Digital Signage Players

VIA Displays Sub-$200 Commercial Android Player

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VIA Technologies shows the latest in commercial-grade Android digital signage players at DSE 2015, including demos of the new VIA ALTA DS 2, which runs dual displays in extended mode and 4K playback on a single display. 

VIA Embedded Alta DS

“The flood of cheap Android signage devices onto the market has caused an untold number of headaches for many players in the industry because of their poor quality, software incompatibility, and non-existent vendor support,” comments Richard Brown, VP of Global Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. “With our VIA ALTA DS Series systems, we provide solutions with commercial-grade quality and performance that customers require for large-scale 24/7 deployment combined with a full range of software development and technical support services from our US headquarters in Fremont, California.”

“I’ve been following the rise of Android pretty closely for the last three years, and know in speaking with software companies that it was a huge challenge sorting through all the consumer junk to find a device that would work, and keep working,” said industry consultant and blogger Dave Haynes, of The Preset Group. “When I first saw VIA’s devices, I immediately thought, ‘Oh, that’s going to make some CTOs feel a lot better about going Android.’”

The VIA ALTA DS Series features a choice of single and dual display Android solutions for managing dynamic displays for cost-sensitive, high-volume segments. Applications range from digital sign and menu boards to DOOH across a broad spectrum of retail, hospitality, entertainment, transportation, corporate and entertainment environments.

The VIA ALTA DS 2 is compact fanless Android media player which offers dual independent Full HD screen support. Key features include:

  • 1.0GHz dual core VIA Elite E1000 Cortex-A9 SoC with a high-performance 2D/3D graphics and video engine that supports Open GL ES 3.0 hardware acceleration and simultaneous multiple Full HD video playback
  • Dual-screen support with optional second HDMI port
  • Extended & independent screen content support
  • 2GB DDR3 SDRAM and up to 16GB eMMC Flash memory onboard
  • Two HDMI-out ports; two USB 2.0 ports; two mini-USB 2.0 ports, one Gigabit Ethernet port; Audio-out/Mic-in; one SD card slot
  • Optional USB Wi-Fi dongle

The VIA ALTA DS is a sleek, fanless system with a single output. Key features include:

  • VIA Cortex-A9 SoC with advanced 2D/3D graphics and HD video playback capabilities
  • 1GB DDR3 SDRAM and up to 16GB eMMC Flash memory onboard
  • HDMI and VGA (optional) ports; four USB 2.0 ports; one 10/100 Ethernet port; Audio-out/Mic-in,
  • Auto power on when plugged
  • Optional Wi-Fi card

The VIA ALTA DS has been fully certified for use on Scala’s software platform, and is the key Android hardware for Capital Networks.

Both VIA ALTA DS Series systems are available to any software firm already developing or planning to develop on Android though the VIA Digital Signage ISV program.

Both VIA ALTA DS systems are available with a signage software solution pack featuring Android 4.3 as well as the VIA Smart ETK comprising a number of APIs, including Watchdog Timer (WDT) for safeguarding against system crashes, WOL, RTC wake-up, and a sample app. A full set of software customization services that speed up time to market and minimize development costs is also available. For customers looking for large-scale network signage and kiosk deployments, VIA offers cloud-based device management support for remote monitoring, control, and silent OTA software updates for both OS and apps.

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New 4K Players (and Low Cost Atom-based) from Vision

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Vision 4K

Vision now ships two new 4K media players as well as a low cost Atom-based media player.

Installers can choose to add Windows or Linux, and an SSD up to 1TB. Unlike Vision’s other models this one is fan-less and has 4GB of on-board storage built in-- eliminating the need for a SSD if used in simple applications running Linux. It has VGA, HDMI, Mini-jack, and USB 3.0 connectivity.

Two new 4K models have new 4th Generation i3 or i5 processors and are 4mm thinner at just 35mm. These new models have four USB 3.0 ports, and a headphone jack. They feature a mini-HDMI port and a mini-DisplayPort. The 4K resolution (3840 x 2160 @ 30Hz) is only available through the DisplayPort.

The DP output can deliver 4K content at the same time as the HDMI delivers a separate stream at up to 1920 x 1200@ 60Hz.The DisplayPort signal can also be daisy-chained on from the first DP monitor to a second or third at reduced resolution, with independent content going to each monitor.

The i3 4K models is priced from £355 SSP and the i5 4K model starts at £437 SSP. The Atom model is priced from £158 SSP.

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ONELAN's New Range of 4K Players

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ONELAN 4K

ONELAN adds a range of new 4K media players. The 4K players are true multi-zone players and can support mixed screen orientations making them ideal for feature video walls and retail applications.

The players support IP streaming of Full HD video, MPEG and audio streams and can also serve video streams from local storage. Other additional features include Wi-Fi and touch options and zone transparency.

ONELAN's new range of 4K players is capable of supporting the ultra-high resolution displays that are becoming widely available. Powered by 4th Generation Intel Core processors and HD 5000 graphics, they can bring 4K content at the Ultra HD resolution of 3840×2160. Native 4K content can be played in H.264 at 30/60 fps and can support up to 16 HD video zones. Fanless solid state options are also available.

As with all ONELAN products, the 4K players are Linux-based and ideal for 24/7 applications.

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Christie Buys Montreal-Based Digital Signage Agency

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Christie NOC Surveillance Station

Christie acquires Montreal-based Arsenal Media Inc., a digital signage agency specializing in experiential installations, interactive content and strategic digital signage installations.

Arsenal Media will become Christie Creative Media Services, operating within Christie’s Global Professional Services group.

Arsenal Media’s track record in delivering high impact digital signage and experiential installations includes collaborations with clients such as Viacom, Caterpillar, Nielsen, Cineplex, Morguard, Freeman XP, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Gemological Institute of America, TAD Associates and the Montreal Convention Center.

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Scala Goes to London for 2014 Conference

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Scala London

Scala held its 2014 Conference at the Timber Lodge in the recently opened Olympic Park as part of London Digital Signage Week.

A smaller scale event from last year's conference, proceedings were opened by Scala CEO Tom Nix with a straight to the point keynote on the digital signage industry's top vertical-- retail. According to Scala retail is top signage driver, taking over 45% share of a "great" 2013.

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