Digital Signage Players

Sapphire Launches New Products at InfoComm 2013

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SAPPHIRE Technology (one of the consumer IT companies making efforts to transition into digital signage) unveils several additions at InfoComm 2013:

  • a SAPPHIRE EDGE player PC in a metal enclosure
  • SAPPHIRE PowerScaleTM 9-output video wall processor
  • 8x8 matrix switcher over CATx
  • and an HDMI over Fiber extender. 

SAPPHIRE PowerCastX features a contemporary user interface and delivers  Full HD content in dedicated zones across a single display—or extensive grid of displays—from a local player PC. The SAPPHIRE family of EDGE player PCs includes a range built on AMD Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) technology—delivering significant energy savings.

SAPPHIRE PowerCastXTM digital signage software

Shown for the very first time at InfoComm, the latest addition to the EDGE VS-Series: SAPPHIRE EDGE DS8, features a slim, wall mountable metal enclosure. With support for multiple Full HD outputs, integrated wired and wireless networking, and Barebones models enabling custom configurations and differentiation, SAPPHIRE player PCs are suited to a wide range of customers.

SAPPHIRE PowerScale HDMI over CATx transmitter (TX)/receiver (RX) extender kits offer wall-mountable, small form factor enclosures, bi-directional control at resolutions up to Full HD 1080p60 via IR/RS-232, Power over Ethernet (PoE), auto equalization, and 7.1 channel digital audio at up to 330ft (100m).

Also on display for the first time at InfoComm will be the new SAPPHIRE PowerScale EF1K HDMI over Fiber transmitter (TX)/receiver (RX) extender kit, providing support for resolutions up to Full HD 1080p60, bi-directional IR/RS-232 control, and 7.1 channel digital audio at distances up to 3,280ft (1 KM).

SAPPHIRE video wall solutions on display will include a SAPPHIRE PGS AMD FirePro W600 graphics card, and SAPPHIRE Pure Platinum H67 mini-ITX motherboard-based player PC powering a 3x2 multi-monitor display configuration running multiple HD video clips and other content using SAPPHIRE PowerCastX digital signage player/scheduler software.

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Big Apple & Bronx Bombers to City of The Red Devils

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Times Square

D3, the company that creates more than half of all LED displays in New York City’s Times Square [see photo], now seems to have adopted the city of Manchester.

Dynamic Digital Displays Europe announces the delivery of their latest roadside billboard for Signature Outdoor as part of their CityVision regional display network.

CityVision Expressway, unveiled in May 2013, is a landscape 12m x 3m 10mm SMD LED display located above the Aston Expressway (A38M), the main arterial route into Birmingham City Centre.

This is the third display D3 have delivered for the CityVision network and largest to date; comprised of 333 individual 10mm SMD LED modules, it’s enormous size and high traffic location makes it unmissable to visitors of the City.


AOPEN Heralds the DE67-HAI, “Our Most Powerful Digital Engine Yet”

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AOPEN launches the Digital Engine DE67-HAI. 

Its most powerful player yet, the DE67-HAI supports the latest Intel Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT) 8.0 firmware and 3rd generation Intel Core processor family.


AOPEN’s most powerful small form factor device, this system offers a range of high end features:

  • It supports 2nd generation and 3rd generation Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 processor families
  • Intel Active Management Technology (Intel AMT) lets users query, restore, upgrade, and protect networked digital signage devices remotely. By enabling remote manageability from a central console and allowing users to avoid the expense of on-site technician visits, Intel AMT helps reduce the total cost of ownership.
  • 1080p full HD video playback on multiple displays.
  • Low noise and low power consumption means lower heat dissipation, less energy use (saves money and supports green computing)
  • Two expansion slots, full size and half size, supporting mSATA.

Gabriëlle Offringa, Marketing Manager at AOPEN, says, “…. Its capability and compact form factor make it ideal for signage solutions within retail, finance, hospitality, large enterprises and other major vertical markets with ambitious signage needs. We see the need for video enrichment in advertising and messaging increasing, as marketing professionals become aware of the significant impact of video in their communication strategy." 


YCD Multimedia’s MegaPixel Playback Players

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YCD Multimedia’s MegaPixel embedded playback devices, based on Intel Core processors, play ultra-high resolution content to multiple displays.

The Intel-based devices are powered by the YCD Wall video wall solution that projects synchronized visual content on any number of screens. Intel Core processors integrate the graphics (GPU) right into the processor's package.

The MegaPixel Player Devices are very small in size and include two or three video ports, with each port producing higher resolution than full HD. Together the video ports produce ultra-high resolution and above, with no need to install additional video cards.

The combination of YCD's player and Intel hardware enables video playback that meets advanced video compression standards such as H.264, while enabling advanced management of ultra-high resolution content. Combining several devices in a synchronized manner creates an unlimited megapixel playback canvas.

“Our customers are looking for a complete solution, one that will grow their business and improve communication with consumers. The defining factor, with the emergence of in-store experience more than ever, is a well-planned, holistic, customer-specific strategy,” says Noam Levavi, CEO [shown in photo].

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Peerless-AV and Ingram Micro in Pan-European Digital Signage Deal

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Deal Signing

Peerless-AV signs a pan-European agreement with Ingram Micro to supply a range of digital signage products across Europe starting April 1st.

Encouraged by the rapid growth in the digital signage market, Ingram Micro continues to invest in its European ProAV Division.

Nathalie Leignel Andersen, Director of Ingram Micro’s ProAV Digital Signage Europe Division, comments "...We have been impressed by the quality and functionality of Peerless-AV's Digital Signage Mounting Range which naturally strengthens our solution offering towards our IT and AV customer partners.

Walter Snodell, Chairman and CEO, Peerless Industries, Inc. adds, "Peerless and Ingram Micro have a long and very successful history together, and with the growth of our business here in Europe working with Ingram Micro was the obvious choice".

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DiSi Seeks to Standardize DS Advertising

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Daniel Parisien, BroadSign’s VP Marketing and Strategy, presented his plans for the upcoming year as Chairman of the Digital Place-based Advertising Association’s Technology Committee.

During the next 12 months, Parisien will work with DPAA committee members including NEC, Arbitron, Captivate and Ayuda Systems to define and develop DiSi (short for Digital Signage and pronounced “dizzy”), a standard that can scale up to digital place-based platform capabilities.

The DiSi interoperability standard wants to address the difficulties agencies experience when producing dynamic content for cross-network campaigns. Currently, there are no means to allow content producers to compare the requirements of their spot with the features of software solutions. This can result in campaigns that are too advanced for the deployed software or ads that do not use software to its full potential.

With the emergence of web technologies in the digital place-based market such as HTML5 and Flash, a growing opportunity for “smart content” that goes beyond basic video has emerged. To satisfy creative agencies and software providers alike, DiSi hopes to establish a common language among players in the industry to let advertisers have the types of omni-channel campaigns that extract an increased value from agency ad spend.


DSE’s Annual Video Wall

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DSE Videowall

For the third consecutive year, BrightSign partnered with signage industry leaders to power the DSE’s official videowall display that greets attendees.

“Each year we strive to create a display that showcases what’s possible with digital signage today, and I believe this year’s installation has raised the bar yet again,” says Jeff Hastings, BrightSign’s CEO.

DSE assembled an industry team to collaborate on the entry display for this year’s show. Flixio Studios created rich content that BrightSign’s solid-state players distributed to Philips displays secured with Peerless-AV mounts.

All told, the mosaic-style installation covered an area of approximately 2.44m (8 feet) high by 4.88 (16 feet) wide, suspended 2.44m (8 feet) off the ground by giant columns on either side.


Philips Public Signage to present UPP! Player

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The UPP!

Weighing only 90g and controllable via an Android tablet or smartphone , the UPP! (Upgrade Public signage Player) plugs into Philips Public Signage displays to control signage content via wifi. Content can be managed, organised and updated with Android smartphones, tablets or other PCs. Videos, messages, maps or texts are transmitted to the screen and refreshed either manually or automatically at scheduled times.


CAYIN Compact Dual-Display Digital Signage Player

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CayinTechnology unveils its new generation of dual-display digital signage player, the SMP-WEBDUO.

The new player is smaller, lighter, but more powerful. It provides a wider selection of multimedia content and upgrades user experience.

Compared to the old model, this new media player reduces size by one quarter and sheds half of the weight.

Users can enjoy more value-added functions without paying more. New SMP-WEBDUO adds the video-in function, and thus enabling users to play real-time video by directly connecting to a TV tuner, DVD player, or other multimedia devices. TV programs, movies, and even surveillance video can be easily adopted to enrich digital signage networks.

SMP-WEBDUO also features its capability to control two screens simultaneously and demonstrate plentiful sets of screen combinations both in landscape and portrait orientation. Users can select from the clone, distinct, or extended mode to display identical, different, or even stretched multimedia content from one screen to another.