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tvONE names Denise Nemchev as CEO

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Denise Nemchev

tvONE names Denise Nemchev as CEO. She will lead the company’s executive team comprised of David Van Horn, CFO-- and David Reynaga, CTO-- and Andy Fliss, VP of Sales and Marketing.

tvONE became an independent company following friendly management buyout of the company from Nortek, Inc. on July 31, 2015.

We mention this because Denise was not part of the tvONE management buyout... she must have been chosen later by those managers that now technically report to her. We say "technically" because as CEO she reports only to the Board-- which is this case are the CFO and CTO and VP sales... which makes this a very unusual executive arrangement.

Nemchev has been President of the AV Segment and VP, Business Transformation at Nortek (which means someone on the Nortek legal team may have fallen asleep at the switch as usually MBOs are contractually precluded from pinching executives from the mother organization).

This also means she is known executive to the tvONE Board who were all part of Nortek.

Prior to this, she was an executive at Stanley Black & Decker where she held several roles of increasing responsibility, including nearly 10 years as a President of several global business units. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Master of Business Administration degree in Technology and Finance from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).

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Envivio is Now Part of Ericsson

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In a deal worth about $125 million, Ericsson adds Envivio “competence, customers and highly advanced expertise in software-defined and cloud-enabled architectures for video processing” to their corporate umbrella.

This acquisition intends to strengthen Ericsson capabilities to enable content owners, broadcasters, TV service providers and network operators to accelerate the availability of new and compelling TV Anywhere viewing experiences that delight consumers, drive growth and loyalty.

Envivio began in 2000 as an inventor of video encoding technology. Along the way Envivio has amassed dozens of patents, pioneered video-over-IP methods, and continually develops support for emerging technology, from the first H.264 encoder and the first encoder to simultaneously support multiple devices and networks, to the first solution for protecting and delivering premium TV services to the iPhone.

The acquisition significantly enhances Ericsson’s software video encoding capabilities and drives forward its virtualized encoding concept, which enables abstraction of video processing functions from architectural and functional boundaries, enabling the flexibility to use both hardware and software based video compression, as well as any deployment architecture.

Together, they expect to become "the Media Processing market number one."

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Sharp’s New Strategy, New Products, New Alliance Unveiled at Inspire Expo

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Sid Stanley

At Inspire Expo in Malta, a two day event for its European dealer community (550 dealer representatives from more than 30 countries), Sharp delivered a new converged strategy for its partner business—built on their new vision to transform the way that organisations engage with information through connected technologies.

To achieve this Sharp now combines its sales and support structure for its Document and Visual Solutions businesses across Europe to offer a complete portfolio through a single business to business sales organisation.

Sharp, like all TV and display makers, has been under pressure in the consumer business—a business that has overshadowed its profitable B2B business which consistently delivers growth. Now Sharp will concentrate on B2B and the integration of its Document and Visual Solutions business is part of Sharp’s continuing restructuring across Europe

The Sharp B2B team will work with customers, examining how they capture, process, display and share information, developing solutions which make information more applicable and more accessible, to inspire a more informed business environment.

Sid Stanley, Sharp’s General Manager, Visual Solutions Europe, took the stage at Inspire Expo to announce a European partnership with Crestron to offer complete meeting room solutions for a more effective collaborative working environment.

The partnership brings together Sharp’s range of BIG PAD interactive flat panel displays with the Crestron RL™ group collaboration solution which incorporates Microsoft Lync (and Skype for Business Room System) software.

Sharp has seen significant year-on-year growth in the interactive corporate meeting room market, as many companies recognise the importance of encouraging creativity and enhanced productivity within their work processes. Sharp is a pioneer in bringing digital collaboration to the meeting room, and is now taking its solutions to the next level with the 80” multi-touch Capacitive P-CAP touch technology.


Says Stanley, “In the meeting room the needs of our customers have transformed over recent years, from a simple audio visual device requirement to one where immersive, connected technology easily contributes to productive and engaging meetings. The combination of Crestron’s experience of content and solution management systems and Sharp’s experience in the interactive display market now answers the increasingly diverse requirements of the modern workplace.”

At Inspire Expo, Sharp showed its most advanced BIG PAD, the 80” collaborative touchscreen, PN-80TC3, for the first time. Designed for professional environments, BIG PAD PN-80TC3 will transform meeting and conference rooms into creative and effective spaces where people can easily present words, pictures, video and sounds on an outstandingly smooth projected capacitive (P-CAP) touch screen, work together on one or more surfaces using intelligent pens, and two-way screen share with colleagues through their mobile devices.

BIG PAD PN-80TC3 builds on the heritage of Sharp’s range of interactive flat panel displays. It recognises up to 10 points of simultaneous touch contact with an advanced 220Hz sampling algorithm, and allows 4 people to write on the screen at the same time using Sharp smart pens, letting people write and draw to support creative brainstorms, lectures and planning meetings. Several displays can be linked together to form an enlarged touch surface with the Multi-Board functionality.

BIG PAD PN-80TC3 comes with new software to support multi-board configurations for data-intensive and critical-sharing environments and Touch Display Link 2.0 to let screen content be shared wirelessly with up to 50 mobile devices.

Go Sharp’s BIG PAD PN-80TC3

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Samsung: Rolling with Life-Saving Signage

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Samsung Argentina

In Argentina, traffic accidents kill one person every hour.

On narrow two-lane roads, impatient drivers often pull out hoping to overtake slower-moving trucks-- and hit head-on the on-coming traffic.

Samsung and its agency Leo Burnett Argentina wanted to help reduce the number of traffic-related deaths caused on those dangerous roads.

Their idea, now an international award winner, was to install a wireless camera on the front of Samsung trucks and mount four Samsung outdoor monitors on the back.

Traffic stuck behind a truck on a two-laner can have a clear view of traffic from the opposite direction-- making a driver's decision to overtake another vehicle less risky.

The video showing the tech in action has racked up nearly 2 million YouTube views so far.

Watch Samsung Rolls Out Life-Saving Signage

The Digital Signage Summits Start-Ups

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Florian Rotberg

The first event from the partnership between Integrated Systems Events (ISE) and invidis consulting, featured more than 40 speakers, 30 exhibitors, 25 presentations, workshops and panel discussions and attracted 477 delegates – with almost half of the attendance visiting from outside Germany.

This year’s Digital Signage Summit (DSS) Europe 2015 continued the legacy that invidis consulting started with its first Digital Signage Conference in 2007.

DSS Europe 2015 was split over two days. Both days saw 30 industry-leading companies take over the grand atrium of Hilton Munich Airport. Exhibitors included: NEC Display Solutions, Samsung, LG, Sharp, BenQ, Toshiba, Elo, Barco, Matrox and Scala.

There was also an exclusive launch from Google: the EMEA launch of its Chromebase digital signage solution.

invidis consulting’s Managing Director Florian Rotberg comments: "DSS Europe 2015 has been a great success. It was our largest conference to date, with strong international representation, which demonstrated perfectly what the joint venture between invidis and ISE is capable of. The matchmaking service proved to be a tremendous success. The feedback from delegates was very promising and we will extend DSS matchmaking to more events in the future. We're looking forward to creating a full two-day event next year, with many exciting new event features.”

The focus now shifts to two new Digital Signage Summit conferences.

The next event is scheduled for the Expocentre, Moscow on 28-29 October. Chaired by Florian Rotberg, Digital Signage Summit Russia, will feature an exclusive opening forum focusing on Museums and Exhibition spaces which will be moderated by Alexei Bogdanov, Deputy Director of The State Hermitage Museum.

On Day 2 there will be a keynote presentation from Rotberg plus case study sessions covering the following areas: Quick Service Restaurants, Cosmetics, Drugstores, Banking and Retail Jewellery outlets.

Two weeks later the inaugural Digital Signage Summit MENA will take place on the 16 November at the Conrad Hotel, Dubai. DSS MENA will examine global digital signage and DooH trends and how they can be adapted to the needs of the region. The conference will focus on smart innovations for digital communication and explore this through the themes of Smart Experience and Smart Advertising.

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