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Why Connected Companies Win: Your Roadmap to Cloud Success Coca-Cola's Google powered digital signage system lays the groundwork for a more valuable connection between Coke and its customers. Digital signs pair software with high-resolution displays so that a message can be changed instantly based on what the operator wants to communicate or sell. In their Day 3 Keynote at 21st Cloud Expo, Vidya Nagarajan, a Senior Product Manager at Google, and Greg Chambers, Global Group Director, Digital Innovation, Coca-Cola, discussed how from store operations and optimization to employee training and insights, all ultimately create the best customer experience both online and in-store. Speaker Bios Vidya Nagarajan is a Senior Product Manager at Google. She leads Chrome and Android efforts that are purpose built solutions, including Chromebox for meetings, Digital Signage, G... (more)

Information Booth 2.0 | @ExpoDX #AI #IoT #SmartCities #AI #IoT #DigitalSignage #DigitalTransformation

Information Booth 2.0: Curating Digital Experiences for the Connected Consumer Each weekend in the winter, I drive 200 miles north to Warren, VT to feed my family's appetite for skiing, and the funky hippie vibe of the Mad River Valley. Yes, you westerners, I know that I should have moved west years ago. But I consider this area to be my second home - but I hate driving around there with "Mass" plates! And as I drive on VT Rt. 100, I pass this old abandoned travel information booth several times a weekend (yes it's still there). I pass by it in my connected car, with "infotainment" and my smartphone, with access to WWW via cellular towers. And I think back to days past when this booth was staffed, and packed with brochures and maps to help people make better decisions as they drove... somewhere (skiing, looking at foliage, buying maple syrup, looking for a hiking... (more)

ImageXpres Announces Launch of 1080iMedia Advertising

ROCHESTER, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 03/30/07 -- ImageXpres Corporation (PINKSHEETS: IMJX) announced today that the Company has officially launched its digital advertising media subsidiary, 1080i Media, headquartered in Orlando, FL, with a satellite office in Tampa, FL. Initial sales and market trials are now underway in Orlando, Florida, and several new targeted sites are being readied to go online in the next few weeks in the high-density tourist and entertainment geographic region. The new advertising media enterprise has also launched its new website, www.1080imedia.com, that will feature advertisements of current clients, and deliver additional media exposure for its clients via multimedia technology strategies. ImageXpres previously signed a joint venture agreement with The Franchise Edge (TFE), a Tampa, Florida-based franchise development and marketing company,... (more)

Marvell Unveils Applications Processor PXA168

Marvell has announced the PXA168, the first in a family of applications processors targeted at new mass market opportunities in computing and digital consumer devices. The Marvell PXA168 is based on a new architecture that delivers the processing capabilities of an entry-level laptop to instant-on, digital consumer devices by enabling full-featured web surfing, Internet widgets, multi-format video, Adobe Flash-based content playback, image processing, video conferencing and advanced graphical user interfaces at consumer price points with ultra-low power for longer battery life. Incorporating Marvell Sheeva technology, this new class of applications processor is scalable beyond 1GHz to enable converged consumer devices. Devices powered by the Marvell PXA168 can include connected digital photo frames, portable navigation devices, portable media players, automotive da... (more)

Attention Shoppers: Microsoft Opens Retail Experience Center

NEW YORK, Jan. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Showcasing new and emerging technologies that create connected and differentiated experiences for consumers throughout the retail environment, Microsoft Corp. today announced its new Retail Experience Center, which serves as a center of innovation for how Microsoft and the retail industry can address rising consumer expectations and competitive pressures during today's challenging economic conditions. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000822/MSFTLOGO ) Located at Microsoft's headquarters in Redmond, Wash., the Retail Experience Center is a private, 20,000-square-foot facility housing a fully functioning, interactive store environment, from point of service to receiving dock. Representing a blend of Microsoft's merchandising efforts as a consumer goods company and its solution capabilities as a technology provide... (more)

Tiny, Cute, Expensive Paperweight?

I saw the PR come out yesterday about a little Linux-based teeny PC aimed at, among other things, digital signage. It has been a busy coupla days, so I finally just had a look at the thing now. The Linutop 3 looks cute, and at first pass the gadget appears to have a lot of promise. It is small enough to slap on the back of a flat screen. It's a solid state fanless design, so there is little that can crater on the thing. Great. But it's also $500 US, and it will ship from France. It has its own custom Linux OS, so have fun with that unless you have a propeller-head on standby. And the CPU is the Via C7, which is an old slug of a thing in relative terms and is Via. I am no propeller-head but the ones I know don't seem to say nice things about what is a consumer-grade product. The specs suggest it can plug into HD monitors but anyone thinking this will drive video an... (more)

Adobe Update: "Unambiguous Statement" Coming

RIA's at Cloud Expo Remember me? Sorry for lack of posts. Happy to report I am very busy on both the pressDOOH and Preset fronts, and seeing a lot of airports (but dodging storms). Anyway, there is encouraging news on the Adobe Flash licensing beat - with a senior Adobe guy promising: Adobe will make an unambiguous statement in the new year. This was from the Director of Adobe's Open Screen Project, which is Adobe's big cross-platform initiative. He found me through another Adobe guy who conceded the company's position was confusing, and promised to look into it. He found me through Stephen Randall of Locamoda. So if we do get clarity, finally, Stephen gets a gold star. Nate Kidwell of DS newcomer Ludicast, which uses Flash extensively, has also been a big help, and pointed me (among other things) to a post on a Flash developer's blog, called ickydime. The comment... (more)

Carre Dawson hangs up consulting hard hat, joins Walt at Harris

Harris Corporation has brought on longtime industry consultant Carre Dawson to help grow the Broadcast Communications unit's digital signage business, working as a director of business development. Carre joins Rebecca Walt, who has been with Harris for a couple of months now. Dawson covers the West Coast (she lives in LA) and Walt works the east, based in Atlanta. Background from the press release, timed to coincide with the Harris presence this week at NRF: Dawson and Walt have extensive experience deploying networks across distributed retail, quick-service restaurant and other vertical markets, where Harris digital signage solutions apply.  “They are well-connected and have impressive records of success in the digital signage and digital-out-of-home industry,” said Denise MacDonell, director and general manager of digital signage for Harris Broadcast Communication... (more)

The Good Thing About Standards

“The good thing about standards is that there are so many to choose from.” – Dr. Tanenbaum And so we picked SMIL, an open web standard developed by the W3C (the fellows that brought us HTML, CSS and all the other things that make the internet work) for our new light-weight digital signage player which, thanks to Microsoft Silverlight, runs on a variety of platforms such as Windows, OS X, Linux, Symbian and Windows CE. As some of you may remember, we released SMIL support for our Oxygen media platform a few months ago. Since then a lot has happened! Our partner IAdea has rolled out a few hundred units of their XDS-100 players that are managed by our platform. Furthermore we are working with many partners and customers to roll out more SMIL-based digital signage installations. We see great future for SMIL in the Digital Signage industry, because it makes it easier to... (more)

Aspera Unveils New High-Speed File Transfer Software

Aspera, Inc. on Friday introduced three new software products that expand the Aspera ecosystem for transporting and managing digital assets at maximum speed regardless of file size, transfer distance or network conditions. The new solutions – Aspera Sync, Aspera Orchestrator and Aspera Mobile Uploader – help film, broadcast and digital media producers synchronize large file repositories with maximum speed across global networks, automate even the most complex transfer workflows, and extend the fasp™ transport speed and efficiency to mobile users on challenging wireless networks. To service the rising number of Aspera technology deployments throughout the EMEA, the company has also announced the addition of dedicated local customer support in Europe and local sales engineering in Asia-Pacific, and is previewing a new online portal for global customer support and knowl... (more)

Adchemy® Adds Seasoned Search Executive Kartik Ramakrishnan to Leadership Team

FOSTER CITY, Calif., April 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Adchemy, Inc., a leading online advertising technology company, today announced the appointment of Kartik Ramakrishnan as senior vice president and general manager, Adchemy Software. Kartik comes to Adchemy from Yahoo, where he was vice president, engineering for Yahoo web and vertical search products. In his new role, Kartik will lead all product development, services and go-to-market functions for the Adchemy IntentMap™ technology platform. "We're thrilled to welcome a driven, execution focused leader like Kartik to the helm of Adchemy Software," said Murthy Nukala, CEO, Adchemy. "Kartik brings to Adchemy an extensive background in consumer search, product development and management. His deep expertise in delivering innovative software products & services will help position the company for rapid growth, as we wo... (more)