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Wednesday, 30 November 2011
Since opening its doors in 1928, the Hull University Business School has always strived to provide its students and staff with first-class facilities and an ideal environment in which to live and learn. In the past couple of years the Business School has upgraded its digital signage system to signagelive, increasing its ability to manage communication with students and visitors in an intuitive and straightforward way.

Priding itself on being a people-oriented institution, the Hull University Business School aims to help its students, staff and visitors to influence broader social outcomes that will bring about improved quality of life, prosperity, economic growth and regeneration, social development and mobility.

Over the last few years, digital signage has grown to become an absolute necessity in the education market, with schools and universities deploying multi-site ’school information systems’ to keep visitors, pupils and teachers informed of the many and varied activities on campus.

The signagelive digital signage solution is located in the Business School campus. This is a large faculty, which stretches across two campuses, Hull and Scarborough, and caters for approximately 3,200 students. The school offers undergraduate and postgraduate business degree programmes, including an AMBA accredited MBA.

The Hull campus location comprises four refurbished listed red-brick buildings, with a blend of contemporary architecture connecting them.

“Our digital signage is a key communications channel for visitors to the business school and is used to display messages and communications for people that use our facilities for study or corporate events,” says Alison Smyth from Hull University Business School.

After struggling for some time with the previous digital signage system, the Business School decided to change to signagelive Display Edition. The campus is currently running over 20  licences for signagelive on its own PCs across the Business School. Content is sent to 20 screens located at prime communal areas throughout the campus, including the main reception area, outside lecture rooms and in corridors.

Smyth explains: “signagelive replaced a legacy system we had in place which wasn’t working for us.  The business case for us to change was built around the ease of deploying content, the functionality to schedule content and the ability to handle increasing demands of our digital signage.”

signagelive is an easy to use online digital signage software solution enabling you to quickly and easily update and manage your media content on any hardware players over the internet using your web browser.

signagelive offers a simple, yet powerful solution for managing a wide range of connected players from a single display in a reception area, through to PC screensavers to keep students informed of school activities.

Unlike other digital signage software solutions, signagelive requires absolutely no server software, server hardware, complex installation or commissioning, so you do not need any specialist technical AV integration skills in order to deploy media to your Digital Signage Network.

The Hull University Business School also welcomes foreign students. It pursues internationalisation and participates actively in the world arena. Amongst its unique attributes, signagelive could allow the Business School to communicate to its foreign students in their own languages on its digital signage screens, if required.
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Tuesday, 29 November 2011
Thomastown Recreation and Aquatic Centre chose ONELAN digital signage to inform and entertain visitors to the center.

Henley on Thames, United Kingdom --(PR.com)-- The Thomastown Recreation and Aquatic Centre (TRAC) project in New Zealand is a $40M redevelopment of an existing aquatic center into a state-of-the-art aquatic and leisure facility at the centerpiece of the local City Of Whittlesea council. It features an indoor sports stadium, indoor heated water park, 50m swimming pool, outdoor water park and fully equipped health club, fitness studios and consulting suites.

TRAC required an easy to use and powerful digital signage solution that would inform and entertain visitors to the center. The solution had to be centrally managed and enable staff to instantly change the displays with a range of content such as Video, TV, web content, Powerpoint, Text and Flash.

The first piece of technology that visitors see as they arrive at the Thomastown recreation and aquatic center is a 2 x 2 Video wall facing the carpark. These 4x 52" displays reside behind laminated anti-reflective glass and are driven by a ONELAN Net-top-box (NTB) 5505 media player. The screens displays center information, forthcoming events, welcome messages, Live Video and PowerPoint presentations.

The TRAC reception is an open area fronted with large floor to ceiling windows, with doors leading directly to the main reception desk. At the desk there are 3 x 46" commercial displays side by side each displaying content from a ONELAN NTB 510. The screens display a mix of pricing, classes, events and local news.

The hallway and gym areas experience heavy foot traffic making them excellent locations for two 40" Touch screens. These screens provide class information and schedules for visitors. A user is able select from a range of classes and watch a video of that class. The content is created and managed by the center marketing team.


The staff at TRAC created all of the digital signage background layouts and touch content. The Touch content required configuration of playlists and zones to trigger videos and display schedules. The solution was designed and managed by the marketing team at the center.

About ONELAN

ONELAN develops network appliances for standalone and end-to-end Digital Signage network solutions. The Net-Top-Box is a multimedia, multi-zoned solution capable of Touch Interactivity. With a browser based user interface, the system is fully multi-lingual and capable of displaying both stored media and live media e.g RSS feeds, web pages and broadcast TV or locally streamed video. Further members of the product family cater for Enterprise network management and integration with external data sources.

ONELAN’s NTBs are now installed in a wide variety of organizations across the world in markets including retail, schools, hospitals as well as corporates such as TalkTalk, the Financial Times and Virgin.

ONELAN Ltd is based in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire.




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Tuesday, 29 November 2011
TORONTO, ONTARIO,  (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- iSIGN Media Solutions Inc. has signed an agreement with BroadSign International, a worldwide provider of software-as-a-service for digital signage, to manage networked digital displays in Couche-Tard's convenience stores.

iSIGN, through its subsidiary Pinpoint Media Group, operates the network of advertising and promotional screens within the Couche-Tard chain of approximately 1,400 convenience stores in Canada. This network is the largest owner/operator network of in-store digital media in Canada. Once the installation of our Interactive Massaging Solutions ("IMS") software is completed, this network will be the world's largest fully interactive digital signage network.

Each convenience store has 2 to 3 screens installed at the point of sale, running brand loyalty programs, public service announcements and in-store promotions. BroadSign's digital signage software allows iSIGN to schedule and playback content on each screen, manage updates and monitor network health - doing all this from one central location, with minimal staff.

"Our engineering and technical staff worked for weeks to qualify and confirm BroadSign as the management system for all of our future network and Interactive Massaging Solutions ("IMS") applications scheduled for installation," states Alex Romanov, iSIGN's Chief Executive Officer.

"BroadSign's software has proven its ability to run some of the world's most sizable, complex and commercially successful digital signage networks," added Mr. Romanov. "This software-as-a-service platform is second to none in the industry and is an indispensable tool for us as a digital signage network operator."

The deployment of BroadSign's software is scheduled to be completed in early 2012.

"Less than twelve months ago we started a pure technology integration partnership with iSIGN that enhanced our digital signage platform with a mobile advertising solution. Today, following their acquisition of Pinpoint Media and the Couche-Tard network operation, we have expanded our relationship, and iSIGN has become our biggest Canadian client networks," said Brian Dusho, CEO of BroadSign International.

About iSIGN Media

iSIGN is a leading developer of location-based interactive proximity advertising solutions that deliver rich media, permission based messages, free of charge to cell phones using Bluetooth(R) connectivity, while providing Business Intelligence to the client. The Company's patent-pending advertising platform combines the precision of direct marketing and the tracking potential of the Web to deliver more cost effective and ROI-driven advertising than is possible via print, radio and television. A leader in proximity and delivery based advertising social media, iSIGN is now the largest owner/operator of in-store digital media in Canada. With a national footprint, iSIGN reaches an average of 1.5 million consumers a day through our convenience store network, using state of the art technology to push relevant content. iSIGN's network includes just over 5,600 digital faces in 1,400 plus convenience stores across Canada and additional digital faces in the City of Calgary's parks and recreation building. iSIGN is based in Richmond Hill, Ontario with R&D and customer support operations in Vancouver, BC. iSIGN is a business partner of AOpen America Inc., having an OEM agreement for the embedding of its IMS software in Aopen's digital media players and IBM, as their Solution Provider, POS All Models. iSIGN's software solutions are also distributed by BlueStar Inc. to their network of Value Added Resellers. iSIGN is publicly traded in Toronto (TSX.V) under the symbol "ISD". Additional information about iSIGN Media can be found at www.isignmedia.com .

About Broadsign

BroadSign International Inc. is a leading worldwide provider of the premier software platform for digital signage networks. The software allows networks to target out-of-home audiences, sell network airtime, reliably play back scheduled content on each screen and account for campaign performance. Some of the world's largest and most successful digital signage networks run on BroadSign, taking advantage of its robust functionality, media-buyer-friendly workflow and ability to grow without limits. Various levels of support and services are included in the per-player monthly subscription fee, depending on the subscription package. The software-as-a-service (SaaS) model offers networks the freedom of enjoying the full potential of the most advanced enterprise-class solution without carrying the costs of their own infrastructure, such as servers, maintenance, hiring additional IT personnel, security and stability, etc. BroadSign combines extensive expertise in digital signage software, media, advertising, and information technology. BroadSign also enables cross-network digital signage campaign execution for DOOH media aggregators via its Open API platform. BroadSign's corporate office, operations, support and development facilities are in Montreal, Canada. Additional information about BroadSign can be found at www.Broadsign.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release includes certain forward-looking statements that are based upon current expectations, which involve risks and uncertainties associated with iSIGN Media's business and the environment in which the business operates. Any statements contained herein that are not statements of historical facts may be deemed to be forward-looking, including those identified by the expressions "anticipate", "believe", "plan", "estimate", "expect", "intend", and similar expressions to the extent they relate to the Company or its management. The forward-looking statements are not historical facts, but reflect iSIGN Media's current expectations regarding future results or events. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations, including the matters discussed under "Risks and Uncertainties" in the Filing Statement filed on October 9th, 2009 with the regulatory authorities. iSIGN Media assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements, or to update the reasons why actual results could differ from those reflected in the forward-looking statements.

Copyright 2011 iSIGN Media Solutions Inc. All Rights Reserved. All other trademarks and trade names are the property of their respective owners.

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Tuesday, 29 November 2011
Ad-based Digital Out-of-Home (DOOH) Networks in North America to get boost through DOOH Acceleration Program 
 
New York, NY - Advertising-based Digital Out-of-Home and Digital Place-based Networks operating in North America will receive support for revenue achievement, investment attraction and operating success through a program announced by BUNN Co. Elements of the program include introductions to advertisers and investors, education, business planning support, performance benchmarking and peer networking.
 
The program will commence with a January 2012 event open by invitation only to emerging DOOH network operators and ad agencies.
 
"Ad-based network operators want higher Return on Investment through increased revenues, improved outcomes and operational efficiencies" said Lyle Bunn, an advisor, educator and analyst in North America's Dynamic Place-based Media industry.
 
He added, "Aspiring Digital Place-based networks are struggling to connect with advertisers and to better achieve their revenue and service potential. Investor attractiveness and financing, which are key to their business success, are linked to this revenue achievement and accurate forecasting." This program is tailored to the needs of this important group in the media landscape and within the Digital Signage industry."  
 
This program will move DOOH network operators to the next levels of success by directly addressing their unique business needs in a high value approach. This program approach allows network operators to choose the elements in which they participate based on their challenges and needs.
 
DOOH Network Operators should email Lyle Bunn for additional information.
 
About BUNN Co. 


Lyle Bunn is Principal and Strategy Architect of BUNN Co. an independent provider of advisory, education and industry analysis services to end users, enterprises, network operators and suppliers in North America's Dynamic Media industry. Lyle Bunn has been recognized with an Honorary Doctorate for his contributions to industry development and education, and has assisted hundreds of dynamic signage networks in retail, consumer services, hospitality and corporate environments for shopper, consumer, patron, staff and campus communications. He was the only individual named in the 2005 Digital Signage Top 10 list along with corporations such as 3M, ClearChannel, Thompson and others. He has published over 200 articles and whitepapers, and his CD-ROM eBook the "Digital Signage Planning Guide," now in its 5th edition, is used around the world. He has served as an advisor, chair, presenter or moderator at every major North American digital signage event since 2003.  See
http://www.lylebunn.com/
 
 
 
 
 
 




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Monday, 21 November 2011
Makito™ Encoder

The Makito™ encoder offers the most efficient and affordable distribution, capture, and rebroadcast of HD video. The Makito represents the first and only full-featured high-performance compact encoder to combine the efficiencies of H.264 video compression and full HD video quality in a very small form factor — all at a very competitive price point.

Recently upgraded to revision 1.5, the Makito now supports constant bit rate (CBR) encoding to assure transport and system wide compatibilities and, optionally, real-time metadata capabilities. The metadata option allows users to incorporate KLV metadata into the compressed video stream, with the data obtained from the serial port, from auxiliary data fields within the digital video stream, or from user datagram protocol (UDP) network sources. The Makito provides H.264 encoding at up to 1080p60 with the lowest available end-to-end latencies.

Furnace™ 6.0 Including MultiStream™ Recording and Advanced Publishing

This important sixth revision of the highly acclaimed Furnace™ IP video system brings forward advanced recording and publishing features to enable clients to capture and distribute synchronized multi-stream video content. The VF Recorder module is enhanced to support recording and review of up to four simultaneous video streams associated with a combined video asset. During the recording, HotMarks™ (real-time metadata) can be applied to all streams either through the user interface or as triggered by third-party control systems. HotMarks enables viewers to search for and jump to specific tagged events quickly. The VF Publisher module establishes automated ingest and publishing of content. After a record process, users can instantly assign content to specific groups, make the content available within the Web portal, email links to specific users or groups, or deposit the content into third-party systems for further editing.

KulaByte™ Encoder


At GV Expo 2011, Haivision will display its newly acquired KulaByte™ software encoder. The KulaByte encoder allows users to deliver live content to multiple sites easily and reliably, with best-in-class adaptive player technology that enables dynamic, real-time updates for dependable online video delivery to desktop or mobile devices. Completely software-based, the KulaByte encoder provides the most efficient use of uplink bandwidth due to extremely high quality-to-bit rate performance and tight bit rate control. This solution provides the added ability to control the receiving stream from any location with a cloud-based DVR solution, making it easier than ever to sort through the live stream and find the desired destination to play back on command directly from the player. With its simple user interface and operation, anyone from trained employees to volunteer teams can reliably deliver the desired results time after time.

HyperStream™ Live Cloud Transcoding

Haivision will also show off the HyperStream™ transcoding solution, which is capable of transforming live video source streams into all of the many formats and data rates required to distribute live video via the Internet. HyperStream delivers live transcoded source video streams to every screen regardless of device, player, screen size, or bandwidth.

HyperStream allows event producers to rethink their traditional approach to live webcasting. With audiences increasingly consuming media on many different types of devices and networks, HyperStream provides high quality, reliable, consistent output streams to the full range of playback devices, even when streaming from challenging low-bandwidth environments. Preparing the multiple renditions needed for all of these devices and bit rates previously required additional investment in on-site encoding hardware, bandwidth, and infrastructure. HyperStream eliminates this wasteful per-event overspending and complexity in favor of a flexible, comprehensive, cloud-based live streaming platform.

CoolSign™

Haivision's CoolSign™ digital signage solution boasts all the features and functions required to meet any signage need, from smaller installations to sophisticated multiscreen landmark displays to large-scale global networks. Launched in 1998, CoolSign has a long legacy of innovation, pioneering many aspects of digital signage technology including n-tier architecture, native multicasting support, real-time connectivity, full-edge device monitoring and control, flexible media scheduling, closed data architecture, bandwidth usage controls, and many others. Secure, scalable, reliable, and efficient, CoolSign serves the demands of myriad retail, government, financial services, corporate, and pure-play digital out-of-home advertising (DOOH) networks around the globe.

About Haivision

Haivision delivers advanced technology for streaming, recording, managing, and distributing secure IP video and interactive media within the enterprise, education, medical/healthcare, and federal/military markets. Haivision is a private company based in Montreal and Chicago, with technical excellence centers in Beaverton, Ore., Austin, Texas, and Hamburg, Germany. With a global sales and support organization, Haivision distributes its products through value-added resellers, system integrators, distributors, and OEMs worldwide. More information is available at www.haivision.com.

All trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.
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Monday, 21 November 2011
‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands - Due to the increasing demand for digital signage/narrowcasting products, AOpen decided to add another distributor to the distribution portfolio in the Benelux region. Kerèn Presentatie Systemen offers only an exclusive selected group of brands manufactured for AV, interactive and digital signage systems and accessories; therefore Dhr. M.J. van der Weerd is happy to add AOpen to their brand selection.

According to M.J. van der Weerd, Director Kerèn: “We have chosen to add the AOpen products to our portfolio, because they are an excellent addition to our productline of AV, interactive and digital signage systems. The AOpen Digital Engine series offers us a great opportunity for our current platform to offer complete solutions.”

Marc Janssen, Regional Business Manager AOpen UK, Benelux and France decided to add Kerèn because they are an excellent AV Pro distributor and they can offer total customized solutions in the Benelux region. The complete Kerèn team is trained by AOpen technical specialists, so they can offer customized advice to their customers. “Digital system demands are different for every project, so it makes sense to choose a product like AOpen Digital Engine that is flexible for integration”, concludes M.J. van der Weerd.

About Kerèn

Kerèn Presentatie Systemen is one of the most specialized distributors in the Netherlands for presentation systems for business and educational purposes. We deliver total solutions to our dealers thanks to an exclusive assortment of products and good installation and services. Brands included in the portfolio are: AOpen, Canon, Casio Chief, LG, Narrowcastingonline, Panasonic, Philips, Starscreen, Gyration and more. Contact info@keren.nl for more information. 

About AOpen

As the leading manufacturer of reliable, powerful and green digital signage solutions world-wide, combined with the unique small form factor of the specially designed media player called Digital Engine, AOpen is able to provide an outstanding platform for 24/7 digital signage solutions. With in-depth market knowledge and a team of industry experts AOpen can offer advice for complete digital signage solution platforms. AOpen cooperates with key alliances to create the best possible tested and certified solutions to offer to its global value added channel network to go to market. Contact by email for more information.
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Friday, 18 November 2011
Minneapolis, MN, - The Digital Screenmedia Association (DSA) has announced that Alpha Video Creative was a winner in the inaugural DSA Crown Awards. The Crown Awards were established to recognize the impact of excellent content in out-of-home environments through the use of digital signage, self-service kiosks, and mobile technology.

David Drain, Joshua Hoffert, Keith KelsenAlpha Video Creative took home the Silver Medal in the Point of Wait category for the content they created at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino & Hotel in Cherokee, NC. The content was designed for a video wall located behind the front lobby desk that is one LCD high by 14 LCD’s wide. The fourteen LCD’s form one seamless video wall with a unique resolution of 26880x1080. The dazzling eye-catching video is an interpretation of the Cherokee Creation legend that tells the story of a giant raptor flying over the landscape creating valleys, streams and the Great Smoky Mountains with a touch of his wings.

Joshua Hoffert, Associate Director at Alpha Video Creative, accepted the award at a ceremony held on November 8 in New York City at the Customer Engagement Technology World. Commenting on the award, Hoffert said, “I’m thrilled to accept this award on behalf of the creative team at Alpha Video Creative. The entire team contributed to designing this highly-sophisticated, high-resolution animated video.”

A video of the winning installation can be found at www.alphavideocreative.com/our-work in the video wall category at the bottom of the webpage.

About Alpha Video Creative


Alpha Video Creative is part of Alpha Video and focuses on creating content for any digital signage or video distribution system. Alpha Video Creative specializes in creating content for CastNET, the leading enterprise-wide digital signage software. Website:alphavideocreative.com

About Alpha Video

Alpha Video & Audio, Inc., a member of Professional Systems Network Inc. (PSNI), has been a professional video systems provider and integration specialist since 1970. Alpha specializes in products, systems and services for video and digital media content creation, distribution and management. Alpha Video is privately held and headquartered at 7711 Computer Ave, Edina, Minnesota 55435; tel: (800) 388-0008 or (952) 896-9898; fax (952) 896-9899.
Websites: alphavideo.com and castnet.com.
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Friday, 18 November 2011
Haivision and Akamai Highlight Joint Customer Solutions as Akamai's NetAlliance Partner Program Expands to Include Digital Media Ecosystem

MONTREAL and CHICAGO —  Haivision Network Video today announced that the company has been named a NetAlliance Partner in Akamai Technologies' newly expanded NetAlliance Partner program. In this role, Haivision is a key player among companies that have been recognized for providing value to the overall partner ecosystem for Akamai's leading cloud platform.

"There is strong synergy between Haivision and Akamai, since both companies are enabling customers to leverage the cloud to deliver more streams to more platforms. A great example is our HyperStream™ Live cloud-based video transcoding service, which is integrated with the Akamai HD Network to reduce the cost and complexity of over-the-top multiplatform content delivery," said Peter Forman, vice president of the Internet Media Division, Haivision Network Video. "As Akamai's first Digital Media NetAlliance Solution Partner, we're looking forward to working closely with Akamai and its broad ecosystem of partners to continue bringing new solutions to market that meet the evolving media streaming and multiplatform requirements of our customers."

The NetAlliance Partner Program brings together more than 40 hardware and software integrators, application and infrastructure service providers, and commerce and digital media platform providers committed to helping customers leverage the cloud for business success. "As a best-of-breed technology company delivering robust and superior workflow solutions for its digital media customers, Haivision is an ideal Akamai Digital Media NetAlliance Solution Partner," said John Sconyers, senior director of media channels at Akamai. "With solutions like HyperStream Live, Haivision addresses the ever-increasing complexity of delivering video easily to any device on any network, and understands the value of a tightly integrated ecosystem of partners for meeting customers' complex business needs in today's rapidly moving technology arena."

About Akamai
 
Akamai® is the leading cloud platform for helping enterprises provide secure, high-performing user experiences on any device, anywhere. At the core of the company's solutions is the Akamai Intelligent Platform™ providing extensive reach, coupled with unmatched reliability, security, visibility and expertise. Akamai removes the complexities of connecting the increasingly mobile world, supporting 24/7 consumer demand, and enabling enterprises to securely leverage the cloud. To learn more about how Akamai is accelerating the pace of innovation in a hyperconnected world, please visit www.akamai.com and follow @Akamai on Twitter.

About Haivision Network Video


Haivision delivers advanced technology for streaming, recording, managing, and distributing secure IP video and interactive media within the enterprise, education, medical/healthcare, and federal/military markets. Haivision is a private company based in Montreal and Chicago, with technical excellence centers in Beaverton, Ore.; Austin, Texas; and Hamburg, Germany. With a global sales and support organization, Haivision distributes its products through value-added resellers, system integrators, distributors, and OEMs worldwide. More information is available at www.haivision.com.
 
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The release contains information about future expectations, plans and prospects of Akamai's management that constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by these forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors including, but not limited to, the effects of any attempts to intentionally disrupt our services or network by hackers or others, unexpected termination of Akamai's relationship with Diesel, a failure of Akamai's network infrastructure, and other factors that are discussed in Akamai's Annual Report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, and other documents periodically filed with the SEC.

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Friday, 18 November 2011
A crucial part of the new Polar Bear Passage exhibit at the Kansas City Zoo is educating visitors about the habitat and lives of polar bears in the wild with the assistance of digital signage hardware and software from Keywest Technology.

LENEXA, Kan.  – Keywest Technology today announced that the Kansas City (MO) Zoo is using its digital signage hardware and software technology to engage and educate visitors to a new attraction designed to bring the public face-to-face with a diving, swimming polar bear.

The centerpiece of the Polar Bear Passage exhibit is a new viewing building and public plaza. There, visitors can view a polar bear above and underwater thanks to a clear glass wall separating them from the bear and pool. The exhibit area also gives visitors the chance to learn more about the lives of the big white bears on five digital signs positioned throughout the exhibit space.

The Kansas City Zoo is employing Keywest Technology MediaZone digital signage hardware and software to playback a mix of video, animation, graphics and text designed to build visitor interest in polar bears and enhance their knowledge.

“The Polar Bear Passage is a great example of how digital signage can complement and enhance the larger mission of any public venue,” said Keywest Technology president Nick Nichols. “With Keywest Technology-driven digital signage, the Zoo can communicate far more information about polar bears in a way that surpasses what could be done with traditional printed signs.”

The Keywest Technology MediaZone provides those responsible for scheduling and managing playback of digital signage content all of the tools they need. MediaZone software takes advantage of the familiar Windows 7 interface motif to make it simple to build content pages with a combination of media elements, including video, text, graphics and animation, schedule their playback, modify playlists with updates as needed and interrupt regularly scheduled events with timely messages. MediaZone software can run on an existing PC or as part of a turnkey hardware/software system available in different configurations from Keywest Technology. Multiple MediaZone players also can be centrally monitored and managed using Keywest Technology’s InfoZone enterprise-level digital signage software.
At the Polar Bear Passage exhibit, the Keywest Technology MediaZone presents visitors with a powerful educational experience while they enjoy a remarkable view of a live polar bear.

“We are proud to have played a part in bringing this unique experience to Zoo patrons,” said Nichols.

About Keywest Technology

Keywest Technology develops and markets a wide variety of digital signage products including kiosks, software and content development services designed to produce exceptional results. The company is also a pioneer in interactive digital signage, which couples the appeal of dynamic signage with the interactivity associated with interactive kiosks. www.KeywestTechnology.com.
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Wednesday, 16 November 2011
Eden Prairie, Minnesota — WAND Corporation was the recipient of a DSA Crown Award at the Digital Screenmedia Association in New York City this month in conjunction with the Customer Engagement Technology World (CETW). The DSA Crown Awards recognize excellence in digital content.

WAND’s latest award-winning content was created for Smashburger and highlights the concept’s cooked-to-order burgers and other menu items. The content blends high-definition video and animated images to highlight product attributes and coincides with new product and nutritional integrations.

“We are very proud of our creative team,” said Ed Carney, Vice President of Sales and Operations for WAND Corporation. “The team continues to produce award-winning content that not only appeals to our customers, but stands up to the competition. The team definitely understands how to promote and draw attention to our digital signage in a productive and classy manner – they have style!”

While most companies in this space focus on either the software or the content, WAND Corporation purposely focuses on both. “Both software and content are required to produce the appropriate effects in an award winning digital menu board,” said Greg Perrill, COO of WAND. “We’ve been producing award-winning content for years and love working with our customers to produce exactly what they need. We’re successful because we focus exclusively on Fast Casual and Quick Service Restaurants.”

The WAND Digital implementation allows for management of content, pricing and nutritional information while increasing sales by upselling and promoting items flexibility in a day-part schedule. WAND Corporation sells both indoor and outdoor digital menu board (DMB) and digital point of purchase (POP) board solutions plus indoor and outdoor order confirmation displays.

About WAND Corporation


WAND Corporation is the future of QSR technology, spearheading a convergence between Digital Engagement, Point Of Sale, and Analytics. WAND’s Digital Restaurant® solution includes POS & Back Office Systems, award-winning Digital Menu Boards, Analytics, Enterprise Management and Support. WAND is 100 percent QSR/Fast Casual focused and has 25 years of industry experience developing innovative solutions for franchisees and corporate brands. To further its growth and its restaurant partners’ success, WAND’s vision is to revolutionize worldwide restaurant operations through technology, services, and data. For more information, please visit www.wandcorp.com


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Wednesday, 16 November 2011
PRWEB.COM Newswire - Marion, IN (PRWEB) Ziver Birg, CEO of ZIVELO, has been named to the Empact100 list of the country’s top 100 young entrepreneurs and will be recognized at the White House in Washington, D.C. on November 17. There he will be honored for his accomplishments and positive influence on the American economy. The Empact100 list has been created by Empact, in partnership with the Kauffman Foundation, Opportunity International, Global Entrepreneurship Week, and the Startup America Partnership.

The list was announced on November 3rd and candidates were judged based solely on reported revenue. Nominations were open to U.S. based individuals or companies that fulfilled the requirements of having all founders 30 years of age or younger as of December 30, 2011 and reported revenue of over $100,000 in 2010 or 2011 to date.

Additionally, Birg is among the select individuals with over $1 million in revenue who have been invited to a Young Entrepreneur Mastermind conference from November 17-19 in order to collaborate with top players in the entrepreneurship ecosystem such as Michael Dell (Founder of Dell), Fred Smith (Founder of FedEx), Magic Johnson (Founder of Magic Johnson Enterprises), Steve Case (Founder of AOL), and Jeff Hoffman (Co-Founder of PriceLine.com) among other notable entrepreneurs on how to bring the economy back to full employment and give back to entrepreneurship education.

"We basically build large-scale iPhones and iPads for public use," said Birg when asked to summarize what ZIVELO does, “Linking these touch-enabled screens with a plethora of different electronic peripherals can translate into turnkey solutions such as self check-in terminals at your local clinic, way finding kiosks for university campuses, and modern day photo booths that can upload your pictures directly to Facebook. The number of possible configurations is in excess of 100,000, and that number increases every day as new ideas are constantly pouring in. The possibilities are truly endless."

ZIVELO has rapidly grown to become the world’s largest manufacturer of self-service kiosks and digital signage, with over 250,000 square feet of manufacturing facilities and over 200 employees. The design, engineering, and manufacturing of their public terminal systems are completely contained within the United States, allowing them to offer rapid turnaround of product delivery. ZIVELO’s product line is well known globally and with over 50 resellers and distributors in the US, Canada, Europe, South Africa and Australia has been utilized by customers throughout multiple industries such as Coca-Cola, Nike, Verizon, Hilton, US Steel, CIA, FBI, Siemens, Boeing, MIT, NASA and the US Army.

According to Carl Schramm, CEO of the Kauffman Foundation, “Young entrepreneurs are not just America’s future. They’re America’s present,” and “inspire others to join the movement to revitalize our economy by starting a business.”

Birg attributes passion, hard work, and self-belief as key ingredients in the recipe to his success.

“Thomas Edison said it best,” says Birg, “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration. There are many ingredients that go into a successful business venture, but the number one thing to remember is that you have to have passion. To be passionate you have to be driven, to devote all of your energy into your work, to nurture it until it grows, to never settle and never give up until you’re completely satisfied that you’ve given it your all.”

A live broadcast of the Empact100 ceremony can be viewed at http://www.whitehouse.gov/live between 2:30pm and 5:00pm EST on Thursday, November 17.


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Wednesday, 16 November 2011
GWD Media, the international supplier of kiosk management software, has launched Genkiosk in the Cloud worldwide. Genkiosk makes self-service kiosks easy to use, and increases reliability and profitability. Moving into the Cloud makes the same benefits available everywhere, extending reach beyond major data hubs to include regions such as the Pacific Islands, Indonesia and the Philippines. Even remote locations are now joining the global boom in self-service, with access to full security, proactive maintenance and active retail management.

Sheffield, United Kingdom (PRWEB) -- Genkiosk, the kiosk management software, has now been launched in the Cloud worldwide (available everywhere and not just via regional servers), and self-service is set to boom globally.

Self-service is growing, wherever the business case makes sense for unattended kiosks to help customers:

  •     Pay bills
  •     Print photos
  •     Access the Internet or information
  •     Transfer money
  •     Browse and shop.

The kiosks are simple and fast to use. The availability is high – up to 24 hours a day – and they remove the need for customers to stand in line or wait for human assistance.

Genkiosk is the kiosk management software that:


  •     Helps operators keep kiosks running efficiently, securely and profitably
  •     Ensures end-users get what they want quickly and easily.

James Oladujoye, CEO of GWD Media, the developers of Genkiosk explains: “Up until now, location made a big difference in self-service. If you were near to major data centers and highways – say in the large population centers of Europe, Asia or the Americas – all well and good. But think about more remote installations. Each interaction – monitoring or managing data – may take just a few fractions of a second longer. But you are looking at many millions of events per hour. It all adds up to commercially significant delays. Not to mention the challenges of load-balancing, security, resilience and backup over long distances. Now everything has changed. Genkiosk is in the Cloud. Globally. The advantages for operators and end-users are massive. Anywhere and everywhere.”

Examples of how this makes a difference in the real world include:

  •     Migrant workers sending money home cheaply and easily via self-service kiosks
  •     Residents in under-banked regions settling their bills, without bank accounts or credit cards
  •     Citizens everywhere shopping or printing photos or accessing the Internet at any time.

Genkiosk – now available anywhere in the Cloud – provides the solutions to these challenges. No matter how remote the location. This is being played out for example in Qatar with the major build up underway preparing for the soccer world cup. Self-service helps the rapidly growing transient workforce.

Not so far away in the UAE, Genkiosk makes it easier for the under banked to pay their bills.
In the Americas, people are benefiting from Genkiosk to send funds home through money transfer kiosks.

Wherever people shop, access the Internet or print photos, Genkiosk is on hand to power the kiosks that are ever more present, everywhere.

Now Genkiosk is in the Cloud, location is no longer a barrier.

The result for end users: they get what they want - fast and simply.

Commercially, self-service improves reach and delivery: operators can maximize their access to customers at whatever time that suits their customers best. Margins also improve, by reducing costs, especially for maintenance.

With Genkiosk it is straightforward to get the most out of an estate of kiosks by managing:

  •     Sales
  •     Performance
  •     Service.

It’s not just a question of keeping on top of things technically – to ensure the kiosks run smoothly while keeping visits and cost to a minimum – that is just the beginning. Genkiosk also underpins effective retail management: checking which locations are performing best, so operators can bring all of the estate up to scratch.

If things do ever go wrong, Genkiosk supports recovery and restoration, including self-healing, no matter where the kiosks are located.

Genkiosk was first developed in Europe, and has now gone global. Location is no longer critical to taking full control of self-service estates, as James Oladujoye, CEO of GWD Media explains: “Going into the Cloud – where Genkiosk kiosk software services are delivered remotely regardless of global region – has transformed our business. Nowadays, why should it matter which part of the world you are in, as far as software services are concerned? Customers everywhere deserve– and demand – the very best. “

Genkiosk, from GWD Media was first developed to run and manage pay-as-you-go Internet kiosks. It has now grown to cover the full range of self-service applications, including:


  •     Bill payment
  •     Money transfer
  •     Internet access
  •     Information
  •     Photo
  •     Retail.

After launching in Europe, Genkiosk expanded first to the Americas, then the Middle East and beyond, going global via multinational customers and now with direct clients all round the world.

Genkiosk is now delivered via the Cloud, maximizing service and availability in every region of the world.

VeoVend, the sister of Genkiosk, provides the same monitoring and management services for more traditional vending (snacks, drinks, beverages, retail.) A hardware plug-in, with a mobile phone SIM, gives online access to even the most basic vending machine.

GWD Media is headquartered in Sheffield, UK, and operates worldwide.

Key markets include Europe and the Americas, with the Middle East, Asia and Australasia rapidly growing.

For more information, check http://www.genkiosk.com

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Wednesday, 16 November 2011
Powerful Streaming Solution for Dynamic Flash and Adaptive HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) Takes Top Prize in Encoding Software Category

MONTREAL and CHICAGO — Haivision Network Video today announced that its KulaByte™ live Internet encoder has been chosen by the readers of Streaming Media Magazine as a Streaming Media Reader's Choice Award winner. KulaByte received top honors in the Encoding Software (Over $1,000) category.

Haivision's KulaByte is a professional-quality, software-based encoder for fueling Dynamic Flash and Adaptive HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) Internet media. KulaByte is renowned for the quality of the compressed video streams it produces and its efficiency in using contribution networks.

"KulaByte simply offers the best quality video encoding for the Internet," said Philipp Angele, owner of Berlin-based Camcast, a full-service production company specializing in live Internet streaming solutions and video production. "We have been using KulaByte for many years, now staging more than 100 events annually supported by a fleet of six KulaByte encoding systems. The encoders can be tuned perfectly for both Flash and HLS."

Camcast's streaming experience spans many client applications, from extreme sports to global brand companies. The company deploys KulaByte encoders for events in the field and also hosts a number of systems in its Berlin teleport for satellite-based contribution.
In addition to ensuring encoding quality, KulaByte leads the competition in rate control, which enables users to maximize their use of Internet connections. The latest release of KulaByte also incorporates Automatic Bandwidth Correction™. The KulaByte encoder detects congestion on the outbound network connections and automatically adjusts the stream bit rates to accommodate bandwidth constriction and to take advantage of increased bandwidth availability.

"The finalists in the 2011 Streaming Media Readers' Choice Awards are a real who's who of the online media industry, both in terms of established players and up-and-comers," said Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen, editor of Streaming Media magazine. "What's most significant about these awards is that they're the only ones voted on by the people who actually use these technologies and services every day. This year, we had 269 nominees in our 20 categories, and more than 6,000 people cast their votes."

"Feedback from our user community is critical in helping us develop and improve our products, and the users and industry experts who read Streaming Media represent our core customers," said Peter Forman, vice president, business development, Haivision Internet Media Division. "With this honor, these readers have recognized KulaByte's tremendous value in helping them to reach and retain online audiences with higher video quality and lower bandwidth consumption."

The Streaming Media Reader's Choice Award winners were announced at Streaming Media West on Nov. 9, and they will be featured in the December/January issue of Streaming Media magazine.

About Haivision Network Video

Haivision delivers advanced technology for streaming, recording, managing, and distributing secure IP video and interactive media within the enterprise, education, medical/healthcare, and federal/military markets. Haivision is a private company based in Montreal and Chicago, with technical excellence centers in Beaverton, Ore.; Austin, Texas; and Hamburg, Germany. With a global sales and support organization, Haivision distributes its products through value-added resellers, system integrators, distributors, and OEMs worldwide. More information is available at www.haivision.com

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Wednesday, 16 November 2011
Powered by the AMD G-Series APU T40R/T40E, the CAPA111 provides high graphics capabilities while maintaining very low power consumption

Taipei, Taiwan, - Based on the new low-power AMD G-Series APU T40R/T40E with the Fusion Controller Hub A50M, Axiomtek developed CAPA111 low power graphics-oriented 3.5-inch embedded board for digital signage, gaming, medical imaging, kiosks/POS, thin clients, and factory automation. The CAPA111 is powered by either a single core AMD G-Series APU T40R at 1.0GHz or the dual core T40E at 1.0 GHz paired with the A50M FCH chipset and one DDR3 1066 memory slot supports up to 4 GB. Integrated with Radeon™ HD 6250 graphics controller with DirectX 11 support, the super compact 3.5-inch embedded platform delivers unprecedented high definition visual experience and features 18/24-bit LVDS and VGA display dual view compatibility. Moreover, the embedded board only requires +12V DC power input.

“Designed with the low-power AMD G-Series APU T40R/T40E, Axiomtek’s CAPA111 offers cutting-edge graphics performance but low-power consumption,” said Michelle Mi, Product Manager of Product Marketing & Planning Division at Axiomtek. “The CAPA111 3.5” embedded board also comes with plenty of I/O connectivity and expansion options, making system integration easier and speed time-to-market. For system designers looking for high-end graphics capabilities in fanless solution, the CAPA111 is truly the ideal choice.”

Energy-efficient Processors and High-end Graphics

The CAPA111 is powered by AMD G-Series single core T40R and dual core T40E APU with A50M FCH and has an advanced graphic engine with DirectX 11 supported. The low-power CAPA111 provides outstanding visual experience while maintaining very low power consumption.

Rich I/O and More Features

While measuring only 146 x 104 mm, the compact CAPA111 comes with advanced connectivity including six USB 2.0 ports, two SATA-600 ports, four COM ports (3 x RS-232 & 1 x RS-232/422/485), dual Gigabit LANs, CompactFlash™ socket, VGA, LVDS, and HD audio. Besides, it provides high-bandwidth expansion capability with one PCI Express Mini card for custom system configurations. Additionally, the CAPA111 supports Windows® 7, Windows® Vista, Windows® XP embedded, and Linux. The built-in Watchdog Timer keeps system running smoothly.

The green yet powerful CAPA111 embedded board will be available around the end of December 2011. For more product details or pricing, please visit our global website www.axiomtek.com or contact our sales representative at info@axiomtek.com.tw.

Advanced Features:

  •     AMD G-Series APU T40R (1.0 GHz) / T40E (1.0 GHz)
  •     AMD Fusion Controller Hub A50M chipset
  •     1 DDR3 SO-DIMM supports up to 4 GB memory capacity
  •     Supports 2 SATA-600, 2 Giga Ethernet, 6 USB 2.0 ports and 4 COM ports
  •     Display: 1 x VGA and 1 x LVDS (18-bit single channel or 24-bit single/dual channel)
  •     +12V only DC-in supported
  •     DirectX® 11 support

About Axiomtek Co., Ltd.

Axiomtek Co. Ltd. is one of the world's leading designers/manufacturers of PC-based industrial computer products. From our roots as a turnkey systems integrator specializing in data acquisition and control systems, Axiomtek has mirrored the PC evolution in various industries by shifting our focus toward the design and manufacture of PC-based industrial automation solutions.

Axiomtek Co., Ltd. established in 1990, has more than 60 distributor partners globally.  Axiomtek offers Industrial PCs (IPC), Embedded Computing Platforms (ECP), Rugged Embedded System (eBOX and rBOX), Touch Panel Computers (TPC), Medical PCs (MPC), Human Machine Interface (HMI), Digital Signage & Displays (DS), Industrial Network (iCON), and Network Appliances (NA).

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Tuesday, 15 November 2011
Panasonic Canada hands out free memberships to popular on-premises media service 

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO AND CHARLOTTETOWN, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND, (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- ScreenScape Networks Inc. ("ScreenScape") is pleased to announce today that Panasonic Canada Inc. ("Panasonic") is offering new Panasonic digital signage LCD display customers with a complimentary(i) one-year subscription to their popular community-based digital signage service.

"Business owners thinking about joining ScreenScape to boost sales and marketing can now get started with one-year of service compliments of Panasonic" says Magnus McDermid, General Manager, Computer and AV Solutions Group, Panasonic Canada Inc. "Our line of Full HD digital signage LCD displays offers excellent choices for ScreenScape customers looking for a clear and vibrant display solution that brings in-store media to life".

For a limited time, Panasonic will be including a promotional card with every new LF20 and LF25 -series Widescreen Full HD digital signage LCD display shipped in Canada. Each promotional card will feature a printed access code that allows an end user to unlock an entire year of service from ScreenScape.

ScreenScape is a popular online service for engaging audiences in physical places through the use of digital displays. Venue managers can log in to ScreenScape from anywhere and quickly build dynamic programming for their own network of screens. By connecting with other members of the ScreenScape Community they can draw upon a pool of fresh content, such as online video, or push their own promotional messages to audiences inside other places of business that use ScreenScape.

"Panasonic is pleased to be providing its customers with a simple and cost-effective solution for digital signage that will help their business engage customers in new ways," said McDermid.

"We're making it easier for businesses to tap into the power of place-based media to drive real business value," commented Mark Hemphill, Founder and Chief Operating Officer of ScreenScape. "Panasonic offers a compelling line of professional Full HD LCD displays that are ideal for digital signage applications. By giving their customers complimentary access to ScreenScape it is now that much easier for businesses of all sizes to join the ScreenScape Community and see why it is the fastest growing network of its kind on the planet."

(i)Contact a Panasonic Canada Digital Signage LCD Sales Representative for full details.

About Panasonic Canada

Panasonic Canada Inc. is an affiliate of Panasonic Corporation (PC) of Japan, one of the world's largest producers of electronic and electric products for consumer, business and industrial use. Information on Panasonic's full line of broadcast products can be obtained by visiting www.panasonic.ca .

About ScreenScape Networks

ScreenScape is an online service for engaging audiences in physical places. By offering a repository of community-shared content and a pool of targeted marketing opportunities, ScreenScape makes place-based media easier and more effective as a tool for engaging with today's connected consumer.


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Tuesday, 15 November 2011
Self-Service Kiosk and Digital Signage Manufacturer to Plant Three Trees for Every Kiosk Sold

Marion, IN (PRWEB) - ZIVELO, a leader in the self-service kiosk and digital signage manufacturing industry, seeks to lead the industry into a new direction – a green one.

ZIVELO has partnered with Trees for the Future, a nonprofit organization that has planted over 65 million trees worldwide since 1989. ZIVELO has made a commitment to plant at least three trees for every kiosk that they sell to help offset their carbon foot print.

“ZIVELO has made sustainability part of their business by planting three trees for every kiosk sold. Their support allows us to work with communities that need these trees to meet their basic needs. By incorporating tree planting into their business model, they are helping communities such as Haiti transform their lives through planting fast-growing beneficial trees. By partnering with trees for the future, ZIVELO is showing how businesses can help drive sustainability locally and globally,” says Gorav Seth, Director of Finance and Operations at Trees for the Future.

Since the campaign’s launch in June of this year, nearly 6,000 trees have been planted thanks to ZIVELO’s contributions to Trees for the Future. ZIVELO is also working with local municipalities to plant trees throughout the city of Marion, Indiana to give back to the community that has given them their roots.

“Being environmentally friendly is one of the core values that have contributed to the foundation of our company and as an innovator within our industry, we have a social responsibility to set a positive example wherever we can,” says Ziver Birg, CEO of ZIVELO.

Being green isn’t a new trend for ZIVELO; some of the green initiatives that have been in place since the company’s inception include:

  •     Utilizing a minimum amount of post-consumer materials
  •     Providing recycling containers throughout all of their facilities
  •     Producing their kiosk enclosures from aircraft grade aluminum which is fully recyclable at the end of life
  •     Utilizing electronically bonded powder coat finishes that are approved by the EPA to be VOC free and can be retrieved and reused
  •     Offering purchase credits to organizations who want to trade in their unattractive, old, and outdated kiosks for ZIVELO terminals. These terminals will often be reused in third world countries or recycled via electronic recyclers.

ZIVELO has been recognized for their efforts as a green business by the software company, Advanced Solutions, who accepted them into the Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program. This program supports the environmental advancements of technology pioneers by providing thousands of dollars worth of digital prototyping software to companies through their Clean Tech grants.

“We’re constantly developing processes to reduce manufacturing waste and offset our carbon foot print wherever possible,” says Birg, “It is our hope that other companies within the self-service technology industry will see the difference that we can make and join us in our efforts to make this world a greener place.”

About ZIVELO

ZIVELO has rapidly grown to become the world’s largest kiosk manufacturer, with over 250,000 square feet of manufacturing facilities and over 200 employees. ZIVELO’s product line is well known globally, and now has resellers and distributors in the USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, and South Africa. The design, engineering, and manufacturing of their public terminal systems are contained within the United States and are compliant with fair trade standards.

For additional information about ZIVELO, please visit zivelo.com
For additional information regarding ZIVELO’s green initiatives, please contact by email.


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Monday, 14 November 2011
Second European Event for Digital Signage, the Future Office and a Tradition of Performance

NEC Display Solutions Europe has successfully hosted its second Display Trends Forum, which saw more than 120 customers, partners, speakers and staff gather in Sorrento, Italy to discuss the current and future state of the industry.

Luminaries from three key fields, namely Digital Signage Standards, Reference Performance on Stage and the Future Office, gathered to deliver high-level presentations and discuss the latest news and information from the industry.

Among the select programme of activities, there were various workshops for the visitors to attend, face-to-face meetings with senior management and top executives and opportunities to network and exchange industry expert knowledge.

Following the keynote speech from Bernd Eberhardt, Managing Director at NEC Display Solutions Europe, representatives from leading Market Data Research companies as well as selected speakers from successfully deployed customer installations all delivered their perspectives on future trends in the field of display solutions.

Within the Digital Signage workshop, NEC facilitated discussions around the latest standards within the Retail Signage and Digital-Out-Of-Home (DOOH) sectors. Both markets are currently experiencing high levels of interest in response to retailers looking for new ways of engaging and interacting with customers, and innovation in technology making new types of display possible. NEC predicts significant growth in these sectors as companies start to see the benefits of using the technology to create competitive advantage and build brand loyalty.

In the Reference Performance on Stage workshop, NEC delivered an introduction to the Reference concept and its ‘Tradition of Performance’, showcasing the latest high-luminance projectors and professional Public Displays for large venue presentations. Alongside this were customer testimonials and market data that provided plenty of information for the question and answer session that followed.

The third workshop focused on the topic of the Future Office, with presentations and discussions on the changes occurring in modern office environments and the role that emerging technologies play in this transformation.

“Our second NEC Display Trends Forum built on the success of our inaugural event last year and was an all-round success,” said Stefanie Corinth, Vice President Marketing and Business Development at NEC Display Solutions Europe. “As one of the leading companies in all aspects of the display industry, we have created a platform that brilliantly combines the transfer of knowledge, practical expertise and fantastic opportunities for networking. We are delighted by its success and we are well on our way to making the forum a highly anticipated annual event.”

The NEC Display Trends Forum 2011 was held from 18 – 20 October at the Hilton Sorrento Palace Hotel in Italy.

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Monday, 14 November 2011
Company awarded the "Intel Innovation Award" for its SoloHealth Station self-service health kiosk; helps consumers manage healthcare and wellness

ATLANTA, GA,  /24-7PressRelease/ -- SoloHealth, a leading consumer-driven healthcare technology company, was awarded with Intel's coveted IT healthcare award, the "Intel Innovation Award," during the 2011 Health IT Leadership Summit that took place Tuesday in Atlanta. SoloHealth was recognized for its next-generation health and wellness kiosk, the SoloHealth Station. Presented for the first time this year, the "Intel Innovation Award" recognizes the company developing leading-edge technology and exceptional innovation to improve healthcare delivery and processes.

"It was a very tough decision for the judges as all four finalists were extremely qualified and deserving," said Jared S. Quoyeser, Director of Healthcare Marketing, Intel Americas. "But ultimately our panel of judges selected SoloHealth because of its unique and impactful SoloHealth Station platform which offers a solution that most efficiently and effectively helps combat the issues and problems facing our health delivery process, as well as access and engagement for consumers, medical professionals, businesses and our entire healthcare system. The SoloHealth Station platform is truly a win-win for all parties. We are excited to work with SoloHealth to further expand their platform and technology capabilities."

"To be recognized by Intel, a perennial technology brand, and among the other worthy finalists, is something that makes us absolutely thrilled, honored and humbled," said SoloHealth CEO & Founder Bart Foster. "This honor comes as we ready for our 2012 nationwide rollout of our SoloHealth Station and only fuels the passion and excitement that our entire team feels as we approach a very pivotal and exciting time for SoloHealth."

Currently in select U.S. test markets and retail locations, SoloHealth's next-generation, comprehensive SoloHealth Station provides screenings for vision, blood pressure, weight, and body mass index, and an overall health assessment free of charge. SoloHealth also partners with local health systems and physicians in each market and connects consumers to a database of local professionals helping to facilitate people into action. The company plans to provide highly personalized and interactive healthcare opportunities for consumers, advertisers and retailers by placing kiosks in high-traffic retail locations.

A cloud-based platform, the SoloHealth Station will provide users a multi-platform ecosystem to access and interact with data through the kiosks at retail locations, online/digital, mobile and emerging platforms, giving consumers and medical professionals the ease of interaction from multiple touch points.

About SoloHealth

Based in Atlanta, Ga., SoloHealth is a leader in self-service consumer healthcare, utilizing technology to develop and deploy interactive health screening kiosks, as well as other platforms, in an effort to empower consumers about their health through awareness, education and action. The award-winning company's first offering was the EyeSite Vision kiosk, currently located in select retail outlets and markets nationwide. In summer 2010, the company received a $1.2 M grant from the National Institute of Health (NIH), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to help enable innovation for self-service healthcare and prevention. In 2011, SoloHealth announced its next-generation kiosk, the SoloHealth Station, offering vision, blood pressure, weight, and body mass index; receive an overall health assessment; and access a database of local doctors. The company's bilingual kiosks provide free health screenings and recommendations for follow-up care, which leads to prevention and lower health care costs. For more information, visit www.solohealth.com.





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Monday, 14 November 2011
Digital signage solutions firm ComQi made perhaps the most intriguing announcement at the year's fall CETW expo with its partnership with the Shazam mobile app. Shazam, previously used to recognize songs on the radio, can now be used to connect with brands and agencies by tagging audio from digital signage screens.

CETW, or Customer Engagement Technology World, is a broad-spectrum consumer-engagement technology show held twice a year, in San Francisco in the Spring and New York City in the fall. ComQi demoed the app/partnership at the show earlier this week.

Stu Armstrong, ComQi's U.S. managing director, said Shazam is the fourth-most downloaded mobile app, putting it squarely behind such stalwarts as Facebook and Twitter and noted that fact means it is already on most consumers' smartphones. And the partnership between the two further marks the "mainstreaming" of digital signage.

But the new partnership is just part of ComQi's strategy to continue growing as a full-service marketing strategy partner for its clients, said Nathalie Garson, the company's director of marketing communications.

"ComQi believes that the future of digital signage is in multi-channel message management, in embracing these new ways of reaching consumers so the medium becomes both a one-to-many as well as a one-to-one medium," Garson said. "This will enable advertisers to, in addition or instead of a CPM basis, pay on a cost-per-activation basis, when consumers actually interact with the advertising."

To this end, the company has developed an interaction management platform that allows consumers to interact with digital signage in a number of ways, she said, and the first it is bringing to market is its partnership with Shazam.

Garson's comments also echoed sentiments expressed by several digital signage and digital out-of-home firms at CETW: that digital signage companies are working to become more de facto partners in understanding and acheiving clients' needs through whichever medium, rather than just serving as providers of hardware, software or even content.

While many digital signage experts decry the use of audio in most digital signs, the ability to embed an audio tag that will take customers to a brand's website or provide incentives is a significant announcement. (And some ComQi staffers quietly suggested that there was a workaround in the works that would eventually address that issue.)

See ComQi's video explaining the Shazam partnership below, and try tagging it with your phone's Shazam app:



Reprinted Courtesy of NetWorld Alliance and DigitalSignageToday.com

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Monday, 14 November 2011
ROCHESTER, N.Y., (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Eastman Kodak Company announced today the renewal of its agreement with Ohio-based Discount Drug Mart, Inc. to be the drug-chain's exclusive supplier of photo finishing technology, products and services. Kodak will continue to support Discount Drug Mart's fleet of KODAK Picture Kiosks and KODAK Adaptive Picture Exchange (APEX) thermal dry labs.

The drug chain is in the process of upgrading its fleet with the latest Kodak innovations such as FACEBOOK Site connectivity on the KODAK Picture Kiosk, duplex print capability and Web-to-store order and fulfillment. Kodak is currently installing the upgrades in Discount Drug Mart photo centers across Ohio and expects to complete the upgrade in time for the busy holiday season.

Highlighting the fleet upgrade is the enhanced FACEBOOK Connect feature, which allows Discount Drug Mart customers to use images from their own, as well as from their friends' shared FACEBOOK Photo Albums(1), to create personalized premium photo products right at the KODAK Picture Kiosk. Discount Drug Mart is also taking advantage of the KODAK Net-to-Retail connectivity platform to offer its customers the convenience of ordering photo products online and picking orders up at their favorite Discount Drug Mart location.

In addition to software upgrades, Discount Drug Mart is adding KODAK DL2100 Duplex Printers to its fleet. The new duplex printers expand the portfolio of photo print products Discount Drug Mart can offer its customers to include double-sided KODAK Photo Books and Calendars, and the new KODAK Personal Greeting Cards, which provide consumers a creative and personal card creating experience with new designer styles and unique writeable designs.

"We're investing in the newest digital photo center technologies while continuing to leverage our traditional services to ensure that our customers enjoy the most exceptional photo creation experience," said John Graycar, Director of Photo Operations of Discount Drug Mart. "Kodak has been a tremendous partner, delivering innovative solutions in front and behind the counter, and over the Web, which integrate seamlessly with our existing fleet."

"Discount Drug Mart has taken bold steps to transform its retail photo operations into contemporary, connected fulfillment centers," said Mike Saturnia, General Manager, Consumer Business, Eastman Kodak Company. "Kodak is proud to partner with a retail pioneer like Discount Drug Mart that continually innovates to deliver value to its customers."

About Discount Drug Mart, Inc.

Discount Drug Mart currently has 70 stores in over 20 counties across Ohio including Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati. The company slogan and their well-known jingle says it all: "Discount Drug Mart Saves You the Runaround...We Have Everything You Need."

About Kodak

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

To learn more, visit www.kodak.com and follow our blogs and more at www.kodak.com/go/followus .

(C) Kodak 2011. KODAK is a trademark of Eastman Kodak Company.

(1) According to Facebook privacy rules






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Monday, 14 November 2011
TORONTO, ONTARIO, (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- iSIGN Media Solutions Inc. is pleased to announce that it has received commitments from clients for a minimum of $2.2 million in revenue.

This revenue will begin to be recognized in iSIGN's second quarter financial statements ended October 2011. This new revenue is composed of digital signage advertising, software licensing and hardware sales and servicing. The Company's expectation is that this commitment will continue to grow as the year progresses.

"We are encouraged by these commitments," said Alex Romanov, iSIGN's Chief Executive Officer. "We are presently gathering consumer shopper data and metrics from the installation and roll-out of our software in the Couche-Tard/Mac's convenience store chain as well as the Calgary municipal buildings network. Brands and other retailers have started to make strong inquiries to us about advertising and licensing opportunities on our existing networks as well as on our potential network with SelectCore. Our belief is that the presentation of our consumer shopper data and metrics to ad agencies and brands will demonstrate the power that traditional digital signage enhanced by iSIGN's Interactive Messaging Solution ("IMS") software has, which will lead to strong recurring revenue for both this year and future years."

"Brands and retailers are taking strong notice of the benefits of proximity based interactive advertising to mobile and smart phone devices when the consumer is within a retail environment and in a mood to shop," added Mr. Romanov. "Additionally, brands and retailers are appreciative that our IMS software provides real-time feedback of consumers responses to their messages, which allows the retailer to adjust their messaging when and as they desire. Retailers are also realizing that iSIGN's IMS software will be a successful enabling technology combining mobile advertising to their loyalty programs at the point of sale."

iSIGN expects a minimum of 4 million registered loyalty member users from the Couche-Tard/Mac's deployment alone. Additionally, during the first week of November, iSIGN's IMS software data logged approximately 40,000 mobile devices from its installation and roll-out in Calgary's municipal buildings. These numbers will only increase as the Calgary roll-out continues.

These metrics show substantial success in positioning iSIGN as a leader in proximity and delivery based advertising social media. Brands will benefit from the metrics and loyalty programs as they leverage and utilize the consumer shopper data.

iSIGN also wishes to announce that it has issued 57,475 treasury shares in exchange for the remaining 0.77% of the issued and outstanding shares of Pinpoint Media Group ("Pinpoint"). These shares will be subject to a four-month hold period. With this final issue of shares on October 8, 2011, iSIGN has obtained 100% ownership of Pinpoint.

About iSIGN Media


iSIGN is a leading developer of location-based interactive proximity advertising solutions that deliver rich media, permission based messages, free of charge to cell phones using Bluetooth(R) connectivity, while providing Business Intelligence to the client. The Company's patent-pending advertising platform combines the precision of direct marketing and the tracking potential of the Web to deliver more cost effective and ROI-driven advertising than is possible via print, radio and television. A leader in proximity and delivery based advertising social media, iSIGN is now the largest owner/operator of in-store digital media in Canada. With a national footprint, iSIGN reaches an average of 1.5 million consumers a day through our convenience store network, using state of the art technology to push relevant content. iSIGN's network includes just over 5,600 digital faces in 1,400 plus convenience stores across Canada and additional digital faces in the City of Calgary's parks and recreation building. iSIGN is based in Richmond Hill, Ontario with R&D and customer support operations in Vancouver, BC. iSIGN is a business partner of AOpen America Inc., having an OEM agreement for the embedding of its IMS software in AOpen's digital media players and IBM, as their Solution Provider, POS All Models. iSIGN's software solutions are also distributed by BlueStar Inc. to their network of Value Added Resellers. iSIGN is publicly traded in Toronto (TSX.V) under the symbol "ISD".

Additional information about iSIGN Media can be found at www.isignmedia.com .

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Monday, 14 November 2011
AOpen America, the world-leading ultra-small-form-factor (uSFF) applied computer system manufacturer and digital signage solution provider, is proud to announce the WT22M-RH, the latest edition to AOpen’s Warm Touch product line.

The WT22M-RH is an interactive ultra-slim 21.5” Multi Touch Panel PC with a LED backlit panel. The WT22M-RH features the latest Intel Sandy Bridge mobile CPU’s and dual channel DDR3 memory support which allows for high definition 1080p interaction and Intel WiDi wireless screen sharing technology. The WT22M-RH also comes with Intel vPro and Intel AMT technology which allows for remote hardware and software diagnostics and maintenance. Ever see a digital signage board freeze or hang? The WT22M-RH does not have that problem with built in watchdog timers that triggers a corrective action to recover from lockups which help reduce the WT22M-RH’s total cost of ownership.

Built in an aluminum casing with dust and water resistant panels and body, the WT22M-RH is designed to handle the rigors of intense use in a variety of scenarios and applications. The WT22M-RH has a built in cable management design with cable cover so that it fits seamlessly into any deployment scenario without fear of messy cable management. The WT22M-RH has easy access to the hard drive bay and a Z-bracket which will allow for quick Kiosk platform integration.

Built with a variety of I/O ports, the WT22M-RH is a flexible Panel PC for a variety of applications. Possible uses of the WT22M-RH include interactive live product demos or up to date real time information on the latest bank rates. Show off in stunning high definition videos of food being made at your local restaurant or find that store you think is in the mall but don’t know exactly where it is. Whether in a hospital, in retail environments, or a business setting such as a corporate meeting room or a bank the WT22M-RH is fully customizable and can be utilized in digital kiosks, interactive information displays, interactive way finding boards, digital menu boards, and more.

For more information please contact: Email

About AOpen

AOpen, Inc. founded in 1996 is headquartered in Taiwan with offices in America, Europe, Asia and the Pacific. 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.
Please visit us at www.aopen.com or usa.aopen.com
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Monday, 14 November 2011
ROOSEVELT, N.Y.,  /PRNewswire/ -- Parabit Systems, Inc. (www.parabit.com), has completed installation of 15 Self-Service Welcome Centers within the arrival areas of all Terminals at JFK, LaGuardia and Newark Airports. 10 Digital Signage Platform Kiosks were also installed at all AirTrain Stations at JFK International Airport.

The Welcome Centers include integration of 60 hotel/car rental/ground transportation kiosks and 150 digital signage displays. Additionally 30 Self-Service Kiosks allow access to The Port Authority Website which provides information on flight tracking, hotels, baggage claim, ground transportation, hotels, car rental companies and many other services. 10 ATM's are also integrated within the Welcome Centers. The Welcome Center includes sleek Ground Transportation Information Counters that permit the Port Authorities Customer Care Reps to help with usage of the technology as well as book ground transportation services for arriving passengers.

Parabit designed, manufactured, installed and continues to maintain all technology remotely as well as on-site. digital signage is managed by Parabit Remote Content Management Services.

About Parabit Systems, Inc.

Parabit Systems is a dynamic provider of products and services that enhance self-service and improve security. We have taken the time to study industry needs and are able to provide the ultimate solution across a broad range of markets. Since 1985 Parabit has been a leader in the design, manufacturing and integration of many self service solutions. Parabit also provides; digital signage, kiosks, access control, surveillance and telecommunication solutions.
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Monday, 14 November 2011
Powered by the new-generation Intel® Xeon® E3-1200 series with Intel® C206 chipset , the SHB108 provides server-grade performance without sacrificing cost or reliability
Taipei, Taiwan, November 9, 2011 - Axiomtek is pleased to announce the arrival of SHB108 PICMG 1.3 single board computer based on the Intel® C206 PCH, designed to support the new Intel® Xeon® processor E3-1200 family using LGA1155 socket. The high performance SHB108 comes with two DDR3 1066/1333 MHz unbuffered ECC DIMM slots up to 16GB of system memory and six SATA ports with RAID 0, 1, 10, 5. The PCI Express 2.0 available on the new Intel® Xeon® processors provides flexible x16, x4 or x1 lanes for versatile applications. The server-grade SHB108 is designed to provide higher performance with greater power efficiency and is ideal for applications such as network security, storage server, POS, kiosk, medical, gaming, digital signage, and surveillance security monitoring.

“Powered by the new-generation Intel® Xeon® processor E3-1200 series with Intel® C206 chipset, Axiomtek SHB108 supports DDR3 unbuffered ECC memory, SATA RAID, Intel® AMT 7.0, and dual Gigabit LANs for network-intensive applications. Processor supported on the SHB108 also includes the Intel® Core™ i3 processor. Features include Intel® Turbo Boost technology, Intel® Hyper-Threading technology and enhanced 3D performance. This high performance PICMG 1.3 slot CPU card also features an integrated Intel® VT, Intel® TPM 1.2 and Intel® AMT 7.0 for higher security and easier maintenance," said Roger Shyu, Product Manager of Product & Marketing Division at Axiomtek.

In terms of I/O ports, the SHB108 offers fourteen USB 2.0 ports, two Gigabit LAN ports, VGA/DisplayPort (optional), HD audio, one RS-232/422/485 port and one RS-232 port. Data security and availability are enhanced by two SATA-6Gb/s and four SATA-3Gb/s ports with RAID 0, 1, 10, 5. The SHB108 provides reliable operation and non-stop capability with watchdog timer, as well as SMART FAN function controlling the fan speed to keep temperature within a specified range. The new generation SBC platform is fully compatible with Axiomtek's PICMG 1.3 full-size passive backplanes, and we offer various industrial housing enclosures and have the capability to assist with any customer's industrial integration requirements.

The high-performance SHB108 will be available around the end of December, 2011. For more product details or pricing, please visit our global website www.axiomtek.com or contact our sales representative at info@axiomtek.com.tw.


Advanced Features


  •     Intel® LGA1155 for Xeon®/Core™ i3 + C206 PCH
  •     2 DDR3 1066/1333 DIMMs support up to 16 GB memory capacity
  •     Intel® AMT 7.0 & TPM 1.2 supported
  •     Two SATA-6Gb/s and four SATA-3Gb/s ports with RAID 0, 1, 10, 5 function
  •     PCIe Gen2 at 5GT/s supported
  •     Supports fourteen USB 2.0 ports, two COM ports, VGA and dual 10/100/1000 Mbps LANs
  •     Supports ECC memory

About Axiomtek Co., Ltd.


Axiomtek Co., Ltd. is one of the world's leading designers/manufacturers of PC-based industrial computer products. From its roots as a turnkey systems integrator specializing in data acquisition and control systems, Axiomtek has mirrored the PC evolution in various industries by shifting its focus toward the design and manufacture of PC-based industrial automation solutions.

Axiomtek was established since 1990. The company has 475 employees in headquarters and over 110 employees in subsidiaries including USA, China, and Europe. The company has appointed more than 60 distributor partners around the globe. Axiomtek offers IPC (Industrial PCs), ECP (Embedded Computing Platforms), Single Board Computers & System On Modules, Rugged/Transportation Embedded System, (eBOX series, tBOX series and rBOX series), TPC (Touch Panel Computers), Medical Panel Computers & Monitors, HMI (Human Machine Interface), Digital Signage & Displays, Industrial Networking & Network Device, and NA (Network Appliances) product lines with more than 400 items.
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Monday, 14 November 2011
Vista,CA (PRWEB) - RedDotNet is pleased to announce the release of its new expanded website at http://www.reddotnet.com.

The new site describes the wide range of small form factor kiosks with fully integrated peripherals, manufactured by RedDotNet. Also included is a description of the custom kiosk solutions and kiosk management services RedDotNet provides.

The site also features a new section entitled "Why RedDotNet" which details the benefits of a RedDotNet solution.

RedDotNet is a leading US manufacturer of interactive kiosks. RedDotNet is ISO 9001:2008 certified, and has been building quality kiosks in Vista, CA since 1998.
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Monday, 14 November 2011
Magnetic 3D and Dynasign Unveil Integrated Platform for Delivery and Management of Autostereoscopic 3D Content at Customer Engagement Technology World

Magnetic 3D has proven that their glasses-free 3D is absolutely ready for primetime.


New York, NY (PRWEB) - Magnetic 3D, the global leader in autostereoscopic “glasses-free” 3D displays, has announced a new partnership with Dynasign, a technology and service provider for the growing digital signage network market. Together, the companies will unveil the future of networked, glasses-free 3D digital signage solutions at Customer Engagement Technology World (CETW), November 9-10, 2011 at the Javits Convention Center in New York City.

The companies will be demonstrating the most exciting advancement in glasses-free 3D displays to hit the market, as well as new 3D content, at CETW. The highly anticipated web-based tools for the deployment and management of eye-catching digital out-of-home content will be exhibited in Dynasign Booth #313.

“Partnering with Magnetic 3D with their best-in-class glasses-free 3D technology is a natural fit for us,” said Jimmy Dun, Vice President of Business Development at Dynasign. “Our goal is to provide customers with turn-key, reliable solutions that exceed their expectations. Magnetic 3D has proven that their glasses-free 3D is absolutely ready for primetime.”

“Customers can now actively deploy digital signage networks and remotely control the content on our 3D displays as easily as they have in the past with 2D,” said Tom Zerega, Founder and CEO of Magnetic 3D. “The recent update to Fuzion™, our versatile 3D player software, includes Active X control and allows for seamless integration with Dynasign’s remote content management system. In addition, Magnetic 3D displays are backwards compatible with legacy 2D content, so users are able to mix and match 2D and stunning glasses-free 3D on a single platform.”

About Magnetic 3D


Headquartered in New York City, Magnetic 3D (http://www.magnetic3d.com) designs and produces industry leading end-to-end autostereoscopic 3D display solutions, 3D digital media and 3D services. Magnetic 3D’s Enabl3D™ hardware and software solution modifies flat panel displays, enabling them to show High-Definition 3D video content without the need for any special eyewear. The company focuses on exceeding client’s 2D expectations by delivering the highest quality, glasses-free 3D visual experience in retail digital signage, hospitality, movie-theaters, casino gaming, hotels and other public venues.

About Dynasign


Dynasign is a Silicon Valley based technology and service provider for the growing digital signage network market. Their mission is to provide a simple, effective and powerful digital signage technology and service platform to deliver targeted advertising and communications for our customers. They understand that digital signage is not an end product, rather an on-going process. Their products and services are designed to allow customers to not only deploy a digital signage network, but also effectively manage and grow the network.

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Monday, 14 November 2011
Ecast and Walsh Vision Team Up to Deliver the First 4G Wireless Concierge Digital Signage Solution for the Hospitality Industry 

SAN RAMON, CA, (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Ecast and Walsh Vision announced today the launch of SmartConcierge(TM), an enterprise-level, touchscreen software solution providing the first ever mobile, interactive, and customizable concierge service for hotels. SmartConcierge leverages 4G wireless connectivity in an advanced digital signage platform, making it the first truly plug-and-play concierge solution for the hospitality industry. Ecast is a leader of in-location interactive touchscreen media solutions, providing innovative digital signage solutions to the hospitality and retail industries. Walsh Vision is a leading wireless solutions integrator, offering full-service cellular wireless solutions and consulting to public sector and enterprise organizations nationwide.

The SmartConcierge Difference SmartConcierge delivers the features, functionality and tools that hotel managers need to optimize their brand presence to their guests, directly from the hotel lobby. The solution supplements existing concierge services during high traffic- and off-hours, as well as functions as a standalone concierge service for establishments that do not currently have a concierge department.

SmartConcierge features a user-friendly touchscreen, allowing guests to explore on-property amenities with just a few taps of the screen. Guests can quickly access information about a hotel's restaurant, golf course, spa, and convention facilities, as well as view photos, menus, reviews, and utilize its wayfinding capabilities. Guests can make dinner or spa reservations on the screen and get reminders sent straight to their mobile phone.

SmartConcierge's Dine Nearby and Wayfinder modules allow the solution to extend its reach beyond the hotel walls. It seamlessly interfaces with popular social media sites, such as Yelp(TM), Facebook(TM), Twitter(TM), FourSquare(TM), Groupon(TM), and LivingSocial(TM), making planning an evening out convenient and easy for hotel guests. SmartConcierge enables guests to lookup driving directions, research nearby activities and attractions, as well as find local restaurants recommended by the hotel. By providing directions through Google Maps(TM), the information delivered by the SmartConcierge is consistently accurate, relevant, and up-to-date.

"Ecast is thrilled to introduce this solution to the hospitality industry," said John Taylor, CEO of Ecast. "We designed SmartConcierge to help hotels drive increased use of their amenities and ensure every guest receives consistently exceptional concierge services."

When not in use, SmartConcierge becomes a digital sign, delivering engaging, full-screen graphical content promoting the hotel's brand and customized content.

Benefits of Wireless Connectivity Walsh Vision offers the most affordable means of connectivity on the market currently, utilizing the best cellular, wireless and satellite services available. Walsh Vision's wireless enablement of Ecast's SmartConcierge provides the hospitality industry with a true plug-and-play solution, allowing the solution to be installed in any location where there is a wireless signal. 4G cellular technology provides the power and reliability of cable connectivity at a much more affordable cost, eliminating the need for hardline installation.

"This is the first truly affordable and practical 'virtual concierge' solution on the market today," said Christopher Ezell, Director of Business Development for Walsh Vision. "To get this level of advanced and customized digital content, hotels were previously looking at expensive and lengthy infrastructure build-outs. We are offering the best of both worlds, utilizing cost-effective 4G technology that can be installed almost anywhere. It's as simple as hanging the unit on the wall and plugging it in."

About Walsh Vision


Walsh Vision, formed by the merging of Walsh Wireless and Vision Wireless, can trace its roots in the wireless technologies industry back to 1999. Walsh Vision is a systems integrator focusing on cellular wireless solutions. Walsh Vision helps companies to design, deploy, and manage wireless solutions specific to digital signage networks, kiosk networks, point of sale, ATM, satellite back channel, wire line backup, M2M, and vehicle telematics. Having provided services to a list of over 50 Fortune 500 customers, Walsh Vision has the experience to help ensure their customer's success at any stage of their wireless deployment. See www.WalshVision.com for more information.

About Ecast


For over ten years, Ecast has been a leader of in-location, interactive media solutions. Our extensible software platform provides consistent brand experiences and compelling consumer engagements in strategically valuable media environments while taking advantage of the flexibility, measurability and transaction capabilities of the web.

An early interactive media pioneer, Ecast built the first 100% hosted, broadband hospitality network which today delivers digital music, wayfinding, coupons, social media, third party content and advertising to 10,000 venues, including bars, retail stores, restaurants, event pavilions and sports arenas. Ecast's robust platform serves over 1 billion ad, brand and social media impressions per month to the top DMAs and runs on leading 3rd party hardware platforms. See www.ecastnetwork.com for more information.


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Friday, 11 November 2011
OpenService, an alliance of hardware, software and content creation partners, is seeking to tackle the challenges and hassles of digital signage deployments. Most small and medium sized businesses that are deploying digital signage these days do not really know what they are getting into beyond the obvious capital expenditure of buying a display, a media player and a software package. Many deployments of digital signage solutions often revert to displays being used to show the weather channel or a news channel, without any brand messaging of digital signage specific content. After a while the business that spent a ton of money on their digital signage deployments just gave up on keeping fresh, relevant content playing on the displays.

"Basically what we're trying to do is take that pain away from the customer," said Vernon Slack, Director of Business Development for AOpen America. "The reality is that most people don't really understand what they have to deal with to get a digital signage solution in place and keep it maintained and running. what we're saying is we'll outsource that for you, we'll do it for you."

"The bigger issues for people installing digital signage have nothing to do with the capital expenditure," said Slack. "Eighty percent of the total costs of ownership on those devices really are the operational costs, which are maintaining the system and the content creation."

Now end-users can think of digital signage like they would a new smart phone. They can just pay a monthly fee and use it, without worrying about how it works. Instead of shopping around for all the components necessary for a comprehensive and full spectrum digital signage solution and new digital signage, end-users can go to one provider and get everything in one place.

Our End-to-End services include:

Remote Management: utilizing the latest technologies, hardware diagnostics and maintenance can now be done remotely, eliminating the need for most on site visits

Content Creation Services: These services take the hassles out of having to create fresh, creative and up to date content on digital deployments.

Consulting Services: Consultants will help customers come up with a long-term strategy built around their digital signage deployment.

Anonymous Video Analytics: This service is using Intel's AIM (Audience Impression Metrics) Suite for anonymous video analytics.

Mobile and Social Engagement: The service will push their digital signage brand message out to mobile and social networks.

Analytics provides a powerful tool for advanced and real time feedback of digital signage campaigns, improving overall business efficiency. This allows the overall OpenService platform the ability to reduce the total cost of ownership for digital signage deployments by up to 25 percent, through savings in labor, operations, maintenance and content services. If you would like to schedule a demonstration or obtain more information, please contact: email.

About OpenService

Founded and built upon an alliance of hardware, software and content creation partners, OpenService seeks to tackle the challenges of traditional digital signage deployments with the expertise and experience necessary to bring a total solution to any digital signage deployment and ensure it is done right. By offering an end-to-end total solution, OpenService takes the hassles of purchasing solutions, maintaining hardware and creating new relevant content and puts it all in the hands of professionals. Please visit us at www.open-service.org.

About AOpen

AOpen Inc,. founded in 1996, is headquartered in Taiwan with offices in America, Europe, Asia and the Pacific. 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. Please visit us at www.aopen.com.


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Friday, 11 November 2011
Eden Prairie, Minnesota— WAND Corporation, a leading provider of Digital Menu Board solutions for the foodservice industry, was chosen by Famous Dave’s of America, Inc. to be their approved provider of Digital Menu Boards. In addition to Digital POP Boards driving impulse purchases, the solution for Famous Dave’s features Digital Menu Boards for the To-Go counter engineered to enhance the effectiveness and overall awareness of the take-out menu category at some of their 184 locations nationwide.

We’re very impressed with WAND’s ability to take something as high-tech as digital menu boards and make them blend into our restaurants,” said Victor Salamone, VP of Franchise Operations & Development, Famous Dave’s of America, Inc. “WAND did a tremendous job converting our shack spirit of roadside Americana into a look and feel updated for today’s savvy customers,” Salamone added.

The first WAND Digital solution was installed at a new Famous Dave's restaurant in Falls Church, Virginia in August of this year. “This location offers our guests a new store design, incorporating the WAND Digital Menu Board solution,” said Susan Farrington, Director of IT. Based on the success of this deployment, additional sites are in various stages of deployment across the US, “We look forward to future installations and continued development with WAND, “said Salamone.

About Famous Dave's


Famous Dave's of America, Inc. (Nasdaq:DAVE) develops, owns, operates and franchises barbeque restaurants. As of today, the company owns 53 locations and franchises 131 additional units in 37 states. The menu features award-winning barbequed and grilled meats, a large selection of salads, side items and sandwiches, and unique desserts. Famous Dave's has won over 500 awards for everything from best ribs to best Bar-B-Que sauce to best cookbook. For more information, please visit www.famousdaves.com.

About WAND Corporation

WAND Corporation is the future of QSR technology, spearheading a convergence between Digital Engagement, Point Of Sale, and Analytics. WAND’s Digital Restaurant® solution includes POS & Back Office Systems, award-winning Digital Menu Boards, Analytics, Enterprise Management and Support. WAND is 100 percent QSR/Fast Casual focused and has 25 years of industry experience developing innovative solutions for franchisees and corporate brands. To further its growth and its restaurant partners’ success, WAND’s vision is to revolutionize worldwide restaurant operations through technology, services, and data. For more information, please visit www.wandcorp.com


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Friday, 11 November 2011
During the Windows Embedded Partner Executive Summit on 27 October in Taipei, AOpen was granted the award for Partner of the Year for fastest growing company in the Digital Signage industry.

AOpen is rewarded for its dedication and Windows Embedded based solution offering in the marketplace. AOpen uses its keen insights into the market to develop powerful, reliable and green computing solutions. Kevin Dallas, General Manager of Windows Embedded Business and Pascal Martin, General Manager of Worldwide Windows Embedded Sales, handed over the award to James Hua, General Manager AOpen Europe.
 
AOpen, Inc. has more than 15 years of IT hardware manufacturing experience along with keen insights into IT industry trends that help drive the continuous development of high-end products specifically designed for the digital signage industry. With in-depth market knowledge and a team of industry experts AOpen can offer advice for complete digital signage solution platforms. AOpen cooperates with key alliances to create the best possible tested and certified solutions to offer to its global value added channel network to go to market. Therefore the recognition of the Microsoft Windows Embedded team is of great value to AOpen, it reflects the good cooperation of two great partners.

As the leading manufacturer of reliable, powerful and green digital signage solutions world-wide, combined with the unique small form factor (uSFF), AOpen is able to provide an outstanding platform for 24/7 digital signage solutions. The AOpen Digital Engine® is the company’s flagship product and is recognized as the world’s smallest semi-industrial media player with such strong capabilities. The compact size is a set standard and makes it easy to install, without increasing the space between the wall and the display, or to integrate in a kiosk or other specifically designed presentation system. Each and every Digital Engine has passed vibration tests which guarantee their reliability.

AOpen cooperates with key alliances to create the best possible tested and certified solutions to offer to its global value added channel network to go to market.
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Friday, 11 November 2011
Auto-Stereoscopic 3D digital signage solutions from Exceptional 3D offer a patented, leading technology.

Our 3D technology has received many positive remarks and high accolades as of late...


New York, NY (PRWEB)  - Exceptional 3D today announced that they will showcase their patented glasses-free 3D display solutions at CETW 2011. The event is taking place at the Javits Convention Center in New York City, NY, November 9-10. It highlights a select pool of technology leaders who aim to be on the cutting-edge as industry trendsetters.

Partner and content management solutions expert, X2O Media, will be along-side Exceptional 3D as they present their auto-stereoscopic 3D digital signage solutions. Exceptional 3D’s patented no-glasses 3D display technology integrated with X2O Media’s content management platform is the first complete answer to the growing demand for 3D digital signage content management software. The future-proof integrated 3D software solution is capable of playing both 2D and 3D content together or in sequence and has already been tried, tested and proven. After great success in various industries with a series of large network deployments over the last few months, Exceptional 3D and X2O Media have a clear vision for the next phase of their relationship as they aim to push the boundaries with 3D in the digital signage world.

“We are really happy to be a part of this event and showcase our glasses-free 3D solutions amongst some of the technology industries brightest leaders,” said Mike Egan, CEO of Exceptional 3D. “Our 3D technology has received many positive remarks and high accolades as of late,” continued Mr. Egan, “and that has really helped us understand what we must do to keep our customers happy and expand on our current products, software, hardware and integrated solutions.” Mr. Egan finished in saying, “There is a great deal of excitement and anticipation for what will come in 2012. The auto-stereo 3D digital signage industry is growing very rapidly and it’s something we look forward to being a part of as the coming year approaches.”

Exceptional 3D has made a big push over the last few months to develop a series of new products, partnerships and software solutions. CETW 2011 in New York City is the perfect opportunity to demonstrate some of the advancements in their glasses-free 3D technology. This will offer a chance to experiment and possibly reveal a sneak-peak at a few of the tricks they have up their sleeve, which will certainly be seen in full-view during the upcoming year.

About Exceptional 3D

Headquartered in New York, Exceptional 3D (http://www.exceptional3d.com) designs, produces and delivers a patented, leading-edge 3D auto-stereoscopic (no glasses needed) visual display technology. The company specializes in providing high quality auto-stereoscopic 3D displays, software and 3D content to resellers, system integrators, trendsetters and network operators for widespread adaptation at cost effective prices. Exceptional 3D hardware and software solutions are a ‘future-proof’ technology that enables flat-panel displays to show high-definition 3D content without the need for any eyewear or 3D glasses, while still being capable of supporting playback of standard 2D content. The company is ‘keeping it simple’ through first-in-class customer service and continual focus on delivering the best 3D experience for industries such as automotive, casino gaming, retail, cinemas, hospitality and a wide variety of additional vertical markets. More information about Exceptional 3D is available by visiting http://www.exceptional3d.com or following @exceptional3d on Twitter.

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Wednesday, 09 November 2011
The new MediaZone Pro Nano, the smallest, most affordable digital signage player in the company’s history, delivers the full functionality of Keywest Technology’s newly launched MediaZone Pro as a turnkey, standalone player or as a node on an InfoZone Pro digital signage network.

LENEXA, Kan. (Nov. 9) – Keywest Technology has introduced the MediaZone Pro Nano the company’s smallest, lightest weight fully featured digital signage player ever.

The MediaZone Pro Nano, which measures 5in by 5in by 1.4in and weighs just 1.7lbs, packs a powerful computing punch and is completely compatible with Keywest Technology's recently released MediaZone Pro digital signage software.

“Keywest Technology has answered the call from our customers for an affordable, ultra-small, lightweight digital signage player that’s capable of delivering perfect performance with our new MediaZone Pro digital signage software,” said Keywest Technology president Nick Nichols. “Whether it’s one sign or a network of digital signs, our tiny MediaZone Pro Nano is up to even the largest tasks.”

Designed to mount to a wall, the MediaZone Pro Nano comes with a 160GB HDD, two USB2.0 ports, DVI video output with HDMI support via an adapter, digital and analog audio output, RS232 serial communications port and Ethernet connection. Wi-Fi support is available as an option. A whisper-quiet fan maintains cool operation and eliminates distracting fan noise.

The MediaZone Pro Nano is Keywest Technology's smallest, lightest and lowest cost digital signage player ever. The turnkey MediaZone Pro Nano can be used as a standalone digital signage player or as a node on a Keywest Technology InfoZone Pro digital signage network.

The MediaZone Pro Nano (model MXS NANO MZP) has immediate availability.

About Keywest Technology

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


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Tuesday, 08 November 2011
FORT WASHINGTON, Pa.,  /PRNewswire/ -- ADFLOW Health Networks and FrontLine Marketing have announced a strategic partnership to take the familiar in-store blood pressure monitor kiosk into the 21st century.

Along with standard health screening abilities, the new kiosks will include functionality such as personalized product recommendations and print-on-demand coupons. Personal Health Centers™ will occupy a number of national retail pharmacy chains, giving advertisers a wide reach while simultaneously allowing them to target consumers on an individual basis.
ADFLOW Health Networks is the industry leader in consumer-focused, health engagement digital messaging, and FrontLine Marketing is a leading national in-store display network and shopper marketing company. Together, the companies will represent the country's largest web-enabled, multi-function biometric screening kiosk network. They will work together to provide Consumer Packaged Goods, Over The Counter, and Health & Beauty Aids marketers with this new way to reach and engage with health-conscious shoppers.

FrontLine Marketing, an Acosta Sales & Marketing company, provides solutions that include front-end, pharmacy, and new product center displays available at more than 8,800 grocery and pharmacy retailers, including Kroger, SUPERVALU, Safeway, Food Lion, and Winn-Dixie. The ADFLOW Health Networks Personal Health Center™ platform will now be added to FrontLine's core offering.

With over $35 billion spent on in-store advertising(i), this partnership will greatly benefit consumer marketers by creating a common advertising platform to reach a highly engaged consumer audience on a large scale.

Mel Stein, CEO of ADFLOW Health Networks, stated: "Our partnership with FrontLine Marketing is truly exciting. We have reached an inflection point in the personal health management market and it is time for innovative technology to bring consumers, caregivers, commerce, and content together in convenient locations across the country. This unique and proven consumer touchpoint provides marketers with a variety of highly targeted digital, interactive, merchandising, and print-on-demand solutions only steps away from the purchase decision. FrontLine's leadership understands that, and we believe in their strong commitment to make this partnership the success we anticipate it to be."

Jefferson Myers, President of FrontLine Marketing, is confident the partnership with ADFLOW Health Networks will quickly be successful in the marketplace. "We have been active in this space for the last fifteen years and believe this program can be transformational. This partnership extends and complements FrontLine's current high-impact capabilities within the fast-growing pharmacy area of leading retailers. The ADFLOW Health Networks system is truly next-generation in its targeting and consumer engagement ability."

About ADFLOW Health Networks, Inc.


Based in Fort Washington, PA, ADFLOW Health Networks (AHN) facilitates self-directed personal health management through its Personal Health Center™ at retail locations, worksites, and high traffic areas. This proven technology platform provides multifunction biometric screening capabilities together with dynamic, targeted delivery of health and advertising messages and promotions to an audience of engaged consumers. AHN is committed to supporting the goal of retailers and other businesses to become significant health and wellness destinations by increasing consumer access and convenience to care, impacting consumer behavior and improving the overall consumer experience. ADFLOW Health Networks is a sister company of ADFLOW Networks Inc., a leading provider of digital signage solutions and a pioneer in the industry. The ADFLOW Dynamic Messaging System™ is protected by U.S. Pat. No. 7,146,567, with other patents pending. ADFLOW Health Networks is the exclusive licensee of this technology in the healthcare market. AHN is backed by a leading Fortune 100 Healthcare company. For more information: www.adflowhealth.com

About Acosta Sales & Marketing /FrontLine Marketing


With more than 80 years of experience, Acosta provides a range of outsourced sales, marketing and retail merchandising services to effectively move products off shelves and into shoppers' baskets, ensuring that clients achieve their true sales potential. FrontLine Marketing, an Acosta subsidiary, is the premier shopper marketing network in the nation. FrontLine's in-store marketing programs put products front and center in over 8,000 supermarkets across the U.S. Headquartered in Darien, Conn., FrontLine's clients include leading CPG companies.



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Tuesday, 08 November 2011
Ministry Connects Locations, Delivers Broadcast Feeds, and Fuels Internet Media Portals Using Multiple Haivision Technologies

MONTREAL and CHICAGO — Haivision today announced that the International House of Prayer (IHOP) is expanding its sophisticated 24/7 Web streaming ministry with Haivision's KulaByte live Internet video encoders. The new systems complement the established Haivision video encoding technology (including hai1000 and Makito™ products) by providing direct to Internet high-definition (HD) streaming capability. Based in Kansas City, Mo., IHOP relies on Haivision encoding of HD video using the H.264 compression standard for live Internet streaming of its prayer room services, as well as for high-quality video feeds between IHOP University (IHOPU), numerous other live ministry event locations, and broadcast centers.

As a central component of IHOP's global ministry, the prayer room in Kansas City operates around the clock with 12 two-hour prayer meetings conducted every day. In order to stream the prayer meetings live to the IHOP website with HD video quality, IHOP recently upgraded its obsolete legacy encoding platform to Haivision's KulaByte H.264 encoders. The KulaByte encoders provide ultra-efficient compression of HD video to H.264 combined with exacting bandwidth control to maximize video quality over fixed bandwidth connections for video delivery to both Flash® and HLS (HTTP Live Streaming) based websites.

IHOP has also installed other Haivision video encoding technology to support its diverse operational footprint. IHOP provides a direct, high-quality live stream of the prayer room to GOD TV, an international Christian television network that broadcasts the prayer room at various times during the day, in addition to live streaming on its own website. IHOP is currently supplying the stream via point-to-point satellite links between Kansas City, Washington, D.C., and the GOD TV broadcast facility in Jerusalem. To reduce related transmission costs, IHOP has installed the Mako™ hai1000 encoder systems that allow the ministry to transition the GOD TV connections to much lower cost public Internet connections.

"Our online services are an essential part of our ministry, and we are all 100 percent committed to making sure that our live Web stream never goes down. That's why it's essential that we choose encoding equipment with absolute, bullet-proof reliability," said Ari Burt, head of online video for IHOP. "The Haivision H.264 encoding solutions provide this reliability as well as top-notch quality for Internet streaming of HD content, and we have been very impressed not only with the responsiveness of the Haivision customer service team but also the superior Web interface."

In addition to Internet streaming and global distribution of the prayer room feeds, IHOP relies on Haivision solutions to backhaul live event coverage from its conference center and various locations throughout the IHOPU campus to the master control center. IHOP deploys Haivision's high performance Makito H.264 HD encoders at event sources, decodes the signals in the master control, routes the signals through production, and then sends the HD video on to the KulaByte encoders for streaming to the IHOP website. One such recent event, a youth conference called One Thing, brought 130,000 unique visitors to the IHOP website. In another example, IHOP used the point-to-point system to stream live coverage of Texas Gov. Rick Perry's recent "The Response" prayer event, pushing more than 20 gigs per second over the ministry's Akamai content delivery network.

"With so many different facilities streaming content, there will always be issues with how to centralize the content and stream it as efficiently as possible," added Burt. "The Haivision encoders provide the low latency we need to ensure that the system also performs to our high quality standards."

"IHOP is a textbook case of a house of worship that is effectively leveraging advanced Internet streaming technologies to spread its message to the widest-possible audience. The numbers speak for themselves: every month, the IHOP prayer room stream receives more than 120,000 unique hits," said Mirko Wicha, president and CEO of Haivision. "IHOP is just one more example of how Haivision is delivering end-to-end technologies to address the diverse media distribution needs of houses of worship." 

About the International House of Prayer


The International House of Prayer (IHOP) is an evangelical charismatic Christian missions organization based in Kansas City and Grandview, Mo. that focuses on prayer, worship, and evangelism. IHOP places great importance on the practices of prayer, worship, fasting, and discipleship. IHOP maintains a prayer room in Kansas City, Mo. and runs a Bible and ministry school called the International House of Prayer University (IHOPU) in nearby Grandview, Mo. For more information, visit www.ihop.org.

About Haivision Network Video


Haivision delivers advanced technology for streaming, recording, managing, and distributing secure IP video and interactive media within the enterprise, education, medical/healthcare, and federal/military markets. Haivision is a private company based in Montreal and Chicago, with technical excellence centers in Beaverton, Ore., Austin, TX, and Hamburg, Germany. With a global sales and support organization, Haivision distributes its products through value-added resellers, system integrators, distributors, and OEMs worldwide. More information is available at www.haivision.com.

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Sunday, 06 November 2011

Childress assumes immediate responsibility for managing worldwide direct, systems integrator, and distributor sales forces, as well as all marketing and business development programs.
 
ATLANTA, GEORGIA — Moving strategically to add enterprise level management experience to its rapidly expanding business development efforts, NanoLumens® today announced the appointment of Brad Childress to the position of Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. Effective immediately, according to NanoLumens President & CEO Rick Cope, Childress assumes complete responsibility for developing and implementing all worldwide direct and channel sales programs as well as all national and regional marketing programs.
 
“NanoLumens has more than doubled in size in each of the last three years,” Cope said today. “We have implemented specific sales programs involving a direct sales management team, a systems integrator network, and an international distributor network. It is now time to bring in a seasoned sales and marketing executive who has the kind of enterprise level management experience to integrate these distinct sales teams into a single, highly productive and motivated sales force. Brad is just the person to do this and lead all of our sales and marketing teams to the next, higher level of success.”
 
In accepting his new appointment, Childress noted that, “As the head of sales and marketing for NanoLumens I am responsible for continuing the rapid sales growth of the company for all of our channels worldwide. This is an awesome responsibility that presents all of us with an extraordinary opportunity to participate in the success of this great company. I am extremely fortunate to have a team of experienced, respected sales directors and marketing professionals and to work with some of the best engineering and customer service minds in the digital media industry.”
 
Brad Childress brings nearly 30 years of sales and marketing experience to his new position at NanoLumens. Most recently, he was a partner at TechCXO, where he helped large and small technology companies accelerate their sales efforts through sales process design, territory, account and opportunity planning and high-impact go-to-market strategies. Prior to this he served as the Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing for nuBridges, where he played an integral role in the completion of a strategic sale of the company to Liaison Technologies.
 
Previous sales experience includes serving as the President & COO of The Complex Sale, Inc., where he was responsible for all company operations globally, and worked with dozens of companies worldwide to help them optimize their sales process. He also held the position of VP & General Manager for the Southern Region at Dun & Bradstreet Software, Inc. and served as Vice President of Solutions Marketing for Management Science America, Inc. Childress was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from the Georgia Tech College of Management at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
 
NanoLumens’ technology has been named ‘Best Large-format LED Display’ of the year by Signage Solutions magazine in its 2012 Product of the Year awards program, as well as being recognized by Entrepreneur magazine as a 2011 future-proof tech trend and cited by The Wall Street Journal in its 2010 Technology Innovations Awards.  NanoLumens’ technology also received the 2011 Breakthrough Technology of the Year Award at the American Technology Awards.  Digital Signage Magazine awarded the NanoLumens NanoFlex a 2011 DIGI Award for “Best New Display Device – Non-LCD or Plasma.”
 
About NanoLumens

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, NanoLumens, Inc. (www.nanolumens.com) is a privately held corporation engaged in the research, product development, marketing and sales of unique flexible and fixed large-format LED display solutions in any size, shape, or curvature, that address a yawning technology gap in the $14 billion digital display industry. Since its founding in 2006, NanoLumens has built a portfolio of more than 20 international families of issued and filed patents on its flexible display technology that effectively address the commercial market void between relatively small flat-panel displays and huge, limited application LED boards. NanoLumens technology is not constrained by standard sizes and shapes, or by the weight, heat, noise and cost issues traditionally associated with commercial LED products.

 

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Thursday, 03 November 2011
C-nario Messenger, developed by C-nario, the digital signage software provider recently acquired by YCD, drives a digital signage network providing patients and their families with useful and entertaining information

Tel Aviv, Israel, – YCD Multimedia, a global leader in providing smart digital media experiences to the retail business world, today announced that its digital signage software, C-nario Messenger, has been implemented in Moscow’s Center for Rehabilitation of Disabled Persons with Cerebral Palsy. C-nario Messenger, developed by C-nario, a company recently acquired by YCD, drives a digital signage network providing patients and their families with useful and entertaining information.

The center, which belongs to the Moscow municipality, provides medical, social and rehabilitation services to cerebral palsy patients and their families, based on the latest technologies and methodologies. Avilex, a provider of audio visual integration solutions, served as the concept designer and system integrator. YCD's software serves as the distribution, management and content creation system.

The digital signage network comprises 10 Mitsubishi digital displays installed in different zones of the rehabilitation center (reception, floor halls, conference lobby and others). Content includes information about the center's rehabilitation services, upcoming events, social programs, new developments in cerebral palsy treatment and rehabilitation, municipal news, live TV feeds and additional information. The digital signage also serves as an emergency announcement system. In addition to centralized content, each zone has unique information; menus are displayed in the cafeteria, bus schedules at reception, a calendar of events in the conference hall, etc.

A unique interactive application, installed in the reception area, allows employees to write announcements by hand, while the system "translates" these hand-written messages into displayed information. C-nario and Avilex developed the innovative application.

"The sophisticated digital signage network further strengthens the center's position as a very advanced facility for assistance and treatment of cerebral palsy patients," said Olga Mikhaylova, the rehabilitation center's CEO. "C-nario Messenger's unique features, as well as the expertise and capabilities of C-nario and Avilex, enabled us to introduce a very advanced system for the welfare of the patients and their families."

"Digital signage is becoming increasingly popular in medical and healthcare facilities, and we are excited to take part in this trend," said Noam Levavi, YCD's CEO. "In addition to providing vital information, digital signage in such facilities creates a genial atmosphere and reduces the perceived waiting time, thus making the facility a pleasant place to be in."

C-nario Messenger is a complete digital signage, distribution and management software platform that provides better-than-broadcast quality playback in any shape, size and resolution. C-nario Messenger is characterized by its superb multi-display playback engine, as well as its advanced management, monitoring and control tools. In addition, the system is based on open architecture, which makes it easy to customize and adapt to various needs. The system’s innovative content creation tools easily help to create displays and cut costs.

YCD will be exhibiting its solutions at Integrated Systems Russia (ISR), at Intel booth (#2-102) to be held in Moscow on November 8-10, 2011

About YCD Multimedia

YCD Multimedia is an industry leader providing corporations and organizations worldwide with advanced digital media solutions and applications within the retail environment as well as other industries. YCD’s flexible platforms help businesses attract clients, reinforce branding and ensure a measurable impact on their business. YCD’s end-to-end offering combines strategy, professional services and technology to increase profits, optimize product mix and enhance the customer experience. To date, the company has partnered with over 2,000 customers, including Fortune 500 corporations and some of the world’s most recognized brands such as Coca Cola, Toyota, Estee Lauder, Ferrari, Hilton Hotels, Cartier, and Hugo Boss. Founded in 1999, YCD Multimedia is headquartered in the United States with offices in the United Kingdom and Israel and has an international network of resellers serving clients around the globe. In October 2011 YCD acquired C-nario, a global provider of digital signage software solutions. For more information, visit www.ycdmultimedia.com

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Thursday, 03 November 2011
Tech CU Members Will Be Able to Perform Secure Money Transfers From ATMs to Recipients Worldwide by Using PayPal 

SAN JOSE, CA, (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Silicon Valley-based Technology Credit Union announced today that it will be the first financial institution in the country to enable real-time, person-to-person payments from its ATMs to almost anyone in the world with a mobile phone or e-mail address (over 60 countries worldwide), using a new payments service from NCR and PayPal. Tech CU plans to officially launch the service in early 2012.

"We're thrilled that Technology Credit Union is extending our peer-to-peer payment expertise to the ATM machine," said Dan Schatt, the general manager of Financial Innovations for PayPal. "With just a mobile phone number and a few taps on a Tech CU NCR SelfServ ATM, Tech CU customers will be able to make P2P money transfers quickly, easily and securely to anyone's PayPal account."

The process for transferring money person-to-person from a Tech CU ATM will be simple. A member will enter the recipient's contact information after signing-in on the ATM, choose an amount to transfer, and the money will then be immediately credited to the recipient's PayPal account. If the receiver does not have a PayPal account, he or she will need to create a PayPal account in order to receive the funds.

"ATMs, mobile phones and online banking are increasingly becoming the main channels our members use for their banking," said Tech CU President and CEO Barbara Kamm, "and we believe this innovative payment solution will spur more financial interactions through those channels. We plan to have this capability on all of our electronic platforms by early next year so that our members can choose the payment or transfer option that's most convenient for them."

Kamm went on to say that payments or transfers through the ATM channel complement several of Tech CU's banking products that are specifically targeted to the needs of high tech workers in Silicon Valley. One example is Tech CU's Global Members Program, which offers financial services to high tech workers who have recently come to the Bay Area and foreign nationals who have established residency or gained citizenship. "If a member needs to send money home to a family member, for example, this will make the process more convenient than ever," she explained.

Initiating a money transfer from an ATM provides members with a 24-hour/7-day-a-week vehicle for instantaneous payment, while maintaining the trust and security associated with ATM networks. In addition, person-to-person payments using the NCR/PayPal ATM solution could be a less expensive transaction than other non-PayPal money transfer options currently available.

"NCR SelfServ ATMs represent a unique opportunity for financial institutions to offer their members or customers a new service through a convenient and secure channel," added Michael O'Laughlin, senior vice president of NCR Financial Services. "We're pleased to help Tech Credit Union members initiate money transfers from their ATMs to recipients around the world simply, securely and affordably."

About Technology Credit Union


Founded in 1960 by the employees of Fairchild Camera and Instrument Semiconductor Division, Tech CU has served the high tech workforce in Silicon Valley for 50+ years. Today, Tech CU has extended its membership benefits to small and medium-size businesses and individuals who live and work in the greater Bay Area. The financial institution is recognized as one of the best managed and strongest in the country. Tech CU's 72,000 members have access to 68,000 surcharge-free ATMs nationwide, online and mobile banking, 10 full-service branches in the Bay Area, and comprehensive wealth management and small business services. www.techcu.com

About NCR and PayPal

For more information on NCR and PayPal, visit their respective Web sites at www.ncr.com and www.paypal.com .



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Thursday, 03 November 2011
’s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, 2 November 2011, only one week to go before Integrated Systems Russia opens its doors in Moscow. From 8 till 10 November at the Convention Centre “EXPOCENTRE” Krasnopresnenskaya naberezhnaya, 14, Moscow.

ISR is the number one show in Russia and CIS countries to showcase the latest AV technologies and electronic systems. Digital Signage will also be a major topic on the agenda, therefore AOpen will be represented by its value added distributor Adissy.

Adissy will display the AOpen Digital Engine® series which is the company’s flagship product and is recognized as the world’s smallest semi-industrial media player with such strong capabilities. The compact size is a set standard and makes it easy to install, without increasing the space between the wall and the display, or to integrate in a kiosk or other specifically designed presentation system. Each and every Digital Engine has passed vibration tests which guarantee their reliability.

Another product that will be presented during the show is the WarmTOUCH 19”. This is a complete digital signage hardware solution including a 19” touch-screen and built-in PC technology, ideal for easy integration and installation. The built-in PC technology is based on the Digital Engine technology, therefore it offers a powerful and reliable solution.

For more information about the AOpen products, we welcome visitors of the ISR to visit the Adissy booth or to get in contact with the AOpen Sales Representative for Russia, Natalia Vorontsova, Business Development Manager Eastern Europe & CIS.

More information about the ISR: http://www.isrussia.ru/en/isrussia/

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Thursday, 03 November 2011

--Southern Arizona's largest credit union adds deposit automation, enhances security --Diebold's deposit automation and integrated services offerings provide improved member experience and enhanced security to Vantage West Credit Union's ATM fleet. 

NORTH CANTON, Ohio, /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Faced with upgrading its automated teller machine (ATM) fleet to meet new regulatory guidelines, southern Arizona's largest credit union is adding capabilities to also increase member conveniences, streamline business operations and enhance security. Diebold, Incorporated is enabling these benefits by refreshing Vantage West Credit Union's fleet of 34 ATMs, adding deposit automation functionality to 11 of those terminals and providing numerous integrated services.

"Rather than completing a routine ATM upgrade, we wanted to provide our members with the additional conveniences and better ATM experiences offered through deposit automation," said Stefan Harris, vice president, information technology, Vantage West. "The technology also provides multiple benefits for our business operations, including reduced ATM courier visits, faster check verification and streamlined processing."

The deposit automation-enabled Opteva® ATMs will allow Vantage West's members to complete envelope-free deposits at the self-service channel. Members simply insert cash and checks into the ATM and scroll through screens to review and verify deposits. The teller-like transactions provide greater confidence for members, who receive detailed receipts featuring images of their deposited checks. Diebold's current deposit automation technology delivers the industry's fastest transaction time, accepting deposits of up to 30 bank notes and 10 checks in less than 60 seconds.

Vantage West initiated its ATM fleet refresh to meet new Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements for ATM accessibility, as well as Payment Card Industry (PCI) regulations. The new Diebold ATMs meet all ADA requirements, including height, reach, access, privacy and voice guidance. Through its integrated services offering, Diebold will enable PCI compliance by maintaining up-to-date antivirus software using ATM Endpoint Protection by Symantec(TM) and ensuring all programs have the latest versions and security patches using Diebold's software deployment service.

"Complying with changing regulations is a constant challenge for financial institutions," said Mychal D. Kempt, vice president, U.S. sales and service operations, Diebold. "Through our integrated services offering, Diebold's training, expertise and service capabilities will help Vantage West comply with these regulations, while providing added value for its members."

To enhance security for members, Vantage West's new ATMs feature Advanced Skimming Detection card readers and PCI-compliant encrypted personal identification number (PIN) pads. The card readers automatically detect skimming devices and notify responders. The PIN pads perform PIN resolution via a host server, instead of locally at the ATM, to enhance security.

Through integrated services, Diebold will also help Vantage West deploy targeted marketing messages to ATMs. Using remote updating capabilities, the credit union can push marketing messages and other updates to its entire network. Remote management eliminates the added costs and downtime associated with manually updating every ATM.

Expanding its relationship with Diebold, Vantage West is in the process of transferring security monitoring for its 15 branches and corporate headquarters to Diebold's award-winning Monitoring Center, which will monitor access control systems, alarms and closed-circuit television cameras. In addition, Diebold is installing teller cash dispensers at some Vantage West branches to enhance teller efficiency and security.

About Vantage West Credit Union

Vantage West Credit Union is southern Arizona's largest credit union, with more than $1.1 billion in assets and more than 100,000 members. Any individual or business owner who lives, works, worships, volunteers or attends school in Pima or Pinal County or in designated ZIP codes in the greater Phoenix area is eligible to join. For more information, visit www.vwestcu.org

About Diebold

Diebold, Incorporated is a global leader in providing integrated self-service delivery and security systems and services. Diebold employs more than 16,000 associates with representation in nearly 90 countries worldwide and is headquartered in the Canton, Ohio region, USA. Diebold is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol 'DBD.' For more information, visit the company's website at www.diebold.com .

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Thursday, 03 November 2011
Increased demand for readily available goods and services from remote locations at all hours of the day is driving the self-service market, and payment processing technology has to keep pace.

Wilmington, Delaware USA and Copenhagen, Denmark (PRWEB) - Today Electronic Payment Exchange (EPX), a full-service payment processor providing combined tokenization and end-to-end encryption payment solutions to global merchants, and Cryptera, a world-leading provider of secure payment solutions and encrypting PIN pads, announced their partnership offering unattended payment solutions to the self-service market. Using Cryptera’s secure, EMV-certified UPT 7000 Unattended Payment Terminal with EPX’s tokenization-based payment processing platform, the companies will provide superior payment solutions for unattended kiosks, vending machines, fuel pumps, quick-service restaurants, electric vehicle chargers, and other self-service systems.

Leveraging EPX’s payment processing expertise in the global, unattended self-service kiosk market along with Cryptera’s leading market share of the world’s ATM PIN pads, the EPX/Cryptera partnership enables each company to expand its self-service processing footprint. EPX Marketing Director Steven Kendus believes the EPX/Cryptera partnership positions both companies for rapid growth. “From parking meters and photo printing kiosks to road-side electric car chargers and ticketing machines, unattended systems are quickly becoming commonplace. Increased demand for readily available goods and services from remote locations at all hours of the day is driving the self-service market, and payment processing technology has to keep pace,” Kendus said. “Our partnership with Cryptera allows us to meet this growing demand by providing both the payment processing hardware and software for unattended systems,” Kendus continued.

Cryptera Business Development Manager Soren Busk sees the EPX/Cryptera partnership as an opportunity for Denmark-based Cryptera to expand its United States customer base. “We have provided Cryptera PIN pads for U.S. fuel pumps and ATMs for years, and we now look forward to integrating our UPT 7000 Unattended Payment Terminal with other unattended systems,” said Busk. “Partnering with Electronic Payment Exchange enables our development teams to work together to incorporate tokenization technology and back-end processing into our payment solutions and opens up more of the U.S. market.”
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Thursday, 03 November 2011
Transformation of B2C Communications Into B2Me Engagement Makes Marketing More Relevant, Personal and Effective for Consumers in Point-of-Sale and Service Environments 

SCOTTS VALLEY, CA, (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- MediaTile, the recognized leader in 3G and 4G cloud-based digital signage solutions, today announced that its HumanKiosk Solution, powered by the company's MediaCast Video Presence system, has been recognized by the CMO Council's recently released research on how brands and retailers can "localize to optimize sales channel effectiveness" as an emerging technology solution. The HumanKiosk solution revolutionizes in-field customer service for point-of-sale or point-of-service environments by combining the capabilities of interactive digital signage with on-demand, virtual experts and face-to-face interaction. With this solution, marketers can humanize their brand interaction, improve the customer experience, and deliver their messages with absolute control and precision.

"The HumanKiosk solution is a perfect fit for today's innovative brands and businesses seeking to localize their marketing efforts by connecting directly with consumers where and when they are making a considered purchase decision," said Donovan Neale-May, Executive Director of the CMO Council. "The CMO Council's research, compiled from more than 300 member interactions across leading industry sectors, indicates that brands are moving to more targeted, personalized, interactive and measureable forms of local engagement -- and the HumanKiosk does just that."

In its latest detailed study -- "Localize to Optimize Sales Channel Effectiveness," released on October 31, 2011, the CMO Council reveals that 86% percent of national marketers surveyed intended to look for better ways to modify, adapt and localize their marketing content, messaging and prospect engagement practices. Highlighted in this research report were the "preferred" marketing mediums to achieve "localization," which include interactive digital signage along with electronic messaging, and social networks over broadcast television, local magazines and other traditional B2C communications. The HumanKiosk was recognized as an emerging technology solution by the CMO Council as a solution that facilitates the transformation to B2Me engagement (also referred to as C2B, consumer to business, communication).

The HumanKiosk Solution attracts, influences, and engages consumers in dynamic new ways. In a familiar, but oversized, smartphone and tablet-like format, it attracts consumers to scheduled and dynamically-generated media and engages with interactive touch-based digital promotions. The breakthrough in personalized service is achieved through MediaCast Video Presence. At the touch of an on-screen button, consumers can instantly enter a two-way, high-definition, face-to-face conversation with a highly-trained remote expert agent. These remote experts are available on-demand, and are automatically matched with the consumer's on-screen selections, which might include product, specific features, services, or language.

"We are very excited that the CMO Council has recognized our HumanKiosk Solution as an emerging technology that can equip and enable businesses to deliver localized marketing with personal interaction," said Simon Wilson, CEO of the MediaTile Company. "Powered by the cloud-based MediaCast Video Presence system, the HumanKiosk is an elegant, all-in-one solution that enables brands to deliver a new level of customer experience without the traditionally high costs and complexities associated with telepresence, site-based networked kiosks, or other cumbersome technologies."

About the CMO Council

The Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Council is dedicated to high-level knowledge exchange, thought leadership and personal relationship building among senior corporate marketing leaders and brand decision-makers across a wide range of global industries. The CMO Council's 6,000 members control more than $300 billion in aggregated annual marketing expenditures and run complex, distributed marketing and sales operations worldwide. In total, the CMO Council and its strategic interest communities include over 20,000 global executives in 110 countries covering multiple industries, segments and markets. Regional chapters and advisory boards are active in the Americas, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa. The Council's strategic interest groups include the Coalition to Leverage and Optimize Sales Effectiveness (CLOSE), LoyaltyLeaders.org, Marketing Supply Chain Institute, Customer Experience Board, Market Sense-Ability Center, Digital Marketing Performance Institute, GeoBranding Center, and the Forum to Advance the Mobile Experience (FAME). More information on the CMO Council is available at www.cmocouncil.org .

About MediaTile

MediaTile is the worldwide leader in cloud-based digital signage solutions. MediaTile is transforming traditional B2C communications into B2Me engagement -- delivering information and personal interaction tailored to a viewer's specific wants and needs. A digital signage innovator, MediaTile was the first company to deliver the advantages of cloud-computing using the unique combination of Cellular connectivity and a SaaS-based application. Our MediaCast Content Management and revolutionary MediaCast Video Presence systems enable you to attract, engage, and directly influence your audience with a unique "personal advantage." Digital signage networks powered by MediaCast are simple to deploy, easy to use, and enable you to achieve your communications goals and ROI faster. Our solutions have garnered customer praise and industry awards for increasing market reach and viewer interaction, while reducing costs and complexities. The MediaTile Company www.mediatile.com, email (t) 831-439-8786. Watch our video at: www.humankiosk.com

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Thursday, 03 November 2011
DALLAS, /PRNewswire/ -- Reflect, the premier rich media solution provider that delivers immersive customer experiences through technology and integrated services, and CBS Outernet, the industry leading outdoor media company offering a full range of advertising services, will be speaking at the CETW show in New York at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center November 9 at 2:00 EST. The session, ROI Analysis as a Critical Project Element, will cover a high level framework for mapping and reporting ROI. Attendees will learn the importance of planning for and achieving the highest possible Return on Investment based on case examples by leading retailers. Speakers Jesse London, Vice President, General Sales Manager, CBS Outernet, and Matt Schmitt, Co-Founder and President of Reflect, will provide their invaluable insight from jointly bringing some of the largest digital OOH networks to market.

Exhibiting in Booth #536, Reflect will showcase new ViewPoint solutions for increasing customer engagement using its market-leading ReflectView™ software platform. The ViewPoint solutions bring together the right hardware and deployment services for leveraging the ReflectView software suite in retail and out-of-home media networks. Reflect has worked with clients and a premiere partner ecosystem to identify and assemble ViewPoint solutions to meet the needs of businesses using digital media for messaging and interactive applications.

New ReflectView Solutions:

TouchPoint – Engage and Assist Customers

An Interactive display system for point of service and assisted shopping applications. TouchPoint supports customers' touchscreen activity and interaction with physical sensors, buttons and product lift triggers and is used in welcome areas, customer service and shopping zones such as endcaps and product demo locations.

MediaPoint – High Quality HD Media for Awareness & Motivation

Used for passive media messaging, MediaPoint Supports HD media, screen segmenting with images, videos and dynamic content such as real-time information or social media content. MediaPoint is used in general customer wait areas, store departments, endcaps and in-aisle product promotions.

ReflectView Interactive App & Content Management

The ReflectView software suite now provides interactive applications, as well as even greater control over the creation, management and distribution of HD media content. ReflectView now includes the use of content catalogs and new built-in capabilities for creating interactive screen design natively, as well as continuing to support the integration and management of open standards for content and apps created in Flash and web technologies.

"Customer engagement is really driving our clients to devise well-planned strategies for leveraging digital technologies to be more competitive and to further their relationship with their customers," said Matt Schmitt, Co-Founder and President of Reflect. "From retail to financial services and entertainment venues, we're seeing a more holistic use of passive and interactive digital media to engage and assist the consumer. The solutions we've put together with our partners really do make it simpler to leverage the right combination of software, hardware and content to achieve results."

Also, don't miss Reflect as part of the Customer Engagement Technology 101 Tour on Wednesday, November 9. For more info on the show visit www.cetworld.com.

About Reflect


Founded in 2001, Reflect is a leading, national full-service provider of digital out-of-home merchandising and advertising solutions for digital signage, interactive applications and assisted shopping. ReflectView is the most flexible, scalable and proven digital media management solution on the market. Headquartered in Dallas, Reflect has a decade of industry experience developing some of the largest digital media networks in North America, including Best Buy, GameStop, Target and Verizon Wireless. Reflect serves mid- to large-size companies, specializing in retail, banking/finance, hospitality, and entertainment. For more information, please visit www.reflectsystems.com.
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Thursday, 03 November 2011
MONTREAL — X2O Media today announced that company CEO and President David Wilkins will be chairing the panel session "Producing Content for Distribution Across Multiple Platforms and Channels" at the 2011 Customer Engagement Technology World (CETW) conference, being held Nov. 9-10 at the Javits Convention Center in New York. The session will take place on Thursday, Nov. 10, from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in conference room 2.

Attendees of "Producing Content for Distribution Across Multiple Platforms and Channels" will learn how to plan creatively, utilize existing digital assets to reduce costs, and achieve message and brand consistency across multiple channels. The session will begin with an introduction by Wilkins, followed by presentations from Denys Lavigne, President of Arsenal Media, and Steve Kissing, Vice President of Creative for Barefoot Proximity.

Maximizing content starts with strategically producing content to be scalable across multiple platforms, and includes a content strategy that plans for the ability to repurpose existing content. By doing so, an organization can deliver consistent brand messaging across multiple digital media platforms to engage the customer and drive ROI, while also reducing creation costs and driving message impact.

The session is open to all CETW conference attendees. To register for the conference, please visit www.cetworld.com.

About X2O Media

X2O Media is a full-service provider of software, network management services, and content services for professional digital signage and corporate 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, 03 November 2011
New complimentary Content Membership provides access to growing pool of point-of-sale marketing opportunities

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - ScreenScape announced today that it has opened its service to content members. ScreenScape is an online service for engaging audiences inside physical places through the use of digital displays. Its new Content Membership gives organizations a secure way of sharing content with the Venues and Groups of the ScreenScape Community.


“We’re opening the doors and welcoming organizations of all kinds to discover the power of place-based marketing,” said ScreenScape Founder Mark Hemphill. “ScreenScape Content Members can now use their free account to manage their own channel in the ScreenScape Community.”

By offering free Content Memberships, ScreenScape is creating a way for businesses in the same value chain, or in the same community, to standardize the way they share digital marketing content and optimize its use on screens where the public gathers - be it a waiting room, a lobby or a retail store. The company recently received a $6MM investment from Canada’s largest IT services company, Hartco Inc., and won a coveted Companies-to-Watch Award, one of four separate awards categories that make up the 2011 Deloitte Technology Fast 50™ Awards, the pre-eminent technology awards program in Canada.

ScreenScape-powered digital displays are in active use by retailers, health clinics, community centres and recreational facilities to enhance their visitor experience. Many of the businesses that participate in ScreenScape are readily discoverable by browsing the ScreenScape website at http://screenscape.net. By offering both a repository of community-shared content, such as online video, and a pool of targeted sales and marketing opportunities ScreenScape is making place-based media easier and more affordable to deliver.

“Content Members aren’t necessarily Venues and they may never operate a digital display themselves - but they do have a message,” continued Hemphill. “ScreenScape now offers them a powerful and free way to share it with audiences in physical places through the ScreenScape Community. Content Memberships are already in use by a range of organizations. They are the brands, the advertisers, the community-minded organizations and the creative partners in the community. Now that Content Memberships are easy to get and entirely free we anticipate a whole range of new participants - not just suppliers to retail networks but also entertainers, publishers, event producers, and entrepreneurs. Anyone with an audience.”

Joel Ives, Owner/Broker of Century21 Colonial Real Estate, has used ScreenScape to promote his company’s real estate listings. “ScreenScape displays are popping up in more places,” says Ives. “We have used the service to promote our listings, our agents and our overall services and, with the help of our community partners we’re able to place these notices on screens nearby in the local neighborhood.”

ScreenScape President and CEO, Kevin Dwyer, spoke to the business benefits of an open platform for content distribution. “ScreenScape can help brands reach their customers more effectively and it can help local businesses collaborate. It’s all about involving your industry and community partners, tapping into the power of place and offering a better quality marketing experience for all involved. It’s using new technology to harness new media and it happens to be very cost-effective especially when compared to traditional forms of mass advertising.”

Wakefield Canada markets Castrol lubricants and services to lube operators, automotive service providers and select retailers. “We’ve been using place-based media for a number of years”, says Anthony Stadelman, Wakefield’s Vice President of Marketing. “ScreenScape offers us an online service that is both easy-to-use and highly functional. It allows us to promote our brand in the retail environment and update screens in real time. Based on our research it has proven to be effective in helping to lift sales.”

As trade spend and co-marketing initiatives fund new point-of-sale promotions, place-based media is becoming a hotly contended new marketing arena that has been dubbed in the popular press as “three foot marketing”. According to Hemphill, Content Memberships are already a key business driver for ScreenScape Venues.

It’s natural for our Venues to want to see many types of partners in the ScreenScape Community,” says Hemphill. “Content Memberships open up new business models and more opportunities for Venues to monetize their Displays by selling screen space. The power of place-based media is a currency for those that know how to use it effectively and that power is growing steadily as consumers become more mobile and more connected.”

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Wednesday, 02 November 2011
Ryarc is very pleased to announce the completion of phase one of the roll out of their enterprise digital signage software and in-store audio platform to McDonald’s® China. Operated and deployed by Partech, McDonald’s® are now using the system to manage sound and vision in the expanding store network of 1,300 restaurants, half of which have now been deployed with the system.

Whilst CampaignManager delivers the in store Digital Signage, Dappler, Ryarc’s in-store radio software platform, is being used to deliver a customized ‘Corporate FM Radio’ experience that compliments, yet is separate from the visual content. Dappler’s sophisticated and yet easy to use content programming engine effortlessly transforms thousands of music files into a coherent listening experience, complete with ability to target specific stores with music as per store location, language, time of day, music genre, age group and wrapping it with internal audio promotions.

Tim Guo, General Manager at ParTech said "As this network is spread across over 100 cities in China and more than ten times again that many stores, the importance of a software platform which is robust and scalable cannot be overestimated. Our experience with Ryarc CampaignManager has been extremely non-eventful; and that’s how we like it. Considerable savings on hardware cost for this project were possible because CampaignManager allows management of both digital signage channel for screens and audio channel for the in-store audio using a single player at stores and from a single CampaignManager platform at Central server site."

Fergal O’ Ceallaigh, Ryarc’s CEO added "As a company, we tend to be relatively low-key. We just get on with building and improving the technology and probably don’t do as much shouting about our successes as we ought to. Still, we do get noticed by companies looking for enterprise quality and value for money amid all the hype and overexposure. When we come out on top, for customers like this and especially in markets like China, it is very gratifying indeed for our team."

About McDonald’s® China

(www.mcdonalds.com.cn) | McDonald’s® is one of the leading global foodservice retailers with more than 33000 local restaurants serving 60 million people in more than 110 countries. McDonald’s® China operates more than 1300 restaurants across China and is rapidly expanding its presence.

About Ryarc

(www.ryarc.com) | Ryarc is a software company focusing on Digital Signage Software, distributed audio and playback technology. Ryarc’s core product is CampaignManager, an end-to-end Digital Signage management platform which is used worldwide to operate and manage digital signage networks, large and small. Ryarc also allows you to expand your digital signage network to include an audio (in-store radio) platform as well as an internal communications channel, all managed from a central location.

About ParTech China


www.partech.com.cn) | ParTech China is part of ParTech Group - a leading global provider of hospitality management solutions for enterprises such as city-centre hotels, destination spa and golf properties, timeshare properties, cruise ships, and casino resorts. ParTech China has an extensive presence and service network across China.
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Wednesday, 02 November 2011
CHICAGO and MINNEAPOLIS,  /PRNewswire/ -- Keyser Retail Solutions (KRS), the visual merchandising company, and Wireless Ronin Technologies, Inc. (WRT) (Nasdaq: RNIN), a leading marketing technology provider, have joined forces to provide marketing strategies and technology solutions to the quick-service restaurant (QSR) industry.

The joint marketing agreement allows the companies to leverage their unique and proprietary processes and technologies to create custom in-store and drive-thru digital signage solutions for QSR marketers, from strategy through execution.

Keyser Retail Solutions will utilize the company's Zone Strategy™ system that optimizes planning and placement of visual messaging in restaurant and retail environments. Wireless Ronin will provide technology systems that feature its cloud-based RoninCast® marketing technology software platform allowing marketers the ability to deliver and manage marketing and advertising campaigns remotely across targeted locations.

"Impacting customer behavior and experience requires delivery of the right message in the right place at the right time," said Judy Haselberger, president of Keyser Retail Solutions. "Working in partnership with creative marketing teams, we'll design, create, and deploy systems that enhance the customer experience through the successful delivery of next-generation rich merchandising messaging."

Scott W. Koller, president and CEO of Wireless Ronin, added: "Combining Keyser's leading visual merchandising expertise and Wireless Ronin's marketing technologies provides QSR marketers the ability to control messaging and communication with customers. We believe this will provide a superior return on investment for QSR marketers by helping to drive sales with a powerful mix of marketing strategy and technology."

Keyser Retail Solutions (KRS) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Keyser Industries, Inc.  KRS is the operating company that has been a pioneer in the QSR visual merchandising arena. Through its sister business Florida Plastics International, the company has served as exclusive provider of indoor and outdoor menu boards and related visual merchandising products to McDonald's Corporation in the U.S. and is responsible for developing many of today's industry standards and practices.

WRT has developed digital signage solutions for a broad range of QSR marketers, including KFC, Johnny Rockets, and Aramark. Since the initial launch of RoninCast® digital signage software in 2003, WRT has taken a leadership position in the digital signage industry by committing to bringing leading-edge technology, services and support to its clients.

About Keyser Retail Solutions

Keyser Retail Solutions (www.keyser-group.com) is a leading retail visual merchandising company providing turnkey solutions for enhancing branding, speeding transactions, reducing costs, and driving profitable sales at the point of purchase—inside and drive-thru.  KRS has particular strength at supporting the complex and decentralized needs of franchise networks—100,000 installations and counting.  What started with a plastic menu board prototype – Florida Plastics has been a valued strategic partner for McDonalds for over 45 years.

About Wireless Ronin Technologies, Inc.

Wireless Ronin Technologies (www.wirelessronin.com) is a marketing technologies company with leading expertise in current and emerging digital media solutions, including signage, interactive kiosks, mobile, social media and web, that enable clients to transform how they engage with their customers. WRT provides marketing technology solutions and services to clients, helping increase revenue and/or improve operating efficiencies in the execution of marketing initiatives. WRT offers an array of services to support its clients' marketing technology needs including consulting, creative development, project management, installation, training, and support and hosting. 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 regarding continued operating improvement and other matters 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 22, 2011.


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Wednesday, 02 November 2011
Enhanced Outdoor Viewing, Full High-Definition Resolution

CHICAGO - NEC Display Solutions of America, a leading provider of commercial LCD display and projector solutions, announced today the latest addition to its X Series, the high-bright 46-inch X462HB. This professional-grade, large-screen display is designed for the rigors of 24/7 operation in a variety of applications, including outdoor digital signage, drive-thru menu boards and video walls.

The new X462HB offers a quarter-lambda polarizing film, which allows for outdoor viewing with polarized sunglasses in both landscape and portrait orientations. This is essential for quick-service restaurant (QSR) owners to ensure their customers can easily and clearly read the drive-thru menu with any type of polarized eyewear. The display's full high-definition panel, a new feature in this next generation model, brilliantly displays content.

"The improvement of NEC's high-bright display addresses the concerns of customers who require a polarized solution," said Rachel Karnani, Product Manager for Large-Screen Displays at NEC Display Solutions. "This type of model is extremely popular with retail and QSR customers requiring a bright display to accommodate high ambient lighting conditions or outdoor installations. The 1080p resolution is another upgrade that our customers will appreciate for content creation purposes."

The X462HB includes the following additional features:

  • . Professional-grade LCD panel with advanced thermal protection and sealed panel design for the most formidable digital signage industry requirements
  • Full 1080p high-definition resolution
  • Brightness of 1200 cd/m² (typical) and contrast ratio of 3500:1 (typical) enable vibrant image quality
  • Power consumption of 320W (typical, <0.5W in standby)
  • Full digital connectivity with DisplayPort, HDMI and DVI-D
  • RS-232C, Ethernet (RJ45), IR Remote and DDC/CI enable automated email notifications for diagnostic purposes and multi-display control
  • Built-in expansion slot allows for seamless integration of future third-party components
  • AmbiBrightT ambient light sensor to automate brightness according to existing lighting conditions
  • Landscape and portrait orientations
  • Network Control and Communication allows the highest level of remote display management .
  • TileMatrixT technology for video walls up to 100 displays
  • 24/7 scheduler with real-time clock
  • Optional accessories and products for the X462HB include the Display Wall Calibrator Color Calibration Kit, SpectraViewIIT Color Calibration Kit, stand, wall mount, speakers, single board computers, external PC, IPTV tuner, external TV tuner, DVI daisy chain module and internal HD-SDI card

The X462HB will be available in December 2011 at a minimum advertised price of $3899. The display ships with a 3 years parts and labor warranty, including the backlight.

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, 01 November 2011
New deal expands existing ATM network for Banco Santander 

SAO PAULO, /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- In an effort to continue expanding its automated teller machine (ATM) network, Banco Santander has signed an agreement with Diebold, Incorporated for the manufacture, delivery and installation of approximately 2,000 new cash dispensers throughout Brazil. The cash dispensers, part of Diebold Brazil's existing ATM 4500 family, were developed specifically for the Brazilian market and are available only in Brazil.

"This new agreement demonstrates the strength of our partnership with Banco Santander," said Joao Abud, Jr., president, Diebold Brazil. "The choice of technology suppliers is always a strategic decision for financial institutions and we are proud to be selected to participate in Santander's expanding business. It is confirmation of the quality of solutions and services offered by Diebold."

Banco Santander's evaluation and certification process of suppliers is rigorous and is done through tests performed by different areas of the bank, such as production, infrastructure and security, coordinated by Produban, a company owned by Santander Group. With presence in Brazil for 29 years, Santander is Brazil's third largest private bank by total assets, and has more than nine million active accounts. The bank provides a commercial network with broad geographic coverage, supported by more than 3,700 bank branches, in-store mini branches and 18,300 ATMs within the network.

According to a September 2011 Retail Banking Research report, Brazil is the largest ATM market in Latin America, accounting for approximately 60 percent of the ATMs in the region. For more than a decade, Diebold Brazil has been the leading financial self-service provider in the country.

The company was recently named the best information technology (IT) company in the "digital industry" segment by Brazil's Exame Magazine in its 38th edition of "The Biggest and the Best." This is the fourth time the company has been recognized as the best IT provider in the country by Exame magazine.

About Banco Santander

In June 2011, Santander Brazil recorded total assets of $407 billion, U.S. $288 billion of total funding, $175 billion in customer funding and $113 billion in investment funds. It has around 24 million customers and more than 9.3 million accounts with current accounts. The service network consists of 3,728 sales points, including bank branches.

About Grupo Santander

With more than 150 years of operation, the Santander Group, headquartered in Madrid, Spain, is among the largest financial institutions in the world by market capitalization. From the city of Santander, in the province of Cantabria, the group operates in many countries and has extensive geographic coverage. In June 2011, it had 14,679 bank branches, approximately 191,000 employees, more than 100 million customers, more than three million shareholders and amount of resources managed.

About Diebold Brazil

Diebold Brazil, headquartered in Sao Paulo, has approximately 3,200 employees and is the leading provider of solutions and services for banking automation. In addition to the financial segment, the company serves the industry, commerce, government and healthcare segments. Diebold Brazil also manufactured electronic voting machines for Brazilian elections in 1998, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010. For more information, visit www.diebold.com.br .

About Diebold

Diebold, Incorporated is a global leader in providing integrated self-service delivery and security systems and services. Diebold employs more than 16,000 associates with representation in nearly 90 countries worldwide and is headquartered in the Canton, Ohio region, USA. Diebold is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol 'DBD.' For more information, visit the company's website at www.diebold.com .

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Tuesday, 01 November 2011
The new MediaZone Pro digital signage software and hardware system offers content management and scheduling functionality supporting an efficient workflow from a Windows 7 motif interface.

LENEXA, Kan. —Keywest Technology today announced MediaZone Pro, its new professional digital signage content management and scheduling application, has passed Windows 7 testing and is authorized to use the “Compatible with Windows 7” logo.

MediaZone Pro, which runs on Windows 7 based personal computers, offers individuals, businesses, institutions or any other organization needing to communicate with digital signage a professional tool to build digital signage content screens with a simple drag-and drop-interface, organize media, create playlists, change them on the fly and manage playback schedules for multiple players from a Windows 7 ribbon control motif interface.

“MediaZone Pro represents a major advance in digital signage management,” said Keywest Technology president Nick Nichols. “It embodies lessons learned over 10 years of delivering digital signage systems to the thousands of customers worldwide. We have listened closely to our customers and integrated those lessons learned into the design of this powerful new digital signage tool so that we can offer a rich digital signage content scheduling and management environment with a streamlined workflow.”

“By working with Microsoft, we feel confident MediaZone Pro will provide users with enhanced functionality and significant value,” he added.

Keywest Technology has worked with Microsoft to ensure that MediaZone Pro is fully compatible with the Windows 7 operating system. After passing Microsoft’s extensive Windows 7 testing, MediaZone Pro was awarded the “Compatible with Windows 7” logo.

Keywest Technology recently began shipping MediaZone Pro, and the digital signage application is already in use in several high profile applications around the world.

About Keywest Technology


Keywest Technology is a leading designer of digital signage hardware and software offering solutions from simple single sign playback to large multi-sign networks. Based in Lenexa, Kan., the company is dedicated to making digital signage technically as easy as a day at the beach. For more information, visit www.keywesttechnology.com.

All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.
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Tuesday, 01 November 2011
WOKINGHAM, UK – The 360 Mall’s Family Entertainment Center in Kuwait features an all-around immersive mall experience offering top-of-the-line rides and the latest video games and skill tests for the entire family.
 
Drawing on Christie projection systems, Electrosonic designed, supplied, installed and programmed extensive LED lighting, digital signage, video projection, special effects, audio and show control for what has become a go-to destination. The concept was created by Tamdeen Entertainment Company and designed by Concept i Design.
 
Helping to put the ‘fun’ into the ‘Infunity Zone,’ with its assortment of rides, is a Christie DS+750, 7500 ANSI lumens 1-chip DLP® SXGA+ projector. Working in combination with GestureTek gesture-controlled tracking technology, images are projected vertically down onto the floor, enabling children to interact with the content of popping balloons and swimming fish.
 
Elsewhere, the Freeze Club (with its North Pole motif) offers a unique venue for Kuwaiti teens with arcades, video games and simulators. An interactive video wall at the entrance features two Christie DHD700 1-chip DLP® HD projectors — again working with GestureTek cameras and tracking systems, and outputting 6500 ANSI lumens — allowing young guests to interact with the content, while low-lying fog is generated at the foot of the video wall. The DHD700 contains a unique, user-changeable, twin-color wheel system for high brightness and rich-color options, as well as a choice of six motorized HD lens.

Creating further impact in Infunity are 67 LED fixtures, which bathe the games area in light and generate excitement with color changes, while an entire wall of 18 displays forms an art installation in the middle of the zone’s large atrium. Infunity also features a 10 mm thick, 7.68 meter by 4.8 meter (25 feet 2 inches by 8 feet 9 inches) LED video wall, possibly the largest LED wall in Kuwait.
 
Electrosonic also injected the Freeze Club with 15 LCD digital signage systems to display advertising and information, while a low-resolution wall, boasting over 2,000 meters (6,562 feet) of LEDs, wraps around the entire room and displays fire, rain, graphics and abstract patterns. Enhanced by smoke effects, a laser system installed by Electrosonic recreates the Aurora Borealis on the domed ceiling.
 
The complex also incorporates a 20-lane Bowling Room (plus separate VIP lanes), which includes 3,500 individual strands of color-changing fibers in a nine-chandelier array. The overall installation incorporates an advanced audio solution, with central and local control racks and centrally located Medialon servers control digital signage throughout the complex.
 
Electrosonic’s work in the complex spanned 18 months with local labor and support provided by aDawliah.
 
About Christie®

Christie Digital Systems Canada Inc. is a global visual technologies company and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ushio, Inc., Japan, (JP:6925). Consistently setting the standards by being the first to market some of the world’s most advanced projectors and complete system displays, Christie is recognized as one of the most innovative visual technology companies in the world.  From retail displays to Hollywood, mission critical command centers to classrooms and training simulators, Christie display solutions and projectors capture the attention of audiences around the world with dynamic and stunning images.  Visit www.christiedigital.eu
 
Christie® is a registered trademark of Christie Digital Systems Canada Inc.
DLP® is a registered trademark of Texas Instruments
 

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Tuesday, 01 November 2011
WFX Counts on Live Internet Encoding and Transcoding to Stream Real-Time Content Including Church Communications and Multisite Strategies

MONTREAL and CHICAGO — Haivision Network Video today announced that its KulaByte live Internet encoder and HyperStream live cloud transcoding technology will drive the WFX Live Studio, a feature of WFX 2011 (Worship Facilities Conference and Expo) to be held in Dallas Nov. 9-11. The WFX Live Studio is a full-function recording and streaming-video broadcast studio that will provide live coverage of the show floor and conference sessions to Internet viewers.

During the WFX 2011 show, the Haivision technology will serve two independent live streams to the WFX website: a continuous stream from the exhibit floor from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and live coverage of all keynote sessions and educational presentations. The WFX Live Studio will feed two KulaByte encoders, each contributing a bandwidth-optimized stream from the conference center to the cloud-based HyperStream transcoder. In the cloud, HyperStream will then transcode each contribution stream into multiple bit rates and multiple formats to serve the WFX website using Adobe® Flash® dynamic and Apple® HTTP adaptive streaming systems. By using the HyperStream cloud-based transcoder to create the different bit rate streams, the contributed streams can take full advantage of available bandwidth to maximize video quality.

"We are very grateful to Haivision for providing the streaming technology to power the WFX Live Studio," said Amy Reddington, director of event operations at EH Publishing, producer of WFX. "Not only will our attendees and Web audience be able to stay up to date on show-floor happenings and conference proceedings, but they'll also be able to see firsthand how state-of-the-art Internet encoding technology can transform their worship activities and bring their message to vast new audiences."

The WFX Live Studio will host a full series of educational presentations, panel discussions, and interviews broadcast live to an Internet audience that will interact with the presenters during Q&A periods. In addition, attendees will observe and engage with experts on video capture, lighting, streaming broadcast technology, and social media. Educational sessions at the WFX Live Studio will include church and independent experts on multi-site strategies, as well as a discussion of church communication and social media tools.

"The WFX 2011 setup will be very similar to that of many of our hundreds of faith-market clients," said Peter Maag, executive vice president of Haivision. "So extending WFX beyond the conference hall is a great opportunity for attendees to experience the potential of live streaming, and we're grateful for the opportunity to show them."

Haivision offers products that are complementary to KulaByte and HyperStream for media applications in the faith market. These products include Mako™ and Makito™ codecs for connecting multi-site churches; the Furnace™ video distribution system to enable recording, video-on-demand, and internal video distribution; and the CoolSign™ digital signage system to deliver dynamic content to public area displays.

Haivision, an official sponsor of WFX 2011, will be demonstrating KulaByte, HyperStream, and other media solutions at WFX 2011 in booth 442. 

About Haivision Network Video

Haivision delivers advanced technology for streaming, recording, managing, and distributing secure IP video and interactive media within the enterprise, education, medical/healthcare, and federal/military markets. Haivision is a private company based in Montreal and Chicago, with technical excellence centers in Beaverton, Ore., Austin, TX, and Hamburg, Germany. With a global sales and support organization, Haivision distributes its products through value-added resellers, system integrators, distributors, and OEMs worldwide. More information is available at www.haivision.com.

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