Digital Signage Players

Avenview’s Newest Signage Player

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Avenview Corp releases a digital signage player, the AVSignPro(MP-1080HD). With a hardware based, fanless design, the AVSignPro is positioned as an easy-to- use, plug-and-play device that comes with its own software for content management.

The Avenview AVSignPro comes with features to let users to turn any display into a marketing tool and use it to entertain, inform and communicate with customers, shoppers, employees or students.

Professional HD or 4K quality content can be displayed 24/7 with a flexible and responsive setup.

The AVSignPro manages and displays menu boards, hospitality screens, retail displays, campus signage, corporate communications and more. Built-in widgets are available to display information or news feeds, and custom widgets can also be installed, while multi zone screen layouts add a design feature.

Scheduling and fast updates ensure that users can display the content they want, at the exact times and dates that are relevant.

Go Avenview Corp

ATEN's First Video Wall Media Player.

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We told you it was coming—we reported the news from ISE 2016. And now Aten invites you to join them at a sports bar-themed stand at Computex Taipei (Asia's largest computer show) to see their first video wall media player.

Aten will also show their PDU and KVM solutions (and a smart-room powered by the ATEN Control System.)

The VS1912 12-Port DP Video Wall Media Player is a PC-based media player for multi-display applications such as digital signage, video walls, projection screens and digital board installations.

The VS1912 supports video wall configurations with up to 12 displays and allows you to design creative video walls in various asymmetric layouts. Custom widgets allow you to add banners, video playback, flash media, images and real-time clock displays over the screens. The Advanced Video Wall features allow you to resize, layer (including Picture in Picture), span across multiple screens and even rotate pictures and videos at 90° intervals.

Multimedia files are uploaded and the system is set up from a computer connected across a network. With a built-in web interface and intuitive GUI (Graphical User Interface), access and configuration is simple and does not require extra software. The VS1912 also features a scheduling function that helps you create detailed playlists days, weeks or months ahead.

In addition, the VS1912 is equipped with two bi-directional RS-232 serial ports for high-end system control* (RS-232 functionality is pending and will be available with future firmware upgrades). There’s an HDMI input port as well as USB 3.0 & USB 2.0 ports.

Go Aten VS1912 12-Port DP Video Wall Media Player is a PC-based media player


Scala’s Got a New Chromebox Player

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Scala joins the Google for Work Partner Program and launches an enterprise player for Chromebox.

An HD playback solution made for 24/7 display, Scala Enterprise Player for Chromebox is set to drive one-to-one digital engagements across wide-ranging industries such as retail, quick-service restaurants, finance and more

Scala’s digital signage solutions drive more than 500,000 screens worldwide, connecting networks of digital devices to deliver engaging audience experiences. To power these solutions, the new player runs on Google Chrome devices, such as Chromebox.

“We are excited to introduce a robust player that’s backed by a technology leader such as Google. Beyond delivering powerful playback, the new device is fully reliable and secure with 24/7 stability, project-critical aspects of all digital solutions,” says Tom Nix, Scala CEO.

Scala Enterprise Player for Chromebox, is used in conjunction with Chrome Device Management, delivers HTML5 content, advanced scheduling and screen zone division with independent playback in each zone-- and, according to Scala, stands out from other devices by simultaneously playing multiple videos.

The app powering the display runs in Google’s self-contained environment, ensuring users that their information on these devices is secure. The device connects directly to Scala Enterprise Content Manager, communicates over HTTP/HTTPS and offers maintenance statistics on status, heartbeats and diagnostic logging.

You should also know that for ISE 2016, Scala chose Arrow OEM Computing Solutions (OCS) as Scala’s main media player sponsor. That usually means the distributor stepped up to be an ISE co-payer.

For the Scala stand, they decided to concentrate on showing retail six solutions that draw the customer into the experience, reaching across all digital touchpoints, to create a more meaningful retail experience and deeper brand awareness.

  • Instore Re-Targeter
  • Interactive Fitting Room
  • Instassociate
  • Connected Café
  • Lift & Learn
  • Real-time Insight Reporting

Scala will post videos of all these innovations on their YouTube channel shortly after ISE.

Go Scala Enterprise Player for Chromebox

Exterion Media Selects BroadSign for 2000 Displays

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Exterion Media, Europe’s largest privately held Out-of-Home advertising business, will convert 2000 displays in the United Kingdom and Netherlands to BroadSign’s digital signage platform.

“As we continue to develop our UK Digital Centre of Excellence, supporting digital delivery across a range of advertising displays, it is important to have the right software solutions and partner...” says Adrian Lovejoy, Service Delivery Director at Exterion Media UK.

As a market leader, Exterion Media UK has “an unrivalled presence” across transport networks, including the London Underground and National Rail, and retail environments including Westfield London and Westfield Stratford City.

On the Continent, for example, Exterion Media Netherlands helps brands through its assets in over 220 municipalities. In June 2015, eleven 70” displays were launched in Amsterdam Centraal Station with Google, Coca-Cola, Amstel and T-Mobile taking advantage of the strategically located screens.

Exterion Media is involved with many types of DOOH beyond the more traditional signage deal with Braodsign.

In Paris, Exterion Media France is extending its Ecrins offering [shown above] to a total of 15 locations by the end of 2015. An “Ecrin Wall’ is a scrolling billboard on a wall that is dressed with a black and white picture of Paris. This creates a very unique, very Parisian advertising format.

In Madrid, Exterion Media Spain recently won the tender to manage advertising on the the Madrid Christmas buses.These 10 exclusive buses are double deckers that will run through the streets of Madrid city centre, passing all the main shopping areas. They will operate during the Christmas period whilst the streets are lit with festive lights.

Go BroadSign and Exterion Media

MediaStar at ISE 2016: Multizone Signage

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At ISE 2016, Cabletime will unveil two important additions to its range of MediaStar solutions. These will include the next generation MediaStar platform of LAN-Caster Gateways and Encoders, and the now available MediaStar 782 media player, which delivers 4K screen resolution and rich HTML 5 support as well as full multizone digital signage capabilities.

Cabletime is also planning to display and demonstrate its full range of video distribution, media management and signage solutions.

Making its debut at ISE, the MediaStar LAN-Caster Gateway is a new platform which promises to provide a step change in the number of channels that can be distributed simultaneously. Users will benefit from the delivery of secure, scalable content from multiple tuners simultaneously from a single gateway. In addition, the new gateway platform, together with the Mediastar range of media players including the new 782, will support content encrypted from end to end.

A rolling programme of demonstrations will highlight the enhancements available from the MediaStar 782 media player, which will be on general release at the show. This solution indicates Cabletime’s intention to fully support the digital signage requirements of its customers, providing support not just for single, but multizone signage environments. It also delivers 4K screen resolution support and HTML 5 support and will enable users to incorporate advanced web pages and rich media in their signage designs.

Cabletime will be announcing further product enhancements before the event.

The MediaStar range provides TV/AV and multimedia distribution products primarily for medium to large enterprises, which require future-proof, stable and proven solutions for live TV, corporate communications, multicasts, music TV, training and digital signage.

Go MediaStar at ISE 2016: Rich Multizone Signage and End-to-End Encryption

BrightSign to Demo HTML5 Advances with 4K Players at InfoComm MEA

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BrightSign will demonstrate its latest platform software that makes it easy to harness the power of HTML5 content in digital signage applications at InfoComm MEA.

The new platform software is integral to BrightSign’s powerful HTML Rendering Engine resident on the company’s latest portfolio of digital signage media players. HTML5-authored content takes advantage of touch interactivity, including the ability to tap, swipe and pinch. The ability of the viewer to self-navigate signage content ensures a highly personalised experience, creating a vital touch-point between proprietor and customer.

“One great benefit of our purpose-built digital signage media players is that we can deliver updates to the player software (also referred to as platform software or firmware) adding important capabilities without any disruption to the hardware itself,” says Jeff Hastings, BrightSign’s CEO. “In this case, we’re seeing a massive influx of rich content, and digital signage installations need a rendering engine capable of processing all of that content in real-time. We developed this new software to bring greater efficiency to our BrightSign players, and to ensure that even the most sophisticated content can be processed with ease.”

HTML5 delivers extremely rich experiences for applications such as the "endless aisle" in retail, powerful wayfinder solutions and real-time social media applications.

At the stand, co-hosted by DigiComm, BrightSign will also be exhibiting its new 2015 range of players for the first time in Dubai. The flagship line offers the new 4K models. Alongside, visitors can view the updated range of XD and HD solid state players, offering greatly increased performance while maintaining existing price points. The new LS product line, a pair of very affordable, full-featured devices for commercial audio and price-sensitive digital signage applications, is also being shown for the first time.

Go BrightSign

AOPEN and the Commercial Chrome Devices

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AOpen Chromebox

In Q3, AOPEN hopes to deliver the fruit of its work with Google on commercial grade devices for signage, POS and kiosk markets.

Google’s Chromeboxes, like other Chrome OS devices, rely heavily on an internet connection for software functionality and data storage. And Google relies on makers such as Samsung, Acer, Lenovo to drive the 5.2 million consumer Chromeboxes sold in 2014.

We previously reported on Google’s intention to push into digital signage…and Google’s promotion and sales of a special Chromebox for meetings.

Based on Chrome OS platform, three AOPEN devices for commercial signage are coming: the Chromebox Commercial, the Chromebase Commercial 19” and the Chromebase Commercial 22”.

Built to use 24/7, AOPEN’s Commercial Chrome Device is solid state and has an open platform designed to support a range of Android apps. It is also bundled with one year of Chrome Management and designed to use Chrome’s cloud application as a device management system to centrally or locally deploy devices.

On top of that, the devices are also feature shock, circuit and vibration resistance, and Chrome hardware level security.

The AOPEN Chromebox Commercial is a small-form device that can power digital displays and vertical applications such as kiosks or public transport information systems. It is also designed specifically to fit in small spaces and comes with powered legacy and commercial ports.

The device is also fanless with no vent holes that allow it to be used in challenging circumstances.

AOPEN’s Chromebase Commercial is an ultra-thin multi-touch tile. Available in two display sizes, 19” and 22”, the tile is driven by Google Chrome’s device management system.

It also features a waterproof toughened glass front, tamperproof management & mounting, and powered ports to power POS devices and industrial connectivity.

Jason Cremins, Founder and CEO at Signagelive.com wrote in a recent LinkedIn blog, “…Whilst some digital signage customers will happily choose from the range of low-cost Chromeboxes that are in the market, and some will even use the upcoming ASUS Chromebit HDMI Dongle device, many want a robust device that is built for unattended 24/7 use.

From our month-long extensive testing of the AOPEN Commercial Chromebox, we are very impressed with the performance and reliability, and we already have numerous partners that are raring to get their hands on a device to trial with Signagelive in a real-world environment…”

Go AOPEN and the Commercial ChromeBox, Chromebase


Thinking Big for a Smaller Solution: TinyGreenPC

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Shown first at ISE 2015,  TinyGreenPC, In-Store Media and Silvercurve demonstrate a complete content-to-screen digital signage solution centred on the TinyGreenPC Solitaire Pi-Player.

TingGreenPC Solitaire Pi Player

The Pi player is a pro grade dedicated media player offering both simple scheduling and ready templates and enterprise scalable scheduling with the Instoremedia Digital Signage solution. 

Drawing only 7W and built around the Raspberry Pi, the TinyGreenPC Solitaire Pi-Player offers a miniscule form factor. It delivers much of the functionality of a pc-based media player but uses approximately 1/3 of the power.  With output to HDMI, wi-fi and Ethernet, as well as OPS slot in and standalone versions, the Pi maker expects to break down many of the the traditional to adopting digital signage (e.g., cost, size, utility, interface etc).

The Pi Player has already been successfully adopted by top retailers-- including one of London’s most prestigious department stores, Gieves & Hawkes.

AVMI, global integrator of retail digital media solutions, created a custom window display for Gieves & Hawkes, powered by a professional digital signage platform from InStore Media and using an Apertur-powered Pi Player. Aperture has been developed by Silver Curve, a leading digital signage software developer. 

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Commenting, Paul Mullen, Sales Director, AndersDX parent corporation of TinyGreenPC says, “InStore Media, Silver Curve and TinyGreenPC offer a truly joined up digital signage screen, allowing content to be created and played back quickly and simply. Silver Curve Aperture, bunded with the Pi Player, is a graphics engine that makes the outstanding graphics capabilities of the Raspberry Pi fully accessible. The Solitaire Pi Player from TinyGreenPC is the ultimate compact, low power consumption media player that costs just £7 a year to run in terms of power.”

[Photo: (left) Paul Mullen, AndersDX and (right) Bryan Crotaz, CEO, Silver Curve] 

The TinyGreenPC Solitaire Pi Player andersDX and TinyGreenPC are offered fully cased as a Stand Alone Media Player or an OPS Media Player. Both can receive content via Ethernet or (optional) WiFi and render it to an attached screen of up to 1920 x 1080p (Full HD) resolution. The Stand Alone player is equipped with HDMI, RS-232, Ethernet, GPIO and USB 2.0 Interfaces. The OPS player is based on Intel’s specification and comes with the appropriate 80-pin connector. The players draw just 7W and a UPS mode maintains the power supply from a battery for seven minutes in the event of temporary disconnection.

Instoremedia NOW is a solution for those who want to install and run simple, small scale signage installations from a User Interface which takes minutes to learn. Utilising the ultra-low impact Pi Player, with Instoremedia NOW, users can be running a digital signage display within hours. For larger scale deployments, Instoremedia Enterprise offers end users the ability to schedule content across large display networks from a single user interface. It is also compatible with the Pi Player and features both playlist and meta data rules based scheduling, as well as complete system diagnostics.

SilverCurve Aperture is a graphics engine for digital signage that enables software vendors to run their software on a mobile phone chip instead of a PC. Designed from the ground up specifically for digital signage, Aperture sits between the vendor software and the device hardware, drawing rich content and rendering it at full, broadcast-ready HDMI. It drives the graphics processor on the chip and uses it in a highly efficient way to obtain outstanding graphics, motion images and animation.

Go Tiny Green PC 

Go SilverCurve 

Go InStore Media

Mediateko Takes to the Pistes with ONELAN

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A Finnish advertising company, Mediateko Oy, installed new digital LED-screens in nine ski resorts around Finland. The screens are located near areas of concentrated traffic and so the advertising potential attracts interest.

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The project is managed by Avek Esitysratkaisut Ltd (Avek) who provided and installed ONELAN Net-Top-Boxes (NTB-HD-10F-S) to supply content for the LED screens. 

Mediateko's clients send advertising content to Avek who upload and schedule this according to the clients' requirements. Avek uses a ONELAN Content Management Server (CMS) to update content remotely. Avek also monitors the system via a ONELAN Digital Signage Manager (DSM). Mediateko does not become involved in the technology itself or its maintenance, but concentrates on the commercial advertising potential.

"This is the most significant investment of the fiscal year for Mediateko, but we have faith in the concept. Reception among the clients has been very positive", says Mediateko's CEO Teemu Kontkanen.

The CEO of Avek Esitysratkaisut Ltd, Jari Rönkkö, is also excited about the collaboration: "Mediateko is our long-term partner, but these ski resort LED implementations have raised our partnership to a new level. The service-concept based infomedia system gives a massive boost for our co-operation. The concept brings added value for both sides."

Some of the LED screens will be relocated to nearby golf courses to be use in summer months.

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