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Friday, 31 August 2012
Ventus showcased their wireless ATM and branch backup solutions at CSI Customer Conference 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Norwalk, CT (PRWEB) - Ventus, the industry leader in M2M and enterprise class wireless, showcased wireless ATM and branch connectivity solutions for financial institutions last week at the 2012 CSI Customer Conference. Held at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown in Indianapolis, IN, the gathering offered attendees an opportunity to learn about the ways CSI is leveraging Ventus’ wireless hardware and solutions to provide secure, high-speed primary or backup wireless connections for branches and ATMs.

“CSI’s Customer Conference is a collaborative environment where financial industry professionals can learn about emerging trends and share successful strategies and solutions,” said Jake Donnelly, Business Development Manager for Ventus. He continued, “Ventus’ focus on innovation and harnessing leading edge technology aligns perfectly with CSI’s aim to empower their clients with competitive, compliant and cost-effective IT solutions.”

Ventus’ innovative V-Series routers and unparalleled 4G LTE cellular wireless coverage provide high-availability connectivity for mission critical branch operations. Wireless ATM and branch connectivity solutions rely upon the company’s advanced wireless hardware and customer-centric multi-carrier managed cellular wireless network to provide industry-leading solutions for teller operations, cash management, security systems, ATMs and self-service kiosks.

The CSI Customer Conference is a yearly conference, organized to provide a unique opportunity for CSI customers and partners to share strategies for success in today’s competitive financial services industry. Executives and technology leaders from across the country interact with industry experts in educational sessions, panel and workshop discussions and networking opportunities. The event features keynote presentations hosted by industry experts and technology-focused sessions dedicated to emerging solutions.

About Computer Services, Inc.

Computer Services, Inc. (CSI) delivers core processing, managed services, mobile and Internet solutions, payments processing, print and electronic distribution, and regulatory and compliance solutions to financial institutions and corporate customers across the nation. Exceptional service, dynamic solutions and superior results are the foundation of CSI’s reputation in empowering businesses to remain competitive, compliant and profitable. For more information about CSI, visit

About Ventus

Ventus is the industry leader in IT networking innovations, leveraging technology to produce market-driving solutions for the world’s largest companies. Operating from over 20 years of experience delivering secure enterprise class networks, Ventus develops cellular wireless and fixed line IT solutions for an expanding array of business connectivity applications. Ventus IT Solutions offers fully managed networks with an emphasis on security and high availability. The company’s solutions include PCI-DSS compliant data transport, integration services, data encryption, cloud services, and integrated network administration and monitoring systems. Ventus’ robust IT solutions are powered by the unique products developed by the company’s network hardware technologies division.

Ventus Technologies specializes in the design and manufacturing of advanced cellular and fixed line hardware for machine-to-machine and enterprise wireless applications. Ventus’ innovative hardware includes modular, multi-interface embedded wireless 4G LTE/3G routers and high performance multi-band 400Hz – 1900Hz cellular antennas designed to meet the needs of bandwidth intensive, high-availability corporate networks as well as distributed M2M applications.

Learn more about Ventus’ wireless expertise, innovative engineering, unique hardware, robust networks, fully managed services, security solutions, and industry leadership at
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Friday, 31 August 2012
Survey shows shoppers eager for self-checkout to expand to other retail segments, including drug and convenience stores, mass merchants

DULUTH, Ga.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A just-released survey from NCR Corporation (NYSE:NCR) shows that shoppers appreciate the speed and efficiency of self-checkout (SCO), recognize the choice of SCO as a customer-service differentiator and are eager to have more SCO options at retail segments like convenience stores and mass merchants.

NCR randomly surveyed 400 U.S. grocery store shoppers, half using SCO and half using cashier-assisted checkout, and found a majority of both groups – 78% and 60% respectively – said “it’s usually faster than going through a cashier-assisted line” when asked “What do you like about self-checkout?”

Highlighting the importance of providing checkout choice as a customer service differentiator, 64% of self-checkout shoppers and 44% of cashier-assisted shoppers said they “agree” or “strongly agree” with the statement “I believe retailers who offer SCO provide better customer service.”

Many shoppers in both groups were eager to see SCO expanded to other segments. About 70% of SCO shoppers said they would like to see SCO offered at mass merchants and at drug stores, followed by do-it-yourself stores (61%), convenience stores (50%) and department stores (43%).

About 50% of cashier-assisted shoppers want SCO expanded to mass merchants, do-it-yourself stores and drug stores, followed by convenience stores (44%) and department stores (27%)

For these questions, shoppers in both groups picked multiple retail segments into which they would like to see SCO expanded.

“Shoppers recognize the speed and value self-checkout provides and are eager to see it expanded into other retail segments,” said Scott Kingsfield, senior vice president and general manager, NCR Retail. “Even among shoppers using assisted checkout, there’s strong appreciation for the benefits this technology provides. Retailers increasingly are finding their shoppers want choices in how they interact with stores at which they shop, and one of the biggest choices these shoppers say they want is self checkout.”

Basket size appears to be a main factor shoppers consider when choosing between SCO or a cashier-assisted lane, although 56% of the 200 SCO shoppers surveyed said they use SCO lanes every time they shop, regardless of basket size. Thirty-five percent said they use SCO only when they have a few items in their basket and 7% said they use SCO when the cashier lines are too long.

Of the 200 shoppers using assisted checkout, 35% said they chose an assisted checkout lane vs. an SCO lane because they had a large number of items in their basket. Another 16% said they do not like SCO and 12% said an assisted checkout lane with no line was available, causing them to choose assisted checkout vs. SCO.

Remarkably, considering SCO has been around since the late 1990s, 6% of shoppers using an assisted checkout lane said they chose that lane because they still don’t know how to use SCO.

The surveys were conducted by independent researchers between January and May at U.S. grocery stories in the Northeast and Midwest. The 400 respondents were intercepted and interviewed immediately after completing their purchases, with half having just used self checkout lanes and half having used assisted checkout lanes. For more information about this survey, please click here.

About NCR Corporation

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

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Wednesday, 29 August 2012
iOPS-76 – Powered by the new 3rd Generation Intel Mobile Core i7/i5/i3/ Celeron QC/ DC Processors

Sunnyvale, California. – iBASE Technology (USA), Inc. (TASDAQ: 8050) announces the release of the Open Pluggable Specification (OPS) compliant digital signage players: iOPS-76.  The iOPS-76 player can effectively lowers deployment and field maintenance costs and allows digital signage integrators to deploy their system solutions faster, with lower costs for development and implementation. 

Powered by the new 3rd Generation Intel® Mobile Core™ i7/i5/i3/ Celeron® QC/ DC processors with Mobile Intel® QM77 Express chipset, the iOPS-76 helps you implement scalable digital signage applications that can network easily with other equipments.

The iBASE iOPS-76 is compliant with Intel® Active Management Technology 8.0 for optimal remote control management and supports up-to 2 displays via the slot-in JAE 80-pin connector and Display Port signals for picture-perfect content reproduction. 2x DDR3 SO-DIMM (Dual Channel), 1x Gigabit Ethernet LAN, 2x USB 3.0, External Accessible mSATA SSD are standard, (optional) Blue Tooth/ WiFi / TV Tuner connections are available.

The iOPS-76 also features an I/O Expansion Dock with additional I/O interface, which allows the OPS player to be a standalone operating system. The iOPS-76 can be easily connected with the Interface Dock via the JAE 80-pin connector. The Interface Dock comes with dual USB 2.0 ports, 1 x USB 3.0 port, serial com, audio jack and additional Display Port and HDMI port.

iOPS-76 Features

•    3rd Generation Intel® Mobile Core™ i7/i5/i3/ Celeron® QC/ DC Processors
•    1 x Display Port and the Slot-In JAE 80-pin Connector Support up-to 2 Independent 1080p Displays
•    2 x DDR3 SO-DIMM(Dual Channel)
•    2 x USB 3.0 Ports
•    Dual Mini PCI-E(x1) slots for WiFi / Bluetooth / TV Tuner Options
•    External Accessible mSATA SSD

Open Pluggable Specification (OPS) Benefits

•    Standardized interface between screen and player simplifying digital signage hardware design
•    Digital audio/video signal via Display Port allows picture-perfect content reproduction
•    Slot-in module design effectively lowering deployment and field maintenance costs
•    200mm(W) x 119mm(D) x 30mm(H) OPS Spec Design

About IBASE Technology

Founded in 2000, iBASE Technology has committed to provide the ultimate user experience with its digital signage products. In addition to the award winning “Signature Book™” series of professional grade digital signage players, iBASE’s product mix covers single board computers, industrial motherboards, CPU modules, embedded industrial systems and network security appliances. iBASE has been awarded ISO 9001 Quality assurance, ISO 13485 medical certification and specialize in designing and manufacturing of industrial PC products. For more information, please visit
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Wednesday, 29 August 2012
MINNEAPOLIS, – Wireless Ronin Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: RNIN), a leading marketing technologies solutions provider, published a white paper outlining how to maximize customer engagement through omnichannel retailing methods that develop synergy across communication channels, including in-store. The white paper emphasizes the importance of consistent messaging across multiple channels and illustrates the utility of a single remote content management solution to coordinate and convey those messages.

The rapid growth of information readily available online has empowered the consumer, challenging businesses to keep storefronts relevant and engaging. The white paper argues that the in-store experience remains integral to the buying process and outlines two key strategies for ensuring effective customer engagement in all channels:

1. Having in-store staff and technology reinforce and enhance other information channels, including mobile devices now used by customers before, during and after in-store visits, and

2. Using a content management solution that facilitates managing, scheduling and delivering digital content and communications to all channels from a single platform.

Customers interact with digital media solutions at all touch points throughout the decision making process. The white paper provides examples of businesses in the retail, automotive and food service industries that define and support their brands and messages though in-store associates, websites, social media, digital displays, interactive kiosks and smartphone and tablet applications. Ensuring businesses maintain consistent messaging across multiple channels using a single remote content management solution is imperative to those businesses that want to entertain, inform and engage their customers.

The white paper can be viewed in its entirety here

About Wireless Ronin Technologies

Wireless Ronin Technologies, Inc. (WRT) (NASDAQ: RNIN) ( 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 to execute marketing initiatives. Since launching RoninCast® digital signage software in 2003, WRT has led the digital signage industry by bringing leading 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 Twitter and Pinterest and like us on Facebook under Wireless Ronin.
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Wednesday, 29 August 2012
Taipei, Taiwan, – IBASE Technology Inc. (TASDAQ: 8050), a world-leading manufacturer of industrial motherboards and embedded systems, unveils the new MI970 Mini-ITX motherboard with the Intel QM77 Express Chipset, providing support for both the 3rd and 2nd generation Intel® Core™ processor families. The board is suitable for a wide range of applications such as gaming, medical, industrial automation, kiosk, digital signage and ATM machines.

“There is a demand in the market for PCs to have capabilities that allow them to be remotely maintained, managed and protected,” said Wilson Lin, Senior Manager of IBASE Product Marketing Dept. “Equipped with the latest mobile Intel Chipset QM77 chipset, our MI970 takes advantage of the hardware-assisted security and manageability features integrated in the chipset, such as Intel AMT 8.0, TPM 1.2 and Intel vPro.” These features enable professionals to quickly troubleshoot and repair systems remotely, as well as remotely power on/off devices to reduce energy consumption. Its iSMART technology improves environmental performance by allowing start/shutdown scheduling and power resume to make systems more energy efficient.

MI970 has two DDR3 SO-DIMM sockets to support up to 16GB of system memory. Four display interfaces provided include DVI-I, DVI-D, DisplayPort and 24-bit dual channel LVDS. It features advanced technologies including USB 3.0 and SATA III connectivity to deliver unprecedented performance and speed. Expansion is available with one PCI-E(x16) and two Mini PCI-E(x1) slots. Dimensions are 170mm by 170mm.

MI970 features:
  •     Supports 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i7/i5 processors
  •     2x DDR3 SO-DIMM, Max. 16GB
  •     iSMART - for EuP/ErP power saving, auto-scheduler and power resume
  •     Supports DVI-I/DVI-D/LVDS/DisplayPort displays
  •     Dual Intel® PCI-E Gigabit LAN
  •     8x USB 2.0, 4x USB 3.0, 4x COM, 4x SATA II, 2x SATA III
  •     1x PCI-E(x16), 2x Mini PCI-E(x1)
  •     AMT 8.0, TPM 1.2, vPro, Watchdog timer, Digital I/O, RAID
About IBASE Technology

Founded in 2000, IBASE Technology (TASDAQ: 8050) is an ISO 9001 and ISO 13485 certified company that specializes in the design and manufacturing of industrial PC products. IBASE's R&D team is composed of talented hardware and software engineers - 50% with over 10 years and 45% with 5 to 10 years of experience in their respective fields. Current product offerings from IBASE include various single board computers, Mini-ITX boards, industrial motherboards, Disk-Size SBC, ETX CPU modules, embedded systems and network appliance for different applications in the automation, digital signage, gaming, entertainment, medical, military and networking markets. IBASE also provides OEM/ODM services tailoring products to customers' requirements. For more information, please visit .

IBASE Technology Inc. is an Associate Member of the Intel® Intelligent Systems Alliance, a community of communications and embedded developers and solution providers. For more information, please visit

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Tuesday, 28 August 2012
SoloHealth's Self-Service Health & Wellness Kiosks See Strong Consumer Engagement Rates as Company Prepares for Nationwide Retail Rollout

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) - SoloHealth, a consumer-driven healthcare technology company, announced today that its SoloHealth Station™ kiosk has surpassed the 2.5 million mark for consumer interactions, as well as posted strong consumer engagement rates including time spent with the kiosks. The data has been compiled since January 2011 across approximately 200 kiosks currently in select Walmart, Safeway, Publix, CVS, Sam’s Club and Schnuck’s Markets locations.

Today’s news comes as SoloHealth prepares for a nationwide rollout that will put the FDA-approved SoloHealth Station in thousands of new retail locations by mid-2013. The company recently announced strategic investments and partnerships with WellPoint and Dell.

“We believe that awareness and education are keys to a healthy lifestyle, and we’re bringing a free and comprehensive self-service technology to neighborhood retail locations nationwide,” said Bart Foster, CEO & Founder of SoloHealth. “The data has revealed strong consumer engagement rates, even surpassing our original predictions, clearly showing there is an interest and need for this type of access in today’s healthcare environment. We are extremely bullish as we prepare for our nationwide rollout with our retail partners.”

SoloHealth Data & Consumer Engagement Stats:
2.5M+ – Consumer interactions have surpassed 2.5 million; continues to grow.
4 mins. – Average number of minutes each consumer spends per session with the kiosk (4:09m).
33% – Approximately 33% of users took more than one test; blood pressure and BMI highest combo.
57% - Percentage of consumers that tested for blood pressure, the most widely used single test.
19% - Saturdays drove 19% more users than other days.
35+ – 65% of male and female users are 35 and older.
2,500 – Estimated number of SoloHealth Stations to be in market by mid-2013.
71% - Percentage of SoloHealth Station users that are at medium to high risk of hypertension.
51% - Percentage of SoloHealth Station users that are overweight to obese.
25% - Percentage of consumers that are returning users.   
95% -    Satisfaction rating on accuracy of results, length of the experience, and likelihood to use again.
*Consumer “interaction” constitutes a consumer taking at least one test per session.

The SoloHealth Station provides health screenings for vision, blood pressure, weight, and body mass index, a symptom checker as well as an overall health assessment free of charge. SoloHealth also helps connect consumers to local professionals through their databases, helping people enter the most appropriate and accurate point in the health care system.

A healthcare consumer engagement platform, the SoloHealth Station offers highly personalized, targeted and interactive opportunities for consumers, advertisers and retailers by placing kiosks in high-traffic retail locations and offering integration across a multi-platform ecosystem complete with digital signage, Internet, mobile and social media. The multiple-platform approach gives brand partners, consumers and medical professionals the ease of interaction from many touch points allowing for greater effectiveness and efficiencies.

The SoloHealth Station was recently honored with Intel’s coveted IT healthcare award, the “Intel Innovation Award,” that recognizes leading-edge technology and exceptional innovation for healthcare delivery and processes. The kiosk also received the FDA’s stamp of approval this past June.

About SoloHealth

Based in Atlanta, Ga., SoloHealth® is a leader in self-service consumer healthcare, utilizing patented technology to deploy interactive health screening kiosks to empower consumers about their health through awareness, education and convenience. The company’s award-winning first offering was the EyeSite Vision kiosk. 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, symptoms checking, body mass index, overall health assessment; and access to 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. Strategic investors and partners include Coinstar/Redbox (CSTR), Walter Huff (founder of HBOC), WellPoint and Dell. For more information, visit
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Tuesday, 28 August 2012
The largest optically enhanced videowall in Europe: another GDS installation in Oslo – Sentralstasjo

The largest optically enhanced LCD video wall in Europe has been installed by GDS in Oslo Central Station, the most crowded railway station in Norway.

The result is impressive. The brand new G-Wall installed in Oslo covers an area of nearly 60 square meters and the difference with the old one with old fluorescent tubes installed in 1999 is amazing.

The new video wall is made of 100 pieces of 46” LCD TFT bonded displays operating as one single unit.  The narrow bezel between the screens guarantees a seamless view from a long distance and fast reading without interruptions.

Moreover the new digital information board allows Jernbaneverket (JBV) to adapt the content depending on the situation very easily.

“The performances of the video wall installed in September 2011 in National Theatre railway station in Oslo (25 pieces of 46” LCDs) proved that G-Wall has been a very good choice and that’s why we decided to proceed with GDS as a partner for this challenging installation” - says Geir Hagen, engineering manager telecom at JBV – “Image quality, safety, serviceability of the product are crucial points but of course long term support and reliability are factors that we need to take into consideration when choosing a supplier.”

JBV asked to GDS to deliver the best in class video wall for railways enabling its passengers to have clear, complete information and to maintain its quality for many years considering the constraints of such a large format. The path to meet these expectations has been challenging but it has been an honor for GDS to work with JBV on this project and we are proud of the result.

On the technical side, the G-Bond lamination process applied to the video wall screens gives the content high contrast and impressive readability in high ambient light areas. Moreover the bonding technology improves the safety of the system by reinforcing the frontal surface of the glass and by keeping the pieces together in case of accidental breaks.

The mechanical frame and the bracket system have been designed to allow flexible and modular installations and guarantees easy access for service and maintenance.

The thermal management of the video wall has been designed to overcome the challenges of such a large system and it is able to manage the thermal micro-environment that it creates and to avoid aging due to possible “railway dust” accumulation.


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Tuesday, 28 August 2012
Mississauga, ON – FirstOntario Credit Union, based in Hamilton, is the first Canadian financial institution to deploy NCR (NYSE: NCR) APTRA Interactive Teller, which enables customers to talk live to a remote teller at the ATM. APTRA Interactive Teller gives consumers access to branch services after the branch is closed and in areas not served by branches.

Two-way video conferencing integrated within the ATM lets FirstOntario’s members talk to and see a teller who can remotely drive the ATM transaction from a central location, guiding members through typical in-branch transaction via the ATM screen. Services offered include deposits, withdrawals, check cashing, loan payments, cash advances, and booking appointments with branch staff.

“FirstOntario introduced the first ‘Personal Assisted Tellers’ (PAT) in Canada two years ago and with NCR we’re offering another first to our members. We pride ourselves on personal service and we wanted to bring that to the ATM to allow our members to get instant personal service when they want it,” said Dave Schurman, executive vice president and chief operating officer, FirstOntario. “It expands our services and hours of operation, and enhances the functionality at the ATM by allowing members to conduct most of the transactions they would do in the branch right at the ATM screen with a live teller still driving the transaction for the member.”

‘PATs’ are located at six FirstOntario locations and also will be available at four other locations by the end of the year. NCR APTRA Interactive Teller was launched last year in the U.S. and is now available to all Canadian financial institutions who want to offer round-the-clock banking services to time-strapped clients. The solution provides live teller services for clients who want the human touch, and also offers all of the latest ATM services, including intelligent deposit – a no-envelope technology soon to be released in Canada that lets customers deposit checks and cash directly into the ATM and receive instant reconciliation via a receipt that includes images of the items they deposited.

“Financial institutions in Canada are under pressure to improve front-end productivity in their branches, freeing up staff to improve service delivery and generation. They’re competing for more revenue and consumer loyalty, while reducing operational costs,” said Linda Fitzgerald, president, NCR Canada. “NCR is working with banks and credit unions in Canada and around the world to reinvent the customer experience, deepen their relationship with clients, strengthen their competitive advantage and drive revenue by offering innovative products and services like APTRA Interactive Teller.”

NCR introduced APTRA Interactive Teller in the U.S. in 2011, in partnership with uGenius Technologies, a Utah-based pioneer in video banking solutions. The solution is currently being used by a number of U.S financial institutions. NCR APTRA Interactive Teller runs on APTRA Activate software.

About FirstOntario Credit Union

In business since 1939, FirstOntario Credit Union has more than $2.9 billion in funds under management, serves over 85,000 Members and offers a full suite of banking products including daily banking, mortgages, lines of credit, loans and investments. FirstOntario operates 21 full service branches and two satellite branches serving 13 communities across the Hamilton, Halton, Niagara, Haldimand/Norfolk and Oxford regions and Membership at FirstOntario is open to anyone. FirstOntario is a proud advocate of the communities we serve and supports many important community organizations. FirstOntario is a founding sponsor for Hive Hamilton, and supports Co-operative Young Leaders (CYL) and youth at risk through Soupfest. FirstOntario also offers a scholastic bursary program and a microlending program in the Hamilton and Niagara regions. For more information please visit: and

About NCR Corporation

NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is a global technology company leading how the world connects, interacts and transacts with business. NCR’s assisted- and self-service solutions and comprehensive support services address the needs of retail, financial, travel, hospitality, gaming, public sector, telecom carrier and equipment organizations in more than 100 countries. NCR ( is headquartered in Duluth, Georgia.
NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries.
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Tuesday, 28 August 2012
Expansion of Sponsorship to Include LUMIX Digital Cameras and Installation of Large-Screen High Definition Digital LED Boards Throughout USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center 

SECAUCUS, N.J., /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Panasonic, a worldwide leader in home entertainment technology, and Official Television, Home Entertainment and Imaging sponsor of the US Open, announced its plans for the 2012 US Open Tennis Championships which begins today and runs through Sunday, September 9 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, NY. At this year's event, Panasonic will feature three separate environments located in key locations throughout the Tennis Center, each offering a different experience for tennis fans.

This year for the first time, the sponsorship expands to include Panasonic's line of critically acclaimed LUMIX digital cameras and the installation of large screen, high definition displays in public areas throughout the venue.

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In the Panasonic Gallery, now a fixture at the Open, located on the ground level of Louis Armstrong Stadium, Panasonic will once again be featuring the latest large-screen Smart VIERA HDTVs, through which consumers will be able to share the court with a Virtual Mardy Fish, experience the immersive world of Full HD 3D, as well see how Panasonic technology keeps you connected to your world via VIERA Connect web services including Skype, Facebook, Twitter and much more.

LUMIX Cameras Debut at 2012 Open

With the debut in 2012 of LUMIX Cameras to the US Open sponsorship, fans will have the opportunity to capture and share their own US Open experiences in a unique Panasonic LUMIX Loaner Program. US Open-goers who visit the Panasonic South Booth Plaza in front of Court 10 can borrow one of a range of LUMIX digital camera models for use on site throughout their time at the Tennis Center. There will be four different LUMIX camera models available.

The GF5 with fast auto focus and its ability to automatically recommend creative effects with a touch enabled display make it a hit.

The LX7 with its F1.4 Leica optics is equipped with a new 3.0-inch display that will make it a courtside favorite.

The FZ200 with a fast F2.8, 25 to 600mm zoom lens and 12 frames per second burst rate will yield great images no matter where your seats are located.

The ZS19 with its powerful 20x optical zoom draws your subjects right up close and is able to auto focus in 0.1 second making you a winner even if you have amateur status.

Panasonic will also give US Open fans who visit the Panasonic booth located at the Food Village a unique opportunity to Skype video chat with family and friends and catch them up on all of the happenings at the US Open directly from a Panasonic Smart VIERA Plasma HDTV using VIERA Connect, Panasonic's connected TV platform.

In addition, Panasonic brings US Open fans fifteen new large LED video boards throughout the grounds of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center including Arthur Ashe Stadium, Louis Armstrong Stadium, the Food Village and the South Plaza. "Fans can now watch all of the action and review the player challenges in crisp, clear high definition," said Jim Doyle, President of Panasonic Eco Solutions North America.

Panasonic installed Impact 8 LED products which are the highest resolution systems available today for outdoor applications. The Impact modular LED products are very flexible as evidenced by the various screen sizes and configurations at the US Open. From small ticket window and food court systems, to the special Octagon Building displays, to large video screens for image magnification, replays, games statistics, tournament standings and sponsor messaging.

High resolution LED controllers and scalers allow Panasonic to integrate any type of video or statistical data and place it properly on any video board size or shape.

About Panasonic Consumer Marketing Company of North America

Based in Secaucus, N.J., Panasonic Consumer Marketing Company of North America, a Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American Subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation and the hub of Panasonic's U.S. marketing, sales, service and R&D operations, offers a wide-range of consumer solutions in the U.S. and Canada. The Company's portfolio of innovative consumer products ranges from VIERA Full HD 3D Flat Screen TV's, Blu-ray players, LUMIX Digital Cameras, Camcorders, Home Audio, Cordless Phones, Home Appliances, Wellness and Personal Care products and more.

About Panasonic Eco Solutions North America

Panasonic Eco Solutions North America is a division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation. The company develops and provides customized and integrated technology-based system solutions for enterprise customers in a variety of industries such as sports and entertainment, as well as education. Additionally, the company supplies renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions to corporate and public sector organizations. For more information on the company and its enterprise solutions, visit

Panasonic is pledged to practice prudent, sustainable use of the earth's natural resources and protect our environment through the company's Eco Ideas programs. Panasonic was the only Consumer Electronics company to be listed in the top ten brands on the Interbrand Best Global Green Brands 2012 ranking.
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Tuesday, 28 August 2012
TAIPEI, TAIWAN, – CAYIN’s digital signage players empower 26 LCD screens in Bread of Life Christian Church in Shilin, Taiwan. The new digital signage system helps the church to effectively communicate messages to congregations inside the church and also reach out to audiences outside the building.

Bread of Life Christian Church in Shilin is an active church with nearly 5000 members in Taiwan. To provide a better environment for increasing the number of members, the church has moved to a new building which can accommodate around 1000 people for all kinds of activities.

As the fellowship hall has become larger it has brought a disadvantage: - not all of the congregation can now see the pulpit. To get all of the members involved in the fellowship hall, the church adopted CAYIN’s digital signage system and installed a total of 16 units of 55” and 65” LCD screens throughout the fellowship hall, so that members in the back row can still see the pulpit clearly.

Not constrained by space, the church even broadcasts real-time services from the pulpit to other areas inside and even outside the building. People passing by the church can see live services on the 3x3 TV wall, which has been installed in the window facing outside. The TV wall, which is also controlled by CAYIN’s digital signage player, helps the church transmit messages to a wider audience in the community.

Using audio visual equipment in a church is not an entirely new thing. The unique part of this project is the perfect integration with digital signage and other existing AV, broadcast equipment. The administrator can switch between different signals immediately and show coherent content on all screens at the flow of the activity.

All live activities are broadcasted through CAYIN’s digital signage player. SMP-WEB4, equipped with the AV-in function, can receive signals from digital cameras at the stage and transmit real-time full-screen video to all landscape and portrait displays. CAYIN’s digital signage solution surely helps the church to manage information remotely and immediately and communicate messages in a simpler way.

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Monday, 27 August 2012
San Francisco, Houston and Atlanta Join New York City in Hosting Networking Events and Educational Programs with NEC Team

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--NEC Display Solutions of America, a leading provider of commercial LCD display and projector solutions, announced today the expansion of its popular showcase events for partners and customers to learn about industry trends and the latest NEC technologies.

The event series will illustrate NEC’s innovation in LCD displays for digital signage and professional installation projectors for large venues. NEC’s expert solution sales team also will demonstrate its ability to collaborate on custom installations that create a wow factor in any facility.

“We have enjoyed a successful run with our New York Showcase and look forward to expanding geographically,” said Ashley Flaska, Vice President of Marketing at NEC Display Solutions. “The events present an ideal opportunity for our partners, customers and prospects to learn about new NEC products and services as well as glean trends from experts in the industry.”

Michael Ferrer, National Manager of Solution Sales and Operations at NEC Display Solutions, will present an educational seminar on 10 steps to a successful video wall project, and a training session on video wall setup and color calibration at each showcase. Gary Kayye, Founder of rAVe Publications, also will offer a presentation entitled, “Creating Creative Environments – The Future of Projection” at the San Francisco, Houston and Atlanta events.

The complete showcase schedule is as follows:
•September 6, 2012 -- NEC Showcase San Francisco at the Westin San Francisco Market Street
•September 19, 2012 – NEC Showcase Houston at the Westin Galleria Houston
•October 3, 2012 – NEC Showcase Atlanta at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Atlanta
•October 17, 2012 – NEC Showcase New York at the Affinia Manhattan Hotel
For more information about the showcase series and to register, please visit

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 products, 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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Monday, 27 August 2012
CINCINNATI – First Financial Bank announced today plans to upgrade and replace more than 150 ATMs in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. The enhanced ATM systems will deliver better service and more value to First Financial clients.

“In today’s fast-paced world, our goal is to provide efficient and smart solutions that fit our clients’ on-the-go lifestyles,” said Jill Wyman, First Financial executive vice president and co-chief retail banking officer. “The new ATMs will create a simpler, faster and more convenient banking experience for our consumer and business clients.”

First Financial is partnering with NCR (NYSE: NCR), a global leader in financial self-service, to offer ATMs featuring NCR’s top-of-the-line Scalable Deposit Module (SDM) technology. The new systems will provide clients many features and benefits, including:
    Envelope-free deposits
    Multiple deposits in one transaction
    Cash and check itemized deposits
    Front and back of check image captured
    Check images on receipts
    Easy-to-read touch screens
    Deposits accepted until 8:45 p.m. for same-business-day processing
“Our bank customers have seen their deposit volumes nearly double as they roll out their no envelope deposit ATMs. Clearly, consumers and small businesses enjoy the speed and convenience of anytime self-service banking,” said Michael O’Laughlin, senior vice president, NCR Financial Services. “We’re pleased to be able to work with First Financial to bring them our most advanced ATM technology.”

Crews have started to install ATMs across the region and all system installations are expected to be completed by the end of the year.

About First Financial Bancorp

First Financial Bancorp is a Cincinnati, Ohio based bank holding company.  As of June 30, 2012, the Company had $6.3 billion in assets, $3.9 billion in loans, $5.1 billion in deposits and $717 million in shareholders’ equity.  The Company’s subsidiary, First Financial Bank, N.A., founded in 1863, provides banking and financial services products through its three lines of business: commercial, retail and wealth management.  The commercial and retail units provide traditional banking services to business and consumer clients.  First Financial Wealth Management provides wealth planning, portfolio management, trust and estate, brokerage and retirement plan services and had approximately $2.3 billion in assets under management as of June 30, 2012.  The Company’s strategic operating markets are located in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky where it operates 129 banking centers.  Additional information about the Company, including its products, services and banking locations is available at

About NCR Corporation

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

NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries.
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Monday, 27 August 2012
    SoloHealth’s health & wellness kiosks provide comprehensive health screenings
    Dell OEM Solutions to produce kiosks for nationwide rollout

ATLANTA & ROUND ROCK, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SoloHealth®, a leading consumer-driven healthcare technology company, announced today it has entered a strategic partnership to utilize Dell’s OEM Solutions technology, development and deployment expertise for its next-generation SoloHealth Station™ consumer kiosk. Under terms of the partnership, Dell will produce and deliver thousands of SoloHealth Station kiosks to retail locations nationwide beginning this fall.

The SoloHealth Station is an interactive, comprehensive health and wellness screening kiosk for consumers placed in high-traffic retail locations or strategic, high-volume places like corporate campuses or hospitals. The SoloHealth Station provides health screenings for vision, blood pressure, weight, and body mass index, a symptom checker as well as an overall health assessment free of charge. For consumers who want to review their assessment with a medical professional, SoloHealth can connect consumers to local professionals through their databases, helping people enter the most appropriate and accurate point in the health care system.

"We’re pleased to help SoloHealth bring their innovative kiosks to the public and empower consumers to take control of their health,” said Joyce Mullen, vice president and general manager, OEM Solutions and Global Alliances, at Dell. “By providing SoloHealth with a single source for the financing, hardware and deployment of its kiosk, we give them the reliability and flexibility to expand into new opportunities."

“Dell is a perennial brand and leader in technology solutions and innovation, and this partnership will allow us to produce and deliver the most innovative and comprehensive consumer health and wellness kiosk available to thousands of retail locations nationwide,” said Bart Foster, CEO & Founder of SoloHealth. “We strive daily to deliver a superior product and service, and this partnership with Dell allows us to continue on that promise.”

About SoloHealth

Based in Atlanta, Ga., SoloHealth® is a leader in self-service consumer healthcare, utilizing patented technology to deploy interactive health screening kiosks to empower consumers about their health through awareness, education and convenience. The company’s award-winning first offering was the EyeSite Vision kiosk. 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, symptoms checking, body mass index, overall health assessment; and access to 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. In March 2011, Coinstar, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSTR), owner of Redbox, made a financial investment in SoloHealth. In August 2012, WellPoint made a strategic investment in SoloHealth. For more information, visit

About Dell

Dell (NASDAQ: DELL) listens to customers and delivers innovative technology and services that give them the power to do more. Dell OEM Solutions helps its customers find more balance between execution and innovation with dedicated OEM resources, industry-standard hardware and global services and support capabilities. Learn more at
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Monday, 27 August 2012
Agreement Provides Complete Flash and Motion Graphics Content Creation Solution for Digital Signage

Cincinnati, OH (PRWEB) -  Flypaper Studio, Inc. announces the launch of a new partnership with Beabloo USA to bundle Flypaper Express digital signage content creation software with the Beabloo Digital Marketing Solution digital signage operating system and platform. Beabloo Digital Marketing Solution customers can use Flypaper Express to easily create high-quality content for their digital signage programs.

“Adding Flypaper Express to the Beabloo Digital Marketing Solution was an easy decision. Content creation is the ‘last mile’ of digital signage and we want small business customers to be able to easily create their own content,” said Tim Beech, General Manager of Beabloo USA. “Flypaper Express empowers our customers to create content quickly, saving them valuable time.”

As a PowerPoint plug-in, Flypaper Express enables users to create digital signage content without programming skills. Flypaper Express includes professional quality templates bundled with a dozen fully completed projects to help users get started quickly.

“This partnership elevates the quality of content that can be quickly produced by Beabloo customers,” said Don Pierson, Founder and President of Flypaper. “Pairing Flypaper Express with the Beabloo Digital Marketing Solution provides a powerful and dynamic content creation platform that anyone can use with ease.”

The Beabloo Digital Marketing Solution, including Flypaper Express, is available for $899. Customers who purchase the Beabloo Digital Marketing Solution can immediately download and activate Flypaper Express.

A stand-alone license of Flypaper Express can be purchased online for $99.

For more information about Flypaper, 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.


Phone: 513.929.0188

About Beabloo

Beabloo, a global leader in cloud-based digital signage, integrates digital signage, web pages, mobile applications and social media into a turnkey Digital Marketing Solution. Beabloo allows you to create your message once and display it instantly on multiple endpoints. Beabloo has deployed Digital Marketing Solutions in the US as well as Germany, the UK, Spain, Turkey and many other countries around the world. Beabloo USA is based in beautiful Eden Prairie, MN.
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Monday, 27 August 2012
Receives recognition on the notoriously competitive Inc. 500/5000 Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies

Aberdeen, NC (PRWEB) - For more than 30 years, Inc. has celebrated the fastest-growing private companies in America. To rank among the 2012 Inc. 5000, companies had to thrive through three of the toughest years this economy has seen in decades. The Inc. 500/5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony is an annual three day event to celebrate the achievements of the companies that appear on Inc. magazine’s prestigious ranking of America’s fastest-growing privately held companies.

This year, Meridian, a North Carolina-based self-service software and kiosk company, made the 2012 Inc. 5000 list for the fastest growing privately held companies. Meridian’s CEO and Founder, Chris Gilder states, "We have seen tremendous growth over the years, this year being no exception. Our software application solutions are best in class and have propelled Meridian to the forefront of self-service. We are honored to be included amongst such notable companies as Oracle, Pandora, Facebook, Intuit and others.”

Inc. Magazine will honor Meridian and other privately-held companies during a three-day event in Phoenix, Arizona at the Marriott Desert Ridge. The celebration starts on October 3rd with a morning golf tournament and commences with the awards ceremony on October 5th.

When asked about the secret to business success, Gilder states, “Meridian’s concept to completion process allows us to maintain control of self-service technology from the initial concept, design, engineering and software development to the manufacturing in our Aberdeen, NC facility. Our team focuses on quality and innovation in the self-service industry, and we have a world class team.”

About Meridian

Meridian is an award winning, established leader, providing full service solutions for the self-service kiosk industry. Recognized for expertise, quality, design, flexibility, style and partnerships; Meridian provides solutions to some the largest companies in the world. The Self-Service Technology Center (SSTC), in Bentonville, AR, in partnership with Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Microsoft, Storm and Key Innovations and Zebra Technologies attests to Meridian as the leader for self-service solutions. The corporate headquarters and kiosk manufacturing facilities are located in Aberdeen, NC and the Mzero software development is located on Ontario, Canada. For more information:

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Monday, 27 August 2012
Enhancing Customer Self-Service

Enhancing self-service is essential in environments which value consistent, reliable, on-demand information and advanced customer service. With this in mind, Parabit has designed, manufactured and integrated Virtual Assistant Kiosks for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's Airports.


Virtual Assistant Kiosks are a self-service solution which combines innovative hologram technology and progressive design for a 3-d virtual hologram experience. Virtual holograms may be customized to reflect the demographic requirements of the deployment environment; including race, gender, language and attire options. For example, international airport terminals can  implement a virtual hologram with the look of a specific language and message, or series of messages in one or several languages; to allow for a more personal experience and to provide a sense of comfort in multi-cultural environments. In addition, Virtual Assistant Kiosk graphics can be customized to reflect branding requirements.

Where can I see an Avatar Kiosk?

New deployments are located within JFK Terminal 5, LaGuardia Central Terminal and Newark Liberty airports. The kiosks provide visitors with important travel information including: Way-Finding, where to get flight information, and ground transportation services such as hotel/car rental shuttle, bus and taxi pick-ups. Virtual Assistant Kiosks can also be configured to serve other industries by providing information such as:
- Health tips and/or hospital information
- General safety and convenience tips
- Wayfinding, security, promotions/advertising
The kiosks work around the clock without charging overtime, doesn’t take bathroom breaks and does not need a background check!

Present your customers with a unique, personalized option for self-service with a Parabit Virtual Assistant Kiosk!

Please view our website for additional information and video demonstration.

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Friday, 24 August 2012
MONTREAL — X2O Media, a full-service provider of software, network management, and content services for real-time visual communication applications, today announced that West Virginia University (WVU) is using the company's Xpresenter™ digital signage platform to drive a new 2x4 video wall. Located in the lobby of One Waterfront Place — home to the WVU Visitors Center, admissions office, and more — the video wall provides a personal welcome to prospective students on campus tours.

"Xpresenter has been powering our campuswide digital signage network for the last two years," said Spencer Graham, Manager of Operations for WVU Information Stations. "In that time, the platform has proven to be a simple yet powerful solution for a range of applications, from keeping students and staff informed with University content to integrating with interactive social media technologies. So we knew that the platform would deliver a remarkable visual experience for our video wall, while making it simple for our staff to schedule content. As expected, Xpresenter has delivered."

WVU's Visitors Center is the university's primary recruiting portal, and the use of cutting-edge digital signage technology makes an unforgettable first impression on prospective students and their parents when they arrive at One Waterfront Place. Visitors are greeted by an attention-grabbing video wall in the lobby consisting of eight 46-inch Samsung monitors. All video and graphic content is choreographed and then played out by Xpresenter in stunning video quality. In addition, to provide a personal touch for campus tours, each prospective student's name is featured on the video wall with a welcome message.

"Xpresenter is a tremendous product for standard signage, but its capabilities allow for so much more," Graham said. "Our video wall is a truly eye-popping deployment that does a fantastic job of marketing the University. I can't wait to see what we do next with the platform."

X2O Media's Xpresenter is an end-to-end platform designed to make creating, managing, and distributing broadcast-quality digital signage content on networks of all sizes available to all. Xpresenter's patented authoring module allows Microsoft® PowerPoint® users to produce compelling content that incorporates animations, video clips, and real-time data sources — all within the PowerPoint interface.

More information about Xpresenter is available at

About X2O Media

X2O Media is a leading software developer of real-time visual communication solutions that significantly improve enterprise-wide communications. X2O's solutions facilitate the creation and delivery of video and graphics-rich content to digital displays, employee desktops, and mobile devices. Applications include corporate news channels, dynamic corporate dashboards, real-time emergency messaging, and more. In addition to technology, X2O offers award-winning content design, acquisition, and management services. X2O's products and services are sold and supported globally, through a network of experienced distribution partners. 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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Thursday, 23 August 2012
SECAUCUS, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Panasonic, a provider of professional display and digital signage solutions, today announced the availability of its new cost effective LF5 Series professional LCD displays for digital signage. Like all of Panasonic’s professional LCD displays, the LF5 Series is distinguished by high brightness, slim design, low power consumption, light weight and a wide range of professional features for excellent signage and video performance.

Available as the 42” TH-42LF5U and 47” TH-47LF5U, the LF5 Series LCD displays are ideal for those looking for a high quality display at a competitive price for simple digital signage applications. Along with Full HD resolution and a wide viewing angle, the LF5 Series features a slim 18.6mm bezel, allowing the displays to be used in multi-screen video walls. They boast 500 cd/m2 brightness and a 9-ms response for crisp, clear images even in bright locations. The displays can be mounted both vertically and horizontally and are built for continuous, 24-hour operation. These traits make the LF5 Series an ideal solution for digital signage in transportation hubs, lobby areas, retail centers, quick-serve restaurants and more.

Designed for reliable digital signage performance, LF5 Series displays come equipped with an Input Search function. When the image is interrupted due to a break in the content signal or a disconnected cable, the display automatically switches to another input and displays the next viable content, allowing users to avoid a blank screen which could result in a loss in revenue.

The LF5 Series also features Panasonic’s Eco Mode, which detects the ambient light level and controls the brightness of the backlight accordingly. This maintains optimum display brightness and helps reduce power consumption.

The TH-42LF5U and TH-47LF5U are available now from authorized Panasonic resellers at an estimated price of $750 and $1,005 respectively.

For more information and full product specs please visit

Sales inquiries for all Panasonic professional displays and digital signage solutions should be directed to or 877-803-8492.

Warranty Information

The LF5 Series of professional LCD displays are supported under the Panasonic Concierge Service Program. The service provides a toll-free hotline and 24-hour priority scheduling of on-site service if the display is in need of service or repair. The displays are backed by a standard two-year warranty.

About Panasonic Professional Displays

Panasonic System Communications Company of North America markets a line of professional Full HD Plasma, LCD and LED displays that provide breathtaking imagery for the hospitality, healthcare, education, government and utility markets. Panasonic professional displays are designed from the ground up separately from Panasonic consumer models are engineered with specific high-performance features for professional installations. Professional models offer a unique appearance, durable design and outstanding picture quality, which is a key differentiator over some competitive models. Panasonic’s advanced display technologies deliver vivid colors, exceptional contrast ratio, sharp and crystal clear fast motion video, 3D capabilities and seamless, integrated solutions. Panasonic displays are easy to setup and install whether it's one unit or a multi-screen system, and are among the most reliable in the industry with 100,000 hours of service life. For more information on Panasonic’s professional display solutions go to:

Panasonic Solutions for Business

Built on a celebrated engineering foundation, Panasonic architects business technology solutions that help build a better world. Customers in government, healthcare, production, hospitality, education and a wide variety of commercial enterprises, large and small, depend on integrated solutions from Panasonic to help them acquire, manage and interpret the information that drives innovation. The complete suite of Panasonic solutions addresses unified business communications, mobile computing, security and surveillance, retail point-of-sale, office productivity, high definition visual conferencing, visual communications (professional projectors, displays, digital signage) and HD and 3D video production. As a result of its commitment to R&D, manufacturing and quality control, Panasonic engineers reliable and long-lasting solutions as a partner for continuous improvement. Panasonic solutions for business are delivered by Panasonic System Communications Company of North America, which is a division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation (NYSE: PC).

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

About Panasonic Corporation of North America

Based in Secaucus, NJ, Panasonic Corporation of North America provides a broad line of digital and other electronics products and services for consumer, business and industrial use. The company is the principal North American subsidiary of Osaka, Japan-based Panasonic Corporation (NYSE: PC), and the hub of Panasonic’s U.S. branding, marketing, sales, service and R&D operations. Panasonic was the only Consumer Electronics company to be listed in the top ten brands on the Interbrand Best Global Green Brands 2011 ranking ( As part of its continuing efforts to reduce its carbon footprint, Panasonic Corporation of North America will relocate its operations to a new eco-efficient office tower adjacent to a mass transit hub in Newark, NJ in 2013.  Information about Panasonic and its products is available at

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Thursday, 23 August 2012
What makes any digital sign compelling is well-executed media. Effective media requires expert skills that are tuned into managers' objectives and goals. Once that is in place, Keywest Creative can take digital signage from just ideas and technology to customer engagement and satisfaction. Let us discover with you the best way to tie your goals and objectives into a concrete solution.

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Thursday, 23 August 2012
New Bsquare Program facilitates Microsoft Windows Embedded development
Bellevue, WA and San Jose, CA – BSQUARE Corporation (NASDAQ: BSQR), a leading enabler of smart, connected devices and AOpen America, a leading manufacturer of applied computing solutions, today announced a partnership to accelerate the capabilities of AOpen’s Certified System Builders to more effectively tap into the burgeoning market for specialized devices built on Windows Embedded technologies. 

The System Builder Program offered directly by Bsquare to AOpen’s Certified System Builders provides several key ingredients to facilitate market growth, including:  validated, production-ready Windows Embedded Standard 7 (WES7) operating system (OS) images, technical support, engineering services and joint sales collaboration.

This Program is designed to quickly enable AOpen Certified System Builders to target new vertical markets and to build competitively priced solutions using AOpen hardware platforms and Windows Embedded technologies. 

The validated WES7 images, services and technical support available through this Program are designed for the AOpen DE5100, DE3100, DE67, MP65 and WT22RM-H Platforms.  AOpen Certified System Builders who join this program can use the WES7 OS images and services from Bsquare to rapidly expand their market opportunity and to compete more effectively by reducing time, cost and risk to market.  

"The market for specialized devices is growing at over 20% annually. Our partnership with AOpen is a significant part of our overall strategy to partner with Intel and their strategic ecosystem partners. Through this Program, we offer practical assistance and expertise to AOpen’s Certified System Builders to drive their success in the rapidly growing market for specialized devices like digital signage, kiosks, retail POS, thin clients, security and surveillance, and more.” said Scott Caldwell, Vice President of Sales, Third-Party Licensing for Bsquare.   

“As a leading provider of small form factor hardware solutions for specialized devices across many diverse vertical markets, partnering with Bsquare makes complete sense.  Not only do our partners gain access to the longer life cycle Windows Embedded products, but also to  renowned engineering expertise and support from Bsquare.  This Program will help our channel partners find new success in current and emerging vertical markets.” Angela Tang, Marketing Manager of AOpen America Inc.

For more information about the Bsquare System Builder program for AOpen Certified System Builders, go to

About BSQUARE Corporation

Bsquare, a global leader in embedded solutions, applies experience and expertise on leading platforms to create new connections with customers, new business models and to enable new ways of working and communicating. Bsquare serves customers by forging connections among the partners, people, tools, and technology needed to create smart connected devices. For more information, visit:

About AOpen

AOpen, Inc. founded in 1996 is headquartered in Taiwan with offices in America, Europe, Asia and the Pacific. AOpen has more than 10 years of IT hardware manufacturing experience along with keen insights into IT industry trends that help drive the growth of AOpen. As the leading manufacturer, of digital signage hardware solutions world-wide, AOpen keeps expanding its products and services for digital signage and other vertical application markets. With in-depth market knowledge AOpen can offer advice for complete digital signage platform solutions. AOpen has cultivated a sophisticated ecosystem of premium solution providers to offer its solutions via its value added channel network to the market. Please visit us at
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Wednesday, 22 August 2012
British clothing brand, Rohan is using Dynamax’s digitalsignage.NET to run digital displays in stores in Salisbury, Guildford and Bristol, UK in an effort to strengthen its brand and educate customers about the technical benefits of its products.
The system was designed to complement shop assistants in the highly consultative sale of Rohan clothing and present the company’s 40 year long history.  The company had an original approach to in-store marketing, displaying lifestyle videos along with product demonstrations in a successful attempt to immerse customers in the brand’s world and put their products in context.

The displays show videos shot in various places around the world where Rohan clothing is worn; complementing the static signage they already had in place. The system is also used to educate customers who, when entering into their stores, are reluctant to interact with their staff immediately.

Rohan’s Chairman, Colin Fisher said: ‘’We make gear that protects people in the world’s wildest places, the technical benefits being rather hidden than overt.  So we decided to use digital signage to explain these technical features in a visual way. I wanted something that brought the product to life and there’s nothing that beats digital signage at this. digitalsignage.NET made the content distribution into the shops seamless, delivering a quality output that involves a simple operation.’’

Rohan’s headquarters manage the content centrally while involving shop floor staff in the choice of files that get published on screens in their stores.

Dynamax’s software runs 19-inch LG displays powered by IAdea’s XMP-330 SMIL devices.

Howard Smith, Director and Founder of Dynamax said: ‘’We are pleased to have had the opportunity to work with Rohan and show our software’s ability to meet the complex needs of retailers as well as to reinforce the high potential of digital signage in this environment.’’ 
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Wednesday, 22 August 2012
Wayfinding, Travel Information, other Interactive Features at the Fingertips of 41 Million Vegas Travelers

DENVER -- In a city known for its eye-catching signs, capturing the attention of busy tourists and travelers to convey important information is always challenging. To rise to that challenge among all the glitz and glamour, McCarran International Airport (LAS) in Las Vegas has partnered with Four Winds Interactive (FWi) to create its own exceptional digital signage program.

In June, McCarran opened its new Terminal 3, which features hundreds of digital signs to help passengers better manage their travel-related activities, including interactive digital airport directories and double-sided video walls serving as Gate Information Displays outside of each arrival and departure gate.

“One of our goals was to ensure that modern helpful amenities were in place for travelers,” said Randall H. Walker, who oversees McCarran in his role as Director of Aviation for Clark County, Nevada. “Four Winds Interactive’s software allows us to do just that by offering a wide variety of useful information via any single interactive sign. This helps patrons better navigate the airport and become aware of factors affecting their travel.”

Most notably, double-sided video walls featuring six portrait screens per side reaching 15 feet tall are strategically placed near departure and arrival gates. Content on the gate signage includes real-time flight information, as well as destination-specific items such as weather forecasts and iconic photo backgrounds of the travel destinations. To remind travelers of the excitement of Las Vegas, synchronized videos are set to play at the top and bottom of the hour on the video walls at every gate in the terminal. Videos displayed are of falling dice or slot machines in action and create a sensational visual effect.

The digital wayfinding aspect of the signs was a crucial element throughout the development and planning stages of the new terminal project. Emphasis was placed on the use of 3D custom floor maps, with more than 1,500 path-finding directions plotted to help guide visitors to various destinations inside McCarran. Through the digital wayfinders, travelers are able to easily find information about shopping, dining, airport clubs, and other airport amenities. The “map it” feature enables travelers to see an animated visual route from their current location to their destination, as well as turn-by-turn directions. These directions easily can be sent from the wayfinder to the travelers’ smartphones via a QR code.

“Interactive digital signage was essential to this project,” said Walker. “Four Winds’ works were already widely displayed in Las Vegas, and its new contributions will further improve visitors’ and locals’ travel experiences when flying in and out of McCarran.” FWi’s software is widely used by the major resort casinos in Las Vegas to power thousands of screens on the famous Las Vegas Strip.

The new terminal is a part of a $2.4 billion project by the Clark County Department of Aviation to better accommodate the 41 million travelers who come through the airport each year. Measuring more than 1.9 million square feet and featuring 14 gates to serve roughly two dozen airlines, the Terminal 3 project is the largest of its type in Nevada’s history.

About Four Winds Interactive

The Four Winds Interactive digital communications solution is the ideal solution for any organization’s visual communication needs. Digital signage communicates with your audience through applications such as wayfinding, event details, employee communications, metrics reporting, building directories, menu boards, emergency messaging, travel information and advertising. For more information, visit
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Monday, 20 August 2012
Keywest Technology’s I3 kiosk software provides visitors to the WESTMED Medical Group multi-specialty medical office with an interactive office directory to find their way.

LENEXA, Kan.  – Keywest Technology today announced that the newly opened WESTMED Medical Group office at Westchester’s Ridge Hill in Yonkers, NY, is helping visitors find their way to the correct office with an interactive digital signage directory based on the company’s I3 interactive kiosk software.

The 84,000-square-foot facility, which opened in July of 2011, offers a variety of medical services, including primary and specialty care, radiology, medical lab, and urgent care. In addition to the interactive kiosk software and supporting hardware from Keywest Technology, the touch-screen medical office directory relies on original digital signage content coordinated by ESSENTIALCOM and Keywest Technology’s creative services group.

“Keywest Technology’s turnkey digital signage solutions not only offer customers the reliable, full-featured solutions they require but also the essential ingredient to any successful digital signage application –professionally created digital signage content,” said Nick Nichols, Keywest Technology president. “The Ridge Hill application demonstrates how important effective content integrated into a professional digital signage system actually is.”

Located in the first floor lobby of the Ridge Hill office building, the Keywest Technology digital signage solution provides wayfinding functionality via a digital touchscreen office directory. Besides simply displaying a list of doctors and departments, the digital signage system also plays back advertisements.

Keywest Technology integrator ESSENTIALCOM LLC in White Plains, NY, worked with the developer of Westchester’s Ridge Hill, Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC), who also manages the retail and office complex, to find a wayfinding solution that would make it easier for visitors to find their specific healthcare provider. ESSENTIALCOM recommended the turnkey Keywest Technology digital signage solution, worked with the client to ensure all Keywest Technology-developed interactive directory content was accurate, provided installation services and performed on-site testing and training.

About Keywest Technology

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


Headquartered in White Plains, NY, ESSENTIALCOM, LLC provides convergence and complete integration of security, audio/video, visual public displays, networking, control and digital signage systems. For more information, visit

About WESTMED Medical Group

WESTMED Medical Group is a large multi-specialty group medical practice, with headquarters in Purchase, NY.  It is staffed by a team of more than 220 physicians dedicated to providing coordinated, efficient, quality patient care at its 10 locations in central and lower Westchester County. The practice uses state-of-the-art systems and electronic medical records to enhance the health of the community. WESTMED has medical offices in White Plains, Rye, Westchester’s Ridge Hill in Yonkers, Purchase, Scarsdale, Bronxville, Pelham Manor, and the Bronx.  Connect with WESTMED online at and on Facebook and Twitter.

About Ridge Hill

Westchester’s Ridge Hill is a 1.3 million square foot regional, mixed-use center in Yonkers,    New York. It is a distinctive, upscale destination offering an eclectic mix of shopping, dining and entertainment options. Patterned after a classic downtown with traditional architecture, Ridge Hill has become a one-stop-shop for anyone seeking the very best Westchester has to offer.

Located between the New York State Thruway and the Sprain Brook Parkway in Yonkers, Westchester’s Ridge Hill features 160,000 square feet of office space opened in 2011—of which WESTMED Medical Group occupies 84,000 square feet.
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Friday, 17 August 2012
Eden Prairie, Minnesota - WAND Corporation, the leading provider of technology solutions for the QSR and Fast Casual markets, was chosen by Salsarita’s as the exclusive supplier of Digital Menu Boards (DMBs) for their restaurants. Salsarita’s cited WAND Corporation’s growing reputation as the top innovator in digital solutions as the reason for the decision. This reputation is supported by their creative content that generates unequaled digital engagement, their ability to provide metrics to analyze the impact of Limited Time Offers (LTOs), overall profitability and WAND Total Restaurant Management (TRM) providing real-time content and price management.

Salsarita’s was acquired in 2011, and the new leadership made it a priority to keep things “fresh and engaging” to attract new guests. “We needed a digital partner whose creative vision was equal to our vision for the Salsarita’s brand,” said President and COO Larry Reinstein. “The full-motion, high-impact content that WAND’s creative team designed grabbed us the moment we saw it – so we knew it would engage our guests.” The WAND Creative Services team has received multiple awards for its content over the past year.

WAND digital engagement meant more to Salsarita’s than just getting their guests’ attention—they also wanted it to generate sales. “WAND’s analytics gives us the ability to show if a featured item is influencing purchase behavior,” Reinstein explained. “By closely monitoring sales of the featured product, we can work with WAND’s creative team and the WAND digital application to adjust the content and its placement on the board until we achieve the desired results.”

WAND Digital™ is a web-based digital content management system that allows new content to be uploaded by WAND Creative Services using WAND TRM and provides the ability for it to be instantly deployed by store, market or chain-wide. It also features automated advanced day-parting, automated menu scheduling and 100 percent compliance of content across multiple locations.

Salsarita’s has installed WAND Digital Menu Board (DMB) technology at more than 30 of its 80 locations. Plans are to have digital menu boards in nearly all stores within 24 months.

About Salsarita's

Founded in 2000 in Charlotte, N.C., Salsarita’s was acquired by franchise industry veteran Phil Friedman in 2011. Salsarita’s operates more than 80 franchised locations in 19 states. Two restaurants are company-owned. 5-10 locations will be added in 2012, with long-range projections calling for about 300 locations nationwide within five to six years. For more information, visit

About WAND Corporation

WAND Corporation is the leader in QSR/Fast Casual technology, and in 2012 is celebrating 30 years of its mission is to be the greatest restaurant management and technology partner in the world as The Future of Restaurant Technology. WAND services thousands of restaurant locations around the globe, and they are proud to have some of the largest and best known brands as loyal guests and customers. The company continues to push the envelope through the WAND Total Restaurant Management (TRM) solution offering integrated Point of Sale, Digital Menu Boards, Analytics (“WAND Intelligence”), and Reporting. The foundation of WAND Corporation’s success is a commitment to excellence in products and service, and this pledge is supported and managed by their staff of developers, an award winning creative team, and a 24/7/365 in-house service and support center.

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Thursday, 16 August 2012
Includes exceptionally thin 70" and 80" models with ceiling suspension capability

BRACKNELL, UK, Panasonic Systems Communications Company Europe (PSCEU), today announced the launch of two LCD displays in 70"  and 80"  sizes. New entrants to Panasonic's large format display family, the TH-70LF50 and TH-80LF50 are the world's thinnest displays over 70" with a depth of only 89 mm. Exceptionally light weight these new LCDs are equipped for ceiling suspension in a broad range of public spaces.

Ideal for a variety of digital signage applications including sporting events, museums and shopping centers, the new displays deliver a high contrast ratio (5,000:1) and brightness (700cd/m2), ensuring excellent visibility regardless of viewing angle. These two displays are designed with ceiling suspension capability and are aimed at promotional applications due to their eye-catching visibility. Ceiling suspension also offers greater flexibility as it can be installed both horizontally and vertically.

Each display comes equipped with highly durable panels, which allow continuous 24/7 operation and include an LED backlight which is energy efficient and reduces the overall power consumption.

Both TH-70LF50 and TH-80LF50 models will be available across Europe later in the year.

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Thursday, 16 August 2012
Dot2Dot Communications supports Scala Certified Partner Channel in Canada

Exton, PA (PRWEB) - Scala, Inc. today announced agreement with Dot2Dot Communications to be Scala master distributor in Canada, and sole proprietor for the Ad Manager platform and its services globally.

With the same people and organizational framework, Scala Canada re-branded as Dot2Dot Communications will continue to build, bill and support the Scala Certified Partner channel in Canada. “We are committed to providing the Canadian market with the same high levels of support and service they have been receiving,” said Oscar Elizaga, Senior Vice President, Americas, Scala. “As our master distributor, Dot2Dot will have a laser focus on addressing the needs of its resellers and the Canadian digital signage market.”

As part of the agreement, Dot2Dot Communications has acquired the intellectual property to the industry’s leading ad management software for both static and digital place-based media, Ad Manager. As such, Dot2Dot will continue to handle all product development, sales and support globally.

As the pioneer of OOH media management software, the Dot2Dot team has over 25 years hands-on experience setting up and managing ad-based networks of any size, large and small. With the new structure, the technology is positioned to expedite development for new features and benefits, and an enhanced look and feel.

“Our company will offer Scala’s innovative digital signage solutions through our existing partner channel in Canada. We will help our customers leverage digital signage as an intelligent communications platform that is compelling, attractive, current and interactive, and delivers real value. Our global focus on ad-based networks using Ad Manager will only strengthen the product mix,” stated Andy McRae, General Manager, Dot2Dot Communications.

About Dot2Dot Communications

Dot2Dot provides one-stop, “concept-to-connection” solutions for all digital signage and ad-based communications. Based in Toronto, Canada, the Dot2Dot team delivers a unique combination of 25+ years’ hands-on experience, industry-leading proprietary ad management software, and sole Canadian distributorship for the world’s leading digital signage software company, Scala, Inc. Our award-winning fully integrated solutions are backed by best-in-class partners to provide a full range of services from installation and network hosting to content strategy, creative design, scheduling, and audience measurement. Dot2Dot Communications is independently owned. For more information, visit

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: or the Scala blog. Connect with Scala via Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
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Thursday, 16 August 2012
Scala Digital Communications System added live Twitter feed to video walls that enabled visitors to see Tweets and photos instantly throughout center

Exton, Pa. (PRWEB) - Scala, Inc. today announced its digital communications software played an important role in ensuring visitors to the Olympic zone in London were able to share their joy and experiences while visiting the Official Shopping Center of London 2012, Westfield Stratford City. The shopping center used Scala software to add a live Twitter feed to its digital signage that allowed visitors to see their tweets and photos instantly on the massive video walls throughout the center.

The Westfield shopping center in Stratford has over 300 screens running Scala digital communications software. For the Olympics, Scala partner FTP Concepts implemented the live Twitter solution, which was expected to have processed and posted 50,000 tweets on the center’s screens during the just completed Summer Olympics. The system included the Scala Live Campaign Twitter Moderator Tool, which enabled Westfield to ensure in real time that all content was acceptable and not inflammatory, removing the need for manual review.

Key advertisers on the Westfield network during the games included Samsung, Lloyds Pharmacy and McDonald’s, among others.

“With its Twitter feed, Westfield Stratford City continues to be true innovators in how to use digital signage to generate fun, exciting ways to connect with shopping center visitors,” said Damon Crowhurst, senior director, EMEA, Scala. “The Olympic Twitter campaign success demonstrates how organizations can use Scala software to create two-way engagement with target audiences.”

Scala digital communication software supports content creation, management and distribution across digital signage networks and allows organizations to integrate easily social media and mobile devices to generate two-way engagement with audiences. Scala Advanced Analytics works with digital signage to create targeted and persuasive messages that address exactly what consumers are looking for in retail environments to influence purchase decisions.

Westfield Stratford City is a shopping center in Stratford, London and owned by the Westfield Group. It is adjacent to the London Olympic Park and the third largest shopping center in the United Kingdom by retail space.

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: or the Scala blog. Connect with Scala via Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
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Thursday, 16 August 2012
NEC Australia, one of Australia’s leading technology companies, is set to showcase a wide variety of innovative digital solutions at Integrate 2012, Australia’s largest audio visual, entertainment, information and communications technology (ICT) event. Integrate 2012 will take place at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, 21 – 23 August 2012.

A Decade of Innovation

For over 10 years, NEC Australia has delivered top of the range digital signage products and pioneered a diverse portfolio of screens, currently offering one of the widest selections in the industry. This has included being the first to launch innovative products and features such as:
  • MultiSync X461UN in 2009 – the first ultra-narrow digital signage product
  • DisplayPort daisy chaining
  • External sensors
  • ID assignment, factory calibration and calibration software
  • TileMatrix memory and setting per input functionality
One of the biggest innovations in the public display market was the switch from traditional CCFL backlights to LED backlights. NEC also led the way in this transition with its MultiSync X461S and X551S models, the first fully professional public displays with Edge-LED backlights.

NEC Live

NEC Australia continues to show leadership in the public display market and at Integrate 2012 will showcase a number of innovative products including NEC Live.

NEC Live is a suite of enterprise class digital signage software applications, enabling compelling content creation, scheduling and distribution of dynamic video, images and text. Designed to make engagement with audiences simple but highly effective, it has the power and flexibility to enable users to achieve communication objectives.

NEC Live features broadcast quality content, playback and state-of-the-art content creation tools, with social media available as separate channel feeds. NEC Live also provides customers with interactive and reactive capabilities, setting the standard for the future of public display solutions.

Andy Hurt, Executive General Manager of Channel, NEC Australia said: “NEC is thrilled to launch, showcase and demonstrate our latest key product portfolio and solutions at Integrate this year. We will have a number of new products on display and probably the widest range of display solutions in the market.”

NEC’s 81 square metre stand will feature a projection theatrette, a digital wall and arch, a demo table and light box, a reception area and a lounge meeting facility. The NEC stand will also feature demonstrations with Australian and visiting Japanese AV experts.

“We believe NEC will be a stand out exhibitor,” said Mr Hurt. “We want people to leave our stand thinking ‘wow, I didn’t know NEC did that!’ Our key targets are AV systems integration professionals in government, advertising, education, SMB and enterprise. We will also use Integrate 2012 as an opportunity to meet with our sales and channel teams.”

The Video Wall and Arch is a highly dynamic leading design for digital display which NEC believes will attract significant attention in its own right.

Visitors to the stand will be able to create content on demand through NEC’s Live 2.0 visual communications software, and NEC touch screens will enable self-service information for delegates, with all content featuring QR codes to drive calls to action and the dispersal of information. Delegates will also learn how to create animated movies and display footage and branding across the exhibit. Additionally, visitors to the NEC stand will have the opportunity to win VIP tickets to Cirque du Soleil’s Sydney show.

Over the three days of Integrate 2012, NEC Australia will also focus on education and seminars addressing key areas of visual communications such as digital signage, education and wireless technology, lighting, visual technology and unified communications, staging and production, and more.

Mary Giugni, Exhibition Manager of Integrate 2012, said: “Integrate prides itself on attracting some of the leading companies, who are at the forefront of the AV and ICT industry in Australia. As NEC Australia continues to lead the way in the digital signage industry, having introduced a number of product and feature ‘firsts’, NEC will add significant value for all visitors attending this year’s event.”

Key NEC Australian Customers

Over the last 12 months NEC Australia has provided a range of digital signage display systems to a number of major organizations in Australia including the NSW Rural Fire Service (NSWRFS), Village Cinema and the Novotel Forest Resort.

NSW Rural Fire Service

As part of a major upgrade to its headquarters, the NSWRFS called for the installation of a digital video wall as a communication and operational information display tool. The wall was to be integral to the new building design and used as the central information point for all workers in the event of an emergency.

To facilitate this, NEC Australia installed a number of products including 46-inch NEC Ultra Narrow LCD display designed for video wall configurations, a customized digital signage software system, a video matrix solution and control system and 14 computer systems and four main computers.

Novotel Forest Resort

To meet the growing demands of environmentally conscious tourists, Accor began construction of a $200 million resort community in provincial Victoria called the Novotel Forest Resort. To accommodate this niche group, Novotel installed a range of NEC High Definition LCDs, fully managed by NEC PanelDirector software and media player to provide a state-of-the-art facility compliant with sustainable building and environmental practices.
For more information about NEC’s innovative range and the future of digital signage visit NEC’s stand #D16 at Integrate 2012 Exhibition.

About NEC Australia

NEC Australia is one of Australia’s leading technology companies. It delivers a complete portfolio of ICT solutions and services to a wide range of enterprise and government customers across multiple industries.

The Communications Solutions division provides a full range of communications solutions and associated support services in multi-vendor environments, including systems integration, specialist communications solutions, data networking, unified communications and collaboration, broadband access network, biometrics, digital signage and display solutions.
The ICT Solutions division offers a full range of ICT services including consultancy, business process and project services, applications and solutions development, and infra-structure and applications managed services. For more information, visit NEC Australia at

About NEC Corporation

NEC Corporation is a leader in the integration of IT and network technologies that benefit businesses and people around the world. By providing a combination of products and solutions that cross-utilise 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.

About Integrate

Integrate 2012, in association with InfoComm International, is Australia’s largest audio visual, entertainment, information & communications technology event, held August 21 - 23, at the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre. The event is expected to attract visitors from the audio-visual industry as well as corporate, education, property & interior design, retail & venue and places of worship professionals. For more information, visit the event website at

About Diversified Exhibitions Australia

Diversified Exhibitions is one of Australia’s largest exhibition organizing companies with a portfolio of 30 trade and consumer exhibitions, operating in key industry sectors such as Food, Security, Building, Oil & Gas, Fitness and Retail.  Diversified runs exhibitions at premier venues throughout Australia. Its head-office is in Melbourne. Further information:
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Wednesday, 15 August 2012
Features latest technologies for today’s IT networks and infrastructures.

Pittsburgh, PA, --( The 72-page New Technology Products guide from Black Box features the latest technologies to help IT professionals build, expand, and update their networks. Readers will find solutions designed for today’s complex IT challenges, such as green computing, data center consolidation, virtualization, mobility, and more.

To get a complimentary printed copy of this guide, go to

To view an interactive digital version, go to

“IT professionals are searching for better ways to manage and update their IT environments and communications,” says Brian Kutchma, Black Box VP of Sales and Marketing. “This guide can help. It contains forward-thinking solutions for the challenges IT managers face every day: how to provide bigger, better, and faster communications. To help customers find the exact solution for their application, Black Box also offers pre- and post-sales engineering support at no charge.”

The guide spotlights Black Box’s solutions for:
  • Infrastructure Upgrades. Improve IT speed and flexibility with the newest fiber and copper cable, including OM3, MPO, CAT6A, armored, and more. The guide also features the latest freestanding, quiet, seismic, and tablet enclosures.
  •  Green IT/Data Center Consolidation. Improve energy ROI with Black Box cooling solutions, such as Cold Front™ passive liquid cooling, Cold Row™ scalable hot aisle/cold aisle cooling, and self-contained ClimateCab™ enclosures.
  •  Virtualization/Cloud Computing. With the exclusive new InvisaPC™ solution, you can access backracked PCs and virtual desktops hosted on a shared server without sacrificing performance.
  •  Physical/Cyber Security. Lock up network ports with LockPORT™ Cables and Port Locks. Secure network data with EncrypTight™ WAN Encryption. Latching Fiber Optic Switches provide ultra-secure, mission-critical switching.
  •  Mobility/Wireless. Here's a cost-effective solution for this BYOD world: SmartPath™ Enterprise Wireless for both new and upgraded networks.
  •  VoIP/Unified Communications. Although common in larger organizations, VoIP is now more affordable and practical for SMBs to implement with Black Box’s new hybrid PBX & SIP Gateways.
  •  Video Matrix Switching. Get HD video and peripheral matrix switching for collaborative environments such as command and control centers, broadcast centers, professional AV markets, and more.
  •  Digital Signage and Video Extension. Plan a complete digital signage/AV network with Black Box’s award-winning iCOMPEL™ offerings for small offices, SMBs, and the enterprise.
  •  Networking. Upgrade industrial networks with hardened switches; take fiber to the desktop with media converters; add PoE devices to your network.
For help choosing a solution, speak to a Black Box Tech Support engineer today at 724-746-5500.

About Black Box

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

Black Box® and the Double Diamond logo are registered trademarks, and ClimateCab™, Cold Front™, Cold Row™, EncrypTight™, iCOMPEL™, InvisaPC™, LockPORT™, and SmartPath™ are trademarks, of BB Technologies, Inc. Any third-party trademarks mentioned in this release are the property of their respective owners.
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Tuesday, 14 August 2012
Complete Media System Combines Makito HD H.264 Low-Latency IP Video and CoolSign Digital Signage

MONTREAL and CHICAGO — Haivision today announced that the University of Oregon has deployed an extensive media system bringing together Haivision's Makito™ HD H.264 encoder and CoolSign™ digital signage system to drive displays throughout its 12,000-seat Matthew Knight Arena, the new home of the Oregon Ducks™ NCAA Basketball® team. The Haivision system delivers real-time HD and rich media content to hundreds of CoolSign digital signage players throughout the arena, ensuring fans stay connected to the game no matter where they are in the venue.

"We needed to give fans a way to stay connected with the game when they leave the main arena to purchase snacks or to enjoy the new clubrooms," said Megan Robertson, director of promotions at University of Oregon. "Because of Haivision's IP video system, fans can continue to enjoy the game even when they leave their seats. As a bonus, they can also watch other live games in the VIP clubrooms before the Ducks game. This means we can entice fans to come to the arena earlier than usual, attracting an audience that would normally watch these games elsewhere."

More than 140 CoolSign players power displays of various sizes, installed in common areas throughout the venue, delivering both signage content and low-latency IP video feeds. The players are controlled from a central location with the CoolSign digital signage system, an integrated, powerful, and efficient signage solution with easy-to-use management tools. The CoolSign system includes a CoolSign Server, DataWatcher, Network Manager, and a Content Creator tool. To capture live gameplay directly from the court and from other outside games on over-the-air commercial channels, the university is using four HD Makito encoders, one for each HD video source. Makito is the world's lowest latency, highest performance encoder, combining the efficiencies of H.264 video compressions and the image quality of full 1080p60. The encoded live streams are then configured within the CoolSign system and distributed throughout the arena displays via the CoolSign players for fans to view from anywhere. Other content — such as news, advertisements, and updated game scores — is distributed throughout the arena displays as well.

Every concession stand is equipped with a CoolSign digital signage player displaying dynamic menus, promotions, and advertising. Product pricing and menu details can be changed instantly at all or selected locations via the CoolSign system located in the central control room, delivering very targeted promotions that further drive consumers to make purchases during the game.

"CoolSign gives the University of Oregon an easy way for one person to maintain complete control over multiple sources of dynamic content and HD video for presentation within concession stands, clubrooms, and other locations within the arena," said JoAnne Gaudreau, vice president of marketing at Haivision. "The deployment at the University of Oregon illustrates the convergence of IP video and signage — a great example of how sports venues can use Haivision technology as a completely integrated media distribution system."
More information about Haivision is available at

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

All trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.
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Tuesday, 14 August 2012
Utilizing Concept to Completion design process results in ADA compliant, multi-language solution offerings

Aberdeen, NC (PRWEB) - According to the American Disabilities Act (ADA), US Airports fall under a special zone for ADA compliance. ADA compliance must address physical reach and height regulations and, at the discretion of the airport, accessibility to the hearing impaired and also the visually impaired for Information Transaction Machines (ITM). Working with Clear Channel Airports (CCA), Meridian built a turnkey system for interactive digital signage and an advertising platform for installation at airports across the US and Canada. The self-service solution allows CCA to sell advertising for local amenities such as hotels, transportation, entertainment and restaurants. The CCA solution offers wayfinding and phone service for greater accessibility to their advertisers.

The interactive signage solution was designed and manufactured by Meridian and powered by Meridian’s proprietary software, Meridian Application Platform (MAP). Clear Channel Airport’s ADA compliant solution utilizes VoIP for telephone handset, phone pad and on-screen prompts; SMS messaging and QR codes are incorporated as well. Scott Appnel, Sales Manager with Clear Channel Aiports stated “the Meridian solution helps us connect advertisers to all travelers especially those with accessibility challenges.”

In order to accommodate the ADA physical requirements, Meridian lowered the screen content of the 42” screen within ADA guidelines. Content out of reach of the user can be pulled down into the compliance area using buttons near the bottom of the screen. Meridian streamlined the design of the self-service solution for greater accessibility, whether using a wheelchair or standing.

The Meridian Application Platform (MAP) provides accessibility and interactivity for the visually impaired. MAP provides an all-software solution without the need for special equipment. Interactive Voice Response (IVR) technology allows the user to interact with the kiosk through the use of voice prompts and DTMF tones. Users are able to utilize the solution’s handset to navigate the entire solution.

With the rise of Voice over IP (VoIP) technology, TDD communication becomes increasingly difficult to implement due to the need to roll out QoS (Quality of Service) which requires an expensive network infrastructure. Meridian’s use of the MAP TDD platform in combination with VoIP technology ultimately reduced CCA’s infrastructure cost for deployment. Chris Gilder, Founder and CEO states, “As ADA regulations are constantly changing, Meridian created a unique solution for Clear Channel Airports that addresses the needs of all users. Meridian’s MAP platform provides the foundation to stay ahead of changing requirements.”

In Addition to accessibility features, Meridian’s MAP platform also provides Clear Channel Airports (CCA) a dynamic and extensible multi-language support for displaying content in ten languages including English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Arabic. MAP provides a foundation for CCA to create rich interactive experiences with digital signage that is measurable, manageable and accessible. Meridian uses the same MAP platform to develop turnkey solutions for clients globally.

Employing Meridian’s Concept to Completion™ process, Meridian created a turnkey solution for CCA that addressed complex ADA requirements, streamlined efficiency for updates, expanded reach with multi language capabilities while maximizing their return on investment.

About Meridian

Meridian is an award winning, established leader, providing full service solutions for the self-service kiosk industry. Recognized for expertise, quality, design, flexibility, style and partnerships; Meridian provides solutions to some the largest companies in the world. The Self-Service Technology Center (SSTC), in Bentonville, AR, in partnership with Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Microsoft, Storm and Key Innovations and Zebra Technologies attests to Meridian as the leader for self-service solutions. The corporate headquarters and kiosk manufacturing facilities are located in Aberdeen, NC and the Mzero software development is located on Ontario, Canada. For more information:
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Tuesday, 14 August 2012
Digital communication system reinforces Jaguar Land Rover branding and engages with customers

Exton, PA (PRWEB) - Scala, Inc. today announced the company’s customer Jaguar Land Rover has been named a finalist for the “Digital Signage Project of the Year” in the prestigious 2012 AV Awards. The project has helped Jaguar Land Rover standardize its brand and marketing messages across all dealers, and present a cutting-edge user experience at the customer point-of-sale.

The Jaguar Land Rover digital communication system is deployed across 209 locations throughout the United Kingdom. The system is a mix of interactive and one-way communication screens. On the interactive screens, customers can configure a car to their individual specifications. Digital photo frames are placed in strategic locations in every showroom with dynamic digital content to reinforce branding and engage Jaguar Land Rover’s customers at critical decision points.

The Jaguar Land Rover system uses Scala digital communication software to support content creation, management and distribution across their network and was installed by Scala partner Beyond Digital.

“We believe that introducing digital POS to our showroom floors will further enhance the Jaguar shopping experience,” said Adam Henderson, National Dealer Marketing Manager, Jaguar UK. “It enables us to display relevant and compelling information in our dealerships which can help encourage prospective customers to extend their stay in order to find the information they need. By introducing motion and sound content that is highly visible, we are able to communicate directly with customers and allow them to engage with the brand while gaining in-depth information on the various models and offers available.”

The 2012 AV Awards winners will be announced in London on 12 October 2012.

“We congratulate Jaguar Land Rover for being named a finalist for the Digital Signage Project of the Year award,” said Tom Nix, Scala CEO. “Their system is a great example of how innovative companies can de-clutter the sales environment, modernize the look and feel at the point-of-sale, and enable point-of-sale communications to be updated remotely, instantly and frequently.”

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: or the Scala blog. Connect with Scala via Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
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Tuesday, 14 August 2012
Nexlink warranty option provides unsurpassed value and testimony to quality
Syracuse, NY (PRWEB) - Seneca, a leading manufacturer of innovative technology solutions, today announces an enhancement to their warranty with a new 5 year standard warranty option on Nexlink branded desktops.

“We are excited to offer an industry leading warranty option to our Nexlink desktop kits,” said Mark Porter, Desktop Product Manager at Seneca. “Everyone’s budgets have been tightened, and being able to keep a desktop for an extra 2 years, while maintaining warranty coverage is a big plus. Having a solid warranty option takes the risk out of the desktop purchase and makes the overall investment more affordable.”

All Nexlink desktops offer an exclusive PC Angel System Recovery Solution that provides multiple options to restore systems back to a working state in the event that it has encountered a problem. Combining a 5 year warranty on top of the PC Angel System Recovery Solution provides increased value for a complete desktop solution.

Nexlink Desktops with 5 Year Depot Warranty:
Nexlink 1125 Value Series: Optimal performance coupled with an impressive feature set for value-minded customers and basic computing tasks

Nexlink 3125 Mainstream Series: Mainstream solution offering enhanced performance and multitasking capabilities at a competitive price

Nexlink 5125 Professional Series: This series offers advanced media and graphic features with expanded business capabilities, for maximum productivity

Nexlink 7125 and Nexlink 7200 Performance Series: Engineered for the most demanding users, this series combines the latest technologies and high performance features
About Nexlink

Seneca has been delivering innovative custom built computer solutions for over fifteen years. As the largest custom built brand in the US, Nexlink offers desktop, notebook, and server solutions for a wide range of markets to include business, government, education, and healthcare. Nexlink systems are designed to provide maximum performance and reliability while minimizing the total cost of ownership. Delivering only the best solutions, Nexlink products are Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL) certified in our ISO 9001:2008 manufacturing facility.

About Seneca

For over 30 years, Seneca has met the needs of customers in diverse industries with original and partnered technology solutions. As a leading U.S.-based Custom Computer Manufacturer, Seneca serves the evolving needs of our Business, Gov/Ed, Digital Security and Digital Signage, Digital Security and Surveillance, Digital Health and Digital Broadcast customers nationwide. By establishing the highest standards for our products, we forge long-term, mutually beneficial partnerships that deliver results. Seneca is best known for our rigorously tested Nexlink brand of custom-built desktops, servers, notebooks and storage devices. Our success is built on service and consistent performance at every stage of the extended technology lifecycle. For more information visit

Seneca. Creating & Partnering Throughout the Technology Lifecycle.
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Tuesday, 14 August 2012
Flypaper software now offered by JBtec Digital Signage

Cincinnati, OH (PRWEB) - Flypaper™ Studio, Inc. partners with JBtec Digital Signage to add Flypaper software to the digital signage tools and solutions provided by JBtec. With this new partnership, JBtec becomes the first South American organization to offer Flypaper, the powerful and easy-to-use platform that enables users to create Flash and motion graphics for digital signage.

“The Flypaper platform is specifically designed to simplify and accelerate content creation for all types of digital signage, at a fraction of the time and cost,” said Bruno Gianzanti, Founder and CEO of JBtec. “Our customers will benefit from the robust capabilities of Flypaper to quickly and easily create high-quality digital signage.”

Flypaper empowers users to generate unique Flash content and motion graphics with no special programming skills needed. Users can choose from hundreds of pre-existing templates and Flash animation components to build high-quality digital signage content quickly, or create their own from scratch.

“This partnership provides customers with a powerful and flexible tool to create impactful and effective content for their digital signage programs,” said Don Pierson, Founder and President of Flypaper Studio, Inc. “Users in Brazil and beyond can now harness the power of Flypaper for digital signage success.”

By offering Flypaper, JBtec connects South American customers to a powerful and well-rounded content creation software for digital signage programs. JBtec is a distributor and specialized integrator in digital signage solutions – designing, deploying and managing digital signage networks in Brazil and internationally since 2000.

For more information about Flypaper, 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.

About JBtec

JBtec is a distributor and specialized integrator in digital signage solutions and has designed, deployed and managed digital signage networks nationally and internationally since 2000. JBtec was the first company in Brazil to offer products and professional services to this segment with the SaaS concept (Software As a Service). We continually establish new partnerships with leading companies: Flypaper, Scala®, SignageLive, Microsoft®, Itautec, Intel®, MediaVue, Iadea, Samsung, LG, Matrox®, UOL, Climatempo, among others, to deliver the best possible solution for our customers. Our commitment and competence is reflected through our experience, mission, vision and values, demonstrating our zeal to bring the best in digital signage for our clients. For more information, please visit:
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Thursday, 09 August 2012
Order > Shop > Pickup.

Philadelphia, PA – When Fresh Grocer was looking to add touch screen self-service deli ordering kiosks to their busy Philadelphia, PA locations, they chose Ping HD.  The goal of the system was to alleviate the long lines that usually accompany the lunch ordering crowd. With the new kiosks, a customer can walk up to the kiosks, place their order, do a little shopping while the order is being prepared and within minutes return to the pickup station for their order.

With wireless communication back to the preparation station, a customer can easily order a variety of signature sandwiches or build their own custom creation from a full menu right on the touch screen.

“We are automating the entire sandwich ordering process. The kiosks are user friendly, accurate and fast… and the customers are responding positively”, Said Ross Del Romano, of Fresh Grocer. “Our customers are benefiting from an enhanced shopping experience that not only saves them time, but also is increasing our sales figures at the Deli and throughout the store.  In the first week, three kiosks generated $10k in sales which exceeded our expectations.

Kevin Goldsmith, Ping HD’s Director of Digital Media Operations says “The software enables Fresh Grocer to automatically offer product up-sells such as premium meats, side orders, salads and French fries etc… which alleviates the reliance on deli staff to remember to up-sell and allows them to focus on preparing the orders.  Careful consideration went into the planning and execution of this self-service solution.  The kiosks are strategically positioned in the stores to avoid bottle necks and the deli area has been reformatted to accommodate a special pick up area to avoid unnecessary congestion and lines.”

About Ping HD

Ping HD is a full service digital media company.  Whether you are looking for digital menu boards, digital signage networks, right the way through to interactive touchscreen solutions, Ping HD can provide you with a solution specific to your requirements. Working with leading hardware and software vendors, Ping HD provides a robust bullet proof solution backed up with outstanding customer service and after sales support.

About The Fresh Grocer

Founded in 1996, The Fresh Grocer is an accomplished grocer providing high quality perishables in an urban environment operating in the Greater Philadelphia area. The Fresh Grocer is committed to understanding the needs, tastes and heritages of the communities in which our stores are located, and makes it a priority to offer an assortment of products and services to meet those various needs.
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Thursday, 09 August 2012
Picture this – you enter into a burger joint (ahem: chain) to relieve yourself of those afternoon hunger pains when you take notice of the attention grabbing digital menu boards.  Images are alternating between 3 of the 4 screens displaying the menu items and food being prepared.  The last screen is stagnant at blue.  Distracted by the blank screen, you politely ask the manager why it’s inactive and he replies that the failed player is awaiting service.  You ask where the player was located and he reveals that it’s behind the screen.

It doesn’t always pay to place a player behind a screen in a digital signage network. I’ve been in the Digital Signage industry for 15 years and have seen ill-conceived networks and well implemented ones.  As a representative of a company that sells both signal extension and distribution (E&D) hardware and players on screen, I am well positioned to argue where players belong in digital signage installs.

There are three distinct situations where placing a player behind a screen is always more expensive in installation costs and/or operating costs, over the life of a network.

When you are in a venue sending the same content to multiple screens, signal extension and distribution (E&D) equipment will be less expensive and have higher performance than a player on screen.   The reasons for this are: 
1.    Signal receivers cost less than most players
2.    Player and/or software licensing costs are reduced because only one player is required for E&D equipment.
3.    Multiple players showing the same content on each screen can result in inconsistent clock thus causing messages to be out of sync.  Images may not appear at exactly the same time causing the content to look jerky.
E&D equipment is also advantageous to player on screens when the installment is placed in either difficult to reach locations or servicing the player will disrupt the business flow and potentially annoy customers.  Examples include a service line at a quick service restaurant or an amusement park.  For instance, a shopping mall has screens placed eight to ten feet off the floor which require lifts or ladders to reach them.  The large equipment cannot be present during business hours so servicing entails overtime, security and labor costs.  On the other hand, having a player in an accessible location would cut servicing costs and down time of the messaging considerably over the life of the network.  Installations will be comparable as the cable used to bring network connectivity to the player at screen is the same cable used for signal extension.

Finally, E&D equipment is ideal in digital signage installments when screens are placed in harsh conditions.  Such environments include outdoor locations such as transit platforms, amusement parks, drive-through menu boards or stadiums.  Additionally, QSR’s where fumes, heat & oil are prevalent or manufacturing plants where dust, heat and dirt are present will influence performance of the player.  In each of these scenarios the servicing of players happens more frequently, costing more than servicing players placed in safe and environmentally friendly locations with signal extension.

The underlying message of this piece is this: The decision on where to place players in a digital signage network will have an impact on the total cost of ownership of that network over its four or five year lifespan. Players, while becoming more reliable, still require the most maintenance and upkeep over time than any other element in the digital signage network ecosystem.  Placing a player in a safe, secure and accessible location will ensure that the network’s uptime will be maximized while the costs of maintenance will be minimized over the life of the system hardware.  And those savings can be substantial.  It’s digital signage common sense – think about it!

Provided by ComQi

Dave Haar
VP Business Development- Media Distribution Solutions
212-675-7820 ext: 2216

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Monday, 06 August 2012
It is now official.  The agreement between GDS Spa and Sambers Italia Spa for the acquisition of the professional Display and Monitor branch under the Hantarex brand, has now been signed. Hantarex is a well-known Italian brand in the electronics sector that has distinguished itself both in Italy and abroad for its ability to meet the needs of the market and quickly transform them into innovative digital solutions.

The contract sees the takeover by the newly established GDS Hantarex Srl (a company directed and coordinated by Global Display Solutions Spa) of the activities of Sambers, related to professional electronics and Digital Signage Hantarex products.

The Hantarex range of systems, very popular in professional markets and in particular in advertising (digital signage) and airport sectors, extends from advertising totems and video information systems, through to interactive windows and digital networks.

"The acquisition of the Hantarex brand represents an important step forward for GDS in terms of growth " said Giovanni Cariolato - CEO of GDS Group, "GDS is a growing reality that can give all the benefits of an international company of significant size (vertically integrated industrial platform, global procurement, financial stability, quality standards) with the ability to respond quickly to customer needs and the flexibility of local structures. Increasingly ‘GLOCAL’, our clients benefit both from the competitiveness of a centralized management, but with responsiveness of a local contact point, looking after their day to day needs. "GDS is proud of the acquisition of the Hantarex brand, not only for its Italian origins, but also for the values that are associated with it: style, quality and excellence.
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Monday, 06 August 2012
Deposit and teller automation technologies to provide convenience, efficiency for Austin-area branches --Diebold delivers advanced automation equipment and project design servicesto support Pioneer Bank's expansion in the Austin, Texas, area. 

NORTH CANTON, Ohio, /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Diebold, Incorporated is helping Pioneer Bank expand its presence in the Austin, Texas, region by delivering advanced self-service and branch equipment, as well as project design expertise. Based in Dripping Springs, Texas, Pioneer Bank will soon open its first full service branch in Austin. The bank turned to Diebold to support this growth initiative, recognizing the company as a reliable solutions provider.

At Pioneer Bank's newest branch in central Austin, Diebold is installing an Opteva® automated teller machine (ATM) with full deposit automation capabilities and an express cash recycler to enable teller automation. In addition, Diebold is providing project assistance for a redesign of the bank's San Marcos branch. Diebold will also provide additional solutions for the bank's future branches.

Pioneer Bank chose Diebold based on a recommendation by the Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT). The IBAT board of directors has endorsed several Diebold products and services, including the company's Opteva ATMs, branch and drive-up equipment. Diebold also received a 2012 IBAT Five*Star Award for providing service excellence and innovative solutions to community banks.

"In addition to new locations, our expansion includes adding new technologies that make the banking experience better and more convenient for our customers," said Jeff Wilkinson, president and chief executive officer, Pioneer Bank. "Diebold promises to deliver the advanced solutions we need, which is why our new Austin branch features our first Diebold equipment. We plan to outfit our new and existing branches with additional solutions from the company."

The Austin branch's Opteva 750 ATM allows customers to make convenient, envelope-free deposits. The deposit automation-enabled ATM features an enhanced note acceptor and a bulk document intelligent depository module(TM) to facilitate rapid self-service cash and check deposits.

Providing teller automation for personnel at the Austin branch, the Diebold 228 express cash recycler accepts cash, verifies authenticity, sorts by denomination and stores cash securely. Tellers then use the same cash for withdrawals. The recycler provides sorting, dispensing and balancing efficiencies, allowing tellers to focus more attention on customers.

As part of Pioneer Bank's San Marcos branch redesign, Diebold's product application services (PAS) group is providing design consultation and architectural renderings. The group is assisting with the full branch design, including the drive-thru area layout and placement of equipment and ATMs. PAS offers a wide range of custom services, solutions and installation drawings to support any design project.

"From our design services to our advanced technologies, Diebold is honored to be a new trusted solutions and services provider for Pioneer Bank," said Mychal D. Kempt, vice president, North American sales and service operations, Diebold. "We are very excited about the number of opportunities we are engaged with in North America around branch transformation. Our solution set and breadth of experience in the branch is expected and well received in the marketplace."

About Pioneer Bank

From humble Texas beginnings, Pioneer Bank has built a true community bank by putting customers first, listening to their needs and providing them with high-quality financial services. Having built its business from a mobile structure in Dripping Springs, Texas, Pioneer Bank now has the largest share of deposits in Dripping Springs, and is serving all of Central Texas with new locations coming soon in Austin and San Marcos. Further, as the result of its pending acquisition of Colorado Valley Bank, Pioneer Bank will soon add locations in La Grange and Weimar, Texas. For more information, visit .

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: .

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Monday, 06 August 2012
Digital Signage Partnership Makes Content Creation Simple for All Users.

Cincinnati, OH (PRWEB) - Flypaper™ Studio, Inc. and Shuttle® Computer announce the launch of a new partnership to make digital signage content creation and distribution easy for even the most novice user. Shuttle Computer will now offer PCs and media players that are pre-loaded with Flypaper Express to create high quality, HD motion graphics and interactive digital signage.

This partnership provides a key solution for companies to implement an easy-to-use digital signage program within their organization. As a PowerPoint plug-in, Flypaper Express offers pre-built templates and layouts that can be used by anyone to quickly create engaging digital signage content, regardless of skill level.

“This was a no-brainer partnership to make digital signage creation and deployment easier for our customers,” said Jack Wang, Vice President of Sales at Shuttle Computer. “Our clients have been utilizing our products in the digital signage space for more than three years and we are excited to now offer this more complete solution.”

Shuttle Computer customers can purchase PCs pre-loaded with Flypaper Express to get started quickly with digital signage content creation. Customers interested in a full digital signage solution can choose to add a media player and display to their package, to have every tool necessary from the initial content creation software to the digital signage display.

“This partnership just makes sense on so many levels. Both Shuttle and Flypaper have created award-winning products and we share a mutual goal of making digital signage attainable for everyone,” said Don Pierson, Founder and President of Flypaper. “Including Flypaper Express with Shuttle Computers eliminates time consuming and often confusing steps for businesses.”

The Shuttle computers pre-loaded with Flypaper Express will cost $329.99 (XS36V+2GB RAM+250GB HDD). Flypaper Express can also be purchased online as a stand-alone license for $99.

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.

Phone: 513.929.0188

About Shuttle Computer

Shuttle Computer, based in Los Angeles, serves the Digital Signage, Point-Of-Sale (POS), Kiosk and Self-Service, Healthcare, and Cloud Computing industries as well as other specialized markets, with high-performance PCs in flexible, powerful and compact cube, slim and all-in-one designs. For more information, please visit
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Monday, 06 August 2012
Corum Digital Corporation expands its digital signage business with the acquisition of The MediaTile Company brand of products.

Vaughan, Ontario (PRWEB) - Corum Digital Corporation announced today that it has acquired the assets of California-based The MediaTile Company, a privately-held digital signage company based in Scotts Valley, California, which specializes in the development of innovative SaaS-based digital signage products.

This acquisition complements and strengthens Corum Digital’s existing suite of digital signage products marketed under the firmCHANNEL brand. Corum is excited to welcome the MediaTile team to its corporate family.

“MediaTile’s long history of innovation in Digital Signage dates back to 2003 and includes industry leading products such as Digital Sign in a Box, MediaCast Video Presence, MediaCast CMS and HumanKiosk that truly changed the face of digital signage,” said Amedeo Tarzia, President and CEO of Corum Digital Corporation.

“This combined with hundreds of loyal customers and distributors globally, that represent thousands of customer touch points, with some individual deployments approaching 1,000 screens, made this acquisition a very important one for Corum Digital in strengthening its position as a leader in the digital signage space.”

“This is a great opportunity for The MediaTile Company and our customers and distributors alike,” said Chuck Gose, MediaTile’s VP, Sales and Marketing. “With the help of the Corum team, we will continue to grow our product lines and customer base while providing additional resources to all of our global clients."

MediaTile is a leader in cloud-based digital signage solutions. Delivering targeted information and personal interaction tailored to a viewer’s specific wants and needs. MediaTile was the first company to deliver the advantages of cloud-computing using the unique combination of cellular connectivity and a SaaS-based software offering.

Corum Digital Corporation was initially an R&D spin off of parent company Corum Corporation, who acquired the firmCHANNEL brand of products in 2011, to complement its Smart Phone Portal, RFID and NFC interactive Digital Signage components. Corum Digital Corporation is excited to add the The MediaTile Company brand of products to its existing portfolio of digital signage products.

For more information, please visit
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