Monday, December 8, 2014

Munich Airport selects Matrox graphics cards to drive giant flight info display wall

Montreal (PRWEB) December 08, 2014 --Matrox® Graphics Inc. today announced that Munich Airport has leveraged Matrox M-Series multi-display graphics cards to power a 72-monitor flight information display system (FIDS). Recommended and installed by local system integrator InoNet, Matrox M9148 quad-monitor and M9188 octal-monitor boards reliably drive high-definition flight and departure information on a 19-meter-wide by 2.30-meter-high FIDS video wallone of the largest of its kind.

To run the unique installation, InoNet uses an M9148 and M9188 board pairing within six of their Magnius-2 video wall controller systems. Each workstations 12 displays have been combined to form an 18x4 matrix, outputting an astonishing 72 NEC X463UN displays at individual resolutions of 1920x1080. With the NEC displays slim 5.7mm bezel design, the resulting video wall enables a nearly 180° viewing platform on which all 72 displays are completely visible from any front-viewing position. A configured fail-safe mechanism on the displays also ensures continuous operation with minimal downtime and IT intervention.

The aim of the installation was to present razor-sharp content across the entire display. There is no scaling via daisy chaining on the 72 displays, where each monitor is individually supplied with Full HD content, said Susanne Gomez, Key Account Manager Digital Signage at InoNet. Using Matrox M-Series, we were able to realise the requirements quickly and easily.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Montreal's Digital Column Network nominated for Gala Awards

The Digital Column Network in Montreal run by Astral Out-of-Home, a Division of Bell Media, is a finalist in this year's DailyDOOH Gala Awards. The urban columns have been nominated in the "Best Digital Poster or Street Furniture Implementation" category.

Montreal's Digital Columns feature a high-definition screen that is extremely bright, very visible and perfect for making images stand out in an urban environment. Astral Out-of-Home’s 24/7 coverage is monitored from a high-tech control centre. Six advertisers are rotated in a 48 second loop, running for a continuous four-week period.

Winners will be announced at the gala taking place at Banqueting House, London, Thursday, December 4, 2014.


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

BroadSign chosen to power 'Digital Giants' in Slovenia

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia, Nov. 26, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - The largest network of digital out-of-home displays in Slovenia, TSmedia, has selected BroadSign International, LLC's cloud-based digital signage software to power its new class of technologically advanced LED screens, called "Digital Giants".

Seven digital billboards ranging from 13 to 55 square meters in size were activated in May 2014 and complement TSmedia's preexisting displays in the likes of shopping malls, post offices and gas stations. Located in prominent positions along Ljubljana's main crossroads, the city center and its biggest shopping mall, Digital Giants have rapidly been gaining popularity among advertisers and are viewed as the next "big" thing in Slovenian advertising.
TSmedia plans to expand the Digital Giants network to new locations in Ljubljana and across Slovenia.

"BroadSign was selected to power our new and advanced network of digital screens due to the significant importance we place on viewer-targeting, consumer engagement and high accountability," said Tomaž Pernovšek, CEO at TSmedia. "We are always working hard to offer our advertisers the latest and most efficient advertising platforms. The capabilities of BroadSign's robust software align with TSmedia's needs and will help meet our advertising objectives."

The entire TSmedia network of outdoor digital displays reaches almost 90% of Slovenia's population and guarantees advertisers extensive reach, visibility and successful campaign performance.

"BroadSign has developed a reputation for providing trusted and high quality performance to the biggest screens in the world, from Las Vegas' Harmon Corner to London's Waterloo Motion. As such, we are proud to add TSmedia, leading DOOH network of its nation, to this list of renowned locations and premium displays," said Skip Beloff, Vice President of Sales at BroadSign.

About BroadSign

BroadSign International, LLC is the first global provider of cloud-based software for digital signage networks. Its platform was designed exclusively as a management system for media companies operating digital out-of-home and digital place-based media networks, giving them an unlimited capacity for growth without adding personnel. After over a decade in the industry, BroadSign's latest incarnation, BroadSign X, has become a mature and reliable fit for all digital signage software needs and its Android-based smart player, BroadSign Xpress, has decreased the cost of deploying digital signage compared to PC-based hardware alternatives.

About TSmedia

TSmedia is a Slovenian corporation, renowned for its extensive experience in the development of digital contents and services, management of various media and information points.
TSmedia participates in creation of the Slovenian media landscape with the leading digital media Planet Siol.net, and constitutes the central Slovenian information point with najdi.si -- the entry point to the Slovenian Internet, the Telephone Directory of Slovenia, the Contact Centers 1188 and 1977, and the business register Bizi.si. According to MOSS (Slovenian online audience measurement), the medias of TSmedia enjoy the largest overall reach in the country, effectively reaching more than two thirds of all internet users.
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia, Nov. 26, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via PRWEB - The largest network of digital out-of-home displays in Slovenia, TSmedia, has selected BroadSign International, LLC's cloud-based digital signage software to power its new class of technologically advanced LED screens, called "Digital Giants".
Seven digital billboards ranging from 13 to 55 square meters in size were activated in May 2014 and complement TSmedia's preexisting displays in the likes of shopping malls, post offices and gas stations. Located in prominent positions along Ljubljana's main crossroads, the city center and its biggest shopping mall, Digital Giants have rapidly been gaining popularity among advertisers and are viewed as the next "big" thing in Slovenian advertising.
TSmedia plans to expand the Digital Giants network to new locations in Ljubljana and across Slovenia.
"BroadSign was selected to power our new and advanced network of digital screens due to the significant importance we place on viewer-targeting, consumer engagement and high accountability," said Tomaž Pernovšek, CEO at TSmedia. "We are always working hard to offer our advertisers the latest and most efficient advertising platforms. The capabilities of BroadSign's robust software align with TSmedia's needs and will help meet our advertising objectives."
The entire TSmedia network of outdoor digital displays reaches almost 90% of Slovenia's population and guarantees advertisers extensive reach, visibility and successful campaign performance.
"BroadSign has developed a reputation for providing trusted and high quality performance to the biggest screens in the world, from Las Vegas' Harmon Corner to London's Waterloo Motion. As such, we are proud to add TSmedia, leading DOOH network of its nation, to this list of renowned locations and premium displays," said Skip Beloff, Vice President of Sales at BroadSign.
If you are looking to deploy a series of unique digital out-of-home displays in the near future, sign up for a 60-day free trial of BroadSign's digital signage software.
About BroadSign
BroadSign International, LLC is the first global provider of cloud-based software for digital signage networks. Its platform was designed exclusively as a management system for media companies operating digital out-of-home and digital place-based media networks, giving them an unlimited capacity for growth without adding personnel. After over a decade in the industry, BroadSign's latest incarnation, BroadSign X, has become a mature and reliable fit for all digital signage software needs and its Android-based smart player, BroadSign Xpress, has decreased the cost of deploying digital signage compared to PC-based hardware alternatives.
BroadSign's constant growth, extensive network and dedication to predicting and responding to industry trends make its digital signage solutions a safe bet for the future of networks with even the most complex of requirements. For more information about BroadSign, visit http://broadsign.com.
About TSmedia
TSmedia is a Slovenian corporation, renowned for its extensive experience in the development of digital contents and services, management of various media and information points.
TSmedia participates in creation of the Slovenian media landscape with the leading digital media Planet Siol.net, and constitutes the central Slovenian information point with najdi.si -- the entry point to the Slovenian Internet, the Telephone Directory of Slovenia, the Contact Centers 1188 and 1977, and the business register Bizi.si. According to MOSS (Slovenian online audience measurement), the medias of TSmedia enjoy the largest overall reach in the country, effectively reaching more than two thirds of all internet users.

Monday, November 3, 2014

X2O Media upgraded HTML5-based digital signage platform

X2O Media, a leading provider of real-time visual communications solutions, today announced the release of X2O platform version 5.5. Designed to streamline the content management workflow dramatically, the company’s newest release significantly simplifies the creation and management of media-rich channels for playout on any screen including digital displays, videowalls, tablets and smartphones. With a modern new look and a highly intuitive graphical user interface, content creation, scheduling, and playout of dynamic content on visual communication networks is easier than ever.

“We’ve redesigned our award-winning X2O platform to create an extremely intuitive user experience,” said David Wilkins, President of X2O Media. “Our goal has been to enable anyone to create TV-like channels featuring 3D animations and links to various data sources including databases, SharePoint content, and content on social media sites, without needing the skillset of a graphic designer or software developer. Accessible from anywhere and able to publish channels to any screen, version 5.5 has significantly simplified the end-to-end workflow.”
New platform features include:
  • New User Interface — The X2O Portal has been redesigned into a sleek, easy-to-use graphical user interface featuring solid colors, flat design elements, grid-style layouts, and a task bar atop each page that allows users to switch between commonly used tasks quickly.
  • New Schedule Manager — A simple drag-and-drop interface allows users to easily plan, review, and assign events across specific players.
  • New Animation Timeline Editor — Enabling users to animate channel elements over time using a drag-and-drop keyframe editor, the new Animation Timeline Editor results in more impactful visual communications and smoother broadcast-quality content playback.
  • Updated Campaign Manager — Improved creation of advertising and promotional campaigns using a color-coded grid system allows network operators and advertisers to quickly see an overview of their campaigns, target ads to appear on specific players, and immediately identify what slots are available to sell more ads.
Available now, X2O platform version 5.5 will be on display for the first time in North America at Customer Engagement World (CEW) 2014, Nov. 5-6 in booth 339.

BroadSign and Blue Bite partner to enhance mobile in digital out-of-home

Blue Bite, a leading mobile-marketing solutions provider, and BroadSign International, LLC, Montreal-based provider of cloud-based digital signage software, have announced a partnership intended to simplify and enhance the mobile component of digital signage campaigns.

As mobile is incorporated into an increasing number of digital signage programs, BroadSign and Blue Bite will harness the power of the former’s robust content management platform and the latter’s mTAG technology to deliver mobile marketing solutions in North America and worldwide.

“Blue Bite’s method of bridging the gap between digital and physical worlds through mobile is second to none, so it’s no surprise that its dominant market share consists of many BroadSign customers requiring reliable and innovative suppliers,” said Daniel Parisien, Vice President of Marketing and Strategy at BroadSign. “It is important that our partners offer the same level of quality and service that BroadSign has built its reputation upon – and the culture fit with Blue Bite is definitely present.”

In addition to sharing premium customers like Adspace Networks, Pikasso and JCDecaux, BroadSign and Blue Bite have an aligned vision regarding the future of digital out-of-home. Both companies believe in a technology-agnostic approach to mobile, with Blue Bite implementing the best fitting set of mobile onramps for each deployment and BroadSign functioning as a standardized and trusted means of content scheduling, display and reporting.

“BroadSign is a leader in the digital signage industry and we feel that a combined approach will offer a best-in-class platform for the digital out-of-home community,” said Mikhail Damiani, CEO at Blue Bite. “Furthermore, BroadSign gives us the ability to scale our footprint and deliver a larger mobile audience to Blue Bite’s brand and agency partners.”

Blue Bite and BroadSign are optimistic that the partnership will promote the benefits of allocating advertising dollars to DOOH media, from more effective consumer engagement to increased ROI. In offering advertisers the seamless ability to plan and execute campaigns with real time analytics and performance reports, the companies foresee rises in acceptance of and demand for integrated digital signage and mobile solutions – a trend that will further aid in the integration of current OOH and mobile practices for media agencies.

Such aspirations complement the Digital Place Based Advertising Association’s “video everywhere” approach to digital signage, an organization of which Blue Bite and BroadSign are members. Representatives from both parties will be present at the 2014 Video Everywhere Summit.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Corel offers SaaS digital signage solution

Corel, Ottawa-based software developer known for the CorelDRAW graphics suite, has released Corel Digital Signage™, its brand new digital display solution for small businesses. Powered by SmarterSign, the program helps businesses create and display compelling content in a matter of minutes. This powerful, yet easy-to-use, web-based software program allows users to showcase dynamic, high-quality content such as menu boards, videos, local weather, special offers and Twitter feeds for one low monthly cost, with no long-term contract. 

“We are very excited to be launching Corel Digital Signage,” said Gérard Métrailler, Vice President, Product Management, CorelDRAW. “Digital signage is a fantastic way to promote your business locally. We can now give small businesses access to the same technology that larger businesses have, in a simple, do-it-yourself way that delivers professional results at a very low cost. Corel Digital Signage gives these small businesses the ability to get up and running with digital signage in no time.” 



Corel Digital Signage contains a variety of easy-to-use features that allow users to quickly create and display personalized, relevant and up-to-date information on a TV screen. It includes hundreds of customizable, professionally designed templates, and a simple drag-and-drop workflow that lets anyone create impressive digital signage in minutes.  

Once users are happy with their results, it only takes one click to get the digital sign live. Simply connect a computer with Windows 7 or 8 to a TV screen, and the content will display. Corel Digital Signage is a web-based service, so it’s easy to modify and schedule content from any Windows or Mac OS computer with a web browser, no matter where you are. The player software automatically displays the latest content. 
Whether it’s in a store, lobby, office or at an event, business owners can produce high-quality digital signage without any technical or design experience.


Corel Digital Signage is offered with a no-risk, 15-day trial period and is available in North America for $29.95/month (USD).

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Go2Digital selects BroadSign for digital signage in Croatian shopping malls

Croatian digital signage network, Go2Digital, LLC, has selected BroadSign International, LLC’s cloud-based digital signage software to power its screens in shopping malls – the first network of its kind in the country.

The initial deployment consists of 50 double-sided totems with 65” screens across the top 17 malls in Croatia. Reaching over 2.2 million unique visitors each month, Go2Digital’s network has more viewers than the nation’s leading online portal and most-watched TV channel.

“BroadSign’s focus on ad-based DOOH networks and great references are what initially drew Go2Digital to its platform,” said Edin Pasalic, CEO and Co-Founder at Go2Digital. “Now that we’ve completed deployment, BroadSign’s automation allows us to minimize operating costs by maintaining a large network with one employee and maximize advertising opportunities by using criteria to quickly target campaigns to specific screens. These features demonstrate just why BroadSign is the number one provider of digital signage software.”

Running an ad-based model, Go2Digital accommodates the short shopping mall dwell time with 90-second loops divided into 15-second slots. Advertisers like Samsung, Unilever and Croatia’s leading telecommunications provider, Hrvatski Telekom, target specific audiences at certain times of the day through unique and interactive campaigns that complement or serve as a substitute to national TV and online outlets.

“The BroadSign platform is a robust and reliable means for enterprise networks to push the envelope when it comes to widespread advertising campaigns that rely on hyperlocal targeting,” said Skip Beloff, Vice President of Sales at BroadSign. “Go2Digital understands the Croatian market and we look forward to enabling its establishment of the largest national DOOH network as it expands into additional shopping malls and verticals.”

Go2Digital plans on bringing screens into supermarkets, transit venues and city networks, with a goal of 500 screens throughout Croatia in the near future. “We are following in the footsteps of major global network operators in terms of our regional strategy, verticals and of course, selecting the industry standard for software,” added Pasalic.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Astral OOH partners with Ayuda to power digital signage

Ayuda Media Systems, makers of their namesake software platform for DOOH networks, announced today that Astral Out-of-Home has chosen Ayuda Media Systems’ Splash™ digital signage software CMS and player to manage the content, playback, and reporting of all its digital assets in Canada. Astral-Out-of-Home, a division of Bell Media, is one of Canada’s largest and most recognized OOH operators whose traditional and digital media assets reach millions of Canadians in several major Canadian cities.

Demonstrating how smooth and effortless the transition has been, in just one month Astral Out-of-Home has already implemented Ayuda’s Splash player on many of its high profile digital billboards in most major Canadian DMAs including Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, and Edmonton. The rollout will continue quickly to all of Astral Out-of-Home’s digital assets in additional prime locations within Toronto, Montreal, and Quebec City on digital billboards, airports, and downtown street furniture and digital columns.

“At Astral Out-of-Home, we take pride in being Canada’s innovation leaders in digital out-of-home advertising. Our partnership with Ayuda Media Systems solidifies that position,” said Benjamin Mathieu, Director, Business Development, Transport, and Technologies, Astral Out-of-Home. “Ayuda Media Systems’ Splash™ digital signage software was chosen because it’s perfectly suited to our operational needs and is tailored to support the growth of our multiple Digital networks as well as continuing to meet and exceed our clients’ high standards.”

“This is a signature win for Ayuda” states Daniel Fleischer, Ayuda’s Vice-President of Global Business Development. “Astral Out-of-Home’s RFP process for this project was one of the most rigorous we’ve ever seen, and it’s an honor to have won it. This home-turf win is especially meaningful given the plethora of digital signage vendors right here in Montreal.” Fleischer continues: “A premiere company like Astral Out-of-Home commands excellence from all their partners, and choosing Ayuda is an honor that could only be bestowed upon a best-in-class digital signage software vendor.”

Andreas Soupliotis, Ayuda’s CEO, also enthusiastically commented: “Ayuda is delighted to be powering some of the most prestigious, high-traffic, digital locations across Canada. The deployment continues to proceed smoothly, and everything about the project just works. We’re looking forward to assisting Astral Out-of-Home as they continue to rapidly enlarge their digital footprint to major Canadian markets.”

Thursday, October 2, 2014

X2O Media appoints new Vice President of Sales

MONTREAL - Oct. 1, 2014 - X2O Media, a leading provider of real-time visual communications solutions, today announced that the company has named Darin Crosby as its Vice President of Sales. In his new role, Crosby will manage the company’s overall sales efforts, including collaborating closely with X2O Media’s channel partners and customers around the globe.

“We are proud to welcome Darin to our executive team,” said David Wilkins, President of X2O Media. “His deep industry and sales experience combined with his strategic vision will be key as we continue to grow our presence as a visual communications solutions provider. We are confident that Darin will bring a wealth of perspectives and insights to help us develop and grow our business.”

With more than 20 years of senior sales executive experience in technology-related industries, Crosby most recently served as Director of Sales, U.S. West for Evertz Microsystems — a global manufacturer of broadcasting equipment. In addition, he has held leadership positions as President of both Miranda Asia and Miranda USA, where he strengthened the company’s sales force and solidified key partnerships across the regions. Prior to his tenure at Miranda, he served as Worldwide Sales Manager for the Matrox Electronic Video Products Group, growing the worldwide reseller channel to promote and launch a flagship video editing system and computer graphics products. Earlier in his career, he led the Broadcast Division of VertigoXmedia Inc., the company from which X2O Media spun off in 2006. Crosby holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Concordia University.

“I’m excited to join the X2O Media team at such a key juncture and look forward to bolstering the brand’s momentum in the market,” said Crosby. “With innovative visual communications solutions that span the entire content creation and management workflow, X2O Media is poised for continued success impacting both operational efficiencies and collaboration in a variety of sectors from the enterprise to retail and beyond.”

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

BroadSign powering 800 displays for Australia’s Executive Channel

800 displays in 250 locations across five cities are powered by the BroadSign plateform.

 

Sydney, Australia. September 30, 2014. Australia’s office media specialist, Executive Channel, has converted 800 displays in 250 locations across five cities to BroadSign International, LLC’s digital signage software platform.

Executive Channel’s digital screen network connects advertisers with traditionally elusive executives while enhancing the tenant experience, reaching over 1,800,000 well-educated and affluent office workers each month. The network is expected to double in size over the next two to three years due to aggressive expansion plans in Australia and Europe, where it currently has 155 locations in the UK, 76 in France and 10 in the Netherlands.

“Executive Channel chose BroadSign because it met our strict criteria in user requirements, display needs and the development roadmap,” said Justin Kingston, Chief Operating Officer at Executive Channel.

Running in premium CBD office towers, Executive Channel’s product solutions include high-definition videowalls, digital screens in foyers, in-lift installations, brand interactions and corporate car park displays. Commercial-grade displays range from 24” to 70” in size.
High-profile customers including Expedia, Commonwealth Bank, IG Markets and Coles advertise on the network. Clients such as Expedia and IG Markets take advantage of Executive Channel’s real time digital innovation capability.

Executive Channel’s three minute loop features relevant, tailored advertising along with real-time content inclusive of news, weather, sports, entertainment and stock market updates.  Property owners have the ability to integrate their brand seamlessly into this messaging.

“BroadSign is known to power premium networks that cater to audiences and advertisers with high expectations,” said Skip Beloff, Vice President of Sales at BroadSign. “We are delighted that Executive Channel will use our rich feature set to satisfy said demands and look forward to working on further innovations with such a prominent partner in Australia’s corporate market.”

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Mediplay, Inc. Uses BroadSign International, LLC’s Open API to Create Mediplay Connect

Healthcare network allows subscribers to manage screens and content through its online client portal. 

Mediplay, Inc., owner of Mediplay Network, has used BroadSign International, LLC’s Open API to create an online client portal called Mediplay Connect. Catering to small and medium-sized medical facilities, Mediplay Connect delivers BroadSign’s enterprise-level digital signage software platform to local operators in an easy to learn and simple to use manner.

“With the help of BroadSign Open and feedback from our subscribers, Mediplay has successfully developed a product that makes digital signage approachable to any size practice,” said Jon Barnes, COO at Mediplay.

The Mediplay Network runs in waiting and exam rooms across the United States and generates 12 million views per year via 400 screens. Mediplay Connect allows subscribers to manage their displays and content loops, and the Mediplay Network’s ad-free nature means subscribers may schedule any amount of content and are not confined to a specific loop length.

Prior to partnering with BroadSign, Mediplay subscribers submitted content changes on a monthly basis, a labour intensive process not sustainable with envisioned growth. BroadSign Open enabled the development of the Mediplay Connect online interface that provides subscribers full control over their programming, ensuring the patient benefits from educational information and the facility can improve its means of communication while generating additional business.

“After working with several different vendors in the industry, we found that BroadSign was able to provide us with the functionality, support and flexibility needed to take the Mediplay Network to the next level,” added Barnes. “Furthermore, the BroadSign team’s knowledge of the marketplace, high level of customer support and willingness to adapt to the needs of our network keep us confident in our choice of software partner.”

Mediplay Connect gives subscribers access to a content library of over 600 videos covering 23 medical specialties. Manufacturer videos, news, entertainment feeds such as National Geographic and a variety of customizable templates like “before and after” and “physician biography” are also available. In addition, subscribers may upload and manage their own media in a private library.
Mediplay Connect facilitates instant messaging- a great way to convey wait times, sidebar images and background music to complement programming. At all times, the date, practice or facility logo and local weather are displayed on the screen.

“BroadSign was the first to bring an open API to the digital signage space, as we believe the future of digital signage lies in the creation of smart content running on standardized platforms,” said Daniel Parisien, Vice President of Marketing and Strategy at BroadSign. “Mediplay Connect is a great example of how integration allows network operators to focus on improvements while reducing overhead costs.”

Network operators wishing to develop their own smart content and applications via BroadSign Open are invited to sign up for a free trial of BroadSign’s cloud-based digital signage software.

About BroadSign

BroadSign International, LLC is the first global provider of cloud-based software for digital signage networks. Its platform was designed exclusively as a management system for media companies operating digital out-of-home and digital place-based media networks, giving them an unlimited capacity for growth without adding personnel. After over a decade in the industry, BroadSign’s latest incarnation, BroadSign X, has become a mature and reliable fit for all digital signage software needs and its Android-based smart player, BroadSign Xpress, has decreased the cost of deploying digital signage compared to PC-based hardware alternatives.

BroadSign’s constant growth, extensive network and dedication to predicting and responding to industry trends make its digital signage solutions a safe bet for the future of networks with even the most complex of requirements. For more information about BroadSign, visit http://broadsign.com.

About Mediplay

Mediplay, Inc., based in Huntington Beach, CA, provides medical facilities with a personalized, ad-free, waiting room patient education and marketing program. Using a simple, easy-to-use online interface, subscribers are able to manage any number of screens. Customized content can be created using a collection of beautifully designed templates, while an extensive library of videos, covering medical, manufacturer, and entertainment topics, provide a valuable source of infotainment. Mediplay transforms any HDTV, into a powerful communication tool. Educate patients. Market services. Boost the bottom line. For more information, including a product tour, please visit: http://www.mediplay.com

 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

ADFLOW entering Latin America through partnership with Logic Supply

ADFLOW Networks has established a strategic partnership with Logic Supply, to offer Latin American clients access to a pre-configured and pre-certified hardware and software solution for digital signage in office, retail, manufacturing and advertising environments.

By working closely with Logic Supply equipment (Logic Supply Industrial MiniPC’s) ADFLOW Networks has been certified to seamlessly integrate with Logic Supply’s line of media players. By completing a rigorous certification process, the companies have established a highly cost-effective solution for their Latin American Digital Signage clients that offers both high-performance and simple implementation.

“As a leading provider of enterprise digital signage software for content management and distribution, we consider our partnership with Logic Supply highly valuable for Latin American customers, as this facilitates immediate access to the latest generation of Logic Supply Video-players such as the DTS-MC600, capable of connecting up to 7 screens. All of the available systems will be configured to perform at optimal level with our content management software,” says Gary Davies, EVP, Sales & Marketing at Adflow Networks.



“By working with ADFLOW Networks to complete their software certification process, we will now be able to offer a fully compatible Digital Signage platform for our clients that eliminates the time and money associated with software verification. We’ve identified a real need in the Latin American market for a validated MiniPC platform and are very pleased that we’ve been able to partner with ADFLOW Networks to bring these pre-certified solutions to market,” says Jairo Blanco, Logic Supply Sales Manager for Latin America.

Source ADFLOW Networks.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

BroadSign appoints new CEO

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Montreal, QC. July 15, 2014. Leading provider of digital signage software and solutions, BroadSign International, LLC, today announced that its Board of Managers has appointed Burr Smith, President of BroadSign’s main shareholder, Jedfam, as Chairman and CEO. Former CEO, Brian Dusho, is assuming the position of BroadSign’s Vice Chairman.

The executive transition aligns with news that BroadSign has secured a line of credit from Silicon Valley Bank.

“As BroadSign plans to take on new initiatives in this period of unprecedented growth, I believe it is time to fully invest my attention into the company,” said Burr Smith, Chairman and CEO at BroadSign. “I am proud that the structural and financial foundation of BroadSign has enabled the corporation to raise capital solely on the power of its earnings. The business has reached a point where it can stand on its own two feet; debt-free, profitable and well-financed for future endeavours.”

“I am excited that the accomplishments realized during my tenure as CEO have led the company to this momentous deal,” added Brian Dusho, Vice Chairman at BroadSign, “and look forward to further developing other key initiatives that will assist in driving the value and market share of BroadSign.”

BroadSign has over 67,000 active player subscriptions and more than 200 digital signage networks running its cloud-based platform in over 35 countries. Its Android-based smart player, BroadSign Xpress, has sold over 6,500 units since made available to the market in September 2013.

“BroadSign is now in the position where it can grow its current portfolio by taking advantage of an increasing amount of opportunities,” said Jean Beaudry, COO at BroadSign. “As such, we are grateful for Silicon Valley Bank’s confidence in the strength of BroadSign’s operations.”

Silicon Valley Bank is an American-based high-tech commercial bank that targets industries such as software and hardware.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Ingram Micro expands IT services by acquiring Rollouts


SANTA ANA, Calif., June 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Ingram Micro Inc. ( NYSE: IM ) today announced an acquisition transaction with Rollouts, a Chaska, Minnesota based IT services company specializing in providing on-demand field technicians and rapidly-deployable workforces to businesses and IT solution providers throughout the United States and Canada.

Rollouts' unique and national technicians network, experienced project management team and extensive online project tracking tool are expected to immediately enhance the high-value portfolio of professional services now available to Ingram Micro channel partners.  As an integral part of Ingram Micro Professional Services, Rollouts will build upon its specialization within key vertical markets including retail, healthcare, finance, education and the public sector, to empower Ingram Micro channel partners with the technical expertise and field-deployable resources needed to realize the promise of technology.

"Ingram Micro is maximizing value for our channel partners by bringing to market the solutions, services and support they need to compete more effectively, scale their market reach and expand their technical expertise and professional services capabilities with ease and greater cost efficiency," says Paul Bay, president, North America Technology Solutions, Ingram Micro Inc.  "Adding Rollouts' proven and highly scalable workforce and project management services to our professional services portfolio will further enable our channel partners to pursue larger deals with confidence and look to Ingram Micro Professional Services as an extension of their own IT services practice."

Rollouts' current CEO Mark Webster will lead the services practice as director, North America Deployment Services, reporting to Greg Richey, director, Professional Services for Ingram Micro.

Click here for more information about Ingram Micro Professional Services or call (800) 456-8000, ext. 76094 to speak to an Ingram Micro sales representative.


About Ingram Micro Inc. Ingram Micro helps businesses realize the promise of technology.  No other company delivers the full spectrum of global technology and supply chain services to businesses around the world. Ingram Micro's global infrastructure and deep expertise in technology solutions, supply chain, cloud and mobility enable its business partners to operate efficiently and successfully in the markets they serve. Unrivaled agility, deep market insights and the trust and dependability that comes from decades of proven relationships, set Ingram Micro apart and ahead. Discover how Ingram Micro can help you realize the promise of technology.                 

SOURCE Ingram Micro Inc.                           

Friday, June 6, 2014

Christie expands digital signage solutions by acquiring Arsenal Media

Christie, a global leader in visual displays and audio technologies, announced today that  it has acquired Montreal-based Arsenal Media Inc., a digital signage agency specializing in experiential installations, interactive content and strategic digital signage installations. Arsenal Media will become Christie Creative Media Services, operating within Christie’s Global Professional Services group.

Sean James, vice president, Global Professional Services, who will oversee this operation, said “We are committed to better serving our customers with end-to-end digital and experiential installation solutions. Arsenal Media’s expertise in creating award-winning content, supported by a common thread strategy from concept to implementation, will allow Christie to broaden its digital signage capabilities. This acquisition is very timely given industry participants are increasingly gravitating towards providers with comprehensive offerings.”

Arsenal Media boasts an enviable track record in delivering high impact digital signage and experiential installations that include collaborations with clients such as Viacom, Caterpillar, Nielsen, Cineplex, Morguard, Freeman XP, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Gemological Institute of America, TAD Associates and the Montreal Convention Center. Past collaborations between Christie and Arsenal Media have included the Miami Dolphins’ BuzzWall™, Sun Life Financial’s branded gesture-based display at the Dolby Theatre, and Christie’s award-winning 24K and 8K lobbies in Cypress, California and Kitchener, Ontario.



As part of the acquisition, Arsenal Media’s co-founder, Denys Lavigne, will join Christie as the senior director, Experience Strategy and Creative Services within Global Professional Services. Speaking about the synergies being created, he said: “We have cultivated an excellent relationship with Christie over the past six years, and this blending of expertise makes for a natural progression for both groups. We share a common passion for exceeding customers’ expectations and, as part of the Christie family, we feel we now have all of the tools to continue delivering next-generation digital signage experiences for our clients.” The only impact to Arsenal Media’s existing client base is they now gain access to a broader scope of services and expertise.

Founded in 1999, Arsenal Media is a creative agency specialized in the development of experiential digital signage projects and innovative interactive installations. Arsenal Media’s comprehensive understanding of the digital signage media blends solid creative and technical skills that help clients define, create and deploy best-of-class digital experiences. Some of Arsenal’s recent projects can be seen on Christie’s YouTube channel.

Kathryn Cress, Christie’s vice president, Global and Corporate Marketing, commented that the acquisition supplements Christie’s existing relationships with digital media partners, who will find in Christie’s Creative Media Services team an additional resource. “I’m confident that Christie’s rental staging, projection mapping and other solution partners will increase their offerings and business when they take advantage of the new, expanded and improved Christie Global Professional Services” said Cress.

To date, Christie’s digital signage products and solutions have included indoor and outdoor HD LCD flat panels, LED-based MicroTiles® with proven DLP® technology, Christie Spyder image processors, the multi-touch Christie Interactivity Kit and the Christie JumpStart content management system for large-format displays. Complementing these proven products and solutions are services offered by Christie’s Global Professional Services division. Christie can drive projects through to completion from consultation to design and installation by experienced field application engineers. Christie’s Network Operations Center (NOC) provides peace of mind by keeping systems running 24/7 with monitoring and maintenance of digital signage installations. Projects completed by Christie Global Professional Services have included installations for The Walt Disney Company, Barneys New York, and LVMH Moët Hennessy’s Fresh® retail stores.

Christie is committed to creating the world’s best shared experiences through a wide range of visual display and communications options for retail, architectural, digital out of home and corporate environments. Backed by decades of industry experience, award-winning technology and solutions that capture attention, communicate information and deliver experiences, Christie is a one-stop shop for customers, partners, dealers and integrators.


Arsenal Media was advised by Wildon-LJJ Inc. in completing this acquisition.

Ayuda loves Out-of-Home

Ayuda Media Systems really love out-of-home advertising:

 
Ayuda - We love OOH from Ayuda Media Systems on Vimeo.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

BroadSign partners with digital signage content provider BlueFox

Montreal-based provider of cloud-based digital signage software BroadSign International, LLC has announced a content partnership with BlueFox SA. Headquartered in France, BlueFox provides rights-cleared premium content for digital out-of-home and digital place-based media globally.

“As BroadSign’s digital signage platform continues to mature and serve a growing number of networks, we have an increased responsibility to provide our customers with access to content that is timely, captivating and relevant to spectators’ environments,” said Daniel Parisien, Vice President of Marketing and Strategy at BroadSign. “It was a natural fit to add BlueFox, a company that supplies high quality content worldwide, to the BroadSign ecosystem.”

BlueFox’s strong international presence is bolstered by content offerings in 17 languages and high-profile clients such as JCDecaux, Clear Channel, Citibank, Carrefour, Intermarché, Areva and Orange.

“BlueFox is proud to provide professional digital signage content to the augmenting number of networks standardizing on BroadSign’s platform,” said Andrea Le Vot, Chief Executive Officer EMEA at BlueFox. “Our premium content feeds and technology are at the forefront of industry standards thanks to heavy investment in research and development. Like BroadSign, BlueFox raises the bar in terms of innovation that moves our industry forward.”

BroadSign Creator, an easy-to-use Web-based tool, allows BroadSign customers to build content from ready-made templates, enabling small networks or local operators within large networks to create and play back customized digital signage content. As a complement to BroadSign Creator’s rich feature set, the addition of BlueFox will now provide customers with the ability to add automated real-time content feeds, such as news, weather, sport data and traffic.

In line with BroadSign features that encourage advertisers to make use of smart content in digital signage campaigns, BlueFox services can work with those of other specialized platforms for custom and dynamic deliveries. For example, when combined with the automated audience measurement capabilities of fellow BroadSign partner, Quividi, content can be adapted in real-time depending on the audience viewing a screen.


A kiosk featuring BroadSign digital signage software, as well as BlueFox’s smart content and technology, will be on display within BroadSign’s booth at the upcoming FEPE Congress in Vienna, Austria. Those planning on attending the conference are invited to schedule a meeting with a BroadSign representative.

@DearCityCanada: Tweet about your city, have it displayed on a PATTISON board

Toronto ON, June 4, 2014 – PATTISON Outdoor Advertising and Spacing Magazine present the 2nd annual Dear City Canada, the highly successful cross-country, public art project about the cities we inhabit from July 14 to August 10, 2014. Dear City Canada is part of PATTISON’s ongoing Art in Transit programme.

Love your city? Or perhaps your feelings are more complex. Tweet your pride, joy, opinions, criticisms and suggestions about your city to @DearCityCanada by June 30th. Join other urbanists in a public dialogue about the issues affecting our daily lives in the cities we inhabit.

True love or tough love, we will share your tweeted love letter (140 characters) with the rest of Canada. Start your tweet by indicating your city, “@DearCityCanada Dear [name of your city] …”
The deadline to tweet your urban love letter to @DearCityCanada is June 30, 2014.

“Dear City Canada was such a success last year that we couldn’t wait to bring it back and expand the project beyond billboards. This year Dear City Canada will appear across the country on digital billboards, as well as on screens in shopping malls and office buildings, on two transit systems, and the Calgary Airport. Spacing is the perfect partner for this project because of their commitment to civic dialogue and creative approach into civic engagement. I can’t wait for all those urban love letters to start coming in to @DearCityCanada,” said Sharon Switzer, National Arts Programmer and Curator, PATTISON Onestop.

“Spacing is pleased to partner with Art in Transit to present the 2nd annual Dear City Canada art project, which successfully demonstrates an alternative use of screens in public spaces and presents an innovative means to communicate peoples’ ideas about their hometown or adopted city of residence. Dear City Canada complements Spacing’s vision to create a forum of positive dialogue about cities in which people express their civic affection,” said Matthew Blackett, Publisher and Editor, Spacing.

From July 14 until August 10, 2014 selected letters submitted by participants will be shared on PATTISON Onestop’s network of screens and PATTISON Outdoor’s digital billboards across Canada.
  • PATTISON Outdoor digital billboards in 9 cities across Canada including: Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Hamilton, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and Halifax.
  • Screens in 190 office buildings across the country and in 700 residential buildings in Ontario and British Columbia.
  • On more than 300 shopping malls screens across Canada.
  • Screens in the Calgary Airport.
  • Toronto and Edmonton letters will also be displayed on PATTISON Onestop transit screens.
  • And retweeted via @DearCityCanada.
Dear City Canada love letters tweeted @DearCityCanada by June 30th will have the opportunity to be seen in malls, office buildings and residences across Canada. Only letters to the digital billboard location cities will be seen in the respective cities. Letters to Quebec cities must be in French due to Quebec French language laws.

Dear City Canada is co-produced by PATTISON Onestop and Spacing Magazine.

*We will not include letters that violate the Canadian human rights act, are libelous or slanderous, give out personal information, or include profanity.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Largest airport advertising company in UK selects BroadSign software to power its digital signage

Eye Airports, the largest airport advertising company in the United Kingdom, has selected BroadSign International, LLC’s cloud-based digital signage software platform to power its network of screens across 28 airports in the UK. The initiative follows the merger announcement of Eye Corp UK and Airport Partners in December 2013.

The initial conversion of 200 Eye Airports screens to BroadSign software took place in 13 airports this March and will continue with further rollout. The network is present in major national hubs such as London Gatwick, Manchester Airport and London Stansted. It consists of 46”, 55” and 70” LCD screens and video walls along with large format LEDs, and reaches over 100 million passengers annually.

“The flexibility of BroadSign’s platform stood out from alternative solutions for the airport environment and as such, we approached the company directly to discuss Eye Airports’ requirements,” said Andrew Walker, Chairman and CEO of Eye Airports. “BroadSign software has improved our CMS reliability and analysis, increasing our confidence that ad playback meets our customers’ high expectations.”

Eye Airports exclusively plays advertising content to valuable and diverse audiences of business and leisure passengers who experience significant dwell times in prestigious, enclosed spaces. According to a 2010 behaviour study by Eye Airports, 98% of Eye Airports passengers agree they arrive early to shop at the airport and 70% are open to finding out about new products and services when in the airport environment.

The positive mindset of consumers and their openness to advertising influence is attractive to Eye Airports customers, such as luxury brands Chanel and Longines. Airlines like Virgin Airways, British Airways and easyJet take advantage of the 46% of Eye Airports passengers who say that airport advertising makes them aware of travel companies and services (Eye Travel and Tourism Survey 2012).


“BroadSign has firmly established itself as a leader in the transit vertical and our partnership with Eye Airports affirms the strength of our platform in the airport environment,” said Skip Beloff, Vice President of Sales at BroadSign. “Transit networks are especially good at pushing us to develop features for innovative campaigns and we look forward to assisting Eye Airports by providing them with the opportunity to add new and creative dimensions to upcoming projects.”

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Veterinary office network switches to BroadSign

PetCARE TV, LLC, the subsidiary of Care Media and CaerVision, has converted its network of 1,750 screens to BroadSign International, LLC’s leading digital signage software platform. The healthcare network plans to be situated in 5,000 locations by 2016.

Founded in the early 1990’s, PetCARE TV operates 32”-42” LED screens in the waiting rooms of veterinarian offices and holds close to a 100% market share within the vertical.

The network’s audience of over 1.5 million viewers per month are exposed to 40 minutes of educational content per hour, lessening perceived wait time and informing viewers of the procedures and services offered by the veterinarian. The remaining 20 minutes are set for advertising by big box retailers, pharmaceutical companies and brands for packaged goods such as cat litter and dog food.

Doctors running PetCARE TV’s eight hour content loop are able to customize it as desired, and appreciate the network for its help in selling services and products while educating and entertaining pet owners.

“PetCARE TV is the product of two separate networks that were running on different software platforms, which created a huge headache,” said Kim Sarubbi, President of PetCARE TV. “BroadSign allowed us to migrate to one platform and its software possesses all the features and benefits we were looking for. It was a real win-win situation.”

BroadSign features used by PetCARE TV include monitoring to ensure screens are consistently on and reporting to seamlessly assist in the fulfillment of ad buy contracts.


“BroadSign has developed an exceptional reputation in the healthcare and point-of-care spheres,” said Skip Beloff, BroadSign’s Vice President of Sales. “We are happy to provide our services to PetCARE TV and know that they, along with our other healthcare customers, will continue to request new innovations that only BroadSign can deliver.”

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

ScreenScape introduces new device management tools

ScreenScape’s new Platinum Control software suite makes sophisticated, enterprise-grade remote monitoring and device management tools available to operators of any digital signage network, regardless of size, scale or budget.

Operators running on ScreenScape’s network-centric content management platform can use Platinum Control’s real-time features to maximize uptime, trim operating costs and even shape how and when content is delivered across digital signage networks.

ScreenScape’s unique platform and operating design can pool independently owned and managed venues and groups, making it possible for network operators to securely monitor and verify the integrity of content playback devices in the field - even when it is not their own equipment.

“Smart, granular device management and monitoring capabilities are becoming mandatory for the mass scale digital signage networks run by Fortune 500 companies,” explains ScreenScape CEO Mark Hemphill. “They can be very elaborate, expensive and difficult to scale. What we’ve done is democratized that, and made those same kinds of tools available to any ScreenScape client, whether they run a network of five screens or 5,000.”

ScreenScape makes cloud-based software for creating and managing digital promotions and pushing them out to screens that are connected to the Internet through content playback devices. Platinum Control now gives signage network administrators the ability to manage and control these devices through the same browser-based management console used to create, schedule and distribute the content.
Platinum Control’s browser-based capabilities include:
  • Remote management and reboots of devices;
  • Remote views and screenshots of what’s playing on individual screens;
  • Intuitive tools that allow network operators to “shape” the traffic that flows through a signage network by time of day, limiting consumption during peak network usage hours.
The media players that run digital signage networks have increasingly come to resemble the smart phones we use every day. They are part of a new immersive world of connected devices called the “Internet of Things”. Instead of relying on an active user to interact with the device media players operate silently, often unattended by local personnel.


“Reliable content delivery is the name of the game in a world of Internet-connected devices,” adds Hemphill. “The people charged with managing digital signage networks need to be confident that the right content is being delivered to screens that are working. To make that happen, they need to be able to remotely visualize, monitor, and control the devices running at the edges of these networks, whether it’s on the other side of a building or another part of the world.”

Thousands of public, retail, hospital, wellness and other venues around the world already have screens driven by ScreenScape's feature-packed but affordable, cloud-based content management system for digital signage networks.

Platinum Control is the second component of Platinum services for ScreenScape for Groups, first introduced in 2013. Control is part of a major software update for the ScreenScape platform focused on security, reliability, and controls.


“ScreenScape is known for its strengths as a content management solution because of its ease of use and its scalability,” says Hemphill. “Adding Platinum Control means our customers now have greater visibility into the operating conditions of their network and deployed devices, and also the tools to resolve issues remotely and at far less cost. This leads to considerable savings in the area of customer support, and helps digital signage networks to scale rapidly in a controlled, orderly fashion.”