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Avocent reports that its first-ever digital signage product has won an innovation award at IBC (International Broadcasters Convention) in Amsterdam this week. The Linux-powered MPX1000 HD Multipoint Extender distributes audio and HD video content from one or more sources to up to eight synchronized display/output devices. Avocent is best-known for its Linux-based KVM (keyboard, video, mouse) access devices and console servers. It announced the MPX1000 in late September. The MPX1000 HD comprises a transmitter and receiver with interchangeable modules for input of analog VGA signals or digital HDMI/DVI signals. It supports wired or wireless networking, and targets markets including retail, medical, digital signage, hospitality, AV, and broadcasting. ... (more)

Clever and Useful Move with iPhone App

I am at a bit of a disadvantage here because (oh, the horror) I don't have an iPhone and I am not all that conversant in Stratacache's software. But, that stated, I am nonetheless thinking that developing an iPhone app for its ActiVia software is a pretty clever move. Yes, if you have a wireless phone and a browser, and your platform is Web-based, you kinda sorta have an app anyway. But from what I know of many browser-based platforms - including one I had a demo on yesterday - they'd all be a pain in the butt to use on a small handset screen. This is a special-purpose app that uses the iPhone UI and allows users to bang around and manage their network and players from pretty much anywhere. Apart from the pure utility of that, I also think it is a clever marketing move. There are fewer and fewer ways in which all the DS software guys can differentiate themselves and... (more)

1-2-1VIEW's New Linux-Based MegaEye Videowall Set to Revolutionise Video Wall Concept

A new software-based video wall solution set to revolutionise the common video wall concept was unveiled at 1-2-1VIEW Corporation’s booth at IBC in Amsterdam. 1-2-1VIEW’s MegaEye enables non-linear, dynamic grouping of video wall segments and flexible content control at a mouse click to deliver stunning visual impact, giving outdoor digital signage and building owners a low cost and easy to use video wall solution. Using powerful streamer software as opposed to the commonly used videowall processor or PC display card, the MegaEye performs all media processing steps including display analysis, cropping, re-encoding and streaming. The MegaEye allows operators to segment a video wall into horizontal, vertical or matrix sets and dynamically distribute content according to a pre-configured playlist. Operated by 1-2-1VIEW Corporation’s Ninja digital signage ... (more)

International Datacasting Corporation Selected to Provide Content Distribution System for Telmex Digital Signage Network

OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 01/22/07 -- International Datacasting Corporation (TSX: IDC) and Media Innovations, an affiliate of CIE-one of the largest entertainment and commercial advertising companies in Mexico, announced that IDC's state-of-the-art Datacast XD content distribution and management system was selected to provide content distribution for Telmex's digital signage network. Telmex, one of Latin Americas largest telecommunications companies, will use IDC system at it retail store locations throughout Mexico. Media Innovations will generate advertisements and promotional videos files for their customer Telmex and send them to Telmex's central site using International Datacasting's XD Portal, a module of the Datacast XD system. The files will then be automatically distributed to all of the Telmex retail sites with the use of IDC's SFX2100 multimedi... (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)

Tempest About Teens Using Twitter Stirred by Twits

One of the reasons I decided to strike out on my own and focus on writing for this industry was to perhaps help influence the way companies are presenting themselves to the industry and media and also calm down some of the crazy hype out there. I just, for example, read something about a software company making a "quantum leap" in something or other. Adrian's crew flagged that one. I read press releases all the time that are suspect, and increasingly, in this frenzied effort to feed the 24-hour news beast, stuff that then gets written out of that PR without much thought as to what's being reported. This mild rant is actually not about the DS/DOOH industry, but it could be just as easily. All day, I have seen reports on my RSS newsreader from mainstream news and technology blogs about the report from Morgan Stanley that says teens aren't using Twitter. Hmmm, I though... (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)

iPad on Ulitzer - How To Jump On the iPad Buzz

iPad on Ulitzer There were two kinds of technology companies issuing press releases today. Goofball ones that were somehow oblivious to Apple's planned announcement, and thought it was just another day and their stuff would get the usual attention. And those who watched the announcement of the iPad and realized there was excitement to leverage, and put together their own announcement. Now just about anyone in digital signage making an announcement that somehow tied in to the iPad would be regarded with giggles, but Nanonation is one of only a few companies in the space that actually have some genuine Apple ties, history and chops, so to speak. In the hours after the celebrated tablet was announced, Nanonation issued a release saying its propellerheads were all over this thing. Software developer Nanonation announced plans to support and develop new customer-facing applica... (more)

On DRM and Piracy

This morning I happened to be standing within earshot of a couple men in their 60s who were having a casual conversation. I've heard these folks talking before. If I were to rank their computer experience, I would have to put them into the category of people who are typically the butt of jokes of entry-level support technicians worldwide. These are the guys who pay the Geek Squad to come to their house to set up their WiFi and their HD TV. There's nothing wrong with this, mind you - I just want to nail home the point that the people I'm about to discuss are average joes, with less than average computer skills. So one guy starts complaining to the other that the subtitles on this movie he was watching weren't working properly. I didn't think too much of it and went about my business. Then I hear that he is talking about the VLC player and he's complaining that the s... (more)

China, India, Australia...Mobility Is Everywhere

Welcome to Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly, an online newsletter that consists of the most interesting news and articles related to enterprise mobility in Asia.  Asia is predicted to be the fastest area of growth for enterprise mobility between now and 2016. Satyam Computer Services has partnered with Japan’s SBI Holdings to launch a fund for investing in information and communications technology companies on a global basis.  The CEO of Satyam states “With sharp focus on the future trends, we intend to go full throttle on investing in emerging spaces such as mobility, social networking, security solutions and cloud. Read Original Content The Symantec 2012 State of Mobility Survey indicates 71 percent of enterprises are discussing the deployment of custom mobile applications and one-third are in the process or have already implemented custom enterprise mobile ap... (more)