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Tuesday, 31 January 2012
Walmart to Feature Redbox Kiosks at More Than 3,700 Locations Into January 2015 

OAKBROOK TERRACE, IL, Jan 31, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Redbox Automated Retail, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Coinstar, Inc., today announced a renewal agreement with Walmart to continue featuring Redbox(R) kiosks at more than 3,700 Walmart locations nationwide. The agreement extends the availability of Redbox kiosks and builds upon the companies' more than five-year relationship.

"Redbox is proud to be located at America's favorite retail destinations and to extend our relationship with Walmart," said Maria Stipp, chief customer officer of Coinstar, Inc. "A key component to our success is our extensive retail footprint as it provides consumers greater access to movies and games at a low price."

Featuring more than 28,000 locations nationwide, Redbox is America's destination for movies and games. To date, more than two thirds of the U.S. population lives within a five-minute drive of a Redbox kiosk.

The first Redbox kiosks were installed in Walmart Stores in 2006.

About Redbox


Redbox Automated Retail, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Coinstar, Inc., offers new-release DVD, Blu-ray Disc(R) and video game rentals through its network of conveniently located, self-service kiosks. Redbox has rented more than 1.5 billion discs and is available at more than 34,400 kiosks across over 28,000 locations nationwide, including select McDonald's restaurants, leading grocery, drug and convenience stores, select Walmart locations and Walgreens locations in select markets. For more information, visit www.redbox.com .

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Certain statements in this press release are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including phrases conveying expectation or intent and other expressions identifying future performance. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance which may vary materially from performance expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. Differences may result from actions taken by Coinstar, Inc. or Walmart as well as those of third parties and from risks and uncertainties beyond our control. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, changes in the number and timing of anticipated locations, the services or products available at each kiosk, and the termination, non-renewal or renegotiation on materially adverse terms of the agreement between Coinstar, Inc. and Walmart. The foregoing risks and uncertainties are illustrative, but by no means exhaustive. For more information on factors that may affect future performance, please review "Risk Factors" described in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements reflect Coinstar, Inc.'s expectations as of the date of this release. Coinstar, Inc. undertakes no obligation to update the information provided herein.




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Tuesday, 31 January 2012
Easily Links to Virtually Any Live Data Source for Playback of Up-to-the-Minute Communications

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, – Known worldwide for driving the digital signage industry’s innovation, BrightSign® announced today Version 2.5 of BrightAuthor, its highly acclaimed PC-based software, which will be available Q1 2012. Included free of charge with BrightSign’s broad line of high-definition, solid-state digital signage controllers, the software simplifies creating, updating, managing and monitoring digital signage displays. With the latest version of BrightAuthor, BrightSign users can now connect to a wide range of public and private live data sources to playback real-time data from databases in the form of Twitter feeds or new live texts, which are text fields that can be placed on top of video and image content. New layout presentation switching capabilities have also been added to support layout changes within a presentation.

“Previous BrightAuthor releases have primarily focused on adding tools to its visual-based interface that make it very easy for even a novice to create eye-catching presentations,” said Jeff Hastings, BrightSign CEO. “Now, we’re expanding the capabilities to integrate with both public and private live data systems and show controllers. With the new BrightAuthor features, BrightSign users will have all the tools they need to create and update automated displays to make them more relevant, more targeted, more dynamic.”

Live Signage

By empowering users with the ability to easily connect to live data sources, BrightAuthor takes message relevance to a whole new level. With this capability, BrightSign players become more participatory for virtually any application and without the need to republish presentations or update the primary content. Users can Tweet a welcome message for a visitor and it will promptly appear on the BrightSign display. Similarly using BrightSign’s new live text feature, text fields can be placed on top of videos and image content allowing them to be updated quickly with up-to-the-minute information.

When linked to a database, Live Texts can instantly provide content updates for applications such as:

•Wait lists: Easily add the next person in line to your signage for any number of applications ranging from restaurants to salons, pharmacies and more
•Menu boards: Instantly change pricing and add specials of the day
•Point-of-Sale (POS) systems: Update pricing changes, product availability and backorder information
•Trade shows: Welcome visitors, list events for the day and communicate news
•Manufacturing systems: Show factory statistics and the day’s goals and achievements on factory floors
•Bank/financial displays: Provide current CD/home interest rates and stock market status

As part of its commitment to continue improving BrightAuthor’s core capabilities and its presentation creation process, BrightSign has added a new feature that supports layout changes within a presentation. With the “Layout Presentation Switching” tools, a presentation with one layout (i.e., multi-zone) can call up another presentation with a different screen layout (i.e., full-screen) for playback. This feature offers greater flexibility to showcase multiple presentations with different layouts in a series, and allows users to “nest” presentations with different layouts. With this application, a master presentation can launch a set of additional presentations and each can have their own screen layout.

About BrightAuthor

BrightAuthor is the central interface for BrightSign single-site and networked digital signage displays. A versatile, highly flexible signage management solution, BrightAuthor supports full HD at 1080p resolutions as well as 3D video playback for the top-over-bottom and side-by-side 3D formats. With BrightAuthor software, BrightSign PC-less digital signage players and the built-in network support, users have a complete, end-to-end solution that delivers higher reliability and scalability at a lower cost than PC-based signage solutions.

BrightAuthor includes templates, wizards and customisation tools that enable even inexperienced users to create and manage their own presentations. The intuitive interface makes it easy to build full-screen and multi-zone playlists for looping displays without manually configuring coordinates and image sizes. Other features range from day-parting/scheduling, interactivity and synchronisation to simple networking. Publishing the content is also simplified because the software automatically creates the playlist file and bundles it with the selected content, ready to drop onto an SD card for playback or to be delivered over a network.

Availability

Designed to run on a standard Windows PC with Windows XP or Vista or Windows 7, plus Microsoft .Net Framework 3.5 or later, BrightAuthor v2.5 will be available free of charge to all BrightSign users at http://brightsign.biz/support in Q1 2012. With this application, presentations can be deployed to BrightSign’s full range of BrightSign digital players and kiosk controllers including looping, interactive, network-enabled, network-enabled/interactive media players, players with built-in Wi-Fi and a free-standing tabletop display that delivers high-resolution video displays instantly without external power or wiring.

About BrightSign

BrightSign, LLC, based in Los Gatos, California, develops products and software for digital signage.

BrightSign solid-state digital sign controllers set new standards for both stand-alone and networked digital signage applications with their superior video quality, reliability, affordability, ease of use and interactivity.

Online information about BrightSign units is available at www.brightsign.biz.

For sales inquiries, please contact by email or call 408-852-9263 in the USA and 44-1223-911842 internationally. Follow BrightSign at Twitter and Facebook.


 
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Tuesday, 31 January 2012
Super Narrow bezel, 55-inch public display with FPR 3D to be shown for first time

Seoul, Korea – LG Display [NYSE: LPL, KRX: 034220], a leading manufacturer of thin-film transistor liquid crystal display, today announced that it will showcase a line-up of next generation public display products including a Super Narrow bezel, 55-inch multivision public display panel with FPR 3D at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2012. The company’s plans for ISE 2012, Europe’s largest professional AV and Electronics Systems trade show, demonstrate its commitment to the fast emerging public display market.

Showing the possibilities of public display technology, LG Display will unveil a variety of products at ISE 2012 from the 55-inch FPR 3D multi-vision panel to a high brightness 47-inch outdoor display solution to an innovative 26-inch window display. Public display is one of the most rapidly growing, high growth potential, and exciting markets in display technology today. According to DisplaySearch, the public display market is expected to grow over 30%, from 2.9 million units in 2011 to 3.8 million units in 2012, with an annual growth rate of 20%, marking a total volume of 7.7 million unit sales by 2015.

“Unlike the TV and IT display markets which have reached maturity and are showing signs of slowing down, the public display market is a rapidly growing market full of potential,” said Mr. Joon Jun, Vice President and Head of LG Display’s Public Display Division. “We plan to take an aggressive approach as a leading pioneer in the market by introducing our cutting edge technologies at ISE 2012.”

World’s Narrowest Bezel to Bezel, 55-inch Multi-Vision Public Display with FPR 3D
LG Display’s super narrow bezel 55-inch multi-vision public display panel with FPR 3D will be unveiled publicly for the first time at ISE 2012. The multi-vision panel is the world’s thinnest public display with a large 165-inch multi-vision format featuring nine 55-inch LCD panels, and shape that can be easily customized via other panels. The super narrow bezel features an incredibly narrow 5.3 mm gap between the individual panels, resulting in seamless, life-like images.

Incorporating LG Display’s widely acclaimed FPR 3D technology, viewers of the 55-inch multi-vision public display panel will enjoy an incredible 3D experience watching scenes from 3D movie previews and sports games while out in public. FPR 3D represents a significant improvement over shutter glass (SG) 3D technology with no flicker, minimal cross talk and a brighter screen. Also, FPR glasses are made with curved lenses, like regular glasses, so are much lighter, cheaper, and healthier than SG glasses.

Outdoor High-Brightness Solution with Fiber Optic Display

A 47-inch LED backlight LCD panel from LG Display will also be on display at the show. The panel utilizes a fiber optic display with 2000 nit high-brightness (four times brighter than a general TV) resulting in images displayed outdoors being much brighter and clearer than ever before. Also, the 2000 nit high-brightness panel uses Local Dimming technology to reduce power consumption to levels lower than that of existing LCD panels by turning off the darker parts of its backlights.

Additionally, LG Display’s LCD panels employ a proprietary liquid crystal structure technology that enable the screen to continue showing images even when the surface temperature of the panel rises to 110°C. Conventional LCD panels begin to turn black when surface temperatures exceed 75°C, and also reach 85°C if left outdoors for 30 minutes at an outside temperature of above 30°C. LG Display’s solution results in a public display technology made much more practical for the everyday environment.

A Look at the Future with Window Display TV and See-Through Panels

LG Display will also exhibit wide ranging products that offer a look at the future of public display technology like its advanced 26-inch Window Display TV that can be utilized as a regular glass window or transparent touch display. The panel features a brightness control function for sunlight when being utilized as a window, and can also be used as a display during the night via an embedded LED backlight. The advanced 26-inch Window Display TV boasts the highest color reproduction among existing LCD products, and also utilizes touch based technology including the IR method and multi-touch. With no physical buttons, the design of the product looks just like a window only boasting the most innovative in display technology.

Also on exhibit will be a 26-inch see-through panel. The panel is embedded with IPS (In-Plane Switching) technology which provides a wide viewing angle and features HD resolution (1366X768). With its terrific color reproduction, the panel can be used for a variety of public display purposes and is also capable of being produced in larger 40 to 50-inch sizes for use in diverse public settings like at bus and subway stations, department stores, and more.

Showing at ISE 2012

The latest in public display technology from LG Display will be available for public showing at ISE 2012 in Amsterdam, Netherlands from January 31 to February 2, 2012.

About LG Display

LG Display Co., Ltd. [NYSE: LPL, KRX: 034220] is a leading manufacturer and supplier of thin-film transistor liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) panels, OLEDs and flexible displays. The company provides FT-LCD panels in a wide range of sizes and specifications for use in TVs, monitors, notebook PCs, mobile products and other various applications. LG Display currently operates eight fabrication facilities and five back-end assembly facilities in Korea, China and Poland. The company has a total of 55,000 employees operating worldwide. Please visit http://www.lgdisplay.com for more information.

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Tuesday, 31 January 2012
Toronto, Ontario – iSIGN Media (TSX-V: ISD) has developed a new data collection solution that will improve the quality of metrics businesses collect and help them apply that data to measure campaign effectiveness in real time, better engage consumers and generate sales, all while respecting consumer privacy.

Improving Metrics and Effectively Applying Consumer Data

Customer data is an invaluable resource for brands and retailers, a resource that has not been applied to its full potential - until now. According to a recent study conducted by Vizu, just 18% of agencies said they could align their primary marketing objective against a measurable return on investment and over one-third of brands and their agencies reported that they were confused by the data that they did receive. So, how do companies accurately and consistently distinguish which promotions create a profit and actually understand the data they have collected?

Metrics Are Vital to Understanding Consumers and Privacy Concerns Are Paramount
In an increasingly complicated technological environment and as the landscape of consumer data collection becomes more regulated, marketers and brands need to alleviate privacy concerns while improving their metric management. Used correctly, consumer data can provide insight into customer behaviors, purchasing patterns and preferences, allowing brands and retailers to tailor base campaigns and offerings to reach exactly their target audiences. iSIGN Media, a leading developer of location-aware interactive proximity advertising solutions and privacy-conscious data collection and management software, is improving the quality of metrics collected by pairing customers with individual transactions, helping marketers determine the strengths and weaknesses in their campaigns, improve customer relationships and encourage loyalty – all while generating sales.

Data Collection and Privacy Go Hand in Hand

“Our recently launched Smart Antenna was developed in conjunction with retailers and brands to collect campaign data and metrics to better reach and engage customers ” said Alex Romanov, iSIGN Media’s Chief Executive Officer, “Our technology is also helping to make advertising spend more accountable and measurable, while keeping consumer privacy concerns as a top priority. With this new solution we hope to help companies realize the full potential of their data collection and better understand their customers to maximise sales.”

To arrange an interview with iSIGN about data and metrics marketing management, or to learn more about the company’s solutions, please contact Vanessa Horwell, vanessa@thinkinkpr.com or 305.749.5342 x 232 in the US, or Danielle Mason, dmason@thinkinkpr.com or 416.628.6570 in Canada.

About iSIGN Media: Making Adverting Measureable

iSIGN Media is a North American leader in multiplatform advertising solutions that utilize Bluetooth™, Mobile, WiFi and Location-Aware technologies to deliver rich media, permission-based messages to engage consumers more deeply and cost-effectively. The resulting business intelligence and real time metrics, gathered through iSIGN’s patent-pending advertising platform deliver insights into emerging consumer behaviours that helps advertisers measure their efforts and make better business decisions to increase ROI and customer loyalty. Headquartered in Richmond Hill, Ontario, with R&D and customer support operations in Vancouver, BC and Tampa, FL., the Company has also grown to become the largest owner/operator of in-store digital media in Canada with 5,600 digital signs in 1,400 locations. Partners include: AOpen America Inc. and IBM, with solution distribution by BlueStar Inc. iSIGN is publicly traded in Toronto (TSX.V) Additional information can be found at www.isignmedia.com.
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Tuesday, 31 January 2012
Find out more about the new customer experience at the checkout in the store -- the Automatic scanning solution "360 Scan Portal" from Wincor Nixdorf.

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Tuesday, 31 January 2012
Unlocks the Potential of Large Format Digital Canvases

ISE/AMSTERDAM, Netherlands – Christie® today announced the official launch of its Christie JumpStart content management solution at the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) show in Amsterdam. JumpStart makes it easy to put stunning, high resolution content onto a multi-display or tiled digital canvas.

Christie JumpStart targets architectural markets including museums, universities, stadiums, corporate offices and retail stores needing high resolution, reliable content playback across large video walls. Rental stagers will also benefit from JumpStart’s speed and ease of setup, and support for unique display configurations. 

“Christie is leading the way in developing simple, user-friendly solutions for integrated, large-format, digital displays,” said Richard Heslett, senior product manager, Business Products, Christie. “Christie JumpStart can be used with any digital display that has up to four inputs, and is the ideal companion for small and medium-sized Christie® MicroTiles® video walls – giving customers the ability to get the most out of their MicroTiles displays.”

Combining user-friendly JumpStart software with reliable HP hardware, Christie JumpStart enables users to position and play back a wide range of content including video, graphics, applications, Blu-ray and DVD movies, remote video sources, color swatches and text.

When used with Christie MicroTiles, Christie JumpStart communicates directly with the master External Control Unit (ECU), automatically picking the best resolution for the MicroTiles canvas, regardless of shape or cabling layout, and showing the location of every tile so that snapping content into position is a breeze.

Benefits of Christie JumpStart:
* Multi-windowing capabilities including video files, applications and text
* Seamless integration with Christie MicroTiles, automatically optimizing resolution of the Christie MicroTiles display
* Supports non-standard resolutions and independent resolutions

* Simple user interface allows for quick changes and intuitive user controls

* Integrated solution with single PC/software bundle means no additional hardware and no ongoing software costs or licenses

* Positioning and playback of content can be accomplished by seasoned designers and less technical users

* Plays media locally so no external source PCs or movie players are required

* Scheduling of playlists within each content window (scheduling by date is not supported)
Christie JumpStart is now shipping with a three-year warranty and the hardware bundle is backed by HP, providing peace of mind.

Winner of 18 industry awards since debuting in November 2009, Christie MicroTiles are installed throughout the world including Seoul’s Incheon International Airport, the NASCAR Hall of Fame, London Stock Exchange and Deutsche Bank’s Asia Pacific headquarters in Hong Kong.

About Christie®

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

Christie® is a registered trademark of Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc.
Christie® MicroTiles® is a registered trademark of Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc.

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Friday, 27 January 2012
Available spring 2012, the new Fusion® Series solution creates freestanding video walls for temporary situations or when wall-mounting isn’t an option

Minneapolis, MN. USA - www.chiefmfg.com - Chief, an industry leader in mounts, racks and interactive solutions, announces plans to release a new Fusion® Series mobile video wall cart this spring.

The new freestanding solution makes it possible to construct video walls in prominent locations for temporary situations or when wall-mounted installation is not an option, and accommodates most 40–65” (102-165 cm) displays.

Available in two configurations, the freestanding walls can be combined with accessories to achieve videos walls up to three displays high and any width. Aligning the displays is easy with the cart’s independent height, plumb and lateral shift adjustments.

"Chief’s new mobile video wall cart gives you the flexibility to create high-impact visual displays without permanent installation," said Nathan Bohl, Chief’s Manager of Product Management-Commercial. "Through innovative engineering, the lightweight cart provides extremely strong support for multiple displays with a sleek, professional-looking design perfect for digital signage needs."

The new mobile video wall cart will be on display at ISE 2012 in Amsterdam Jan. 31-Feb. 2. Stop by Chief’s booth 2A52 to learn more about this new solution.

About Chief


Chief, a product division of Milestone AV Technologies, has more than 30 years of proven product and service excellence. Committed to responding to industry needs in the commercial and residential markets, Chief offers a complete line of mounts, lifts, racks and accessories for TVs, displays, projectors and other AV components. With numerous product awards and patented designs, Chief provides unique mount features, and is recognized for delivering quality products and knowledgeable, helpful customer service. Milestone AV Technologies U.S., European, and Asia Pacific sales offices support a global network of Chief dealers. Distribution centers are located in Minnesota (US), California (US), Hong Kong, and the Netherlands. www.chiefmfg.com
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Friday, 27 January 2012
This Outdoor Digital Signage Solution is Dustproof and Highly Water Resistant 

SECAUCUS, N.J., (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Panasonic, a provider of professional plasma and LCD display and digital signage solutions, today announced its LFP30 Series of professional LCD displays was named a DIGI Award winner by Digital Signage magazine. The LFP30 Series won the Best New Generation Display Device, Large Screen category. The LFP30 Series are built as a reliable display solution for full-outdoor and semi-outdoor environments, distinguished by high brightness, low power consumption and a wide range of professional features.

The displays are resistant to harsh environmental conditions such as heat and humidity, extreme cold and, with its IP66 rating, are dustproof and highly water resistant. The LFP30 Series' aluminum casing provides corrosion-resistance and additional structural strength. Unlike most outdoor displays, which require separate bulky and expensive enclosures, the LFP30 Series requires none. The LFP30 Series is available as the 42-inch TH-42LFP30W and the 47-inch TH-47LFP30W.

The trans-reflective liquid crystal design of the LFP30 Series screens ensures excellent visibility (1,000cd/m2) in bright, outdoor locations, allowing the displays to reduce power consumption in these environments. Most outdoor digital signage solutions counter light reflection issues with an increased backlighting, which results in greater power consumption. The LFP30 Series' low power consumption means that both sizes meet Energy Star Displays 5.1 standards.

These characteristics make the device perfect for environments such as:

-- Open-air cafes and restaurants as menus and advertising panels

-- Shopping malls as advertising panels and store guides

-- Public transportation hubs as schedule, route guide and advertising panels

-- Factories for production line control

-- Sports facilities for training videos and fan information

-- Quick-serve restaurants for menu boards and drive-thru lanes

"As the market for digital signage continues to grow, customers want to use display solutions in a wider range of environments," said Rick Albert, Vice President, Flat Panel Displays-Hospitality, Panasonic. "As a result, Panasonic is building solutions that meet these needs. This award is recognition of the work Panasonic has done to design and engineer products that allow customers to get the most of their digital signage deployments, even in harsh conditions."

The DIGI Awards recognize the resellers, integrators and service providers who have gone the extra mile to ensure success for their clients, thereby furthering the digital signage industry as a whole. Additionally, they recognize the best New Products for the digital signage and DOOH market.

"As Chair of the Judges Committee for the DIGI Awards, I want to congratulate all the Winners of 2012 DIGI Awards," said David Keene, editor, Digital Signage Magazine. "The judges had a hard time selecting from the varied and excellent entries. We honed in on the entries that really stood out in showing us not just technology packages but how digital signage and DOOH best practices are playing out, in the field, with real-world solutions and products."

The TH-42LFP30W and TH-47LFP30W are sold via authorized Panasonic resellers at estimated prices of $8,500 and $11,000, respectively. Sales inquiries for the LFP30 Series of professional LCD displays should be directed to sales or 877-803-8492.

For more information on Panasonic's digital signage solutions go to http://www.panasonic.com/business-solutions/digital-signage.asp.

Panasonic Solutions for Business

Through its broad range of integrated business technology solutions, Panasonic empowers professionals to do their best work. Customers in government, healthcare, production, education and a wide variety of commercial enterprises, large and small, depend on integrated solutions from Panasonic to reach their full potential, achieve competitive advantage and improve outcomes. The complete suite of Panasonic solutions addresses unified business communications, mobile computing, security and surveillance systems, retail information systems, office productivity solutions, high definition visual conferencing, projectors, professional displays and HD and 3D video production. As a result of its commitment to R&D, manufacturing and quality control, Panasonic engineers reliable and long-lasting solutions as a partner for continuous improvement. Panasonic solutions for business are delivered by Panasonic System Communications Company of North America, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation.

All brand and company/product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of the respective companies. All specifications are subject to change without notice. Information on Panasonic solutions for business can be obtained by calling 877-803-8492 or at www.panasonic.com .

About Panasonic Corporation of North America

Based in Secaucus, NJ, Panasonic Corporation of North America provides a broad line of digital and other electronics products and services for consumer, business and industrial use. The company is the principal North American subsidiary of Osaka, Japan-based Panasonic Corporation, and the hub of Panasonic's U.S. branding, marketing, sales, service and R&D operations. Panasonic was the only Consumer Electronics company to be listed in the top ten brands on the Interbrand Best Global Green Brands 2011 ranking. As part of its continuing efforts to reduce its carbon footprint, Panasonic Corporation of North America will relocate its operations to a new eco-efficient office tower adjacent to a mass transit hub in Newark, NJ in 2013. Information about Panasonic Eco Ideas initiatives is available at http://panasonic.net/eco/ecoideas/ . Information about Panasonic and its products is available at www.panasonic.com .
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Friday, 27 January 2012
Black Box, an industry-leading provider of multimedia and digital signage technology, has introduced ICOMPEL™ WDS, a centrally manageable platform for wearable digital signage. The WDS players feature a screen no bigger than a nametag, but because they show full-motion, customized video loops, they are designed to attract attention and enhance one-on-one sales interaction.

In addition to the rechargeable 2.4" LCD player tag, the iCOMPEL WDS system includes access to a Web-based portal for assembling and customizing video content with special effects, scrolling text, logos, and branding. Content can range from simple text and JPG images in a slideshow to a video.

And unlike other wearable-type players on the market, iCOMPEL WDS players support global content uploads and updates. When used with Black Box’s iCOMPEL™ EDS platform, content for thousands of WDS players worn by associates around the world can be updated remotely from a central location.

“From a browser connection, you just log in to our Web portal to change your sales content on the fly,” explains George Borden, Black Box Digital Signage National Sales Manager. “The newer content replaces older content on the players the next time each WDS user plugs their player into their PC. This way, each person in the field has ready access to your latest signage messaging and promotions.”

iCOMPEL WDS is ideal for retail PoS/PoP advertising, restaurant wait staff, greeters, and tour personnel, as well as convention and youth-centric event marketing. “Plus, it’s a novel way for salespeople to gain an edge,” Borden says. “If you want to stand out from your competition, WDS is the way to go.”

Each player comes with a magnetic clip for fastening to one’s clothing, a lanyard holder for wearing around the neck, a Mini-USB cable for recharging via a USB port and PC-to-player content downloads, and an AC charger.

Black Box full line of digital signage platforms

• The award-winning iCOMPEL™ platform for assembling, managing, and scheduling digital signage content. Featuring browser-based, networked players, iCOMPEL gives SMB organizations an affordable way to improve communications through relevant, dynamic signage. An integrated hardware/software solution, iCOMPEL comes preloaded with design tools and layouts for assembling and distributing multimedia content to digital signs. There are no additional software fees for iCOMPEL owners. All updates are free.

• Its enterprise-class iCOMPEL EDS platform. This system provides total control of signage content at the corporate, central administrative office, or government agency level. Via an Internet connection, administrators can schedule playlists, change presentations, and customize messaging for any screen, anywhere in the world. iCOMPEL EDS supports ad networks, and because it is provided as a VMware® server application, it is ideal for virtualized cloud computing environments. The only hardware needed is a subscriber unit for each screen.

• The new MediaFlyer™ EXPRESS, a sub-$1000 platform that enables small businesses without technical or creative resources to quickly set up signage. The combination hardware/hosted solution includes everything needed to get started (except for the display): a compact player that installs at the screen and a subscription to the MediaFlyer site where content is uploaded to and managed via a browser. MediaFlyer EXPRESS can even be set to display “mashups” of Twitter® feeds, Flickr® slideshows, and other social media, along with videos, RSS feeds, PowerPoint® presentations, JPGs, and HTML media.

For more information about Black Box digital signage, call 800-355-8003.

About Black Box

Black Box is a leading technology product solutions provider that helps customers build, manage, optimize, and secure their networks. The company is a single source for cabling, cabinets and racks, data comm, digital signage, infrastructure, KVM switching, networking, security, wireless, and more. Black Box is ISO 9001:2008 certified and has received numerous industry recognitions, including the following awards: Info Security Products Global Excellence, CRN Tech Innovator, TMC Communications Solutions Product of the Year, Network Products Guide Reader Trust, Network Products Guide Product Innovation, R&D 100, Five Star ratings from SC Magazine, and a Cabling Business Magazine Award of Excellence. Black Box provides its customers with free,24/7 pre- and post-sales technical support.

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

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Thursday, 26 January 2012
Trumbull, CT, – Customer Engagement Technology World (CETW) is pleased to announce Brian Solis, a world-renowned author on new media and Principal at Altimeter Group, as the opening keynote of its event on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco.

As a result of new technology, the attention and expectations of consumers is evolving and becoming far more discerning than today's disparate approaches can captivate. Solis’ presentation, Engage or Die: The Experience Layer, will share strategies for developing a syndicated engagement strategy while delivering an integrated approach to deliver a meaningful and productive journey.

With the abundance of emerging and disruptive technology driving the evolution of consumer behavior, the options for engagement are as infinite as they are underestimated. Businesses tend to look at new technology from a features perspective. The customer experience, as a result, is limited to the vision of the team tasked with developing channel strategies for each digital screen.

Solis, who has studied and influenced the effects of emerging media on business, marketing, publishing, and culture, will discuss how creativity should be inspired by customer expectations and behavior in each channel to create a dedicated, but also integrated brand and customer experience that results in desirable actions and outcomes.

Those who promote technology over experiences will create what Solis refers to as “Screen Burn,” the state of digital screens when the experience fails to connect with customers forcing them to abandon the journey before the screen can leave a permanent imprint.

For additional information about Solis and other keynote presentations to take place at CETW in San Francisco, please visit www.cetworld.com/keynotes.asp.

Qualified professionals are able to attend CETW free of charge. CETW’s goal is to provide a venue to allow meaningful face-to-face dialogue and connections between attendees, industry leaders, educational speakers and solution providers. For registration information, visit www.cetworld.com/register.asp

About Customer Engagement Technology World

Customer Engagement Technology World (CETW) delivers strategic, marketing and technical business solutions for organizations focused on enhancing their customer engagement programs through digital media such as mobile, self-service, digital signage, digital out-of-home/place based media, kiosks and other customer-facing technologies. CETW delivers a first-hand look at emerging technologies and gives you access to case studies and experience from thought-leaders across the industry, focused on leveraging the integration of emerging media across multiple channels to activate customer engagement.  Follow us on Twitter @CETW, like us on Facebook and join us on Linkedin. www.cetworld.com

For information about exhibiting at CETW, please contact Lawrence Dvorchik

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Thursday, 26 January 2012
Wiesbaden - Since the mid-90s, the name HYUNDAI IT has been synonymous with the development and production of state-of-the-art display technologies. Advanced products are offering reliable operation, supreme image quality and a sophisticated, function-oriented design. From 31st of January to 2nd of February, HYUNDAI IT again will introduce its full line-up of both indoor as well as outdoor digital signage displays at ISE 2012 on booth no. 10N120 in hall 10.

46” Transparent Display

By showing a 46” Transparent Display, HYUNDAI IT is following a new trend in display technology, which is going to enable interesting applications in the field of digital signage. As it has a transparent display layer, the viewer is able to look through the panel and see the environment behind it. This makes it suitable especially for POS/POI installations, like shop windows and bus shelters. The 46” display has a resolution of 1366 x 768 px and a contrast ratio of 1000:1. The display’s response time is at 8 ms and the vertical as well as the horizontal viewing angle is 80°. The transmittance of the display is around 12 - 15% by showing a color gamut of 5%. The 46” Transparent Display comes with an embedded USB player and touch screen function is optionally applicable.

Interactive Whiteboards

The HYUNDAI IT Interactive Whiteboard is a large LCD display with touch function that is dedicated to a variety of educational settings, like e.g. classrooms. In combination with a PC and special software it provides a lot of interactive functions that can be controlled by finger, pen, stylus or similar devices. The Interactive Whiteboards are available in the sizes 55”, 65”, 70” and 82”.

D558FL – Video Wall Display

With the new D558FL (55”) HYUNDAI IT is introducing a large public display which is dedicated for multi-screen installations. Especially its design with almost seamless bezels (only 5.5 mm – two displays side-by-side) and the integrated video wall function makes the D558FL the ideal display for video wall installations. In addition the D558FL is featuring a Full-LED backlight which ensures a high brightness of 700 cd/m² and a contrast ratio of 3000:1. In combination with the Full-HD resolution of 1920x1080 it provides a sharp, homogeny and colorful image.

D471MLH/D551MLH – Window Display with High-Temperature Panel

Presenting the new models D471MLH (47”) and D551MLH (55”) HYUNDAI IT is expanding its range of window displays. These displays are dedicated to environments which are characterized by high brightness or even direct sunlight conditions. Due to the High-Temperature Panel they are able to operate in conditions of up to 105° C and thus make them working against the formation of so called blackout effects, which are caused by overheating. In order to ensure the best readability of the screen contents, the new displays are featuring a high brightness of 2300 cd/m², which is realized by Full-LED backlight. Beside high-temperature displays HYUNDAI IT is presenting more window displays with transflective panels and optical bonding technology.
 
D46EMS/D55EMS – Super Slim Design & LED Backlight

Due to the LED backlight, the new displays from the Super-Slim series are offering an extremely slim housing. With a depth of only 39.5 mm the D46EMS (46”) and the D55EMS (55”) are the first choice if a slim design display is required. In addition the display’s weight is almost half compared to a standard public display. The Edge-LED backlight also ensures a reduction of the power consumption of 40 – 50%.

Further product innovations:
  •     new outdoor displays (IP66)
  •     public displays with built-in PC
  •     touch screen displays (single/multi touch)
  •     wide-view displays with a narrow bezel
  •     various stand-alone kiosk systems with new designs
  •     stereoscopic 3D displays / 3D video wall

About HYUNDAI IT


HYUNDAI Electronics first set up a monitor division at its electronics corporation in 1984. After launching the first monochrome monitor, HYUNDAI continuously developed its product range. HYUNDAI has been a leading manufacturer of TFT displays in a variety of sizes since the mid-1990s. In 2000, the monitor division parted company with the parent corporation to become what is today Hyundai IT Corp. Ltd., Korea, and associated HYUNDAI IT Europe GmbH. The company operates in-house research, development and production facilities to guarantee cutting-edge technology at all times and maximize customer satisfaction. “We focus on providing flawless, comprehensive service and after-sales support. We will continue to focus operations according to the needs of our customers, and combine state-of-the-art technology with the highest service standards”, states President of HYUNDAI IT Europe GmbH, Mr. K.S. Kim, in confirmation of the company’s recipe for success.
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Thursday, 26 January 2012
Digital Signage magazine bestows “Judges Choice Award” to Four Winds Interactive for digital signage installation for Washington State Ferries

DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Digital Signage magazine has named Four Winds Interactive (FWi) winner of the “Judges Choice Award” in its 2012 DIGI Awards. The digital communications solutions provider won the recognition for its digital signage installation for Washington State Ferries.

“The DIGI Awards recognize the resellers, integrators and service providers who have gone the extra mile to ensure success for their clients, thereby furthering the digital signage industry as a whole. Additionally, we recognize the best New Products for the digital signage and DOOH market,” said David Keene, Executive Editor of Digital Signage and Chair of the Judges Committee for the DIGI Awards. “We honed in on the entries that really stood out in showing us not just technology packages but how digital signage and DOOH best practices are playing out, in the field, with real-world solutions and products.”

In 2011, FWi helped Washington State Ferries launch a digital signage network that featured a new visual paging system to communicate effectively with all passengers, including those with hearing disabilities. Washington State Ferries is the largest ferry system in the United States serving more than 22 million riders with its fleet of more than 20 auto-passenger ferries.

“We are delighted to receive the Judges Choice 2012 DIGI Award for our work with Washington State Ferries,” said David Levin, President and CEO, Four Winds Interactive. “Our team strives to take display technology to the next level, from basic digital signage to digital communications management. Receiving recognition from Digital Signage is a tribute to our company’s commitment to continuous innovation and excellence in the marketplace.”

Last month, FWi was named to Forbes magazine’s list of “America’s Most Promising Companies.” The digital communications solutions provider ranks amid the top 20 honorees on the magazine’s annual list of high-performing organizations, coming in 16th among 100 privately held companies.

Earlier in 2011, FWi won three awards for technological excellence. The Digital Screenmedia Association (DSA) and Hospitality Technology magazine recognized FWi for interactive wayfinding solutions provided to its client Royal Caribbean International.

About Four Winds Interactive

The Four Winds Interactive digital communications solution is the ideal solution for any organization’s visual communication needs. Digital signage communicates with your audience through applications like wayfinding, event details, employee communications, metrics reporting, building directories, menu boards, emergency messaging, travel information and advertising. For more information, visit www.fourwindsinteractive.com .


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Thursday, 26 January 2012
GDS is very proud to unveil at ISE 2012 (Amsterdam, 31st January) its brand new 70”/72” models for outdoor digital posters which integrate with new sizes and performances the Sirius family and the D6® - worldwide installed GDS Digital 6 Sheets Poster concept.

“For us it’s like when the Ferrari launched the new FF model. They had a perfect master piece of art & technology and they over exceeded expectations again.” says Marco Cohen, Group Communications and Digital Signage Manager. “We designed the best performing 4000 cd/sqm outdoor LCD display to overcome the challenges of direct sunlight affecting outdoor advertising posters and in less than 2 years we made it even better.”

The new Sirius model, available in sizes of 70”/72”, has a very slim design and the core engine thickness is less than 15 cm. This makes it fit in almost any aesthetic custom design and leave also some additional space to host a static poster on the back. Moreover the anti-vandal design makes it safe in public environments and protects internal electronics from voluntary breakage.

Designed for the advertising market, with CAPEX targets in mind, the brand new digital poster shows vivid colours and highly appealing images in direct sunlight thanks to its brightness of 2500 cd/sqm, G-bond (bonding) optical enhancement and glass antireflective surface treatments.

LED backlight improves the efficiency of the system by reducing power consumption and the intelligent dimming adjust automatically the screen brightness depending on ambient light.

Designed for outdoor and “dirty environments” this model works in temperature ranges from -20° to +45° without the need of air conditioning systems, it has IP66 protection on the front and it is fully serviceable: it can be opened from the front for service and access to electronics; both surfaces of the TFT can be cleaned very easily; the backlight and the TFT glass can be replaced on site independently from each other.

70”/72” Sirius can be turned  into an interactive totem by adding optional IR touch, cameras, proximity sensor, Bluetooth, NFC and GSM functionalities and can be connected to the network using 3G, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, Optic Fiber.

GDS remote diagnostic functionality checks the display is working as intended 24/7.

GDS experience in over exceeding expectations of the most demanding players of the Digital Signage sector and our proprietary technologies that we continue to improve and sharpen to serve increasing market’s needs – continues Marco Cohen - put GDS in a good position to be chosen as preferred partner by many world leading companies. It’s in our DNA to be committed and proactive in offering our customer the best technical solution and service to help their business to grow.”

Come to see the new Sirius model at ISE, Amsterdam / 31st January – 2nd February (Hall 11 - booth n. 11P93).
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Thursday, 26 January 2012
Partners with RAW Design Architectural Firm for interactive entrance display that transforms ideas through technology

INTERIOR DESIGN SHOW/ TORONTO – Christie®, a global visual technology company, will demonstrate its powerful digital visual display capabilities that are transforming the architectural/design, retail, and corporate branding display industries at Canada’s largest contemporary design fair, the Interior Design Show (IDS), January 26 to 29, at the Metro Convention Centre in Toronto.  The multi-faceted entrance installation, “StripTease”, designed by RAW Design, will feature the latest in projection and an ingenious, two-sided Christie® MicroTiles® configuration with interactive capabilities provided by GestureTek® and Acid Technologies, for creating a blend of high touch and high tech.

As an integral part of the StripTease entrance display at IDS, the two-sided Christie MicroTiles design evokes a city skyline with 50 Christie MicroTiles and two external control units (ECUs) that drive the interactive content, camera-enabled, gesture-recognition technology from GestureTek, with content developed by Acid Integrations.  The projection element consists of 1,300 individual strips of felt that create the 52-foot-by-19-foot “screen” with front-projection using two Christie Roadster S+22K-J 3-chip DLP® digital projectors capable of delivering brightness levels of 20,000 ANSI lumens.  Show visitors will experience a live video camera feed of themselves interacting with the content on the Christie MicroTiles. Conceived by Canadian architectural firm RAW Design, it is the first installation of its kind at IDS that integrates visually dynamic content with interactively playful technologies.

"RAW is delighted to be working with Christie using their projection solutions to add an additional layer of enjoyment onto our StripTease felt installation.  The incorporation of an interactive component using their MicroTiles adds a particular richness to the experience, with its potential for rotating through digital art across an expansive and malleable canvas,” said Roland Rom Colthoff, principal architect and partner at Raw Design. “We particularly like the fact that the shape of the images on the MicroTiles are not limited to simple rectangles but can take on complex shapes to suit the designer’s vision.”

Coltholff added: “MicroTiles are interesting because they allow for changeable images that can be manipulated individually or in any combination without having to fit discreetly into a screen or one frame.  We look forward to engaging visitors by the playful interplay between the projected images and the MicroTiles."
 
“The old saying, ‘you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression,’ has never been truer than at IDS,” said Shauna Levy, Vice President of MMPI Canada and Director of the Interior Design Show and IDS Week. “A signage concept must meet the highest standards of innovation and art to dazzle and amaze design professionals, savvy consumers, and media converging at the show. In StripTease, Raw Design, with Christie  and other partners, have created a visually compelling installation that fully delivers the ‘wow’ factor and effectively sets the tone for the astounding range of innovative displays to be found inside.”

At IDS, Christie is introducing its Christie MicroTiles technology to the Canadian design community – the architects and designers who imagine solutions to achieve almost any design element installed in virtually any indoor space  - whether it be a museum, a condo building or corporate lobby, a fashion show, or retail display. Christie MicroTiles offer spectacular color and image quality, modular flexibility and maximum creativity. They are also a green solution – RoHS compliant, an important consideration when many of today’s builds require LEED certification.

Many of Christie’s award-winning turnkey signage solutions are also 2012 Apex Award Finalists, for Digital Signage Expo 2012 in March.  They are found in diverse venues such as Calgary’s Telus Spark, The New Science Centre, Fresh® beauty stores, the London Stock Exchange, the HP Pavilion at San Jose, and Milan Design Week, where Christie partnered with BlackBerry® PlayBook™ to help British lighting and furniture company Tom Dixon realize its highly praised Multiplex exhibition last year.


About RAW

Spearheaded by architect Roland Rom Colthoff, RAW is one of Toronto’s fastest growing architecture studios.  Since being named Best Emerging Practice by the Ontario Association of Architects in 2009, RAW’s portfolio has expanded exponentially to cover a diverse range of projects throughout the GTA and Canada. Their impressive roster varies from edgy mid-rise urban infill developments to large mixed-use and commercial environments covering entire city blocks.

RAW’s work on the Tannery District in Kitchener, Ontario recently won the 2011 CUI Brownie Award for Best Overall Project. Cleaning up and revitalizing a former industrial site of over 300,000 sq. ft. in Kitchener’s downtown, RAW transformed a turn-of-the-century leather factory into high tech office and community space that has become a magnet for economic and industry growth.

Pushing boundaries in Toronto’s condo boom, RAW is known for bringing edgy contemporary design to some of Toronto’s oldest avenues. From building in laneways to challenging infill sites, RAW’s work is significantly impacting Toronto’s emerging streetscapes and the way we engage with it. Visit RAW Design for more information at www.rawdesign.ca.

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.com for more information.
 
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Thursday, 26 January 2012
Company continues in-store customer engagement innovation through integration of digital signage and natural user interface controls using Microsoft Kinect technology.

OLATHE, Kansas –  Popstar Networks™, an industry-leading digital signage software and services company, announced that it is demonstrating interactive gesture capabilities, including natural human interaction, sensing and recognition using Kinect™ technologies from Microsoft®.

Integrating Kinect technology with Popstar Networks’ existing digital signage software products and industry-specific solutions provides consumers with more engaging, relevant and unique in-store experiences.

“The Kinect sensor is a great multi-faceted platform for building more engaging user experiences in the digital out-of-home industry,” says Steve Hagenlock, Chief Technology Officer for Popstar Networks. “We see many new feature applications within our vertical markets using Kinect, including integrated voice recognition, gesture-based interactivity and audience metrics.”

The Popstar Networks R&D team, with a strong history of customer engagement innovation and industry-firsts, was quick to recognize new opportunities available through Kinect for Windows and the software development kit (SDK). The first step of developing in-house proof of concept demonstrations, using both new and existing digital signage content, is critical to developing practical new applications.

“We’re certainly seeing the creation of fun, multi-user participatory experiences built off Kinect platform features, taking full advantage of the most current trends in human/computer interaction,” explains Hagenlock. “We also recognize the practical advantages of this type of a platform experience, which is becoming much more familiar and comfortable to the average consumer, and what that means to the overall digital signage category.”

Hagenlock says the proof is the interest Popstar Networks’ customers are already showing. “They absolutely recognize the value of the unique customer experiences they can deliver now — especially in highly-competitive markets. They know more consumers are familiar with the technology, less threatened, and are actually willing to use it. And they realize that they no longer have to wait for the promise of something “new” to come. They’re already exploring how to leverage Kinect and similar technologies, and moving their digital signage experience to a level that achieves more.”

About Popstar Networks

Popstar Networks delivers advanced digital signage solutions that extend the power of traditional and digital marketing and merchandising programs on-site or in-store to help companies achieve more – more customer satisfaction, more control, more flexibility, and more results from their digital signage networks. Popstar Networks’ innovative solutions give organizations complete control to centrally manage rich content across multiple locations, easily integrate passive and interactive displays, and wirelessly network dozens or thousands of locations. For more information, visit www.popstarnetworks.com or call (913) 747-6300.

* Microsoft and Kinect are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.
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Wednesday, 25 January 2012
MediaZone Pro version 2.0.15 adds 25 important, new features and enhancements to the digital signage software.

LENEXA, Kan. – Keywest Technology has announced the release of MediaZone Pro version 2.0.15, the company's first significant update to its new digital signage software application since its initial release in the fourth quarter of 2011.

The latest version of the software offers a long list of enhancements, including an Instant Commands wizard to send commands to an individual player or a group of players; a Retrieve Playlist function that allows a user to collect a playlist or schedule of playlists from a player; support for import or export of a playlist or schedule of playlists from an external USB drive; and a redesigned Add Web Page cropping tool.

"This software release offers customers more than 25 enhancements they've requested since our introduction of MediaZone Pro late last year," said Keywest Technology president Nick Nichols. "We are delivering on our promise to customers to give them greater control, flexibility and convenience with this release."

For example, the new Instant Commands wizard, which has been added to the Share menu, adds a greater level of flexibility by letting users communicate with a single player or group of players. Commands can include scripts to execute a range of functions, including controlling and triggering external events.

Another example is the Retrieve Playlists wizard that allows a user to retrieve a playlist or schedule of playlists from a player. This lets users update a desired playlist even if the media to be used is not stored or shared on their computers.

The new support for Import and Export from an external USB memory stick launches a wizard for retrieving or sending a playlist or playlists from the external memory device. This feature has a variety of uses including sneakernet, which provides a secure, simple approach to digital sign playlist management. It also can serve as a backup system incase the network were to go down.

Keywest Technology also has redesigned the Add Web Page cropping tool, which launches a full-screen Web browser with a blue window for setting and cropping dimensions.

The complete list of all of the MediaZone Pro enhancements available with this software release is available on the Keywest Technology website.

About Keywest Technology

Keywest Technology is a turnkey provider of digital signage products including kiosks, software and content creation 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 self-serve kiosks. www.KeywestTechnology.com.

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Wednesday, 25 January 2012
New York, - ComQi, global multi-channel message management leader, announced today the launch of five new place-based mobile applications interacting with digital signage displays in a retail venue. Powered by ComQi’s Interaction Manager, these mobile apps include: Voting, Information and Couponing, Group Buying, Quizzes and Games.

In today’s market, retailers need to provide new ways to keep customers engaged and entertained while in the store, and to stay in contact with them after they leave. ComQi’s new mobile experiences empower the consumer and enable them to enter into a dialog with both brands and retailers by linking their mobile phone to digital signage and social media.

Ajay Chowdhury, ComQi’s CEO, says: “ComQi’s Interaction Manager enables marketers to engage with customers at the point of influence. These new applications enable brands and retailers to engage in a conversation with their customers on the go, establishing and reinforcing a relationship complemented by social networks.  ComQi’s innovative platform enables retailers to improve their brand image, customer satisfaction and customer retention.”

Consumers can connect to the Interaction Manager platform with their Smart Phones through a variety of means on the screen - using a textual URL, a QR Code, via NFC - or any combination of the three.

The Interaction Manager offers many different Connected Experiences to the consumers, including sharing thoughts and opinions in an interactive way through a Voting App, receiving coupons and discounts on specific products, or participating in a game or a contest within the venue in order to enhance the store’s atmosphere.

Come and see those Connected Experiences managed by ComQi’s Interaction Manager at ISE 2012 in Amsterdam, from 31.01.12 until 02.02.12, @ booth 10K118, click here to register for a demo @ ISE 2012

For more information on ComQi’s Interaction Manager please click here

For more information on ComQi’s Mobile Apps, please click here

Another of ComQi's Connected Experiences, the Ettraction ExploreBoard Touch Screen solution to provide information for tourists in hotels developed for CTM, was listed today as a finalist in the Interactive Solutions section of the DSE APEX awards.

For more information on ComQI’s Interactive Solutions, please click here

About ComQi

ComQi is a global leader providing a powerful multi-channel message management platform that controls a network’s content and infrastructure, closing the loop between digital signage, mobile, web and social media within a venue. ComQi won numerous awards including the AV Technology Award for the Best Digital Signage Product in 2011. It has been voted as the number one global digital signage provider for three years in a row by DailyDOOH and a Tier One player by Frost & Sullivan for the second year in a row.

Created through the merger of Minicom Digital Signage and EnQii, ComQi’s mission is to deliver an end-to-end solution that is tailored to engage consumers by optimizing communications and marketing strategies that provide the best ROI. By putting the consumer at the center of the experience, Comqi enables Connected Experiences through a single platform that offers media distribution, network and content management, interactive experiences and impact measurement. ComQi offers all these solutions directly or by partnering with systems integrators, distributors and marketing agencies. ComQi’s hundreds of customers include leading brands around the world, such as Care Media, Compass Group and Six Flags (in the US), McDonald's and The Premier League (in the UK), CinemaxX (in Germany), Toys ‘R’ Us (in China)  and Carrefour and Credit Lyonnais (in France). With over 12 years of expertise and an installed base of more than 400,000 displays worldwide, ComQi is a global company headquartered in New York with offices in Jerusalem, Toronto, London, Zurich, Paris, Hong Kong Shanghai and a representative office in India.
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Wednesday, 25 January 2012
Chief is excited to introduce flat panel and ceiling-mounted projector solutions to its line of interactive products

Minneapolis, MN. USA (JAN 2012) - www.chiefmfg.com - Chief, an industry leader in mounts, racks and interactive solutions, has expanded its award-winning series of interactive mounts to include flat panel and ceiling-mounted projector solutions. Combined with flexible, user-friendly technology, these new solutions easily convert standard TVs and projectors into interactive environments that will last for years to come.

Powering the interactive experience is innovative, industry-leading eBeam® technology from Luidia Inc. Through a receiver built into the mount, any standard flat panel or projector is quickly turned into an interactive solution.

Each interactive solution includes a lightweight, ergonomic stylus featuring exceptional, real-time rendering capabilities. Three interactive accessories are available for use with most Chief flat panel mounts, and one additional accessory for use with any ceiling-mounted projector installation.

Best of all, Chief’s interactive solutions are flexible and future-proof, offering compatibility with other popular software and an easy upgrade path for TV and projector replacements without losing interactive capabilities.

The new solutions join Chief’s Interactive Short Throw Projector Mount, launched in April 2011.

"With the success of the Interactive Short Throw Projector Mount, we decided to expand our interactive product line into new categories," said Derek Derks, Chief’s Business Development Manager. "Customers are responding to what our interactive solutions have to offer. We provide an easy, budget-friendly way to add interactivity to existing projectors and displays, and with the upgrade path to new technologies, they know they can count on these solutions for many years."

These new interactive products can be seen this week at the FETC conference in Orlando, booth 1315, and at the TCEA convention and exposition in Austin, Texas, on Feb. 8-10, booth 207.

To learn more about Chief’s interactive solutions, please visit www.chiefmfg.com/interactive.

About Chief

Chief, a product division of Milestone AV Technologies, has more than 30 years of proven product and service excellence. Committed to responding to industry needs in the commercial and residential markets, Chief offers a complete line of mounts, lifts, racks and accessories for TVs, displays, projectors and other AV components. With numerous product awards and patented designs, Chief provides unique mount features, and is recognized for delivering quality products and knowledgeable, helpful customer service. Milestone AV Technologies U.S., European, and Asia Pacific sales offices support a global network of Chief dealers. Distribution centers are located in Minnesota (US), California (US), Hong Kong, and the Netherlands. www.chiefmfg.com

About Luidia Inc.

Luidia Inc. is the creator of interactive eBeam® technology that helps the world capture and share content. The company’s products are utilized by organizations of all sizes, with hundreds of thousands of users across multiple industries and geographies. Luidia also partners with industry leaders who apply eBeam® technology in their latest products. For more information on Luidia, please visit Luidia at www.luidia.com
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Wednesday, 25 January 2012
Leading digital signage provider names new leader 

DENVER, /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Ping HD, a leading provider of digital signage solutions for the sports and entertainment industries, convention centers, restaurants, and other public facilities, etc, have announced today that its Board of Directors selected Peter Stamos as the company's new president. Stamos comes with more than 20 years of related experience and was most recently Executive Vice President, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer for Miller Zell, a global leader in environmental retail design, shopper insights research, in store branding and customer experience strategies.

In addition, Stamos has substantial experience working with new media to generate sales and build consumer loyalty including roles as; Chief Strategy Officer for Velocity Sales Consulting, a sales and marketing firm that provided strategic business direction to middle market companies, Vice President Sales and Support at Pandesic, a joint venture of Intel and SAP developing e-commerce software helping other companies build and run their e-commerce operations.

"I am excited to be joining Ping HD to build on its recent, rapid growth," said Stamos. "Ping HD's digital communications platform is the finest in the industry and we will complement our technological leadership with an increased emphasis on strategic support to assist our clients to meet their own business objectives."

"Peter came to our attention because of his strong industry knowledge, proven ability to lead top performing teams and his track record of building businesses," said Bob Capua a member of Ping HD's board. "As we got to know Peter, we were impressed by his emphasis on developing internal talent, his understanding of the role of technology as an enabler for our client success and his personal integrity. We know Peter and his team will take Ping HD to new heights."

Recent Ping HD solution deployments include Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies, Arlington Park Racetrack, located in suburban Chicago, AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, Candlestick Park, home of the San Francisco 49ers and Blue Lemon and Geno's Fast Break restaurants.

About Ping HD

Ping HD is a full service, end-to-end digital media company. Whether you are looking for digital menu boards, digital signage networks or interactive kiosk touch-screen solutions, Ping HD can provide a customized solution specific to your requirements. From interactive concept and strategy to full network implementation and monitoring, we work with our clients to activate a digital signage system that is both flexible and cost effective. Working with leading hardware and software companies, Ping HD provides a robust solution backed by outstanding customer service and after sales support. Attract, Engage, Connect, Ping HD. See more at www.pinghd.com

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Wednesday, 25 January 2012
Guests Control Navigation in Colonial Williamsburg’s Regional Visitor Center

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – A dynamic new kiosk at Colonial Williamsburg’s Regional Visitor Center makes it easy for guests to find local options for attractions, lodging, restaurants, shopping and recreation in the greater Williamsburg destination. The custom-built kiosk is located in the remodeled regional information wing of the Visitor Center and allows guests to search and find exactly what they are looking for.

“We are very excited to offer guests this consumer-focused, specially designed digital wayfinding solution,” said Skip Ferebee, director of admission sales and consumer development for Colonial Williamsburg. “The Historic Triangle offers a rich menu of options for out-of-town guests, and we are providing an opportunity for them to make informed choices based on simple applications they are already comfortable using.”   

York, Pa., software developer Livewire provided the complete custom kiosk system for Colonial Williamsburg. A 22-inch LCD touch screen navigates just like a mobile application on a smart phone, allowing guests to search for information. The kiosk is powered by two of the largest online business locating services in the world: Google and Yelp. The easy-to-use surface acoustic wave touch screen displays a playlist of static images. Touching a search result item brings the user to the detailed results page, which provides the name, phone number, rating and review count, keywords and a location thumbnail for each entry. Google Maps marks the destination location and plots the driving directions from the Visitor Center to the destination.

“We chose to use the industry’s best local business search engines, putting our guests in control of the information provided,” said Ferebee. “They can read reviews from other consumers, get directions and even have a Google map link sent to their mobile phone so they can navigate to the business or call them directly for more information.”  

The Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center is located at 101 Visitor Center Drive, near the intersection of the Colonial Parkway and Route 132 Y.
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Wednesday, 25 January 2012
GWD Media, the international supplier of Genkiosk, the kiosk software, has announced a drive into new regions, recognizing the economic boom in self-service in countries such as Indonesia, the Philippines and the Pacific Islands. Kiosks providing services like bill payment, Internet access and money transfer match the booming requirements of populations looking for easy, flexible facilities, without the need for bank accounts or credit cards.

Sheffield, United Kingdom (PRWEB)  - Genkiosk is the most powerful management system for self-service kiosks. The kiosk software is now expanding geographically around the world.

A new business drive is focusing on bill payment kiosks in countries where demographic and economic factors make the benefits especially attractive – both for end-users and business operators.

The rationale behind the initiative is grounded in both statistical analysis worldwide and local market research face to face, plus hard won experience on the ground elsewhere.

Jed Fraser, Chief Marketing Officer at GWD Media explains: “We have seen huge success with bill payment kiosks in specific markets. Take the Middle East for example. The benefits of being able to pay your bills – especially in cash – straight into a kiosk, whenever convenient, without standing in line, are enormous for significant portions of the population, especially the under banked. We worked hard to identify where else in the world similar services will be most appealing. This drive is the result of that investigation. And a month from now I am looking forward to seeing the progress for myself first hand in Indonesia and the Philippines where we are running a review in a month’s time.”

Genkiosk has seen bill payment kiosks growing hugely in popularity over the last few years.

Not everywhere, but in certain parts of the world, wherever the commercial proposition makes sense for customers:

    Either 1) to pay bills for a specific utility or service on the premises of the provider

    Or 2) to have the choice of paying a variety of bills, normally in a more public space such as a gas station, a shopping mall or even on the street.

In both scenarios, end-users benefit from the speed, ease and convenience of self-service.

No more waiting in line for human assistance – and often customers even have the ability to conduct transactions outside of normal business hours. The commercial benefits include improved efficiency and customer service. There is also the added advantage of acting as a magnet – attracting extra custom to the location.

As well as bill payment, self-service is growing wherever the business case makes sense for unattended kiosks to help customers:
  •     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 often remove the need for customers to stand in line or wait for human assistance.

The result for end users: they get what they want - quick and easy.

Speaking from Hawaii where he is participating in PITA (the Pacific Islands Telecommunications Association), Trevor Pathak of GWD Media expanded: “Our first client in the Pacific Islands was in Fiji, managing Internet access via kiosks and Wi-Fi hotspots. Now that we are getting further involved in the region, we see that the potential – for both public service and commercial return – is huge. Self-service kiosks – including Internet access and bill payment - make sense for both business and the population.”

Genkiosk supports self-service customers in bill payment, Internet and information, photo, money transfer and retail - in countries as far apart as the Americas, Europe and the Middle East. The new geographical drive now takes the kiosk management software full circle.

Commercially, self-service improves reach and delivery: operators can maximize their access to customers at whatever time that suits them 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 the rest of the estate up to scratch.

Core functionality comes cost-effectively along with the standard platform of Genkiosk. Customization - to co-ordinate with specific software, hardware, peripherals, functionality and content distribution - sets each client apart.

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 computer services are delivered remotely regardless of global region – has transformed our business. Customers everywhere deserve– and demand – the very best. Nowadays, why should it matter which part of the world you are in, as far as software services are concerned? Our new clients everywhere will enjoy the latest and the best – just like our existing customers in Dubai, London, Seattle or wherever.”

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.

After launching in Europe, it expanded first to the Americas, then the Middle East and beyond, going global via multinational customers and now with direct clients as far afield as Fiji in the South Pacific.

Genkiosk is 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 mobile phone SIM, gives online access to even the most basic vending machine.

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

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Tuesday, 24 January 2012
CEO signs over first units called to duty to solve new era AV obstacles

Richardson, Texas (PRWEB) - AMX®, the leading provider of solutions that simplify the implementation, maintenance, and use of technology to create effective environments, today announced its first Enova® DGX 16 and Enova DGX 32 Digital Media Switchers were delivered to AVI-SPL by Rashid Skaf, AMX President and CEO. With industry-first technologies like SmartScale®, InstaGate Pro™ and built-in NetLinx® Controllers, DGX Switchers are proving the model hub for AV’s increasingly network-centric installations.

AVI-SPL will be installing five of the DGX units in a classified military facility in San Antonio, Texas. Details about the installation cannot be disclosed due to security restrictions. The installation will consist of a mix of Enova DGX 16 and 32 Digital Media Switchers.

“We chose the Enova DGX for this client because they will be pushing high resolution images to remote locations throughout the facility and conducting video conferences requiring high resolution image support,” said AVI-SPL Account Manager John Sublett. “It was important that the DGX be simple to manage. Our clients are warfighters, not AV technicians. They needed the ability to plug-and-play any HDMI/HDCP supported source and know it would immediately show on any display regardless of size or supported resolution.”

Intuitively resolving digital installation snags, the Enova DGX features exclusive AMX technologies like SmartScale. Found on every video output, SmartScale eliminates the impasses that can occur when sources and displays have different supported resolutions. It’s the only technology that supports any source and display resolution and optimizes the picture on every connected display automatically. Also featured is InstaGate Pro technology. It smartly addresses key constraints and delays posed by HDMI/HDCP, drastically speeding installation time.

“When I found out that the first Enova DGX 16 and 32 models in existence were going to an installation sold by AVI-SPL, I was thrilled to be able to visit their office and deliver the first units personally,” said Rashid Skaf. “AVI-SPL is one of our most successful channel partners and this order shows why – they’ve built a reputation on specifying the right equipment to consistently meet and exceed their clients’ needs.”

The Enova DGX 16 and 32 Switcher enclosures, the DGX Input and Output Boards for HDMI and DVI, plus the Audio Insert / Extract Expansion Boards are currently shipping. Further enhancements to the DGX 16 and 32 are on schedule to deliver in the coming months, including DXLink Input and Output boards and DGX Optical Fiber boards.

About AMX

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

AMX was founded in 1982 and is a member of the Duchossois Group of Companies. For more information, visit http://www.amx.com

About AVI-SPL

AVI-SPL is a global leader in audio video communications technology, providing comprehensive solutions and services for professional AV installation, telepresence and video conferencing, digital media systems, control rooms and network operations centers, hotel rental services, event staging and production. Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., AVI-SPL has highly-trained and certified system engineers throughout 32 U.S. offices and an international network of solution providers in 30 countries. Please visit http://www.avispl.com for more information or connect with AVI-SPL On Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

AMX, NetLinx, Epica, SmartScale and Enova are trademarks of AMX, LLC registered in the U.S. and other countries. InstaGate Pro is a trademark of AMX, LLC. All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

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Tuesday, 24 January 2012
Business analytics giant adds Christie Spyder and Christie MicroTiles to headquarters

CYPRESS, Calif. – SAS has selected and installed 197 Christie® MicroTiles® comprising five walls, four Christie projectors and four Christie Spyder X20 video processors at its worldwide headquarters in Cary, North Carolina. SAS, the largest independent vendor in the business intelligence market, provides business analytics, data management and IT management software and services to the financial services, government, retail, energy, life sciences, manufacturing and numerous other industries. 

“In designing our new state-of-the-art executive briefing center, SAS was creating a technology and functional showpiece,” said Woody Weaver, SAS senior manager of engineering and operations. “MicroTiles, with their 1 mm bezel between each tile, provide a virtually seamless wall with the flexibility to build almost any configuration. Our building is platinum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified and MicroTiles met our requirements as a green solution with their low power consumption and no consumables.”

“You see the LEED Wall (4 Christie MicroTiles wide by 2 Christie MicroTiles high) as soon as you enter the building,” continued Weaver, “along with a second, smaller video wall nearby (5 MicroTiles wide by 4 MicroTiles high). The showcase display is the 40-foot long Welcome Wall (28 MicroTiles wide by 4 MicroTiles high), which becomes the backdrop for our registration area. We also have the Future Wall (12 MicroTiles wide by 3 MicroTiles high) displaying current and upcoming events.”

Located on the sixth floor, the executive wing’s Executive Wall features a 7 MicroTiles wide by 3 MicroTiles high array displaying computer models, cable television content and digital signage.

“We often send content from our auditoriums and meeting rooms to the Executive Wall, so others can watch the presentations,” added Weaver. “Even with a skylight overhead, the MicroTiles still look good. Next, we’re implementing a touchscreen application using infrared sensors.”

Christie Spyder and Christie MicroTiles – The Ideal Combination

Two Christie Spyder X20 video processors manage and control the content fed to the Christie MicroTiles. 

“We can transform our lobby into a technology showcase and use the Welcome Wall in conjunction with our Spyders for our conference registration areas,” said Ken Weaver, senior IT manager, SAS. “For example, for an education conference here our graphics team designed a themed background for the wall, to which we added letter logos to facilitate the registration process. We often re-purpose one wall several different ways just by changing up the display content.”

Four Christie Projectors and Two Additional Christie Spyders

Two additional Christie Spyders deliver top-notch content in the center’s two auditoriums. Both spaces feature two rear-projected Christie HD10-M projectors with a Christie Spyder X20 blending the content onto impressive 30-foot wide by 10-foot high screens. Two Christie HD6K-M projectors in each auditorium present content for two smaller, flanking screens. 
“We chose Christie because it is good product. The MicroTiles have been very reliable,” Woody Weaver concluded. “The MicroTiles run 12 hours a day, six days a week and definitely provide that ‘wow’ factor for our clients when they walk into the building.”

Integrator AVI-SPL was pleased to install MicroTiles at the high-tech firm after becoming very familiar with the technology on other installations. Will Parry, senior vice president, special projects groups at AVI-SPL said, “We were happy to use the MicroTiles again after several large installations. We’ve had great success with them in the past, and highly recommend them to our clients.”
 
Christie®

Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc. is a global visual technologies company and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ushio, Inc., Japan, (JP:6925). Consistently setting the standards by being the first to market some of the world’s most advanced projectors and complete system displays, Christie is recognized as one of the most innovative visual technology companies in the world. From retail displays to Hollywood, mission critical command centers to classrooms and training simulators, Christie display solutions and projectors capture the attention of audiences around the world with dynamic and stunning images. Visit www.christiedigital.com
 
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Tuesday, 24 January 2012
Tokyo, (JCN Newswire via COMTEX) -- NEC Corp. (NEC) announced today that it will attend the Mobile World Congress 2012 at the Fira de Barcelona, Barcelona February 27 - March 1 2012.

NEC will showcase a range of innovative and revenue-generating solutions for mobile operators and enterprises on the concept of "Winning in Verticals with M2M Cloud" at its stand 8A125, Hall 8. In particular, NEC will present its machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions from platform to cloud based applications, end-to-end cloud solutions including vertical applications for healthcare, education, retail and smart home services with combination of M2M cloud services and next-generation mobile broadband solutions: LTE (Long-Term Evolution), femtocell, mobile backhaul and operational support system (OSS).

"M2M communications via Mobile Cloud is a fast-growing market for NEC", says Takayuki Morita, senior vice president, NEC. "Already utilities, retail, transportation and medical organisations benefit from connecting smart meters, healthcare monitors and telematics devices. NEC's seamless IT and network solutions will help them to capture revenue from the expected massive increase of connected devices."

In addition, NEC will demonstrate its display solutions, tablet and smart-phones. NEC will also host two forums: "Mobile Cloud" and "LTE".

Products/Solutions

Big Data Processing Technology

NEC has developed a big data processing platform technology able to batch process and analyse data in shorter time, meeting the increasing customer demand for higher-speed data storage systems. NEC's technology analyses large volumes of data, collected by an ever growing number of sensors and terminals, and provides users with the resulting information in real-time. The technology also reduces power consumption by two-thirds compared to conventional technologies for distributed storage with analysis systems.

LTE

NEC will showcase its small cell LTE solutions that help mobile operators around the world to reduce their soaring CAPEX and OPEX spending for LTE rollout strategies. NEC's solutions give back control to mobile operators and enable them to test, adjust and tailor the provision of LTE services according to capacity demand and profitability of high-data rate services. NEC's small cell LTE solutions also supports the business transformation of the many operators that re-examine their strategy, trying to avoid the costly experience with the macro rollout of their 3G networks.

Femtocell

As one of the leading companies providing end-to-end femtocell solutions, NEC will demonstrate its femtocell solution, which enables mobile operators to provide premium mobile services and an excellent mobile consumer experience. This is critical to the objectives of mobile operators seeking to address the retention of their mobile subscriber base and customer acquisition.

Mobile backhaul

NEC will show its market leading product portfolio of next-generation solutions for packet microwave with innovations in high capacity technologies, new frequencies, and new compact equipment designs. , NEC's portfolio includes seamless integration of networks and computing with best-in-class customer experience and end-to-end SLAs, providing mobile operators with deep coverage in chosen market segments.
       
        Forums
       
        LTE Forum
        Date: Tuesday, February 28th, 11:15-12:30 - 12:30-13:30 Lunch
        Title: TBC
        Name: Mr. Keiichi J. Miyahara, Corporate Chief Engineer, NEC
       
        Mobile Cloud Forum
        Date: Wednesday, February 29th, 13:30 - 14:45 - 14:45-15:15 Networking
        Theme 1: Perspective of Mobile Cloud Services
        Name: Mr. Shinya Kukita, Chief Manager of International Sales, NEC
        Theme 2: The M2M Cloud Evolution
        Name: Dr. Heinrich Stuttgen, Vice President, NEC Laboratories Europe
       
For further information or to register for the Forums please visit http://www.nec.com/mwc.

About NEC Corporation

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

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Tuesday, 24 January 2012
Attendees have the opportunity to use Diebold's self-service technology at the Interoperability Showcase

Diebold, Incorporated will display its self-service kiosk, PACE (patient automated care experience), during the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society's (HIMSS) conference and HIMSS12 Interoperability Showcase, Feb. 21-23 in Las Vegas.

In conjunction with Diebold's self-service advancements, it has partnered with Health Information Today to reveal the latest findings about patients' sentiments towards patient information privacy and security in the healthcare arena. According to this survey, more than 30 percent of the healthcare organizations surveyed classified their organization's ability to comply with patient information privacy and security as "needs improvement, poor or failing."

"Our research has found that successful implementation of self-service technology can enhance the patient care experience and decrease the operating costs of the healthcare facility," said Mike Benol, vice president, business development, healthcare solutions, Diebold. "This is why we are educating healthcare organizations on how self service can complement traditional patient service technologies while increasing efficiency, protecting patient's privacy and allowing staff members to focus on high quality interactions with patients."

Diebold will display its PACE self-service registration kiosk in the Interoperability Showcase as part of the patient experience use case, allowing participants to see firsthand the ease of registering, obtaining insurance validation and collecting co-pays during check-in, prior to service. This efficient self-service process helps healthcare facilities reduce wait times and provides cost savings by expanding existing resources.

"As a leader in self-service technology, we understand the challenges of integrating new technologies," Benol said. "This is why we worked with healthcare professionals to develop our model and determine best practices for implementation and adoption, which will lead to greater patient satisfaction."

HIMSS Interoperability Showcase is held in collaboration with Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) and will be located at #11000 Hall G of the Venetian-Sands Expo Convention Center.

Diebold subject matter experts will be on hand at the Interoperability Showcase and at Diebold's booth, #455, to discuss PACE and the company's healthcare security and managed services offerings. All three PACE models will be featured in the booth, and healthcare security presentations will be given. Attendees can experience Diebold's palm-vein reader firsthand and view a demonstration showing what the healthcare facility clerk sees when a patient uses PACE.

To learn more about PACE self-service registration kiosks, visit http://www.diebold.com/healthcare/pace.htm.

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 www.diebold.com.

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Tuesday, 24 January 2012
’s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands, from 31 January to 2 February Integrated Systems Europe will be taking over the Amsterdam RAI, the Netherlands. ISE 2012 is Europe’s largest professional AV and systems integration trade show and therefore AOpen will be represented at the show in hall #10 stand N129.

At the ISE AOpen will showcase a hospitality environment in the form of a café with an ordering kiosk and order registration system for the barista to make your cup of coffee of choice, using an AOpen WarmTouch multi-touch panel PC to punch in your order. This all-in-one multi-touch panel PC has a 21,5 inch display with a LED backlit panel. The built-in PC is based on the AOpen Digital Engine technology including Intel 2nd generation Core i3 Processor and Dual Channel DDRIII memory for high performance. The specially designed Z-bracket for easy mounting into kiosks is included in the package.

New products at the show! The WarmTouch series is complemented with 15 and 18 inch touch-displays. They have a sleek design with a flat and thin back panel so it’s ready for easy and quick installment. The IP54 grade front panel is water and dust resistant and therefore ideal for placement in rough environments such as retail and hospitality.
                                      
AOpen WarmTouch 15 inch touch-display

The latest AOpen Digital Engine DE67-HA supports Intel 2nd generation CPU Processor Family i3, i5, i7 and will be demonstrated in the demo room as well as other strong models such as the best selling DE7000. Please don’t hesitate to ask one of our System Engineers for a live demo at the show or make an appointment via email: digital_signage@aopen.com.

About AOpen

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.

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. 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.

The WarmTOUCH product line is a series of complete digital signage hardware solutions including a touch-screen and built-in PC technology. Additionally, AOpen also provides mounting solutions such as the TitanOne and the Engine Core rack for multiple Digital Engines keeping them stacked and secure. AOpen keeps expanding its products and services for digital signage and other vertical application markets such as: kiosks, point of sales, car PCs, medical care facilities, gaming applications, flight information systems, security systems and many more.

AOpen your digital signage expert

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.
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Wednesday, 18 January 2012
The Overland Park Soccer Complex is using five digital signs under the control of Keywest Technology MediaZone system to keep visitors informed about where to go and the treats available to keep them refreshed.

LENEXA, Kan. – The Overland Park (KS) Soccer Complex is a thing of beauty with a dozen lighted synthetic turf soccer fields on 96 acres, ample stands, fan amenities and an impressive-looking field house. Completed in 2009, some 1 million people go through the facility’s gates every year, either to play, coach or watch various levels of competitive youth soccer.

On any given weekend an average of 225 teams play at the complex, which creates the monumental logistical feat for the complex of keeping teams informed on the fields where they will play and their start times.  To reduce the clutter of posting and reposting successive printed schedules, the complex installed a pair of digital signs powered by Keywest Technology’s MediaZone digital signage system in the field house. The digital signs display schedules and make it simple for teams, fans and other visitors to know where to go. They also display promotional messages for sponsors of the facility.

At the concession stand, the soccer complex relies on three digital signs under the control of Keywest Technology’s MediaZone digital signage system to help visitors make decisions about refreshments. The outstanding soccer complex is greatly aided by a well thought out communication strategy between both attendees and participants with digital signage providing a boost in real-time, place-based event information.

So as not to interfere with their normal duties, the staff at the soccer complex also relies on digital signage content created by Keywest Technology to keep the look and appeal of its digital signage fresh and informative. This service streamlines the communication operation, freeing up staff to concentrate on the games at hand.

Nick Nichols, president of Keywest Technology, noted, “This particular installation is a good example of putting together all of the pieces of the digital signage puzzle that make a coherent, effective system. We are proud to be part of this one-of-a-kind complex that sets a new standard of excellence in minor league soccer.”

About Keywest Technology


Keywest Technology develops and markets a wide variety of digital signage products including kiosks, software and content creation 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.

Learn more about the Overland Park soccer complex: http://youtu.be/i0pDEWDYAmk

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Wednesday, 18 January 2012
Trumbull, CT, – Rob Harles, Global Head of Social Media at Bloomberg LP and Thomas Mueller, Global Director of Customer Experience at Siegel+Gale will be delivering the closing keynote speech on Thursday, March 29, 2012 at Customer Engagement Technology World in San Francisco.

The two social media front-runners will discuss how to embrace mobile and social platforms.
Gone are the days when companies could survive on churning out products and hoping for customer success.  Enter: mobile browsing and social media, which places your brand in the hands of the consumer.

For companies, the question arises: How do you manage your brand when it includes new touchpoints such as social media and mobile?  Hear how Bloomberg, the leader in global business and financial information, launched a successful, mobile and social media presence in under a year.  Learn how Siegel+Gale developed a brand architecture framework and identity system, flexible and scalable to meet to quickly evolving needs across all social media channels and mobile platforms alike.

Bloomberg and Siegel+Gale join the CETW speaker roster that also features Ogilvy & Mather, Best Buy, Straw Hat Pizza, Live Nation, EA Sports and more!

Qualified professionals are able to attend CETW free of charge. CETW’s goal is to provide a venue to allow meaningful face-to-face dialogue and connections between attendees, industry leaders, educational speakers and solution providers. For registration information, visit www.cetworld.com/register.asp

About Customer Engagement Technology World

Customer Engagement Technology World (CETW) delivers strategic, marketing and technical business solutions for organizations focused on enhancing their customer engagement programs through digital media such as mobile, self-service, digital signage, digital out-of-home/place based media, kiosks and other customer-facing technologies. CETW delivers a first-hand look at emerging technologies and gives you access to case studies and experience from thought-leaders across the industry, focused on leveraging the integration of emerging media across multiple channels to activate customer engagement. Follow us on Twitter @CETW, like us on Facebook and join us on LinkedIn. www.cetworld.com 
For information about exhibiting at CETW, please contact Lawrence Dvorchik – lawrence@jdevents.com.  
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Wednesday, 18 January 2012
•Harris Digital Out-Of-Home (DOOH) solutions to drive content in 1000 auto dealerships by year’s end
•Automotive Broadcast Network (ABN) chooses Harris as its full-service provider
•Solutions will help dealerships engage with every customer on site, building loyalty and increasing sales
MELBOURNE, Fla. & DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Automotive Broadcast Network (ABN) has selected Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) as its vendor of choice for a dynamic, scalable Digital Out-Of-Home (DOOH) solution to augment its popular Dealer TV broadcast at auto dealerships across North America.

The solution will deliver superior technology, network operations management, and turnkey field services, including dealership installations and support. Harris was awarded the contract due to its full-service approach for ABN.

“Harris has the depth and efficiency as an organization to deliver a full range of products and service across the entire network, allowing us to focus on sales and marketing. They also can scale with us quicker and more efficiently than any other vendor,” said Jerry Daniels, president and CEO, Automotive Broadcast Network.

ABN launched its Dealer TV service in 2008 to enhance the automotive retail experience for customers and better control sales environments. The Harris DOOH solution, which is an upgrade to ABN’s existing digital signage system, will roll out at 1000 dealerships in the U.S. and Canada by the end of 2012, bringing diverse and targeted content to every screen in the network — along with the broadcast-quality graphics, superior video quality and rich data of Harris® InfoCaster™ technology.

The complete Harris DOOH solution will allow ABN to control the entire customer experience at each dealership. This includes unique and targeted content in the showrooms, service departments, welcome areas and other departments. Local dealerships can also upload content to ABN for placement on the applicable screens, and control content delivery by location.

”The Harris DOOH network will significantly extend our ability to market specific messages to appropriate audiences, helping dealerships to increase sales and otherwise stir customer interest,” said Daniels. “Digital signage is an ideal way to communicate with everyone that visits the dealership and reach customers at various points of transit. By strategically placing multiple displays throughout the dealerships with messaging relevant to location, we can facilitate communication with customers in a very consistent and effective manner.”

Daniels added that he is interested in using digital signage to educate and inform customers about all the different opportunities and services that dealerships have to offer — from service specials to discount programs — and in having the flexibility to create vibrant, attractive displays that capture customer attention.

“We have a unique need in that, to our knowledge, we are the only company in our industry that is mimicking broadcast content to this extent,” said Daniels. “We want to provide that rich broadcast viewing experience to the consumer, and Harris is really the only company that offers that kind of platform. Harris delivers the broadcast-quality graphics, dynamic screen presentations, content management and scalability we need to achieve our goals.”

Daniels said that the Harris DOOH network solution will also enable integration into social media tools like Facebook and Twitter, and provide stronger local content tied to news, weather and other pertinent information.

“ABN has built a unique viewing experience for the automobile industry with Dealer TV, mixing family-friendly entertainment with promotional content to create an environment to engage and retain customers,” said Harris Morris, president, Harris Broadcast Communications. “Harris’ solutions and service will help ABN evolve the entire experience, from engaging customers with the right content at the right time to helping dealerships sell automobiles and services — all tied to an exciting digital out-of-home experience.”

About Automotive Broadcast Network

Founded by automotive retail professionals, the Automotive Broadcasting Network was formed to leverage existing dealership assets to assist automobile dealerships with selling more products and services in a totally unique and professional manner. For additional information, visit http://www.abnetwork.com.

About Harris Corporation

Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has approximately $6 billion of annual revenue and about 17,000 employees — including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications® products, systems, and services. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at www.harris.com.

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Wednesday, 18 January 2012
Kansas City, Kan. - Velociti, Inc., a global provider of technology deployment services headquartered in Kansas City, Kan.,  recently partnered with Horizon Display, a leading touchscreen and digital solutions company, to deploy 64 Interactive Touch Display Kiosks in the uptown business district of Charlotte, NC.  The deployment was part of Envision Charlotte, a program that uses digital grid technologies to display real-time energy data throughout the city. The goal of the initiative is to curb electricity use by as much as 20 percent over the next five years, enough to heat 40,000 homes for one year.

The community of Charlotte, NC will be able to see data about its collective energy usage via these digital displays throughout the uptown area. The hope is that through broader energy consumption awareness, consumers will be prompted to make energy saving decisions to collectively contribute towards the 20% reduction goal for the community.

Velociti, which specializes in deploying a broad range of networking, digital signage and transportation technologies,  was responsible for placement and installation of all preconfigured hardware and will handle post-installation service on all 64 kiosks.

“Horizon Display has a natural ability to create quality interactive digital experiences” said Jim West, Vice President of Sales for Velociti. “We thoroughly enjoy working with them and see a great future for this dynamic partnership between Velociti and Horizon Display.”

The Horizon Display kiosk design offers an ergonomic experience, that leverages the large display to grab passerby’s attention, and the interactive technology to keep them involved, all with a minimal use of floor space.  Behind the scenes, the kiosk contains a professional grade media server and 4G wireless connectivity, which make the kiosk both powerful and mobile.

“We really get energized when we see the impact our technology can have on others’ businesses and strategies. This kiosk even has an impact on the environment, and we’re proud of that. However, we know this large scale deployment wouldn’t have been possible without the experience of Velociti.  Like any good solution, there must always be a good team involved,” added Matthew Cutone, VP & General Manager for Horizon Display.

“We are very excited to be involved with such a ground-breaking project,” said Deryk Powell, COO of Velociti inc. “We hope to see other major metropolitan areas follow their lead and enact similar programs to benefit our communities in such a positive way.”

About Velociti Inc.

Velociti is a global provider of technology deployment services, specializing in the installation & service of a broad range of transportation and networking technology products. Velociti’s experience allows enterprise level technology consumers to maximize ROI as a result of leveraging expert, rapid deployment. Velociti clients include many Fortune 500 companies from a wide variety of market segments including transportation, retail, distribution, manufacturing, healthcare, government, education, food service and public venues.

For more information visit www.velociti.com or call toll free (855)-233-7210.

About Horizon Display

Horizon Display specializes in large format touch screen solutions, user interface development and software. Headquartered in Lake Forest, Calif., Horizon Display is committed to championing the impact of visual technology as a means of communication by educating our audience, consulting our customer and becoming intimately familiar with their business objectives, while keeping true to our high ideals of integrity, response, intensity and professionalism.

For more information visit www.horizondisplay.com or call 949-454-4620.

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Wednesday, 18 January 2012
Intel Retail Solutions Make Shopping More Personal, Memorable
•Intel’s retail solutions developed with HSN*, Kraft Foods* and Macy’s* enter pilot phase in the United States to deliver memorable experiences to consumers.
•Deployments with adidas*, the LEGO Group* and Petrobras* deliver a range of innovative retail solutions worldwide.
•Intel® CoreTM processor-based technology enables high-performance, intelligent connectivity and rich graphics.
•Intel® AIM Suite allows retailers to anonymously collect valuable shopper metrics while providing a personalized shopping experience.
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Intel Corporation is working with retailers to apply technology in new and innovative ways. The company announced that it is collaborating with HSN*, Kraft Foods* and Macy’s* to pilot a series of new retail solutions designed to deliver more relevant and entertaining experiences to shoppers.

By using Intel-based technologies, retailers are able to integrate the information-rich experience of online shopping with the advantages of physical locations. Built on 2nd generation Intel® Core™ processors these solutions allow retailers to create visually stunning experiences that engage shoppers, deliver customized content and help them make better-informed purchases. For retailers, these solutions are easy to manage, cost-effective and can result in increased satisfaction, higher sales and fewer returns.

“Today’s consumers are increasingly mobile, connected and inundated with information,” said Michelle Tinsley, general manager of Intel’s Personal Solutions Division. “As a result, retailers are searching for new ways to deliver more personalized brand interactions that effectively reach their target audience. Intel is working with these industry leaders to drive the transformation of shopping through high-tech retail solutions that will change how brands engage and connect with shoppers.”

In an effort to expand its reach and interaction with shoppers beyond TV and the Internet, Intel collaborated with HSN to develop a massive interactive touchwall. The solution allows HSN the opportunity to engage with consumers at various food and wine events throughout 2012 by offering a virtual cooking class with world-renowned chef Wolfgang Puck. This initiative encapsulates all of HSN’s recent digital advancements – mobile, gaming and social – into a fun shopping experience that can be offered virtually anywhere.

As digital signage quickly becomes a new method for marketers, it is imperative that the industry be able to provide measurable results to advertisers while delivering more relevant content to consumers. Retailers that integrate Intel Audience Impression Metric Suite (Intel® AIM Suite) into solutions are able to quickly change featured content to meet the demographic of the consumer, providing a more personalized shopping experience. Intel AIM Suite also anonymously collects valuable shopper data so retailers can more accurately measure campaign success.

Using Intel AIM Suite, Kraft Foods and Intel developed the DIJI-TASTE Sampling Experience, an interactive solution that distributes product samples based on audience metrics to target a specific demographic. The first deployment of the DIJI-TASTE Sampling Experience anonymously detects the age bracket of the user and offers a complimentary sample of TEMPTATIONS by JELL-O desserts to adults who approach the station. The JELL-O DIJI-TASTE experience is currently deployed at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago and South Street Seaport in New York.

Macy’s is also testing the Beauty Spot at four of its stores in an effort to assist shoppers in finding and evaluating cosmetics and fragrances. Shoppers can use the stations to get detailed information about beauty products, as well as download useful information to their mobile devices about cosmetic trends, new products and seasonal promotions.

These pilot solutions build on a number of other efforts in which Intel has worked closely with leading brands over the last year to roll out innovative solutions. Intel has also collaborated with adidas*, the LEGO Group* and Petrobras* to bring engaging consumer experiences worldwide.

Intel is showcasing these solutions in its booth at the National Retail Federation (NRF) Annual Convention & Expo, Jan. 15-18, in New York. More information on the demonstrations is available in the NRF press kit.

About Intel

Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices. Additional information about Intel is available at newsroom.intel.com and blogs.intel.com.

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

* Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.



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Wednesday, 18 January 2012
Norwegian Minister of Transportation opens newly renovated train station in Lillehammer as a model for all NSB stations in future

Lillehammer, Norway - Norway’s Minister of Transport and Communications, Magnhild Meltveit, recently opened the newly renovated Lillehammer train station, announcing that it would be the model for all 400 existing stations in Norway. The new station features 16 LCD displays, powered by Omnivex Moxie Software providing bus and train schedules along with other local information. A driving factor behind the installation was the need to improve accessibility for those with disabilities. This has been achieved through the use interactive displays which support communication for the hearing and vision impaired. The project was developed and implemented by Rom Eiendom AS, one of the largest property companies in Norway, with support from local systems integrator, Hatteland Solutions.

"Our goal has been that Lillehammer would be the most modern and contemporary public transport hub. We thank everyone who has been involved in an exciting collaboration and we wish Lillehammer happiness with a modern coaching facility covering all the needs of future travelers when it comes to waiting rooms, information, services and accommodation," says Paul Berger, CEO Rom Eiendom. Geir Ove Finstad from Hatteland Solutions has been working with Rom Eiendom to identify the best technologies for future transportation hubs since 2009. “This project has proven again that with the right technology you can remove barriers and make accessibility equal for everyone” said Finstad.

Omnivex Moxie provides users with a powerful and flexible software platform for managing all of their digital signage needs. Moxie makes workflows efficient and utilizes existing data and assets, thus driving down operating costs. Creating, scheduling and managing content is made easy, enabling businesses to improve the customer experience and increase the effectiveness of their messaging. By delivering the right messages, to the right audience, at the right time, you can increase customer engagement to influence a desired outcome.

About Omnivex

Founded in 1991 in Toronto, Ontario, Omnivex Corporation is a leader in software development for digital signage networks and electronic displays. Omnivex software is used by over 2,000 customers, including many Fortune 500 companies, to manage all aspects of digital signage networks, including content management, real time data acquisition and distribution, and remote device monitoring and management. For more information, visit .

About Hatteland Solutions AS

Hatteland Solutions AS, part of the Hatteland Group, is the premier digital signage integrator in the Nordic Region of Europe. They deliver complete digital signage solutions based on Omnivex software. Hatteland Solutions is focused on data driven solutions and has delivered many innovative solutions through strong partners. For more information, visit www.omnivex.no.
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Wednesday, 18 January 2012
Aims to lift multi-channel sales through immersive and connected digital experiences in retail environments

New York, NY (PRWEB) - In conjunction with the kickoff of the National Retail Federation (NRF) conference in New York, Razorfish announced the first ever Retail Experience Platform, code-named 5D. Available immediately as a Beta version, the platform enables the creation of an immersive and seamless digital ecosystem across several digital devices in retail environments. Razorfish is demonstrating this Beta product, which is based on the Windows Embedded platform, in the Microsoft booth #1337 this week at NRF.

The 5D platform connects digital devices such as kiosks, large-screen displays, tablets and personal smart phones to better attract consumers into the store, drive product engagement and arm store associates with more contextualized digital tools.

“Digital in retail has evolved to a point where multiple digital devices must be integrated into the digital in-store strategy, including fixed digital devices, the consumer’s mobile phone and, in many cases, tablets utilized by store associates. At the same time, it is imperative to contextualize the consumer journey by seamlessly sharing content and data across these devices to maximize consumer engagement and multi-channel sales,” said Shannon Denton, a President with Razorfish and executive lead over Razorfish’s Multi-Channel Commerce Practice.

According to Denton, as consumers or store associates engage with digital devices in store, the 5D platform automatically moves relevant content and data across the various devices, creating a personalized consumer experience that essentially ‘remembers’ the consumer’s journey and the products they engaged with.

Adds Denton, “This way if the consumer doesn’t purchase a product while in the store, the product information is saved to their mobile phone and it is available for purchase anytime through a convenient one-click process”.

The 5D platform is the next iteration of the Razorfish Touch Framework. The framework first launched in 2009 to allow the rapid creation of highly immersive digital experiences in retail environments on large screen touch displays.

“In addition to enabling a multi-device digital ecosystem, 5D also includes support for multiple user interactions including touch and gesture-based metaphors through Microsoft Kinect for Windows,” said Jonathan Hull, Vice President of Emerging Experiences at Razorfish. “We will be adding support for voice controls in the near future,” added Hull.   

5D also includes several other modules such as an analytics dashboard, a content management tool and an extensive API library for connecting in-store experiences to product reviews, social platforms, e-commerce systems and other third party environments.

The 5D Retail Experience Platform is another innovation from the Razorfish Emerging Experiences practice, which was founded in 2009 as an R&D and innovation center for Razorfish.

About Razorfish

Razorfish creates experiences that build businesses. As one of the largest interactive marketing and technology companies in the world, Razorfish helps its clients build better brands by delivering business results through customer experiences. Razorfish combines the best thought leadership of the consulting world with the leading capabilities of the marketing services industry to support our clients’ business needs, such as launching new products, repositioning a brand or participating in the social world. With a demonstrated commitment to innovation, Razorfish continues to cultivate our expertise in Social Influence Marketing, emerging media, creative design, analytics, technology and user experience. Razorfish has offices in markets across the United States, and in Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Japan, Spain, Singapore and the United Kingdom. Clients include Carnival Cruise Lines, MillerCoors, McDonald’s and Starwood Hotels. With sister agencies Starcom MediaVest, ZenithOptimedia, Denuo and Digitas, Razorfish is part of Publicis Groupe’s (Euronext Paris: FR0000130577) VivaKi, a global digital knowledge and resource center. Visit http://www.razorfish.com for more information. Follow Razorfish on Twitter at @razorfish.

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Wednesday, 18 January 2012
Visit Booth 10K122 and find out how Scala can help organizations, ranging from retail and quick service restaurants to corporate communications, banks, hospitals and education to effectively interact with their target groups

Exton, Pa. (PRWEB) January 18, 2012 - Visitors of Integrated Systems Europe 2012 can experience and test Scala’s latest development: a new interactive screen communication solution that can be managed through a variety of consumer devices, such as a smart phone, iPad or tablet PC. By scanning a QR code with their smart phone at Scala’s booth K122 in Hall 10 at the RAI Congress Center in Amsterdam, visitors can access a digital display management tool that allows them to choose from various information bundles and determine what is displayed on the playback screens at the stand.

With this new solution, digital signage viewers can determine which specific information they want to receive at that point and moment – allowing companies to micro-target messaging to individuals. Examples of how this technology can be used include customers in stores or banks, employees in a corporate building lobby, students in schools, patients in hospitals, guests in restaurants and more. Visitors to Scala’s ISE booth can too use this interactive solution first hand with participants being entered into a drawing to win an iPad.

Visitors can also test Scala’s Twitter integration, see how interactive screens can transfer a great variety of targeted information and experience how picking up a product from a store shelf can trigger targeted product-related messaging on a screen.

Over the years, Scala has virtually evolved into a central hub for delivering dynamic communication tools, delivering more than just software by meeting the requirements for a total communication solution. That is why the company constantly invites companies who use, or consider using, audio visual tools to reach target audiences to share their challenges in a face-to-face dialogue with Scala and ISE is the perfect platform for those conversations.

“For 25 years, organizations ranging from retail and quick service restaurants to corporate communications, banks, hospitals and education have seen the flexibility and benefits of communicating using Scala’s digital communication,” stated Scala’s new CEO Tom Nix.

“Combining this know-how with our latest developments, I am convinced we can find new ways to help companies to quickly engage and inform their audiences. Many organizations are challenged to find innovative ways to deliver valuable content to target audiences in the short bursts of time available,” continued Nix.

“Scala not only provides a strong, highly usable, incredibly stable software platform that meets 95 percent of the needs of most customers out of the box, it can also be easily customized well beyond many competitive offerings. If end-users or integrators have a question, any question, relating to digital communication, Scala can put them on the right track to cost-effective digital communication solutions!” said Nix.

Also several of Scala’s partners will showcase a range of digital signage technology at Scala’s booth at this year’s event.

Sharp Electronics is proud to be Scala’s official Display Partner at ISE 2012. Scala and Sharp look forward to jointly showcasing the unrivalled clarity, color reproduction and uniformity of Sharp professional displays, produced in the world’s most advanced LCD production facility. Highlights at the show include Sharp’s new 70” PNE702 digital signage display and 60” PNV602H high-brightness video wall panels.

Christie is pleased to be partnering with Scala on their stand at ISE 2012, where Scala will be showcasing a unique and inspiring configuration of 35 MicroTiles with dedicated content. The cooperation between both companies will also be represented at the InAVation Awards 2012, where they have closely been working together on the recent London Stock Exchange project, driven by integrator Focus 21.

U-Touch will be in Scala’s booth at ISE showcasing their new 19” and 22” touch totem kiosks. Featuring U-Touch’s brand new infrared true multi-touch technology, these small screen kiosks are ideal for point of sale, wayfinding, virtual reception and many other applications. Check out how stable, accurate and responsive this touch technology is compared with traditional products used in this market sector.

Mdina Media will showcase at ISE: the Scala Embedded Certified players of the Q and E series and their New model: S8000 Nano-ITX (16 x 16 x 2 cm high), AMD Fusion 1.6 Dual Core, HD6310 graphic card. New E3000 Nano-size with AMD 785E chipset, dual core, low power consumption. The players have a 5-year roadmap, run 24/7 and Nano-ITX form factors. The players can be placed behind screens.

MediaVue will be presenting its full line of ultra-high reliability player PC’s and showcasing the SureVue D4, which has become one of the preferred Scala solutions for video walls, digital menu boards or any deployment with multiple screens per location. The SureVueD4 supports 4 independent outputs at 1080p all running real HD content – multiple videos, crawls, and feeds at a per-screen cost less than an Atom-based system.

IAdea will demonstrate the industry’s first media appliance to support the HTML5 open content standard, which allows content production effort to be shared between websites, mobile devices, and digital signage. In addition, the technology enables interactivity between mobile devices and the big screen, allowing endless creativity to be delivered through Scala’s Enterprise Content Manager and the new Bridge Server 3.0.

Integrated solution packages from Visapix help to fully tap the potential digital merchandising offers. “People Attract” measures the viewer’s attention span and gender, making it possible to adapt messages to the particular target group in real time. Customers only receive information that is relevant to them. Dispersion is minimised, while the Return on Advertising is maximised. Visapix makes the interactive in-store marketing of tomorrow a reality today.

Step4Media will be presenting TelemediaVision, its turnkey digital menu board solution, at the Scala booth at ISE. This unique, database-driven product enables partners to create and manage dynamic digital menu boards without the need for programming. TelemediaVision includes a user-friendly CMS, can be hosted on Scala servers and is available in a SaaS solution.

Prime Products is a leader in digital signage solutions and combines the world class software of Scala with high-end stylish kiosks, touch screens and LCD screens. Prime Products helps its customers to deliver their information and advertising at the right time at the right place and to the right audience.

Pufferfish Ltd will be displaying the PufferSphere M 600 spherical digital signage solution. The display is interoperable with the Scala platform, with Pufferfish launching a new LiveWarp box, which converts standard Scala feeds for automatic display on the sphere. Other new optional features available with the PufferSphere M system include in-built audio and multi-touch interactivity.

A high-quality 35 square meters digital screen, complete with superb sound capability, mounted on a trailer unit for easy transportation will be shown by Maritime Media Services outside, at the entrance of ISE. It is used to enhance the experience of visitors at events by displaying relevant advertising messages, sponsor logos, public safety announcements, event itineraries and much more. If you want to make a visual spectacle at your event you can’t miss, Maritime Media’s DB35 is the only sensible option.

About Scala

Driving more than 500,000 screens worldwide, Scala Inc. is a leading global provider of digital signage and advertising management solutions. Scala is the world’s first connected signage company, offering the leading platforms for content creation, management and distribution in digital signage networks and the first unified platform for advertising management of both traditional and digital signage networks. Scala is headquartered near Philadelphia, Pa., and has subsidiaries in Canada, The Netherlands, France, Norway, Germany, Japan and India, as well as more than 500 partners in more than 90 countries. For more information, visit: http://www.scala.com/ or their blog. Connect with Scala via Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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Tuesday, 17 January 2012
New York - ComQi, the global leader in in-venue multi-channel message management, announced today the launch of a new retail product: delayMirror. delayMirror is a ‘video mirror’ that provides a continual delayed video feed which  allows shoppers to see themselves as they were three seconds ago. It allows the shopper to twirl and see the clothes they are wearing from all angles in a dressing room. In addition to being a great way of trying on new clothes, it is also a fun in-store experience that shoppers cannot get online or via any other medium.

Max Stevens-Guille, ComQi’s Chief Technical Officer says: “delayMirror is an Interactive Solution powered by ComQi’s EnGage Platform. When you look at yourself in the delayMirror it is almost as if you were looking at someone else – a digital doppelganger. They look like you, dress like you but they are doing what you did a few moments ago. delayMirror provides a magical experience for shoppers”.

delayMirror was developed by ComQi in conjunction with John Paul Bichard of Creative Advisor Group - a spin-off of the Interactive Institute Stockholm - where it was invented. It is fully integrated with ComQi's EnGage platform and is available worldwide immediately.

ComQi will be showing the delayMirror experience, as well as other Interactive Connected Experiences, at ISE 2012 in Amsterdam, from 31.01.12 until 02.02.12, @ booth 10K118, click here to register for a demo @ ISE 2012

About ComQi

ComQi is a global leader providing a powerful multi-channel message management platform that controls a network’s content and infrastructure, closing the loop between digital signage, mobile, web and social media within a venue. ComQi won numerous awards including the AV Technology Award for the Best Digital Signage Product in 2011. It has been voted as the number one global digital signage provider for three years in a row by DailyDOOH and a Tier One player by Frost & Sullivan for the second year in a row.

Created through the merger of Minicom Digital Signage and EnQii, ComQi’s mission is to deliver an end-to-end solution that is tailored to engage consumers by optimizing communications and marketing strategies that provide the best ROI. By putting the consumer at the center of the experience, Comqi enables Connected Experiences through a single platform that offers media distribution, network and content management, interactive experiences and impact measurement. ComQi offers all these solutions directly or by partnering with systems integrators, distributors and marketing agencies. ComQi’s hundreds of customers include leading brands around the world, such as Care Media, Compass Group and Six Flags (in the US), McDonald's and The Premier League (in the UK), CinemaxX (in Germany), Toys ‘R’ Us (in China)  and Carrefour and Credit Lyonnais (in France). With over 12 years of expertise and an installed base of more than 400,000 displays worldwide, ComQi is a global company headquartered in New York with offices in Jerusalem, Toronto, London, Zurich, Paris, Hong Kong Shanghai and a representative office in India.
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Tuesday, 17 January 2012
Professional AV Rental Staging, Fixed Install and Corporate Solutions Community
Can Try Christie’s Latest Offerings First-Hand


CYPRESS, Calif.  – Christie® today announced that "Solutions that Rock," a free event introducing several of its new display solutions to organizations involved with professional AV rental staging, fixed installs and corporate AV environments, stops at Sound Matrix Studios in Orange County, California, January 18 – 19.

“Solutions that Rock” provides a unique opportunity for consultants, architects, service planners and designers to get hands-on experience with some of the top projection systems available and discover inspiring ways for projection to help turn their ideas into reality.

The free event runs from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. both days with Draper presenting the certified AIA training course from 10:00 a.m. until noon each day. Attendees will also enjoy free refreshments and gifts, plus a chance to win an Apple iPad. Along with Christie, local integrator Spinitar is co-sponsoring Day 1 with VMI, another local integrator, co-sponsoring Day 2.

“Solutions that Rock” is also an informal opportunity for dealers, integrators, distributors and end users to learn how Christie’s solutions deliver captivating visual experiences.  Attendees will also have the chance to share in technology demonstrations and participate in hands-on learning exercises for each projection solution.

Products on Display

A Christie® MicroTiles® tower will display striking images. Winner of 18 industry awards, Christie MicroTiles are the industry’s most flexible, high-resolution modular design technology and are installed in a variety of settings including the London Stock Exchange, Church History Museum and Seoul’s Incheon International Airport. Built on proven DLP® technology, MicroTiles are designed for premium image quality in demanding indoor, high ambient light environments.

New for 2012, Christie is presenting multiple display solutions using its newest HD and 2K LCD platforms as well as showcasing its Christie J Series Xenon 3-chip DLP® platform, which will display vivid images onto a 30-foot wide screen.

The Christie Spyder X20 multi-image video processor will control and manage the displays – including the stereoscopic 3D demonstrations. Also featured is the Christie Vista URS. This all-in-one matrix switcher accepts numerous sources in any format (from analog composite to digital 4K) and seamlessly routes its sources to any of eight user-configurable outputs, each configurable for all analog or digital output formats.  

Also on display is the new Christie Roadster HD14-J, which will be showing images in portrait orientation. Launched in September 2011, the Christie J Series is earning praise for its embedded Christie Twist™ that enables warping and blending of multiple curved images faster and easier than through traditional, manual methods  – without needing to purchase additional electronics cards.

Designed for multi-panel displays, Christie’s new FHD551-X 55-inch flat panel LCD will also be featured. To fulfill the need to interface with IT systems, Christie is demonstrating its network solutions with all projection and multi-image systems connected to, and managed through, the IP network – including wireless control of all devices. Christie AutoStack™ – a camera-based, software driven solution, used for maintaining projector alignment in multiple blend and stacked designs – will function across the network, offering a solution that manages both flat and curved screen designs for fixed install and rental staging applications. 

To register for the Orange County Solutions That Rock event, please visit: http://www.christiedigital.com/solutionsthatrock2012

Following its Orange County stop, the tour visits San Mateo, Calif., February 1–2 as part of the Emerging Technology Expo & Communications Summit (ETEC), presented by Snader and Associates Inc.

About Christie®

Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc. a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ushio Inc., Japan (JP:6925), designs, builds and installs customized projection display solutions. Christie® delivers turn-key solutions for sophisticated virtual reality, simulation systems and control room environments including high-resolution power walls, multi-sided immersive environments, curved screen displays, domed simulation and multi-projector arrays. Industries and organizations that rely on Christie range from government agencies to oil and gas, aerospace to entertainment, and manufacturing and design to pharmaceuticals. Christie is listed among Military Training Technology magazine’s Top 100 simulation companies and has been awarded the Blue Ribbon for Innovation as well as the Red Ribbon for Best Program for the Christie Matrix StIM™. The awards recognize companies around the world that have made a significant impact on the military training industry across the spectrum of technologies – serious gaming, live training, constructive simulation, modeling, virtual simulation and others. For more information, visit www.christiedigital.com.
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Tuesday, 17 January 2012
TAIPEI, TAIWAN, CAYIN will present new digital signage players for the first time at booth 10P116, Integrated Systems Europe 2012. New media players are smaller, lighter, and energy-saving. They are not only eco-friendly, but also facilitate installations in different venues. The exhibition will be held in RAI Exhibition Centre, Amsterdam, the Netherlands from January 31st to February 2nd.

Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) is the largest professional AV trade show in Europe and is also the most important exhibition for CAYIN to introduce new products and innovative digital signage applications to partners and customers in the region.

In ISE 2012, CAYIN will debut a new generation of digital signage players for both high-end and entry-level users. The new developments strengthen its existing product line and provide users with more choices in accordance with different project requirements.
The following products highlight the key theme of CAYIN’s exhibition during ISE:

High-end Digital Signage Player – SMP-WEBDUO

SMP-WEBDUO features its capability to playback 1080p Full HD video and control two screens simultaneously. Compared to the old model, new SMP-WEBDUO goes smaller and lighter. It reduces the size by one quarter and sheds half of the weight as well to facilitate installation in different venues. The new player also adds an HDMI connector and the video-in function to increase your enjoyment.

Entry-level Digital Signage Player - SMP-200

SMP-200 is the first RISC-based digital signage player in CAYIN’s product line. The compact player is 19.6 (W) x 12.3 (D) x 3.3 (H) cm and weights only 655g. It is also extremely energy-saving. The maximum power consumption is less than 6W. The zone-type digital signage player can playback video, image, ticker, and clock in seven zones. 

Digital Signage Player with Superior Price/Performance Value – SMP-WEB4

SMP-WEB4 supports most popular web languages and HD content. It features the video-in function, and thus enabling users to play real-time video by directly connecting to a TV tuner, DVD player, or other multimedia devices. It can also be extended to integrate with databases, web servers, RFID devices, barcode scanners, and touch screens and develops more interactive applications.

CAYIN’s digital signage system has been widely used in diversified industries and some famous places, such as Suvarnabhumi Airport, CYFRA+ point of sales, Novotel hotels, FamilyMart, Carrefour and MacDonald’s in Taiwan.

ISE 2012, held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands from January 31 to February 2, will be the largest professional AV and system integration trade show ever held in Europe. It brings together over 750 exhibitors and AV professionals from over 100 countries worldwide.
You are more than welcome to visit CAYIN at booth 10P116.

About CAYIN Technology

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

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Tuesday, 17 January 2012
Grafton, WI, January 17, 2012 – Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. will start the New Year by unveiling a new look for its corporate identity.

The changes include a new corporate logo, redesigned company website and overall re-branding effort. The newly designed logo features softer lines, typeface and style to appeal across all client demographics. The overall look reflects today’s Frank Mayer and Associates, a client-driven, creative, responsive and thorough organization that continues to expand its presence in the retail marketplace.

“We are updating our visual identity to meet the rapidly changing face of retail and our entry in new markets. Our strong client-focused commitment remains the same, having consistently delivered successful results throughout our 80 year history,” according to third generation president, Mike Mayer.

The company website, www.frankmayer.com , will go live today and the new logo will be applied on all corporate and marketing identity materials. This process included a review of comments clients have used to describe Frank Mayer and Associates. Rising to the top of the list were three words; creative, responsive, and thorough. These words have been incorporated into a theme line for the new logo, and will also be featured in various company branding statements and applications.

In addition, Frank Mayer and Associates will continue to research, develop, and provide the industry with a variety of white papers and articles dealing with current subjects and make them available at no cost on the new web site as well as through their online trade media advertising.

Frank Mayer & Associates, Inc. (www.frankmayer.com) is a creative point-of-purchase display, in-store merchandising, interactive and promotional marketing company. Founded in 1931, Frank Mayer & Associates, Inc.’s headquarters are located in the Milwaukee area with additional sales offices in the U.S.

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Tuesday, 17 January 2012
PC-less Signage Player and Cloud-based Management Software Combine to Deliver Full-featured Digital Signage Solutions Comparable to PC-based Solutions, but at a Fraction of the Cost

LOS GATOS, CA – BrightSign, LLC®, a trusted name in feature-rich digital sign and kiosk controllers that are affordable and easy to use, announced today that it has teamed with UK-based signagelive® to ensure full compatibility between their products.  Distributed in 35 countries, signagelive's multi-award winning, cloud-based digital signage software can now be paired with the pristine HD quality and high reliability of BrightSign's PC-less digital players. During ISE 2012 opening on January 31, signagelive will be providing live demos of the new BrightSign-driven solutions and examples of real life applications at its ISE Stand #10P115.

 Initially, signagelive is launching two new versions of signagelive that support BrightSign’s popular line of four network-enabled players: the BrightSign Standard Edition with full screen media support, and a BrightSign Pro Edition with multi-zone content capabilities.

“We selected BrightSign players for their proven reliability, advanced features and ability to get the most out of our signagelive platform,” said Jason Cremins, CEO of signagelive. “For the first time, the BrightSign range of networked devices can be integrated with signagelive to provide a solution that rivals the technical capabilities and stability of more expensive PC-based solutions. It is my belief that our combined offering provides the best price/performance of any digital signage solution available today.”

“We're very pleased to have the opportunity to expand our worldwide presence with a leading software brand like signagelive,'' said Jeff Hastings, BrightSign CEO.  “BrightSign and signagelive are both strong, well-respected brands with loyal customer bases that continue to grow.  We view the combination of our brands as a win-win situation that will accelerate business opportunities for everyone involved, including the distribution and reseller channels.”

signagelive delivers a “software as a service” (SaaS) platform for digital signage.  The software provides the tools for layout creation, content uploading, scheduling, delivery, playback and reporting of digital media content over fixed and mobile Internet connections.

Key benefits of signagelive include:
  •     No upfront costs — signagelive is a cloud-based application that eliminates upfront costs for installing and maintaining expensive servers to run the digital signage network
  •     No hidden costs — users pay a single, competitive price per month or year per connected player
  •     Scalable from 1 player to 1,000s — digital signage networks can grow as needed
  •     Powerful but easy to use — intuitive and easy to use, signagelive customers are generally up and running in 20 minutes with little or no help
  •     Network management from anywhere — using a standard web-browser, users can log in to their signagelive network from anywhere in the world to manage their content and players
  •     Both HQ and local control — signagelive enables content from the head office to be interspersed with content updated at each site location to create dynamic and targeted media
  •     Simplified deployment -- uses the SMIL open standard
Key benefits of BrightSign network-enabled players include:
  •     Solid-state platform for increased reliability -- no moving parts to fail
  •     Low power requirement -- about 3-5 watts, compared to 70-90 watts for an average PC
  •     Full HD at 1080p resolutions -- for eye-catching displays
  •     Network-enabled -- for content updates from remote locations as well as RSS text and image feeds, SMS text messages
  •     Fully scalable -- displays can be easily upgraded as the user's needs change
  •     Easy to deploy -- runs on an open API platform
  •     Easy to manage -- for even non-technical users
BrightSign offers four networked models that are compatible with the signagelive solution.  The HD210 and HD1010 provide Ethernet ports for wired networking connections. For increased mobility and versatility, BrightSign also offers solid-state media controllers with built-in Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n) capabilities.  By eliminating the complexity, clutter and restrictions of connecting cables, the wireless HD210w and HD1010w models save time while lowering deployment costs because users don’t have to run network cabling to spaces that normally wouldn’t have them. 

With the benefits the BrightSign players and signagelive software provide, combining them makes a compelling solution for a broad range of vertical sectors ranging from single-screen solutions in schools to thousands of devices around the world for retail brands and digital media owners.

signagelive Availability

Distributed in 35 countries in multiple languages, the signagelive editions that support BrightSign network-enabled players include the BrightSign Standard Edition and the BrightSign Pro Edition. Free support and free updates to the signagelive software are included with the software.  signagelive also provides free 30-day trials. signagelive editions compatible with BrightSign players are available to distributors and resellers from www.medium.co.uk

BrightSign Availability

BrightSign offers a complete family of network-enabled digital signage controllers ranging from the HD210 with simple looping video playback and the HD210w (wireless) to the HD1010 interactive player and the HD1010w (wireless).  BrightSign networked digital players are available from the BrightSign Store with prices starting at US $399.99. Included at no additional cost with all BrightSign players, BrightAuthor is a PC software application for creating, publishing and managing BrightSign presentations.


About signagelive

Based in London, signagelive is a private company and a world leader in cloud-powered media delivery solutions, providing a platform that runs even the largest retail networks reliably, efficiently and cost effectively. Signagelive customers are assured of solutions that are relentlessly current, nimble, well supported, open, easy to use, and truly affordable. Signagelive wins awards and repeat customers by leading the sector in the adoption of new technologies and standards like SMIL, HTML5, Media RSS, social media and mobile, and extending the medium to corporate desktops and IPTV.   For more information, visit www.signagelive.com or call (312) 725-4584 in the US and +44 (0) 1799 30110 internationally.

About BrightSign

BrightSign, LLC, based in Los Gatos, California, develops products and software for digital signage. BrightSign solid-state digital sign controllers set new standards for both stand-alone and networked digital signage applications with their superior video quality, reliability, affordability, ease of use and interactivity. Online information about BrightSign units is available at www.brightsign.biz. For sales inquiries, please contact sales@brightsign.biz or call 408-852-9263 in the USA and +44-1223-911842
internationally.  Follow BrightSign at http://twitter.com/brightsign and
http://www.facebook.com/pages/BrightSign-LLC/121852744557182

BrightSign and the BrightSign logo are registered trademarks of BrightSign, LLC in the United States and other countries.
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Monday, 16 January 2012
Study Highlights a New Generation of Digitally-Rich, Easy-to-Use, Technology-Based Experiences That Make It Easy for Consumers to Buy More Both in the Store and Online 

NEW YORK, NY, Jan 16, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- National Retail Federation 101th Convention & Expo, Booth 851 -- A Cisco(R) survey released today identifies new ways for retailers to "catch" and "keep" channel-hopping customers to revitalize brick-and-mortar stores. Conducted by Cisco's Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) -- the company's global consultancy -- and Cisco's retail marketing team, the study surveyed 1,000 U.S. and 1,000 U.K. shoppers. Among the research's many key findings was that retailers must respond to technology-savvy consumers by creating digitally-rich, easy-to-use, technology-based experiences in the store to expand basket size and increase margins. These experiences "mash up" physical retailing with the best of rich online content. Cisco's retail solutions will be showcased at NRF booth 851.

The study revealed three specific shopping behaviors: (1) the influence that digital content has on consumer buying decisions, (2) how consumers engage in cross-channel shopping behavior, and (3) how consumers use technology while shopping. In addition, the survey polled shoppers about what kinds of technology-based experience prototypes they would like to use in stores. These cross-technology experiences, also known as "mashops" get their name because they "mash up" the virtual and physical worlds to create a new way to shop.

Influence of Online and Off-Line Information Sources The survey found that digital content can frequently trigger consumers to buy. Bringing online digital content into the store is especially powerful in influencing buying decisions at the point of sale.
       
        --  Nineteen percent of respondents were influenced to make a purchase
            with digital "inspiration" triggers
        --  Thirty percent use online videos to choose the right product or
            service
        --  Fifty-one percent of U.S. respondents now use or want to use an
            in-store kiosk for self-service of accessing web-based content
        --  Forty-two percent of U.S. respondents use or are interested in using
            video screens or video walls within the store to make buying decisions
        --  Forty percent of U.S. respondents use or are interested in using
            mobile phones for in-store digital content delivery
        --  Thirty-five percent of U.S. respondents indicated current use or
            interest in using tablets for in-store digital content delivery

Cross-Channel Shopping Behavior Internet ubiquity, personal technology adoption, and e-commerce growth have produced a new consumer behavior -- cross-channel shopping. In this environment, consumers hop from one channel to another throughout the shopping journey looking for the best deal. For retailers that have achieved success through traditional practices (price, product, promotion and placement), cross-channel shopping demands a new approach to win customers.

The survey discovered that cross-channel shopping behavior is prevalent and desired by most consumers, with nearly 74 percent of all respondents conducting online research before making in-store purchasing decisions.
       
        --  Fifty-three percent of shoppers reported current activity or interest
            in conducting research at an in-store kiosk and making their purchase
            immediately in the store
        --  Forty-five percent reported current activity or interest in conducting
            research with a mobile device and then making their purchase in the
            store
        --  Forty-four percent reported current activity or interest in conducting
            research with a mobile device and then making their purchase on a PC

Technology-Based Experiences -- The survey also explored the types of innovative experiences retailers could provide to meet these new consumer behaviors by asking participants about five technology-based experiences they may want to use during the course of their shopping. The feedback shows how consumers want to use technology to make more informed and quicker decisions at point-of-purchase.

Immersive Experiences -- The survey asked shoppers about their use of a more immersive shopping experience, where by standing in front of a large, full-length screen, they could select and "try on" clothing and accessories virtually. They also could view items such as furniture, lighting, and blinds in a virtual room setting.
       
        --  Forty-six percent wanted to "try on" items
        --  Forty-four percent wanted to coordinate items such as furniture,
            clothes, and accessories
        --  Twenty-nine percent wanted to view/buy available products

Product Viewer -- This technology-based experience provides shoppers with a large, interactive display to browse or look for specific products. The screen shows "go withs," customer ratings, "likes," and directions to products within the store. The most popular features included:
       
        --  Forty-five percent liked the ability to compare products and pricing
        --  Thirty-two percent enjoyed having access to detailed product specs
        --  Twenty-nine percent were inclined to "like" products on the screen
        --  Twenty-seven percent liked having directions to more easily locate
            products in the store

Shelf Help
-- Shoppers were asked about what information they preferred to have delivered either through interactive digital displays at the shelf level, or via an employee's tablet or shopper's smartphone. With this option, they could receive expert advice through self-service guided selling or via video-chat with a remote expert.
       
        --  Forty-three percent of shoppers wanted to compare products and prices
        --  Forty percent wanted to compare prices at a leading retailer
        --  Thirty-one percent wanted detailed product specs
        --  Thirty percent wanted a guide for selecting the best products

Personal Mobile Shopper -- Retailers could also provide shoppers with a personal greeting on their mobile devices as they entered the store, and customized offers based on past transactions as well as "likes" on the retailer's Facebook page.
       
        --  Forty-nine percent liked the ability to compare products and prices
        --  Forty percent liked the ability to opt in/out
        --  Thirty-seven percent liked retailers to "push" offers for big
            purchases
        --  Thirty-six percent liked directions to products in the store

Shoppers Favorites -- Finally, shoppers were asked about how they would use a large in-store, high-definition, and constantly-updated display that showed new products, top sellers, and most "liked." products within the store.
       
        --  Forty-four percent liked up-to-the-minute special offers
        --  Forty-three percent liked what's new in the store
        --  Forty-one percent liked limited-time specials
        --  Thirty-two percent liked directions to products in the store

Cisco at NRF 101th Annual Convention & Expo Visit Cisco Retail at NRF 2012 to experience technology and demonstrations that are "Built for Retail, Built for You." These solutions enable retailers to meet shoppers' needs wherever and however they want to shop. Cisco helps retailers transform the customer experience regardless of the channel used, optimize employee productivity to better serve shoppers, and do it all with a high degree of security and lower IT costs.

Demonstrations include:
       
        --  Cisco StyleMe -- A proof of concept created by Cisco IBSG that uses
            the latest augmented reality, mobile, and network technologies to
            offer shoppers a virtual fashion mirror for "trying on" products
            virtually. This innovative offering, based on Cisco retail network and
            collaboration technologies, helps stores increase basket size with an
            extended range of products and increases conversions with expert and
            social recommendations, faster try-on, and greater shopping
            convenience.
        --  Cisco Interactive Services for Retail -- An outgrowth of Cisco's
            digital signage technology, Cisco Interactive Services brings together
            multiple interactive digital media endpoints to create a consistent
            user experience across all shopping channels. With this solution,
            retailers can enhance customer and sales associate interactions with
            the reach of the network to create innovative, profitable, and
            powerful ways to engage with customers within a store environment.
            Digital media endpoints help sales associates become more efficient
            with promotions, educational videos, concierge services, product
            finders, and much more.
        --  Cisco Architecture Experience Theater -- The Cisco Architecture
            Experience demo takes attendees on a connected retail journey by
            combining live demonstrations with a multimedia experience. The
            experience lets retailers see how they can easily and affordably
            connect and operate multiple retail stores around the world by
            leveraging Cisco's intelligent, highly secure, and manageable network.
            By doing so, they will be able to cut costs, grow revenues, and
            enhance customer experiences.
        --  Cisco Store in a Box -- This demo shows how lean retail can help
            retailers reduce CapEx and OpEx while increasing employee
            productivity, business agility, and the overall customer experience.
            It simplifies and speeds new application deployments without more
            servers.
        --  Cisco and Agilence Point-of-Sale Video Auditing -- This joint solution
            allows retailers to reduce shrink at the point-of-sale caused by
            operational, promotional, and systemic issues, as well as fraud. It
            combines Agilence Hawkeye with Cisco IP video surveillance cameras and
            the Cisco UCS(TM) Express platform, delivering a low-cost solution
            to a key retail challenge. Agilence's real-time data analysis and
            reporting tool is delivered on Cisco's Cius unit.
        --  Cisco Cius(TM) Tablet for Retail -- The Cisco Cius mobile
            collaborative device in a tablet form-factor enables easier and faster
            cross-enterprise collaboration, improved selling productivity, and
            real-time customer collaboration both inside and outside the store.
            The virtual desktop is made mobile by this portable device that allows
            retail associates to create, edit, and share content (not just consume
            it) to support and execute on promotions, programs, and customer
            interactions.

Cisco executives will be participating in a Big Idea presentation at NRF:
       
        --  Catch 'Em and Keep 'Em: Satisfying Today's Shopper
             Monday, Jan. 16,
            4:45-5:15 p.m., Expo Hall, Room 3D05, Lisa Fretwell, Lindsay Parker,
            and Jon Stine, Cisco

Supporting Quotes: Lindsay Parker, global retail industry director, Cisco "Today's shoppers are merging their online and offline behaviors while shopping, and simultaneously leveraging technology to help them find what they want, when they want and how they want it. Retailers who want to succeed, must offer consumers an immersive shopping experience regardless of channels and consumers technology preference."

Lisa Fretwell, senior director, Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) "The key for retailers' survival is to reinvent the store by bringing online content into store and creating engaging, personal, and emotional experiences that encourage shoppers to buy. It's about capturing shoppers' 'feet and fingertips' right in the store with digital content and experiences. We call it a 'catch 'em and keep 'em' strategy, getting both footfall and fingertips from shoppers to drive sales."

Supporting Resources:
       
        --  Cisco Retail website
        --  Cisco Retail blog
        --  Cisco NRF website
        --  Cisco IBSG Retail website
        --  Catch 'Em and Keep 'Em point of view paper
        --  Catch 'Em and Keep 'Em point of view paper (United Kingdom)
        --  Catch 'Em and Keep 'Em survey findings (United States)
        --  Catch 'Em and Keep 'Em survey findings (United Kingdom)
        --  Catch 'Em and Keep 'Em Slidecast
        --  Cisco StyleMe Virtual Fashion Mirror engagement overview
        --  The Virtual Fashion Mirror -- the future of shopping video
        --  Cisco StyleMe images
        --  Cisco Business Video website    
       
About Cisco

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Monday, 16 January 2012
NCR launches new options in self-checkout to drive flexibility and convenience for shoppers and retailers alike 

DULUTH, Ga., (BUSINESS WIRE) -- NCR Corporation today launched innovative self-checkout options at the National Retail Federation BIG Show in New York City. On display in booth #415, these solutions enable retailers to increase staff productivity, improve customer service and give consumers more choices at the checkout.

The new NCR SelfServ(TM) Checkout Convertible easily switches between self- or assisted-service checkout modes, based on a retailer's operating model and customer traffic. This switch is accomplished through a swivel mount design and a secondary display and pinpad for associates. For retailers, this quick conversion of a lane from self-checkout to assisted point-of-sale enables enhanced customer service according to lane usage patterns, while driving increases in operational efficiency and staff productivity.

Currently, cashiers in assisted checkout lines either sit idle during non-peak times or they close their lane and move temporarily to other duties in the store; consequently, customers can be frustrated as the retailer scrambles to re-open lanes in response to spikes in traffic. Now, retailers can optimize their checkout capacity and store floor productivity during both peak and non-peak times, with a quick and efficient change between self-service and assisted-service checkout modes.

NCR will also highlight software enhancements at the show that can deliver greater personalization and richer, more dynamic content on the self-checkout consumer display screens. This content, specifically tailored to a shopper's channel preferences, can be used across online, kiosk and self-checkout screens to enhance the effectiveness of store promotions, or cross-selling/up-selling at checkout.

NCR is also introducing new software that enables consumers to pre-pay for gas at a self-checkout. Top-up shopping has become a way of life for time-starved consumers today and major fuel retailers are investing significantly in their own grocery brands and partnering with supermarket retailers. The addition of the fuel pre-payment option at self-checkout makes it more convenient for the consumer to get in and out of the forecourt without having to wait in line for the cashier.

"Retailers today place a premium on offering consumers a superior shopping experience in their stores, and wait time in lines is a leading source of consumer frustration," said Dusty Lutz, general manager, NCR self-service solutions. "By offering consumers more options when they check out, retailers can elevate in-store customer service, increase staff productivity and reduce wait time for customers."

About NCR Corporation

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

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Monday, 16 January 2012
New IDS Touchscreen Plus Enhancements for Existing Models Give Customers a More Dynamic and Sensitive Touchscreen Experience 

NEW YORK, (BUSINESS WIRE) -- TE Connectivity today announced the launch of its largest Interactive Digital Signage (IDS) touchscreen display and the enhancement of existing models with innovative optical multi-touch and IntelliTouch surface acoustic wave (SAW) touchscreen technologies to continue to provide boundless options to the growing market for interactivity. TE Connectivity will be exhibiting and demonstrating these new products and enhancements at the NRF 101st Annual Convention & EXPO on January 16-17, Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York, booth #2471.

The new Elo TouchSystems 5500L 55-inch touch display, available with either optical multi-touch or IntelliTouch SAW touchscreens, is thinner than existing IDS displays and compatible with optional computer modules. In addition, the company has enhanced the 4200L and 4600L (42-inch and 46-inch) IDS models with optical multi-touch technology, allowing more customers to benefit from the latest technology advancements. Elo TouchSystems IDS displays are designed specifically for demanding applications such as shopping malls, retail outlets, hotels and public venues of nearly every kind.

"We are very excited to launch our newest IDS touch display, leveraging the same reliability and quality Elo TouchSystems touch products are famous for. Touchscreens on Elo IDS displays are fully integrated at the factory and not added "aftermarket". This means customers get a 'designed for touch', commercial grade display platform." stated Neeraj Pendse, global product line manager at TE Touch Solutions. "By adding optical multi-touch functionality to the already existing 4200L and 4600L displays, we are providing customers with a wide breadth of cost-effective interactive display options."

The Elo TouchSystems IDS displays are hard-wearing and stylish, making them an excellent choice for "Out-of-Home" public locations which intercept prospects and customers in high traffic paths with interactive messaging.

IDS displays are well suited for a variety of hospitality, casino gaming, healthcare and retail settings seeking to engage customers with a very dynamic and sensitive touchscreen experience. With interactivity, customers benefit from a richer experience that delivers content tailored to their needs. Customers actively choose the content they view and become active participants instead of passive viewers. Now, end-customer engagement can also be measured in real time to provide valuable data to marketers. Elo TouchSystems products also deliver the most rugged touch solutions able to perform and withstand the rigors of public applications and environments. Constructed of commercial-grade components, its solutions last longer than alternative consumer-grade products.

About TE Connectivity

TE Connectivity is a global, $14 billion company that designs and manufactures approximately 500,000 products that connect and protect the flow of power and data inside the products that touch every aspect of our lives. Our nearly 100,000 employees partner with customers in virtually every industry--from consumer electronics, energy and healthcare, to automotive, aerospace and communication networks--enabling smarter, faster, better technologies to connect products to possibilities. More information on TE Connectivity can be found at http://www.te.com .

About TE Touch Solutions

TE Touch Solutions, a global leader in touchscreen technology, develops, manufactures, and markets a complete line of touch screens, touch monitors, and all-in-one (AiO) touch computers under the Elo and TE brands. Backed by over 40 years of touch experience and with multiple touch technology options, including surface acoustic wave (SAW), resistive, surface capacitive, projected capacitive, acoustic pulse recognition (APR), infrared (IR), and multi-touch, TE and Elo touch products are available for diverse applications in retail, point-of-sale (POS), kiosk, medical, industrial, hospitality, transportation, automotive, mobile and gaming markets. Visit www.elotouch.com or call 1-800-557-1458 for more information.

Elo (logo), Elo TouchSystems, IntelliTouch, TE Connectivity, TE connectivity (logo) and TE (logo) are trademarks of the TE Connectivity Ltd. family of companies.

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Monday, 16 January 2012
Rich, multimedia content will drive in-store promotions and other shopper marketing programs 

DULUTH, Ga., (BUSINESS WIRE) -- NCR Corporation today announced that Century 21, a discount designer department store chain, will expand its use of digital signage to stores throughout the metropolitan New York area, including its flagship location in lower Manhattan. As part of its expansion, the chain will upgrade its digital signage software to the most current version of the NCR Netkey digital signage solution.

The chain made the decision to expand its use of digital signage in order to enhance the shopping experience for customers, by delivering informative, rich multimedia content. Another goal is to enhance the effectiveness and reach of its marketing programs, including its branded rewards program, as well as in-store promotions and discounts.

"Century 21 is an essential part of the New York shopping experience, and we look forward to applying the NCR Netkey product to further differentiate our stores, while better engaging our customers with marketing and other relevant information through advanced in-store technologies like digital signage," said Harry Roberts, chief information officer, Century 21 stores.

The latest version of the NCR Netkey digital signage solution will provide Century 21 with a foundation to drive this dynamic messaging to consumers, with simplified scheduling and administration. It also gains a simple and intuitive means for store management or central office staff to create attractive and easy-to-read digital signage layouts, through a wide variety of pre-configured templates and widgets, such as weather, clock and financial/stock updates. Users also gain greater flexibility and more content management options through expanded playlist management, simplifying the delivery of more relevant store-specific content to consumers.

"Digital signage is a high impact means for retailers like Century 21 to better connect with shoppers," said Dusty Lutz, general manager of NCR's Retail Self-Service Solutions. "The NCR Netkey digital signage software will help Century 21 realize this goal by providing greater flexibility in content management, simplifying the design of digital signs and enabling high-quality, multimedia content."

NCR Netkey is proven to be effective and scalable from small installations of just a few dozen screens, up to the largest installations with thousands of screens. More than one million people see a sign powered by NCR Netkey each day across retail, financial, healthcare and other industries.

About NCR Corporation

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

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Monday, 16 January 2012
Aspen/Snowmass chooses ScreenScape's innovative software service to engage their customers with dynamic digital displays at the right place and at the right time.

Aspen, Colorado and Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. (PRWEB) Aspen Skiing Company (“Aspen/Snowmass”) today announced a new partnership with ScreenScape Networks (“ScreenScape”) the leading provider of community-based digital signage solutions. Using ScreenScape, Aspen/Snowmass will develop its own place-based media network to provide rich media content, promotional messages, news, weather and other information to locations throughout the resort area. ScreenScape is a fast-growing community-based digital signage platform and key enabler of place-based media. The software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform helps businesses engage audiences inside real locations using Internet-enabled digital displays. “We made the decision to go with ScreenScape because we wanted to speak more effectively to our customers in the right place and at the right time,” said Jeff Hanle, Director of Public Relations, Aspen Skiing Company. “ScreenScape allows for a timely and easy to execute coordination of messaging at the many physical sites within our organization.”

“To Aspen/Snowmass, ScreenScape provides a cost effective, high-quality way to extend their promotional reach,” said Kevin Dwyer, CEO of ScreenScape. “They join a dynamic skiing and recreation community already using ScreenScape that includes ski areas, resorts, athletic clubs, pubs, retailers, and leading brands.”


About Aspen/Snowmass


Aspen Skiing Company operates the four mountains in the Aspen/Snowmass area - Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk - as well as the award-winning Ski & Snowboard Schools of Aspen/Snowmass. The area offers unparalleled nightlife and off-slope activities as well. Aspen/Snowmass is accessible by two of the most convenient airports in the mountains – Aspen/Pitkin County Airport (ASE) (3 miles from Aspen) and Eagle County Airport (EGE) (70 miles from Aspen).


For more information on Aspen Skiing Company, please call 800-525-6200 or 970-925-1220, or visit the company’s website at http://www.aspensnowmass.com.

About ScreenScape Networks


ScreenScape is an online service for engaging audiences in the real world. By offering a repository of community-shared content and a pool of targeted sales and marketing opportunities ScreenScape makes place-based media easier and more affordable to deliver and more effective as a tool for engaging with today’s connected consumer.


For more information, please contact: ScreenScape Networks Inc. 902.368.1975 - http://screenscape.net -  P.O. Box 291, 137 Queen Street, Suite 204 Charlottetown, PE C1A 7K4 Canada
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Monday, 16 January 2012
HP Showcases Mobile Point-of-Sale, Self-Checkout, Digital Signage and POS at National Retail Federation Convention

NEW YORK, NY, (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- HP today unveiled new offerings designed to help retailers create an exciting, seamless customer experience across multiple store touch points.

HP is offering National Retail Federation convention attendees a firsthand look at the company's wide range of retail-focused products and services, including point-of-sale (POS) and self-service solutions, digital signage, analytics software, managed print services and mobility solutions. These solutions are supported by more than a dozen partners that combine their solutions and expertise with HP technology.

The offerings are being showcased as part of HP's Seamless Customer Experience demonstration in booth 431 at the convention. The demonstration is HP's representation of an ideal store environment where every retail touch point -- be it the point of sale, a digital display or a retail-ready tablet or kiosk -- engages with the customer in a consistent and integrated way.

"Many retailers are working toward creating a much more interesting environment for shoppers with the goal of improving and differentiating the entire shopping experience," said Ray Carlin, vice president and general manager, Retail Solutions Global Business Unit, HP. "HP is becoming the provider of choice for retailers that want to implement this seamless customer experience with affordable, leading-edge technology backed by best-in-class software partners."

HP at the National Retail Federation Convention and Expo

New offerings from HP include:
--  The HP mobile POS solution based on the HP Slate 2 tablet running the Windows(R) operating environment, which combines a bar-code scanner and magnetic stripe reader into a secure case to enable store associate applications such as sales and clienteling
-- better serving customers based on their past purchases.
--  The HP CX (Customer Experience) family of self-checkout solutions and the expansion of the HP IX (Interactive Experience) family of kiosks. HP CX is a cost-effective, flexible, self-checkout solution available in small and full-size configurations. Industry-leading software from ECRS and Retalix power these offerings.
--  The HP LD4730 and HP LD4730G 47-inch Micro Bezel Video Wall Displays.
Both touch-enabled displays feature HP DreamColor and the LD4730G
offers durable Corning(R) Gorilla(R) Glass, ideal for high
traffic settings. The displays use an HP exclusive video input -- simplified Video over Ethernet (VOE) -- to manage and deploy network-attached digital signage.
-- A touch-enabled interactive wall, built on HP VantagePoint technology,
combines six HP LD4730G 47-inch Micro Bezel displays with a custom
infrared-based touch overlay that provides 32 points of simultaneous
touch to enable new, interactive and fully immersive digital signage
experiences.
-- The HP Presentation Barcode Scanner is a high-performance on-counter
presentation scanner that can read most common 1-D and 2-D barcodes.
The HP Linear Barcode Scanner is an entry-level linear scanner that is
affordable and durable and can read normal and distressed 1-D
barcodes. Both scanners can read barcodes presented on mobile devices.
Also highlighted at the show:
-- HP's full line of retail-hardened POS terminals, including the rp5800,
rp3000 and the all-in-one ap5000, along with the full complement of HP
peripherals.
Follow us More information on HP's activities at the convention is available via the @HP_Retail Twitter channel and the HP Retail Technology and Solutions LinkedIn group.

About HP

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Monday, 16 January 2012
Rick Engels brings 10 years of industry success to QSR technology innovator

Eden Prairie, Minnesota - WAND Corporation, a leading provider of POS and Digital Menu Board solutions for QSR and Fast-Casual Restaurants, announced the hiring of experienced digital signage executive, Rick Engels, as Vice President of Business Development.

Engels is a recognized, accomplished, and respected industry executive with a proven record of growing businesses.  He was Chairman and CEO of BroadSign International where he built the company into one of the leading SAAS Companies in the Digital Signage Industry. Most recently he has been involved in the deployment and installation of large scale digital signage projects with TechniqueUSA. Rick is a founding member of MESA (Minnesota Emerging Software Advisors), focused on mentoring early stage technology companies.

“The opportunity to add Rick to our team was something we couldn’t pass up,” said Dave Perrill, CFO of WAND. “His consistent record of guiding organizations to success is well known.  In addition, his thought leadership in Digital Signage and expertise in developing measurement systems will directly benefit our customers and, as a result, WAND.”  
Engels responsibilities will include managing WAND’s sales, account management, and creative services teams.

“WAND’s commitment to technology, innovation and service is unequaled in the QSR and Fast Casual industry,” said Engels.  “It’s important that the companies I work for have the same dedication to exceeding customer expectations that I have, and WAND easily fits that profile.  Our accomplishments in combining POS, BOS, and Digital Menu Boards into a Total Restaurant Management (TRM) solution put us ahead of our competitors.  And the analytics and reporting capabilities support my philosophy driving success through information.”

About WAND Corporation

WAND Corporation serves thousands of restaurant locations across the globe, and is proud to have some of the largest and best known brands as loyal customers.  It is the world-wide technology leader for the QSR industry, continuing to push the envelope with an end-to-end solution offering Point of Sale, Digital Menu Boards, Analytics, and Reporting.  For over 25 years the foundation of WAND’s success has been providing excellence in service, and this pledge is supported and managed by the around-the-clock WAND Network Operations Center.  WAND’s commitment to its clients has generated double-digit growth almost every year for over 10 years.
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Monday, 16 January 2012
M&S connects its digital and physical stores to help shoppers discover and explore the latest fashion trends and order the sizes and colors they want 

LONDON, (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Marks & Spencer is working with NCR Corporation to trial new multimedia zones in its stores that combine digital discovery touch screens, video walls and displays of actual outfits to provide shoppers with inspiration to select that essential something.

The Style Online touch screens help shoppers keep up-to-date with the latest fashion trends and provide a digital stylist tool that enables shoppers to combine different garments and accessories to create their own personalized "look". They also give shoppers access to M&S' extended range and make it easy for consumers to order apparel in the sizes and colors they want.

Craig Smith, IT Program Manager at Marks and Spencer, commented, "The NCR in-store online ordering solution makes it easy for shoppers to combine apparel from our various fashion ranges in a way that suits their body shape, size and style, and order in an instant. M&S is now able to bring to life the cut, flow and quality of the fabrics with high impact catwalk footage on the video walls, combined and physical displays of outfits, to help shoppers stay on-trend."

M&S offers one of the most extensive choices of clothing sizes on the high street, ranging from petite to plus-size with short, standard or long cuts. Online ordering via the in-store touch screens enables shoppers to get the tailored look they want without retailers having to hold excessive stock on-site, which could impact margins and their ability to deliver great value.

Stuart Henderson, NCR's director of retail for Northern Europe, said, "M&S is a great example of a retailer that is connecting its digital and physical stores to give shoppers a better shopping experience. Consumers like being able to touch, feel and see products in-store but also want the benefits of endless choice and one-touch ordering that they get online to enable them to shop in the easiest and quickest way."

The NCR Netkey kiosk and digital signage software makes it easy for M&S to change content according to what's trending in traditional and social media or even the weather.

Henderson continued, "Rather than being a passing fad, in-store touch screens are here to stay as they complement mobile commerce by offering the fast, high definition, widescreen digital access to information and offers that consumers now expect."

The multimedia zones are available in a number of stores in the UK and M&S' flagship Paris outlet.

NCR Netkey is part of NCR's c-tailing(TM) solutions, a set of software and services that enable retailers to offer consumers greater personalization and consistency across channels, such as the Internet, mobile devices, social media and in the store. These converged retailing solutions enable retailers to differentiate themselves, lower operating costs and attract today's empowered and elusive consumer.

About Marks & Spencer

Marks & Spencer is one of the UK's leading retailers. M&S sells high quality, great value clothing and home products as well as outstanding quality food. Around 21 million customers visit its stores each week and M&S has 78,000 employees across the UK and 42 territories globally.

Marks & Spencer was founded over 127 years ago and currently has 703 UK stores and 369 international stores across Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

For more information please visit http://corporate.marksandspencer.com

About NCR Corporation

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

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Monday, 16 January 2012
New PixelSense(TM) Technology Enables SUR40 to See and Respond to Touch and Objects, Creating New Possibilities for Interactive Displays in a Variety of Settings 

RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J., Jan 16, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Samsung Electronics America Inc., a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Corporation and the number one worldwide brand of professional commercial display LCD products, is demonstrating its digital solutions leadership at a showcase event featuring the Samsung SUR40 for Microsoft Surface and a variety of applications from development partners at the National Retail Federation (NRF) conference, being held Jan. 16 and 17 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York in Room 1A17 (on Level One of the convention center).

Available now through Samsung channel and reseller partners, a CES Best of Innovations 2012 award-winner, the Samsung-Microsoft collaboration incorporates Microsoft Surface 2.0 software and touch technology into an interactive and engaging 40-inch Full HD LCD that can be used horizontally as a table, mounted vertically on a wall or embedded in other fixtures and furniture.

"Both retailers and consumers are adapting to ever-evolving ways of interacting with information and merchandise and have expressed a desire for technology that delivers information in an engaging and visually dynamic way," said Todd Bouman, vice president of product marketing for Samsung Electronics America, Enterprise Business Division. "With the availability of the Samsung SUR40 for Microsoft Surface, Samsung is energizing the retail space and anticipates an all-new approach to customer engagement."

Superior Screen, Smart Device

The Samsung SUR40 is an interactive, collaborative multi-touch device, offering a thin, 4-inch profile and a large screen size. It integrates Samsung's LCD panel capability with touch technology, combining Microsoft's massive multi-touch and object recognition software to maximize the performance of a brand new type of touch screen technology -- PixelSense.

Microsoft's PixelSense technology -- which gives LCD panels the power to see without the use of cameras -- and the Microsoft Surface 2.0 software, the premier touch-first experience for end users, have been combined with Samsung's display leadership to create an industry-changing information display device. The new SUR40 makes it possible for people to share, collaborate and explore together using a large, thin display. Not only can the SUR40 recognize fingers and hands, but it can also detect other objects placed on the screen supporting up to 50 points of contact at one time.

The SUR40 features a 40-inch Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) LCD LED panel combined with one of the world's largest piece of Gorilla protection glass for optimized screen durability and to protect from external shock and liquid ingress. It provides highly accurate touch interaction from multiple people at the same time and superior object recognition as each pixel has a camera element. Its natural interaction enables users to 'grab' digital information with their hands and interact with content through touch and gesture.

The SUR40 also provides developers with the opportunity to build apps that are specialized to vertical user-case scenarios as diverse as hospitality, retail, public sector, professional services, healthcare and finance to name a few. It offers a rich sound experience and can connect to a wide range of peripherals such as bar code scanners, cameras and printers through WiFi (802.11.n), Bluetooth or Ethernet connections to create a seamless digital entertainment environment. Surface 2.0 developers will showcase several never-before-seen solutions for the new device at NRF this week, with an emphasis on innovative retail experiences.

Major consumer brands and other technology partners such as FUJIFILM, Industrial Color, Le Metier de Beaute and Pepsico Beverages Canada have near-term plans to use the Samsung SUR40 to support immersive retail scenarios, professional tools and/or marketing efforts.

"The Samsung SUR40 for Microsoft Surface is an intelligent, specialized device, that can deliver highly-customized, engaging experiences for retailers and their customers," said Somanna Palacanda, director, Microsoft Surface. "We're eager to see the impact this innovative technology will have on a variety of industries and to continue to learn about and address customer needs."

Availability and Pricing

Shipments to customers will begin in January 2012. Estimated Street Pricing for the SUR40 for Microsoft Surface for U.S. customers will start at $8,400 (display only) and $9,049 (tabletop unit with matching stand). Pricing for other countries and/or regions may differ.

For more information or to find out how to order, call 1-866-SAM-4BIZ or visit samsung.com/business.

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Monday, 16 January 2012
Fabulous Palm Springs Follies at the Plaza Theatre Benefits from Elegant NEC Video Wall

CHICAGO – NEC Display Solutions of America, a leading provider of commercial LCD display and projector solutions, announced today that the company and partner Fluid Sound received a 2012 DIGI Award for best deployment in an entertainment venue for their work at the Plaza Theatre in Palm Springs, Calif.
 
Fluid Sound completed the installation of an NEC video wall comprised of 46-inch ultra-narrow displays to help transform the backdrop of the stage for the Fabulous Palm Springs Follies vaudeville-style musical revue. The content shown on the video wall ranges from a mix of photorealistic backdrops, with and without movement, to more artistic or conceptual renderings, depending on the mood for a given show. To create the video wall, San Diego-based Fluid Sound used NEC X461UN ultra-narrow displays in a 5x5 configuration. The displays are bright enough to withstand the high-power stage and spotlights used by the theater without being too intrusive.

“It is an honor to be the display provider behind this award,” said Keith Yanke, Director of Product Marketing for Large-Screen Displays and Projectors at NEC Display Solutions. “This achievement would not have been possible without the dedicated Fluid Sound team, which delivered boundless energy and creativity to the Plaza Theatre deployment.”

The DIGI Awards, sponsored by Digital Signage Magazine and The Digital Signage Group, recognize resellers, integrators and service providers who have gone the extra mile to ensure success for their clients by furthering the digital signage industry.

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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Monday, 16 January 2012
Magnetic 3D and Dynasign Showcase Networked, Glasses-free 3D Digital Signage Solution in Avnet Booth #359 at National Retail Federation's 101st Annual EXPO

New York, NY - Magnetic 3D,  the global leader in autostereoscopic "glasses-free" 3D displays and Dynasign, a technology and service provider for the growing digital signage network market, will exhibit the future of networked, glasses-free 3D digital signage solutions at National Retail Federation's 101st Annual EXPO being held January 16-17 at the Javits Convention Center in New York City.  A complete glasses-free 3D ecosystem including new autostereoscopic 3D content will be demonstrated at Retail's "BIG Show" in Avnet Technology Solutions' Booth #359.
 
"Digital signage technology continues to expand at a breakneck pace.  Coupled with Dynasign's remote content management system, Magnetic 3D and its partners are in an extraordinary position to deliver the most engaging and unparalleled 3D digital experience in the retail marketplace - without the glasses," said Tom Zerega, Founder and CEO of Magnetic 3D.  "Our unique solution has been proven to drive consumer engagement through the roof and increase sales dramatically."
 
"We are thrilled to be included in Avnet's booth which showcases their Brilliant Digital Signage Suite of Services," said Jimmy Dun, Vice President of Business Development at Dynasign.  "We also very much look forward to exhibiting jointly with our partner, Magnetic 3D.  As we have seen before, the inclusion of their glasses-free 3D display helps attract an impressive crowd."
 
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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Friday, 13 January 2012
Showcasing a Fully Interactive Shopping Experience at National Retail Federation’s Expo

New York City, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- Christie®, a global visual technology company, will showcase its broad range of industry-leading digital signage solutions, which include designing, building, deploying and on-going monitoring services for the retail market, January 16 –17, at the National Retail Federation’s BIG show.

On Display at NRF, Christie Booth #667:


The Christie displays at NRF include a 2 wide by 6 tall (32 inches wide by 72 inches tall) Christie® MicroTiles® shopping station with touch interactivity, 11 additional Christie MicroTiles in a unique and engaging configuration, and two stacked 55-inch high-definition Christie FHD551-X HD LCD flat panels.

Interactive Virtual Shelf™ Displayed on Brilliant Christie MicroTiles

Last year, NRF 2011 attendees previewed an exclusive sneak preview of the Virtual Shelf™ interactive concept display with mobile applications, designed by Arsenal Media, in collaboration with Christie. In 2012, the concept truly comes to life.

This stylish digital destination combines the award-winning Christie MicroTiles with a gesture-interactive shopping platform, mobile features, QR code promotions, lounge soundtrack, and ambient print design. Attendees will instantly see the benefits of this client-focused application that not only showcases up-sell and cross-sell opportunities based on fashion style or client persona, but gives consumers full control over their shopping experience by providing product category, model and color choices. The Virtual Shelf is unique in that its features are adaptable to each retailer’s brand, merchandising strategy and décor.

“The Virtual Shelf is a smart and stylish new breed of interactive shopping destinations. I believe it answers today’s consumer expectations regarding their in-store experiences while providing innovative merchandising opportunities for retailers. It utilizes a minimal amount of space without diminishing the impact of the sales experience and access to full inventory,” said Denys Lavigne, president of Arsenal Media.

Engage Clients from the Get-go With Corporate Lobby Digital Displays:

A Christie MicroTiles display demonstrates how Christie’s corporate lobby was renovated using this technology and booth visitors can inquire about how The Nielsen Company and others trust Christie to design, build, deploy and monitor corporate lobbies. Christie MicroTiles are modular, digital display tiles that interlock with one another like building blocks, creating a near-seamless display.

Christie as Guardian of Your Digital Networks:

Attendees learn how Christie teams with dealer networks to offer custom display solutions and support – including designing, building, deploying and monitoring displays through Christie’s state-of-the-art North American Network Operations Center where experienced technicians monitor and protect customers’ digital investments 24/7/365.

Via video clips and images displayed on two stacked 55-inch Christie FHD551-X HD LCD flat panels, attendees will also discover how Sun Life Financial (sponsor of IRIS by Cirque du Soleil® at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood), Fresh® (a Louis Vuitton subsidiary) and Rave Motion Pictures use Christie’s digital signage solutions and services.

“Christie has been in the visual technology business for more than 80 years, so we understand what retailers, architects and brand managers need to compete,” said Sean James, Christie’s vice president of managed services. “As guardian of digital signage networks, we offer specialty installations from design through deployment and into post-deployment monitoring and maintenance. We provide retailers the end-to-end solutions they need to increase their level of interactivity with customers, and to help them stand apart in a competitive world.”

Christie offers fully customizable, one-stop shopping from digital signage and services to additional products and accessories such as mounting brackets, frame and pedestal structural supports, Christie Vista Spyder and Christie Spyder X20 multi-image video processors, plus, a complete range of TVC controllers and media servers.

About Christie MicroTiles

As the world’s first fully-creative, modular, digital display tiles, Christie MicroTiles, along with Christie’s content providers, have received an unprecedented 18 awards, from Best Retail AV, to Most Innovative, to Eco-Design honors, Outstanding Creative Product by France’s Institut Français du Design and, recently, for Best Content, Corporate Communications, with partner Scala, for Christie’s European headquarters lobby installation. MicroTiles are renowned for delivering extremely bright and high resolution images, ideally suited for window fronts and in-store installations. Their modular nature and narrow profile give store designers complete freedom to create captivating digital displays in any shape or size, in virtually any area of the store. Lightweight, reliable and energy efficient, they are a perfect solution for architects, shopping malls, restaurants, theaters, stadiums, casinos and airports, in addition to retail stores and corporate lobbies.

About Arsenal Media

Arsenal Media is a digital content marketing agency dedicated to the creation of branded interactive destinations and applications. They help clients define, create and implement multi-platform digital strategies and projects. Core services include conceptualization, content strategy and production, programming, technology consulting and deployment coordination. For more info: http://www.arsenal-media.com Video portfolio: http://vimeo.com/arsenalmedia.

About Christie®

Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc. is a global visual technologies company and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ushio, Inc., Japan, (JP:6925).

Consistently setting the standards by being the first to market some of the world’s most advanced projectors and complete system displays, Christie is recognized as one of the most innovative visual technology companies in the world. From retail displays to Hollywood, mission critical command centers to classrooms and training simulators, Christie display solutions and projectors capture the attention of audiences around the world with dynamic and stunning images.







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Friday, 13 January 2012
LOUISVILLE, Colo., (BUSINESS WIRE) -- KIOSK Information Systems' (KIOSK) Board of Directors today announced Tom Weaver as the company's new Chief Executive Officer. Tom, previously KIOSK's Chief Marketing Officer, was selected by Rick Malone to assume his role, following Rick's 18+ years as founder & CEO of the company. Rick will continue to serve on the KIOSK Board, and will maintain an Executive Leadership role in the company's new Product Development efforts and technology roadmap.

"Rick's leadership and vision have driven KIOSK from a small start-up in 1993 to the number one kiosk manufacturer market share position in North America," stated Jim Unruh, KIOSK Chairman of the Board. "His passion for custom design and development has resulted in the deepest and most diversified solution portfolio in the industry. Equally important, Rick has advanced the company from a well-respected design and manufacturing firm to a full solution provider, building exceptional teams in application development and field services."

Unruh added, "The Board confidently endorsed Rick's selection of Tom Weaver to the role of CEO. Tom's contributions over the past eight years have directly fueled a period of substantial revenue and market share growth for the company."

As CMO, Tom was previously responsible for the full range of KIOSK Sales and Marketing efforts worldwide. His CMO tenure was also marked with extensive advances in KIOSK's technology partner network and Fortune 500 client base. Weaver states, "This is an exciting time to assume the role as KIOSK's CEO. I firmly believe that economic shifts and the adoption of kiosk and mobile technology will combine to steadily drive the self-service industry to the next level of growth. I'm grateful for Rick Malone's leadership and groundwork as the previous CEO, and am confident that KIOSK is firmly positioned for continued success."

About KIOSK Information Systems:

Since 1993, KIOSK Information Systems (KIOSK) has led the industry in design, manufacturing and support of self-service solutions. An exceptionally broad portfolio of standard and custom KIOSK designs is deployed with Fortune 500 clients in virtually all self-service vertical markets. As the undisputed market leader in custom solutions, KIOSK provides proven expertise in design engineering, application development, component integration, and quick-turn manufacturing for even the most sophisticated self-service platforms. ISO 9001:2008 certified processes ensure every solution provides superior field reliability. www.kiosk.com , 800-509-5471

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Friday, 13 January 2012
The DSA has lined up a panel of location-based marketing experts for a free webinar presentation on Jan. 24. During the webinar, attendees will learn how brands can tap into the smartphone explosion to engage consumers in venues and at the point of sale.

(PRWEB) January 13, 2012 - The Digital Screenmedia Association (DSA) will host a free one-hour webinar at 1 pm Eastern on Jan. 24 entitled "Using Location-Based Marketing Technology to Reach the Mobile Consumer."

This session will bring together three experts who will provide unique perspectives on the capabilities, value, and future of leveraging location information. In addition, attendees will hear a case study of Meijer’s implementation of location awareness into their mobile applications.

Attendees will learn:
  • How brands can use the smartphone explosion to engage consumers.
  • What is location based marketing and why all the “buzz” around this capability?
  • How can brands leverage location to improve customer engagement?
  • How to utilize location data to better target their efforts.
Presenters include:
  • Asif R. Khan, founder & president, Location Based Marketing Association (LBMA)
  • Andy Rosen, head of digital strategy, Meijer 
  • Todd Sherman, chief marketing officer, Point Inside

Jared Miller, managing director, self-service & emerging technology for United Airlines and DSA EVP – Mobile, will moderate. This webinar is the second in a series organized by DSA’s Mobile Council.

To register, go to: https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/s/showReg?udc=lqvrbswqe36f

About the Digital Screenmedia Association (DSA)

With over 650 members, DSA is an independent, not-for-profit trade association whose purpose is to advance the growth and excellence of the global digital signage, interactive kiosk and mobile community through advocacy, education and networking. Members include users of digital screenmedia in all vertical markets, as well as manufacturers, resellers and distributors of hardware and software, network operators, integrators, advertising agencies, consultants, analysts, publishers, tradeshow organizers and service companies.

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Thursday, 12 January 2012
Fine tuning promotions; who is watching, for how long and what they are buying 

TORONTO, ONTARIO, (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- iSIGN Media Solutions Inc. ("iSIGN" or "Company"), using Intel Corporation's ("Intel") Audience Impression Metric ("AIM") software is working with 5th Screen Digital Services, Inc. ("5th Screen") of Scott's Valley, California to generate unique metrics to measure the effectiveness of in-store promotional campaigns in iSIGN's digital signage network in Mac's Milk. These metrics confirm, in real time, audience measurement, gender and age to increase effective brand advertising and generate higher revenues and ROI on the Mac's network.

The trial has successfully measured customer digital signage engagement, gender, age and dwell time on advertisements displayed in the Mac's Milk test stores, as well as the effectiveness of the mobile reach created by iSIGN's Interactive Marketing Solution ("IMS") software. These metrics will be used to confirm to potential advertising clients the actual audience of the digital signage network and purchase redemption in real time. This makes the Mac's network the only interactive network of its kind, currently in the world. The study also correlated these metrics which will be released in detail in a report prepared by 5th Screen once the date is fully complied by the end of February 2012.

"Mac's Stores have been using our digital signage network for product promotions over the past three years," said Alex Romanov, Chief Executive Officer of iSIGN. "This study will provide advertisers and brands with unique and exclusive metrics that will optimize campaign effectiveness of their in-store digital promotions. The combination of iSIGN's and Intel's two solutions generate a high level of real time metrics never before available. This will make the Mac's network the only one delivering proof of audience and sales redemption to constantly increase ROI and revenue for all parties as well as a convenient experience for new and loyal customers."

"We used both iSIGN's and Intel's software solutions for this study," stated John Curran, President and Chief Operating Officer of 5th Screen Digital Services, Inc., as well as a digital signage consultant to Intel. "Intel's Anonymous Video Analytics ("AVA") package is a software-based technology that uses a sensor to gather viewership metrics for digital signage. We measured total viewer counts, viewing times and demographic information such as gender and age. AVA combined with iSIGN's IMS proximity marketing solution takes the measurement of promotional campaign effectiveness to a new and exciting level."

5th Screen will also assess the digital media assets including colour & font usage, product showcasing, transitions, screen layouts, zones and themed messages. Based on the analysis of AVA viewer metrics, playlist construction and digital media assets, 5th Screen and iSIGN will develop a digital media 'Blueprint' including media production 'Best Practices' for advertisers and brands to help increase the number of impressions and viewer exposure. The study is expected to continue and all final metrics will be available at the end of February, 2012. It is expected that the metrics will be of great importance to advertisers and their advertising agencies as well as to resellers.

Most recent results at one location, over a three day period, detected approximately 12,000 phones, with a unique handset detection rate of over 1,800 daily. The results also detected that 4,055 unique viewers viewed the point of sale digital screen, located by the store's cash register. Of these viewers, 2,314 were identified as males and 1,741 as females. The young adult segment spent the most time looking at the point of sale screen, averaging slightly more than 3 seconds, followed by the senior segment at 2.9 seconds, and the adult segment at 2.7 seconds. The overall average viewing time was an approximately 2.9 seconds.

"We are pleased with these results in that they support the claims that have been made in the past concerning traffic in the Mac's chain," stated Mr. Romanov. "Though the use of iSIGN's IMS software, we have demonstrated that we can greatly expand the potential audience for advertisements in Mac's locations, giving advertisers a more effective advertising campaign. We expect that with real time measurement of the viewership of the ads running on the digital network, the Mac's network will become the full service standard with advertisers and brands which will increase iSIGN's revenues."

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 5th Screen Digital Services, Inc.

5th Screen Digital Services provides planning, design and evaluation consulting services for 'Digital Experience' solutions to meet their client's business, marketing and communications goals. 5th Screen Digital Services specializes in understanding the client's audience, improving the relevance of their digital media, reducing their operational support and content production costs and providing the metrics to improve the networks ROI or ROO. In addition, 5th Screen Digital Service's solutions encompass Mobile and Social engagement applications and methods. 5th Screen Digital Services offers a strategic planning process that makes the client's first step the right step.

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.

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.




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Thursday, 12 January 2012
Christie MicroTiles Look Terrific in High Ambient Light Atrium

KITCHENER, Ont. – TELUS Spark, The New Science Centre is welcoming visitors with the help of 48 Christie® MicroTiles® and an assortment of Christie® projectors. The center opened October 29, 2011 in Calgary, Alberta for people of all ages and abilities to explore and discover science, technology and art in new ways.

The two story tall atrium houses an 8 unit wide by 6 unit high Christie MicroTiles array set between the Feature Gallery and the gift store.

Christie MicroTiles are modular digital display tiles that can be stacked and clustered like building blocks to create display walls of any shape or scale. They are also “self-aware” – meaning that the sensors built into the MicroTiles automatically complete time-consuming and costly color calibration needed to keep conventional video walls looking uniform.

“The Atrium is where we have a space for discovery leaders and hosts to deliver presentations and for informing people about what is happening at the center,” said Dennis Cheng, audio video manager, TELUS Spark. “There is a very large picture window on the south side of the atrium that lets in a lot of sunlight. In fact, it lights up the entire atrium. We needed a technology to overcome that issue and the Christie MicroTiles came in as the solution. The MicroTiles are LED-based and were the only product bright enough to overcome that large amount of ambient light.”

“Looking down from the second floor of the atrium, the MicroTiles display still looks great,” added Barry Crean, vice president, Operations. “People look down at the display from any angle and are quite impressed by what they see. The MicroTiles look terrific.”

A second wall, comprising 22 Christie MicroTiles, slated for installation this year, will act as a donor wall to recognize large-scale donations.  

Ten Christie Projectors Complete the Solution

Cheng explained that as a new building, TELUS Spark is poised to attract a wide variety of special events and the Atrium is the perfect place to stage these opportunities. 

“Again, because of the ambient light on the south end of the atrium, we needed a projector to overcome the light challenges. The Christie Roadie HD+35K was the best option,” said Cheng. “The Roadie projects 100 feet away onto a 30-foot by 16-foot screen that is suspended from a movable truss over 30 feet above the atrium floor.” 

The center also has seven Christie DWU670-E 1-chip DLP® projectors with four dedicated to the Open Studio gallery. Catering to youth, the Open Studio allows participants to digitally paint with light or compose a symphony with color. The finished artwork or composition is then projected onto one of four screens.

Of the remaining three projectors, one is in the Being Human gallery and the other two are on mobile carts, used throughout the science center.

Christie DWU670-E 1-chip DLP® projectors provide exceptional brightness (6000 ANSI lumens / 6500 center lumens) and image quality with native WUXGA (1920 x 1200) resolution. 

“We really like the look and performance of these single-chip projectors,” added Cheng. “They work exceptionally well and were the ideal wide-screen choice for our needs.”

A Christie DS+750 1-chip DLP® projector is used at the Shadow Rock exhibit in the Open Studio gallery. Offering an exceptional balance between high brightness and superior color and reliability for 24/7 applications, the Christie DS+750 digital projector delivers 7500 ANSI lumens at SXGA+ (1400 x 1050) resolution.

“The final Christie projector we have is the Christie CP2220, located in our 164-seat Presentation Theatre,” Crean continued. “We wanted a quality space where we could do flat image 3D and the Christie CP2220 is exactly what we needed.”

Designed for ease of use and maximum reliability with the majority of screens in commercial exhibitions, the Christie CP2220 digital cinema projector is an all-in-one digital cinema projector solution and the brightest, highest performance projector with the lowest operating costs in its class.

“We had a walkthrough with some technology experts and they recognized that by choosing Christie projectors, we had chosen high quality and cutting edge technology. Once we decided on Christie, everything – including delivery of the products – happened very quickly,” Crean concluded.

“We worked closely with Geoff Chick (Central and Western Regional Sales Manager, Canada) and Dave Muscat (Senior Director of Sales, Canada) – who were very responsive throughout the process. Having great products means we have the potential to achieve great things with our exhibits.”

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.com.

Christie® is a registered trademark of Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc.
Christie® MicroTiles® is a registered trademark of Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc.
DLP® is a registered trademark of Texas Instruments

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Wednesday, 11 January 2012
New 18.5” and 21.5” 3M multi-touch displays offer sophisticated desktop solutions with innovative, ultra-fast 20-finger touch response and flat front surface design

LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As consumers’ preference for the sleek, modern industrial design of smart phones and tablets continues to grow rapidly, 3M Touch Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of 3M Company, announces the availability of two multi-touch monitors – 18.5- and 21.5-inch display sizes – that extend the immersive user experience to the desktop. Offered as the 3M Multi-Touch Display M1866PW (18.5”) and the 3M Multi-Touch Display M2167PW (21.5”), these multi-touch displays take interactive display technology to the next level by combining uncompromising performance (20 simultaneous touches at 6 millisecond response time), brilliant high-definition graphics powered by LED backlights, wide viewing angles and elegant product design into a series of fully-integrated, easy-to-use desktop displays. These new multi-touch desktop displays and other multi-user/multi-touch exhibits are on display at 3M’s CES 2012 booth (#56802 in South Hall, S4). Visit the 3M Touch Systems virtual CES 2012 booth at www.3m.com/multitouch/ces2.

“These professional-grade multi-touch monitors offer the high performance interactive platform needed to create a truly immersive touch interface”

“These professional-grade multi-touch monitors offer the high performance interactive platform needed to create a truly immersive touch interface,” says Diego Romeu, business operations manager, 3M Touch Systems. “When you combine ultra-fast multi-touch response with leading industrial design and premium display features, the result is an interactive display ideal for applications in a broad range of industries, including retail, entertainment, audio visual and hospitality.”

Based on 3M’s industry-leading Projected Capacitive Technology (3M PCT) with 20 finger touch capabilities and 6 millisecond ultra-fast touch response, these multi-touch displays offer the unique ability to recognize and reject the user’s palms or arms resting on the touchscreen to help prevent inadvertent touches. Plus, these displays feature a 3M-proprietary anti-stiction surface treatment that allows a user’s fingers to effortlessly glide across the screen for smoother gesturing and accurate draw capabilities.

These 3M multi-touch displays also feature a stylish flat front surface industrial design that allows easy touch access in the screen edges and corners not possible with a traditional bezel display, making them an attractive addition to any professional or retail environment. Featuring a sturdy and robust base, the display can accommodate a full 90-degree position range for more viewing flexibility while providing an inviting horizontal surface for multi-user on-screen collaboration. These displays are Windows 7 compatible and 3M offers drivers for Windows XP, Linux and Mac operating systems.

These displays are part of an expanding product line of 3M multi-touch displays that include the 32” 3M Multi-Touch Display C3266PW, 22” 3M Multi-Touch Display M2256PW desktop, and 22” 3M Multi-Touch Display C2254PW chassis.

All 3M multi-touch displays are available from leading distributors (BlueStar, Ingram Micro, ScanSource, SYNNEX, and Tech Data), popular on-line retailers, and 3M’s on-line store, www.Shop3M.com.

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

About 3M Touch Systems Inc.

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

All other trademarks listed herein are owned by their respective companies
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Wednesday, 11 January 2012
Adapt now the largest provider of Convenience Store advertising in Canada.

(Toronto) Today, Adapt Media inks a deal with iSIGN Media as Key Representation for the Mac Couche-Tard Convenience Store Digital Video Screen Network.  After the purchase of Pinpoint Media, iSIGN assigned Adapt Representation to better showcase metrics and analytics offered in the 5600 screen network. With this deal, Adapt Media becomes the largest provider of Convenience Store advertising in Canada.

In 2011, Adapt extended its proprietary c-store network by 1500 new locations having now contracted over 3000 stores nationally as the media supplier. Adapt made a first to market move installing 500 double-sided illuminated signs as part of the network.
 
About Adapt Media

Adapt offers National advertising services in the c-store environment with more than 10,000 media facings.  Adapt also represents across Canada: Over 80 large format full motion digital screens including The Ricoh Coliseum Gardiner Boards for MLSE in Toronto; Retail media opportunities at major grocery chains such as Sobey's, IGA, Metro and Safeway, T&T and more; Storeboard Entrance Pedestals in Zellers and Staples; Full Motion Digital Video Trucks; Bike Racks and lockers in Vancouver at Skytrain and Bus Stations; Cab Tops in Montreal; and Experiential Activations.

Since its inception in 1998, Jamie Thompson, President, has successfully established Adapt Media Outdoor as one of Canada’s main players in Out-Of-Home advertising. With coast-to-coast coverage, national and regional advertisers have chosen Adapt Media not only for a successful, cost effective campaigns, but also because of the personal attention Thompson brings to each and every client.  Following a decade of growth, Adapt Media has evolved to become a driving force in the outdoor advertising industry.   Adapt now employs over 30 people on a national level. For more information, visit www.adaptmedia.com

About iSIGN Media

iSIGN is a leading developer of location-based interactive proximity advertising solutions that deliver rich media, permission based messages, free of charge to cell phones using Bluetooth® connectivity, 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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Tuesday, 10 January 2012
Engage 2.1 Adds Internationalization, Returns, PCI PA-DSS 2.0 Support and More

AUSTIN, Texas--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Starmount, a leading software provider focused on helping retailers optimize the shopper experience, today announced Engage 2.1, an update to its mobile selling assistant solution.

“Tech-savvy retailers are using Engage to empower sales associates to better serve today’s more informed customer — customers who, in many cases, are more knowledgeable about the products being sold than associates.”
.“More and more retailers are turning to Starmount for mobile technology solutions to enhance the in-store shopping experience,” said Jerry Rightmer, president and chief technology officer for Starmount. “Tech-savvy retailers are using Engage to empower sales associates to better serve today’s more informed customer — customers who, in many cases, are more knowledgeable about the products being sold than associates.”

Engage enables associates to deliver richer customer interaction and service — from point-of-interest to point-of-sale — by extending the point-of-sale (POS) system from behind the cash wrap to the aisle and offering customer engagement functions. Key additions to Engage include:

•Returns and refunds: Retailers can now fully process returns with Engage on mobile devices.
•Full internationalization: Engage can now be used internationally, and includes configuration options to accommodate different languages, currencies, taxation and tender options.
•PCI PS-DSS 2.0: Engage meets all PA-DSS security requirements and has been audited for conformance against the latest standard.
The application runs native on the Apple® iPod touch, iPhone, iPad or other mobile devices. Engage 2.1 is also designed for integration with Starmount’s newest product, Connect, an open shopper engagement platform that delivers a more personalized in-store experience by unifying rich online data from multiple sources on the Web into a single stream delivered into the store.

Urban Outfitters stores recently completed rollout of Starmount’s Engage, and a number of additional implementations are currently underway around the country, including a leading specialty fashion retailer and a national outdoor retailer.

Starmount will be demonstrating Engage 2.1 and Connect at Booth #2073 of the National Retail Federation’s BIG Show, Jan. 16 and 17, in New York City.

About Starmount

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

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Tuesday, 10 January 2012
GWD Media, the international supplier of kiosk management software, has signed the contract with Connect Fiji Ltd to provide Genkiosk for their estate of Internet terminals and WI-FI hotspots in Fiji. Genkiosk will ensure easy access via both kiosk and Wi-Fi for end users in the South Pacific nation, as well as underwriting efficient management, security, technical maintenance and updating. This deal means that Genkiosk circles the globe fully, from Europe to the Middle East to the Americas – and now the South Pacific.

Sheffield, United Kingdom (PRWEB) - Genkiosk, the most powerful kiosk software, has now extended right round the world, after signing the contract for kiosk software with Connect Fiji Ltd (the fully owned subsidiary of Telecom Fiji) for Internet access via kiosks and Wi-Fi in Fiji.

Genkiosk supports self-service customers in bill payment, Internet and information, photo, money transfer and retail - in countries as far apart as the Americas, Europe and the Middle East. The new contract in Fiji now takes the kiosk management software full circle.

Ronald Deo Sharma, Manager Technical Services of Connect Fiji said: “We chose Genkiosk because it matches our top priority – to give our end users the best service at the best value. It is our vision to be the best Internet Service provider in the South Pacific by providing world class services to all our customers.”

James Oladujoye, CEO of GWD Media added: “ I was sitting in a business meeting in Sydney Australia in February last year, and thought our services would never reach any further from our base in the UK. I am delighted to be proved wrong, now that we have extended to Fiji. On one thing I was right though – self-service is growing strongly right around the world, especially in regions where the benefits for customers are so clear - as we see in the Pacific Islands.”

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 often remove the need for customers to stand in line or wait for human assistance.

The result for end users: they get what they want - quick and easy.

Commercially, self-service improves reach and delivery: operators can maximise their access to customers at whatever time that suits them 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 the rest of the estate up to scratch.

Core functionality comes cost-effectively along with the standard platform of Genkiosk. Customisation - to co-ordinate with specific software, hardware, peripherals, functionality and content distribution - sets each client apart.

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 computer services are delivered remotely regardless of global region – has transformed our business. Customers everywhere deserve– and demand – the very best. Nowadays, why should it matter which part of the world you are in, as far as software services are concerned? Our new clients in Fiji will enjoy the latest and the best – just like our clients in Dubai, London, Seattle or wherever.”

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.

After launching in Europe, it expanded first to the Americas, then the Middle East and beyond, going global via multinational customers and now with direct clients as far afield as Fiji in the South Pacific.

Genkiosk is 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 mobile phone SIM, gives online access to even the most basic vending machine.

GWD Media is headquartered in Sheffield, UK, and operates worldwide.
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Tuesday, 10 January 2012
Isabella Products announces strategic partnership with Scala.

Concord, MA (PRWEB) - Isabella Products Inc. (“Isabella”), a leading mobile device and services company, announces a strategic partnership with Scala Inc. (“Scala”), the world’s leading software platform for digital signage networks. Both companies have agreed to develop sales, marketing, and technology initiatives for 2012 and beyond for the digital signage market.

Scala, in its efforts to better serve Small and Medium Business (SMB) with its SignChannel service, will support Isabella Products’ Vizit and Mini devices to provide a low cost, hassle-free, cellular networking solution for SignChannel users. Isabella will in turn develop a Digital Signage version (DS) of its award-winning Vizit® interactive display and Mini™ 3G USB stick optimized for use with SignChannel.

The Vizit-DS and Mini-DS products will provide Scala with integrated 2G/3G cellular solutions for reliably delivering digital signage content across multiple display environments throughout various locations. Utilizing Isabella’s existing relationships with world-class wireless carriers, Vizit-DS and Mini-DS will be marketed through Scala’s existing global sales and distribution channels.

“Combining Scala’s global presence and expertise in the digital signage business with Isabella’s compelling, cost-effective product portfolio with mobile capabilities, we are excited to introduce these new products and services to a whole new market,” Matthew I. Growney, Founder, CEO of Isabella Products.

Scala’s award-winning SignChannel service allows SMB owners to easily deploy digital signage in their locations without the complexity or cost normally associated with traditional enterprise solutions. SignChannel’s intuitive web interface requires no special training and installation is simple. Until now, users still had to find a solution for connecting their devices to the Internet. That problem is now cleanly solved. If your cell phone works, your digital signage or kiosk will work.

“The Mini-DS is a game changer,” said Jeff Porter, President of SignChannel. “Just plug the Mini-DS into any TV and you will have a SignChannel player. It couldn’t be easier. In addition, the Vizit-DS makes deploying a kiosk just as easy - simply add electricity, nothing more! With SignChannel’s ease of use and Isabella’s relationships in the cellular industry, deploying digital signage and kiosks just got a whole lot simpler.”

Vizit-DS is a 10.4” full-touch interactive media display that wirelessly receives and plays images and SWF files while allowing viewers to interact and share the display’s content remotely. Mini-DS is a 3G USB stick that can be inserted into digital televisions, digital photo frames, and digital monitors to cost-effectively deliver content across the cellular network. Both companies are evaluating additional product development opportunities that will provide mobile Internet connectivity in a cost-effective manner to emerging interactive displays, kiosks, and other digital signage implementations.

For all inquiries about the Vizit-DS and Mini-DS with SignChannel service, please contact Jeff Porter at Scala.

About Isabella Products

Isabella Products, Inc. is a leading mobile device company developing a family of connected wireless products that enrich and entertain your everyday life. Through its VizitMe content management service, Isabella effectively and securely delivers and manages real-time content experiences among a portfolio of innovative products including Vizit, Mini, and Fable (the latter available in fall 2012). Isabella Products is led by a world-class management team with deep experience in the mobile and consumer electronics industries. For more information, please visit: http://www.isabellaproducts.com.

About Scala

Driving more than 500,000 screens worldwide, Scala Inc. is a leading global provider of digital signage and advertising management solutions. Scala is the world’s first connected signage company, offering the leading platforms for content creation, management and distribution in digital signage networks and the first unified platform for advertising management of both traditional and digital signage networks. Scala is headquartered near Philadelphia, PA, and has subsidiaries in Canada, The Netherlands, France, Norway, Germany, Japan and India, as well as more than 500 partners in over 90 countries. For more information, please visit: http://www.scala.com or their blog. Connect with Scala via the Scala Blog, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn.
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Tuesday, 10 January 2012
ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Widescreen resolution and triple-digit luminosity are among the latest innovations announced today by the 3M Company (CES booth number: 35806) in their award-winning portfolio of mobile projectors.

“Both models demonstrate 3M’s commitment to the evolving needs of the mobile business professional, allowing entire presentations to be run from mobile devices such as smart phones and tablet computers.”

The 3M Mobile Projector model MP220 offers an unparalleled 50 lumens brightness, WSVGA resolution and full, two-hour battery life. A robust, 2GB internal memory and MicroSD card slot enable easy loading and storage of files directly on the projector, lightening the business traveler’s load by eliminating the need for a laptop or other device.

For those frequently on the go and needing an added kick of power and brightness, 3M is introducing its first AC-powered mobile projector in a pint-sized package. The MP410 outputs a crystal-clear, 300-lumen, HD-image of up to 80-inches, yet is just 4 inches by 4 inches by one inch (400 cubic centimeters) and weighs less than one pound. One GB of onboard memory and an integrated MicroSD card slot truly make it an all-in one office for the mobile presenter, allowing for PC-free presentations – ideal for the modern, mobile sales professional for whom portability is measured by the ounce. Like all 3M Mobile Projectors, the MP410 boasts an impressive, 20,000-hour lamp life.

“The 3M Mobile Projector MP220 and MP410 break new ground in 3M’s award-winning mobile projection technology,” said Mark Colin, Vice-President and General Manager of 3M Mobile Interactive Solutions Division. “Both models demonstrate 3M’s commitment to the evolving needs of the mobile business professional, allowing entire presentations to be run from mobile devices such as smart phones and tablet computers.”

The 3M Mobile Projector MP220 (anticipated retail price: $479) and MP410 (anticipated retail price: $599) will debut in April 2012.

For More Information: www.3MMobileProjector.com
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About 3M Mobile Interactive Solutions Division

3M Mobile Interactive Solutions Division (MISD) serves users of the world’s estimated five billion display-capable mobile electronic devices. The division leverages 3M’s leading position in light management and film technologies, as well as, over 50 years of award-winning projection technology. 3M MISD’s Projection Systems business is comprised of the company’s innovative line of mobile projectors, interactive super-close projection solutions and mobile device accessories for the consumer, business, and industrial markets.

About 3M

3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of ingenious products. Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better. 3M is the innovation company that never stops inventing. With $27 billion in sales, 3M employs about 80,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 65 countries. For more information, visit www.3M.com or follow @3MNews on Twitter.
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Tuesday, 10 January 2012
One of the largest oilfield services companies, Weatherford International is headquartered in Switzerland, and currently operates in more than 100 countries across the world, employing more than 52,000 people. The company has regional hubs in major energy-producing regions such as Asia, Canada, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Russia, and the United States. Weatherford has a product and service portfolio that spans the life cycle of a well including drilling, evaluation, completion, production and intervention as well as research and development.

Weatherford selected digital signage from ONELAN to improve communications across their operations in Abudhabi (U.A.E).

Thirty nine ONELAN Net-top-boxes (NTBs) are installed at Weatherford’s premises in Abudhabi, and four further ONELAN NTB subscriber units are installed in other Weatherford office locations across UAE. All the subscriber NTBs rely on the feed from a ONELAN NTB5500P publisher unit installed in Weatherford WTTC, Abudhabi.

A 1 x 3 video wall in Weatherford’s foyer displays content from an ONELAN NTB 510S. The room booking is done through third party software which provides the output in an html file and is retrieved through the HTML zone on the ONELAN NTB. This video wall displays the sessions taking place in all the meeting rooms and class rooms in the facility.

Screens in the Auditorium display are used to present the details of the session in progress, (driven by a NTB in the simulation room) run videos showing how Weatherford’s products are used e.g in oil fields.

In the lobby 42” displays driven by ONELAN NTB 510S units show digital signage content for Weatherford WTTC including information on the organization and its mission statements. A 42” display is installed in the foyer in portrait mode to display greetings and welcome messages to visitors.

Weatherford’s digital signage content is managed centrally by a dedicated member of staff. The Ad hoc capability enables changes to be made e.g stock levels on a daily basis.

End user feedback
Weatherford are very happy with their digital signage as it has improved internal communications, and is much more effective than their previous system which comprised PCs running Powerpoint.
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Tuesday, 10 January 2012
"Panasonic Smart Solutions" highlighted at CES 2012 encompass cutting-edge digital AV products and comprehensive energy solutions. 

OSAKA, Japan, /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Panasonic Corporation is showcasing its comprehensive "Smart Solutions" at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2012), which will be held from January 10 to 13 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Panasonic is aiming to become the "No.1 Green Innovation Company in the Electronics Industry" by the company's 100th anniversary in 2018. In line with this goal, the Panasonic Smart Solutions on display at the CES 2012 Panasonic booth (Central Hall #9405 & #9808) will feature the company's comprehensive energy solutions that begin with the entire homes and eventually expand to entire towns, as well as its cutting edge digital AV products with main focus on the Smart VIERA TVs.

[Major Exhibits at Panasonic Booth]

Digital AV Network

Panasonic presents its latest digital AV products, including 2012 Smart VIERA lineup with newly added 47- and 55-inch LCD TVs, home theaters, digital cameras and camcorders. Visitors will find the Smart VIERA Monument in the center of the booth that depicts five pillar concepts behind the connected TV series (Picture Quality, Easy Operation, Networking, Eco and Design). Advanced network functions offered by Smart VIERA, such as the enhanced VIERA Connect cloud-based internet services and connectivity with smartphone and tablet devices, will be demonstrated. The High Picture Quality Technology corner shows plasma and LCD technologies as well as a prototype of the newly developed 4K2K IPS Alpha LCD panel. The 3D Mass Display allows visitors to experience the stunning 3D videos of the Olympic Games and inside Space Shuttle Atlantis that was captured with the Panasonic AG-3DA1 twin-lens Full HD 3D camcorder onboard the final space shuttle mission.

Energy Solutions

This area showcases Panasonic's HIT® solar panels, fuel cells, household lithium-ion storage battery systems and energy management systems, the key devices and technologies for implementing Panasonic's comprehensive energy concept: energy creation, energy storage, energy saving and energy management. The zone will also feature Panasonic's unique energy solutions for entire homes and towns in an easy-to-understand manner. The solutions among them will include in-car systems and charging infrastructure that promote the spread of electric vehicles; the next-generation cockpit systems that offer a safer, more comfortable driving experience; and examples of smart city projects Panasonic is engaged in around the world, including the Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town (SST), which is planned to open by March 2014.

Business Solutions

This corner presents business-to-business solutions Panasonic is promoting in the U.S. market, such as in-car and in-flight entertainment systems, digital signage and solutions designed for stores.

Future Craft Design Philosophy

Panasonic will introduce its new product design philosophy called "Future Craft." On display is a new series of VIERA TVs to be rolled out in the U.S. in 2012, the first product that embodies this philosophy. Details of Future Craft can be found at http://panasonic.net/design/ .

Panasonic Live @ CES

Panasonic will be hosting a live and interactive broadcast titled "Panasonic Live @ CES" from Las Vegas to enable people from around the world to share the Panasonic CES experience and explore a world of Smart Solutions. Panasonic Live@CES2012 will be available on Panasonic's CES2012 official site at http://www.panasonic.com/CES .

About Panasonic

Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of electronic products for a wide range of consumer, business, and industrial needs. Based in Osaka, Japan, the company recorded consolidated net sales of 8.69 trillion yen (US$105 billion) for the year ended March 31, 2011. The company's shares are listed on the Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and New York. For more information on the company and the Panasonic brand, visit the company's website at http://panasonic.net .

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Tuesday, 10 January 2012
Network-enabled Controllers Deliver Full HD Quality, High Reliability and Significant Energy Savings

LOS GATOS, CA – BrightSign® announced today that Wovenmedia is using BrightSign network-enabled HD210 digital signage players to deliver its place-based media service in retail and healthcare locations across the US.

Wovenmedia’s innovative cloud service allows businesses to create and deliver their own video channels to private network screens, websites and mobile devices.

By combining the Wovenmedia Video Service with BrightSign players, any company can very cost-effectively use TV screens in their locations to inform and entertain consumers while they wait for service, promote products at the point-of-purchase, and enhance internal corporate communications.

Using the Wovenmedia service, businesses can blend their own promotional content with live broadcasts, social media streams and licensed content from Wovenmedia's growing list of top-tier content partners including NBC Universal, Access Hollywood, PBS, Fox Sports, PGA Tour, Big 10 Networks, CNET and Vme.

BrightSign’s open technology platform made it easy for Wovenmedia to integrate its applications with BrightSign’s players and Simple Networking service with minimal development effort.  This capability also makes it possible for Wovenmedia and other integrators to develop customer specific features and applications, and link them to BrightSign products quickly and cost-effectively.

“Clearly, Wovenmedia has filled the gap in providing businesses of all sizes with new levels of flexibility and control over their video messaging,” said Jeff Hastings, BrightSign’s CEO.  “The applications for these capabilities range from retail to education and healthcare and more.  We’re very pleased to be a
part of such a versatile solution.”  

“We chose BrightSign controllers because they help us keep the Wovenmedia service affordable while allowing us to deliver the highest levels of video quality and  network reliability,” said Susie Opare-Abetia, Co-Founder and CEO of Wovenmedia.
 “Support for live video, social media streaming and other great features makes this joint solution a great fit across multiple markets and applications.”

BrightSign digital signage controllers include the hardware, software and networking capabilities to deliver complete, turnkey HD signage solutions that eliminate compatibility issues and make digital signage easy to deploy.  Because they are based on a PC-less platform, the players deliver higher reliability at substantially lower prices than PC-based signage solutions and have a power requirement of only about 3-5 watts, compared to 70-90 watts for an average PC.

Included with the BrightSign players, BrightAuthor is a PC application that not only simplifies building and publishing the initial  presentations; it provides links into Wovenmedia’s solution/service via the player’s open platform.
 
The Wovenmedia/BrightSign solution is being used by a number of retail and healthcare clients in the US, including electronics retailer Flexi Compras and Mi Doctor family healthcare clinics. 

About Wovenmedia

Wovenmedia is a privately held company founded in the spring of 2010 and led by a team of technologists and media professionals, on a mission to redefine the way enterprises use video to engage their customer base across multiple viewing platforms. The company's founders have deep roots in traditional and new media, end-to-end video technologies, and place-based video networks. Wovenmedia has offices in San Francisco and Burbank, CA.  For more information, call 415.642.4990 or visit www.Wovenmedia.com.

About BrightSign

BrightSign, LLC, based in Los Gatos, California, develops products and software for digital signage. BrightSign solid-state digital sign controllers set new standards for both stand-alone and networked digital signage applications with their superior video quality, reliability, affordability, ease of use and interactivity.

Online information about BrightSign units is available at www.brightsign.biz.
For sales inquiries, please contact sales@brightsign.biz or call 408-852-9263 in the USA and +44-1223-911842 internationally.

BrightSign is a registered trademark of BrightSign, LLC in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners. Specifications subject to change without notice.
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Monday, 09 January 2012
Stone Group – The leading IT provider and the UK’s largest privately owned computer manufacturer, specializing in the supply and support of ICT and audio-visual solutions to schools, colleges, universities, local government, the emergency services, the NHS and MoD today announces their joint collaboration with signagelive at this year’s BETT 2012 event, hosted at Olympia, London.  Taking place on 11-14 January 2012, signagelive have been carefully selected by Stone Group as one of their primary digital signage content partners. The Stone Group showcase stand, powered by signagelive, has been media optimised via partners  Mookuh, who’ve provided a compelling design for the DOOH showcase and incorporates Stone Groups wealth and breadth of experience within their industry field.

Daily Robinson, Group Marketing Manager at Stone Group comments on the joint affiliation: “Technology and innovation is moving at dizzying speeds and education is at the forefront of this period of colossal change. To ensure that Stone’s stand presence at BETT 2012 truly represents our position as a leading educational ICT supplier, we’ve collaborated with signagelive to ensure that our Audio Visual presence at the show turns heads.”

Dave Thwaites, Sales Engineer at signagelive added:  “signagelive, working together with Stone Group, galvanizes our joint solution orientated approach.  We are committed and tenacious in our support infrastructure mechanisms to all of our digital signage clients.  It’s a great match”

The world’s leading event for educational technology, BETT is the perfect environment for education professionals to evaluate and purchase a comprehensive range of ICT products and services. From early years to universities, BETT is an indispensable part of the annual knowledge-gathering process, coming at a time when establishments are planning and budgeting for the new school year. 

signagelive is a multi-award winning digital signage software platform.  signagelive is in use every day throughout the UK and globally, running a huge range of applications across a multitude of education establishments and vocabularies.

Want to see the action?  Visit stand K20 in the National Hall, London Olympia, 11-14 January 2012.
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Monday, 09 January 2012
Over 1 Million Users Enjoy Printing Photos from a KODAK Picture Kiosk Making Printing Pictures from FACEBOOK More than a Status Update 

LAS VEGAS, (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Eastman Kodak Company continues to innovate offering brilliant ways to do more with your pictures. One year ago, Kodak was the first to offer printing from FACEBOOK on a KODAK Picture Kiosk. Today, the number of KODAK Picture Kiosks connected to FACEBOOK continues to climb and over 1 Million unique users will have printed their favorite photos from the KODAK Picture Kiosk through January 2012.

In a socially connected world, Kodak is making it easier than ever to enjoy pictures beyond the FACEBOOK wall. The success is attributed to the growing number of images that are being uploaded and enjoyed on FACEBOOK every second of the day along with the ease and simplicity that Kodak brings to creating one-of-a-kind premium photo products from their pictures.

Using FACEBOOK Connect on the KODAK Picture Kiosk allows consumers to access their FACEBOOK photos and their friend's photos to create and print brilliant keepsakes. In just minutes, Photo Books, Personal Greetings, calendars, photo cards, collages and prints can be created and made into great gifts in an instant.

In addition to the kiosk, Kodak launched the My KODAK MOMENTS App My KODAK Moments on Facebook | Facebook for Holiday 2011. Consumers now have the ability to print directly from FACEBOOK taking all of those images that they enjoy and share daily on FACEBOOK to create a Photo Book or print without leaving the FACEBOOK Site.

With over 1 Million people enjoying printing photos from a KODAK Picture Kiosk, Kodak makes printing pictures from FACEBOOK more than a status update. For more information please visit www.kodak.com/go/PrintFromFacebook .

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.
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Monday, 09 January 2012
NORTH CANTION, Ohio,  /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Diebold, Incorporated today announced that Frank A. Natoli, Jr., has been promoted to executive vice president and chief innovation officer. In this newly created role, Natoli is responsible for overseeing the activities of the new global research and development organization, including the oversight of collaboration amongst all of Diebold's global engineering, marketing, product management and technology groups. Additionally, he is responsible for leading the vision and future development of interconnected technologies and solutions, such as the world's first virtualized automated teller machine (ATM) prototype, which Diebold unveiled in August 2011.

"In order for us to continuously deliver on our commitment to bringing innovation to the industries we serve, it is important that we align ourselves in a way to ensure we succeed," said Thomas W. Swidarski, Diebold president and chief executive officer. "I am extremely confident that Frank's extensive industry expertise, leadership experience and energetic, forward-looking approach provide the right combination to drive this critical function."

Natoli most recently served as vice president, chief technology officer. In this role he oversaw and led the global development efforts and processes for Diebold's comprehensive suite of new ATM security products and deposit automation solutions that have diversified and differentiated Diebold's self-service portfolio. Prior to this role, he served as vice president, operational excellence, and vice president, business transformation.

Before joining Diebold in 2005, he spent 23 years in the automotive industry in engineering, manufacturing and operations roles. Natoli holds various lean and quality certificates from Delphi, the University of Michigan and Shainin, LLC. A native of McDonald, Ohio, Natoli received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and a master's degree at Kettering University (formerly General Motors Institute and GMI Engineering Management Institute) in Flint, Mich.

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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Monday, 09 January 2012
REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Touch Revolution introduces an industrial alternative to the iPad for commercial touch applications.

“These announcements demonstrate that Touch Revolution is committed to leading the industry in innovation for the vertical markets”
.Touch Revolution, the leader in Projected Capacitive Touch, will be showcasing two new additions to its award winning product line at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week – the NIMble™ 7 HMI open frame embedded touch computer and the NIMble DMS (Device Management System). NIMble 7 HMI and NIMble DMS bring easy to deploy and manage touch computer solutions to Digital Signage, Retail, Point-of-Sale, and Kiosk markets.

The NIMble 7 HMI open frame touch computer is a complete, easy-to-integrate module with an intuitive touch screen interface that supports a myriad of I/O devices. The open frame form-factor allows simple mounting into virtually any enclosure making it easy to successfully deploy in a secure manner.

NIMble Device Management System (DMS) is an easy-to-use system for secure networked management and control of NIMble devices. NIMble DMS provides the centralized control needed to effectively deploy multiple screens which are missing with the iPad.
•Push updates of application and data
•Remote monitoring
•Crash reporting and recovery
•Usage statistics
“These announcements demonstrate that Touch Revolution is committed to leading the industry in innovation for the vertical markets,” said Tom Leonard, President of Touch Revolution. “NIMble provides that same intuitive touch interface as consumer tablets, but adds the commercial features required to overcome their limitations. By using standard open source Linux and Android development environments, we empower developers to take touch technology to places that just weren’t possible with existing solutions.”

NIMble 7 HMI and NIMble DMS samples are available today. Contact a Touch Revolution sales representative or partner to discuss your particular design.

About Touch Revolution

Touch Revolution provides high-quality, projected capacitive (P-Cap) multi-touch display solutions. TR designs and manufactures highly-responsive embedded multi-touch displays, sub-systems, and monitors in a wide range of sizes. These solutions allow OEM and system integrators to quickly add an intuitive multi-touch interface to their products. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, with offices in Holland, Michigan; Taiwan and China, Touch Revolution is a part of TPK Holding Co., Ltd. – the largest glass projected capacitive multi-touch screen manufacturer in the world. To learn more about our industry leading line of multi-touch display solutions, visit us at www.touchrev.com.


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Monday, 09 January 2012
CYPRESS, Calif. – Christie® display technology is at the forefront of Northern Kentucky University’s (NKU) College of Informatics with a striking Christie® MicroTiles® array, four Christie projectors, and two Christie Spyder X20-1608 image processors managing and controlling the content. 

Located in the Digitorium of Griffin Hall – the university’s first LEED-certified building – the 19 wide by 15 high Christie MicroTiles (25 feet wide by 15 feet high) array is drawing rave reviews for its bright, vivid colors and its flexibility in displaying images, videos and graphics. The 120-seat Digitorium hosts virtual performances, simulations, collaborative gaming, workflow modeling and 3D visualization, all fed to the Christie MicroTiles by the Spyders.
 
“This project had a strict deadline and it wasn’t an option to miss the opening date of Griffin Hall,” said Kevin Collins, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Diversified Systems, project integrator. “The timeline for installation from paper to completion on this entire project was just six months but integration went smoothly. In fact, it went up just like 1-2-3 and was a textbook integration. The MicroTiles definitely have a very high cool factor.”
 
“The number of sources we feed into the tiles from the Spyders is huge,” added Shawn Samii, project manager, Diversified Systems. “The MicroTiles receive several feeds including streaming video, HDMI out of a laptop, display footage out of a laptop, AV, cable TV feed, PC graphics, static images, and broadcast STI feeds.”

“In the Digitorium, we have eight opera boxes (four on each side) with computers in each one, which get tied back into the MicroTiles wall – so we can do live interaction,” said Chris Strobel, associate professor of electronic media and broadcasting, NKU. “We anticipate hosting ‘cyber defense’ competitions in the Digitorium, where each team will be stationed in an opera box defending their own computer network from cyber attack.

“We may also participate in various types of "capture the flag" cyberwarfare competitions in that space (which involve both defense and offense). In both cases the ‘BigWall’ functions as high-resolution dashboard/scoreboard that allows the audience on the main floor to track the highly multi-facetted real-time status of the competition.”

“Everybody who has looked at the MicroTiles wall is in utter disbelief,” concluded Samii. “The wall is truly a sight to behold.”
“When we show student projects such as films and animations on the MicroTiles, there is definitely a ‘wow-factor’ that you wouldn’t get with other technology,” concluded Strobel. 

Serving as the main Digitorium projector is one Christie HD6K-M with three Christie LW650 projectors located outside the auditorium.
 
About Christie®

Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc. is a global visual technologies company and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ushio, Inc., Japan, (JP:6925). Consistently setting the standards by being the first to market some of the world’s most advanced projectors and complete system displays, Christie is recognized as one of the most innovative visual technology companies in the world. From retail displays to Hollywood, mission critical command centers to classrooms and training simulators, Christie display solutions and projectors capture the attention of audiences around the world with dynamic and stunning images. Visit www.christiedigital.com
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Friday, 06 January 2012
Compact, high-performance MANO860 with Intel® QM67 Express chipset supports up to 16GB DDR3, five RAID-capable SATA, DisplayPort, VGA, LVDS, and HDMI

Taipei, Taiwan, January 4, 2012 – Axiomtek is pleased to introduce MANO860, an industrial-grade Mini ITX motherboard based on the Intel® QM67 Express chipset and designed for the 2nd generation Intel® Core™ i7/i5/i3 processors in Socket G2. The high performing MANO860 comes with two DDR3 1066/1333 MHz SO-DIMM slots with up to 16GB memory and five SATA ports with RAID 0, 1, 10, 5. The Intel® HD Graphics 2000/3000 graphics engine is built into the chipset to provide fast graphics performance, high visual quality, and flexible display options without the need for a separate graphics card. The supported display interfaces include DisplayPort, VGA, LVDS and HDMI. With a small footprint of only 170 x 170 mm and advanced performance in both computing and graphics, this board meets the requirement of system developers in the gaming, POS, digital signage, and server market segment.

“Axiomtek’s new MANO860 is equipped with the latest Intel® QM67 chipset and Socket G supporting the 2nd generation Intel® Core™ i7/i5/i3 processors. This industrial grade motherboard supports multiple display outputs: DisplayPort, 24-bit LVDS, HDMI, and VGA and has a wide range of storage, I/O, expansion connectivity. The MANO860 also supports Intel® AMT 7.0, Intel® TPM, DirectX 10.1 and OpenGL 3.0”, said David Chiu, PM of Product Planning Division at Axiomtek. “The MANO860 is certainly an excellent solution for applications that require powerful computing while still maintaining a low power consumption in a small form factor motherboard and has a complete set of I/O functions and high-end graphics. Users can deploy the system solution with this platform easily. Ideally it is a fast time-to-market weapon for system integrators.”

Similar to typical Mini ITX motherboards, the I/O is varied and rich. I/O features include twelve USB 2.0 ports, five RAID-capable SATA ports (2 x SATA-600 & 3 x SATA-300), two Gigabit LANs, VGA, LVDS, LPT, digital I/O, HD audio, and PS/2 keyboard and mouse ports. Expansion capabilities include a socket for PCI Express Mini Card and one PCI 2.0 x16 slot. Additionally, the MANO860 Mini ITX motherboard also 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.

Axiomtek MANO860 Mini ITX motherboard is RoHS compliant and will be available around the end of January, 2012. For more product information or specifications, please visit global website www.axiomtek.com or email to info@axiomtek.com.tw.
Main Features:
  •     Powerful industrial grade Mini ITX motherboard
  •     Socket G2 Intel® Core™ i7/ i5/ i3 processor
  •     2 DDR3 1066/1333 MHz slots, max. up to 16 GB
  •     PCIe x16 Gen. 2 supported
  •     SATA-600 with RAID 0/1/5/10 supported
  •     CFast™ supported
  •     iAMT and TPM supported
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/Din-rail Embedded System (eBOX, rBOX and tBOX), Touch Panel Computers (TPC), Medical PCs (MPC), Human Machine Interface (HMI), Digital Signage & Displays (DS), Industrial Network, and Network Appliance Platform (NA).
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Friday, 06 January 2012
Experience 3D like you’ve never seen it before with the NEW Philips No-Glasses 3D Display Line.

Atlanta – MMD, the exclusive marketer and reseller for Philips-branded LCD monitors and commercial signage displays worldwide, announced today a new line of no-glasses 3D displays with auto-stereoscopic technology, the 23” BDL23301VS, 42” BDL4251VS, and 55” BDL5571VS. Developed in conjunction with Dimenco, a leading technology company in the field of no-glasses 3D, the new displays are designed to make people enjoy the sharpest and most vivid 3D resolution in the market.

The no-glasses 3D displays can achieve up to 28 viewing angles via lenticular technology. With this technology, audiences are able to see the best quality around objects from the standing spot in front of the display itself. With the widest 3D viewing angle available in the market today and the ability to change the optimal viewing distance of the no-glasses 3D displays, audiences will benefit from an even more memorable visual experience.

“With more and more screens all competing for your attention, this is the one that stands out from the crowd with a deep and truly stunning 3D experience,” explained Craig Rathbun, Sales and Marketing Director of MMD North America.

The no-glasses 3D display line can play both 2D and 3D (2D+Z) images and videos. This makes it extremely flexible as a digital signage tool. The integrated Dimenco rendering core that works with the Dimenco interface format (2D +Z), not only gives both content creators and end users full control of the depth-effect characteristics of their 3D images, but also offers simple creation of stunning and eye-catching 3D content. The BDL4251VS, which has already received a nomination for the 2012 Technology InAVation Awards, offers the deepest and most realistic visual experience in the no-glasses 3D display market today. MMD will be demonstrating this technology at CES 2012 January 10-13, 2012 at the Bellagio Hotel.

The NEW Philips No-Glasses 3D Display Line include the following features:

•Screen Sizes: 23”, 42”, 55”
•Smart InsertTM (42”, 55”)
•Smart PowerTM (23”, 42”, 55”)
•Brightness: 700cd/m2 (42”, 55”)
•Auto-stereoscopic: 28 Views
•Viewing Angle: 140 degrees
•Professional-grade LCD Panel with 24/7 duty cycle performance
•Full digital connectivity with HDMI and DVI-D
•RS-232C multi display port (42”, 55”)
•Landscape orientations
•Network Control and Communication allows the highest level of remote display
•24/7 scheduler with real-time clock

The Philips 23” BDL23301VS and 42” BDL4251VS will be available in January 2012 and the 55” BDL5571VS in February 2012 through all MMD business partners. For further information on Philips Commercial Signage or to setup a CES appointment please direct all inquires to us.sales@mmd-p.com.

About MMD

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

About Dimenco

Dimenco is an independent company, which was founded in 2010 by a group of ambitious people that all share the same passion for 3D technology. The company offers end-to-end 3D solutions which includes 3D displays, components, rendering solutions, software and 3D post-production services, including content conversion and depth enhancement. Furthermore, they provide consultancy services to several leading industry players. Dimenco acquired a 3D technology license from Philips, enabling them to commercially use and further develop this technology. More information can be found at: www.dimenco.eu

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Thursday, 05 January 2012
Looking back at a wonderful year!

’s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, James Hua, General Manager AOpen Europe is proud to say that AOpen Europe celebrates a very successful year: “We would like to thank all our partners for this great year. We have built a strong reputation and together with new product launches and great partnership with our alliances, distributors and integrators we managed to double our sales compared to 2010.”

Industry experts identify Digital Signage as an emerging market with a predicted trend that will definitely see a lot more growth in the coming years. AOpen has set its mark in this industry over the past 5 years being the No.1 player of choice for heavy graphic/interactive content. AOpen earned this position because of its great product line and dedicated sales team. A team of multi-lingual experts is able to educate the channel and provide support to key customers across Europe.

New Products

This year we introduced great new products such as the most powerful Digital Engine of the series DE67-HA which supports Intel 2nd generation CPU Processor Family i3, i5, i7.  Another great product that was just released in November is the WarmTouch WT22M-RH. This all-in-one multi-touch panel PC has a 21,5 inch display with a LED backlit panel. The built-in PC is based on the AOpen Digital Engine technology including Intel 2nd generation Core i3 Processor and Dual Channel DDRIII memory for high performance.

Alliances

AOpen announced the cooperation with Philips MMD displays plus the availability of a bundled pack. More alliances were officially announced this year with digital signage software vendors such as: Net Display Systems and Display Evolution/Klocktornet. AOpen also added the 3D display manufacturer Dimenco to its alliance partner portfolio because of the perfect fit of the 3D software and content player. Part of the alliance program membership is that both parties test each other’s compatibility. Scala, being a long-term software partner of AOpen, certified the DE7000 this year with Scala Player 5 and the DE67-HA has also been tested successfully in the US. The report will be published in 2012.

In October AOpen was granted the award for Partner of the Year for fastest growing company in the Digital Signage industry by the Microsoft Windows Embedded team. AOpen is rewarded for its dedication and Windows Embedded based solution offering in the marketplace.

AOpen Channel Partner Program

Another great achievement of the year is the AOpen Channel Partner Program that was launched in August 2011. The goal of this program is to interact with our partners and customers, so that they can make use of all the sales kits and information to boost sales. Partners are invited to the AOpen Forum Europe that takes place on 30 January 2012 in Amsterdam.

The year 2012

2012 will bring a lot more benefits for our partners. We will kick off with the AOpen Forum Europe conference on 30 January 2012 in Amsterdam with Intel as the main sponsor of the event. This is a one day event right before Europe’s biggest AV tradeshow: Integrated Systems Europe. If you are interested in Digital Signage and looking for the right solution then make sure to reserve a seat at the AOpen Forum event via www.AOpenForum.com/Register. AOpen will also showcase new products at the ISE on Stand No. 10N129.

In terms of new product releases AOpen is working hard on both its Digital Engine portfolio and the WarmTouch multi-touch display series. We can expect a set of upcoming smaller displays in the range of 8”, 10”, 12”, 15” and 18” that will be released late 2012. The Digital Engine DE67-HA was just newly released and is about to hit the market.

There is much more that will follow in 2012, but let’s start with wishing you all a wonderful new year!
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Thursday, 05 January 2012
Magnetic 3D To Showcase Glasses-Free 3D Content On Exclusive Basis During The 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show

New York, NY (PRWEB) Magnetic 3D, the global leader in autostereoscopic "glasses-free" 3D displays and digital signage solutions, today announced it will be exhibiting the next generation of glasses-free 3D content during the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) on an exclusive basis and by invitation only.

Magnetic 3D will be hosting private showcases for select companies at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas the entire week of January 9-13. Interested parties who have not yet received an invitation may request one by contacting Magnetic 3D directly. Private meetings are being granted on a first-come, first-served basis. In addition, Magnetic 3D technology and optimized content will be on display at the WIRED Café @ CES, a private reception hosted by WIRED and Condé Nast. The content is exemplary of Magnetic 3D's unique ability to produce best-in-class, glasses-free 3D visuals for the event and entertainment industries.

Magnetic 3D's proprietary Enabl3D™ technology provides audiences with a realistic visual experience that includes both captivating off-screen "pop" and the immersive perception of depth on what would otherwise be a flat display. Magnetic 3D technology allows for unparalleled glasses-free 3D experiences at events and retail point-of-sale. The stunning, glasses-free 3D creative content can be synchronized across multiple displays and controlled remotely as a network.

"We are thrilled to share our glasses-free 3D technology with a select audience at CES," said Michael Dorin, VP of Business Development and Operations at Magnetic 3D. "Having the opportunity to work with world-class brands on the biggest technology stage is a huge source of pride for our company."

About Magnetic 3D

Headquartered in New York City, Magnetic 3D (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 CES

With more than four decades of success, the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) reaches across global markets, connects the industry and enables CE innovations to grow and thrive. The International CES is owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the preeminent trade association representing more than 2,000 corporate members involved in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and integration of consumer electronics products.



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Thursday, 05 January 2012
UCView’s Small Business-Friendly SignEdge Simplifies Starting, Running Digital Signage Projects No IT skills needed with low-cost, rich-featured bundle that reduces technical set-up to a simple login.

UCView’s new SignEdge service reduces the technical challenges of putting digital signage in a small business to plugging in a couple of cables and typing a short set of numbers into a web browser.

SignEdge is a simple, highly affordable bundle of a small PC and software that enables any small business operator to quickly and very easily start communicating with customers and staff using eye-catching, impactful video displays.

“It takes nothing more than typing one small set of numbers into a browser – even just using a smartphone or iPad – to get a digital signage network activated for a small business,” says UCView CEO Guy Avital. “We’ve invested heavily in the past two years to develop a solution for small businesses that is absolutely simple to set up, and then manage. But we also ensured that the simplicity we designed in did not come at the expense of functionality.”

Powerful Bundle

There are numerous simplified, starter solutions for digital signage on the market, Avital explains, but they tend to have limited capabilities, don’t scale up in size efficiently and require monthly fees to use.

With SignEdge, end-users buy the hardware-software bundle upfront, and face no further subscription fees. Despite an unprecedented low overall cost, users have access to a powerful, full-featured content creation and management toolset that rivals the most sophisticated subscription and enterprise platforms on the market.

SignEdge includes all the scheduling, distribution and management capabilities of leading digital signage content management systems, but also offers a built-in content design and creation engine, advanced touch-screen and mobile marketing capabilities, and a growing app store offering more than 30 free tools for dynamic and auto-generated content, such as a QR code generator, Twitter and other social media visualizations, local messaging and menu board tools.

“We took all the capabilities that we’ve developed over the years for our core platform, for enterprise clients like retailers, and then stripped out all the technical terms and made everything visual,” says Avital. “Our goal was to offer something that anyone – even if they didn’t know a thing about digital signage – could use with little or no training.”

The SignEdge platform also fully supports multiple languages for all aspects of the operator user experience. Languages already supported include English, Spanish and French. Adding more languages, says Avital, is a fast, easy process.

Cost-savings Important

Cost savings is a big driver behind SignEdge. A combination of chipmaker Intel’s budget-conscious Atom processor and Nvidia’s powerful ION2 graphics processor makes it possible to drive full HD off of the tiny, low-cost SignEdge media player. The player supports dual screen outputs (with different content on each display), making it ideal for applications such as digital menu boards.

The SignEdge player is also small enough to easily mount behind a display panel, or inside it, using industry-standard slots available on many monitors.

The SignEdge system is sold as a software-player bundle to easily connect to new or existing display monitors at venues, and will be priced at less than $1,000 USD, one-time. The software has also been tested and validated for use with integrated all-in-one networked panel PCs sold by major manufacturers such as LG and Samsung. UCView is also working on a fully integrated PC/display/software bundle.

Simple Set-up

Setting up a SignEdge digital signage solution is designed for absolute ease of use. The media player just needs to plug into a network cable at the venue, or auto-connect to the venue’s WiFi wireless network. Then an operator uses a browser – on a PC, tablet or phone – to type in a nine or 10-digit number string provided by UCView or one of its reseller partners.

If the activation numbers are correct, a login page comes up and users are ready to go with simple, intuitive tools for designing layouts and organizing and scheduling content. “Networking manufacturers have made it really, really simple for anyone to set up a wireless router in their house. What seems really scary for that is actually really easy now,” explains Avital. “We’ve taken that approach and done the same thing for digital signage.”

The platform is also highly flexible, running on all current Windows operating systems, as well as Linux. Management of a SignEdge system is available on any standard browser. SignEdge is now shipping. For more information, including demonstration videos and detailed specifications, please visit: www.ucview.com

About UCView

UCView is a worldwide digital signage solutions provider providing top-quality digital signage application solutions and content management software that is not only reliable, but easy and efficient to use, and affordable to operate. The objective of UCView is to allow for the convergence between display owners, the advertisers, and consumers. UCView is responsible for the installation and support of thousands of systems across the spectrum of business industries, including retail, supermarkets, government, education, hospitality, and financial. UCView is a private company and its international headquarters and main manufacturing facility is located in Northridge, California.

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Thursday, 05 January 2012
In this new role Durkee will oversee both Da-Lite and Chief brands

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN. USA (JAN 2012) - www.milestone.com - Milestone AV Technologies is pleased to announce that Steve Durkee has been promoted to the newly created position of President - Commercial Products. Durkee will now oversee both the Chief® and Da-Lite® brands at Milestone and all associated sales, marketing, and product development efforts. Most recently, Durkee served as President – Chief & Sanus Products for Milestone.

Steve’s new role is coupled with Milestone’s alignment into separate Commercial and Consumer customer-oriented global product groups. This alignment will allow the organization to focus on the unique customer needs of these two distinct market segments. Supporting both of these new product groups are unified finance, supply chain, and manufacturing organizations.

“We’re very excited to unite two of the best market-segment-leading brands in the commercial AV market under one experienced leader,” said Scott Gill, CEO of Milestone AV Technologies. “Steve has consistently demonstrated a singular customer focus and a real passion for product innovation. We're excited to continue growing the 100-year heritage of the Da-Lite brand, and the 30+ year heritage of the Chief brand, under Steve’s unified leadership.”

Durkee started his tenure at Milestone in April 2004 as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Chief products. During his more than seven years at Milestone, Steve’s roles have included management across Milestone product categories and global regions, providing broad experience as he moves into this new role. Prior to joining Milestone, he held a variety of technical and management roles at Graco, a technology supplier of industrial fluid management for commercial and industrial customers, most recently as the Worldwide Director of Sales and Marketing for Finishing Equipment. Durkee holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University and an MBA from the Carlson School of Business at the University of Minnesota.

As part of the new Consumer and Commercial Product organizational alignment, Milestone has also created a President – Consumer Products role and is conducting an outside search for this new leadership position. The new role will be focused on the Sanus® brand, driving Milestone’s Consumer-oriented marketing, product development, and sales efforts.

About Milestone

Milestone AV Technologies Milestone AV Technologies is a leading designer and manufacturer of branded audiovisual products including flat panel displays mounting solutions, projector mounts, screens, equipment racks, and AV furniture to both the consumer and the commercial AV markets. Milestone’s innovative products, sold principally under the Chief, Da-Lite and Sanus brand names, are sold through numerous channels, including Pro AV dealers, regional home theater dealers, consumer electronics retailers, mass merchants and original equipment manufacturers. The company currently serves a broad base of more than 6,000 global customers with headquarters in Savage, Minnesota. www.milestone.com
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Thursday, 05 January 2012
EA243WM Provides LED Backlighting with Thin Bezel, Advanced Connectivity, Human Sensor 

CHICAGO, (BUSINESS WIRE) -- NEC Display Solutions of America, a leading provider of commercial LCD display and projector solutions, announced today the 24-inch MultiSync(R) EA243WM, the second addition to the next generation MultiSync EA Series of desktop monitors for high-performance enterprise users.

The LED backlighting of the EA243WM allows for a slimmer profile, lighter weight and increased power savings compared to previous generation models. It offers touch-sensitive controls that are integrated into the bezel, making display adjustments easier and more intuitive than ever. Smart sensing technology automatically detects your work conditions to determine the proper display brightness with ambient light and human sensors. A comprehensive input panel, including HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI-D and VGA, connects users to the latest peripherals and future-proofs their investment. The ControlSync(TM) feature allows users to control up to six EA243WM units in a multi-monitor configuration. Upon establishing one unit as the master, users will be able to simultaneously control many performance attributes of the multi-monitor setup through the master monitor. The Customize Setting allows IT managers to set and restore preferred monitor settings with just one touch for vastly improved central control.

"The next generation MultiSync EA Series is an answer for our corporate clients that asked for HDMI connectivity, user-friendly control and increased height adjustment," said Lynn Gu, Product Manager at NEC Display Solutions. "Our EA243WM is a solution to these requests with performance-driven design and a full feature set. From smart sensing technology to top environmental certifications that promote social responsibility, this monitor will greatly enhance the computing experience."

The MultiSync EA243WM includes the following features:

-- 24-inch, 16:10 TN panel with LED backlighting

-- Slim and light design

-- 1920 x 1200 full HD resolution

-- 25,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio (1000:1 typical)

-- 250 cd/m brightness

-- Touch-sensitive On Screen Display (OSD(R)) controls

-- Fully adjustable stand with 130mm height-adjust, tilt, swivel and pivot

-- Advanced connectivity with DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI-D and VGA

-- Integrated 4-port USB 2.0 hub

-- Integrated (hidden) speakers (1W x 2)

-- Integrated cable management

-- Smart sensing technology (ambient light sensor and human sensor)

-- Customize Setting with one-touch recovery to preferred setting

-- ControlSync enables synchronized adjustment of multi-screen setup up to six displays

-- ECO Mode(TM), carbon footprint meter and cost meter

-- ENERGY STAR(R) 5.1 and TCO 5.2 compliant

-- EPEAT(TM) Gold

The MultiSync EA243WM ships with a 3-year limited parts and labor warranty and will be available in January 2012 at an estimated street price of $399.

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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Thursday, 05 January 2012
London and Chicago – signagelive, a global leader in cloud-powered digital signage solutions, today announced the appointment of Raffi Vartian to lead the development of North and South America.  He will be responsible for establishing strategic partnerships, securing resellers and distributors, and directing marketing strategy.  With this move, signagelive is committing the resources necessary to bring its cost-effective, multi-lingual, web-based management system to the Americas’ markets.

“Raffi is well known and respected in the digital signage industry and a fantastic addition to our team,” said Jason Cremins, CEO of signagelive.  “He brings broad industry experience, a track record of anticipating market trends and a relentlessly positive attitude that will be well received by resellers, strategic partners and end-customers alike.”

By making this move, signagelive is building off several successful deployments through existing resellers and distribution partners.  These initial clients were first attracted to signagelive though the free 30-day trial the company offers.  They are able to get a feel for the product and understand what it would feel like to work with it on a day to day basis. 
“I am thrilled to join Jason and the rest of the signagelive team,” Said Raffi Vartian, Strategic Development, Americas.  “The product is amazing, my fellow team members are so impressive, and the business model has the capacity to become the new standard in the industry.  I am energized to engage with new and existing partners to share our clear vision for the market: a reliable, flexible and fully-supported product that delivers a predictable business model for your media delivery needs.”

This is the first of several exciting moves that will be announced in 2012.  Vartian will join the rest of the team in signagelive’s booth (#10P115) at the Integrated Systems Europe show in Amsterdam to help the team launch an upcoming global partnership.

About signagelive

Based in London, signagelive is a private company and a world leader in cloud-powered media delivery solutions, providing a platform that runs even the largest retail networks reliably, efficiently and cost effectively.    Signagelive customers are assured of solutions that are relentlessly current, nimble, well supported, open, easy to use, and truly affordable.  Signagelive wins awards and repeat customers by leading the sector in the adoption of new technologies and standards like SMIL, HTML5, Media RSS, social media and mobile, and extending the medium to corporate desktops and IPTV.
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Wednesday, 04 January 2012




KEYNOTE ANNOUNCED

Brandon Berger,
Chief Digital Officer, Worldwide
Ogilvy & Mather

The Not-So-Standard Rules of Engagement with Today’s Tomorrow’s Yesterday’s Digital Consumers


Let’s face it, what we think we know about digital consumer behavior tomorrow is already yesterday’s news today. Today’s digital consumers are always evolving and living by a set of rules that they make. There is no longer a single framework to attract consumers. Instead, we need to develop a not-so-standard approach to engage our audiences. The Not-So-Standard Rules of Engagement is a series of guidelines that gives brands the leading edge in digital engagement while co-evolving with consumers as the next round of app updates enters their queue.

This is just one of THREE visionary keynote presentations to take place at CETW in San Francisco.  Who else will take the keynote stage?  You'll just have to stay ENGAGED to find out!

Register today for your complimentary pass to CETW!

Why Customer Engagement Technology World?

Because we've got it all. From self-service kiosks to digital signage, from mobile marketing to social media… CETW is focused on leveraging the integration of emerging media across multiple channels to activate customer engagement.

Find developing event details and register at CETWorld.com.

Apply for your complimentary pass by using VIP Code CET54D.  (Find complete eligibility details here.)

See you in San Francisco!
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Wednesday, 04 January 2012
LOUISVILLE, Colo.,  (BUSINESS WIRE) -- KIOSK Information Systems (KIOSK) announces the launch of StoreBOT(TM) -- the latest in a new series of Automated Retail Solutions the company is demonstrating at the National Retail Federation (NRF) Show, January 16th & 17th in New York City.

StoreBOT, created in conjunction with a world leading specialty retailer, is an automated retail platform providing secure self-service delivery of multiple product categories (games, electronics, perfume, and health/beauty items). The automated center provides retailers with a sales & delivery mechanism to resolve notoriously high shrink rates associated with small, but expensive items.

The system blocks category loss at both an employee and consumer level. Employee theft in North America accounts for 44.1% of shrink, according to the Global Retail Theft Barometer (GRTB July 2010 -- June 2011). StoreBOT intercepts employee theft by incorporating employee password and/or biometric & camera components to identify and link associates responsible for loading machine inventory with automated stock count reports (before and after loading). Once loaded, inventory remains securely housed and locked in the enclosure until dispensed with completed payment transaction, blocking the 43.2% of shrink currently associated with shoplifting and organized retail crime.

The StoreBOT robotic delivery mechanism doubles as an intelligent inventory count tool. The system provides on-demand inventory visibility by quickly scanning the physical product bar codes and remotely reporting back accurate counts directly to the retailer, eliminating costly operator involvement and stock losses resulting from administrative errors. Further, StoreBOT automatically triggers re-order reports based on minimum stock levels to prevent missed sales opportunities.

The sales & loyalty platform provides brand selection that rivals an online ordering experience (200 -- 600 product slots), with the immediate delivery only available at a walk-in retailer. The modular platform can fit in-line with departmental store shelving, or act as a stand-alone kiosk in alternative retail placements.

"The KIOSK design and application development teams worked closely with initial clients to create tangible ROI into the custom platform," states CEO Rick Malone. "Ultimately, automated retail is about simultaneously eliminating multiple tiers of theft while maximizing sales, and the unique feature set in the StoreBOT platform hits both marks dead-on. KIOSK sees endless possibilities in automated retail, and is developing flexible solution configurations to accommodate the various product categories and sales environments of our retailer client base."

To view a demonstration of KIOSK Information System's Automated Retail Solution Line, visit booth #3129 at NRF. To learn more call 1.800.509.5471, email sales@kiosk.com, or go to www.kiosk.com

About KIOSK Information Systems:

Since 1993, KIOSK Information Systems (KIOSK) has led the industry in design, manufacturing and support of self-service solutions. An exceptionally broad portfolio of standard and custom KIOSK designs is deployed with Fortune 500 clients in virtually all self-service vertical markets. As the undisputed market leader in custom solutions, KIOSK provides proven expertise in design engineering, application development, component integration, and quick-turn manufacturing for even the most sophisticated self-service platforms. ISO 9001:2008 certified processes ensure every solution provides superior field reliability. www.kiosk.com
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