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Monday, 24 November 2014

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Danielle Nelson as a Sales Associate with Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc.

Danielle is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison where she studied English and communications. She comes to us with a variety of past experiences in global sales and marketing, manufacturing operations and customer service roles and looks forward to contributing her strong knowledge of interpersonal relations, communication and problem solving skills to best support our client needs.

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Jay Rivard as an Account Executive with Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc.

Jay has comprehensive experience working with brands and retailers to develop a cohesive in-store marketing strategy for today’s ever fluid retail environments. Jay’s knowledge of the point-of-purchase retail industry has proven to be beneficial for his clients in executing a variety of merchandising programs within the sporting goods and active life style environments. Jay’s energetic and forward thinking nature will add to the continued success of the most innovative brands and retailers throughout the retail marketplace.

Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. (www.frankmayer.com) is an in-store merchandising, interactive kiosk and promotional marketing company. Founded in 1931, Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc.’s headquarters are located in the Milwaukee area with additional sales offices throughout the U.S.

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Friday, 21 November 2014

DAVACO announced today that the company has partnered with some of the largest quick service restaurant chains to manage and execute drive-thru optimization initiatives across North America. According to company executives, when it comes to drive-thru optimization, restaurant brands continue to place significant focus on speed, accuracy and profitability; but today’s brands are transforming drive-thru spaces to create a better brand experience for their customers.

Dallas, TX, --(PR.com)-- DAVACO, Inc. (www.davacoinc.com), the North American leader of high-volume programs for retail, restaurant and hospitality brands, announced today that the company has partnered with some of the largest quick service restaurant chains to manage and execute drive-thru optimization initiatives across North America. According to company executives, when it comes to drive-thru optimization, restaurant brands continue to place significant focus on speed, accuracy and profitability; but today’s brands are transforming drive-thru spaces to create a better brand experience for their customers.

“QSR brands are seeking new ways to build greater brand loyalty in a very competitive landscape,” said Rick Davis, Founder/CEO, DAVACO. “Given today’s fast-paced lifestyle, there is no doubt that the drive-thru is an important area of focus when it comes to pleasing your customers. While specific programs and overall objectives vary broadly from brand-to-brand, many of these transformations are driven by customers’ expectations of speedy service and added value.”

DAVACO, which specializes in the management and execution of high-volume rollouts and remodels, offers a wide range of services related to drive-thru initiatives. The company’s total solution approach encompasses all aspects of an optimization program, from pre-construction/site surveys to establish scope of work to final installation and quality check. “We are seeing traditional changes to the drive-thru—like the installation of dual lanes/signage and movement of order stations to accommodate greater capacity; digital menu boards to feature food, and back-of-house technology or equipment installations to expedite the ordering process,” said Davis. “But, we’re also seeing applications that have a more emotional or social appeal like digital monitors for entertainment/news; canopies or lighting for more comfort and convenience; and the integration of signage to highlight corporate values or charitable solicitation.”

With over 1,000 employees across the United States and Canada, DAVACO can quickly and efficiently roll out programs with consistency and speed to market. The company specializes in executing work at night, during non-peak hours or with a phased approach to reduce disruption to operations and profitability. “In addition, DAVACO understands the unique requirements of working as the liaison between corporate and owner/operators,” said Davis. “Our specialized approach expedites the process and assures a smooth execution across the entire chain.”

For more information on DAVACO’s restaurant services, visit www.davacoinc.com.

About DAVACO, Inc.

DAVACO is the leading total solutions provider of high-volume remodel, reset and rollout programs for retail, restaurant and hospitality brands throughout North America, including: ▪ Program and project management ▪ Fixture, equipment and graphic installations ▪ Digital signage and technology upgrades ▪ Hard and soft-line merchandising ▪ Site, marketing and pre-construction surveys ▪ Logistics and consolidation ▪ Design coordination ▪ Facilities maintenance programs ▪ ADA, safety and quality audits & remediation ▪ Sustainability ▪ Fixture and graphic manufacturing partnerships ▪ Special initiatives. Founded in 1990, DAVACO is based in Dallas, Texas and operates offices in Woodbridge, Ontario. DAVACO employs over 1,000 W-2 and T-4 employees across North America. [email protected] www.davacoinc.com[email protected] www.davacoinc.ca

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Thursday, 20 November 2014

Global digital media usage increased 13% to 5.8 hours weekly in 2013, driven by strong growth in mobile media in all major markets worldwide, online media in key emerging markets BRICs, and other digital media, particularly over-the-top video in developed countries, according to new PQ Media research. PQ Media released the second of three reports in the 2nd edition of its Global Media & Technology Research Series, which analyzes the changing media ecosystem from three critical vantage points: media operator revenues, consumer media usage, and consumer spending on digital content and technology.

STAMFORD, CT (PRWEB) - Consumer digital media usage is on pace to grow 12.3% worldwide in 2014, driven by double-digit gains in time spent with all nine mobile media channels, three online media channels and the surging OTT segment, according to the new edition of PQ Media's annual KPI benchmark report covering time spent with digital, alternative and traditional media. Surging global demand from iGens, Millennials and GenXers for mobile video, social media and videogames; online video and books; and over-the-top (OTT) video will push up consumer digital media usage 13%this year to 6½ hours on average per week, according to the PQ Media Global Consumer Usage of Digital Media Forecast 2014-18.

PQ Media defines and segments consumer digital media usage consistently across all 15 leading global markets by three broad platform categories (internet media, mobile media, and other digital media) and 21 specific media channels, including online and mobile video, online and mobile social media, online, mobile and console videogames, and digital OTT video and digital out-of-home (DOOH) media.

Of the three digital media platforms, consumer mobile media usage worldwide rose the fastest in 2013, rising 24% during the year, while consumers spent the most time with internet media at 2.58 hours weekly. OTT video was the most used digital media channel. Meanwhile, traditional media usage inched up only 1.3% in 2013 to 37.99 hours per week, a slight deceleration from 2012. Combined, overall global consumer media consumption grew 2.8% to 6 Hours, 15 minutes and 17 seconds daily.

“The most surprising result was the surge of OTT video usage, primarily due to the global expansion of Netflix and an increase in SmartTV penetration,” said Patrick Quinn, CEO, PQ Media. “This spurred reaction on numerous fronts including: a) Pay TV providers upgrading video-on-demand (VOD) services; b) networks placing more content onto free VOD services within shorter windows, c) the proliferation of new digital video-recorder services, particularly in Europe; and d) the announcement in 2014 by HBO, among others, that it will offer a stand-alone subscription-based streaming video service.”

Other major trends driving digital media usage:

  •     With the increase in smartphone and tablet penetration, internet usage has begun to exhibit decelerating growth as consumers access sites via their wireless devices;
  •     Despite major revenue gains by leading social media sites like Facebook, a transition is taking place as younger subscribers prefer to connect with friends on newer websites, such as SnapChat, Vine and market-specific sites.
  •     Videogame usage rose with the release of the Xbox One and PlayStation4, both on consoles and the digital extensions of the popular titles;
  •     Consumer exposure to DOOH continues to rise, propelled by networks expanding into new venues and locations, and even-year sporting events generating higher engagement with DOOH screens providing the latest results.

Looking at demographics, the study found that Gen X led all other age groupings with an average of 7.36 hours of digital media consumption, which may seem odd, given that Millennials are considered the most avid mobile and social media users. PQ Media noted the ranking is skewed by the BRIC countries, where older, wealthier people are more able to afford expensive digital media devices. Furthermore, iGens (those born since 1995), have the highest share of total digital media use worldwide, at 18.3%, fueled by their affinity for gaming across online, mobile and console platforms.

From a market perspective, the United Kingdom ranked first in digital media usage at 16.87 hours per week, followed by South Korea, Australia, Canada and the US. Several commonalities exist among these markets: broadband penetration rates exceeding 70%; over 50% smartphone penetration; growing demand for computer tablets; young men who are heavy console gamers; a range of OTT video devices and services; and advanced DOOH operators and signage deployments. But low penetration rates in emerging markets have translated into governments scrambling to invest in technology upgrades, some of which were linked to the 2014 sporting events, fueling the fastest growth rates for digital media usage in 2013, led by Brazil at a 21.1% gain, followed by Russia and India.

Going forward, consumer digital media usage is forecast to grow at a 10.6% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) worldwide in the 2013-18 period, reaching 9.60 hours per week in 2018, and accounting for 19.5% of all media consumption worldwide. Online media will remain the most often used digital media platform at a weekly average of 3.61 hours in 2018, while mobile media will remain the fastest growing digital platform, climbing at a 17% CAGR through 2018.

GenX will remain the largest users of digital media in 2018 at 12.05 hours a week, while digital media engagement among iGens will represent 31.6% of their total media consumption in 2018. In some countries, such as Australia, the iGens will use digital media more than traditional media. The U.K. will remain the market in which consumers use digital media the most at 25.55 hours weekly, while India will post the strongest increase during the 2013-18 period, rising at a 14.9% CAGR.

About the Report: This updated and enhanced report delivers media consumption data from the 2008-13 period, growth pacing for 2014, and the outlook for 2015-18. Included are exclusive analysis, rankings and forecasts of media consumption per week, growth, and fast-growing platforms & channels, as well as analysis of media consumption across five generation segments (iGen, Millennials, GenX, Boomers, Greatest Gen) and both genders. Global and market-specific data cover four regions, with detailed profiles of the Top 15 Global Markets, including the US, as well as media sectors, platforms, and channels.

About PQ Media

PQ Media is a leading provider of econometric data and strategic insights to executives in the global media, entertainment and technology industries. PQ Media employs a proprietary econometric methodology to provide clients with actionable strategic intelligence to achieve their growth objectives. The PQ Medianomics™ research system relies on comprehensive databases, proprietary algorithmic models and exclusive industry leader panels to track, analyze and forecast media operator revenues, end-user consumption and consumer spending in more than 100 digital and traditional media channels worldwide.

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Thursday, 20 November 2014

Customized imaging and BIOS sdd flexibility, reduces costs

CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA--(Marketwired) - Shuttle Computer Group, Inc.'s new 4K DS87 digital player has improved processing power, increased data transfer efficiency, and is designed for a wide variety of applications. It drives up to three displays simultaneously and can easily connect to peripherals such as a receipt or label printer, bar code scanner, or others utilizing its serial ports or USB connections. Combined with Shuttle's customization services, the new DS87 offers a wide range of features that can save integrators time and money.

"Our new DS87 with Intel's HD4600 graphics produces stunning 4K images and can support up to three 1080P displays at once," said Marty Lash, director, sales and marketing, Shuttle Computer Group, Inc.

Shuttle's new DS87 1.3L slim PC is also equipped with the Intel® H87 chipset supporting the latest fourth-generation Intel Haswell and Haswell Refresh 65W processors for fast processing performance. With integrated Intel graphics, 4K/Ultra HD ads or video content is eye-popping and attention-grabbing.

To meet the diverse demands of industry applications, the robust DS87 provides multiple I/O and high-speed storage interfaces including six USB 2.0 ports and two USB 3.0 ports that support up to 6 Gbps. The system features a body thickness of only 43mm and supports international VESA Mount standards designed for easy integration in places with limited space. With a built-in heat pipe cooling system and smart fan, the DS87 can operate nonstop and uses a mere 90W adapter to ensure high stability and long-term operation, even under the most demanding conditions.

A hallmark of Shuttle Computer Group is its ability to offer integrators imaging services and customized BIOS; these services are available to commercial clients considering the DS87. Shuttle assists its customers to define parameters and functions and automatically uploads specified BIOS in each unit to make installation and use fast and easy. This imaging offers integrators a way to quicken deployments and reduce costs while maintaining consistency.

The DS87 is currently shipping and is available through authorized Shuttle distributors, dealers, systems integrators and from Shuttle directly. It comes with a three-year limited warranty.

About Shuttle Computer Group

Shuttle Computer is the North American subsidiary of Shuttle Inc., a publicly traded company established in 1983. Shuttle specializes in small form factor PC hardware for digital signage, point-of-sale (POS) and interactive kiosks in the retail, restaurant, food service and hospitality industries as well as motherboards and bare bones systems. For more information, visit http://us.shuttle.com or call 1-888-972-1818.

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Thursday, 20 November 2014

Autotrader is the premier site in the UK to buy and sell new and used cars with over 350,000 cars online. With over 11.5 million unique users every month, the company continuously strives to make customers lives easier by deploying the best in digital developments.

At its new office in Manchester, Autotrader wanted to communicate brand awareness and company values to all employees, provide real time monitoring to its squads across Product and Technology, and provide access to KPI and business data to different departments. It also wanted to communicate promotional messaging to visitors (Customers & Suppliers) and enhance productivity, process workflow and employee engagement.

Autotrader wanted to display all of the above with a combination of passive signage and touch interactive environments. Access to various existing KPIs (not all with API access) was also required and the ability to playlist password protected web pages.

ONELAN's solution was chosen by Autotrader for its simplicity of use, flexibility with signage and touch in a single platform, and the access to managed services for creative and technical expertise of the platform in the shape of onemedia.

A ONELAN CMS is installed with 70 ONELAN Net-top-box (NTB) 630-mini subscriber players, 15 with Touch capabilities.

Customer Testimonial

'Overall the new digital signage is a great step forward compared to our previous setup.
We have significantly reduced the amount of screens we were using which means less of a management overhead.
Having two large touch screens with the software on is great, we can easily choose what we want to see on the screens, we currently have each screen split in four tiles each showing a different monitoring screen, if a particular screen is showing an issue I can easily touch the screen to enlarge it to keep our focus on the issue whilst we investigate root cause.'

About ONELAN

ONELAN is a global leader of digital signage and IPTV solutions and a proud investor in UK engineering talent. The company develops high quality, innovative solutions for all types of screen-based communications for applications including retail, advertising networks, corporate communications, education, health, public signage and hospitality.

With a solid foundation and long history of profitable growth, ONELAN is headquartered in the UK, with offices in South America, China and Germany. ONELAN has over 300 partners in 50 countries. The business has received numerous awards since its foundation in 2000, including most recently the AV magazine Digital Signage Project of the Year and the Queen's Award for Enterprise: International Trade.

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Thursday, 20 November 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. & LOS GATOS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Planar Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLNR), a global leader in display and digital signage technology, and BrightSign, LLC®, the global market leader in digital signage media players, today announced their recent collaboration to create the world’s tallest Planar® Mosaic™ Architectural Video Wall. The installation was unveiled in early November at a high-end Miami-area hotel as part of its grand opening festivities. This new hotel is situated in Surfside, Florida, nestled between Miami Beach and Bal Harbour.

To create stunning visual impact for guests as they arrive, Florida-based CMA was commissioned to install a towering four-story video wall in the reception area. CMA surveyed vendors across the entire digital signage spectrum and ultimately decided to feature BrightSign digital signage media players and Planar Systems displays.

“With a high-profile installation like this, it’s important that the deployment be artistically breathtaking with perfect synchronization and 24/7 reliability – that’s why we chose BrightSign and Planar,” said Cesar Cifuentes, founder and president of CMA. “The beautiful Planar Mosaic displays work seamlessly with BrightSign’s players to create a finished product that perfectly complements the look of the hotel.”

Adding to the allure, the hotel’s glass walls make the video wall visible from the street as well as the lobby. This impressive video wall brings landmark status to the hotel, helping it stand out among its peers in this stylish stretch of Florida coastline.

The Planar Mosaic architectural video wall solution allows the ultra-thin LCD display tiles to be mounted in any position relative to one another. This makes possible the towering video wall in which the twenty 55” displays are placed at a 90-degree angle to one another, creating a beautiful herringbone pattern. The displays’ unencumbered positioning flexibility, off-board power supplies and sophisticated imaging software enabled CMA to design and install the video wall in such a way that simply would not have been possible using displays from any other manufacturer.

“Our vision for architectural video walls is well demonstrated in this impressive hospitality installation,” said Jennifer Davis, vice president of marketing at Planar Systems. “By consulting with the client in the first stages of the design process, CMA’s installation has become a focal point visible from the street, and is destined to be an iconic, instantly-recognizable fixture in the model Miami architectural landscape.”

Planar Mosaic video walls coupled with BrightSign’s media players give designers endless possibilities for creative expression. The installation is a stunning example of what is achievable when a cutting-edge integrator teams with a digital signage market leader.

Learn about Planar Mosaic architectural video wall solutions at www.planar.com/mosaic. And visit www.brightsign.biz for information about the company’s complete portfolio of digital signage media players.

About BrightSign

BrightSign, LLC is the global market leader in digital signage players, as named by IHS in its most recent 2013 Global Market for Digital Signage study which reported market share of all media players, STBs and PC-based signage solutions combined. Based in Los Gatos, California, the company develops products, software and networking solutions for digital signage. BrightSign solid-state digital sign controllers set new standards for both stand-alone and networked digital signage applications with their superior video quality, reliability, affordability, ease-of use-and interactivity. For general company and product information, visit www.brightsign.biz. For US sales inquiries, please contact [email protected] or call +1-408-852-9263. For European sales inquiries, please email Pierre Gillet: [email protected] or call +44-1223-911842. Follow BrightSign at http://twitter.com/brightsign and http://www.facebook.com/BrightSignLLC.

About Planar

Planar Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLNR) is a global leader in display and digital signage technology, providing premier solutions for the world's most demanding environments. Retailers, educational institutions, government agencies, businesses, utilities and energy firms, and home theater enthusiasts all depend on Planar to provide superior performance when image experience is of the highest importance. Planar video walls, large format LCD displays, interactive touch screen monitors and many other solutions are used by the world’s leading organizations in applications ranging from digital signage to simulation and from interactive kiosks to large-scale data visualization. Founded in 1983, Planar is headquartered in Oregon, USA, with offices, manufacturing partners and customers worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.planar.com.

About CMA

CMA is a leading digital signage integrator, providing software, hardware and content development, as well as installation services across the United States and Canada. CMA solutions include video walls, digital menu boards, digital wayfinding, interactive touch applications, automation systems and more offerings across several verticals. Established in 1997, CMA is headquartered in Miami, Florida. For general company information and sales inquiries, please visit http://cmadigital.com.

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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

DAVACO restaurant and hospitality brands, announced today that the company has built a unique expertise that helps global brands meet their brand standards and the execution requirements for franchisees and owner/operators.

Dallas, TX --(PR.com)-- DAVACO, Inc. (www.davacoinc.com), the North American leader of high-volume programs for retail, restaurant and hospitality brands, announced today that the company has built a unique expertise that helps global brands meet their brand standards and the execution requirements for franchisees and owner/operators.

"We know that a successful execution of chain-wide initiatives must include the involvement of all stakeholders," said Rick Davis, Founder and CEO, DAVACO, Inc. “And since our experienced management and execution teams have been on both the brand and in the owner/operator’s sides, we are able to develop mutually beneficial programs that considers the goals of all stakeholders. It’s not an easy task, but certainly an area of expertise that DAVACO has been able to apply with impressive success that ultimately benefits consumers.”

DAVACO offers a total solutions approach to program management and execution that is designed to foster longstanding client partnerships between corporate and franchisees. DAVACO, which specializes in high-volume rollouts, remodels and resets, says the company provides a single point-of-contact and a dedicated client team to provide ongoing support for a variety of initiatives—concurrently, and over the life of a brand.

“DAVACO’s total solutions takes a holistic approach to program management and execution while keeping in mind the goals of every stakeholder. We take the time to fully understand the intricacies of every program—and how it relates to both short-term and long-term business objectives,” said Rick Davis, Founder/CEO, DAVACO. “Then, we look for ways to add value to the program and streamline the entire process. Whether it’s meeting advertising and promotional schedules, supporting key market areas, decreasing costs, increasing efficiencies or assuring higher quality standards, DAVACO has the capabilities to engineer a better, smarter way to execute programs.”

According to company executives, the “total solutions” approach has contributed to high-quality customer service and longstanding relationships—many of which have been partnering with DAVACO for 10+ years. “We deliver consistency and quality that our clients can rely on,” said Davis. “We are always looking for ways to innovate and improve customer service, but we will never stray from the founding principles and the adoption of the DAVACO Way on each and every program for nearly 25 years.”

DAVACO was founded in 1990 and currently operates headquarters in Dallas, Texas and Canadian operations in Woodbridge, Ontario. The company works with a wide range of retail, restaurant and hospitality brands to execute corporate initiatives—from décor packages, fixture, graphic and digital installations to merchandising, surveys, and facilities maintenance programs—across a fleet of stores, restaurants and hotels. “It is a privilege to be a part of so many programs that require change in order to stay current and relevant with today’s discerning consumer,” said Davis. “Without the right expertise and resources, it is difficult for top brands in North America to execute their time-sensitive programs.”

About DAVACO, Inc.

DAVACO is the leading total solutions provider of high-volume remodel, reset and rollout programs for retail, restaurant and hospitality brands throughout North America, including: ▪ Program and project management ▪ Fixture, equipment and graphic installations ▪ Digital signage and technology upgrades ▪ Hard and soft-line merchandising ▪ Site, marketing and pre-construction surveys ▪ Logistics and consolidation ▪ Design coordination ▪ Facilities maintenance programs ▪ ADA, safety and quality audits & remediation ▪ Sustainability ▪ Fixture and graphic manufacturing partnerships ▪ Special initiatives. Founded in 1990, DAVACO is based in Dallas, Texas and operates offices in Woodbridge, Ontario. DAVACO employs over 1,000 W-2 and T-4 employees across North America. www.davacoinc.com ▪ www.davacoinc.ca

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Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Introducing four new high-quality, creative and dynamic product families

In response to our clients’ rapidly changing needs, Kramer Electronics has expanded its end-to-end audio solutions with four new families of speakers. Galil, Yarden, Tavor and Dolev, recently introduced at InfoComm 2014, complement Kramer’s growing range of high-quality audio products and reinforce the company’s position as a major global player in the audio arena.

Galil Family

Kramer’s Galil family is a classic fits-all speaker solution designed for transportation centers, hotels, educational facilities, small and large boardrooms, shopping centers, and other large venues. Galil is supported by constant voltage amplifiers and Lo-Z to Hi-Z audio transformers.

The Galil line offers an affordable range of 4”/6.5”/8” open and closed (UL) in-ceiling round speakers and an affordable full line of 4”/5.25”/6.5” on-wall speakers. All speakers include tapping transformers (70V/100V/8Ω).

Yarden Family

The Yarden family is Kramer’s new performance-based line designed for executive boardrooms, high-end hotels, banks, embassies, government facilities and music halls. Offering exceptional and unprecedented sound quality, Yarden includes 4”/6.5”/8” in-ceiling round speakers and 4”/5.25”/6.5” on-wall speakers with multiple tweeters that provide varying degrees of dispersion for a variety of purposes.

Yarden features stereo or stereo/mono speakers, a music/speech switch to enhance intelligibility, Kevlar(R) woofers, titanium pivoting tweeters such as ceiling-tile speakers, round in-ceiling high-power speakers, on-wall speakers, and more.

Tavor Family

The new Tavor family of powered speakers offers all-in-one solutions where time and space saving installations are important. Tavor includes ceiling-tile speakers, on-wall and subwoofers. The Tavor line is designed for transportation centers, hotels, educational facilities, small and large boardrooms, shopping centers, and other large venues.

Dolev Family

Dolev is a new family of high-quality bi-amplified studio-grade speakers that deliver clear and balanced flat response with low THD even at high volume. Dolev speakers are designed for control rooms, editing studios, sports bars, music clubs, high-end facilities, and home entertainment.

Dolev offers three different models: 5.25” with a 50W amplifier, 6.5” with 75W amplifier and 8” with 100W amplifier.

"Just as we’ve been committed for over three decades to providing the best signal solutions, our four new speaker families offer our customers the highest quality audio solutions,” said Dr. Joseph Kramer, Founder, President and Chairman of Kramer Electronics and recent winner of the Adele De Berri Pioneer of AV Award presented at InfoComm 2013. “I am confident that Kramer’s wide range of new offerings will fulfill our customers’ desire for great and affordable sound."

For information about all of Kramer Electronics, Sierra Video, Minicom Digital Signage and Kramer Powered by Calibre products please visit www.kramerus.com.  

About Kramer Electronics

Founded in 1981, with its world headquarters in Israel, Kramer Electronics Ltd. is a leading manufacturer of high-quality analog and digital audio, video and computer signal management products for the ProAV, Presentation, Production, Broadcast, Home Theater, Houses of Worship, Digital Signage and Security markets.

Kramer’s product line includes audio, video and computer signal processing equipment including: distribution amplifiers (DAs), switchers, matrix switchers, scalers, presentation scaler/switchers, digital and analog decoders and encoders, fiber and twisted pair range extenders, table mounted cable management products, cables, cable accessories and more.

Kramer also offers broadcast quality routers, distribution amplifiers, multi-viewers and controllers through its Sierra Video product line, digital signage products and high-end rental and staging scaler/switchers.

Aside for its headquarters in Israel, Kramer has corporate sales and distribution offices in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, United Kingdom, France, Spain, Finland, Sweden, Germany, Poland, Switzerland, Italy, India, China, Thailand, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Australia. www.kramerelectronics.com

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Tuesday, 18 November 2014

EnGage in-store solution on Samsung Smart Signage displays simplifies installation by eliminating need for external media player

NEW YORK, - Building digital displays into retail and QSR environments is now as easy as hanging merchandising posters or menu boards on store walls, through a new digital signage offering from ComQi built on Samsung’s Smart Signage Platform.

ComQi’s industry-leading Shopper Engagement Technology platform, called EnGage, now supports a diverse range of Samsung Smart Signage displays that ship with a built-in media player. Samsung’s Smart Signage Platform (SSP) displays remove the requirement for external playback devices, so all an end-user needs to turn on high-impact digital signage is a power outlet and internet connection.
ComQi’s retail-focused platform takes full advantage of the embedded processors built into Samsung’s SSP displays, providing full support for 1080p HD video, dynamic HTML5 content and live data updating.

“We’re particularly excited about what our HTML5 and dynamic data updating capabilities will do on SSP screens in both retail and QSR,” explains Stuart Armstrong, ComQi’s President. “Our EnGage platform makes it easy to take and use data from store systems and make conditional programming decisions on the fly, so SSP screens can automatically change spots and pricing based on things like price compliance, overstocks and promotional price reductions.”

The ComQi release for SSP also supports external video and TV inputs, meaning in-store displays could be scheduled for events such as staff training or showing feeds from live runway shows from one of fashion’s capital cities.

SSP support adds to an already broad spectrum of devices that run off ComQi’s cloud-based content management system. The latest version, EnGage 8.6, allows network operators to design, program, schedule, and distribute targeted, data-rich programming designed to engage and influence consumers.

“Retail and QSR are important strategic areas for the Samsung SSP Partner ecosystem,” says Todd Bouman, Vice President for Product Marketing at Samsung’s Enterprise Business Division. “EnGage provides easy workflows and robust architecture to support large scale enterprise deployments and networks. Heavily focused on shopper engagement, we’ve been impressed with how EnGage has been able to bring all that programming and scheduling muscle to our SSP displays.”

Samsung offers several lines of SSP-embedded displays tailored for different use cases and engineering needs. Sizes range from 10 -inch screens to the massive 95-inch displays.

Along with embedded displays, ComQi’s EnGage works on numerous devices, from interactive to video walls, and on both Linux and Android.  

About ComQi

ComQi is a global leader providing a cloud-based Shopper Engagement Technology that influences consumers at the point of decision, in-store, using all digital touch-points: digital signage, mobile, video, touch, web, and social networks. ComQi’s mission is to deliver an end-to-end solution that is tailored to engage consumers by optimizing communications and marketing strategies that provide the best ROI.  ComQi’s hundreds of customers include leading brands around the world, such as Victoria’s Secret, Bath and Body Works, H&M/Weekday, Six Flags, and McDonald’s.

About Samsung Smart Signage

The Samsung Smart Signage Platform, available on selected Samsung commercial displays, is an integrated system-on-chip technology that eliminates the need for an external media player.  It provides organizations with a streamlined, cost-effective solution to easily deliver dynamic content and messaging to their audience. Featuring a quad-core CPU, full codec video processor, and up to 8GB of storage depending on the model, the Smart Signage Platform supports JavaScript, HTML5 and CSS3, enabling the development of dynamic, customized signage solutions. To find out more, visit samsung.com/smartsignage.

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Tuesday, 18 November 2014

New mounts offer superior display alignment and seamless installation

AURORA, Ill. – Peerless‐AV®, the leader in digital signage and video wall mounts, is excited to announce the addition of four new SmartMount™ Digital Menu Board Ceiling Mounts to its current product line of SmartMount™ Menu Board Wall Mounts.

Ideal for use in quick service restaurants, transportation, convention centers, and retail locations, Peerless‐AV’s new SmartMount™ Menu Board Ceiling Mounts provide a solution for any application.

Peerless‐AV’s line of SmartMount™ Menu Board Ceiling Mounts include:

  • DS‐MBY942L‐2X1: landscape configuration for 40"‐42" displays with overall mounting hole patterns 1769 x 400mm (69.65"W x 15.75"H)
  • DS‐MBY942L‐3X1: landscape configuration for 40"‐42" displays with overall mounting hole patterns 2658 x 400mm (104.65"W x 15.75"H)
  • DS‐MBY947L‐2X1: landscape configuration for 46"‐48" displays with overall mounting hole patterns 1960 x 400mm (77.15"W x 15.75"H)
  • DS‐MBY947L‐3X1: landscape configuration for 46"‐48" displays with overall mounting hole patterns 2944 x 400mm (115.90"W x 15.75"H)

Unlike its competitors, Peerless‐AV’s SmartMount™ Menu Board Ceiling Mounts offer vertical adjustment on each universal display adaptor bracket for post‐install leveling and height adjustment fine‐tuning. The SmartMount™ Menu Board Ceiling Mounts also offer connecting wall plates that create a continuous mounting surface for ease of display alignment. With a quick connect latch that automatically engages the wall plate, installers are provided with a speedy set‐up and peace of mind.

Included security features deter tampering and theft, and the horizontal adjustment allows installers to create a menu board with a seamless appearance. The mounts also feature continuous and Increlok™ tilt options, assuring that all displays are tilted at the same angle for precise alignment.

For ease of use, the mounts are wider than anything else on the market, making them compatible with a wide range of display makes and models.

“Many of our customers expressed the need for digital signage in spaces where wall mounts were not an option,” said John Potts, President, Peerless‐AV. “With our SmartMount™ Menu Board Ceiling Mounts, customers have the flexibility to not only include digital signage in once inaccessible areas, but they can do so easily and securely.”

To provide complete flexibility for customers, Peerless‐AV also offers an accessory menu board frame. The ACC‐MBF allows for an installer to use an existing wall mount and connect it to a column for ceiling installation. For installs where the customer wants a longer menu board, Peerless‐AV offers the ACC‐MBC, which allows two menu board ceiling mounts to be combined to create a longer array.

Peerless‐AV®’s SmartMount™ Menu Board Ceiling Mounts are currently available through Peerless‐AV direct sales representatives and authorized distribution network.

For additional information about Peerless‐AV, please visit www.peerless‐av.com, www.facebook.com/PeerlessAV, and twitter.com/PeerlessAV.

About Peerless‐AV

Peerless‐AV, a Peerless Industries, Inc. company, is a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of Made‐in‐the‐USA audiovisual mounting, accessory and digital content delivery solutions as well as the industry's first fully sealed outdoor TVs for commercial and residential applications. The company's innovative AV products span off‐the‐shelf, commercial and custom flat panel, projector and tablet mounts as well as cables, AV carts and stands, medical carts and stands, AV racks, AV furniture and a wide range of other accessories. The Peerless Technology Division specializes in wireless, kiosk, touch, digital audio and connectivity technologies that simplify today's complex digital equipment installations. Peerless‐AV manufactures over 3,600 products that serve original equipment manufacturers, commercial integrators and consumer retailers in 22 vertical markets through direct sales representatives and authorized distribution. For more information, visit www.peerless‐av.com.

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Tuesday, 18 November 2014

 Low-Cost and Simple Service Based on the Microsoft AzureTM

Star Micronics Co., Ltd. will start the Digital-Receipt service based on the “Microsoft AzureTM”open and flexible cloud platform provided by Microsoft Corporation. Star Micronics Digital Receipt service is tentatively scheduled for release in 2015.

As a leading provider of transaction devices to the small and medium business market, Star Micronics is optimally positioned to fulfill the demand of business owners to maximize their store operations and connect with their customers. In the new mobile world, connected consumers demand a seamless shopping experience where personalized service, brand loyalty and shopping patterns are recognized and rewarded.

By utilizing Microsoft AzureTM, Star Micronics can provide a cloud based Digital Receipt service that enables connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices to fulfill market demand for Big Data in the Point of Sale(POS) industry. Combining hardware and software to create the new Digital Receipt service, Star Micronics’ will expand the success as the leading provider of hardware solutions in mobile POS to the innovator of the digital receipt software revolution for small and medium businesses.

As the enterprise solution for the POS industry, Microsoft Japan enables a new value driven solution for business owners and their customers. Users of the Digital Receipt service will enjoy the convenience of having their receipts available anywhere, anytime, on any device. Business owners will benefit from provide consumers a modern and environmentally friendly receipt solution and leverage transaction data to understand and manage their operation.

Star Micronics plans to deploy trial operation of the new Digital-Receipt Service in the USA in 2015 with plans to expand the service worldwide in the future.

* Microsoft AzureTM is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation.

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Tuesday, 18 November 2014

One of three kiosk models recently added to Slabb’s product line is being launched by Avanti Markets as an Executive Countertop option for their clients.

Las Vegas, Nevada (PRWEB) - The Slabb X2S is one of Slabb’s new countertop kiosk models that is a great, cost effective alternative for locations with floor space limitations.

It is one of the main reasons Avanti Markets has chosen to offer it as an alternative or addition to the traditional freestanding kiosk for which they are known. “Our new Executive Countertop Kiosk is another way we are making it easier for our Operators to deploy more markets at a lower investment cost, and [it] is allowing them to implement more markets within their region,” commented CEO of Avanti Markets, Jim Brinton.

The kiosk will be marketed to locations with 75 or more employees, adding a potentially larger install base as operators will now have the opportunity to serve clients that may once have been considered ‘too small’. The traditional micro market site usually caters to companies with 150 employees or more. Current forecasts for the number of potential locations, based on the traditional micro market size estimate the figure to be between 40,000 to 75,000 locations in the next 5 to 10 years. With the introduction of alternative options such as the Executive Kiosk, it is estimated that this number will increase.

It is no surprise then, that so far the adoption rate for this kiosk model is high. Slabb’s President, Peter te Lintel Hekkert is amazed by the positive response so far, “Within a week of launch, we have had over 100 orders for this model, “ he stated. “We are happy to partner, yet again, with Avanti Markets, providing them with a low cost, convenient solution for their operators,” he added.

Operators have the option of using the kiosk as a second payment station at a high volume location or as a standalone with some additonal features at smaller locations. The X2S comes with a 15” LCD with Sound Acoustic Wave (SAW) touchscreen, a bill acceptor, swipe card reader, barcode scanner, stereo speakers and an active cooling system, with optional components available including a DVR and webcam, headphones and microphone.

Slabb also launched two other models along with the X2S – the X6A, a kiosk with a 19” LCD touchscreen display, that is ideal for self-check in and the T4, a table-mounted version of Slabb’s Q5 interactive digital signage model.    

For additional information on the X2S and Slabb’s other kiosk models, visit their site at http://www.slabb.com or call them at 702 730 1110.

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Tuesday, 18 November 2014

X841UHD display sets the benchmark with innovative features, high-end components and first-class connectivity

CHICAGO - NEC Display Solutions of America, a leading provider of commercial LCD display and projector solutions, announced today the X841UHD display, an 84-inch ultra-high-definition (UHD) model delivering stellar picture clarity and four times the resolution of full HD.

With a 3640 x 2160 native resolution, this display offers a rich canvas for viewing a lot of data and details.  Furthermore, this display supports the UHD resolution at 60Hz through the DisplayPort connection.  This means quick-moving content is displayed smoothly. Its reliable 24x7 operation gives users the confidence for managing critical processes, and its first-class imagery can drive sales and brand relationships for public-facing applications.

Ideal for video conferencing and command and control centers, the X841UHD can display up to four simultaneous images at any given moment with Multi-Picture Mode capabilities.  Giving the user further control, any one of these images can be rotated, moved, and manipulated.

“The new 84-inch UHD display offers not just more pixels but better pixels,” said Keith Yanke, Senior Director of Product Marketing at NEC Display.  “With the X841UHD launch, NEC Display brings 4K UHD technology to its projector, desktop and large-format portfolio.”

Reinforcing NEC’s leading role in creating leading visual applications, and continued dedication to achieving the best in class visual experiences, the X841UHD display delivers colors users can trust, and uniformity through unprecedented software support and color control.  The UHD model gives systems integrators, designers and others a high-end display that’s easy to service and built to address any solutions challenge.

The X841UHD display also comes with SpectraView Engine, a custom-designed color processor, and more connectivity options for investment protection.  Command and control, retail, CAD/CAM design, video conferencing, rental & staging and simulation are just some of the applications that will benefit from its immersive experience.

Here are some of its other benefits:

  •     Native resolution of 3840 x 2160 at 60 Hz allows customers to display with clarity like never before
  •     High performance S-IPS LCD panel in tandem with 500 cd/m2 maximum brightness and 1400:1 contrast ratio means first-class image quality
  •     10-bit color performance delivers superior color fidelity
  •     Full metal chassis with integrated temperature sensors and fans to protect the investment
  •     A multitude of digital inputs provides highly flexible connectivity
  •     Full software support (NaViSet Administrator, PD Comms, SpectraView, MultiProfiler and NEC Display Wall Calibrator) delivers unprecedented color control
  •     Reduced power consumption with LED edge lighting
  •     Landscape and portrait modes for installation flexibility
  •     Built-in dual 10W speakers

The X841UHD display will be available in November 2014 at an estimated street price of $16,999.  The display ships with a 3-year parts and labor warranty, including the backlight.

About NEC Display Solutions of America, Inc.

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

About VUKUNET

VUKUNET, from NEC Display Solutions of America, is the engine that powers the digital out-of-home advertising business.  VUKUNET is the only universal ad serving platform that drives ads to any digital out-of-home network, regardless of content management system. VUKUNET makes the buying, flighting and reporting of digital out-of-home ad campaigns easy.  For additional information about VUKUNET, visit www.vukunet.com, or call (877) 805-VUKU.

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Tuesday, 18 November 2014

SAN JOSE and LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Today at Collaboration Summit 2014, Cisco introduced Project Squared, a business collaboration app that combines chat, audio, video, multi-party meetings and content sharing in a single experience that supports the demanding collaboration needs of modern teams.  

Project Squared is Cisco’s answer to the challenges many workers face on a daily basis: Stay connected across devices, time zones, and project teams. Quickly get up to speed on projects already in progress. Share thoughts and ideas with people both inside and outside the company without violating company security requirements.

Project Squared is built upon the Cisco Collaboration Cloud, a new, next-generation platform aligned with Cisco’s Intercloud strategy, to enable these best-in-class collaboration experiences.  In building the Cisco Collaboration Cloud platform, Cisco leveraged the learnings and technologies from its market-leading web conferencing, video telepresence, unified communications, and voice products.

Project Squared:

Gives teams a place to work together, virtually. Project Squared ties the physical conference room to the virtual world unlike anyone in the industry. Teams can download Project Squared, start a room on any topic, and invite others inside or outside the organization to join simply by entering their name or e-mail address. Once in the room, team members can securely share messages, post files, and start voice and video calls. Files are rendered in the cloud and viewable immediately alongside messages – with no download required.

Powers an agile work style. Project Squared is accessible from nearly any device, with an intuitive design that reduces any learning curve.  Project Squared also works on web browsers, so users can log in from any computer – no VPN or plugins required.   Project Squared leverages mobile notifications so team members are always reachable and users stay connected to important content and messages from anywhere.

Integrates with your other business tools. Project Squared integrates with important business tools such as calendars, Active Directory, WebEx and Box, so teams can be more effective using the tools they already depend on.

Provides security your IT department will love. While Project Squared has consumer-like ease of use, it delivers enterprise IT security through the Cisco Collaboration Cloud platform, which provides end-to-end content encryption. Plus, IT teams can manage Project Squared by asking employees to use their corporate single sign on (SSO) credentials and IT-approved passwords.

Keeps evolving as needs evolve. We’re calling it ‘Project’ Squared for a reason: this is a fast-moving project, and we want your input. You can help shape the future Project Squared experience by giving us your thoughts as you use it. It’s easy to provide your feedback from right inside the app.

Supporting Quotes:

Rowan Trollope, SVP/GM, Collaboration Technology Group, Cisco
“We created Project Squared and the Cisco Collaboration Cloud platform to deliver on our dream to transform the collaboration experience, making it easy to stay constantly connected to the people, projects and ideas that matter most. We have lots of ideas on how to continue to enhance the Project Squared experience, and we’re on a mission to keep integrating with important business tools so that your rooms truly help you do your best work. Download Project Squared today and let me know how it changes the way your teams work together—reach me on Twitter at @rowantrollope.”

Aaron Levie, co-founder and CEO of Box
"There's a tremendous opportunity to boost productivity and collaboration by connecting content to the tools people use most," said Aaron Levie, co-founder and CEO of Box. “With Project Squared, Cisco is connecting team collaboration to business information in a seamless, elegant way. We believe the future of enterprise IT is best-of-breed, and we’re incredibly excited to work with Cisco to enable better business collaboration across our two platforms."

Pricing & Availability

Project Squared is a free download available now at http://projectsquared.com. Project Squared is currently available for Apple iPhone and iPad devices and Android devices. Project Squared is also available for Mac desktops.   The browser version works on Chrome and Firefox; plugin-less voice and video exclusively in Firefox. Cisco intends to continually add new features and is seeking user feedback for optimal user satisfaction and feature set. Cisco recommends Project Squared early adopters provide feedback often through the Project Squared client interface.

Availability disclaimer: The products and features described herein remain in varying stages of development and will be offered on a when-and-if-available basis. These products and features are subject to change at the sole discretion of Cisco or Box and neither Cisco nor Box, or their suppliers will have any liability for delay in the delivery or failure to deliver any of the products or features set forth in this release.

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Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Digital signage alleviates customer wait times and enhances overall experiences

PITTSBURGH, PA--(Marketwired) - Industry Weapon, experts in simplifying and advancing the applications of digital signage, now offers a solution for financial institutions struggling with onsite communications.

Each day, more financial institutions recognize the immense benefits of digital signage in marketing plans. Banks know the key to success is branding, and the key to branding is digital signage. Digital signage works in tandem with employees, allowing them to relay core company messages to customers. Digital signage showcases company goals, accomplishments, community service initiatives, and decreases perceived wait times.

A step beyond branding is spectacular customer service treatment. A positive in-branch experience directly correlates with bank customer loyalty. Used to inform viewers about events and attractions, digital signage drives guests to areas of the site that they would have otherwise overlooked. Displays can be localized to fit exact demographics, eliminating the common issue of marketing to the wrong people.

Long wait times are sometimes unavoidable, but that wait is made useful with digital signage. The screens cut the boredom and irritation of waiting while marketing the brand and entertaining audiences. Digital Signage reduces perceived wait times in offices by as much as 50%.1 Digital signage also has ability to dynamically change eye-catching content, attracting and new and long term customers.

"Banks using digital signage on site in innovative ways are seeing a lot of positive results from their in store customer experience."
-Ashley Ropar, Director of Marketing, Industry Weapon

Digital signage also manages to generate sales from both new and existing customers. It highlights latest products and services on high-definition digital displays. In fact, experts indicate only 1 in 100 bank visitors make product inquiries.2 Digital signage introduces customers to these opportunities before they meet with their bankers. It familiarizes them with the concepts, so they're more likely to consider investing.

It's not just about the customers: Digital signage impacts employees as well. Managers can modify entire messaging campaigns throughout the week, creating the displays they know will best fit their customers. This gives branch associates a more prominent role within their office. After hours, digital signage can be utilized as a training tool for employees. Digital signage relays corporate communications and displays educational videos.

Customers expect the best from their banks: The best introduction period, the best in-branch experience, and the best long-term results. Satisfied customers become loyal brand advocates, the greatest prize for any financial institution. Incorporating digital signage into financial institutions achieves these goals and sets even higher ones.

About Industry Weapon

Industry Weapon (www.industryweapon.com), a digital media company, specializes in simplifying and advancing the applications of digital signage. The SaaS solution enables subscribers to design, schedule and publish multimedia content and integrated data sources to screens, kiosks, tablets and mobile devices. Industry Weapon's solution is suited for all industries and includes 24/7 free training and support along with design and creative services.

1 Arbitron
2 http://www.banktech.com/channels/the-business-case-for-digital-signage-at-bank-branches/a/d-id/1296990?

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Tuesday, 18 November 2014

The 6th Shanghai International Digital Signage Show successfully concluded

From September 25 - 27, 2014, The 6th Shanghai International Digital Signage Show successfully took place at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center (SWEECC). The exhibition was organized by Shanghai UBM Sinoexpo International Exhibition Co., Ltd. The Show provided exhibitors and buyers with a platform to build professional channels in new product displays, new technologies and all-round professional trade services in advertising media, retail, intelligent building, system integration, convenient service, and intelligent technology. During the exhibition, 13,197 visitors came an array of countries including Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Malaysia, India, Hong Kong, Russia, Singapore, the United States, Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, Dubai, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Canada, Germany, Egypt, Portugal, New Zealand, and France in addition to other countries and regions. Compared with last year, there was an increase of 23.4 percent in attendance.
 

The show attracted over 500 well-known home and overseas enterprises such as: Panasonic, Samsung, AMD, Intel, Philips,Panda, Shuttle,Dt Research, Liantronics and Odin, Kxwell, V-cube China,Rextron, Stream TV networks, Exceptional 3D as well as Taiwan pavilion which gathered 4 companies that are Via tech, Star-Media, Cayin tech, Phistek. And a great many highlights of the exhibits gave the show a strong sense of cutting edge science and technology and brand new digital experiences, including: Samsung's global and leading ultra-narrow 3.5mm seam technology, Stream TV’s naked eye 3D technology, LianTronics naked eye 3D HD LED display and new somatosensory rhythm technology.

Several onsite professional conferences and forums attracted significant visitor participation. The unprecedented busy scenes created a unique opportunity for independent innovation of the industry, linking resources, and win-win cooperation.

With the theme of "Insight into Industry Trends, Experience and Product Innovation," the 2014 China Digital Signage Conference invited a number of industry experts such as HDBaseT Alliance China Representative/Valens Business Development Director - Mr. Alex Lin, President/Digital Signage Multimedia Alliance Taiwan - Mr. Qianchi Zheng, Pre-sales Manager of Display Division/ Samsung (China) Investment Co., Ltd. - Mr. Peng Chen and Product Marketing Manager AMD - Mr. Ajay Misra, to discuss the current and future situation of digital signage, and experiencing the innovative applications of digital signage technology industries.

With the theme of "Integration of Science and Art, Inspiring a New Way of Creativity,” the 2014 Shanghai Culture and Technology Development Forum was also grandly held during the show. The forum was divided into the Main Forum, Parallel Session, and a series of professional exhibits and events, which invited government officials, enterprise delegates, industry experts and the foreign industry elite. Through multi-level multi-angle interactions, experts could fully connect the main line "culture and the integration of science & technology" and reveal wonderful prospects of cultural creative industries, including the digital media industry.



With the theme of "Smart Retail Starting from The Core," the 2014 Intel Digital Signage and Retail Summit also attracted considerable attention from buyers and visitors. The Summit was meant to promote the development of retail equipment intellectualization and speed up the development of logistics networks.



In 2015, the Shanghai International Digital Signage Show will be officially renamed “iFair Shanghai,” which will be held from September 16-18, 2015, at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC), concurrent with the digital signage show, vending machine and self-service show, digital conference show and audio-visual integration equipment and multimedia display technology show. With a new exhibition location and new ideas, iFair will undoubtedly be the best platform for comprehensive displays to major industry enterprises of the newest technologies, products and solutions.

Looking forward to seeing you again in the fall of 2015!

Shanghai UBM Sinoexpo International Exhibition Co., Ltd.

Shanghai UBM Sinoexpo International Exhibition Co., Ltd. is a Chinese-foreign cooperative enterprise attached to UBM group, a London based listing Corporation, and jointly set up by Shanghai UBM Sinoexpo International Exhibition Co., Ltd. and UBM Asia limited. In its 20 years from establishing operations (the predecessor of Shanghai Huazhan International Exhibition Co., Ltd. Was founded in 1992), Shanghai UBM Sinoexpo International Exhibition Co., Ltd. always adheres to “BE THE BEST, Pursuit of Excellence" as a core value and in keeping with our responsibility. The company launched a series of international exhibitions and conferences executed by a high-quality, international and professional team, collaborating with global relevant government departments, industry associations, media agencies and other partners. All the exhibitions and conferences always receive recognition and praise from exhibitors and visitors.

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Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Innovative solution for in-store audio featured in massive roll-out of Call of Duty®: Advanced Warfare retail displays

SAN DIEGO /PRNewswire/ -- Turtle Beach Corporation, a leading innovator of audio products and solutions, today announced the company's HyperSound® virtual reality audio solution has been implemented in Activision's Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare retail displays. The displays have been installed in 987 Best Buy locations in North America. The installation represents the largest implementation of virtual reality audio in a retail setting.

"This marquee implementation of HyperSound will change the way retailers think about retail audio," said Rodney Schutt, SVP and General Manager of HyperSound. "This is the first, large-scale implementation of a new generation of retail audio that is unlike anything that has been done before."

HyperSound audio emitters and a sub-woofer are integrated into the base of the retail display. They create a zone of audio that encompasses anyone standing in front of the display. The quality of the audio is three dimensional, creating a virtual reality effect that is similar to wearing a pair of surround sound headsets. The engineers at Turtle Beach have recently developed a new approach to HyperSound's digital signal processing that creates a more immersive, three-dimensional audio experience.

HyperSound represents a revolutionary new way to deliver targeted brand and product messages in store.  Site-specific, targeted point-of-sale messaging can provide a number of benefits to retailers, including increased engagement and dwell time, and increased average revenue per customer. Because HyperSound creates a controlled sound zone, multiple displays can gain the benefits of audio in the same store without conflicting.  To date, the use of audio with displays and kiosks has been limited by the noise bleed associated with traditional speakers, and the sound reflection and low volumes associated with earlier versions of directional audio.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is the latest installment of the incredibly successful Call of Duty® franchise. Call of Duty title launches have become an annual entertainment event and retail phenomenon, with fans across the world heading to stores for midnight launch events.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, developed by Sledgehammer Games, envisions the powerful battlegrounds of the future, where both technology and tactic have evolved to usher in a new era of combat for the franchise. Advanced Warfare launches November 4 for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation®3, PlayStation®4, and PC.

The Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare kiosks were installed in Best Buy locations during the last two weeks of October.

About Turtle Beach Corporation 

Turtle Beach Corporation (Turtlebeachcorp.com) designs audio products for consumer, commercial and healthcare markets. Under the brand Turtle Beach (TurtleBeach.com), the company markets premium headsets for use with video game consoles, including officially-licensed headsets for the next-generation Xbox One and PlayStation®4, personal computers and mobile devices. Under the brand HyperSound® (HyperSound.com), the company markets pioneering directed audio solutions that have applications in digital signage and kiosks, consumer electronics and healthcare. The Company's shares are traded on the NASDAQ Exchange under the symbol NASDAQ:HEAR.

ACTIVISION, CALL OF DUTY, and CALL OF DUTY ADVANCED WARFARE are trademarks of Activision Publishing, Inc.

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Monday, 17 November 2014

Turnkey digital signage solution provider, Mvix, announced the launch of its innovative Signature Support platform for enterprise-scale, mission-critical digital signage projects.

Sterling, VA (PRWEB)- Turnkey digital signage solution provider, Mvix, announced the launch of its innovative Signature Support platform for enterprise-scale, mission-critical digital signage projects. The Signature support platform augments the company’s standard support offering with services such as lifetime warranty on signage systems, free system replacements every three years, and accelerated issue resolution protocol. Priced at less than $1 per day, Signature Support is designed to reduce long-term capital and operating expenses, provide enhanced client attention, and access to Mvix technical expertise.

Since its inception, Mvix’s commitment to delivering such innovative solutions has put the company at the forefront of the digital signage industry. Being the first of its kind, the new Signature Support platform is aimed at clients who recognize the strategic value of digital signage in their business operations. “Our Signature Support platform provides near and long-term peace of mind,” notes A. Jay, Director of Business Relations at Mvix. “Loaded with remarkable value-added services such as advanced replacements, unlimited warranties, and free system replacements, this new program will redefine the ROI on any digital signage project.”

In the past several years, Mvix has made significant advancements in the enterprise-level digital signage space via its popular Xhibit HD Signage system. The cloud-based, no-subscription signage platform has been widely adopted and hailed as one of the most comprehensive CMS products available in the market today. The launch of the new Signature Support platform is aimed at complimenting its current product and service portfolio for large signage networks.

Available throughout the US and Canada, the new Signature Support program not only provides 24/7 support but offers four premium services, namely: accelerated issue resolution, advanced replacements, lifetime warranty, and free system replacements every 3-years. The services are designed to reduce downtime, enhance compatibility with newer signage technologies, and reduce overall network maintenance costs. Signage systems covered under the new Signature Support program will be upgraded to new signage systems every three years. “By replacing the signage systems every three years , we will keep our client networks up-to-date with the most current technologies, - all at no cost to our clients,” stated A. Jay. “All signage systems covered under the Signature Support program are backed by our guaranteed 36-month replacement policy. In addition, if any digital signage system malfunctions, we will fix it. If we can not repair it quickly and efficiently, we will replace it or refund it. It is as simple as that!”

With over 10000 clients and 32000 installations in over 29 countries, Mvix has established itself as a dominant player in the digital signage market. “Virtually every mid-sized and enterprise-grade business today needs a robust and long-lasting digital signage infrastructure,” said A. Jay. “They count on our signage solutions to help them communicate, educate, and even generate revenue - day-in and day-out. This new program is designed to keep things working smoothly and efficiently from all perspectives, thereby enhancing our clients’ credibility and revenue.”

To learn about Mvix digital signage solutions: http://mvixdigitalsignage.com/

To learn more about the Signature Support program, visit: http://www.mvixdigitalsignage.com/signature-support/

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Monday, 17 November 2014

SFO wins a gold medal in the point of transit category

Toronto, Canada – Omnivex Corporation, a leading provider of digital signage software, today announced that their customer San Francisco International Airport (SFO) won a Digital Screenmedia Association (DSA) Crown Award. The DSA Crown Award recognizes excellence in digital out-of-home content. SFO was a Gold Medalist in the Point of Transit category (10K and over) for their interactive wayfinding installation in the airports newly renovated Boarding Area E, which opened January 28, 2014.

 “We are very excited that SFO won a Gold in the DSA Crown Awards for Point of Transit,” said Doug Bannister, CEO, Omnivex Corporation. “It is a fantastic to see their efforts recognized from among the finest in the industry.” SFO uses Omnivex Moxie digital signage software to power their interactive wayfinding touchscreens. The screens enable travellers to easily find where they need to go anywhere in the airport and the best route to get there, whether by walking or by taking the airport’s automated AirTrain. The touchscreens are location-smart and thereby predetermine appropriate destinations based on the passenger’s pre or post security location, as well, the screens tie into other SFO systems allowing the maps to be updated in real-time.

Content, user experience and user interface design was developed by Ilium Associates.

About Digital Screenmedia Association

The DSA is an independent, non-profit association, whose mission is to advance the growth and excellence of the global digital signage, interactive kiosk, and mobile community through advocacy, education and networking. Members include users of digital screenmedia in all vertical markets including retail, hospitality, food service, and healthcare, as well as manufacturers, resellers, and distributors of hardware and software, network operators, integrators, advertising agencies, consultants, analysts, publishers, trade show organizers, and service companies. http://www.digitalscreenmedia.org

About San Francisco International Airport

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) offers non-stop flights to more than 31 international points on 30 international carriers. The Bay Area's largest airport connects non-stop with 77 cities in the U.S. on 15 domestic airlines. For up-to-the-minute departure and arrival information, airport maps and details on shopping, dining, cultural exhibitions, ground transportation and more, visit www.flysfo.com.

About Ilium Associates

Ilium Associates is a branding and wayfinding consulting firm specializing in aviation and public transportation. Their work includes solutions to wayfinding challenges in complex spaces such as SFO. www.ilium.com.

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Monday, 17 November 2014

Virtual currency takes consumer culture by storm -- Networld Media Group jumps into the fray.

Louisville, KY (PRWEB) Networld Media Group announces its first-ever Virtual Currency Today Summit. This meeting of the minds among high-level industry executives will convene on April 29, 2015, at Boston’s Back Bay Hilton and will be produced collaboratively by the editorial teams at Networld’s MobilePaymentsToday.com, RetailCustomerExperience.com and ATMmarketplace.com. The Summit will explore:

  •     When, why and how digital currency will go mainstream
  •     Privacy, security, fraud and other potential concerns
  •     How regulators will respond
  •     Impacts on payment, retail and other affected industries
  •     The practical mechanics of merchant acceptance

Networld Media Group expects attendees to join the Summit from across payment solutions, cash networks & exchanges, financial services, restaurants and retail industries. Innovators in virtual-currency solutions and services, customer-experience professionals, industry analysts, and regulatory authorities will also be well represented at the Summit.

Renowned economic strategist Bruce Fenton, Managing Director of Atlantic Financial and Editor of the FentonReport: Globalization and Wealth Management News, has already been confirmed as a featured Summit speaker. Prior to founding Atlantic Financial, Fenton worked for Morgan Stanley Dean Witter. He has been a guest on Bloomberg Radio and has been quoted in The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Investor’s Business Daily, Fortune and Bloomberg.

“Virtual currency is the next disruptive force to hit payments, banking, financial markets, retail and so many other industries,” observed Kathy Doyle, EVP and publisher of Networld Media Group. “We’ve structured our Virtual Currency Today Summit to help executives facilitate fast, low-risk absorption and integration of virtual currency into their businesses.”

“The Virtual Currency Today Summit advances our strategy of building an end-to-end payment-media division,” said Networld’s CEO, Tom Harper. “ATMmarketplace.com has covered the cash end of the payment spectrum since 1997. A few years ago, we added MobilePaymentsToday.com and more recently launched our ATM & Mobile Innovation Summit. When virtual currency burst onto the world’s payment scene, we knew it was time for another addition to our media portfolio. The interplay among cash, mobile and virtual currency is evolving faster than anyone predicted. We are thrilled to be jumping into the chaotic world of virtual currency alongside so many other thinkers and innovators.”

Summit agenda, along with registration, sponsorship, accommodation and other details can be found at the Virtual Currency Summit Today website.

About Networld Media Group

Founded in 2000, Networld Media Group is a leading business-to-business (B2B) media communications company specializing in digital media, associations and events in the mobile, self-service, digital signage, retail, food service and financial services industries. Online properties include ATMmarketplace.com, DigitalSignageToday.com, FastCasual.com, KioskMarketplace.com, MobilePaymentsToday.com, PizzaMarketplace.com, QSRweb.com, RetailCustomerExperience.com, VirtualCurrencyToday.com and ChurchCentral.com. The company produces executive summits in the fast casual, retail, ATM and mobile payments industries. Its custom media division develops premium content and marketing services for associations such as the ATM Industry Association.

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Monday, 17 November 2014

Axiomtek, one of the world's leading designers and manufacturers of innovative, high performance and reliable PC-based industrial computer products, is pleased to release the MANO882, its new powerful Mini ITX motherboard supports Intel® Xeon E3 series, 4th generation Intel® Core™ i7/i5/i3 processors and Celeron® processors with the Intel® C226 chipset. Two SO-DIMM sockets onboard support up to 16 GB of DDR3-1333/1600 system memory. The outstanding motherboard sustains HDMI, DisplayPort, VGA and LVDS with triple-display capability, making this system board an ideal solution for digital signage, optical inspection for machinery, and industrial automation and control fields. In addition, the embedded board supports Intel® AMT 9.0 security technology to provide complete protection against viruses and attacks. Additionally, the MANO882 is equipped with an Infineon TPM 1.2 security chipset to enhance user data protection.

"Our new MANO882 is a great choice for user who needs a full function embedded board with rich variety of I/Os. The use of Intel® HD 4000/5000 Graphics, everyday visual computing and advanced high-quality 3D capabilities are achievable. The motherboard is also available with one PCI Express x16 Gen3 slot for discrete graphics solution, and one PCI Express Mini Card slot and one SIM card socket for easy WiFi/3G module installation. Having a powerful computing performance and small form factor, the MANO882 enables system developers to deploy extremely high-end applications, like 4K digital signage, DVR, kiosk, network computing, POS, automation, and vehicle 3G/4G application,” said Ken Lin, PM of Product Planning Division at Axiomtek."

The industrial grade MANO882 provides high quality and rich I/O connections including six COM ports (two RS-232/422/485, four RS-232), four SATA-600 with RAID 0/1/5/10 function, dual Gigabit LAN ports, six USB 2.0 ports, four USB 3.0 ports, and eight channels digital I/O (4-IN/4-OUT).

In addition, the extreme compact and high performance Mini ITX motherboard, MANO882, supports hardware monitoring and watchdog timer. It also offers long term support and reliable quality. The board is available to order now. For more product details or pricing, please visit our global website www.axiomtek.com or contact our sales representative at .

 Advanced Features:

  •     LGA1150 socket for Intel® Xeon E3, 4th generation Intel® Core™ i7/i5/i3 (Haswell & Haswell Refresh) and Celeron® processors
  •     Intel® C226 chipset
  •     2 DDR3-1333/1600 SO-DIMM dual channels supports up to 16 GB memory capacity
  •     1 PCIe x16 Gen3, 1 PCI Express Mini Card, and 1 SIM slot
  •     6 USB 2.0 ports, 4 USB 3.0 ports, 6 COM ports, and 2 Gigabit Ethernet ports
  •     HDMI, DisplayPort, VGA and LVDS with triple view support
  •     Intel® AMT 9.0 and TPM 1.2 supported

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Monday, 17 November 2014

Two-in-one solution is more cost-effective and offers high quality scaling

Clinton, NJ – Kramer Electronics announced the release of the VP−427 Receiver/Scaler, a cost−effective two−in−one HDBaseT™ receiver solution with a built−in scaler.

The compact Kramer VP−427 reduces complexity while increasing reliability. The solution also offers a significantly lower price point than standard two−unit solutions. The VP−427 can scale input video to the native resolution of the HDMI receiver or any other resolution (up to 1080p). The unit also supports bidirectional IR and bidirectional RS−232.

The Kramer VP−427 Receiver/Scaler receives an HDBaseT signal through an HDBaseT twisted pair cable and converts it back to HDMI, IR and RS−232. A bidirectional RS−232 port lets users embed and de−embed control commands in the HDBaseT data stream. Infrared input and output ports let users control devices over the HDBaseT data stream. The unit includes embedded audio support.

The Kramer VP−427 up− or down−scales the picture to match the precise resolution of the HDMI monitor. The VP−427 offers ProcAmp control for contrast, brightness and R, G, B level/gain. Setup and adjustment is easy with an on−screen display, accessible via front−panel buttons.

For information about all of Kramer Electronics, Sierra Video, Minicom Digital Signage and Kramer Powered by Calibre products please visit www.kramerus.com.  

About Kramer Electronics

Founded in 1981, with its world headquarters in Israel, Kramer Electronics Ltd. is a leading manufacturer of high-quality analog and digital audio, video and computer signal management products for the ProAV, Presentation, Production, Broadcast, Home Theater, Houses of Worship, Digital Signage and Security markets.

Kramer’s product line includes audio, video and computer signal processing equipment including: distribution amplifiers (DAs), switchers, matrix switchers, scalers, presentation scaler/switchers, digital and analog decoders and encoders, fiber and twisted pair range extenders, table mounted cable management products, cables, cable accessories and more.

Kramer also offers broadcast quality routers, distribution amplifiers, multi-viewers and controllers through its Sierra Video product line, digital signage products and high-end rental and staging scaler/switchers.

Aside for its headquarters in Israel, Kramer has corporate sales and distribution offices in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, United Kingdom, France, Spain, Finland, Sweden, Germany, Poland, Switzerland, Italy, India, China, Thailand, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Australia. www.kramerelectronics.com

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Wednesday, 12 November 2014

With distribution offices in Macau, the USA and a head-office in the UK Acquire Digital announce further expansion accompanied by a brand new look.

Since 2001 Acquire Digital has gone from strength to strength achieving global success in the Digital Signage and Kiosk industry. As part of the Working Solutions Ltd - which also offer solutions to vertical markets, such as the Wayfinder, Digital Menu Boards and Taxi Signage - Acquire Digital was the original digital signage software package designed by the team and was the first of its kind, allowing end users to build comprehensive digital signage networks.

Today, Acquire Digital boasts an impressive product portfolio geared towards the creation of interactive, immersive experiences and are edging towards global recognition for being a leading digital experience and visual communications company.

Their success can be attributed to the company’s unique and highly creative Development and Design teams that possess the ability to work seamlessly in order to create innovative products and bespoke solutions that both satisfy and impress the end user. The company have experienced significant growth in this area providing bespoke solutions for leading high street retailers including Virgin Media, Accenture, TAQA, Sony, ADI and Greece-based telecommunications company – WIND, to name a few. 
 
Robert Smith, Technical Director said, ‘Every product that we create is built with the end-user in mind. Our internal teams work very closely together ensuring that solutions work efficiently to create maximum impact. We are lucky to have such talented teams of people at Acquire with unrivalled proficiency in User Experience (UI interfaces).’

To reflect this creative flair and expertise in visual communications the company has recently undergone an extensive re-brand expanding across all communication platforms, website and products.  The re-brand has also seen the company undertake a drastic overhaul of its flagship products making them simpler, more intuitive and packed with new features. The company will be making an official launch of a new product over the next few months and have already made free trials available on their website. http://www.acquiredigital.com/our-products.php

One of the major changes that the new website has to offer is the unique ‘Build Your Own’ function providing customers with the opportunity to build their own software by choosing from a range of App Packs. App Packs include an Advert Manager Pack; which promises to deliver everything from GPS location-based advertising, to Timed Trigger functions and the Self-Service Pack which includes all the necessary apps to create comprehensive self-service checkout solutions.

Neil Farr, Managing Director at Acquire Digital added, ‘to ensure that the company continues to move in the right direction and that any expansion is a smooth transition we have recently appointed two new directors, Financial Director Debbie Griffin and Technical Director Robert Smith. We are extremely excited about the next few years and look forward to working with other great clients.’

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Tuesday, 11 November 2014

City of Industry, CA --(PR.com)-- Axiomtek, one of the world's leading designers and manufacturers of innovative, high performance and reliable PC-based industrial computer products, is proud to introduce the MANO882, its high performing Mini ITX motherboard with options for 4th Generation Intel® Xeon E3, Core™ i7/i5/i3 or Celeron® processors with the Intel® C226 chipset. This motherboard supports HDMI, DisplayPort, VGA and LVDS with triple-display capability, making it an ideal solution for digital signage, POS, in-vehicle infotainment, automated optical inspection systems and industrial automation. This feature-rich MANO882 supports Intel® AMT 9.0 security technology and is equipped with an Infineon TPM 1.2 chipset to enhance user data protection, altogether provides complete protection against viruses and attacks.

“Our new MANO882 is a great choice for user who needs a full function embedded board with a rich variety of I/Os. It offers Intel® HD 4000/5000 graphics, visual computing and high-quality 3D capabilities. The motherboard is also available with one PCI Express x16 Gen3 slot for discrete graphics solution, and one PCI Express Mini Card slot and SIM card socket for easy Wi-Fi/3G module installation. Designed especially for customization, flexibility and ease of deployment, this powerful mini-ITX board enables system developers to deploy extremely high-end applications for POS, automation, DVR, kiosk, network computing, 4K2K digital signage, and vehicle 3G/4G applications with ease and help shorten time to market,” said Ken Lin, product manager of Product Planning Division at Axiomtek.

The MANO882 provides rich I/O connections and supports hardware monitoring and watchdog timer. For more product details or pricing, please visit our global website www.axiomtek.com or contact our sales representative at .

Advanced Features:

  • 4th Generation Intel® Xeon E3, Core™ i7/ i5/ i3 and Celeron® (Haswell/ Haswell Refresh) processors
  • Intel® C226 Express chipset
  • Two DDR3 SO-DIMM dual channels supports up to 16 GB memory capacity
  • One PCIe x16 Gen3, one PCI Express Mini Card, and one SIM slot
  • Six USB 2.0 ports, four USB 3.0 ports, six COM ports, and two Gigabit Ethernet port
  • HDMI, DisplayPort, VGA and LVDS
  • Intel® AMT9.0 and TPM 1.2 supported

About Axiomtek Co., Ltd.

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

Axiomtek Co., Ltd. established in 1990, has more than 60 distributor partners globally. Axiomtek offers Industrial PCs (IPC), Single Board Computers and System on Modules (slot CPU card, small form factor embedded boards & SoM), Fanless & Rugged Embedded System (eBOX, tBOX and rBOX), Touch Panel Computers (TPC), Medical PCs (MPC), Human Machine Interface (HMI), Digital Signage & Displays (DS), Industrial Network and Network Appliances (NA).

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Tuesday, 11 November 2014

DAVACO announced that the company has become a trusted resource for international brands as they enter the United States and Canada. From vendor shops to multi-site retail stores, DAVACO’s experienced team is providing "hands on" management, execution and technology support that allows international brands to rollout programs from abroad.

Dallas, TX --(PR.com)-- DAVACO, Inc. (www.davacoinc.com), the North American leader of high-volume programs for retail, restaurant and hospitality brands, announced today that the company has become a trusted resource for international brands as they enter the United States and Canada. From vendor shops to multi-site retail stores, DAVACO’s experienced team is providing "hands on" management, execution and technology support that allows international brands to rollout programs from abroad.

"For most retail brands—especially those with international headquarters—visibility and reliability can be the biggest challenges of rolling out a program," said Rick Davis, Founder/CEO, DAVACO. "With offices in the U.S. and Canada and over 25 years of experience, DAVACO is a leader in the North American retail services industry and our clients know they can rely on us to get the job done right—with consistency, quality and speed-to-market. Plus, our ClearThread® technology allows our clients to 'see' the entire process from a secure internet connection—24 hours a day—so they can review every step of the program."

DAVACO, which specializes in rollouts, resets and remodels, offers a total solutions approach that is designed to provide customized, turnkey solutions even for those brands that do not have a North American office. The company’s services include: program and project management; vendor shop installations; site/marketing surveys; fixture and graphic installations; merchandising, digital signage and technology upgrades; and logistics/consolidation. All DAVACO programs are supported by ClearThread®, the company’s proprietary technology.

"ClearThread complements and enhances our execution services by providing a professional, intuitive tool to increase efficiencies, facilitate communication and analyze results," said Davis. "Through mobile technology and online portals, retailers can monitor program status in 'real time', review before/after photos and generate reports on store data—all with a click from their computer or tablet, without ever leaving the office." For more information on DAVACO's services or ClearThread Technologies, visit www.davacoinc.com or .

About DAVACO, Inc.

DAVACO is the leading total solutions provider of high-volume remodel, reset and rollout programs for retail, restaurant and hospitality brands throughout North America, including: ▪ Program and project management ▪ Fixture, equipment and graphic installations ▪ Digital signage and technology upgrades ▪ Hard and soft-line merchandising ▪ Site, marketing and pre-construction surveys ▪ Logistics and consolidation ▪ Design coordination ▪ Facilities maintenance programs ▪ ADA, safety and quality audits & remediation ▪ Sustainability ▪ Fixture and graphic manufacturing partnerships ▪ Special initiatives. Founded in 1990, DAVACO is based in Dallas, Texas and operates offices in Toronto, Ontario. DAVACO employs over 1,000 W-2 and T-4 employees across North America. [email protected] www.davacoinc.com ▪ [email protected] www.davacoinc.ca

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Tuesday, 11 November 2014

At Apps World 2014 (12 - 13 November 2014, Excel, London), international POS printer manufacturer Star Micronics (Stand 150) will be exhibiting the industry's largest range of mPOS tablet printing solutions, as well as demonstrating the latest enhancements to its powerful 38cm high ‘All-in-One' interactive communication platform, AsuraCPRNT™.

Providing hardware solutions for mobile payment and mPOS applications, Star offers the largest range of MFi certified Bluetooth and WiFi enabled POS printers, mobile printers and hardware accessories for iOS™, Android™ and Windows™ applications including a stylish range of ultra white printers and cash drawers to match the new tablet market as well as a unique WebPRNT™ interface and browser for web based solutions.  

With Star's experience in hardware integration in the ever-expanding mobile payment market as well as comprehensive multi-product API and SDKs, developers can easily integrate custom Android, iOS and Windows based apps for retail, hospitality, event ticketing and queue management.

For web-based solutions, Star WebPRNT provides simple platform agnostic receipt printing direct from web based applications to the industry's largest range of Bluetooth printers using Star's new WebPRNT Browser or via a ‘plug-in' interface option. The new Star WebPRNT Browser available from GooglePlay or the App Store simplifies direct printing from the Web to Star's extensive range of low cost ticket / label / kitchen / mobile Bluetooth printers providing unique tablet based Web printing for hospitality and retail applications as well as supporting all current web technologies.

Star's AsuraCPRNT™, 38cm high ‘All-in-One' interactive communication platform, offers a unique hardware option for developers to build custom apps to create an integrated value-added solution. Incorporating a powerful processor, touch screen, high quality thermal printer and optional integrated MSR and QR/Barcode scanner, the AsuraCPRNT maximises valuable store space for use as a standalone terminal or server to drive custom applications and web content. The new Star AsuraBrowser enables easy web page development for developers and provides a powerful in-store solution that brings together all channels for loyalty, couponing, queue management, etc.

As Simon Martin, Director & General Manager, Star Micronics EMEA, states: "Star prides itself on its position as a manufacturer of pioneering mPOS printing solutions.  With our mPOS tablet printing solutions currently being used across retail and hospitality Star will continue to drive and define tomorrow's rapidly evolving mPOS marketplace, while the versatility of the AsuraCPRNT™ and the wealth of applications possible will ensure its presence in an ever broader range and variety of environments."   
 
About Star Micronics

Founded in 1947, Star Micronics is one of the world's largest printer manufacturers and has facilities for worldwide production, marketing and support. Employing over 2600 staff and achieving turnover in excess of £270 million, Star Micronics has developed a POS printer portfolio that spans thermal and dot matrix printers and mechanisms, designed for barcode, ticketing, receipts and labelling.  Star's proven technology is also being utilised to develop reader/writer systems for visual/smart and magnetic stripe cards and to install print mechanisms in multimedia kiosk environments. The Star Micronics' range is available internationally via a distribution channel comprising distributors and dealers.

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Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Axiomtek, one of the world's leading designers and manufacturers of innovative, high performance and reliable PC-based industrial computer products, has launched eBOX670-883-FL, the hardened fanless embedded system supporting LGA1150 socket type for 4th generation Intel® Core™ i7/i5/i3 and Celeron® processors (formally codename: Haswell) with Intel® Q87 Express chipset. Under this rich support system, the eBOX670-883-FL allows wide operating temperature ranging from -40°C to +55°C for the most endurable operation. The outstanding embedded controller comes with four 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, Jumbo Frame (9.5K), PXE Remote Boot, Teaming, and wake-on-LAN (WOL) function to highly enhance its network connection speed. Additionally, the eBOX670-883-FL supports up to three independent hi-resolution displays or a 4K display. Undoubtedly, this rugged fanless embedded computer is the best solution for any industrial field, including host computers, cloud computing servers, multimedia applications, and automation systems.

To fulfill different application needs and expansion demands, the eBOX670-883-FL supports maximum up to 16GB of DDR3-1333/1600 system memory and provides two internal PCI Express Mini Card slots, one SIM card slot for 3G/ Wi-Fi/ GSM/ LTE connections. To massive storage capability, it adds two 2.5” SATA HDD, one easy-access CFast™, and one mSATA interface.

”With high computing performance, low power consumption, full feature I/Os, we have no doubt that the eBOX670-883-FL has become our king system model. Furthermore, built-in Watchdog Timer, wide range temperature -40°C to +55°C and wide range 9-36VDC design highly enhances the dependability and stability of our King system,“ said Vincent Ji, product manager of Product & Marketing Division at Axiomtek.”

The Intel® Haswell-based eBOX670-883-FL is equipped with full feature I/O, including six jumper-less RS-232/422/485, two HDMI, one DisplayPort, one VGA, six USB 3.0, 32 channel programmable digital I/O, four GbE LAN ports, one ATX power switch with status indicator and three SMA type connector opening for antenna, which enable eBOX670 to install 3G/ Wi-Fi/GSM/LTE interface for building up applications. Remote Power Switch and AT/ATX switch allow users to set remote power or auto power on demands. The eBOX670-883-FL supports Windows 7, Windows 7 Embedded, Windows 8, Windows 8 Embedded or Linux. Additionally, the rugged embedded system is able to be wall-mounted; the optional kit is available under request.  The eBOX670-883-FL is aimed to provide perfect-performance, perfect-efficiency service.

Axiomtek’s eBOX670-883-FL is available now. For more product information and to order your samples, please visit global website www.axiomtek.com or contact our sales representative at .

Advanced Features:

  •     LGA1150 socket for 4th generation Intel® Core™ i7/i5/i3 and Celeron® processors (Haswell) with Intel® Q87 Express chipset
  •     Fanless operation design with full feature I/O
  •     204-pin DDR3-1333/1600 SO-DIMM max. up to 16 GB
  •     Two 2.5” SATA drive bay, 1 CFast™ slot and 1 mSATA interface
  •     2 internal PCI Express Mini Card slots, 1 SIM slot
  •     Supports 2 HDMI, VGA and DisplayPort for triple independent display
  •     Supports Jumbo Frame (9.5k), WoL, PXE Remote Boot, Teaming
  •     Supports wide range 9-36VDC power input
  •     Supports wide operating temperature ranging from -40°C to +55°C

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Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Strongly committed to investing in artists, organizations and cities, Christie raises the standard for digital media integrated within built environments
 
CYPRESS, Calif  – Christie, a world leader in creating and sharing the world’s best visual and audio experiences, was the presenting sponsor of the acclaimed Illuminus: Nuit Blanche festival in Boston, a free nighttime festival of creative innovation that took place on Saturday, October 25 that transformed the historic and artsy SoWa district neighborhood into a vibrant urban canvas. Offering a unique opportunity for regional artists, designers, creative technologists, architects, performers and fabricators to showcase “their most thoughtful, innovative, and imaginative works,” Illuminus lit up Harrison Avenue with large scale projection displays. Christie’s Creative Services also spearheaded the content production for some of the experiences throughout the evening.

Committed to good corporate citizenship and supporting digital art, Christie donated a wide range of display equipment, content and artistic services to help the event come to life. Christie products included Christie® MicroTiles® and LCD flat panels, as well as a variety of projectors that included the Christie LX700 XGA LCD, Christie Roadster S +20K and Roadie HD +35K, and Christie Roadster HD 10K-M projectors. The company also contributed by delivering impactful visual experiences based on the work of two artists from Converse's "Blank Canvas" series - Caleb Neelon and Kenji Nakayama.
 
“Once the sun went down, artists could paint a new reality with light and projection,” said Jeff Grantz, Illuminus event producer and founder of Boston-based creative design firm, Materials & Methods. “Christie visual display products were the key, not only providing the cutting-edge display technology, but also some of the content and acting as a creative consultant, helping bring the artists’ vision into sharp focus.”  
 
Lightweight and portable, all of the projectors were equipped with interchangeable lenses that provided the flexibility necessary for an event of this scale. Their powerful Christie Twist™ feature, which manages complex arrayed projectors, allowed them to distort projected content onto buildings and surrounding spaces to ensure optimal alignment and edge-blending.  The results were stunning images and 3-D projections, flung across building facades, ceilings, and any other space or object that inspired the artists to “think big.”
 
Grantz, who also co-produced New York’s versions of the event in the arts-driven SoHo area of Manhattan, called Christie’s Senior Director of Experience Strategy and Creative Services Denys Lavigne, Illuminus: Nuit Blanche’s “patron saint.” Lavigne’s Global Professional Services group provided the equipment, services and digital content.
 
“Denys is one of those rare creative individuals who gets both the big picture and the little details,” he said.  “We were plagued with bad weather that limited onsite resources and the amount of time we had to pull the whole thing together.  Among the ‘miracles’ created by his team was a stunning ‘color bar’ sculpture using 40 Christie MicroTiles. It provided a beautiful backdrop that was probably photographed with people standing in front of it about 10,000 times! That’s Christie creativity:  The ability to create something amazing – to be an integral part of a transformative cultural arts event like Illuminus, which will have a lasting impact on the city of Boston.”
 
Lavigne noted that, with the recent announcements at ShowEast with Christie’s 360 degree digital delivery capabilities the company is accomplishing something highly unique in its approach to multimedia network operations in the industry.

“Festivals like Illuminus are a wildly creative blend of digital art, traditional art, and a wide array of multimedia technologies – which inspire our teams to push the boundaries in how we approach creativity in digital media,” Lavigne remarked. “This event is one of the many installations that showcased Christie’s capabilities in developing next-generation experiential installations. It proved that Christie is out there, taking on the most sophisticated experiences and challenges to deliver a new level of engagement for a wide range of audiences.”
 
Gantz added: “Boston’s South End presented daunting challenges that would have otherwise proven a nightmare without the critical and creative thinking from the Christie team.”
 
About Christie®

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

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Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Webinar to explore the value of digital signage, interactive and mobile experiences as restaurants and customers evolve into a digital culture.

(PRWEB) - On November 18, 2014 at 2:00 ET, the Digital Screenmedia Association (DSA) and NEC will present “Menu Boards and Beyond: Understanding the Digital Dining Experience,” a discussion on the multiple ways restaurants can use digital engagement to create better dining experiences for customers.

Attendees may register via www.digitalscreenmedia.org

Digital menu boards have found their way into restaurants of all shapes and sizes. But, digital menus are only the beginning and have opened the door for restaurants to engage their audiences through more channels and learn from their customers.

This detailed webinar will cover the value of menu boards, interactive screens, mobile payments and proximity marketing as new ways for restaurants to engage and delight customers while creating loyalty that lasts. The webinar will also present a strategic model for creating digital experiences, and give attendees best practices to take away from the discussion.

Speakers for the webinar.

Rich Ventura, Vice President of Product Marketing and Solutions, NEC Display Solutions of America, Inc.
Paul Flanigan, Executive Director, Digital Screenmedia Association

“Restaurants are one of the most social gathering points in any culture,” said Ventura. “It’s clear that digital engagement is an ecosystem, from menu boards to mobile phones. And having a solid understanding of what it takes to put a network in place is critical to success.”

For more information and to register, attendees can visit the DSA online.

About the Digital Screenmedia Association

The DSA is an independent, non-profit association, whose mission is to advance the growth and excellence of the global digital signage, interactive kiosk and mobile community through advocacy, education and networking. Members include users of digital screenmedia in all vertical markets including retail, hospitality, food service and healthcare, as well as manufacturers, resellers, and distributors of hardware and software, network operators, integrators, advertising agencies, consultants, analysts, publishers, trade show organizers and service companies. http://www.digitalscreenmedia.org

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 http://www.necdisplay.com.

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