Thursday, October 29, 2009

Onestop launches in-building ad network

Toronto-based Onestop Media Group is bolstering its out-of-home network, that includes assets in transit, retail, hospitality and education environments, with the launch of the Onestop Residential Network.

To take its advertising a little closer to "home", Onestop has partnered with seven major residential property owners including Park Property Management and Berkley Property Management and installed digital screens in the lobbies of their apartment buildings and condominiums. The seven companies own several hundred buildings in major markets across Canada.

The Residential Network uses the same format as Onestop's transit screens and is displayed on 22-32" LCD's installed between elevator banks. Screens are split between a video ad and entertainment content including news, weather and sports. Building owners will be allowed space to display information to tenants.

Currently, 30 buildings in the GTA are in the Residential Network but the number should reach 200 in 12 months. Installation in the rest of Canada will follow.

New Toronto sign by-law an assault on small businesses, advertisers and City finances

The following is a press release by the Out-of-Home Marketing Association of Canada regarding the City of Toronto's proposed by-law on outdoor signs:


Recommendations developed without fair and proper consultation with Out-of-Home industry

TORONTO – October 28, 2009: The Out-of-Home Marketing Association of Canada (OMAC) today requested the City of Toronto sign by-law project team defer presentation of its draft by-law to the Planning and Growth Committee scheduled for Nov. 4, 2009 and enter into meaningful discussions with out-of-home media companies about an appropriate by-law. The City plans to arbitrarily impose a new by-law without proper consultation with the industry which includes new taxes, increased fees and the introduction of new fees and regulations OMAC believes are punitive, unrealistic and unfair. The draft by-law will severely damage the out-of-home industry, its many dependent stakeholders in Toronto and ultimately reduce income to the City in the form of rent and taxes.

The estimated $10.4 million tax being targeted at the outdoor industry is 25% higher than OMAC members total annual earnings of $8 million before deducting interest and taxes and three times the amount recommended in the 2007 Hemson Report. No economic basis for this tax has been presented and only 20% of the tax collected is for administration and enforcement of the new by-law. The tax is punitive and puts at risk thousands of jobs in the industry directly and indirectly. The Outdoor industry is surprised given that the Mayor has publicly stated there would be no new taxes.

The City of Toronto is the single largest beneficiary of revenue from the Outdoor industry. OMAC members contribute $36.8 million in average annual revenue to the City through current lease agreements compared to $28.4 million in annual revenue to all private property owners.

“We are disappointed the City sign by-law project team chose to shut the industry out of a proper consultative process and is pushing forward with new untested rules and new unsubstantiated taxes that may devastate the industry financially and put at risk significant revenue earned by the City of Toronto as well as many small businesses,” said Rosanne Caron, President of OMAC.

Since the summer of 2008, OMAC has attempted to work with the sign by-law project team to participate in developing a by-law that is best for all stakeholders. OMAC prepared and delivered three submissions on Oct. 1, 2008; February 13, 2009 and March 31, 2009 that detailed the issues that needed to be addressed and provided recommendations for resolution. Despite repeated requests, OMAC has not been given the opportunity to review these submissions, nor received feedback from the sign by-law project team. OMAC recently sent letters of concern to Toronto Mayor David Miller on September 15, 2009 and to the sign by-law project leader on October 5, 2009. Neither letter received a response.

“This is not a fair, open or transparent process,” said Ms. Caron. “We have attempted to dialogue with the City over the past eighteen months but have never received a response of any kind concerning our many submissions including an independent economic analysis of the proposed billboard tax.”

OMAC is requesting a deferral of one month to enable all stakeholders to properly review the proposed sign by-law report and for the Planning & Growth Committee to hold a special meeting in December to deal with the matter.

OMAC members represent 90% of the outdoor advertising revenue generated in the City of Toronto which includes industry leaders such as Astral Media Outdoor, CBS Outdoor, the Outdoor Broadcast Network, Pattison Outdoor and Titan Outdoor.

To read OMAC’s position on the City of Toronto’s proposed harmonized sign by-law and billboard tax, visit:
http://www.omaccanada.ca/en/aboutus/government_affairs/default.omac

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About OMAC
OMAC (www.omaccanada.ca) is responsible for promoting the benefits and effectiveness of out-of-home media to advertisers and advertising agencies. OMAC seeks to develop and implement new initiatives that serve as a resource
to the industry and increase understanding of out-of-home media.

For more information, please contact:

Alyssa Sotak
Optimum Public Relations
416-967-8114
alyssa.sotak@cossette.com

Rosanne Caron
President, OMAC
416-968-3435 ext. 108
rcaron@omaccanada.ca

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Join Capital Networks at the IBM - 2009 Retail Showcase Event

Partnered with IBM, Capital Networks Limited will be on hand at this year's Retail Showcase Event displaying a variety of retail digital signage solutions powered by Audience™ software.

Event Description:

As Retailers and CPG companies, you need easy access to information in real-time in order to have the right products available to the consumer at the right time and at the right price. Many companies have a mountain of data but lack the tools or the expertise to effectively gather, analyze and act on business intelligence data. Join us as we discuss the impact and influence of Business Intelligence on Retail and CPG companies.

Featured Speakers:

1 - Elizabeth Calder: Keynote Presenter and Published Author

2 - Jim Mulholland: VP of IT for Creativity (a Key Supplier of WalMart)

3 - Norma Wolcott: IBM Systems & Technology Group, Retail Store Solutions Business Line Executive, IBM Retail Innovation Center

4 - Dr. Hugh Phillips: Former Professor at McGill University (an internationally recognized expert on the Cognitive Psychology of Shopping)

To register please visit:

IBM Events - Agenda: 2009 Retail Showcase Event

For further information, please contact Jim Vair, Vice President Business Development.
T: 905 946-1122 ext 231.

About Capital Networks Limited
Capital Networks Limited is a privately held company based in Markham, Ontario, Canada. Established in 1991, Capital Networks is a respected marketing, integration and sales organization for all DiGiMATiON incorporated software products and a leader in the supply and support of advanced multimedia systems to communications companies engaged in cable television operation, broadcasting, direct-to-home and place-based media. Capital Networks has sold Audience™ software through authorized re-sellers into 14 different market segments including Digital Signage, Cable TV, Education, Corporate and Medical applications in 35 countries. Current clients include: OLGC - Ontario, York Region Police - Ontario, RCMP - Canada, N.A.I.T. - Alberta, Pan Pacific Hotels - Singapore, Bell Globe Media - Toronto, Cablevision - New York, Rogers Cable TV - Toronto, Outdoor Broadcast Network - Toronto, Cox Communications, United States Marine Corps, Electronic Arts - Canada, and many others.

About DiGiMATiON incorporated
Founded in 1982, DiGiMATiON incorporated designs and develops leading-edge Broadcast Multimedia software systems. Staffed by a team of highly experienced programmers the firm has undertaken many high profile coding assignments for some of the best known communications companies in the world. The Audience™ suite reflects a remarkably flexible product line widely accepted by leaders in a wide range of industrial, educational, broadcast, cable, digital signage, hospitality, military and medical applications.

Wireless Ronin Provides Kiosks & Menu Boards for Burger Studio

Minneapolis-based Wireless Ronin Technologies have expanded their relationship with food services company ARAMARK by providing the hardware and software for the digital menu boards and interactive ordering kiosks of their new Burger Studio brand of campus restaurants. Wireless Ronin also participated in the creative process.

It will be especially interesting to see the interface for the kiosks as they allow students to "build their own burgers". We will keep you up-to-date with pictures as they become available. Here's the complete press release:



MINNEAPOLIS – October 28, 2009 - Wireless Ronin Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: RNIN), a Minneapolis-based digital signage provider, announced today that its relationship providing digital signage solutions for ARAMARK has expanded to include its newly launched Burger Studio brand through its Higher Education division.

“Wireless Ronin has been working with ARAMARK on the concept for over a year. We provided the touch screen order kiosk, the digital menu system and participated in the creation of the menu and touch interface design which was based on the visual style created by ARAMARK,” said James (Jim) Granger, president and CEO of Wireless Ronin Technologies. “We are excited to see the positive reaction and press coverage regarding the initial roll outs such as the article written by Nation’s Restaurant News.”

Wireless Ronin provides the hardware and RoninCast® digital signage software for digital menu boards and touch screen ordering kiosks. The Burger Studio kiosks allow students to build their own burgers by selecting their choice of Angus, chicken or veggie burgers and customize them with over 30 topping options. As they make selections, the kiosk displays their burgers being built with their topping choices. Once the order is complete, the kiosk prints a receipt while another order receipt prints in the kitchen area.

ARAMARK Higher Education provides professional services to more than 600 colleges and universities throughout North America and launched Burger Studio™, the first brand created entirely by students, this fall at the University of Delaware, University of Hartford, Middle Tennessee State University and Missouri Western State University. ARAMARK plans to open additional locations through the remainder of 2009 and early next year.

Wireless Ronin has worked with ARAMARK over the past year providing digital signage solutions for multiple ARAMARK divisions including Healthcare, Business Dining Service, K-12 and Higher Education. Wireless Ronin has provided consulting, creative design, project management, custom development, training, installation and hosting through the Network Operations Center located in Minneapolis.

About Wireless Ronin Technologies

Wireless Ronin Technologies (www.wirelessronin.com) is the developer of RoninCast®, a complete software solution designed to address the evolving digital signage marketplace. Wireless Ronin provides clients with a complete, turnkey digital signage system which allows the ability to manage a digital signage network from one central location. The RoninCast® digital signage software suite allows for customized distribution with network management, playlist creation and scheduling, and database integration. Wireless Ronin offers an array of services to support RoninCast® software including consulting, creative development, project management, installation, and training. The company's common stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol "RNIN."

This release contains certain forward-looking statements of expected future developments, as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements reflect management's expectations and are based on currently available data; however, actual results are subject to future risks and uncertainties, which could materially affect actual performance. Risks and uncertainties that could affect such performance include, but are not limited to, the following: estimates of future expenses, revenue and profitability; the pace at which the company completes installations and recognizes revenue; trends affecting financial condition and results of operations; ability to convert proposals into customer orders; the ability of customers to pay for products and services; the revenue recognition impact of changing customer requirements; customer cancellations; the availability and terms of additional capital; ability to develop new products; dependence on key suppliers, manufacturers and strategic partners; industry trends and the competitive environment; and the impact of losing one or more senior executives or failing to attract additional key personnel. These and other risk factors are discussed in detail in the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, on March 13, 2009.

Contact:

Holly Heitkamp

Marketing Specialist

(952) 564 - 3560

hheitkamp@wirelessronin.com


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Metro One Deploys Two Interactive Floors in Leading Shopping Centers

Metro One Development, Inc., a Concord, Ontario-based digital out of home media company, in association with Imagin8, announced that it has completed the successful deployment of StepOne, their interactive touch floor, in two leading high-end shopping centers in southern Ontario.

There was no mention of which malls in the release.

Vertigo save official

Recently we posted on how Toronto-based Vertigo Group may have been acquired by a firm called Digital Displays LLC. Today it was made official, Vertigo Group's digital assets have been acquired by TargetPath LLC founding partners Brad Gleeson and Scott Hix, in partnership with Chilin Technology, and created a new company Vertigo Digital Displays. Here's the full release:


October 27, 2009 –TargetPath LLC founding partners Brad Gleeson and Scott Hix, in partnership with Chilin Technology, today announced a new company, Vertigo Digital Displays, which has acquired the digital division assets of Vertigo Group based in Toronto, Canada.

The focus for Vertigo Digital Displays is on the continued development of advanced, engineered outdoor LCD display solutions first developed by Vertigo Group for the most sophisticated outdoor digital signage applications. Vertigo customers and projects include Titan Outdoor Chicago Rail project, Lamar’s Vancouver Rail Project, and Astral Media’s “Info-to-go” digital wayfinding pillars. Vertigo has over 10,000 advertising displays installed around the world with over 1000 of these digital. Vertigo was the first to introduce upgradeable displays that effectively enabled their customers to upgrade products as new display technologies emerge.

Managing the new company operations will be Ralph Idems (COO) and Chris Bolton (CTO), along with digital signage industry veteran Brad Gleeson, who will serve as the new company’s President and CEO.

“We are pleased and excited to be able to continue the development and delivery of the advanced display solutions first pioneered by Vertigo Group, under this newly-founded company,” said Brad Gleeson, CEO, Vertigo Digital Displays. “We have known Ralph and Chris for several years and have tremendous respect for the products and business they have built. With much of the original team returning, and with the support and encouragement of the previous company’s customers and suppliers, as well as our strategic investors at Chilin Technology and TargetPath, we are extremely confident in the future prospects for Vertigo Digital Displays.”


Vertigo Digital Displays’ products include the successful Vertigo Universal Outdoor Display, which is the integrated outdoor display deployed on Chicago commuter train rail platforms. Consisting of a modular design for ease of service and maintenance, and Vertigo’s revolutionary Environmental Control Unit providing reliable low power outdoor performance, the Vertigo Universal Outdoor Display is the first digital signage solution of its type to offer modular configuration designed specifically for deployment in harsh environments. The Universal Outdoor Display is available in a wide range of sizes and configurations, is rated for temperatures from -20C to +50C and is IP65-rated for exposure to rain and harsh weather.

About Vertigo Digital Displays LLC
Vertigo designs, engineers and manufactures integrated media systems, including advanced display enclosures and digital display solutions, as well as world-class street furniture, transit shelters and digital information kiosks. Based in Toronto, Canada, Vertigo is one of the largest providers of innovative media display solutions to the largest outdoor media companies in the world. For more information, visit Vertigo group at www.vertigodisplays.com.

About Chilin Technology
Chilin Technology, founded in 1964 as part of the Chi-Mei Group, is a leading OEM/ODM design, engineering and manufacturing company specializing in backlighting technology, material sciences and LCD display systems. Based in Tainan, Taiwan, Chilin Technology delivers display innovation and value as one of the world’s most vertically integrated manufacturers of flat panel displays.
Chilin Technology at www.chilintech.com

About TargetPath LLC
TargetPath is a global business development and management consulting business specializing in display technology and digital media clients. TargetPath consultants partner with our clients to accelerate business growth and revenues through strategic planning, marketing and brand development, product strategy, channel creation and expansion, supply chain, logistics and service optimization.
TargetPath at www.targetpath.com

Vertigo Digital Displays
MEDIA CONTACTS:
Kim Carpenter, 503-750-3685
kim.carpenter@targetpath.com

Captivate Strengthens Office Tower Portfolio

The DailyDOOH reports that Toronto-based Captivate Network has signed many of its high-end Canadian office tower portfolio partners to long-term contracts through 2016 and beyond.

Captivate Network now operates approximately 9,000 elevator screens in 946 buildings across North America (1,500 of those screens in Canada).

Monday, October 26, 2009

November Digital Signage Mixer in Toronto

Toronto Digital Signage Mixer is set for Nov 17th. Sponsored by Samsung, mixer will be at www.sixstepsrestaurant.com, 6:30-9pm.

Teehan+Lax Digital Signage Demo Reel

Toronto's Teehan+Lax have a new demo reel showcasing their digital signage creative for Telus Mobility:

Digital Signage Examples from Teehan+Lax on Vimeo.

Ottawa Airport gets CBC News Network

CBC News Express, a Canadian narrowcast television network that is a joint venture between CBC Television and Clear Channel Outdoor, will be expanding into Ottawa International Airport. Clear Channel Outdoor Canada will be overseeing the project.

Previously, CBC News Express was available only in Toronto’s Pearson and Vancouver airports.

The narrowcast consists of news, weather, sports and entertainment news, in English and French, for 18 hours per day divided in 60 minute loops with ads representing one third of it. The content is displayed on 50” high definition screens, located throughout the airport, including key baggage claim and hold room areas and has the possibility of reaching 4.3 million passengers.

Clear Channel expects expansion into Winnipeg and Edmonton soon.

The only other network that is similar in the Canadian space is Astral Media's AéroTV at Montreal and Quebec City airports with approximately 6.4 million captive travelers.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Flow Jamaica Chooses Capital Networks Software To Run Hotel Information Channels

Flow, a member of the Columbus Communications group of companies, is a telecommunications provider with a proven track record in developing and operating advanced broadband networks. Within Jamaica, Flow provides high quality digital and broadband services to both business and residential customers.

As an extension to the broadband services already being provided to Jamaica's numerous hotels, Flow is using the Audience™ software platform to offer hyper-local information channels to more than 14,000 hotel rooms across the country.

An impressive client list that includes the Ritz Carlton - Rose Hall Jamaica, the Hilton Kingston Jamaica and the Spanish Court Hotel are running the custom hotel information channels in guest rooms as well as various public areas throughout the hotel property. Channels are designed with the look and feel of each individual hotel in mind and content is customized to each hotels personal specifications.

The Audience™ platform is responsible for the creation, distribution and scheduling of content using a variety of templates and automated data streams. Headline news, hyper-local weather and general tourist FAQ's are combined with hotel events, schedules, restaurant info and airport flight information - updated automatically every 6 minutes.

The inclusion of Audience.Billboard™ allows designated hotel staff the ability to create, schedule and post content as easily as filling out a web form.

Beyond providing essential information to guests, the channels use a combination of still and video content for self promotion as well as generating extra revenue through paid advertising.

For further information, please contact Jim Vair, Vice President Business Development.
T: 905 946-1122 ext 231.

About Capital Networks Limited
Capital Networks Limited is a privately held company based in Markham, Ontario, Canada. Established in 1991, Capital Networks is a respected marketing, integration and sales organization for all DiGiMATiON incorporated software products and a leader in the supply and support of advanced multimedia systems to communications companies engaged in cable television operation, broadcasting, direct-to-home and place-based media. Capital Networks has sold Audience™ software through authorized re-sellers into 14 different market segments including Digital Signage, Cable TV, Education, Corporate and Medical applications in 35 countries. Current clients include: OLGC - Ontario, York Region Police - Ontario, RCMP - Canada, N.A.I.T. - Alberta, Pan Pacific Hotels - Singapore, Bell Globe Media - Toronto, Cablevision - New York, Rogers Cable TV - Toronto, Outdoor Broadcast Network - Toronto, Cox Communications, United States Marine Corps, Electronic Arts - Canada, and many others.

About DiGiMATiON incorporated
Founded in 1982, DiGiMATiON incorporated designs and develops leading-edge Broadcast Multimedia software systems. Staffed by a team of highly experienced programmers the firm has undertaken many high profile coding assignments for some of the best known communications companies in the world. The Audience™ suite reflects a remarkably flexible product line widely accepted by leaders in a wide range of industrial, educational, broadcast, cable, digital signage, hospitality, military and medical applications.

Pixman gets rid of CEO

Pixman Nomadic Media as part of their restructuring have let go of CEO Philippe Gribeauval.

Gribeauval has also given up his seat on the Board of Directors.

Company chairman Daniel Langlois will take the role of interim CEO while the position waits to be filled. A board sub-comity comprised of Valier Boivin, Daniel Langlois et Daniel Sawaya, will supervise the restructuring and the financial activities of the publicly held company.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

tava touchpoints...released some news. I think.

Tava touchpoints, a Vancouver-based media company, posted a press release on Ooh-tv...the problem is, we're not exactly sure how any of it is news. The content of the release just seems to be points that should be on their website, promoting their service and products--and its really long. Sure they may be bringing emerging technology and services into retailing to help brand marketers communicate more effectively with consumers, just when those shoppers are making buying decisions, but who isn't saying that.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Vertigo may be acquired by Digital Displays LLC

Mid-September we had posted regarding Vertigo Group's financial woes and that they were possibly going out of business but, according to Digital Signage Today, they may be rescued. It seems that Digital Displays LLC CEO, Brad Gleeson, is planning to purchase the assets of Vertigo Group. Pending closing, a new company tentatively to be called Vertigo Digital Displays has been formed to continue to design and sell integrated indoor and outdoor digital display solutions.

Q4Media Gets a Booster Shot with the Selection of ScreenScape for the Delivery of Health and Wellness Information to Hospitals and Clinics

MedXTV and ScreenScape partner to deliver cost effective 'state of the art' communications and advertising network for the healthcare community

Toronto, ON, and Charlottetown, PE - October 19, 2009 -- ScreenScape Networks Inc., the leader in Venue Networking solutions announced that they have entered into a strategic partnership with Q4 Media Management and MedXTV for the provision of a comprehensive digital signage service for the healthcare industry in North America. MedXTV will be providing healthcare institutions with hardware, installation, content management and maintenance services. This innovative service will be offered by MedXTV at no cost to the participating hospitals. ScreenScape's sophisticated Venue Networking platform will be the engine that delivers relevant healthcare information and advertising content to MedXTV's viewers.

Gordon Woolnough, President and CEO of Q4 Media and MedXTV noted, "The healthcare industry was clearly looking for a creative and effective communications service to get critical information delivered to their facilities. MedXTV through its strategic relationship with ScreenScape now has a platform that makes the delivery of this information economically feasible. We are now uniquely positioned to deliver both industry related health and wellness information and product advertising from both local and national industry suppliers to the healthcare community at large."

Kevin Dwyer, President and CEO of ScreenScape commented, "Q4 Media has been involved in the digital signage industry for over a decade and is extremely familiar with the many digital signage options that were available to them for this important industry initiative. The selection of ScreenScape's Venue Networking service by Q4 Media Management is a strong endorsement of our technology platform and the strength of Venue Networking as the new vehicle for the delivery of content to venues of any kind. The healthcare community is a key vertical market for ScreenScape. We are confident that this partnership with Q4 Media and MedXTV positions us to deliver a cost effective, comprehensive and valuable educational service to the healthcare industry and the many patients they serve."

As a Network Marketing partner, Q4 Media and MedXTV will leverage the Internet based ScreenScape Venue Networking service, specifically the powerful group and community features of the platform. ScreenScape's sophisticated Marketing Group License provides MedXTV with access to technology that allows them to distribute, share or exchange content representing multiple brands and sources of industry information to any number of venues in their community or network. MedXTV will be able to instantly distribute relevant industry information or content to specific healthcare institutions or to the entire healthcare community at large. All participating institutions will also become active members of the ScreenScape community and as such have the ability to interact with any other members of the community as they
see fit.

Robert Gale of Gale Design will be responsible for the creation of the MedXTV content for this community. As a seasoned veteran of the digital signage industry with over 15 years of experience in the delivery of conventional digital signage services, Gale noted, "The simplicity and sophistication of the ScreenScape platform provides me with tools required for the creation and distribution of content that simply don't exist anywhere else in the industry. This unique blend of technology and service provided by ScreenScape makes it possible for MedXTV to deliver an economically viable solution to the healthcare community. Traditional digital signage solutions would be cost prohibitive in this budget constrained industry."

About Q4 Media Management
Since 1977 the principles and stakeholders of Q4 Media Management have developed one of the largest municipal advertising networks in North America. This network includes multiple media products from Transit System advertising, Dome Stadium advertising, Arena advertising, Community Centers, Hospitals, Restaurants and Airports. For more information please visit q4canada.com.

About ScreenScape Networks
ScreenScape is an Internet Service and Community that offers a smarter, simpler and more cost-effective way to use screen displays in your venue. Members of ScreenScape form a community of venues interconnecting to establish a shared resource and a marketplace for exchanging content.

ScreenScape Networks Inc.
screenscape - at- screenscape.net
(902) 368-1975
P.O. Box 291, 133 Queen Street, 3rd Floor, Charlottetown, PE C1A 7K4 Canada
http://screenscape.net

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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Rev's Entertainment Bowls a Perfect Game with ScreenScape's Digital Signage Platform

Bowling & Entertainment Center joins ScreenScape's Venue Network to launch 20 screen displays within their Burnaby location and plans to rollout additional screens to 5 other locations

Burnaby, BC and Charlottetown, PE, October 16, 2009 -- REVS Entertainment, announced the selection and deployment of ScreenScape's Venue Networking service for their Bowling & Entertainment Center in Burnaby. ScreenScape provides state-of-the-art platform for the promotion of their products, services and events. Revs Entertainment will also use the ScreenScape platform to extend advertising opportunities to other local community interests.

Richard Lazazzera, Business Development Manager for REVS noted, "The introduction of ScreenScape's Venue Networking service offers small businesses a simple, user friendly platform for all kinds of in-venue promotions. People come to Revs to have a good time, and the screen displays just extend our means of entertaining. We have contests and events going on all the time and now there's much more visibility for our customers into what's happening. The extra visibility has increased participation and sales."

"ScreenScape is uniquely positioned to provide businesses like ours with a cost-effective, feature rich service to promote our products, services, events and suppliers' products. We expect to see an increase in sales for the products, such as food and drink items that we have been promoting on our ScreenScape displays. As well as being a cost effective solution, it was simple to implement with over 20 screens in our Burnaby location." continued Lazazzera.

Beyond promoting products, services and events within a single venue, ScreenScape's community-based service allows venues to push their promotions and specials out to other venues in the ScreenScape Community, effectively extending their reach and visibility across a wide spectrum of independent venues.

"Our ability to reach people in other venues will certainly create awareness and help drive traffic to our Burnaby location. We are so pleased with this solution we intend to roll out the ScreenScape solution to our other 3 locations, Maple Ridge, Bowlero and RoseBowl and perhaps to our golf course Westwood Plateau Golf & Country Club and Westwood Plateau Golf Academy." Lazazzera stated.

Kevin Dwyer, President and CEO of ScreenScape commented, "We are thrilled to have REVS Entertainment join the growing community of satisfied ScreenScape users. I know that Richard Lazazzera was particularly interested in finding a solution that would allow him to easily and cost effectively reach his customers with both their product and service message. ScreenScape will allow him to do just that for only $9.99 a month. It's a great way for REVS Entertainment to educate, entertain and inform their customers on all that REVS Entertainment has to offer."

About REVS Entertainment
REVS Entertainment is Western Canada's largest and most modern state-of-the-art bowling facility that specializes in group functions such as company & birthday parties, fundraisers and team building events. Taking great pride in the entertainment value, REVS offers a dynamic environment as the "cool place to be" for all your bowling entertainment. In addition to our great bowling facility we offer outstanding food choices such as our New Vibe Pizza and Kansas City Bar-B-Q Shack that offers award winning Southern Smoke-House Barbecue. REVS Entertainment also owns and operates Westwood Plateau Golf and & Country Club and the Westwood Plateau Golf Academy.

About ScreenScape Networks
ScreenScape is an Internet Service and Community that offers a smarter, simpler and more cost-effective way to use screen displays in your venue. Members of ScreenScape form a community of venues interconnecting to establish a shared resource and a marketplace for exchanging content.

ScreenScape Networks Inc.
(902) 368-1975
P.O. Box 291, 133 Queen Street, 3rd Floor, Charlottetown, PE C1A 7K4 Canada
http://screenscape.net

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Lorrie Jollimore
(902) 368-1975

Clicking is so 90's

because clicking is so 90s! from andreaslutz on Vimeo.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Oyster House Serves Up ScreenScape Digital Signage to Entertain Their Customers

Burlington Oyster House joins ScreenScape Venue Network to entertain their customers and discover additional advertising revenue

Burlington, ON and Charlottetown, PEI October 15, 2009 -- Jake's Grill & Oyster House announced the selection and deployment of ScreenScape, an Internet-based Venue Networking solution, for deployment at their Burlington location. ScreenScape's members form a community of screen displays for sharing content within an open venue network. The ScreenScape platform will allow Jake's Grill to extend advertising opportunities to other local community interests.

Jamie Myers, owner of Jake's Grill noted, "The introduction of ScreenScape's Venue Networking service offers us a simple, user friendly platform for all kinds of in-venue promotions, such as our weekly specials and upcoming events."

"ScreenScape was very easy to implement, and already customers are taking notice. The content we have running on the screens is entertaining, and it's really helping promote our catering services, specialty items and supplier's products as well. We are very pleased with the service and at $9.99 a month it's very affordable for small business." continued Myers.

ScreenScape's Venue Networking approach allows members to promote their content in a community and add new lines of revenues through local advertisers. In keeping with their connection to the Burlington community, Jake's Grill & Oyster House also plans to use their screens to help promote local charities and community events.

"Our ability to reach people in other venues will certainly create awareness and help drive traffic to our Burlington location. We are so pleased with this solution we intend to add additional screens within our restaurant." stated Myers.

Kevin Dwyer, President and CEO of ScreenScape commented "Jamie was particularly interested in finding a solution that would allow him to reach his customers easily and cost effectively with both their product and service message. ScreenScape will allow him to do just that for only $9.99 a month. It's a great way for Jake's Grill to educate, entertain and inform their customers on all that they have to offer."

About Jake's Grill & Oyster House
In 1985 Burlington resident Jamie Myers (The Big Oyster!) built & opened this popular restaurant and remodeled it in 1998 to become Jake's Grill & Oyster House. The popular restaurant features market fresh oysters from the Atlantic & Pacific Oceans. Jake's offers the area's best selection of fresh fish & fine shellfish, and steaks that are hand cut from fresh Canadian AAA aged beef and grilled over a natural hardwood fire. As well as being a popular restaurant Jake's Grill provides a Catering and Event Management service.

About ScreenScape Networks
ScreenScape is an Internet Service and Community that offers a smarter, simpler and more cost-effective way to use screen displays in your venue. Members of ScreenScape form a community of venues interconnecting to establish a shared resource and a marketplace for exchanging content.

ScreenScape Networks Inc.
(902) 368-1975
P.O. Box 291, 133 Queen Street, 3rd Floor, Charlottetown, PE C1A 7K4 Canada
http://screenscape.net

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

VIDEO: Interactive Window Promoting Dusk TV

Here's a video of an interactive rear projection in a store-front window in Toronto by Media Merchants and Gridcast Media promoting the rebranding of Canadian specialty cable channel Scream to DUSK:

Astral Media Outdoor's Digital Boards Coming to Toronto, Vancouver

Astral Media Outdoor is expanding its Digital Network and setting up LED properties in Vancouver and Toronto.

Astral inaugurated its digital network with 14' x 48' LED billboards in ten locations on key highways in greater Montreal last Spring. The digital boards display six static advertising messages rotating in 10 second intervals that can adapt to the time of day. The boards can also provide an important service to the community through AMBER Alerts and safety advisories.

Nine 10’ x 34’ LED boards are planned for Vancouver’s Digital Network, located on the highways near the Burrard Bridge, the Lions Gate Bridge in West Vancouver, the Second Narrows Bridge in North Vancouver and the Sea to Sky Highway between Vancouver and Whistler.

The Vancouver boards are to be located on many Squamish First Nation lands and are expected to pump millions of dollars into their coffers.

Toronto's network will start off with three 14’ x 48’ digital boards, two on the Gardiner Expressway and one on Finch Avenue.

The new Digital Network properties are expected to be fully operational by early December.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

First Nations Community creates digital signage network to educate and inform



Kanenhariyo joins ScreenScape’s Venue Network as Affiliate Partner to create the world's first Screen Display Network aimed at the First Nations Community

OHSWEKEN, ON and CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - (October 13, 2009) Onkwakara Inc. and Digital Smoke Signals has chosen ScreenScape, an Internet-based Venue Networking solution, as platform provider for their First Nations media network. Digital Smoke Signals has purchased a ScreenScape Affiliate License allowing them to create a community news and advertising network using ScreenScape’s Internet-based service.

“The deployment of ScreenScape throughout the First Nations community will be a vital step in strengthening sustainable economies. The First Nations community has always been recognized for their entrepreneurial spirit. The adoption of a community-based platform like ScreenScape is a testimonial to the progressive thinking of Digital Smoke Signals in support of First Nations commerce. ScreenScape allows us to display up to the minute information such as news and current events, as well as provide a channel for our advertising partners to reach a targeted audience.” said Seth Lefort, of Onkwakara Inc.

Onkwakara Inc. aggregates and distributes news and ad content to the First Nations community of screen displays. The screens will be supplied by Digital Smoke Signals and will be located inside arenas, bingo halls and community centers.

“It’s very easy to populate the screens with content that is relevant to local residents. The ScreenScape platform allows us to speak to and represent the many audiences and voices in our diverse community. Additionally, ScreenScape will assist venues to target the many visitors frequenting locations within the community such as retail stores. Sharing our content within the ScreenScape Community communicates to a large audience.” Lefort continued.

A ScreenScape Affiliate License can be used to develop a screen display network that spans organizational boundaries. This allows for the distribution of messaging and advertising content to all screens within a network. While drawing upon a network partner’s centralized content distribution capabilities, each individual member can create and manage customized local content.

Kevin Dwyer, ScreenScape President and CEO stated, “We’d like to welcome Onkwakara and its subsidiary, Digital Smoke Signals to the ScreenScape Community. ScreenScape’s Internet-based approach and unique business model provides Onkwakara and Digital Smoke Signals with a simple and cost effective way to manage community-based content across a wide variety of venues and allows them to develop their own customized network within the ScreenScape Community. We’re delighted to be working with Onkwakara and Digital Smoke Signals to establish a presence within the First Nations Community.”

About Onkwakara Inc.

Onkwakara Communications & Consulting Inc. provides First Nations communities with a voice. Onkwakara, a Mohawk word meaning "our story" gives a fresh First Nations perspective to the news and current events within our communities.

About ScreenScape Networks

ScreenScape is an Internet Service and Community that offers a smarter, simpler and more cost-effective way to use screen displays in your venue. ScreenScape uses Internetworking principles and social media techniques to build collaborative marketing networks. Compared to traditional Digital Signage and Digital Out-of-Home (DOOH) advertising technologies these networks of interlinking screen displays offer new opportunities for collaboration and commerce at dramatically reduced costs.

ScreenScape Networks Inc.
(902) 368-1975
screenscape@screenscape.net

P.O. Box 291, 133 Queen Street, 3rd Floor, Charlottetown, PE C1A 7K4 Canada
http://screenscape.net

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Infopresse's annual media guide now available

The publishers of Infopresse, the monthly marketing, advertising and communications magazine, have released the Guide des Médias 2010. In its 18th edition, the guide provides listings of all the companies and an overview of the advertising and media industry in the province of Quebec.

The publication is produced in collaboration with the Conseil des directeurs médias du Québec.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Omnivex Highlights Innovative Airport Digital Signage Solutions at ACI Conference

Airports approach digital signage more strategically, using data to improve airport efficiency and passenger flow

CONCORD, Ontario--As the airport industry expands the use of digital signage, Ominivex Corporation is helping airports rethink the role of these screens to improve wayfinding, advertising, and operational efficiency. Omnivex software is used by airports around the world to aid facility navigation, improve Customs and Immigration procedures, display targeted messages in multiple languages and inform and entertain passengers. Omnivex Corporation, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and provider of enterprise-level software for digital signage networks, will demonstrate its award-winning software at the Airports Council International conference in Austin, TX, October 11 - 14.

Visual communications play a vital role in helping to inform and move people seamlessly throughout all types of transportation environments. Omnivex has been a leader in software development for the management of digital signage networks since 1991. Omnivex software has been installed at many airports, including Vancouver International Airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport, Kuwait International Airport, Mexico City International Airport, Montreal-Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport, San Francisco International Airport, Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport and Vienna International Airport.

Omnivex software is used to create and manage all types of digital content shown in airports on a multitude of electronic displays including LCD, plasma and LED boards. Airports use digital signage as a way to display dynamic, real time content such as flight, gate and baggage information, menu boards, wayfinding, advertising and even visual paging. Omnivex software interfaces with existing flight information databases as a content source and as a means of triggering appropriate, location specific content on the screens.

Additionally, Omnivex software can be used to manage interactive facility maps, directional instructions and baggage claim information displays. The software can even automatically update information to be shown in the language appropriate to the current flight schedule. This improves the flow of people throughout the airport, resulting in better passenger satisfaction.

Omnivex recently introduced a new software suite, Moxie, which builds on their years of industry experience. Featuring unprecedented graphics capabilities, enhanced network control and a simplified user interface, Moxie software functions in real-time and automates the process of maintaining accurate, visually captivating displays, while lowering operating costs.

“Streamlining the management of display content on the hundreds of screens that can be in an airport is critical for both airport efficiency and operating costs,” said Jeff Collard, president of Omnivex. “Omnivex software automatically pulls information from an airport’s existing flight information database, then formats that information and displays it on the appropriate screens in the facility. The software allows airport personnel to set business rules, such as if a flight is arriving from Mexico City, Customs information should be displayed in English and Spanish. This type of sophisticated automation allows airports to run more efficiently, with better customer satisfaction.”

Omnivex will be demonstrating its software products at the ACI-NA in booth #219 at the Austin Convention Center, beginning on Sunday October 11.

About Omnivex Corporation

Founded in 1991, Omnivex Corporation is a leader in software development for digital signage networks and electronic displays. Omnivex software is used by over 2,000 customers, including many Fortune 500 companies, to manage all aspects of digital signage networks, including content management, real-time data acquisition and distribution, and remote device monitoring and management. Omnivex and our customers have been recognized with numerous awards for excellence in digital signage. For more information, visit www.omnivex.com.

Contacts

Elizabeth Cartan
Marketing Manager
Omnivex Corporation
(905) 761-6640
ecartan@omnivex.com

Pixman Nomadic Media restructuring their operations


Montreal-based Pixman Nomadic Media (TSX-V: "PMN") announced that they're performing some important restructuring of their activities yesterday. Based on weak sales performance over the last three quarters, Pixman's Board of Directors has decided to act quickly and reduce the total expenditure of the corporation to focus on recapitalization and to support the development of its new mobile device applications.

The TSX Venture traded firm attributes the need for change to "global economic slowdown and the decline of activities in the field of advertising".

Pixman is mostly known for its TribalCastMD solution, which is basically street-level brand promotion by people wearing screens on their backs.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

NAV CANADA and Barco to partner for major technology refresh

ATCA, Washington, D.C., USA, 6 October 2009 – Barco, a leader in professional display and visualization solutions, announces that it has been selected by NAV CANADA to provide an LCD-based networked graphics display solution for their CAATS and GAATS+ Air Traffic Control (ATC) systems, currently estimated at 500 units.

"We are pleased to be working with Barco on this important project, now in the final stages of contract negotiations," said John Crichton, President & Chief Executive Officer of NAV CANADA.

In response to NAV CANADA's industry-wide request for proposal for an upgraded graphics and main ATC display system, Barco offered NAV CANADA the market leading ISIS 2Kx2K LCD display along with the Display Processor Module – DPM-7700, a cost-effective networked graphics solution. With more than 8,000 displays operational worldwide, the ISIS 2Kx2k display has earned its reputation as the most reliable ATC display in the market. The new DPM-7700 networked display server can simultaneously drive dual 4 mega-pixel displays (including dual 2Kx2K displays) independent of the host processor and operating system.

The DPM-7700 leverages multiple mission-critical solutions provided for many applications that implement a common architecture using COTS component building blocks. This provides a program-specific solution to meet difficult image/display processing requirements. Over the past 20 years, Barco has served NAV CANADA by providing visualization solutions, including record and playback of air traffic control operations.

About NAV CANADA
NAV CANADA, the country's civil air navigation services provider, is a private sector, non-share capital corporation financed through publicly-traded debt. With operations coast to coast, NAV CANADA provides air traffic control, flight information, weather briefings, aeronautical information services, airport advisory services and electronic aids to navigation.

About Barco
Barco, a global technology company, designs and develops visualization products for a variety of selected professional markets. Barco has its own facilities for Sales & Marketing, Customer Support, R&D and Manufacturing in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific. Barco (NYSE Euronext Brussels: BAR) is active in more than 90 countries with about 3300 employees worldwide. Barco posted sales of 725 million euro in 2008.
© Copyright 2009 by Barco - May be reproduced by professional press only.


For more information, please contact

Johanna Ocampo
Press & PR Specialist North America
Barco n.v.

Phone:+1 916 273 5301
johanna.ocampo@barco.com

Nancy Xiao
Press & PR Manager APAC
Barco n.v.

Phone:+86 10 8012 0885
nancy.xiao@barco.com

Sophie Hautekeete
Press & PR EMEA
Barco n.v.

Phone:+32 56 36 80 59
sophie.hautekeete@barco.com

Daktronics Releases Freeform LED Education Guide

Daktronics released its interactive Freeform LED Education Guide today that covers several topics important to LED professionals and discusses different scenarios like daytime viewing, contrast, transparency/fill factor, viewing distance, and closes with a technical glossary.

Those interested in receiving the guide can sign up at www.daktronics.com/SpectacularsSignup. Once registered, users will also receive regular updates on the industry, new technology, and other educational pieces.

Bassett Media Group Goes to China

Bassett Media Group Corp., a Toronto-based digital signage network owner, has signed a letter of intent with respect to the proposed acquisition of all of the outstanding shares of Haizou Media Corporation (HMedia) for an initial purchase price of $5,000,000, payable through the issuance of common shares of Bassett Media to the shareholders of HMedia at a price of $0.22 per share.

Formed in 2006 to take advantage of the growing demand for advertising services in China, HMedia now owns and operates over 50,000 advertising display screens that are strategically located in high-traffic neighbourhoods across 20 cities in China and estimated to reach approximately 20 million consumers daily.

Read Bassett Media Group's official release here.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Docteur du Pare-Brise gears up with digital signage

Docteur du Pare-Brise (DPB), a specialist in car windshield repair, has awarded a contract to Boisbriand, QC-based, Groupe VIVA, to install and manage an in-store signage network in its performance automobile accessory boutiques.

The operator has been granted a contract to install the systems, manage the technology on a day-to-day basis and develop the content.

Officially launched on October 1st at twenty locations, the network will mainly serve to display marketing, informational and promotional messages, highlighting products from suppliers & partners, such as Michelin and Yokohama.

By December, around thirty locations should be equipped with the new in-store signage system with a total of about 50 later in 2010.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

X2O Media providing digital signage for St. Louis tennis squad

X2O Media announced that its new single-player digital signage software, Xpresenter Xe, was used by the St. Louis Aces tennis team to display sponsored content while promoting the team's upcoming matches during its 2009 season (ed. X20's announcement comes a little late, the Ace's season runs for 21 days in July).

The content was output to three 52" screens and the project was managed by Midwest Production Group and Professional Video Supply.

Via Digital Signage Today.