Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Ayuda adds 'rewind' feature to DOOH proof-of-play

Ayuda is unveiling a new product today at the DPAA Digital Media Summit that effectively raises the bar for the kind of Proof of Play (POP) that roadside digital out-of-home operators can provide to their agencies and buyers.

“We’ve created time travel for proof-of-play”, said Andreas Soupliotis, CEO of Ayuda Media Systems, a company known for consistently leading the charge with cutting edge technology for DOOH networks. 

Rewind™ is a new add-on to Ayuda’s acclaimed interactive POP website, which records and intelligently annotates webcam feeds from digital roadside billboards, automatically creating “hotspots” to which DOOH buyers can jump back in time and view. Rewind™ is the most intelligent and user-friendly way of determining whether dynamic content has played. Rewind™ works on top of third party existing digital signage players or Ayuda’s own Splash™ player, a component of Ayuda’s complete media owner platform that covers all elements of the workflow from sales, scheduling, POP, to invoicing and business intelligence analytics.

Soupliotis states: “Rewind™ solves the problem of proving that dynamic content has indeed played. Most POP products today only generate play log summaries, providing no insight whatsoever as to whether the dynamic portion of the content has appeared onscreen and composited successfully. For example, if an advertiser buys a DOOH campaign whose creative incorporates real-time scores from a third party source and is overlaid on top of an ad, traditional POP will not prove that the scores were pulled in and composited correctly. We need to drill deeper, which is what Rewind™ does. It achieves this by storing video feeds from ubiquitously available cameras on digital billboards and providing a software experience that automatically indexes the feed and lays markers on a video timeline that attracts users to hotspots where the dynamically pulled content was supposed to update.”

“Dynamic content is all the rage today”, states Soupliotis. “Advertisers use Digital OOH to convey much more than just digital copy changes, with campaigns that range from showing you what’s currently playing on the radio, to showing you the latest real time sports scores, and can engage you with real-time social content. True POP for the dynamic part of the content can only be demonstrated via live webcam feed, but 3G limitations on roadside billboards would saturate the bandwidth if multiple buyers login to view streaming feeds. And simply recording the feed for later viewing is not the answer because no one wants to scrub through hours or days of video. The solution is Rewind™.

“Rewind™ is like a digital proof-of-play time machine”, Soupliotis continues. “Imagine being able to record a baseball game and have your PVR automatically rewind or fast forward you straight to the home runs. For DOOH campaigns, Rewind™ achieves a similar purpose, without requiring you to scrub through hours of video.”

Rewind™ together with Ayuda’s interactive POP website represents the DOOH community’s most advanced POP solution, offering unparalleled levels of transparency and compliance to the media buyer.

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