Monday, May 31, 2010
AOpen, the leader in ultra small form factor (uSFF) computing solutions would like to invite you to our Quarterly Webinar Series.
These Webinars will focus on providing quarterly updates on AOpen, our products, solutions, and market intelligence for our Alliance Channel Partners (ACP). In addition, we will be partnering with leading technology providers in our key areas of focus to provide you with timely, solution-based information that will help you go to market with AOpen and our Alliance Vendor Partners (AVP).
Partnering with X2O Media, this Webinar will be focusing on the following:
X2O Media Solution Overview
X2O Media Software Demonstration
AOpen MiniPC GP7A Product Spotlight
For those interested, the GoToWebinar registration is here.
National Training Centres joins ScreenScape to provide educational training videos to customers on site. Videos feature training techniques designed to improve power, speed, agility and core strength of athletes.
“For over a decade we have relied on traditional advertising means, and with very poor return on investment. We were ready to try something new. We then discovered ScreenScape. ScreenScape provides a real time medium with front row exposure to our target audience. We can add, change and share content with multiple locations with the click of a mouse. It’s so easy to program our playlist and comes at 1/100 of the cost we were paying before.” stated Dan Blackburn, Founder of National Training Centres.
When members join the ScreenScape Community they can interact socially with other members running screens independently in their venue. Cross promotion and joint marketing opportunities arise from these connections based on having a similar target audience or even due to proximity.
Blackburn continued, "The screens in the Westwood Arena help to educate and reinforce our training messages, and showcase our technology and methods of training. We’ve uploaded a number of our training videos to get started but there’s so much we can do with ScreenScape by cross promoting with other venues nearby. Sites in our neighborhood make sense to collaborate with, as it’s a great way to showcase our methods to attract new athletes to our programs."
Kevin Dwyer, President and CEO of ScreenScape commented, “ScreenScape is a great fit for National Training Centres as testimonial videos give the potential participant a sense of what kind of results they can expect from the training programs. These screens are as good as ‘word of mouth’ referrals acting on their behalf 24/7 - a powerful way for them to demonstrate their customer success. As more members join ScreenScape, opportunities for collaboration increase and audience experiences become richer. Open sharing and communication between members is what ScreenScape is all about. It puts all the power back in the hands of the venue manger to get their message in front of their audience at a price they can afford.”
Thursday, May 27, 2010
The City of Light is a multi-year $150 million project that replaces several of Inspiration Ministries’ separate facilities scattered across Charlotte. To better communicate with staff and campus guests, Inspiration Ministries required a state-of-the-art digital signage network that could support a wide variety of applications, including interactive displays, while being easy for multiple users to update. To meet these needs, the organization chose X2O Media’s Xpresenter digital signage platform.
“Implementing this emerging technology on such a broad scale in a matter of a few months was very challenging,” recalled Cecil Elmore, CIO of Inspiration Ministries. “X2O Media proved to be an exceptional partner. Their contributions were central to the overall communications and messaging plans of Inspiration Ministries. David Wilkins and his team went above and beyond the call of duty, and we highly recommend them.”
“We’ve embraced technology to better spread our message,” said Julie Bridges, Senior Project Manager for Inspiration Ministries. “Utilizing digital signage has proven to be invaluable in achieving our goals. Xpresenter has allowed us to do a number of exciting things that increase efficiency and better communicate with visitors. In addition, X2O worked closely with our graphics team to create a consistent look and feel for each screen, and developed multiple Web control screens to manage more efficiently the workflow of different applications, such as our Call Center and bookstore.”
To increase efficiency in the WorldReach Ministry Headquarters, Xpresenter links with Microsoft® Outlook® allowing meeting room updates to be automatically displayed, while screens in the prayer room and call center allow employees to see and track prayer times and what prayer requests are coming in. Xpresenter provides Inspiration Ministries with a simple and convenient way to communicate with employees and display employee news such as new hires and promotions. It also provides a way to send alerts in the event of an emergency on campus.
In the International Welcome and Prayer Center, a donor display scrolls the names of those who have contributed to The City of Light project. Interactive touch-screens in the Center are used to disseminate detailed information about Inspiration Ministries to visitors featuring rich content such as footage from Inspiration Ministries’ newly launched television network, Halogen. For The City of Light’s bookstore, displays provide information on products for sale, while in the café menu screens show prices for coffee and food, in addition to specials and promotional items.
“We are proud to have our Xpresenter utilized at The City of Light, a project that truly demonstrates what can be accomplished with advanced digital signage solutions,” stated David Wilkins, X2O Media’s President and CEO. “From third-party software integration, to streamlined content creation and updating, to adapting the workflow for each different application to handle a wide variety of video formats and other content, Xpresenter has everything needed to enhance the worship environment.”
X2O’s Xpresenter is an end-to-end platform designed to make creating, managing, and distributing broadcast-quality digital signage content on networks of all sizes available to all. With the latest release of the platform, version 3.0, X2O has bolstered Xpresenter Template Maker, the only patented application running inside Microsoft® PowerPoint®, with integrated content management and an extensive “smart” object library for the quick and simple creation of content featuring videos, images, PowerPoint slides, RSS feeds, live information sources, and much more.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
ScreenScape, an internet-based digital signage platform launches United States subsidiary
CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - (May 21, 2010) Launching a major new sales initiative targeting the United States market, Canadian startup ScreenScape Networks Inc., the leader in Venue Networking, today also signaled its service would be coming out of Beta.
“We are thrilled to be in a position to mount a major sales & marketing push into the continental United States”, said ScreenScape President and CEO Kevin Dwyer. “A year of widespread commercial use has validated both our technology advantage and our unique business model. With hundreds of business customers already enjoying the benefits of Venue Networking and major brands buying in, our customer base is growing at an accelerating rate. The timing is right for us to build on our momentum and add direct sales presence in the US.”
Mark Hemphill, ScreenScape founder and Chief Product Officer, commented, “It’s been a remarkable first year. Really, there are two things going on here. First, we have shown that onsite sales & marketing is mission critical to businesses of all sizes and that, given a simple and affordable solution, single venue operations are ready to take advantage of digital signage. Second, we are clearly seeing that the value of a network, in this case the ScreenScape Community, is proving to be an invaluable business driver for network operators. Where closed digital signage systems of the past required network operators to pay exorbitant upfront capital costs to build their network, a community-based approach leverages the assets of the entire network and mitigates both capital and operating costs for network operators. These are the major components of a Venue Networking platform - an affordable solution that makes digital signage accessible to small business and a toolset that helps corporate networks and network operators to grow quickly and cost-effectively.”
Meanwhile, Hemphill signaled the end of ScreenScape’s beta development phase. “Twenty-four months of engineering and twelve months of steady growth in the field have helped to harden this platform. As the ScreenScape Community scales up and network operators continue to expand their presence on ScreenScape, the Beta label is no longer appropriate. In terms of size, there really is no network that we can’t support.”
About ScreenScape Networks
ScreenScape is an Internet Service and Community that offers a smarter, simpler and more cost-effective way to use dynamic screens in your venue. Members of ScreenScape form a community of venues interconnecting to establish a shared resource and a marketplace for exchanging content.
Each new Vasco-Zellers outlet will feature two 40"+ LCD panels displaying a promotional loop to attract shoppers in the busy department store. The loop will contain the latest vacation deals, promote Vasco's participation in the HBC Prime Points loyalty program and Deferred Payment Plans, and display advertising from preferred suppliers. Dynamic content, such as vacation hot-spot weather feeds, will also be shown to entice shoppers into booking the vacation of their dreams.
“As a technology leader in the travel industry, digital displays were a logical response to an extensive advertising campaign orchestrated in affiliation with HBC,” says Guillaume Racine, director of technology at the Atrium Group, Vasco's parent company. “We had to be innovative and make a big splash in all our branches, which was possible with digital signage,” he adds.
The first Vasco-Zellers outlets were opened in Quebec and Ontario, where Zellers has 56- and 105-store footprints, respectively. Vasco Travel's three-phase expansion will continue into 2012, at which point they plan to be in 80% of Zellers stores across Canada.
Friday, May 14, 2010
Nutrition House, one of Canada’s largest natural health retailers, and Planet-Tek Systems, a leading Canadian digital communications provider, have signed a 5-year exclusive agreement for The Marketplace Station™ in-store digital signage program.
About one year ago, Nutrition House had announced their choice of ScreenScape to power a digital signage network to reach audiences in their 60+ store locations.
"We want to connect our 60 plus locations together under a unified communication program that focuses on product education, helping both our advisors and customers learn more about the natural health products available, ultimately helping us sell more products to consumers while at the same time reducing our dependency on printed marketing brochures,” states Wayne Parent, President and CEO of Nutrition House.
The Marketplace Station program, originally launched in 2008 at Whole Foods Market locations in Ontario has already expanded to 30 natural health retailers across Canada in 2010 and is sponsored by some of the top brands in the industry. By collaborating with the top retailers and brands, Planet-Tek is striving to offer the most resourceful digital communication program in the natural health industry.
This new partnership will take The Marketplace Station to close to 100 retail locations.
Evoluce introduces off-screen gesture computing to large format multi-touch LCDs
2010-05-12 10:22:52 - The leading provider of advanced multi-touch screen technologies, Evoluce, today introduced the first gesture computing enhancement to its ITSO (Integrated Through Screen Optics) Sensing Technology, offering true multi-touch, multi-pen functionality for large flat screen LCDs. For the first time, multi-touch-enabled applications can also see and respond to in-the-air gestures up to 1 m from the screen for more intuitive and direct user interaction. The combination of gesture with multi-touch input unleashes exciting possibilities for a multitude of collaborative, design, and information visualization environments.
This breakthrough facilitates true multi-modal computing. Evoluce's ITSO Sensing Technology supports an unlimited number of simultaneous screen inputs from touches, pen and stylus inputs, objects, and tags. Now users can also directly manipulate objects on the screen through making scrolling, rotating, stretching, shrinking, or pivoting motions close to the screen without touching it.
The innovative ITSO Sensing Technology software solution is built into the Evoluce ONE, a 47-inch large-format interactive full HD LCD screen with true multi-touch and multi-pen functionality. The Evoluce ONE delivers sharp, bright images for rich multimedia applications ranging from educational teaching and learning environments to medical imagining and interactive gaming. Its smooth, scratch-resistant screen delivers the durability necessary for point-of-sale (POS) public product presentations and interactive exhibits at events, VIP lounges, art galleries, and museums. Because of its flat edges, Evoluce ONE is easily integrated into either horizontal or vertical spaces, or may be used as a stand-alone surface. ITSO Sensing Technology supports multi-touch operation of Microsoft Windows 7 desktop and applications, providing the familiar Windows interface to users.
"The range of applications that can benefit from gesture enhancement paired with true multi-pen and multi-touch capability is extremely wide," said Wolfgang Herfurtner, CEO of Evoluce AG. "Collaboration, product and industrial design, business intelligence, information visualization, medical imaging, and command and control functions become more accessible without additional complexity. Product information can be delivered directly at the point of sale to customers in a completely new interactive way, revolutionizing shopping, for example. The possibilities are truly mindboggling."
Evoluce supports all standard interfaces for multi-touch application software development, including Java, XML, and TUIO.
For more information about ITSO Sensing Technology and Evoluce ONE, please visit www.evoluce.com/.
Evoluce ONE is available from Evoluce specialist partner dealers.
Founded in 2000, Evoluce AG, based in Hallbergmoos near Munich, is a leading manufacturer of high quality multi-touch displays. Evoluce as a supplier of core technology is supporting the trend for multi-user applications becoming an integral part of human-computer interaction. Evoluce has gained significant experience from the in-house development of multi-touch tracking software and Micro Layer screens. This has led to the innovative high-resolution optical-sensing technology used in large format frameless full HD multi-touch LCDs produced by Evoluce. Worldwide system integrators and developers already successfully use Evoluce hardware and software for their interactive design and applications.
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Thursday, May 13, 2010
Unfortunately, all its demonstrated is a monochromatic logo and the orange silhouette of a woman.
To help deliver this unique experience, all WIND Mobile retail stores and BlockBuster “store within a store” kiosks feature integrated ADFLOW digital signage displays throughout. All in-store digital media is controlled from a central remote location, enabling WIND to deliver eye-catching content and enhance the overall customer experience with both passive signage and interactive kiosks.
“ADFLOW is very experienced with digital media management in the wireless retail
space”, says Melissa Clark, Vice President, Sales and Distribution for Wind Mobile. “Given our aggressive store launch schedule, we relied heavily on ADFLOW’s expertise to ensure a smooth deployment…and they delivered.” As WIND Mobile expands its retail store footprint across Canada in 2010, ADFLOW digital signage will be an integral component of the overall look and feel of the store and as new store designs evolve, ADFLOW will continue to provide innovative digital media management ideas and solutions.”
Wireless Ronin to Showcase Digtal Signage and Nutritional Labeling Technology at the Upcoming National Restaurant Association Annual Convention
“The National Restaurant Association’s annual convention is a great venue for Wireless Ronin to demonstrate our technology. The event attracts huge numbers of attendees representing the largest and most innovative food service operators in the industry,” said Scott Koller, president and chief operating officer for Wireless Ronin. “We’ve already seen exciting interest in our products and solutions as we recently were ranked number one by QSRweb as a “can’t miss” hot new product at this year’s event.”
The Wireless Ronin booth will feature solutions for the food service industry such as RoninCast digital menu boards, promotional displays and an interactive touch screen ordering system. Wireless Ronin will demonstrate award winning applications at its booth including interactive ordering kiosk content, promotional displays and a variety of digital menu board systems. Wireless Ronin’s strategic vendor, NEC Display Solutions, will exhibit directly across the aisle in order to effectively demonstrate their complementary hardware solutions.
The National Restaurant Association annual convention is being held in Chicago, Il, at McCormick Place May 22nd through 25th. For more information about the NRA show visit www.restaurant.org. To view Wireless Ronin’s upcoming event schedule visit its homepage at www.wirelessronin.com.
About Wireless Ronin Technologies, Inc.
Wireless Ronin Technologies (www.wirelessronin.com) has developed RoninCast® software as a complete solution designed to address the evolving digital signage marketplace. RoninCast® software enables clients to manage digital signage networks from one central location and provides turnkey solutions in the digital signage marketplace. The RoninCast® software suite facilitates 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".
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
X2O Media to Introduce X2O™ Enterprise Communication Platform to Business Communicators at the IABC 2010 World Conference
Created to address the growing demand by organizations for better employee communications, X2O allows business executives, marketing communications staff, and human resources professionals to display content quickly and easily in the form of desktop TV channels, scrolling news feeds, or data-driven screen savers on employee desktops, mobile devices, digital signage displays, and interactive kiosks, using the same tools to manage content on all screens.
The X2O platform can be used to send real-time company messages or emergency alerts, graphical dashboard data, live news feeds, and video content to one or multiple channels, greatly improving the effectiveness and reach of employee communications. With X2O, users can create customized channels combining dynamic graphics, animations, video, and live data in a visually stunning format that resembles what viewers are used to seeing on network television. Content can be sent to any number of screens simultaneously, allowing targeting of messages to the right person, at the right time, in the right place.
“We are very excited to participate in the IABC 2010 World Conference, where attendees will learn how our new X2O enterprise communication platform dramatically improves internal communications and empowers businesses and organizations by taking content beyond the display screen to desktops, mobile phones, and kiosks,” said David Wilkins, X2O Media President and CEO. “X2O redefines digital signage by allowing corporations to build a TV network with hundreds or thousands of personalized screens displaying real-time information, anywhere in the world.”
As an added bonus for organizations utilizing Microsoft® SharePoint®, an integrated suite of server capabilities for enterprise-wide content management, X2O allows users to easily display content already found within the SharePoint environment. With this tight integration, screens are automatically updated with information on upcoming events, company announcements, and business dashboard data, saving users significant time while keeping employees informed in real time.
More information about digital signage solutions from X2O Media is available at www.x2omedia.com.
About X2O Media
X2O Media is a full-service provider of technology, network management services, and content services for professional digital signage applications. The company offers a wide variety of software solutions for digital signage and interactive networks of all sizes. X2O’s award-winning Xpresenter™ provides an end-to-end platform for the creation, management, and distribution of content at broadcast quality, and at a fraction of the time of other solutions. In addition to technology, X2O offers content design, acquisition, management, distribution, and monitoring services for digital signage networks. More information about X2O Media is available at www.x2omedia.com.
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Barcelona, Spain-based 4-id Creative Network came up with a neat concept for subway platform boards that display intelligent passenger density information. With the screens that they dub "Comfort Zone Displays", the idea is not just to show when the next commuter train is arriving but also how full it will be.
With this type of information people can choose where to stand on the platform and what carriage to board depending on their needs. Infographics show users the amount of people that are on each train cart and which of them are accessible to travellers with bicycles or using wheelchairs for example.
To complement the displays, 4-id also envision using a "light strip", illuminating the platform to give users the "true scale" of the occupational density of each train cart.
Other than being the gauge of a user's possible "travelling comfort", the Comfort Zone Display concept would also display the time (duh) and if WiFi-service is available. A more complex configuration could possibly allow the transit authority to alternate the feed with a video feed that allows the insertion of external advertising to help defray the cost of the new system and to include infotainment like a news feed.
How will they actually get the "comfort data"? Well it is a "concept" so that part is a little fuzzy and is buried underneath the design firm's pile of sketches but the idea would be to get input from a new sensor placed inside the carts or from face recognition software combined with their existing security cameras. Seems feasible.
Looking at the mock-up on the left of the "control center" screen, that illustrates head-counts coming from in-train cameras, I think the next logical evolution of their Comfort Zone Display is to take heat readings to try and predict which carts have the most people coughs and colds so that you can make sure you don't sit next to some one that may get you sick ;)
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
“We are committed to hiring the brightest and the best, regardless of country of origin, education or experience,” said Karen Hiltz, Human Resources Manager, Christie Canada. “We’re thrilled to have many new Canadians in our organization.”
Among the initiatives Christie is involved with is the Waterloo Region Immigration Employment Network (WRIEN), an organization dedicated to improving employment opportunities for new Canadians in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. Through its programs, WRIEN continues to foster an environment where the experience and skills of foreign trained professionals are valued in the community.
Christie Canada has also hired New Canadian employees via the Working Centre, a non-profit community organization and employment search center that provides resume and employment counseling, as well as guidance to maximize job search strategies.
The environmental initiatives Christie has undertaken include:
The environmental initiatives Christie has undertaken include:
They are a few months delayed with their planned launch but have finally completed the DCC's technical infrastructure and are now ready for the final preparation phase before they launch.
New final deadline for submission of content is Friday, May 28th, 2010.
DCC is a group that aims to generate discussions on various important issues related to content in the digital signage industry. If you're a professional involved in content and project development for the digital out-of-home industry, you can sign up as a contributor and help this emerging medium make its mark, through an ongoing and open discussion on innovation and the status of best practices in DOOH content creation and project development.
Contact Chiara Battaglia at Arsenal Media for more information or to forward your submission.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Peel Regional Police are the 3rd largest municipal force in Canada with up to 2,700 Uniformed and Civilian Members serving over 1,200,000 citizens as well as Pearson International Airport which sees 32 million travelers each year.
The project was initiated as a means to enhance internal communications and public relations. The Audience platform will be responsible for controlling both a public facing channel and a back-of-house internal channel. Bulletins containing internal content will be broadcast to officers via LCD screens deployed throughout staff only areas. Alternate content will be displayed on screens installed in public areas and will include building and community relations information.
Blake Reeves, North American Channel Manager at Capital Networks, commented: "The Audience software platform was designed with this very type of installation in mind. The fact that our product provides scheduling and content control to individual departments while maintaining the ability to post network wide, real time emergency messaging from one centralized location was key. We're thrilled to have been selected by the Peel Regional Police to provide the platform and service needed for this very exciting project."
For further information, please contact Blake Reeves, North American Channel Manager.
T: 905 946-1122 ext 224.
About Capital Networks Limited
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, United States Air Force, United States Marine Corps, N.A.I.T. - Alberta, Pan Pacific Hotels - Singapore, Bell Globe Media - Toronto, Cablevision - New York, Rogers Cable TV - Toronto, Cox Communications, Electronic Arts - Canada, and many others.
About DiGiMATiON incorporated
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.