Chief Technical Officer
Premier Retail Networks (PRN)
600 Harrison Street, 4th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94107
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As PRN’s chief technical officer, Scott Francis maintains overall responsibility for the research, design and development of technical solutions to support the growth of new product and service opportunities. Since joining PRN in 2004, he has managed the growth in PRN’s Intellectual Property Portfolio from a base of six patents to 10 issued patents and an additional 15 filings that are pending. Prior to joining PRN, Francis was director of engineering at Macrovision in Santa Clara, Calif. Before that, he served as chief technology officer and founder of iSPN.TV in San Francisco. Earlier positions include vice president of engineering at PictureWorks/iPIX in Danville, Calif. and Visual Edge Technology, Inc., director of new technologies group at miro in Palo Alto, Calif., and manager of video compression at radius in Sunnyvale, Calif. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University and a master’s degree in management from Santa Clara University.
HDMI as television application platform for interactive and more in Proceedings of the NAB April 2008
“Best Picture”, “IR-Remote over DGCP”, “Touch Data over HDMI”, “Using SMS/MMS Messages for Control and Interaction within an Advertising Environment” – provisionals issued, final applications filed.
“Interdiction of unauthorized copying in a decentralized network” – application 10/803,784
“Interactive Delivery Application System for Interactive Content via Broadcast and Communications Networks,” “Client Interface for Interactive Delivery of Content via Broadcast and Communications Networks,” and “Interactive Delivery Server System for Interactive Delivery of Content via Broadcast and Communications Networks” – applied.
“Interactive Exercise System” – US Patent 6,336,891.
"Making the IEEE 1394 FireWire Interface Real for Editing and More," Charles Ries, Advanced Imaging, March 1997, p. 56
“Home Entertainment Merchandising” & “Support for Interactive Applications on the Walmart SmartNetwork” white papers
Recent Presentation (1):
International Association of Broadcasters
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Roundtable discussion of Future Technology Trends for Digital Signage (with Ray Brooksby, Grass Valley)
Discussion with Sony and Dynasign in a panel format on future tech trends as affect digital signage
Recent Presentation (2):
National Association of Broadcasters
Las Vegas, NV
HDMI as Television Application Platform for Interactive and More HDMI has become the ubiquitous connection for CE device interconnection and in recent times also for PC products for video interconnection, replacing DVI Interface. To date, the CEC bus has been only lightly leveraged for system control. But new extensions can enable a wide range of television applications for professional system needs as well as interactive television. This system can be leveraged for unprecedented levels of control and interaction - giving ad hoc installations a degree of integration previously only available in professional installations. A case study of building, deploying and programming an interactive application will be presented along with possible additional future applications.
Expertise: Digital Signage Subjects:
* Content Management
Expertise: Vertical Industries:
Expertise: Project Management:
* System Management
Expertise: Industry Outlook, Trends and Statistics :
* Specific Technology Trends