Idea Book” with sketches of multi-touch retail examples. In partnership with Frank Mayer (www.frankmayer.com), the kiosk will feature an integrated, dual-screen fixture along with creative ideas and kiosk hardware options. The TRū™ Touch Monitors shown will offer a new line of desktop and open frame projected capacitive multi-touch monitors ranging in size from 15” to 32” designed to provide the same intuitive user experience that consumers have come to expect in the latest smart phone and tablet devices.

For additional information visit Nanonation’s website (www.nanonation.net) to explore more about its award-winning platform for delivering a variety of immersive and intelligent customer experiences.

About Nanonation 

Nanonation’s enterprise-class software for digital signage and kiosks drives sales and fuels profits. With proven tools and technologies to enhance the customer experience, businesses can now deliver powerful messaging and integrated marketing services seamlessly across an enterprise – all while monitoring, measuring, and managing each customer interaction.  Nanonation develops innovative solutions across a broad range of technologies including Windows 7, Apple OS, and iOS and other mobile platforms in the retail, hospitality, entertainment, and financial services markets. For more information, visit www.nanonation.net.
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Tuesday, 04 January 2011
“The greatest advantage of in-store TV is that the medium gives us an opportunity to respond to changes in the market”. Anders Rasmussen, Project Manager at TDC.

TDC is the leading Danish provider of communication solutions with market leadership across all segments in the domestic market. In the other Nordic countries, TDC is one of the key players in the Business market. It is TDC’s ambition to retain and develop their position through focus on telecom, internet, TV, data communications, integration and hosting solutions, as well as related content and services. TDC has 64 shops across Denmark. Click here for impressions.

In-store TV – a modern and flexible medium

TDC uses in-store TV to communicate with customers in their shops. The advantage of in-store TV is the flexibility of the medium and the opportunity it gives TDC to change and control the content delivered.

“We implemented in-store TV for several reasons. We wanted a modern platform for communications and a flexible medium. Easy management and the possibility to manage the content from one single location for all the different stores were also an absolute must,” said Anders Rasmussen, Project Manager at TDC. TDC uses its in-store TV for product promotions – such as sales oriented TV spots showing products and prices. “Additionally we also use the medium for TDC brand awareness and give our suppliers the opportunity to promote their brands on our in-store screens. Furthermore, we also show product demonstrations and the advantages customers may achieve when using our products.”
“The greatest advantage of in-store TV is that the medium gives us an opportunity to react to changes in the market. It is a flexible medium – we are able to respond quickly and show a new product commercial or demonstration in a matter of minutes on all our screens,” continues Anders Rasmussen.

Implementing an in-store TV solution for TDC

TDC implemented the in-store TV solution platform in cooperation with Mermaid using the AOpen Digital Engine in its solution platform. Mermaid is the largest supplier of in-store TV in Scandinavia and delivers digital signage to 4 market segments: transport, retail, the corporate- and public- sector. With competencies within content, hardware, software, project management, operations, services and support: Mermaid is capable of doing large implementations, offering the customers turnkey solutions and full support. “The co-operation with Mermaid has been good. Mermaid has provided us with an excellent and steady platform that gives us peace of mind because we know it works properly in our shops,” added Anders Rasmussen.

Mermaid uses AOpen Digital Engine

Mermaid chooses to cooperate with AOpen, because they have a strong reputation and offer a reliable solution. In the case of TDC: Mermaid used between 5 and 10 Digital Engines per shop. Nico Colijn, Marketing Director at Mermaid A/S is proud of the companies’ total solution offering and pleased with the good relationship with AOpen. “We upgraded their total solution, including only the best hardware and our own software for all the 64 TDC shops. Screen sizes vary between 9.2 inch up to 24 inch with and without touch in landscape and 40 inch screens in portrait mode. We are working with AOpen because they provide steady hardware with good reliability, which in turn delivers us satisfied customers such as TDC,” concludes Nico Colijn.

About AOpen

AOpen, Inc. has more than 10 years of IT hardware manufacturing experience along with keen insights into IT industry trends that help drive the growth of AOpen. As the leading manufacturer of digital signage hardware solutions world-wide, AOpen cooperates with its global value added channel network to go to market.
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Tuesday, 04 January 2011
Get More Use out of High-Power CPUs to Save Money, Space, and Energy

PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Black Box Corporation (NASDAQ:BBOX), an industry-leading provider of voice communications, data infrastructure, and networking products, today announced the launch and immediate availability of its new VirtuaCore™ desktop virtualization computer sharing system. VirtuaCore turns one CPU into multiple workstations by leveraging the capacity of a single, high-power dual- or quad-core processor to serve two or four individual users.

Black Box VirtuaCore provides three primary benefits:

  • saves up to 60 percent on hardware and between 60 and 70 percent on energy costs;
  • enables the organization using VirtuaCore to increase the number of seats without adding PCs, avoiding the need for increased technical support costs; and
  • helps IT departments with their green IT initiatives by reducing their carbon footprint, for example.
Ideal for use in classrooms, office environments, or high-density cubicle locations, the VirtuaCore system uses a virtual machine-style technology. It segments a dual-core processor into two separate, independent drives controlled by two individual keyboards, mice, and monitors. The quad-core version provisions a single machine into four individual drives providing full functionality for four users sharing the same CPU tower, each with a separate monitor, keyboard, and mouse.

“Black Box VirtuaCore can dramatically expand access to CPU resources for multiple users without the cost of investing in separate machines for each individual,” said Mike McCurry, product manager at Black Box. “It saves space and hardware costs, and lowers energy consumption by about 70 percent, which is important for companies and organizations that want to reduce their carbon footprint. Plus, VirtuaCore significantly lowers the ongoing cost of replacing PCs, as the number that will need to be replaced is reduced by three quarters (VC004A) or one half (VC002A).”

Unlike other CPU-sharing solutions, the Black Box VirtuaCore ensures the legality of all licensed software in use to eliminate the risk of severe legal action and/or financial penalties as a result of unauthorized software sharing. Separate software license keys are required for each instance of the licensed product in use on the shared machine, just as if it were two or four separate computers. Meanwhile, attached peripherals are accessible by each user on the shared CPU.

“The system is ideal for K–12 or higher ed classroom settings, not only for the cost savings, but also because it supports open source teaching,” McCurry said. “This allows the instructor to access freeware resources on-line or on one drive and push them out to all four users.”

In the classroom, a teacher can also use VirtuaCore to control, view, and lock the other VirtuaCore computers in the classroom, allowing him or her to show the lesson or examples on student screens or view students’ work on the instructor’s machine.

For administrators, VirtuaCore also makes IT management fast and easy, allowing updates and software patches to be quickly replicated across each individually provisioned drive, instead of requiring a time-consuming manual installation on each drive.

Each VirtuaCore kit is backed by Black Box’s one-year warranty and comes complete with everything needed to set up dual or quad users (depending on the model), including the VirtuaCore cube, 4-port USB hub, PCI video, and USB cards, and all required adapters and cables. An installation CD provides step-by-step guidance through the setup and drive provisioning process. And, the system is reusable—when it’s time to replace a CPU, the VirtuaCore components can simply be removed and installed on a new machine.

Black Box also provides FREE, 24/7, live Tech Support to assist with setup, implementation, and troubleshooting. Just call 888-327-3114.

VirtuaCore is cross-compatible with Windows® 7, XP, and 2000, and Windows Vista® operating systems and is list priced at less than $500 for a 2-user system and less than $1000 for a 4-user setup. Black Box also offers additional discounts for multiple quantities to make VirtuaCore deployment even more affordable. An interactive “Cost Estimator” found at www.blackbox.com/go/VirtuaCore will help potential customer understand their potential savings.

For more information about how the VirtuaCore Computer Sharing System can expand CPU resources in your organization, visit www.blackbox.com/go/VirtuaCore or call 888-327-3114.

About Black Box

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

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

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Tuesday, 04 January 2011
2011 International CES - LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--McCarran International Airport and Samsung Electronics America showcased a 100-screen video wall before media and advertisers today at the airport’s D Concourse Rotunda, tipping the hat to delegates of the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show to be held in Las Vegas Jan. 6-9. The screen’s visual catch comes from the ultra-thin bezel around each monitor that gives the appearance that the tiled formation is one solid piece.

The giant display measures 33 feet by 19 feet and is expected to be the largest-known video wall in a U.S. airport. Samsung and McCarran officials are pursuing this lofty claim with an application to the Guinness Book of World Records. Word from the authority on record-breaking achievement is expected within 60 to 90 days.

“McCarran is one of the most technologically driven airports in the aviation industry,” said Director of Aviation Randall H. Walker. “We’re at it again with this landmark digital video wall. Its eye-catching stature allows the airport and advertisers to speak to travelers from all corners of the world, and also presents a unique opportunity to increase revenue.”

Offering up to four-times the standard high-definition quality, the panoramic display is expected to be an immediate hot spot for advertisers in high-end fashion, jewelry, entertainment, dining, auto and special events. Once the airport’s new Terminal 3 opens in 2012, the video wall is expected to garner even more attention from the ad community due to its location directly above the Terminal 3 tram station.

This display is only one element of the new comprehensive digital video network at McCarran. Four smaller displays are located at the airport’s A, B and C concourses using three to 10 screens each.

Alliance Airport Advertising, which manages McCarran’s indoor advertising contracts, is largely responsible for solidifying the McCarran-Samsung partnership. Its efforts included drafting plans for the engineering and installation of the final digital video network. Alliance estimates that the video walls will produce an additional $500,000 to $1 million in gross advertising revenue for the airport each year.

"This project has taken hundreds of hours of research and collaboration among Samsung, McCarran, Alliance and the multiple contractors who designed, built, installed and operate this system," said Shauna Forsythe, chief executive officer of Alliance. “The quality and clarity of our new digital advertising network will surpass anything in the industry and will provide advertisers a new and engaging way to reach the upscale traveler.”

“Samsung is a world leader in display technology and we saw this as a great opportunity to display our product in a world-class airport that attracts visitors from around the world,” said Doug Albregts, vice president of sales and marketing at Samsung Electronics America. “We are proud to partner with McCarran International Airport to showcase this state-of-the-art digital video display network.”

About Alliance Airport Advertising

Alliance Airport Advertising, a division of Alliance Corporation, is a Nevada-based company that specializes in creating compelling advertising, branding and sponsorship programs in airport environments.

About Samsung Electronics America Enterprise Business Division

Based in Ridgefield Park, N.J., Samsung’s Enterprise Business Division (EBD) is a division of Samsung Electronics America (SEA), a U.S. subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Company, Ltd. (SEC), the world’s largest technology company based on revenue. As one of the fastest growing IT companies in the world, Samsung EBD is committed to serving the needs of consumers ranging from the home user to the Fortune 500 elite and supporting the valued channel partners who serve our customers. Samsung EBD offers a complete line of award-winning color and mono-laser printing solutions, desktop monitors, laptop computers, digital signage solutions and projectors. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com or call 1-800-SAMSUNG.

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Tuesday, 04 January 2011
New lineup of desktops, thin clients and monitors improve productivity, performance and energy efficiency

2011 International CES - LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--HP (NYSE:HPQ) today unveiled new business desktop PCs, thin clients and monitors that deliver performance and value, helping small businesses and large enterprise customers improve productivity and reduce the environmental impact of their technology.

Among the products announced:


  • The HP Compaq 8200 Elite, HP Compaq 6200 Pro, HP Compaq 4000 Pro and HP 100B All-in-One Business Desktops offer a choice of computing power and design that deliver the control, consistency, connectivity(1) and commitment to environmental excellence business customers expect from HP.
  • The HP t5550, t5565 and t5570 Thin Clients are ideal for environmentally conscious customers seeking simple, reliable computing for office applications and web browsing for client virtualization or cloud computing.(2)
  • HP Compaq Business Monitors feature sleek, modern designs for forward-thinking customers in need of power-saving, adjustable displays.
“HP is the No. 1 desktop supplier worldwide – shipping one desktop PC every 1.2 seconds – and today’s announcement expands our award-winning commercial portfolio with the latest technologies to propel companies forward,” said Stephen DeWitt, senior vice president and general manager, Personal Systems Group – Americas, HP. “These products provide energy efficiency, offer reliable manageability and set the foundation for future desktop and virtual computing environments that provide customers a boost in productivity and their bottom line.”

Serving a wide array of customer needs


Designed for businesses looking for maximum desktop performance, options, security and IT control, the HP Compaq 8200 Elite is HP’s premium business PC, delivering up to 40 percent better performance and 15 percent faster hard drive access.(3) Featuring the latest advancements in technology, computing performance and energy efficiency available on the market, the HP Compaq 8200 Elite is built with HP’s highest standard of desktop stability and manageability and includes future second-generation Intel® Core™ vPro™ processors.(4)

A range of graphics solutions — including a new discrete graphics option on the compact Ultra-slim Desktop models — also are available, offering up to 70 percent better graphics performance.(3)

The HP Compaq 8200 Elite also offers customers the powerful HP ProtectTools(5) network and data security software suite, Global Series(6) models and a three-year business PC limited warranty. Chassis options range from the unique HP Convertible Minitower for maximum expansion and deployment capabilities to the Small Form Factor, with an efficient design that has made it the top-selling desktop chassis, to the Ultra-slim Desktop, which delivers enterprise-class performance in a very small and stylish PC.

The HP Compaq 6200 Pro combines industry-standard features and options with HP’s reliable business PC designs and expertise. The 6200 Pro is the optimal choice for business PC customers looking for productivity, basic manageability and security features. Available in either a Small Form Factor or a Microtower chassis, the 6200 Pro can be configured to meet the needs and budget of customers.

The HP Compaq 4000 Pro is designed for small to midsize businesses looking for a mainstream, cost-effective business PC. The 4000 Pro offers Intel processors delivered in an efficient Small Form Factor chassis. This new business PC features legacy PC technologies such as PCI expansion slots, PS/2 device support and a standard serial port for maximum protection of existing technology investments, in addition to the input/output ports expected on current PC platforms.

The new AMD processor-based HP 100B All-in-One PC provides small businesses the essential technology they need, in the sleek, space-saving design they want, at a price they can afford. Featuring a 20-inch diagonal LCD display console, the HP 100B All-in-One PC integrates advanced, high-definition (HD) graphics(7) with dual-core processing in a flexible design that can be easily upgraded as computing needs grow.

HP offers a minimum 12-month life cycle and onsite service warranties to ensure stable rollouts for the HP Compaq 8200 Elite, Compaq 6200 Elite and Compaq 4000 Pro business desktops.

The new 2011 HP business desktops include highly efficient PC designs and power supplies that help lower energy use and enable more models than ever to qualify for ENERGY STAR® and EPEAT® Gold. HP also plans for the entire desktop series to be brominated flame retardants (BFRs) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC)(8) free further lessening the PC’s impact on the environment.

Select new HP business PCs ship with free 60-day trial of Norton Internet Security protection to minimize PC downtime, prevent lost productivity and reduce IT costs by protecting against viruses, spyware and other online threats.(9)

Options for every virtualized environment

The new HP t5550, t5565 and t5570 Thin Clients deliver robust performance and value for environmentally conscious customers seeking simple and affordable productivity in client virtualization or cloud computing environments. The industry’s first EPEAT Gold registered(10) thin client, the t5500 series also is ENERGY STAR qualified, BFR/PVC-free(11) and its case parts contain more than 30 percent post-consumer recycled plastic.

With a choice of operating systems, the t5500 thin clients feature the Superscalar VIA Nano u3500 CPU and VX900 Integrated Graphics Processor, which delivers hardware-assisted multimedia decoding for performance rivaling a traditional PC.(12) This combines with standard dual digital monitor support, six USB ports and the HP Universal Print Driver to deliver the rich, PC-like user experience HP customers expect from the worldwide shipment leader in thin clients.(13)

Advanced security features provide customers peace of mind with Symantec Endpoint Protection Firewall, Enhanced Write Filter, a secure USB compartment and optional enterprise-class wireless connectivity.(14)

The energy-efficient HP t5500 Series Thin Clients can be quickly configured and deployed with HP Easy Tools – a consistent startup experience that consolidates setup and configuration tools into one guided wizard and four simple steps. Also pre-installed with the latest Citrix, VMware and Microsoft plug-ins, t5500 series thin clients are ready for immediate and robust productivity right out of the box.

WLED monitors deliver improved technology, design and performance

The new family of HP Advantage Series business monitors can be paired with any of the desktop offerings above. The HP Compaq LA2006x, LA2206x and LA2306x WLED Backlit LCD Monitors are designed to make a positive impact on business through slim, widescreen designs made possible by mercury-free, WLED backlit technology.

Available in 20-, 21.5- and 23-inch diagonal screen sizes, the monitors feature an ergonomically improved slider stand that provides extensive height, 90-degree pivot, tilt and swivel adjustments. In addition, digital DVI, DisplayPort and a built-in two-port USB hub provide advanced connectivity options, while full HD resolution(15) and 1,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio(16) work together to provide uncompromised views.

HP also introduced a business monitor in the Essential Series, the HP Compaq LE1901wl WLED Backlit LCD Monitor, for improved productivity and ease of use. With a mercury-free WLED backlit panel, this tilt-adjustable 19-inch diagonal monitor features a 16:10 aspect ratio, leaving room for larger toolbars without taking up valuable content space. It also includes a VGA input for easy PC connectivity, as well as VESA compatibility(17) to provide a wide range of stand options while freeing up valuable desk space.

All of the above listed business monitors come equipped with HP Display Assistant Software for custom picture quality, theft deterrence and energy savings enablement. All also are ENERGY STAR qualified, EPEAT registered(18) and TCO Displays certified.

Pricing and availability(19)

  • The HP Compaq 8200 Elite starts at $679 and is expected to be available on March 7.
  • The HP Compaq 6200 Pro starts at $619 and is expected to be available on March 28.
  • The HP Compaq 4000 Pro starts at $499 and is expected to be available next month.
  • The HP 100B All-in-One PC starts at $499 and is expected to be available next month.
  • The HP t5550, t5565 and t5570 Thin Clients start at $249 and are expected to be available on Jan. 10.
  • The HP Compaq LA2006x, LA2206x and LA2306x WLED Backlit LCD Monitors start at $209 and are available today in the United States.
  • The HP Compaq LE1901wl WLED Backlit LCD Monitor starts at $157 and is available today in the United States.
  • Information about HP’s consumer computing offerings, also announced today, is available in a separate news release.

About HP


HP creates new possibilities for technology to have a meaningful impact on people, businesses, governments and society. The world’s largest technology company, HP brings together a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure to solve customer problems. More information about HP is available at http://www.hp.com.

(1) Wireless access point and internet service required and sold separately.

(2) Network and internet service required.

(3) PCMark05 performance benchmark and comparison testing performed on a similarly configured HP Compaq 8000 Elite SFF and HP Compaq 8200 Elite SFF. Performance profiles: PCMark05 done with the “as shipped” defaults. Actual results may vary based on system configuration and performance will vary over time depending on software installed.

(4) 64-bit computing on Intel architecture requires a computer system with a processor, chipset, BIOS, operating system, device drivers and applications enabled for Intel 64 architecture. Processors will not operate (including 32-bit operation) without an Intel 64 architecture-enabled BIOS. Performance will vary depending on hardware and software configurations. See www.intel.com/info/em64t for more information. Dual Core is designed to improve performance of certain software products. Not all customers will necessarily benefit from the use of this technology. Maximum memory capacities assume 64-bit operating systems. Intel’s numbering is not a measurement of higher performance.

(5) HP ProtectTools requires Microsoft® Windows.

(6) Global Series refers to HP business desktop models or configurations that are available on a global scale.

(7) HD content required to view HD graphics.

(8) HP business desktops are planned to be brominated flame retardant and polyvinyl chloride free (BFR/PVC-free); meeting the evolving definition of “BFR/PVC-free” as set forth in the “iNEMI Position Statement on the ‘Definition of Low-Halogen Electronics (BFR/CFR/PVC-Free).’” Plastic parts contain <1,000 parts per million (ppm)(0.1 percent) of bromine (if the Br source is from BFRs) and <1,000 ppm (0.1 percent) of chlorine (if the Cl source is from CFRs or PVC or PVC copolymers). All printed circuit board (PCB) and substrate laminates contain bromine/chlorine total <1,500 ppm (0.15 percent) with a maximum chlorine of 900 ppm (0.09 percent) and maximum bromine being 900 ppm (0.09 percent). Service parts after purchase may not be BFR/PVC-free.

(9) Internet access required. First 60 days included. Subscription required for live updates afterwards.

(10) EPEAT Gold where HP registers thin client products. See www.epeat.net for country registration status.

(11) HP t5550, HP t5565 and HP t5570 Thin Clients are brominated flame retardant and polyvinyl chloride free (BFR/PVC-free); meeting the evolving definition of “BFR/PVC-free” as set forth in the “iNEMI Position Statement on the ‘Definition of Low-Halogen Electronics (BFR/CFR/PVC-Free).’” Plastic parts contain <1,000 ppm (0.1 percent) of bromine (if the Br source is from BFRs) and <1,000 ppm (0.1 percent) of chlorine (if the Cl source is from CFRs or PVC or PVC copolymers). All printed circuit board (PCB) and substrate laminates contain bromine/chlorine total <1,500 ppm (0.15 percent) with a maximum chlorine of 900 ppm (0.09 percent) and maximum bromine being 900 ppm (0.09 percent). Service parts after purchase may not be BFR/PVC-free. Power supply, power cords, mouse, keyboard, and DVI-to-VGA adapter are not BFR/PVC-free.

(12) Hardware-assisted decoding depends on driver support for the streaming media types and is not identical for all operating systems.

(13) IDC, Q310 Enterprise Client Device Tracker, November 2010.

(14) Integrated Wi-Fi available on select models. Wireless access point and internet service required.

(15) Full HD available on the HP Compaq LA2206x and HP Compaq LA2306x only. These monitors are capable of 1080p resolution. HD content is required to view HD images.

(16) All performance specifications represent the typical specifications provided by HP’s component manufacturers; actual performance may vary either higher or lower.

(17) VESA mounting hardware sold separately.

(18) EPEAT where HP registers commercial display products. See www.epeat.net for country registration status.

(19) Estimated U.S. street prices. Actual prices may vary.

Intel and Intel Core are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and other countries. Microsoft and Windows are U.S. registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. ENERGY STAR is a registered mark owned by the U.S. government. AMD is a trademark or registered trademark of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.

This news release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. If such risks or uncertainties materialize or such assumptions prove incorrect, the results of HP and its consolidated subsidiaries could differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements, including but not limited to statements of the plans, strategies and objectives of management for future operations; any statements concerning expected development, performance or market share relating to products and services; any statements regarding anticipated operational and financial results; any statements of expectation or belief; and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. Risks, uncertainties and assumptions include macroeconomic and geopolitical trends and events; the competitive pressures faced by HP’s businesses; the development and transition of new products and services (and the enhancement of existing products and services) to meet customer needs and respond to emerging technological trends; the execution and performance of contracts by HP and its customers, suppliers and partners; the achievement of expected operational and financial results; and other risks that are described in HP’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to HP’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2010. HP assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements.

© 2011 Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P. The information contained herein is subject to change without notice. The only warranties for HP products and services are set forth in the express warranty statements accompanying such products and services. Nothing herein should be construed as constituting an additional warranty. HP shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein.

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Monday, 03 January 2011
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Wireless Ronin Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: RNIN), a Minneapolis-based digital signage provider, announced today that it has promoted Scott W. Koller, the Company’s current President and Chief Operating Officer, to serve as the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, commencing January 1, 2011.  In April 2010, James C. (Jim) Granger advised the Company of his intention to retire as Chief Executive Officer and as a director, effective December 31, 2010.

“Scott has demonstrated his strengths as our President and Chief Operating Officer and we are pleased that he will take the principal executive officer role as our company continues to build its revenue and client base,” said Gregory T. Barnum, Chairman of the Board.

The Company also announced that Stephen F. Birke would take the position of Chairman of the Board, effective January 1, 2011.  Mr. Birke replaces Gregory T. Barnum in that role; however, Mr. Barnum will continue to serve as a director of the Company, as Chairman of the Audit Committee and as a member of the Executive Committee.

The Company also announced its entry into a consulting agreement with Howe Associates Inc.  Michael C. Howe and his associates will perform a business planning and strategy project for the Company.  Mr. Howe formerly served as Chief Executive Officer of MinuteClinic and Chief Executive Officer of Arby’s.

“We are enthusiastic about the work Michael will do over the next four to six months.  With his experience and credentials, we look forward to working with someone of his caliber and leveraging his experience with the sort of multi-site businesses that represent substantial opportunities for RoninCast® digital signage deployments,” said Mr. Koller.

About Wireless Ronin Technologies, Inc.

Wireless Ronin Technologies (www.wirelessronin.com) has developed RoninCast® software as a complete solution designed to address the evolving digital signage marketplace.  RoninCast® software enables clients to manage digital signage networks from a central location and provides turnkey solutions in the digital signage marketplace.  The RoninCast® software suite facilitates customized distribution with network management, playlist creation and scheduling, and database integration.  Wireless Ronin offers an array of services to support RoninCast® software including consulting, creative development, project management, installation, training, and support and hosting through our network operations center (NOC).  The company’s common stock trades on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the symbol “RNIN”.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains certain forward-looking statements of expected future developments, as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements reflect management's expectations and are based on currently available data; however, actual results are subject to future risks and uncertainties, which could materially affect actual performance. Risks and uncertainties that could affect such performance include, but are not limited to, the following: estimates of future expenses, revenue and profitability; the pace at which the company completes installations and recognizes revenue; trends affecting financial condition and results of operations; ability to convert proposals into customer orders; the ability of customers to pay for products and services; the revenue recognition impact of changing customer requirements; customer cancellations; the availability and terms of additional capital; ability to develop new products; dependence on key suppliers, manufacturers and strategic partners; industry trends and the competitive environment; and the impact of losing one or more senior executives or failing to attract additional key personnel. These and other risk factors are discussed in detail in the risk factors section of the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 26, 2010.

Wireless Ronin® and RoninCast® are registered trademarks of Wireless Ronin Technologies, Inc.


 
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