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Wednesday, 28 March 2012
LINCOLN, NE, – Nanonation’s new ImmersionPlatform, which offers retailers more options for delivering intelligent and impactful in-store experiences, will be launched at CETWorld in San Francisco. From digital signage to interactive screens to mobile solutions, the new ImmersionPlatform provides innovative, intelligent experiences where and when customers need them - delivered faster and less expensive then ever before.
Nanonation’s ImmersionPlatform consist of three new product lines designed from the ground up to enable seamless delivery of content to a network of screens and devices. In addition, each product offers an ability to change experiences as needed while measuring the results with metrics and reporting.
Aura - Branded Media

Aura provides a seamless way to enhance an environment with the sights and sounds of an in-store branded audio and video network. With Aura, Nanonation offers a turnkey package of digital signage software and content to match the brand environment. Aura packages up demographically targeted music genres, legendary footage, and great music to engage, entertain, and educate customers - complete with ASCAP/BMI licensing and bundled pricing model. Bundled pricing includes software, content, content licensing, and the tools to monitor, measure and manage the audio and video environment.
Pinpoint – Interactive Screens

Pinpoint offers a simple and powerful way to create and deploy interactive touchscreen applications. From product information kiosks to in-store focused web content, Pinpoint enables retailers to create a personalized, branded touchscreen experience at a fraction of the time and costs of custom development. Pinpoint empowers customers with interactive product finder and informational screens with a flexible architecture that enables rapid prototyping as well as the ability to scale for large rollouts. Users can choose from a library of layouts, formats, and interactive experiences and customize with their own product information, colors, logos and data to give each deployment a unique and differentiated customer experience. With built-in reporting and monitoring users can measure the results and make rapid changes to get the most from each customer interaction.
Showcase – Digital Signage Suite

Showcase offers a suite of digital signage tools designed for different network needs. From enterprise digital signage to single location environments, Showcase offers better way to promote, share and influence the in-store customer. Showcase comes in a variety of flavors including versions tailored for Android, Apple’s iOS iPad, and Windows environments.
Today’s retail environments are distinguished and differentiated by the sights, sounds and senses as much as they are the products and services offered. Technology is playing a critical role in delivering these experiences. For over a decade Nanonation has been engaging customers, empowering brands, and impacting the bottom line with software that makes it easy and affordable to create, deploy, and measure a multitude of customer experiences.
“Customer experience technologies are what we do. Our new ImmersionPlatform expands the opportunities and ability for retailers to deploy solutions to promote products, inform their customers, and educate employees,” added Ardinger. “It’s a scalable platform for everything from interactive screens to menu boards to and employee messaging.”
Nanonation solutions can be viewed during expo hall hours at Booth #500.

Businesses can learn more about ImmersionPlatform at the website: ( or can visit Nanonation’s website ( to explore more about its award-winning platform for delivering a variety of immersive and intelligent customer experiences.
About Nanonation

Nanonation’s enterprise-class software for digital signage and kiosks drives sales and fuels profits. With proven tools and technologies to enhance the customer experience, businesses can now deliver powerful messaging and integrated marketing services seamlessly across an enterprise – all while monitoring, measuring, and managing each customer interaction.  Nanonation develops innovative solutions across a broad range of technologies including Windows 7, Android, Apple OS, and iOS and other mobile platforms in the retail, hospitality, entertainment, and financial services markets. For more information, visit
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Tuesday, 27 March 2012
Compact, high-performance MANO120 with HDMI, VGA, LVDS, PCI x4, PCI Express Mini Card, and five SATA interfaces is ideal for gaming, digital signage, DVR, and NVR

Taipei, Taiwan, – Axiomtek is pleased to introduce MANO120, a graphics-rich Mini ITX motherboard based on the new AMD G-Series APU dual core T56N with AMD A55E FCH. Integrated with Radeon™ HD 6320 graphics with DirectX 11 technology, the MANO120 offers advanced 3D graphics and dual views via VGA and HDMI connection on the rear I/O, as well as onboard 18 bit single channel LVDS interface. The onboard SO-DIMM socket supports up to 4 GB of DDR3 1333 memory. It also has a wide range of storage with five SATA-600 ports and a mainstream CFast™ slot. To satisfy expansion capability requirement for industrial application needs, the MANO120 comes with one PCI x4 slot and one PCI Express Mini Card slot. With advanced performance in both computing and graphics, this industrial grade motherboard meets the requirement of system developers in the gaming, digital signage, DVR, and NVR.

“Axiomtek’s MANO120 is our first Mini ITX motherboard designed to support AMD G-Series APU. Similar to the typical Mini ITX motherboards, the I/O connection is varied and rich. The MANO120 is an excellent solution for applications requiring powerful computing while still maintaining a low power consumption in a small form factor motherboard with a complete set of I/O functions and high-end graphics”, said David Chiu, PM of Product Planning Division at Axiomtek. “This cost-effective motherboard delivers excellent graphics capability via the integrated graphics engine with DirectX 11 supported, saving the expense and thermal design effort of an add-on graphics card; especially for media applications. The HDMI, VGA and LVDS connections sufficiently satisfy customers' requirement for multiple displays. User will obtain the best C/P value through this platform.”

Rich I/O features include eight USB 2.0 ports, five SATA ports (one SATA DOM), two Gigabit LANs, VGA, HDMI, LVDS, 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 x4 slot. The MANO120 provides the option to power your embedded systems in AT or ATX modes. Additionally, this embedded platform provides reliable operation and non-stop capability with watchdog timer, as well as SMART FAN function controlling the fan speed to keep temperature within a specified range.

The MANO120 Mini ITX motherboard will be available around the end of April, 2012. For more product information or specifications, please visit our website or email us at .

Main Features:
  •     AMD G-Series APU T56N 1.65 GHz processor
  •     1 DDR3-1066/1333 MHz max. up to 4 GB
  •     Dual display combination with VGA, HDMI and LVDS
  •     PCIe x4 slot and PCI Express Mini Card
  •     Five SATA-600 supported
  •     CFast™ supported
  •     AT/ATX mode support

About Axiomtek Co., Ltd.

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

Axiomtek Co., Ltd. established in 1990, has more than 60 distributor partners globally.  Axiomtek offers Industrial PCs (IPC), Embedded Computing Platforms (ECP), Rugged/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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Tuesday, 27 March 2012
MONTREAL — X2O Media, a full-service provider of software, network management, and content services for real-time visual communication applications, today announced the appointment of Sean Shaughnessy as the company's new Executive Vice President of Global Sales. In his new role, Shaughnessy is responsible for managing all aspects of the company's sales efforts, including working closely with X2O's channel partners and customers worldwide.

Shaughnessy comes to X2O from Arrow S3, where for the last seven years he served in a variety of senior leadership positions — including Senior Vice President of Sales — and was responsible for revenue targets ranging from $75 million to $200 million. Previously, he has held the positions of Vice President of Eastern Regional Sales at Standard Register and Vice President of Strategic Accounts at Williams Communications.

"This is a great time to be joining X2O Media," said Shaughnessy. "The company has experienced significant growth and has introduced a number of innovative solutions that keep it at the forefront of the visual communications and enterprise TV markets. I look forward to leading our sales efforts as the company continues to move forward."

"We are very excited to welcome Sean to the X2O Media team," said X2O Media President and CEO David Wilkins. "He has a wealth of experience in executive sales roles with large companies, and we are confident that his leadership skills will play a significant role in X2O's continued growth."

About X2O Media

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

All trademarks and registered trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.
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Tuesday, 27 March 2012
All on display at 2012 Customer Engagement Technology World (CETW)
Visitors to the PFU Booth (#311) will receive a free Digital Movie Download via its Digiboo Movie Download Kiosks

SAN FRANCISCO -  PFU Systems, Inc., the North American subsidiary of PFU Limited, a Fujitsu company, will demonstrate its new extended capabilities and showcase groundbreaking kiosk devices at CETW.  On display will be PFU Systems Digiboo movie kiosks which are rolling out nationally, most recently in the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.  PFU has also teamed up with Roundtree Visuals to unveil its strategic partnership in support of social media-integrated digital art wall solutions.  CETW attendees can stop by booth #311 to preview PFU's latest versatile turnkey kiosk solutions and get a free movie rental downloaded, in seconds, directly to their USB 3.0 or 2.0 memory stick.
"By joining forces with Digiboo on the first-of-its kind digital movie kiosks, we are providing anyone, anywhere with a quick and easy-to-use entertainment service," said Hiroji Fukui, VP of Business Development and Marketing at PFU.  "Coupled with our strategic partnership with Roundtree Visuals, we can now provide our customers with compelling branded image solutions as well as kiosk software and hardware solutions."


Digiboo's service allows consumers to rent full DVD-quality movies by simply plugging a small, portable USB 3.0 flash drive or other memory device, into a PFU-designed kiosk.  Digiboo has installed interactive touchscreen kiosks in Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) terminals, giving movie-lovers a simple and fast way to rent or buy movies while traveling.  PFU is the exclusive worldwide supplier of Digiboo movie kiosks with plans for more than 7,000 kiosk installations in airports nationwide in the next three years.

"Our goal is to deliver a convenient and seamless movie-watching experience for travelers," said Richard Cohen, Digiboo CEO.  "We chose PFU Systems based on its long-standing reputation and expertise, as well as its ability to provide a comprehensive and customized solution for our Digiboo movie download kiosks. In less than 30 seconds, viewers can enjoy the film of their choice by downloading it to any personal computer, television, laptop computer or netbook."  Consumers at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport can choose from more than 600 films starting at $2.99 and available for viewing for up to 48 hours.
Roundtree Visuals

Roundtree Visuals is a digital signage firm that produces and licenses high-quality interactive digital content to end-users, OEMs and other digital firms specializing in healthcare, travel, and consumer environments. 
Founded by digital artist and photographer Deborah Roundtree in 2008, Roundtree Visuals adds branding messages to art which builds community participation, inspires brand loyalty and evokes emotional responses.  With the combination of art and technology, Roundtree's innovative solutions reach people in new ways and create memorable brand experiences.
 "It has always been of the utmost importance for Roundtree Visuals to align with like-minded and proven companies.  We are excited about our relationship with an established partner such as PFU and feel it's a perfect fit for our future," said Deborah Roundtree founder and CEO of Roundtree Visuals.  "We specialize in sensory art experiences and look forward to further integrating with PFU's complete kiosk systems."

Customer Engagement Technology World (CETW)

Customer Engagement Technology World (CETW) is the premier event for multi-channel engagement strategies and solutions and takes place at the Moscone West Convention Center in San Francisco, Calif. March 28-29.    CETW is focused on leveraging the integration of emerging media across multiple channels to activate customer engagement.
CETW attendees can stop by the PFU booth, #311, and receive a free 30-day rental download (expires within 48 hours of initial viewing).  PFU's world-class solutions include custom and standard kiosks, kiosk platform software, remote management systems, and kiosk application development and support services.

For more information on PFU Systems Inc. and its kiosk solutions, please visit: 

About PFU Systems

PFU Systems Inc. is a leading customer centric technology solutions company - empowering its clients to achieve greater success through superior quality hardware, innovative software and reliable customer service. PFU Systems makes the customer its first priority, helping to develop customized solutions based on its superior quality, and reliable embedded systems, kiosk and network security products and services.   PFU Systems, the U.S. operation of PFU Ltd., is headquartered in the Silicon Valley and markets and sells PFU's products in North America.

About PFU Limited

PFU Limited, a subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited, is a $1.2 billion global enterprise that designs, develops, manufactures, sells and maintains computer hardware, imaging scanners, peripheral products, enterprise software, systems and network security solutions. Based on its more than 50 years of IT experience in Japan and proven, high quality products, PFU Ltd. is recognized as a leading technology company. For more information, visit 

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Tuesday, 27 March 2012
Bringing proven Elo 5-wire resistive touch performance to elegant, seamless display designs 
Kessel Lo, Belgium – The new Elo TouchSystems AccuTouch resistive zero-bezel touchscreens incorporate a major innovation that eliminates the need for the front bezel of traditional resistive display designs. This new product offers an attractive alternative to more costly touchscreens using glass or capacitive technologies and allows for complete design flexibility. The new AccuTouch resistive screens bring to life elegant touch solutions designed with style and affordability in mind. These new screens – based on field-proven and mature AccuTouch 5-wire resistive touchscreen technology – are available in multiple sizes as standard products or in customized configurations.

The Elo TouchSystems AccuTouch zero-bezel touchscreens were developed for more design flexibility and to make integration into retail, hospitality, industrial and medical touch systems easier and more cost-effective. By eliminating the need for a front bezel, unique product designs are now possible, especially for human-machine interface (HMI) applications where a modern, elegant smartphone-like look and feel is desired. In addition, without a front bezel, it is now possible to achieve reduced costs and complexities in supply chain and integration processes. Further cost savings are also possible as lamination of a decorative front foil is no longer needed, and with a scratch-resistant 4H hardness rating that surpasses most other resistive touchscreens, the AccuTouch touchscreens provide durable, reliable use over long periods of time. Standard Elo controller and chip solutions with Elo drivers are compatible with a wide variety of operating systems and work with the new AccuTouch touchscreens to facilitate worry-free touch performance.

“The new zero-bezel AccuTouch family illustrates TE’s ongoing commitment to deliver innovative touchscreen products,” states Ellen Liang, product manager for the AccuTouch product line. “As one of the first companies who introduced resistive touchscreen technology, it remains one of our core products which we are continuously improving and refining to meet customer needs.”

Available in 7-, 12, 15 and 22-inch sizes, the new Elo TouchSystems AccuTouch zero-bezel 5-wire resistive touchscreens deliver accurate touch responses in high-use applications, seamless integration and customization capabilities, and design aesthetics without the need for a front-bezel that can trap dust and dirt as with traditional resistive touchscreen displays. Units will begin shipping worldwide in April 2012 and samples are available now.

About TE Connectivity

TE Connectivity is a global, $14 billion company that designs and manufactures over 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.
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, 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 or call +32 16 352100 for more information.

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

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Tuesday, 27 March 2012
Enables Data Broadcasts for Delivery of Digital Signage, Music, and Information to Financial, Retail, Restaurants, and Enterprises

SAN FRANCISCO –member-national-datacast--inc-- National Datacast, Inc., the national provider of point-to-multipoint digital media connectivity, today announced its support for the newest software release, version 2.5, of Broadcast International’s Managed Media Services (MMS) solution. These new mobile-based services will provide unprecedented digital-screen media products, features, and functionality to financial, retail, foodservice, education, and enterprise markets, while leveraging the power and expansive coverage of National Datacast’s data broadcast network.  MMS 2.5 from Broadcast International is a nimble suite of software services that specifically addresses the challenges institutions face in maintaining the relevance and effectiveness of customer-facing marketing content.

The combined offering delivers a comprehensive digital signage solution that not only quickly pushes new branding and advertising content out to customers, but also interacts with customers, intelligently interprets responses, and anticipates their needs. The solution leverages over-the-air (OTA) broadcast wireless connectivity for primary communications and 3G/4G for back-channel communications across a variety of available media types and also provides valuable customer analytics for developing and modifying products to meet evolving needs.

"We are pleased to expand our strong partnership with National Datacast and extend the value of our next-generation MMS platform,” said Rod Tiede, President and CEO for, Broadcast International. “Our innovative technology transforms static content into interactive, actionable engagements - a radical breakthrough for our digital signage customers who understand the value of creating more personal customer experiences. National Datacast enhances our platform with widely distributed OTA broadcast support.”
“The scalability and affordability of OTA broadcast connectivity eliminates pricey installations and maintenance costs, and lets customers quickly adjust messaging on the fly – or even physically move the messaging medium almost anywhere in their location," said Jackie Weiss, CEO for National Datacast. “This is not only a 'go-anywhere' solution, it’s a scalable and effective vehicle for producing a consistently excellent customer experience."
Based on the favorable economics and scaling opportunities that result from this National Datacast/BI partnership, BI will be able to deploy more digital signage networks to expand its coverage and provide a more comprehensive service to its customers than ever before. The companies anticipate that the combined service offering will play an instrumental role in BI’s ability to deploy additional digital signage networks for major customers.

About National Datacast, Inc.

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

About Broadcast International

Broadcast International is a leading provider of managed video services and solutions, including Digital Signage, OTT (over the top), IPTV, and Video on Demand (VoD). BI's patented CodecSys software is a breakthrough, multi-codec video compression technology that cuts video bandwidth requirements over satellite, cable, IP and wireless networks. By slashing bandwidth needs, CodecSys enables a new generation of applications such as streaming video to cell phones, and offers unprecedented price/performance benefits for existing applications such as HD video. Broadcast International is a public company (OTC Bulletin Board:BCST.ob - News) headquartered in Salt Lake City, UT. For more information, visit: and

Forward-Looking Statements

All statements in this news release that are not based on historical fact are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and the provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (which Sections were adopted as part of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995). While management has based any forward-looking statements contained herein on its current expectations, the information on which such expectations were based may change. These forward-looking statements rely on a number of assumptions concerning future events and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties, and other factors, many of which are outside of our control that could cause actual results to materially differ from such statements. Such risks, uncertainties, and other factors include, but are not necessarily limited to, those set forth under the caption "Additional Factors That May Affect Our Business" in the Company's most recent Form 10-K and 10-Q filings, and amendments thereto. In addition, we operate in a highly competitive and rapidly changing environment, and new risks may arise. Accordingly, investors should not place any reliance on forward-looking statements as a prediction of actual results. We disclaim any intention to, and undertake no obligation to, update or revise any forward-looking statement.

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Tuesday, 27 March 2012
National Datacast’s MediaLink Network Device Leverages In-Building IP Networks to Provide Improved Signal Reach, Lower Operating Costs Via File Sharing over LAN

ARLINGTON, VA  --- National Datacast, Inc., the national provider of point-to-multipoint digital media connectivity, has introduced an ATSC / cellular hybrid receiver / router designed to provide comprehensive connectivity to digital signage players.   This new addition to the MediaLink family complements National Datacast’s point-to-multipoint data distribution network with an integrated two way cellular return channel.  The cellular modem integration provides MediaLink users with a low cost network management communications channel, network redundancy, and simplified customer premise installation.

National Datacast’s MediaLink plug-and-play solution acts as a unified, on-premises distribution point for National Datacast’s network-provided IP data to multiple LAN-connected players.  It is specifically beneficial in point-to-multipoint digital signage applications such as shopping malls where structural impediments reduce terrestrial, cellular or satellite signals needed for driving multiple digital signage players.  The MediaLink is a self-contained ATSC receiver / cellular gateway router device that utilizes passive power over Ethernet technology (POE) for flexible installation and optimal reception.  A WiFi option provides a third connectivity option when necessary.  The MediaLink supports IP multicast distribution, similar to satellite, and no special software is required to stream content over the industry-standard local area network interfaces.  MediaLink also supports FTP drop box distribution.  With this method files placed in an FTP drop box are transferred over the National Datacast network to the MediaLink where they are shared via local LAN devices via built-in Network Attached Storage (NAS) capabilities.

The cellular enabled MediaLink provides superior connectivity at an economical price compared to most managed cellular network enabled routers.  At under $300 (lower with volume purchases), the MediaLink delivers significant savings and flexibility to National Datacast customers through file sharing of content among multiple LAN-connected devices while eliminating the need for a third party cellular router.

"We are excited that the MediaLink’s capabilities include cellular connectivity,” said Jacqueline Weiss, National Datacast’s Chief Executive Officer. “The MediaLink provides an affordable, practical solution for digital signage.  The MediaLink is designed to address our customers' needs – extending the reach of network coverage to devices within buildings or structures.”

MediaLink will be on display at the upcoming Customer Engagement Technology World (CETW) – Booth No. 418 at Moscone West Convention Center in San Francisco, March 28th and 29th. 

About National Datacast, Inc.

National Datacast has been at the forefront of datacasting technology since 1988, when the company was formed as a for-profit subsidiary of the Public Broadcasting Service. National Datacast continues to be the leader in nationwide data broadcasting, providing customized solutions for managing and delivering entertainment, information, and other digital content to consumers at home and on the go, businesses and government across the U.S. National Datacast's network integrates the broadcast facilities and capacity of PBS member television stations with options for wired or wireless broadband as a return channel enabling clients to reach their customers locally, regionally and/or nationally, in real time or on a scheduled basis. See
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Sunday, 25 March 2012
Blackpool-based 21 Digital Signage (21DS) is allowing the veterinary industry to reach a captive audience of millions across the UK through its Vets Live TV. Thanks to signagelive’s cloud-based digital signage solution, the company is able to deliver up-to-date news, ads and infotainment to hundreds of veterinary practices.

Over 1,00 vets in the UK have seen the advantages of using digital signage to increase product and service sales inside their practices. Vets Live is the UK’s leading veterinary TV network, with over 600 practices broadcasting the channel. It’s clients include The Royal Veterinary College and many independently owned small-animal practices, as well as a full role out over the next 12 months with the Medivet Veterinary group, and a recent 30-site installation with the XL Vets members.

21DS currently holds 200 signagelive licenses, but the network is set to double in the next year.

Nick Trachillis, 21DS finance director commented; “We are very grateful to have found a partner company in signagelive for Vet Live. Every single license that is renewed from our current clients, is being changed to signagelive. For us it is essential to provide the best service and support for our clients. To build a name in the market we need a good level of service, with signagelive we can provide this and more, thanks to the software’s flexibility and the fact that everything can be managed remotely. signagelive's excellent technical support is also key for us and our clients.”

21DS has recently inked a deal with CVS UK ltd. This is one of the largest Vet buying group companies in the UK with 226 surgeries, six diagnostic labs and one crematoria. Over the next 12 to 18 months, Vet Live will be expanding to another 250-300 sites.
“Vets under the CVS umbrella keep their company name, but CVS manages the practices’ business, and is updating them using digital signage. We are installing an average of three screens a week for CVS,” explains Trachillis, “we are expecting to have 220 sites up and running by the end of this year.”

21DS produces compelling content for Vets Live at its studios, which is then distributed to the practices over IP. The 32” LG screens also have an RSS feed from Sky News.

“Using the web browser based message manager console, the clinics can also upload their own RSS feeds with key localized information,” adds Trichillis, “no IT expertise is really needed. The receptionist can log onto a web browser and update the RSS feed. When we install a digital signage screen we give vets a tick list and they can choose what they want in terms of programs and ads. The package we offer benefits end-users and advertising companies that want to reach a wider audience.”

“We have tried and tested other cloud-based digital signage companies, but from the software industry signagelive is the best. There is no other company I would put my money on, they are the best,” concludes Trichallis.

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Friday, 23 March 2012
Mobile Sales and Marketing Executive Michael Romero Joins Ingram Micro; Sets Goals to Capitalize on Growing Market Opportunity 

SANTA ANA, CA,  (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Demonstrating a dedicated focus on the mobile marketplace, Ingram Micro Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Romero to vice president and general manager of the distributor's new Mobile Business Unit in North America.

"The mobile marketplace -- from handsets to smartphones, accessories, tablets, laptops, activation services and fully integrated mobile solutions -- has become one of the fastest-growing, high-margin technology segments worldwide and is an area of strategic importance and global growth for Ingram Micro," explains Brian Wiser, senior vice president, Specialty Solutions Division, Ingram Micro North America.

"Under Michael's leadership, Ingram Micro is bringing to market the business value and world-class mobile solutions and services our channel partners need to capitalize on this multi-billion dollar marketplace," says Wiser. "To be successful in this market it takes relentless drive and a dedicated focus from the top down. The mobile marketplace represents a strategic line of business for Ingram Micro and our goal is nothing short of becoming the industry's fastest-growing, worldwide distributor of mobile solutions."

As vice president and general manager of Ingram Micro's North America Mobile Business Unit, Romero leads a growing team of dedicated mobile sales, technical, business development and marketing experts committed to executing against the distributor's stated strategy and enabling channel partners and retailers to meet and exceed their goals.

"Mobile is a disruptive force that's driving technology innovation and greater sales in both the consumer and commercial tech markets," says Romero. "As the world's leading technology distributor, Ingram Micro is uniquely positioned to help our channel partners and retailers seize this market opportunity and introduce new lines of revenue around converging technology solutions and cloud-based services. I am thrilled to be joining Ingram Micro at such a pivotal time in our industry and see tremendous market advantage for us and our partners as we work together to reach our goals."

Prior to joining Ingram Micro, Michael ran a successful marketing services company that enabled high-profile international venture capital and Fortune 500 companies to create and implement specialized, global and regional mobile marketing campaigns and sales initiatives. He also served as vice president and general manager for SanDisk Corp.'s Private Label Division and Mobile Retail Division, and spent more than 12 years in distribution at Avnet.

As part of the Ingram Micro Specialty Solutions Division, Ingram Micro Mobile creates, markets and delivers world-class mobile solutions and services to channel partners and retailers throughout North America.

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About Ingram Micro Inc.

As a vital link in the technology value chain, Ingram Micro creates sales and profitability opportunities for vendors and resellers through unique marketing programs, outsourced logistics, technical and financial support, managed and cloud-based services, and product aggregation and distribution. The company is the only global broad-based IT distributor, serving more than 150 countries on six continents with the world's most comprehensive portfolio of IT products and services. Visit

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Thursday, 22 March 2012
Esprida enhances Alveni’s innovative kiosk product offerings in Latin America allowing customers to maximize operational efficiency and remotely monitor business activities using Esprida LiveControl™ 

TORONTO,  (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Esprida Corporation, a pioneer in the field of endpoint device management platform, announced today a joint partnership with Alveni,LLC, a leading solution provider for innovative and complex kiosk solutions with Fortune 1000 corporations in Latin America. Through this partnership, Alveni is able to provide remote actions required to keep endpoint and peripheral devices operational ensuring ROI for their customers. In addition, Alveni can now implement processes that maximize its kiosks’ operational efficiencies and measure performance.

Using Esprida LiveControl™- the SaaS deployment is a secure, hosted, multi-tenant solution which can be accessed anytime from anywhere with the option for On-premise or Hybrid deployments. With role-based secured access, Alveni can facilitate the ability for its customers to proactively manage their remote assets, and achieve greater control.

“We are excited to partner with Alveni and help create innovative Esprida enabled solution offerings that benefit our joint customers,” said Anila Jobanputra, president and founder of Esprida Corporation. “Alveni develops advanced customized applications and hardware and delivers complete end-to-end solution for customers”.

“The integration of the Esprida LiveControl endpoint device management solution provides our customers with a ready-to-use toolset to significantly reduce costs and increase efficiency in the management of their deployment devices,” said Jorge Euran Graham, CEO of Alveni. “The Esprida solution along with our 24/7 bilingual support staff provide our customers with monitoring, diagnostics and reporting capabilities like never before.”

Through the Esprida/Alveni partnership, users of kiosks, digital signage displays and unattended equipment now have the ultimate and most cost-effective control over their connected assets.

About ESPRIDA Corporation

Esprida is an industry leader in remote management software for self-service, providing Software as a Service (SaaS) product line that automates and simplifies the management of the endpoint devices. Clients use Esprida software to speed deployment and lower the total cost of operation. Esprida software supports some of the largest deployments in the world through Channel Partners. For more information, please visit .

About Alveni LLC

Alveni, LLC is the US subsidiary of Alveni, S.A. de C.V., a Mexican company leader in interactive kiosk solutions since 2003. Today, Alveni has implemented successful projects in areas like human resources, retail and finance. Alveni’s customers include global companies like Honeywell, GE and The Home Depot Mexico, as well as government agencies and financial institutions like Banco Nacional de Costa Rica and ING Mexico. For more information about Alveni, please visit

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Thursday, 22 March 2012
BroadSign-powered screens in major grocery chains enable Call2Action to reach over 25 percent of the country's adult population 

WARSAW, Poland and MONTREAL, /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- A leading digital signage network operator in Poland, Call2Action has completed the deployment of BroadSign's SaaS platform on its 3400-screen network and is installing new digital signs in big grocery stores across the country.

Call2Action will add 600 new screens by the end of March, bringing the total number of locations to 239. The expansion will allow the company to reach up to 30 percent of adult Poles.

According to Call2Action, as the network's growth accelerated, the company recognized the need for a software platform that could manage the increasing number of locations, complex schedules and content loops without adding overhead costs. Upon substantial research, Call2Action decided to choose BroadSign's SaaS.

Among the decisive factors in selecting BroadSign were the advertiser-friendly campaign reporting system and responsive technical support. BroadSign's support team helped Call2Action migrate 3400 existing screens to its software quickly and seamlessly, and start the new installations immediately.

"BroadSign and Call2Action form a symbiosis," said Michal Maciuk, a senior executive at Call2Action. "BroadSign equips us with a powerful and versatile system for communicating with the customers. Our screens become part of the shopping process; moreover, they enhance it. As a leader in innovation, we always aim to use the best tools possible -- that is why we have chosen BroadSign."

Call2Action is an advertising-supported business and its networks in Tesco hypermarkets, Alma delicatessen chain and Piotr i Pawel supermarkets offer national reach to brands. The content is produced in partnership with TVN News Agency and advertising sales are brokered by TVN Media. Both partners belong to TVN Group -- the largest media group in Poland.

Call2Action delivers two types of what they call "consumer television" programming: Wait TV -- aimed at shoppers in the checkout lines -- and Shopping TV that is aired on the screens inside the store. Wait TV's content loop is 6 minutes long, while Shopping TV's loop length is 12 minutes. Both channels feature 5- to 30-second ad spots that are placed between informational segments.

According to studies conducted by Millward Brown SMG/KRC, a Polish research firm, 26 percent of shoppers' contacts with Call2Action ads resulted in a purchase of the products advertised. 64.3 percent of customers reported that Wait TV screens kept them entertained at checkout. 69 percent of patrons said that the screens inside the store (Shopping TV) were a good source of information relevant to their shopping goals. Since the start of its operation in 2010, Call2Action has won over an impressive list of advertisers, many of whom are repeat customers.

"Call2Action belongs to the new generation of digital signage networks," said Brian Dusho, CEO of BroadSign. "They are focused on the media side of the business and they cater to major agencies and national advertisers. Our SaaS platform is designed to empower media companies so they could conduct their digital signage business and not worry about technology, and that is why Call2Action and BroadSign are a perfect match."

About Call2Action:

Call2Action S.A. owns and operates one of the largest digital signage networks in Poland.

Call2Action screens are present in three major grocery chain stores -- Tesco hypermarkets, Alma delicatessen and Piotr i Pawel supermarkets. Call2Action's network comprises almost 4000 screens in 239 different stores across Poland.

By working together with TVN News Agency and ad broker TVN Media, Call2Action was able to launch its unique consumer television channels -- Wait TV and Shopping TV. The new channels provide relevant information to consumers while they are shopping. The highest quality of content enables the firm to stand out from other digital signage networks in the country. The "consumer television" appeals both to the customers in the store and to the marketers, who find it an efficient way of advertising.

Call2Action has a vast experience in building new digital signage networks as well as in managing the existing ones.

For more information about Call2Action, visit:

About BroadSign:

BroadSign International Inc. is the leading worldwide provider of software-as-a-service for digital signage networks.

The software allows networks to target out-of-home audiences, place advertising or promotional campaigns, play back scheduled content on each screen and account for campaign performance.

Some of the world's largest and most successful digital signage networks run on BroadSign's platform. They take advantage of its comprehensive functionality, reliability and virtually unlimited capacity for growing networks without adding personnel. BroadSign is consistently ranked among the top 3 global digital signage software suppliers. The company received the 2012 Global Growth Leadership Award in the Digital Signage Software market from Frost & Sullivan.

BroadSign's software-as-a-service model offers digital signage networks the freedom to enjoy the full potential of the most advanced software without the burden of building out, staffing and maintaining their own hosting infrastructure.

BroadSign has extensive expertise in digital signage software, media, advertising, and information technology. The company's R&D team delivers the fastest time-to-market development of both forward-looking functionality and the features to meet its clients' short-term needs.

BroadSign also enables multi-network campaign execution for DOOH media aggregators via its Open API platform. BroadSign's corporate office, operations, support and development facilities are in Montreal, Canada.

For more information about BroadSign Digital Signage Software-as-a-Service, visit: .

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Wednesday, 21 March 2012
DALLAS, (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Reflect Systems, Inc., the premier rich media solution provider dedicated to helping clients maximize sales and strengthen brand loyalty through an enhanced in-store experience, will begin deploying ReflectView for Ferguson, the largest global wholesale distributor of plumbing supplies and the second largest company in the waterworks industry.

The ReflectView software suite will provide Ferguson control over the management, distribution and playback of high-definition media content. It also supports the integration and management of open standards for content and apps created in Flash and web technologies.

ReflectView will provide Ferguson with a platform to display up-to-date, dynamic messaging and videos that effectively communicate the latest trends, technologies and products. From plumbing products to lighting and home appliances, Ferguson customers -- both trade professionals and private homeowners -- can expect a style and service level consistent with Ferguson’s history of providing world class service.

With its comprehensive in-store rich media solutions (which include a partnership with Christie Digital for rollout implementation), Reflect ensures that Ferguson’s on-premise displays are strategic, informative and visually compelling, resulting in maximum customer engagement.

“Reflect is excited to be working with Ferguson to help the company maximize sales, strengthen brand loyalty and provide a better overall experience for its customers,” said Bill Warren, Chief Executive Officer of Reflect. “Ferguson’s customers are constantly reacting to changes in style and technology, so dynamic digital signage is the perfect fit for a company like Ferguson that is dedicated to keeping its customers on the cutting edge.”

With ReflectView, Ferguson will also be able to provide real-time appointment messaging in showrooms for customers. Ferguson locations consist of the conventional contractor counter, showrooms or a combination of both, so the ReflectView system also allows Ferguson to target customers by location and sales channel within each location.

“Ferguson customers expect exceptional service, quality products and in-depth knowledge. We expect the same from our partners, which is why we chose to work with Reflect,” said John Gillespie, Director of Marketing for Ferguson. “We looked at several other providers and were impressed by Reflect’s successful track record for providing digital solutions to thousands of locations seamlessly. Their software provides us with the ability to customize digital messages and reach more locations with more options for content and control, so we can create dynamic customer experiences more easily and reliably.”

About Ferguson

Headquartered in Newport News, Va., Ferguson is the largest wholesale distributor of plumbing supplies in the U.S. and a major distributor of HVAC/R equipment, waterworks and fire protection products, and industrial pipes, valves and fittings. Ferguson is committed to the growth of their business, their people, and their support of the communities in which they do business. Ferguson has sales of $8.8 billion and approximately 17,500 associates in 1,300 service centers located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Mexico and the Caribbean. For more information, visit .

Ferguson is part of Wolseley plc, the world's largest specialist trade distributor of plumbing and heating products to professional contractors. Group revenue for the year ended July 31, 2010, was $20.7 billion. Wolseley has around 47,000 employees operating in 25 countries and is listed on the London Stock Exchange /quotes/zigman/2562325 UK:WOS +2.61% and is in the FTSE 100 index of listed companies.

About Reflect

Founded in 2001, Reflect is a leading, national full-service provider of digital out-of-home merchandising and advertising solutions for digital signage, interactive applications and assisted shopping. ReflectView is the most flexible, scalable and proven digital media management solution on the market. Headquartered in Dallas, Reflect has a decade of industry experience developing some of the largest digital media networks in North America, including Best Buy, GameStop, Target and Verizon Wireless. Reflect serves mid- to large-size companies, specializing in retail, banking/finance, hospitality, and entertainment. For more information, please visit .

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Tuesday, 20 March 2012
WEBWIRE – Touch Revolution will be participating at ESC-West and CETW-SF, and will offer demos of the following products and solutions: Fusion™ Touch Display, TRū™ 32” Multi-Touch Monitor, and the NIMble™ Embedded Touch Computers

Who: Touch Revolution, part of TPK Holding Company, enables OEMs and systems integrators to easily add state-of-the-art multi-touch interfaces to their products, through the creation of innovative projected capacitive touch (P-Cap) solutions.
What: Touch Revolution will be participating at ESC-West and CETW-SF, and will offer demos of the following products and solutions: 
Fusion™ Touch Display

•Demonstration of Fusion pre-integrated projected capacitive multi-touch subsystems used as a drop-in component to help quickly deliver a high-quality touch interface
•Fusion touch display’s integrated multi-touch controller system, which is capable of tracking at least two unambiguous touch points with a high report rate
•Integrated LCD, creating a single, easy-to-integrate module with high cosmetic quality
TRū™ 32” Multi-Touch Monitor
•Demonstration of 10-finger touch screen, using a real-time fluid dynamics simulator, to be released later this year
•Interactive gigapixel application that can pan and zoom into a 1 billion pixel image, such as a high-resolution image of Yosemite National Park
•“In-Store” interactive experience demonstration will provide a glimpse into the future of shopping
NIMble™ Embedded Touch Computers

•Demonstration of why the NIMble 7” HMI product is better than an iPad for commercial, retail and signage deployments
•Hands-on demonstration of the NIMble DMS, a powerful management control tool for remotely operating and managing NIMble touch systems.
•A simulated wine display will illustrate how NIMble devices can be used in a retail environment
Tuesday, March 27, 11:30am-7pm; Wednesday, March 28, 11:30am-5:30pm; Thursday, March 29, 10:30am-3:00pm PDT
Booth #1930, McEnery Convention Center, San Jose, CA
Wednesday, March 28, 10:30am-5pm; Thursday, March 29, 10:30am-4pm PDT
Booth #518, Moscone West Convention Center, San Francisco, CA
Why:  Smartphones and tablets have made touch screen technology an integral part of everyday life, but for industrial and commercial applications, traditional single touch interfaces may not be the most practical method for user interaction with larger screens. Gesture and voice recognition may further enhance smart displays, but multi-touch interfaces will play an increasingly essential role. The tangible benefits of multi-touch technology, when taken together, result in more informed, more efficient and more engaging interactions.
As the user experience becomes a key differentiator for manufacturers of all types, Touch Revolution’s expertise in multi-touch technology helps OEM’s, system integrators and content providers deliver significant improvements to their end products.
About Touch Revolution

Touch Revolution provides high-quality, projected capacitive (P-Cap) multi-touch display solutions. The company 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; Taipei, Taiwan; and mainland China, Touch Revolution is a part of TPK Holding Co., Ltd. – the largest-volume 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

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Tuesday, 20 March 2012
Streamlined Reward Claims Process, Increased Margins for Channel Partners Are Drivers of Success

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--NEC Display Solutions of America, a leading provider of commercial LCD display and projector solutions, announced today that Betsy Larson, Vice President of Channel Sales, was named a 2012 Channel Chief by CRN Magazine. CRN, a publication devoted to the worldwide technology reseller channel, recognized the top Channel Chiefs in the industry based on their records of business innovation and dedication to the partner community.

During the past year, Larson enhanced the NEC Rewards Program, making it easier for channel partners to claim rewards and reducing the turnaround time to receive rewards to the shortest in the industry. NEC also developed new services and programs to increase margins for its partners.

Larson has spent the last 14 years with NEC, helping the organization build and nurture relationships with its distributor and partner communities. She credited the organization’s innovation for its success over the past year. NEC has continued to expand its solutions offerings – from vertically focused field sales support to design and engineering. She cited its entry into managed services, specifically content creation and content management in the digital signage space, as other indicators of innovation.

In addition, NEC has expanded its partner base through additional consultative selling and a product lineup that includes entry-level and specialty products to meet the differing needs of end users.

In terms of her own career success, Larson said she is thankful for advice she received at an early age.

“My father has had the most profound impact on my life,” she said. “He has instilled in me the importance of being honest, fair, kind and hard-working. Those are attributes shared by my colleagues at NEC, too.”

CRN selected the top Channel Chiefs based on policy and program innovations made during the previous year, the amount of revenue their companies generated through partners, their willingness to speak out publicly on behalf of the channel, and the number of years dedicated to channel activities.

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


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 or call (877) 805-VUKU.

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Tuesday, 20 March 2012
CeBIT2012, Hannover Germany—GeneralTouch participated in CeBIT2012 and exhibited its latest touch products.  Many industry watchers and touch-related business leaders were impressed with our latest offerings.

The spotlight was on GeneralTouch’s latest innovation achievement, the zero bezel true flat SAW touch screen. GENERALTOUCH, after doing some in-depth research and exploring further the core technology of SAW touch, made a series of modification to the structure and design of the SAW touch screen.  The transducers and data cable are placed on the posterior of the glass baseplate.  The acoustic waves from the emitting transducer pass over the edge of the glass and brood over the anterior glass surface, and then proceed to pass over the opposite edge of the glass baseplate to the corresponding receiver transducer on the posterior.  This technical feat brings about the fruition of the true flat touch screen.  Further redesigning was done to the surface of the glass baseplate to enhance the aesthetics and scratch-resistance of our true flat touch screen.  Consequently, we have a true flat SAW touch screen that is characterized by high reliability, superb performance, ease of integration and eye-catching ID design. Compared to projective capacitive, it is much more cost-effective.  Evidently, great interest was shown towards the two 22-inch touch monitors with zero bezel true flat SAW touch screen in CeBIT2012.  The drawing attractions were the elegant appearance and the reliable touch experience when the visitors played with it.  This particular product has already gone through and passed the internal stringent tests and is prepped for mass production in time to be released into the market in the middle of 2012.

The other significant innovation that GeneralTouch exhibited in Cebit was the Hand Writing SAW touch screen.  The response was both tremendous and favorable at the show.  It is already being mass produced and will begin deliveries for ODMs/OEMs.  Years of deep research in SAW has generated much valuable insight on the dynamics of acoustic wave transmission on glass surface.  Based on these insights, GeneralTouch has discovered a certain glass material which is especially conducive for acoustic wave transmission.  This particular kind of glass surface carries the acoustic wave on its surface with minimal loss of signal and attenuation which results in higher signal fidelity on the receiving end.  It also means touch screens made from this type of glass can register activation with a higher level of sensitivity and accuracy.  Together with special treatment on its surface to produce a more even glass surface, prolonged sliding and dragging gestures on its surface do not produce any discomfort to the finger, regardless of the level of pressure exerted.  GeneralTouch SAW Handwriting touch screens can be used in industries such as finance, transportation, entertainment, healthcare, industrial control, self-service kiosks, etc.  It is best suited for applications that require handwriting input, sliding and dragging gestures. 

GeneralTouch has always relied on continuous innovation to stay ahead in touch technology and to delight its customers.  In CeBIT2012, GeneralTouch also put on show its medical touch monitors for healthcare application and SAW Frame-Touch products. The initial range of medical touch monitors includes 4 desktop models of 15”, 17”, 19” and 22”.  VESA mounting is optional.  They are compliant with CE, FCC, UL60601-1 and UL60601-2, and can be applied in medical diagnosis, pharmacy, nurse station, bedside terminal, patient self-service kiosk, etc. 

Although the 5-day CeBIT has come to a close, GeneralTouch will continue on with its innovation to produce better and more cost-effective touch products. For more information about GeneralTouch innovative products and technologies, please visit or contact our sales.

About GeneralTouch Technology Co., Ltd.

GeneralTouch (GT) was established in 2000 and has since become a leading touch solution provider to the global market, manufacturing a wide range of touch screen, touch monitor products and solutions.  GT capitalizes on advanced technologies while keeping abreast with the leading trend of the touch market.  We offer our customers an extensive array of touch solutions and help them to determine the most appropriate choice for their specific needs.  Through our consistent and high quality performance, we have proven to be reliable and trustworthy partners when it comes to providing touch solutions.  Consequently, our products have been widely used in industries related to finance, gaming, retail, kiosk, healthcare, education, etc.
About the SAW Technology

The Surface Acoustic Wave technology is a kind of touch technology based on acoustic waves on a glass surface. The SAW touch screen consists of the control card, transducers and a pure glass panel.   A ‘touch’ is registered when the waves are disturbed while the controller calculates and pinpoints the location of the disturbance.  Compared with other touch technologies, the SAW technology has high reliability, absence of drift, durability, high precision, unhindered light transmittance, and so on. As a touch technology, it is ideal for application in the financial, gaming, entertainment, medical, self-service equipment industries, etc.

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Tuesday, 20 March 2012
MobileDemand and Seiko Instruments partner to offer turnkey solution

Hiawatha, Iowa – MobileDemand, a leading provider of  rugged tablet PCs has formed a strategic partnership with California-based Seiko Instruments USA Inc., a globally recognized leader in thermal printer technology.  All MobileDemand products -- the xTablet T7000, T8700 and C1200 tablet PC systems have been certified on both the Seiko Instruments 2-inch DPU-S245 receipt printer and the 4- inch DPU-S445 receipt and label printer.

MobileDemand and Seiko Instruments serve many of the same markets. This partnership promises to leverage their collective expertise to provide customers, ISVs and resellers in transportation, field services, manufacturing and warehousing, retail supply chain, food and beverage distribution, military, law enforcement and other public safety agencies, hospitality and agriculture optimized rugged mobile computing and printing solutions.

“There is a lot of synergy between MobileDemand and Seiko Instruments. Both product lines are built for use in environments where downtime is not an option,” says MobileDemand Channel Sales and Business Development Manager Brian Beans. “Also, providing innovative tools used by mobile workers in the field to improve operating efficiency and productivity,” is core to both companies,” Beans continues.

“The partnership with MobileDemand made sense for a variety of reasons,” says Adam Ortlieb, Associate Director, Marketing, Seiko Instruments. “It will leverage both companies’ expertise, providing customers with a seamless solution that combines our high-performance mobile printers with MobileDemand’s innovative, highly durable xTablets. Ultimately, end users gain access to a proven solution designed to accelerate transaction times, increase efficiencies and expand revenue opportunities.”

MobileDemand full-screen xTablets running Windows 7  are designed for the on-the-go professionals working in harsh environments.  As more and more companies across numerous industries make the switch from stationary forklift mounted devices, laptops and quarter screen VGA handheld devices to full-screen, full Windows OS tablets, the need for printing labels and receipts wherever work is done, becomes more critical. Seiko Instruments’ high-speed printers are light, easy to use and durable. The reliable high-performance mobile printers from Seiko Instruments along with the MobileDemand xTablets will help increase efficiency, shorten transaction times and expand revenue opportunities.

MobileDemand xTablets are built military rugged to withstand the rigors of real-world field applications. They are MIL-STD 810G compliant and have an Ingress (Sealing) Rating of up to IP65, which means they
have been tested to survive pressured water, temperature extremes, rain, humidity, salt, sand, dust, shock, vibration and 26 consecutive drops up to 5 feet. xTablet full Windows 7 tablet PC systems are powered by Intel processors to provide all the performance needed to handle graphic and data intensive applications. They offer hot-swappable and high capacity batteries for all-day use and several input options such as pen-stylus, numeric keypad, on-screen or full QWERTY keyboard. They provide all-light readable displays, color cameras, and optional  bar code scanners and credit card readers (on the xTablet T7000 and xTablet T8700). They are also WLAN and WWAN compatible and provide GPS on some models. Optional cradles, mounts and accessories are also available.

The Seiko Instruments DPU-S series of mobile printers tackles the challenges of going mobile with durable, easy-to-use, and cost-effective models that accelerate ROI. DPU-S models are rated for a minimum of 50 km total printing, or approximately 328,000six-inch printouts. This proven reliability ensures long-life performance in rugged mobile printing environments. The small footprint and lightweight design makes it easy to carry all day without fatigue. Plus Clamshell-style paper replacement means users can drop in a new roll without slowing down.

About MobileDemand

MobileDemand is a leading provider of rugged tablet computers used by mobile workers in  Field Service, Food and Beverage Distribution, Manufacturing, Retail, Hospitality, Agriculture, Utilities, Military and Public Sector. MobileDemand is also the #1 provider of rugged tablet computers used in transportation in the United States. xTablet Rugged Tablet PC systems improve operational efficiency and allow mobile workers to make better business decisions at the point of interaction. They provide ultra-mobility and versatility and are built military rugged to withstand harsh environments. They offer a high resolution, all-light readable touch screen, functionality of a full Microsoft Windows 7 OS and the power of an Intel processor to  deliver performance at a lower cost and enable greater efficiency and productivity in the field.  MobileDemand: Innovations in Mobile Productivity. Additional information about MobileDemand is available at

About Seiko Instruments Inc.

As a member of The Seiko Group, Seiko Instruments (SII) represents a globally recognized brand, embodying innovative design and precision manufacturing excellence. Founded in 1937, SII manufactures and markets electronic components, thermal and specialty printers, consumer electronics, communication and network technology, scientific instrumentation, and precision manufacturing technology. SII has a global presence, with more than 13,000 employees worldwide.

Seiko Instruments offers a complete solution lineup for  kiosk printer, mobile printer,  receipt printer, and smart label printer applications. Information about Seiko Instruments kiosk printers, mobile printers, portable printers, receipt printers, POS printers, point-of-sale printers, and thermal printer mechanisms can be found at
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Monday, 19 March 2012
Visible Spectrum, Inc. (“VSI”) located in Burr Ridge, IL today announced an agreement with itemMaster LLC to add its complete library of consumer packaged goods images to VSI’s searchable cloud.

According to DeWitt Cook, Co-founder, itemMaster's mission is to become “The One Source for Free Product Images and Data”. By managing product images and data through itemMaster, manufacturers assure that all retailers have access to accurate and complete product images and data.

Unlike some other consumer image databases, itemMaster insures its library contains only current, relevant pictures – greatly increasing the efficiency of use. The itemMaster image library already contains approximately 20,000 sku’s with 1,000 new sku’s being added each week. By year-end 2012, the data base will include 50,000 to 70,000 sku’s.

These images will now be able to be seamlessly integrated in minutes into full motion custom video ads or promotions, via VSI’s web-based platform. Obtaining product images from a single source insures that any retail outlet, network operator, or creative agency has access to the most accurate and up-to-date product information. While there is a charge for creating a composition using VSI’s systems, there is no charge for the images themselves.

Under the Agreement, itemMaster also obtains a White Label License to VSI’s platform, enabling it to directly create full motion video for its clientele. VSI distributes its platform across many white label licensees.

About Visible Spectrum

Founded in 2011, Visible Spectrum, Inc. provides a web-based cloud platform allowing end users to directly create custom HD video for any digital platform – Internet, TV, DOOH or Mobile platforms. Users may download completed video files in any format, or directly post to YouTube, Brightcove, or stream as MediaRSS.

The itemMaster images will be added to VSI’s existing cloud of more than 17.5 million images and video clips available for royalty free use in compositions.

itemMaster LLC, based in Skokie, IL, is a subsidiary of Ahold USA, began building its technology in 2009 and began large scale operations in 2011.

For more information, visit
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Monday, 19 March 2012
PROVISIO has launched its latest release of the SiteKiosk software for kiosks and digital signs as well as a new version of its Android kiosk software.

SiteKiosk 8 adds digital signage functionality to the secure kiosk software and features a new configuration tool interface, said Heinz Horstmann, CEO of PROVISIO, in a company release.

"SiteKiosk 8 allows marketers to quickly and easily launch multimedia campaigns on their remote kiosks from a central server as part of their marketing programs," Horstmann said. "Now marketers have one software solution to display specifically tailored and engaging multimedia content all from a centrally-managed kiosk network."

Android kiosk software

SiteKiosk Android secures the Android OS and menus to protect tablets in a self-service environment, Horstmann said. The browser can be locked down to restrict access to only certain websites.

"The development of an Android version of our kiosk browser software SiteKiosk was a logical step for our company considering the broad adoption of Android tablets," he said.

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Monday, 19 March 2012
After successfully powering the LG Arena for three years, POVng- Dynamax’s enterprise on-premise digital signage software has been chosen again by the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) to disseminate real-time information and adverts on its bus shelters displays located across the NEC estate.
Connected via a wireless network, the screens are used to show shuttle bus timetables, relevant visitor information to their visit and carry advertising. Location, date and time are also displayed as part of enhancing visitor way-finding across the 610 acre site. The bus shelter displays are at  key locations throughout the estate, giving way to repeated and longer exposures to the displayed messages and a lower perceived wait time for those catching the various buses across the site.
Dynamax’s digital signage software has been chosen by the NEC due to its proven reliability and stability that have enabled some of the world’s largest media owners, like Clear Channel and JCDecaux to build solid and profitable digital signage networks.
Howard Smith, Dynamax’s Director said ‘’We are delighted to have been part of this project. Our POVng content distribution and scheduling software integrated perfectly with the NEC’s existing hardware, monitoring and creative requirements, making a  key contribution to this new visitor information and way-finding system.’’
David Hart, Project Manager at the NEC, said: “Dynamax’s open approach to linking technologies together, such as XML and Flash, means we now have the flexibility to update the bus times, locations and visitor information simultaneously, resulting in an enhanced experience for our customers.”
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Friday, 16 March 2012
KulaByte Live Internet Encoder and HyperStream Cloud Transcoding Drive High-Quality Multiscreen Delivery of NPR Music Showcase

MONTREAL and CHICAGO — Haivision Network Video today announced that its KulaByte™ Traveler live Internet encoder, supported by the company's HyperStream™ cloud transcoding service, is powering multiscreen worldwide video delivery of performances from South by Southwest (SXSW). The Haivision solution enables live streaming of National Public Radio's "South by Southwest: Live From Austin" music showcase, including three days of music at Stubbs and the Parish, as well as Bruce Springsteen's SXSW keynote at During SXSW, Haivision's KulaByte technology also will power live concerts from the Fader Fort available at, and music from Music Fog available at

"SXSW has become a premier showcase for up-and-coming artists, creators, content producers, and entertainers," said Peter Maag, Haivision's chief marketing officer. "The uniquely powerful combination of our portable KulaByte Traveler encoder with our HyperStream cloud transcoding service provides NPR and other organizations with a cost-effective way to get live HD video from SXSW shows to audiences around the globe."
The ruggedized KulaByte Traveler encoder is based on the highly efficient H.264 compression standard. It delivers the highest quality Adaptive HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) and Dynamic RTMP Flash®, enabling multiscreen delivery to the largest global penetration of playback devices such as the iPhone® and iPad®, as well as set-top boxes such as the Roku™ streaming player.

For the NPR music showcase, Haivision's KulaByte and HyperStream technology is transcoding each HD feed from the ground into two stream types at eight different stream bit rates. In creating the different bit rate streams, the HyperStream cloud-based transcoder allows video production teams to use each event venue's limited Internet connectivity to stream at multiple bit rates to all viewer devices while maximizing video quality. This approach preserves the visual value of content while eliminating the cost and hassle associated with special Internet provisioning or bringing a satellite uplink truck on site.

More information about the KulaByte encoder, HyperStream service, and the complete Haivision product family is available at

About Haivision Network Video

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

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

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Thursday, 15 March 2012
Convenience store chain SPAR (UK), has built on its digital signage network with the installation of signagelive.  signagelive has allowed the retailer to manage it’s growing network of 170 stores, through an easy to use platform that allows content to be tailored to different store formats and locations. .

Anthony Sappor, Business Development Manager, explained the move as being something necessary for SPAR’s business model. “Having made the decision to bring content and network management in-house, we needed a simple solution that any of us could use.  We also needed the ability to distribute content en masse, or on a site-by-site basis to ensure that our suppliers are reaching the correct audiences in accordance with a store’s product range and location.  signagelive has ticked all of the boxes.”

SPAR has bought 510 licences from signagelive so far and an expansion is in the pipeline. SPAR chose signagelive, explains Sappor: “Because of its competitive price and ease of use. We were able to have it all sorted in a matter of weeks. The helpfulness and support of the team was definitely a deciding factor in choosing signagelive. Also, signagelive offers the possibility of easily integrating other software such as Flypaper, which was very important to us.”

SPAR is one of the world’s largest grocers with over 12,000 stores in 34 countries. The majority of stores are independently owned, but a number are directly owned by SPAR’s wholesalers.  This business model means that each store is tailored to meet its local customer needs with different product ranges, layouts, and services.

Sappor expands: “An example of the need to tailor our content is the recent work we have been doing with a company called Payzone.  Payzone is a service that allows people to pay bills remotely using cash – typically utility bills. This facility is available at 65 of our 170 digital signage locations and we have been able to work with Payzone in creating a series of adverts that are only transmitted to those relevant sites. 

To design ads, Spar uses Flypaper, a software solution that generates Flash and video content for digital signage networks without the need for custom programming. Photos provided by the brands and the relevant text can be quickly uploaded and broadcast.

“Using SparTV with signagelive has proven very effective for us. The ad campaign we did for BritVic drink was a good example. BritVic provided us with the imagery and the details of its campaign. We assembled the ads and broadcast them in the stores. As a result of this exercise BritVic reported a 40 per cent increase in sales.”

About Remote Media Limited

Based in Saffron Walden, UK, 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, 14 March 2012
DUBLIN--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Betapond, a VC-backed technology company specializing in Facebook mobile marketing solutions, will join Intel at the Retail Business Technology Expo this week in London’s Earls Court.

On the Intel stand (#440), Betapond will demonstrate an interactive digital sign powered by 2nd Generation Intel® Core® i7 Platform. The digital sign will be personalized for any consumer who interacts using Facebook on their smartphone. Large retail and entertainment brands use Betapond’s mobile marketing products to convert passive footfall into engaged social consumers, deepening customer relationships.

Betapond previously exhibited its suite of Facebook mobile marketing solutions at Sony Pictures Studios in Hollywood.

“We’re delighted to be working with Intel to demonstrate how retailers can engage social consumers on their smartphones to personalize their in-store experience,” said Declan Kennedy, CEO of Betapond.

“Retailers are under huge pressure to engage every potential customer in their stores. Our Facebook mobile marketing products allow retailers to generate social recommendations from in-store customers and build long-term social relationships. We enable retailers to replicate online shopping experiences for in-store customers. ”

‘The pervasiveness of hand held computing, such as smart phones and tablets, merging with social media and integrating with new technologies such as NFC, Intel® Wireless Display & anonymous video analytics (AVA) are transforming the digital advertising & retail markets”, noted Rod O’Shea, Intel EMEA Regional Director. “At Intel, we see the application of technology solutions such as Betapond’s as playing a significant role in transforming the shopping experience by delivering more relevant and entertaining experiences directly to the consumer’.

“A shopper is never happier with a retail brand than when she’s shopping – so it’s a great opportunity to start a social conversation on Facebook via smartphone that continues long after she leaves the store,” Kennedy added.

The Retail Business Technology Expo takes place in London’s Earls Court on March 13-14.

The Betapond product utilizes QR codes and SMS to connect shoppers’ smartphones with digital signs. The solution uses a Facebook enabled application to offer shoppers a chance to win a prize if they take a short survey, enter a treasure hunt or a complete a number of other activities. The brand can continue conversations with participating consumers and their friends through Facebook to increase footfall and ROI through enhanced social marketing.

Betapond works with leading retailers and entertainment brands in the UK, Europe and the US that have high footfall and existing, well-developed Facebook communities.

About Betapond

Betapond is a VC backed Facebook technology company that specializes in Facebook mobile marketing products for retailers. Betapond is a Facebook Preferred Developer Consultant.

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.

Intel is a trademark of Intel Corporation in the United States and other countries.
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Wednesday, 14 March 2012
Dr. Pettit invited to participate as special expert on market research
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., – Premier Retail Networks, LLC (PRN), a global leader in digital place-based media services, today announced that Dr. Raymond Pettit, PRN vice president of market research, contributed a chapter in the new marketing research reference book entitled Leading Edge Marketing Research: 21st-Century Tools and Practices (SAGE, November 2011.) Editors Bob Kraden, Gerry Linda and Mel Price invited well-known, thought-provoking experts to provide chapters in their area of expertise.
“It is an honor to be part of this cutting-edge book, in affiliation with such well-known colleagues in the marketing research industry,” said Dr. Pettit. “Online research using consumer panels continues to grow in importance. I am pleased to have managed the industry’s largest research study on the topic and share the learnings and results that ultimately benefit advertisers and retailers alike as they seek to listen to and better understand their shoppers.”
Dr. Pettit’s chapter, “Panel Online Survey and Research Quality,” is featured in the section of Leading Edge Marketing Research on marketing industry research trends and addresses improving the quality of online survey research using consumer panels. In this chapter, Dr. Pettit traces the history of consumer panels to the current technology-based systems that have become ubiquitous. He also provides a framework for improving online research quality and presents the results of a major study he ran at the Advertising Research Foundation.
At PRN, Dr. Pettit maintains responsibility for a multi-faceted research and analytics program. He joined PRN from the Advertising Research Foundation, where he was SVP, research and standards, from 2008 to 2010. His career has been focused on advanced analytics and marketing science consulting, writing and presenting at major industry conference events in the United States and internationally. He is the author of Market Research in the Internet Age: Leveraging Technology for Market Measurement and Consumer Insight (John Wiley & Sons).
About Premier Retail Networks, LLC

Premier Retail Networks, LLC (PRN) provides digital place-based media services that enable retailers and marketers to reach consumers in more than 8,550 locations in the U.S. and Mexico. PRN works with leading retailers, advertisers, content and technology companies to create and deliver place-based media that engages, informs and motivates consumers where they shop, eat and socialize. PRN’s retail customers include Acme Markets, Albertsons, Associated Food Stores, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Costco, Jewel-Osco, Meijer, Pathmark, Sam’s Club, Shaw’s, ShopRite, Star Market, Target, Walmart Stores and Walmart Mexico. Through advertising sales relationships with Retail Entertainment Design and indoorDIRECT, PRN also represents the in-venue networks located in Fred Meyer and Fry’s Marketplace retail stores, and in a number of leading quick service restaurants. PRN’s programming alliances include major television networks and other media properties, as well as movie studios, record labels and magazine and newspaper publishers.
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Tuesday, 13 March 2012
All-Inclusive Touchscreen Displays are Connected with BrightSign Network to Address Customer Self Storage Needs in a Consistent Manner throughout CubeSmart Locations Nationwide

LOS GATOS, CA - BrightSign LLC® , a key player in the digital signage controller industry, announced today the results of its recent collaboration with Flixio, a content development partner with more than a decade of experience. For CubeSmart (NYSE: CUBE), a leader in the $20+ billion self-storage industry, BrightSign network-enabled HD1010 interactive players are being linked via BrightSign Network to provide consistent branding for its locations nationwide. Combined with Flixio's engaging content, the all-inclusive touchscreen displays are designed to help CubeSmart increase sales by illustrating the expanded CubeSmart offerings that are revolutionizing the self storage industry.

Following the successful deployment of the BrightSign/Flixio signage solution in the lobby of its initial superstore in Philadelphia, CubeSmart is rolling out displays at more than 350 locations across the nation.

With the touchscreen display, a CubeSmart customer, or an employee assisting a customer, can view the many features and benefits that set CubeSmart apart from the competition. They can call up an array of offerings, including enhanced storage options such as individual unit alarms and remote access, logistics services, comprehensive moving assistance, office amenities, and even organizational options such as premium shelving, as well as the industry's first SmartTrakr organizing mobile app by CubeSmart.

“Not only does the introduction of the touchscreen display further demonstrate how CubeSmart is reinventing storage,” stated Joel Keaton, Vice President of Marketing at CubeSmart, “but it will also enhance the storage experience by offering tailored advice and information to address the specific needs of each customer in a consistent manner throughout all of our CubeSmart locations nationwide.”

“BrightSign players were initially selected for their price, ease of use and product quality,” said Kirk Vanderleest, Vice President, National Accounts at Flixio. “Some of the features that influenced CubeSmart to expand their signage solution to other locations were the networking features that simplified changing content, the great touchscreen interface and the high-quality content playback.

The BrightSign players provide the sophisticated features and controls that Flixio's dynamic, interactive content requires to drive easy touchscreen access. There are 130 unique video assets in the CubeSmart interactive project and the number of connection points between assets, i.e., different routes or directions a person can take, is close to 1,000. Despite this complex web of connections, the content itself seamlessly guides viewers from one CubeSmart service or feature to the next, allowing them to quickly and easily find the information they need.

The presentations for all CubeSmart locations can be published, updated and changed remotely using the BrightAuthor software and the user's hosted BrightSign Network <> subscription which connects more than 350 installed BrightSign units. Locations are also grouped on the network according to their offerings to simplify content management and publishing.

Featuring a non-PC solid-state platform, the BrightSign players are more affordable than PC-based players and are more reliable because they have no moving parts to fail. The solid-state platform also makes the players much easier to deploy, use and maintain than PC-based solutions. In addition, because the BrightSign HD1010 doesn't require a PC to deliver true high definition, it requires no more than 5 watts of power, compared to 70-90 watts for an average PC.

Like all BrightSign models, the BrightSign HD1010 signage controller includes BrightAuthor software free of charge. The PC software makes creating, publishing, managing and monitoring displays easy-even for non-technical users. Featuring an open architecture, BrightAuthor also enables Flixio to deploy content developed in-house.

BrightSign Availability

BrightSign offers a complete family of stand-alone and network-enabled digital signage controllers ranging from the HD110, HD210 and HD210w (wireless) simple looping players to the HD410, HD1010 and HD1010w (wireless) interactive players and the TD1012 freestanding tabletop player. BrightSign players are available from the BrightSign Store <> with prices starting at $284.99. 

About CubeSmart

CubeSmart is a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust.
CubeSmart owns or manages 480 self-storage facilities across the United States and operates the CubeSmart Network, which consists of approximately 825 additional facilities. The Company plans to exceed Customer expectations by adding more personalized services and technology to some of the best storage spaces around.

According to the 2011 Self Storage Almanac, CubeSmart is one of the top four owners and operators of self-storage facilities in the U.S. For more information, visit or call 800-800-1717.

About Flixio

As providers of premium digital signage content and integration solutions, Flixio Studios has been producing award-winning video and motion graphics for more than a decade. Located just outside Portland, OR, in historic downtown Oregon City, Flixio brings forward-thinking business acumen to the world of digital signage content. Working to understand clients' goals from beginning to end, Flixio's content engagement strategies and integration solutions ensure the content they create performs flawlessly and has the desired impact. For inquiries, please contact or call 503.607.0010. 

About BrightSign

BrightSign, LLC, based in Los Gatos, California, develops products, software and networking solutions 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 For US sales inquiries, please contact or call +1-408-852-9263. For European sales inquiries, please email Pierre Gillet: or call +44-1223-911842.
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Monday, 12 March 2012
Honored Again as the Top Vendor in the Flat Panel Displays Category 

WALNUT, CA, (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- ViewSonic Corp., a leading global provider of computing, consumer electronics and communications solutions, was named a 2012 Channel Champion by CRN in the category of Flat Panel Displays 19"-30" at an awards ceremony during the XChange Solution Provider conference on March 6, 2012 in Los Angeles, Calif. CRN's annual Channel Champion awards are based on the results of a series of surveys conducted with top solution providers. Awards were presented in 27 technology categories.

The CRN Channel Champions survey is the largest and broadest-based technology integrator market study in the industry, measuring the overall perceptions of vendor products and services by IT Solution Providers. Awards are presented to vendors based on the perception of their Channel partners in the areas of technological satisfaction, support satisfaction and financial benefits. The end result is a list of the most partner-friendly vendors in the channel, serving as a valuable resource for technology integrators when evaluating vendors and their programs.

"We are proud that solution providers continue to affirm their loyalty in ViewSonic," said Jeff Volpe, president of ViewSonic Americas. "We pride ourselves on providing VARs with a diversified product portfolio, along with the opportunities and resources they need to grow their businesses, via our Finch Club program. We are honored that Everything Channel has again recognized these efforts with this prestigious award."

"To receive a Channel Champion award is a very honorable distinction," said Kelley Damore, Vice President and Executive Editor at CRN. "What makes this award so special is that fact that vendor winners are voted on by solution providers based on their dedication to supporting and maintaining a strong channel program. This award is a direct result of their ability to develop and grow solid, mutually beneficial relationships with partners. We congratulate these leading technology vendors on this recognition."

A sample list of Channel Champions award winners and related study will be published in the April 23, 2012 issue of CRN magazine and at . For further information on ViewSonic and its channel programs and products, visit or follow ViewSonic on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

About ViewSonic

ViewSonic(R) Corporation, headquartered in Walnut, California, is a leading global provider of computing, consumer electronics, and communications solutions. Founded in 1987, ViewSonic's mission is to be the preferred global brand of visual solutions as we continue to focus on display-centric product offerings including LED monitors, tablets, projectors, digital signage displays, smartphones, and cloud computing solutions. ViewSonic continues to pioneer in visual technology innovation to build a connected and ever-reaching digital future. For further information, please visit

ViewSonic's Finch Club offers resellers an opportunity to benefit from specialized product training and discounts. To sign up, please visit

About UBM Channel

UBM Channel is the premier provider of IT channel-focused events, media, research, consulting, and sales and marketing services. With over 30 years of experience and engagement, UBM Channel has the unmatched channel expertise to execute integrated solutions for technology executives managing partner recruitment, enablement and go-to-market strategy in order to accelerate technology sales. UBM Channel is a UBM company. To learn more about UBM Channel, visit us at .

About UBM plc

UBM plc is a leading global business media company. We inform markets and bring the world's buyers and sellers together at events, online, in print and provide them with the information they need to do business successfully. We focus on serving professional commercial communities, from doctors to game developers, from journalists to jewelry traders, from farmers to pharmacists around the world. Our 6,000 staff in more than 30 countries is organized into specialist teams that serve these communities, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently. For more information, go to .

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Monday, 12 March 2012
COLUMBUS, Ga., (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Synovus Bank, the Georgia-chartered, FDIC-insured bank, today announced a partnership with Wincor Nixdorf Inc. to invest in 200 new Deposit Automation ATM machines for the Synovus Bank network. The new ATMs will be installed later this year.

With these new touch screen units, customers will be able to deposit up to 50 bills or checks into a single slot in any direction; the imaging technology will instantly present a digital copy of the checks on the screen; and the ATM will calculate and verify the entire deposit amount. The cash portion of any deposit will be immediately available for customer's use, and they will have the option of receiving text and email receipts of their transactions.

"We are excited to offer our customers this enhanced 24-7 channel for transacting their banking business," said Kessel Stelling, Chairman and CEO of Synovus. "This upgrade signals another important step in our efforts to provide best-in-class technology that empowers our customers to interact with us whenever, wherever, and however they prefer. Our new partner's technology also gives us the flexibility to develop additional ways for our ATMs to deliver a more intuitive and consistent customer experience. We will continue to make investments in the products and tools that provide an exceptional level of service to customers across our footprint."

"We are very pleased that Synovus has selected Wincor Nixdorf as a strategic partner," added Oliver Weber, CEO of Wincor Nixdorf Inc. "The deposit automation technology Synovus has chosen will assist them in serving retail and business customers with their day-to-day banking needs."

About Synovus Bank

Synovus Bank is a Georgia-chartered, FDIC-insured bank. Synovus Bank provides commercial and retail banking, investment, and mortgage services to customers through 30 locally branded divisions, 293 offices, and 433 ATMs in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida, and Tennessee. See Synovus Bank on the web at .

About Wincor-Nixdorf

Wincor Nixdorf is one of the world's most successful IT solution specialists for process optimization at the consumer touch point, covering its core industries of banking and retail. With its US headquarters located in Austin Texas, Wincor Nixdorf Inc. provides a broad range of innovative hardware and software solutions, complemented by high-end services to many of the worlds biggest and most well known business organizations, raising overall efficiency of procedures and workflow to improve consumer-engagement, and reduce operational costs. For more information, visit

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Monday, 12 March 2012
Munich,– NEC Display Solutions Europe has unveiled the new flagship model of its professional MultiSync® P Series public displays, the P702. This model is a solid 70-inch display equipped with a rich and unparalleled feature set, completed by an abundance of interfaces no other product on the market can match.

The premium-grade panel, industrial-strength design and powerful new connectivity and OSD features, all make this display ideal for heavy-duty operation. Designed for a wide array of mission critical applications such as transport applications, control room applications and also retail signage, conference rooms, reception areas and integration in totems and furniture, the MultiSync® P702 offers flexible installation combined with industry leading performance.

As well as incorporating all the same unique features as the rest of the P Series family - such as programmable ambient light sensors, integrated speakers, dual slot technology with support for the NEC/Intel OPS standard, thermal management, remote management over LAN and email alerts - the P702 is DICOM compliant so it can be used for medical applications.

If the huge 70-inch HD display is not large enough, it can be daisy chained up to nine times over DVI, or 30 times with DisplayPort, offering even greater flexibility at no extra cost if the signal needs to be passed on for video walls or back-to-back installations. As well these there are a variety of analogue connection and digital connection options including HDMI 1.3 to ensure content can be delivered from a variety of sources.

“The MultiSync® P702 is the perfect display to round out P Series family and highlight the innovation that NEC puts at the core of all of its displays,” said Thorsten Prsybyl, Product Line Manager Public Displays at NEC Display Solutions Europe.

“As well as delivering on the stringent requirements demanded for round-the-clock use, the DICOM compliance makes it perfectly suited for medical applications. The combination of reliability, flexibility and connectivity ensures that the P702 really is worthy of being the flagship model for the P Series range of public displays.”

Availability and warranty

The NEC MultiSync® P702 is expected to be available in April 2012. Each unit includes a power cord, VGA cable, user manual on CD-ROM and interface cover. The LAN control software can also be downloaded freely. NEC Display Solutions Europe offers a three-year pan-European service warranty including the backlight.

NEC Display Solutions Europe GmbH has its European headquarters in Munich, Germany and is responsible for all business activities in EMEA, divided into the five sales regions Northern Europe, Central and Central East Europe, Western and South Europe/Mediterranean, Commonwealth of Independent States and Middle East/Africa. NEC Display Solutions benefits from the technological know-how and technologies of the NEC Corporation and, with its own Research and Development, is one of the world's leading manufacturers offering the widest product range of display solutions in the market. The display product portfolio ranges from entry-level to professional and specialty desktop LCDs, via large-size Public Displays for Digital and Retail Signage. The Projector range offers products for all needs, from portable devices via business projectors to products for permanent operation (such as PoS applications) and digital cinema projectors. Managing Director of the European head office is Bernd Eberhardt.

Further information can be found online at:

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:

NEC is a registered trademark of NEC Corporation. All Rights Reserved. Other product or service marks mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners. ©2012 NEC Corporation.

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Monday, 12 March 2012
Christie® MicroTiles® and Gesturetek recently made a splash with the international design community at Canada's largest contemporary design fair, the Interior Design Show 2012. Charged with creating a multi-faceted entrance installation at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, RAW Design delighted show-goers with the latest in projection and an ingenious, two-sided Christie MicroTiles configuration with interactive capabilities. The installation, entitled "StripTease", used 1,300 strips of felt to create a blend of touch and high tech that intrigued and engaged visitors.

Watch Roland Rom Colthoff, principal architect and partner at RAW Design, discuss the inspiration behind the installation.

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Monday, 12 March 2012
In this event you will be able to experience live demos of ComQi's latest technologies and end to end solutions to optimize your digital signage network as follows:
  • Interactive Solutions for end user to enhance the Retail Experience by connecting the Digital Signage screen with your smart phone and social media networks
  • Fully customizable and flexible Engage Content Management System
  • Latest innovative technologies for media distribution, of content from player to the screen
This will be a great way for you to network, to create business opportunities and to gain valuable insights in LATAM & rest of the world industry trends.
Please register here to receive more information on the event and its organization
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Friday, 09 March 2012
MINNEAPOLIS, (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- Wireless Ronin Technologies, Inc., a leading marketing technologies solutions provider, today announced it has been selected by ECOtality, Inc., a leader in clean electric transportation and storage technologies, to support the media and advertising capabilities for ECOtality's Blink network of electric vehicle charging stations. This agreement represents a pilot phase of deployment where ECOtality will utilize the RoninCast(R) digital signage solutions to strengthen their media and advertising capabilities for the Blink DC Fast Charge systems that are being deployed across 18 metropolitan areas in the US.

"This deployment reflects our ability to offer flexible digital marketing solutions that can easily integrate with existing networks," said Scott Koller, CEO of Wireless Ronin Technologies. "Our experience providing marketing technology solutions in the automotive industry throughout the nation made us the ideal partner for ECOtality."

Wireless Ronin will provide the software and manage integrating the RoninCast(R) platform with ECOtality's Blink(R) advertising network. This solution strengthens ECOtality's ability to deliver advertising campaigns to different markets with the touch of a button. The result is a streamlined, externally managed advertising platform that will showcase audio and video advertisements across digital media players at each DC Fast Charge station.

Paul Gordon, CTO of ECOtality North America, commented: "Wireless Ronin was selected based on its proven experience deploying solutions of significant scale and demonstrated ability to deliver ROI to customers through its appealing digital content platforms. We are confident that Wireless Ronin will strengthen our advertising platform to provide an engaging experience for electric vehicle drivers. Smart partnerships like this enhance our customer offering as we continue to build out the largest connected charging network in the country."

The Blink Network of charging stations provides EV drivers the freedom to travel as they choose and conveniently charge at Blink commercial locations along the way. For more information, visit .

About Wireless Ronin Technologies

Wireless Ronin Technologies (WRT) ( ), is a marketing technologies company with leading expertise in current and emerging digital media solutions, including signage, interactive kiosks, mobile, social media and web, that enable clients to transform how they engage with their customers. WRT provides marketing technology solutions and services to clients, helping increase revenue and improve operating efficiencies in the execution of marketing initiatives. Since the initial launch of RoninCast(R) digital signage software in 2003, WRT led the digital signage industry by providing cutting-edge technology, services and support to its clients. WRT offers an array of services to support its clients' marketing technology needs including consulting, creative development, project management, installation, training, and support and hosting. The company's common stock trades on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the symbol "RNIN". Follow us on #!/wirelessronin. Like us on Facebook under Wireless Ronin Technologies, Inc.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. All forward-looking statements are inherently uncertain as they are based on current expectations and assumptions concerning future events or future performance of the company. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which are only predictions and speak only as of the date hereof. In evaluating such statements, prospective investors should review carefully various risks and uncertainties identified in this release and matters set in the company's SEC filings. These risks and uncertainties could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements.

This news release was distributed by GlobeNewswire,

SOURCE: Wireless Ronin Technologies, Inc.

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Friday, 09 March 2012
Outstanding EP100 embedded board benefits from new-generation AMD G-Series APU, featuring low-power consumption, graphics-rich and cost-savings

Taipei, Taiwan,  – Axiomtek’s new EP100 EPIC board, supporting either the AMD G-Series APU dual core T56N with Radeon™ HD 6320 graphics or AMD G-Series APU single core T40R with Radeon™ HD 6250 graphics, combined with the AMD A50M FCH, is ideal for graphics-intensive applications such as high-end medical imaging, digital signage, kiosks/POI, thin clients, and gaming machines. The onboard SO-DIMM socket supports maximum up to 4 GB of DDR3 1333 memory. Integrated AMD HD graphics with DirectX 11 technology, the small foot print embedded board offers stunning 3D visual effects and dynamic interactivity. The EP100 comes with three display outputs with two combinations: two DisplayPort and one VGA or one DisplayPort plus a VGA and 18/24-bit single/dual channel LVDS. Additionally, it provides dual gigabit LAN ports for high-speed wired communication and two PCI Express Mini card expansion interfaces, one with SIM slot, for seamless wireless communication (WiFi + 3/4G).

“Axiomtek’s EP100 is our first EPIC board designed to support AMD G-Series APU. This EPIC form factor embedded board has an advanced graphic engine with mainstream DirectX 11 support and features dual DisplayPort interfaces, making it an excellent solution for digital signage and multimedia applications. The outstanding EP100 provides exceptional visual experience with full multimedia capability, while keeping power consumption low,” said Michelle Mi, Product Manager of Embedded Board and Technology Business Unit at Axiomtek. “Measuring 165 x 115 mm, the EP100 comes with plenty of connectivity and expansion options, making integration easier and more accessible to developers. The system requires +12V only DC power input.”

The compact EP100 comes with advanced connectivity including six USB 2.0 ports, two SATA-600 ports, four COM ports (3 x RS-232 & 1 x RS-232/422/485), dual Gigabit LANs, CFast™, DisplayPort, VGA, LVDS, and HD audio. Besides, it provides high-bandwidth expansion capability with two PCI Express Mini cards, one with SIM slot, for custom system network configurations. The EP100 supports Windows® 7, Windows® XP embedded and Linux. Built-in Watchdog Timer keeps system running smoothly.

The EP100 EPIC board will be available around the end of April, 2012. For more product information or specifications, please visit our website or email to
Main Features:
  •     Standard compact EPIC form factor
  •     AMD G-Series APU single core T40R (1.0 GHz) / dual core T56N (1.65 GHz)
  •     AMD FCH A50M chipset
  •     One DDR3 1333 SO-DIMM maximum up to 4 GB system memory
  •     Dual DisplayPorts, 18/24-bit single/dual channel LVDS, and VGA display capability
  •     6 USB 2.0 ports, 4 COM ports and dual Gigabit LANs
  •     DirectX 11 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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Thursday, 08 March 2012
Newest Inspired Composer Software Adds Content Tracking and Reporting Feature to Intuitive Content Creation Templates

RICHARDSON, Texas –  AMX®, the leading provider of solutions that simplify the implementation, maintenance, and use of technology to create effective environments, today announced the immediate availability of the enterprise-scale digital-signage software Inspired Composer 5.4. The newest Inspired Composer achieves and simplifies two key tasks for digital signage users: monitoring and managing the digital signage network and creating and managing content.

The content tracking and reporting feature can retrieve message play data from one or more players allowing users to audit message playback. The data, which is returned in XML or CSV formats, can be filtered by player, message, and date. Playback log reports include summary data as well as information about each time a message was played.

"Increasingly our Inspired Composer customers have been requesting content tracking and reporting to evaluate sales and marketing efforts," said AMX Chief Technology Officer Robert Noble. "Inspired Composer 5.4 gives users the in-depth data, as well as top-level briefs, for more granular analytics and actionable data. For signage deployments, this data is critical for ascertaining effectiveness."

Already recognized for the ease in which it allows the uninitiated digital signage user to create content, the new Inspired Composer 5.4 makes content creation further intuitive. A great example of this in Composer 5.4 is the capability to link a defined space within a design template to a URL that holds an image that can easily be updated remotely.

Inspired Composer allows staffers across an organization to become contributors, intuitively guiding them through a simple workflow management and approval process. In Composer 5.4, all changes are highlighted so that a content manager can review and approve the content before it is published to players.

Inspired Composer 5.4, available in a Desktop and Server version, was developed for use with the Inspired XPert digital signage player (IS-XPT-2000) from AMX. Teaming Inspired Composer 5.4 with the 1080p Inspired XPert player delivers engaging, HD multimedia content – across a building, a campus or around the world.

For more information on Inspired Composer 5.4, please visit

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
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Thursday, 08 March 2012
Orange Cote d’Ivoire, long term partner of solutions provider Sicap, has extended its Orange Money offer with the deployment of sicap and Wincor Nixdorf Easy Cash ATMs solution, built on Wincor Nixdorf hardware and software products. Subscribers in Abidjan can now very easily deposit and withdraw cash from their mobile wallets.

For a large majority of Orange subscribers, the mobile wallet dispenses with the need for a bank account. The sicap Easy Cash ATMs improve the interface between virtual cash and real money, and provide a 24/7 self-service opportunity. Setting up an Orange Money wallet is free of charge, and during the launch period of the first six ATMs, transactions on the ATMs are also free for subscribers.

Sicap and Wincor Nixdorf Easy Cash ATMs were unveiled during a press conference held on 22nd February 2012 at Orange Côte d’Ivoire headquarters. Five Orange shops are fitted out in Abidjan with an ATM. During the coming months, Orange will install more ATMs in Abidjan and at other locations in major cities across the country, with the help of local product support from Wincor Nixdorf. In parallel, Orange plans to define an attractive commercial offer which will allow subscribers to use the ATMs to top up their prepaid account with cash or from the mobile wallet. Due to very flexible and modular software, it is easy to add future options such as the payment of utility bills or insurance premium.

Sylvain Andrieux, sicap West Africa Regional Manager, said that “Sicap and Orange Cote d’Ivoire have a long history of providing valuable services to subscribers and we work closely together from our mutual Abidjan subsidiaries.”

“We have paid special attention to creating an ATM which meets the innovative cash-in, cash-out business model requirements of Orange. Our ATMs are not only easy to use, they are an important differentiator for the operator in a very competitive market” added Mr. Herrmann Salmen, Head of Mobile Money Projects at Wincor Nixdorf.
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Thursday, 08 March 2012
Lausanne, Switzerland, SpinetiX, a Swiss digital signage manufacturer, is pleased to announce that it’s hyper media player technology will be distributed in the US through Convergent Media Systems, a Sony Company.

SpinetiX has appointed Convergent Media Systems as Certified Distribution Partner for the US for all its products. Convergent will be distributing the SpinetiX HMP200 and the new SpinetiX HMP130 Hyper Media Player. The HMP130 was specifically designed and built to operate with the on-board Fusion digital signage software.

“The appointment of Convergent Media Systems as distribution partner reflects our growth in the US. The Convergent team has great experience with helping their dealers and integrators on small and large digital signage installations, and the company offers training, a call center and high level technical support services,” says Serge Konter, Marketing Manager at SpinetiX.

Bryan Smith, Channel Manager at Convergent Media Systems adds: “Our dealer-network offers SpinetiX products as single screen installations or as part of large-scale and complex digital signage projects. We find SpinetiX technology to be easy to use, flexible and it comes with a limited lifetime warranty, which our clients just love.”

About SpinetiX

SpinetiX SA is an award-winning Swiss hardware manufacturer of professional digital signage hardware devices. Find more information about SpinetiX products at

About Convergent Media Systems

Convergent Media Systems Corporation, a Sony Company, is a world leader in the design, integration, management, and support of digital signage and enterprise video solutions. Convergent incorporates best-in-class technologies and comprehensive services offering to provide end-to-end solutions that deliver results. Some of the most recognized brands rely on Convergent to solve complex business objectives through digital media solutions. For more information go to

SpinetiX, the SpinetiX logo, and HMP Hyper Media Player are trademarks of SpinetiX S.A. “Convergent” is a registered trademark of Convergent Media Systems Corporation, a Sony Company. SONY and any other product names, service names, or logos of Sony used, quoted and/or referenced above are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sony Corporation or any of its affiliates. Other company and product names and logos may be trademarks of their respective owners.
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Thursday, 08 March 2012
New solution for rollouts of self-service technology reduces inventory costs, improves field service productivity

New York, NY (PRWEB) Choice Logistics, Inc., the leading provider of critical service parts logistics, announced today that it has been selected to provide automated teller machine (ATM) warehousing, inventory and returns management for Diebold, Incorporated, a global leader in integrated self-service delivery and security systems and services.

Diebold develops, implements and services advanced self-service and security solutions for the financial, retail, pharmacy and government industries. The company provides numerous solutions to financial institutions required to serve consumers, from single ATMs to fully outfitted bank branches. To support regional and national rollouts of the latest self-service technology, Diebold positions its ATM kits in warehouses across the U.S. Hardware features and software programs are installed and customized at the warehouses before the ATMs are deployed to bank branches within tightly scheduled time frames.

Choice Logistics designed a multi-year implementation plan that allows Diebold to transition inventory from in-house warehouses to state-of-the-art strategic stocking locations in the Choice network as leases expire. Choice Logistics also enhanced its Critical Service Parts Insight (CSPI) system to support some of the specialized requirements of staging ATM rollouts and accepting associated returns. From its field service technicians to the program management team, Diebold now has visibility into inventory positions and is already realizing reduced inventory costs and improved field service productivity.

“Everyone who uses ATMs appreciates self-service banking,” said Doug Magnan, Vice President of Logistics Operations for Choice Logistics. “We are thrilled to help Diebold with its warehouse management business and enable the company to continue its focus on delivering innovation.”

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, or follow the company on Twitter:

About Choice Logistics

Choice Logistics provides customized logistics solutions that meet the high-availability requirements of global technology manufacturers and third-party service organizations. Its global network of strategic stocking locations, linked by dependable transportation solutions, a unified technology platform, and a performance-driven culture, turns time-critical systems support into premium service offerings that generate profitable revenues, strong reputations, and close customer relationships. To learn why service-driven companies such as Avaya, Bayer Healthcare, Canon, Cisco, Cox Communications, Dell, EMC, and Pendum trust Choice Logistics as their service parts logistics partner, call 1-800-593-2108, or visit

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Thursday, 08 March 2012
‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands, ADmira, a Barcelona-based provider of digital signage software & services and AOpen, known for its uniquely small and powerful semi-industrial media player announced a strategic alliance.

Both companies are active in the digital signage/narrowcasting industry; targeting at retailers, advertising agencies, transportation and hospitality. References of the joint solution of AOpen’s media player called Digital Engine and ADmira Suite include: TMB Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona, Gros Mercat cash&carry, Cadiz displays and Eteria Marketing and Communications agency. After the certification process of the AOpen portfolio and ADmira software suite, both companies can conclude that the solution works perfectly together.
ADmira’s Web-enabled Software (ADmira Suite) offers a broad range of functionality for the creation, publishing, and control of digital signage networks. The collaborative environment enables real-time Web access and supervision for each point on a network. Database and reporting functionalities are built in with support for embedded meta tags. The ADmira Suite includes a range of dynamic templates: a Flash-based system that enables express messaging through a built-in content management system that includes text and media. Another template system enables the user to create a “smart template” that can be customized to include RSS feeds, Flash, movies, and custom playlists. Each template is tailored to the specific needs of the end-user.

AOpen offers a wide range of semi-industrial media players called Digital Engine designed for 24/7 operation time. The range of players from low-end to high-end with fan or fanless are all designed for applied computing. The AOpen Digital Engine has a unique small form factor design (approximately 166Wx48Hx157D in mm) with a volume of 1.25L. The latest model Dgital Engine DE67-HA is the strongest of the range and supports Intel 2nd Generation Core Processors i3, i5 and i7. The AOpen Digital Engine is designed for excellence: from basic bare systems to state-of-the-art multimedia solutions built to fit customers’ needs.
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Wednesday, 07 March 2012
From Award-Winning EzSign TV to Massive 72-inch class LED Screen Display, LG's Portfolio Continues to Expand and Deliver Innovative Consumer Engagement Options 

LAS VEGAS, /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Understanding the need for continuous innovation and increased consumer engagement in the digital signage market, LG Electronics is expanding its line of commercial display solutions for 2012, led by larger screen sizes and enhancements to its popular digital signage systems.

LG will be showcasing its new 72-inch class (71.5 inches measured diagonally) LED large-screen display as well as new LED versions of its award-winning EzSign TV product, a digital signage and TV hybrid.

"We understand that business owners need to engage their customers quickly and effectively to provide the best ROI (return on investment) for their company," said Dan Smith, director of Digital Signage Sales, LG Electronics USA. "LG's versatile technology portfolio is designed to create an interactive, engaging experience for consumers. With the addition of LG's largest LED display and new LED EzSign TVs, LG's product line offers intuitive, user-friendly and effective solutions for enhanced information sharing for a wide variety of vertical markets and venues."

LG's Largest Screen Yet

LG Electronics is introducing its largest LED display yet - a massive 72-inch class size monitor (model 72WS70). The 72WS70 LED Large Screen Display brings picture quality, installation versatility and energy efficiency to a diverse customer base with large-scale signage needs, such as hotel lobbies, theaters and shopping centers, as well as interactive airport and transportation environments.

LG's massive Full HD 1080p 72WS70 LCD monitor features Direct LED backlighting technology, producing exceptional picture quality and ensuring information relay is more impactful. Equipped with Local Dimming capability, this display offers superior lighting control by allowing sections of the LED array located behind the screen to dim or turn off entirely. The result is amazing clarity, deeper blacks and richer colors for better contrast and color accuracy.

The 72WS70 also features technologies that make it a well-suited and versatile solution for delivering messaging in any environment. LG's LED displays are equipped with an additional 700nit of high intensity brightness compared with conventional LED display products, making them particularly useful for open environments such as shopping malls and stadiums.

LG's IPS panel technology helps display content crisply and accurately for off-angle viewing (both horizontal and vertical), resulting in a display that can be installed at virtually any angle or height, while still offering a clear picture. The IPS panel widens the optimal viewing angle, allowing customers to display their signage or multimedia content to audiences across a larger area while helping maintain color consistency or contrast ratio. LG's Auto Brightness Sensor technology automatically adjusts screen brightness based on the lighting conditions, which may help save energy.

Rounding out this complete signage solution is the 72WS70's built-in media player for content distribution. The monitor offers a user friendly interface through its use of LG's proprietary web-based management platform, SuperSign Elite-w Lite. This platform allows users to create and run dynamic content using pre-loaded templates and offers quick navigation through menus to control networked displays and simultaneously run media files, such as video, images, audio and flash.

The 72WS70 meets ERP requirements and is ENERGY STAR® qualified, thanks to the effect of Local Dimming and Smart Energy Saving features, designed to help reduce energy consumption.

Expanded Series of Easy-To-Use, Versatile Hybrids

LG is also highlighting its expanded line of award winning EzSign TV digital signage solutions, which now includes two new LED series (LT560E and LV355B) and more screen sizes.

EzSign TV is a turnkey solution that offers any business owner an intuitive and cost-effective digital signage display system with the added feature of broadcast television, allowing business owners to simultaneously show branded advertisements and television broadcasts, attracting attention and delivering specific messages to customers.

Content creation is simple with the EzSign TV. Owners use a computer to access a selection of more than 50 attractive templates, to which they can add their own images and text. Owners then transfer content to the display via a USB flash drive. Multiple customized templates can be uploaded and scheduled to activate at times appointed by the user. Unique to the LT560E series is Wi-Fi capability, which allows users to transfer or update content to the display wirelessly. Because the system is self-contained and the personalized displays are created and transferred effortlessly onsite, it doesn't require an integrator to manage the system on the backend.

The LED LT560E and LV355B series offer Full HD 1080p display capability (720p for the 31.5-inch 32 LT560E) in sleek and energy-efficient packages. LED backlighting, along with a dynamic contrast ratio of 2,000,000:1, allows for deeper blacks and richer colors, creating better contrast and amazing clarity and color detail for an overall more enjoyable viewing experience. HDMI and USB components on the LV355B series provide versatility and allow for additional content and entertainment options. LG's LED series will be available in 32-inch (31.5 inches measured diagonally), 37-inch (37.0 inches measured diagonally), 42-inch (42.0 inches measured diagonally), 47-inch (46.9 inches measured diagonally) and 55-inch (54.5 inches measured diagonally, only LV355B) class sizes.

ENERGY STAR® qualified, EzSign TVs feature LG EcoSmart(TM) technologies, including the capability to manually select brightness levels. They are also RoHS compliant, meeting directives on restrictions of hazardous substances.

About LG Electronics USA

The LG Electronics USA Home Electronics Business-to-Business division serves customers in the U.S. digital signage, systems integration, lodging and hospitality, healthcare, education, government and industrial markets. Based in Lincolnshire, Ill., with its dedicated engineering and customer support team, LG Electronics USA Home Electronics Business-to-Business delivers business-to-business technology solutions tailored to the particular needs of business environments. LG Electronics USA, Inc., based in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., is the North American subsidiary of LG Electronics, Inc., a $49 billion global force in consumer electronics, home appliances and mobile communications. For more information, please visit .

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Wednesday, 07 March 2012
ENGLEWOOD, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Formalizing the services and support available to original equipment manufacturers in the digital signage and kiosk market, Arrow Electronics Inc. [NYSE: ARW] officially launched “Digital Communication Solutions,” a program that enables the development of end-to-end solutions on a global basis for digital signage, kiosks and related applications.

“Within the past two years, Arrow has been actively focused on increasing our depth in the high-growth digital signage and kiosk market. Digital signage is becoming prevalent in nearly every industry, for instance enabling visitors to access an employee directory in the corporate environment or providing ‘virtual concierge’ services to hotel guests,” said Brian Armstrong, vice president of Arrow’s OEM Computing Solutions business. “Arrow today is uniquely positioned to support OEMs in this market by offering the global infrastructure to support the design and integration of digital signage and kiosk solutions, a complete line card of industry-leading hardware, software and cloud computing suppliers, and comprehensive services to help OEMs achieve success in this space.”

Arrow’s Digital Communication Solutions team has assisted OEMs with the range of digital signage and kiosk solutions currently available in airports, sports arenas and fast-food restaurants. Arrow provides services and support in the design, building (i.e., staging), deployment and monitoring and support of these solutions.

The company represents many of the leading content management, installation, hardware, display, connectivity and service providers focused on the digital signage and kiosk markets, including DecisionOne, Dell, ELO TouchSystems, Emerson, International Electronics Inc., Four Winds Interactive, Intel Corporation, Kontron, Microsoft, Sharp and Stratacache, among others.

Integration services are available through Arrow’s network of facilities around the world (Brazil, China, Hungary, India, Israel, Mexico and the United States) for design and manufacturing services ranging from system integration and hardware solution design to custom packaging and diagnostic and functional testing.

In addition, Arrow provides data analytics, financing and logistics support for digital signage and kiosk solutions for OEMs and their customers.

About Arrow Electronics

Arrow Electronics ( is a global provider of products, services and solutions to industrial and commercial users of electronic components and enterprise computing solutions. Arrow serves as a supply channel partner for more than 120,000 original equipment manufacturers, contract manufacturers and commercial customers through a global network of more than 390 locations in 52 countries.

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Tuesday, 06 March 2012
Flypaper Express Provides Easy and Affordable Solution to Create HD Motion Graphics for Just $99

Flypaper Express Digital Signage Content Creation Software

This new software enables anyone to become a digital signage content creation expert due to its simplicity and low $99 price point. Now, it is easier than ever to quickly create highly interactive motion graphics Cincinnati (PRWEB) March 06, 2012

Flypaper, Inc. introduces Flypaper Express™ digital signage content creation software. This powerful, new tool enables users to easily and affordably create robust HD Motion Graphics within PowerPoint for only $99.

“Flypaper Express provides a powerful solution for creating extraordinary digital signage content that is equally affordable and easy to use,” said Don Pierson, President and founder of Flypaper, Inc. “This new software enables anyone to become a digital signage content creation expert due to its simplicity and low $99 price point. Now, it is easier than ever to quickly create highly interactive motion graphics.”

Flypaper Express enables users to create broadcast quality, frame accurate motion graphics:
  • Additional functionality within PowerPoint for ease and simplicity
  • Includes 10 professional quality templates with more than 150 unique layouts to get started quickly
  • Comes bundled with a dozen completed projects
  • Output to common HD motion graphics video formats or in Flash (.swf)
  • Use with any standards-based digital signage player or network
The robust PowerPoint to Flash capabilities of Flypaper Express make for a smooth transition to upgrade to Flypaper™ when users are ready to advance their skills and their developed content. Flypaper offers extremely powerful content creation possibilities that expand the intuitive functionality of Flypaper Express.

For more information about Flypaper Express, please visit:

About Flypaper Studio, Inc. and Trivantis Corporation

Flypaper Studio, Inc.
is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Trivantis Corporation. Flypaper produces the leading content creation platform that empowers programmers and non-programmers alike to create, edit, share, track and reuse high-impact interactive and motion graphics video content. The Flypaper platform allows anyone to edit and manipulate components without touching programming code. Trivantis also produces Lectora®, the flagship product for Trivantis that is the world’s leading e-Learning software used by most Global 2000 companies in more than 125 countries and is offered in six languages. Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Trivantis Corporation has offices in Boca Raton, Phoenix, Paris and London. Trivantis, Lectora, Flypaper, CourseMill, Snap! by Lectora and Snap! Empower are trademarks of Trivantis Corporation.
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Tuesday, 06 March 2012
From city government to entertainment and sporting stadiums, customers globally deploy Cisco Digital Signage to deliver more engaging, interactive user experiences 

SAN JOSE, CA, (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Cisco today announced new digital signage innovations that can dramatically enhance how organizations attract, educate and engage customers, employees and citizens, and elevate their brand visibility. These innovations, delivered through the Cisco(R) Interactive Services solution set, provide enhanced interactive capabilities through video, Web applications and touchscreen digital signs. Cisco is also announcing new customers that showcase the continued expansion of the digital signage market, including the Canadian city of Edmonton and parx casino(R) in Pennsylvania; these customers are using Cisco Digital Signage Solutions to change how they engage and communicate with their customers and employees.

Cisco's Interactive Services solution set is introducing new web clients and a cloud-based management platform that enable customers to create, centrally manage and rapidly deploy personalized and interactive signage experiences across a network of high-definition and touchscreen digital displays. Through these new offerings, organizations can deliver a variety of customizable content to each endpoint that can be highly targeted for various audiences and can be delivered at the most optimal times of the day for maximum impact. So, for example, from a single display, an end user could conduct digital transactions that are relevant to what's being shown, like ticket purchases, or visit Web pages and applications that could provide additional information. The innovations also provide advertisers with an opportunity to personalize advertising based on the content the user is viewing, their location or a programmed schedule. Through Cisco Interactive Services, viewers are provided with an enhanced user experience with new hands-on features such as a virtual keyboard and intuitive, touch-based scrolling capabilities. These capabilities enable viewers to directly engage with the content on a digital display, and find the relevant information they require.

Cisco and its customers are embracing these innovations at a time when the digital signage market is evolving -- from static content on traditional screens to customized rich media content delivered on a multitude of connected devices. As a market leader in digital signage, Cisco's strategy is to drive this new era of interaction and engagement. With a broad portfolio of media endpoints, video infrastructure and digital signage management software on a network-based platform, Cisco is uniquely positioned to broaden the use of digital signage into a medium for two-way interaction. When deploying these new solutions, Cisco's medianet architecture enables organizations to create a video-optimized network that reliably delivers optimal quality video content, with high security to any network device.

        --  The Cisco Interactive Experience Client (IEC) 4600 Series, including
            the IEC 4610 and 4632 models, are networked clients that provide
            enhanced interactive capabilities to high-definition and touchscreen
            displays. Each IEC hosts a Web browser specially designed for digital
            displays, to support a variety of content including localized
            information, existing Web portals and Web applications, RSS feeds,
            advertising, and live video and collaboration capabilities.

        --  All of this content is managed and distributed through a central
            management platform, the new Cisco Interactive Experience Manager
            (IEM), part of Cisco's digital media management software suite. The
            IEM is a centralized Web portal that helps customers easily scale
            management of Cisco interactive experiences enabled with an IEC.
            Functions include remote monitoring and trouble-shooting displays,
            managing and scheduling large amounts of rotating video content, and
            implementing signage templates.

        --  The IEM can be provisioned on an Interactive Experience Platform
            server at the customer site, and is scheduled to also be available as
            a cloud-based service. The IEP server is based on a Cisco UCS(R)
            C-Series C200M2 server and provides the reliability and scalability
            benefits of the Cisco Unified Computing System(TM) with software
            optimized for performance.

        --  In September 2011, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority of New
            York announced it is using Cisco Interactive Services for its new On
            the Go! touchscreen travel station pilot program. The On the Go!
            touchscreen, deployed at select subway and commuter rail stations
            throughout New York City, provides riders with an interactive way to
            access information about their trip, including real-time trip
            planning, service status, local maps and other information.

        --  Cisco Interactive Services and the new digital signage products are
            available now in North America, Europe, Singapore, Indonesia,
            Thailand, Philippines and India, and are scheduled to be available
            globally by the second half of 2012. 

Featured Cisco digital signage and interactive media customers include:
        -- parx casino(R) in Philadelphia, Pa., wanted to create an enjoyable
            entertainment atmosphere while keeping guests up to date and informed
            on casino activities. Cisco Digital Signage is enabling the casino to
            do just that by delivering highly engaging real-time communications
            and visitor information to their guests.

         -- From large 65-foot displays at the entrance to hundreds of
             single-screen displays throughout the complex, guests can easily
             find information ranging from upcoming casino promotions,
             available amenities, transit schedules, and racing and gaming
             waiting lists.

         -- Through Cisco's centrally managed signage platform, parx
             casino(R) is able to simultaneously manage multiple channels of
             video content and quickly deliver information as needed to any
             display any time. Video content can be scheduled in advance or
             changed at a moment's notice for events or notifications.

         -- The city of Edmonton in Alberta, Canada, is committed to transforming
             the city through technology. Through video, the city is transforming
             how it relays important updates and information to its employees. This
             is part of a larger initiative to create an open, transparent and
             accessible government.

         -- Departments across the city, including the Transportation
             Department and municipal recreational facilities, are delivering
             information about upcoming events, traffic updates, road closures,
             and staff notices through Cisco digital signs. These signs provide
             a way for city employees and the public to stay more informed and
             engaged, and can be updated as events occur.

          --In addition, city departments have begun streaming live events
             such as leadership meetings to their teams, in order to encourage
             more consistent employee interaction and participation in the

         -- Since opening in June of 2011, LIVESTRONG Sporting Park in Kansas
             City, Kan., has been committed to delivering a unique fan experience
             through high-definition video, digital content and new interactive
             applications for fans.

         --  Utilizing Cisco StadiumVision(R), a special set of offerings
              for sports and entertainment that amplify any event, LIVESTRONG
              Sporting Park can instantaneously deliver live video to over 300
              high-definition digital displays to bring the action on the field
              closer to each fan in the stadium.

         --  In addition, each display can highlight dynamic content like team
              trivia and game information, weather and traffic updates,
              merchandise and concession promotions and new team sponsorship

           -- Since its opening, LIVESTRONG has seen a vast increase in fan
               engagement and interaction during games and events. Last season
               saw record attendance, and 2012 will bring seven national
               televised home games to showcase what has been hailed as one of
               the most technologically advanced stadiums in North America.

Carrie Nork Minellis , Director of Advertising and Public Relations, parx casino(R) "parx casino(R) has created a unique environment which excites, welcomes and engages our guests. By featuring video, we are able to interact closely with our guests via digital displays throughout our casino buildings. Each display is centrally managed, allowing us to deliver different content and target guests in specific areas for promotional opportunities or inform the entire casino of available events and amenities. Video has become a key tool for us to make our guests feel more engaged and increase their participation throughout the casino."

Ashley Casovan, Strategic Coordinator, City of Edmonton "At the City of Edmonton, the use of emerging technologies is proving to be a powerful driver for the way we communicate. By investing in the network we have begun enabling our employees to be more mobile and access the information they need any time and from anywhere. Video also plays a key role in transforming our city; Cisco digital sign solutions throughout City departments deliver important updates that inform both our staff and the public, increasing our government's transparency and creating a more connected, engaged community."

Asim Pasha, Chief Information Officer and Chief Architect, Sporting Kansas City "LIVESTRONG Sporting Park in Kansas City is designed to cater to today's evolving needs of a more social, connected fan. Video is a crucial part of enhancing the sports experience at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park, from digital displays throughout the stadium to more interactive video within the executive suites. By teaming with Cisco, LSP creates a more immersive and engaging environment for our fans, bringing the game closer to each fan, encouraging fans to engage and interact with the team, other fans and with the action happening on the field. With the right network in place, we are able to innovate more rapidly than ever before and will be able to for years to come."

Guido Jouret, Vice President/General Manager and Chief Technology Officer, Emerging Technologies Group, Cisco "By its nature, video is a medium of engagement and participation. With today's announcement, digital signage is evolving from a passive experience to an engaging, interactive media experience. Now, any digital sign on the network becomes an opportunity for two-way interaction between a company and its customers, allowing a consumer to engage with the display and receive relevant, customized content in return. By bringing those capabilities into the digital signage industry, Cisco is changing how organizations can advertise, educate and connect to their viewers."

About Cisco Systems

Cisco is the worldwide leader in networking that transforms how people connect, communicate and collaborate. Information about Cisco can be found at

Cisco and the Cisco logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Cisco and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries. A listing of Cisco's trademarks can be found at . Third-party trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners. The use of the word partner does not imply a partnership relationship between Cisco and any other company.

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Tuesday, 06 March 2012
46 and 42 Inch Displays Come With Intel(R) Open Pluggable Specification Slot 

WALNUT, CA, (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- ViewSonic Corp., a leading global provider of computing, consumer electronics and communications solutions, today announced new Open Pluggable Specification (OPS) commercial displays a new standard in digital signage created by Intel. These units are leveraging leading-edge technology from Intel, propelling ViewSonic as a thought leader in the digital signage industry.

The 46" CDP4635 and the 42" CDP4235 are full high-definition commercial displays, each boosting 1920x1080 resolution. The units are video wall-ready with up to 5x5 tiling function, and the adjustable bezel adds easy touch panel integration. Multiple video inputs, including HDMI, DVI, VGA and CVBS are included, and the VGA and CVB inputs allow up to nine units to be displayed through one video source. The display's OPS slot ensures easy installation of any OPS compatible media player.

The OPS was developed to standardize the design and development of digital signage devices, addressing the market fragmentation and simplifying device installation, usage, maintenance and upgrades. By adopting the specification in ViewSonic's new commercial displays, the company can deploy interchangeable systems faster and in higher volumes, ultimately lowering costs for development and implementation.

"At ViewSonic, we pride ourselves in being at the forefront of advanced technology and over the past year, the expansion of our digital signage portfolio and alignment with key industry players is proof we are leading the pact. We are one of the first companies to develop displays that support Intel's specification, which we consider an industry game changer," said Gene Ornstead, director, DTV and business development at ViewSonic. "The newest commercial displays provide great value to complex environments, such as those experienced by the retail market, that wish to maximize ROI and promote visually compelling messages in high-traffic areas."

The CDP4235 and CDP4635 will be available in Q2 with an MSRP of $1,299 and $1,499 respectively. For further information on ViewSonic and its products, visit

About ViewSonic

ViewSonic(R) Corporation, headquartered in Walnut, California, is a leading global provider of computing, consumer electronics, and communications solutions. Founded in 1987, ViewSonic's mission is to be the preferred global brand of visual solutions as we continue to focus on display-centric product offerings including LED monitors, tablets, projectors, digital signage displays, smartphones, and cloud computing solutions. ViewSonic continues to pioneer in visual technology innovation to build a connected and ever-reaching digital future. For further information, please visit

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Tuesday, 06 March 2012
New digital signage category which commands attention of busy executives to metrics that matter most to business. Leading Indicators CxO Board Provides Barometer to Visualize Business Success

Exton, Pa. (PRWEB) Scala, Inc. today introduced the Leading Indicators CxO Board, a new, exclusive product using Scala software and digital displays that acts as a business barometer highlighting key performance indicators (KPIs), goals, achievements and other metrics. It enables c-level executives, directors and managers to create easily a motivational measurement display of metrics critical to business success.

With the CxO Board, companies can visually track leads and sales, measure regional goals and even show sales costs by individual, group or district. By visualizing critical business intelligence in a prominent and compelling presentation, executives can underscore the immediacy of the current situation, drive priorities through an organization and maintain focus on key performance initiatives. The content is designed to be presented on digital displays right in executive offices and conference rooms.

“Busy executives face a daily challenge of getting to and digesting the business information that overloads their desktops and smart phones – with truly important data sometimes getting lost in the clutter,” said Tom Nix, Scala CEO. “The Leading Indicators CxO Board addresses this issue by presenting essential data in a dynamic and bold way that commands attention, helping executives stay current with real-time information at a glance.”

Scala’s CxO Board provides organizations the ability to visualize even the most complicated data and monitor KPIs using easy drag-and-drop software tools to organize data quickly just the way executives want to see it. The CxO Board updates data automatically so content is always up-to-date. It enables companies to:

  •     Import, monitor and manage KPIs from and other data streams.
  •     View trends based on business, people, industry and environmental factors.
  •     Visualize data dynamically.
  •     Automate alarm events to highlight goal achievement as well as under-performance.

Leading Indicators CxO Board Components - The Leading Indicators CxO Board has three software components.

Scala CxO Designer tool software enables displays to be built from a series of dashboards which are created using graphical widgets to show user-selected business metrics that leverage existing customer data sources. The widgets – which include bar charts, 3D pie charts, line charts and more – allow the metrics to be presented in a dynamic and dramatic way on digital displays.

The CxO Designer interfaces with Scala CxO Data Connector software that automatically connects customer data from and other sources into the widgets for display, leveraging existing data investments and keeping content fresh. Scala CxO Player software manages display of the complete presentation of widgets on a network of digital signage displays.

The CxO Board is an ideal complement to existing Corporate Communications digital signage networks already in place to reach employees with critical and time-sensitive messaging.

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:
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Monday, 05 March 2012
Organization to showcase Atlanta's fast growing health IT industry.  

WDM Group PR Network  ATLANTA, GA,  /24-7PressRelease/ -- SoloHealth, a consumer-driven healthcare technology company, will partner with the Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC) and the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) at the HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition taking place this week in Las Vegas. SoloHealth joins other Georgia-based companies and organizations, including the GDEcD, HealthNovation, Georgia Institute of Technology, Greenway Medical Technologies and Vensai Technologies, as the MAC showcases the region's rapidly growing healthcare technology industry, helping to establish Atlanta as the nation's health IT capital. SoloHealth will be demoing its next generation, award-winning consumer healthcare kiosk, the SoloHealth Station, in the Georgia Pavilion booth, #3869.

"Thanks to innovative companies like SoloHealth, metro Atlanta is now a major player in the healthcare technology space and is continuing to attract both companies and individual talent from all around the world," said David Hartnett, vice president, bioscience - health IT industry development for the Metro Atlanta Chamber. "With industry leaders like Greenway Medical Technologies, Transcend Services and McKesson Technology Solutions joining hundreds of innovative startups and businesses, we are proud that Atlanta is increasingly being recognized as the health IT capital of the nation."

"Atlanta's strong technology culture and environment, as well as support from organizations like MAC and ATDC, has enabled SoloHealth to thrive and innovate to get us where we are today - readying for what will be a watershed year for the company," said Bart Foster, CEO & Founder of SoloHealth. "We are thrilled to partner with MAC at HIMSS; and we look forward to attracting more businesses and talent to the metro Atlanta area to help the healthcare industry grow, innovate and prosper."

SoloHealth specializes in developing and deploying interactive health screening kiosks to empower consumers about their health through awareness and education, which leads to prevention and lower healthcare costs. Anchored by its award-winning SoloHealth Station, the kiosk offers free vision, blood pressure, weight, and body mass index screenings, as well as an overall health assessment and access to a database of local doctors. The SoloHealth Station, currently in select U.S. test markets and retail locations, is launching a nationwide rollout this year with thousands of kiosks estimated to be in retail locations by end of 2012.

A cloud-based platform, the SoloHealth Station offers highly personalized, targeted and interactive healthcare opportunities for consumers, advertisers and retailers by placing kiosks in high-traffic retail locations and offering access across a multi-platform ecosystem including Internet, mobile, social and emerging platforms, as well as a digital signage network. The multiple-platform approach gives advertisers, consumers and medical professionals the ease of interaction from many touch points allowing for greater effectiveness and efficiencies.

About SoloHealth

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

About Metro Atlanta Chamber

Everything we do at the Metro Atlanta Chamber - from recruiting businesses to Atlanta from all over the world, to tackling policy issues - is about creating jobs and prosperity to help Atlanta thrive. Our board is made up of Atlanta's top business leaders. Our professional staff serves 4,000 member companies that employ nearly 1 million workers. We focus on recruiting headquarters and global business -- and companies in the supply chain and advanced manufacturing, bioscience, technology and business services sectors. In public policy, we tackle critical issues such as transportation, water and education. For members, we offer 150+ events and activities each year. In sports, MAC's Atlanta Sports Council has helped drive almost $2 billion in economic impact through sporting events over the last 10 years.

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Monday, 05 March 2012
Self-service kiosks for bill payment are booming worldwide. After commissioning an independent white paper (available as download) to establish the facts, Genkiosk has initiated a global drive for its kiosk software - the most powerful management system for kiosks.

Sheffield, UK (PRWEB) - Genkiosk is the most powerful management system for self-service kiosks. The kiosk software controls and manages self-service kiosks for:
Paying bills
Printing photos
Accessing the Internet or information
Transferring money
Browsing and shopping
To identify the market potential globally, Genkiosk commissioned independent research on self-service kiosks for bill payment worldwide.

The resulting white paper is available for free as a download - and is the reason that Genkiosk is launching a global drive on bill payment via self-service.

As part of the drive, Jed Fraser, CMO of Genkiosk will be speaking at the event in Manila co-hosted by the Bankers Institute of the Philippines (BAIPHIL) and UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) on 13 March 2012.

According to the research, 2.5 billion adults, just over half of the world’s adult population, do not use formal financial services to save or borrow.

The report also revealed that the majority of the unbanked are concentrated in specific geographies: 62% of adults, nearly 2.2 billion, living in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East are unserved.

For utility and telecoms companies, the ability to penetrate this significant community will mean a greater market share.

Unbanked does not necessarily mean cashless; although primarily found amongst low-income individuals, the term ‘unbanked’ is purely a lack of access to a personal financial service facility.

Over the last few years, there has been a growth in the use of self-service kiosks to plug this gap in bill payment.

How are they being used? Companies develop an estate of accessible self-service kiosks to the public. Customers will then make their regular weekly, monthly, quarterly transactions at the kiosks themselves, which have an integrated and secure cash payment facility.

Receipts can be issued for traceability and robust software allows for transactions to be made securely.

This is especially useful where the population has limited access to the Internet at home.

Internet access – the reality: despite the rapid rise in digital technology, global Internet access remains an uneven story. According to Internet World Stats the average global Internet penetration rate in 2011 was only 30.2%.

That means that on average, just under a third of the world’s population have access to the Internet. It is clear that Africa (11.4%), Asia (23.8%), the Middle East (31.7%), Latin America and the Caribbean (37%) have a significant way to go in order to bridge the global digital divide.

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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Monday, 05 March 2012
Player, music streaming service and smartphone app combine to let patrons be the DJ

LAS VEGAS, NV – BrightSign, LLC®, a leader in driving digital signage innovation, announced today that Roqbot is bundling its award-winning business music streaming service with BrightSign solid-state digital media players.

Through their collaboration, Roqbot audio streams and synchronized video streams are delivered to subscribing businesses via the BrightSign internet-connected player.

The fully licensed business music solution goes beyond the capabilities of a virtual jukebox by enabling bars, restaurants, cafes, gyms, retail chains and other public venues to engage their visitors and enhance their experience with the music of their choice. Customers use Roqbot’s free smartphone application to browse available music, make requests and vote on songs in the queue. BrightSign, in turn, streams, buffers and plays back the music, as well as drives the signage to display corresponding album art, music queue, and promotional messaging as determined by the venue’s management.

“Digital Signage and apps like Roqbot’s innovative music streaming service offer sophisticated new ways to engage customers while building brand awareness,” said Jeff Hastings, BrightSign CEO. “The mobile integration Roqbot provides with its smartphone app lets customers interact with the music played onsite for a truly unique digital signage experience.” Hastings added that the Roqbot virtual music jukebox has already proven its ability to generate increased business. “Since deploying Roqbot early last year, San Francisco‘s Bar Basic has seen increased traffic, longer dwell time and a 26 percent boost in sales. Many of Bar Basic's customers have said that they come to the bar because of Roqbot,” he noted.

Roqbot and BrightSign collaborated to build a special script for BrightSign players to enable A/V streaming and to buffer the customized music library and display the applicable cover art. Equipped with advanced programming functionality, the controller not only plays Roqbot’s streaming music; it loops through video/image playlists consisting of the playlist of music in the queue, promotional images/videos provided by the business subscriber and information on where to download Roqbot’s smartphone application for patrons wanting to sign up and participate.

“We selected the BrightSign player for our Preferred Virtual Music Jukebox Bundle because of its robust hardware, high performance and scalability for any sized business,” explained Garrett Dodge, Roqbot Co-Founder and CEO. “They’re very affordably priced plug-and-play devices that are easy to install and use. Typically, bar and restaurant owners will use TVs that are currently installed at their sites. Then, they simply connect the BrightSign player to the TV and their sound system. Having one convenient package like this makes it effortless to install. Most venues are up and running in about 10 minutes.”

In addition to costing less than a PC-based system, solid-state BrightSign players only require a fraction of the power that PC-based players use; and with no moving parts to fail, they’re substantially more reliable.

As part of its music streaming service bundle, Roqbot provides subscribers with continuous background music and synchronized cover art from the customized music library they created using Roqbot’s six-million song master catalog. Upon entering the venue, visitors use Roqbot’s free iPhone or Android app to check in to the jukebox, browse the venue’s available music and request their favorite songs or vote on songs currently in queue. The turnkey solution not only provides visitors with a fun, engaging experience, it enhances the marketing efforts of subscribing businesses. Businesses use BrightAuthor and the BrightSign player to display powerful point-of-purchase (POP) advertising that increases brand visibility/awareness and drives sales.

The BrightSign/Roqbot solution is a revenue driver for big brands as well as small businesses as evidenced by a pilot program rolling out in about 20 bars in the Austin, Texas area this month. Miller Lite® is sponsoring the on-screen advertising displayed by the BrightSign player in full HD resolution. Visit for a list of the participating bars and their locations. In addition, Roqbot will be running the BrightSign-driven A/V streaming solution at bars and events during the South by Southwest Music and Media Conference (SXSW), which begins March 9 in Austin, TX.

Availability, Pricing

Roqbot offers businesses a choice of three music streaming services bundled with a BrightSign player for a monthly fee that covers all music licensing fees. The services can be purchased directly from the Roqbot website. Enterprise and custom plans are also available. Roqbot’s Android or iPhone app is free and can be downloaded at the Android Market or the Apple App Store. All other smartphones can access Roqbot at on their mobile browser.

BrightSign’s full line of digital players and kiosk controllers ranges from looping, interactive and network-enabled media players to players with built-in Wi-Fi and players with integrated displays. BrightSign players range in price from US$284.99 for the HD110 stand-alone looping digital sign player to US$699.99 for the HD1010w advanced network-enabled digital sign and kiosk controller with interactivity and built-in Wi-Fi. One of three BrightSign network-enabled, high-definition, solid-state players is included in the Roqbot jukebox bundle – the HD210 or the HD210w or HD1010w with built-in Wi-Fi.

BrightAuthor, an open platform PC software application that simplifies creating, publishing and managing BrightSign presentations, is included free of charge to all BrightSign users. The application is designed to run on a standard Windows PC with Windows XP or Vista or Windows 7, plus Microsoft .Net Framework 3.5 or later.
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Monday, 05 March 2012
Cloud-Based Scala Advanced Analytics Dramatically Improves how Retailers Engage with In-store Customers through Digital Signage

Exton, PA (PRWEB) Scala, Inc. today unveiled Scala Advanced Analytics, a cloud computing-based predictive analytics application for retailers which transforms market data and live third-party data streams into marketing messages that positively impact buying behavior. Advanced Analytics helps retailers know what their customers want to buy before the customers do and encourages them to make purchases through point-of-sale digital signage.

Scala Advanced Analytics’ capabilities enable retailers to leverage data they already own to predict and deliver optimum sales messages to in-store customers with digital signage.

“Scala Advanced Analytics is a game-changing application for retailers,” said Tom Nix, Scala CEO. “Powerful Scala digital display content driven by Advanced Analytics can grab customers’ attention, engage them with immediacy and interactivity, and present customers multiple streams of relevant information on one or a series of displays. Advanced Analytics constantly monitors data to suggest changes to messages to match business rules and conditions – and even the individual customer in front of the screen.”

“As consumers have more and more information access points, automated multichannel marketing becomes critical,” said Steven Keith Platt, Director of The Platt Retail Institute. “Cross-channel consumers have been found to be 33.4 percent more valuable to retailers. To implement this requires a streamlined, Big Data management systemization.”

Retailers can be Bold with Big Data

Scala Advanced Analytics can digest millions of data records on sales, products, customer habits, trends, pricing changes, weather, time of day, day of week, season of the year and much more. Then, the application uses predictive analytics to determine the probability of what might happen next in a retail environment based on a retailer’s business rules and goals.

Advanced Analytics spells out to the retailer the best course of action with digital signage content to achieve the preferred sales outcome. The application has an automated machine-learning feedback loop that continues to learn about the retailer’s business and customers to optimize business decisions – so the application constantly improves its recommendations.

With Advanced Analytics and Scala digital communication software, a retailer can create automated, data-driven messaging for point-of-sales signage according to its own pre-defined goals such as:
    Increase product or category sales;
    Manage inventory to reduce stock-outs;
    Increase the effectiveness of in-store promotions; and
    Improve customer satisfaction.
Turning Intelligence into Action

By understanding a retailer’s business goals and analyzing historic business data and other relevant data streams, Advanced Analytics recommends content for digital point-of-sale displays powered by Scala digital communication software which supports content creation, management and distribution in digital signage networks. Scala-powered digital displays take data from Advanced Analytics and deliver a wide range of communications options with moving visuals, interactive screens and kiosks that present dynamic messaging and influence buyer behavior.

The Scala Advanced Analytics solution is available immediately and is best-suited for multi-site retailers with large numbers of SKU’s and point-of-sale data. It is delivered as a Software as a Service (SaaS) application.

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:

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Monday, 05 March 2012
With deadline looming to implement changes, expertise and information are even more critical

Dallas, TX – ASI, a global architectural signage firm that specializes in providing consultative services in wayfinding and identity solutions for hospitals, educational institutions and other large commercial and public facilities, has published a handout detailing the changes required under the 2010 ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Standards for Accessible Design. All U.S. states must adopt and begin enforcing the new standards by March 15, 2012.

“With respect to signage, the changes primarily affect public accommodations within the U.S., which means that over five million facilities are impacted including but not limited to hotels, restaurants, hospitals, physician’s offices, schools, stores, movie theaters, convention centers, libraries, banks, museums and airports,” noted Kelly David, Director of Marketing and Product Management at ASI. “Given that it is a federal law and that ADA compliance is such a critical part of good wayfinding, it’s important that builders, building managers and others involved in the design and remodeling of public facilities be aware of the changes and how they will affect their industry.”

The handout from ASI seeks to clarify the impending changes and provide guidance on how facilities can be in full compliance by the deadline. Just as important, the handout also offers information on how the guidelines affect signage, including sections describing the sign types that are exempt from ADA Standards and featuring examples of ADA-compliant signs. Other important information includes illustrations and descriptions of ADA-compliant wayfinding elements and signage to ensure accessibility.

Many businesses will already be in compliance with the new standards, and a number of states and municipalities have taken it upon themselves to implement and adopt the changes well ahead of the compliance deadline. Still, many organizations may not be aware of the changes and compliance deadline described within the 2010 ADA Standards. Cost, familiarization with the requirements, or having the means by which to implement them, can influence the likelihood of compliance by a facility.

“Aside from the fact that it’s a federal requirement, adhering to the revised ADA Standards doesn’t have to be painful or costly,” David said. “There are so many different options to deploy signage that not only meet the federal guidelines but also harmonize seamlessly with the facility’s branding and wayfinding needs, while also meeting your budget needs. The key is to work with an experienced and knowledgeable signage consultant well-versed in the new standards and who can translate them into a signage solution that will fulfill your institution’s wayfinding and messaging goals.”

About ASI

ASI provides consultative services for comprehensive wayfinding and identity solutions to companies throughout the U.S. and the world. ASI is focused on providing healthcare, hospitality, education and corporate clients with interior, exterior and digital signage and services tailored to meet their exact needs today and in the future. Headquartered in Texas, the company is represented in more than 35 U.S. cities with global partners in 35 countries.

For more information regarding ASI and featured products visit or contact Kelly David, Director of Marketing by phone at 214-352-9140 or email .
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Thursday, 01 March 2012
New York, ComQi, the global in-venue multichannel message management company, today launched new versions of its flagship distribution products - ScreenGate IP Streaming and DS Vision 3000.

Ajay Chowdhury, CEO of ComQi, says: “We are pleased to maintain our innovation in distribution hardware with our two new releases. These products create a new high bar for analog and IP distribution in digital signage by reducing costs, increasing features and providing sophisticated software management interfaces. We will continue to develop our product families going forward to ensure we provide the best ROI for our customers."

ScreenGate IP Streaming (720p60 / 1080p30)

ComQi’s award winning ScreenGate IP Streaming solution takes advantage of existing IP network infrastructure to provide a powerful and highly cost-effective solution that distributes audio and video information to widely dispersed end points. The ScreenGate IP Receivers plug into existing Ethernet cabling and can receive audio and high definition video streams of 1080p30 and 720p60. 

DS Vision 3000 - Rev 3

ComQi’s DS Vision 3000 solution currently powers tens of thousands of displays around the world due to its reputation of being a well priced, high quality distribution solution that provides an excellent return on investment. The latest version of this product includes fully bi-directional RS-232 communication that queries the screen so as to monitor and maximize the network capacity. 

The new design of DS Vision 3000 - Rev 3 family is also highly immune to electromagnetic noise (EMI/RFI) as well as to electrical shocks/spikes. The DS Vision 3000-Rev 3 Receiver Short enables distribution ranges up to 130 meters - significantly more than the previous version - and allows full tuning and skew compensation. 

These distribution solutions will be managed by ComQi’s Device Manager which is being developed and will be released in a few months. The Device Manager sends alerts in case of problems, sends commands to devices, enables remote upgrade of the devices and, in certain cases, provides proof of play.

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. For more information, visit
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