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Christie Wins DSE Award for Own Lobby

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Christie left Digital Signage Expo (DSE) with a Silver Apex award (Business, Industry and Government category) for its own digital signage display.

Christie HQ West Wing

Christie Digital Systems at HQ in Canada created a display where technology, architecture and artistic design intersect in iconic fashion in their West Wing lobby.

The project was to create a display that was architecturally provocative and technologically innovative as a state-of-the-art canvas for artists and content partners as well as for the company’s Artist-In-Residence Program.

The outcome is a lobby wall that consists of 115 Christie MicroTiles and a unique Christie media management solution to drive content on the 70-megapixel wall. The 70 megapixels occur over five displays that are separate yet are capable of driving interlocked content to appear as if they are one canvas. Streaming this many pixels simultaneously required some excellent video cards.

The media management solution involves the use of a Christie Spyder image processor to manage the sheer amount of pixels and video possibilities, while a customized version of Christie JumpStart software acts as a media player and manager facilitating greater ease of operation.

The solution included RP Visual Solutions designing and building a custom metal ladder section that now serves as mounting for the Christie MicroTiles and the drywall.

Go Christie West Wing Lobby in Ontario, Canada

Digital Signage's Role in the Boston Marathon Crisis

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FBI Sign

We tend to think of digital signage mostly as advertising or wayfinding—until there’s an emergency or crisis. Clear Channel Outdoor in Boston shows us (via their Facebook page) how digital signage can transform into a vital public safety communication system when necessary.*

The tragedy of this year’s marathon, the inconceivable act of blowing up athletes at the finish line of a contest of personal endurance, stunned the American city of Boston.

The bombers, while on the run, decided to rob a grocery store to finance their run and to hijack a car for transit. One MIT campus police officer was shot to death in his cruiser, and another police officer wounded in a shootout.

With killers on the loose and in their midst, Bostonians, still reeling from shock, managed to cooperate with one another, assist proper authorities, and improve upon an anxious and confusing situation. And they did this with technology…with smart devices, internet, and social media. And they did this because local technology stakeholders, like Clear Channel and its digital signage network, contributed to the urgency of the civic cause.


Armagard Wins Queen’s Award for Enterprise

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UK-based Armagard wins the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

Armagard exports protective enclosures to ensure safe working environments for outdoor digital signage screens, computers, printers and other electrical hardware and have been awarded the 2013 Queen’s Award from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth because of their success in overseas markets.

They achieved substantial growth in overseas earnings over the last three years, with exports growing by over 300%.


Armagard says their export success is due to planning and focus, started as the UK was plunged into recession.

“We conducted a strategic analysis of overseas markets and competitors, and formulated a targeted market entry strategy to grow export sales within outdoor digital signage. All this was prior to the recession but we decided to continue the plan against the advice of some of our then financial advisors as the recession hit in 2008,” says Managing Director Mark Neal.

Armagard’s strategy has seen foreign sales increase from just 6% of annual turnover in 2007, to 63% by 2012.

The Queen’s Award for Enterprise is an annual prize awarded to UK businesses for outstanding achievement. Her Majesty the Queen chooses the winners of each year’s award after taking advice from the Prime Minister’s Advisory Committee.

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New Director Named for Amscreen Solutions Division

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Amscreen hires former O2 head of sales Paul Atherton as Commercial Director to build a new solutions division responsible for the selling of digital signage solutions in the UK and overseas. 

Atherton will report directly to company CEO Simon Sugar.

paul Atherton

With Europe’s largest Digital Outdoor Network, Amscreen runs a network of 5000+ screens.

After adding new screen sizes to its portfolio, Amscreen now offers a variety of low-cost scalable digital signage solutions intending to offer one-stop shopping to a broader market.

To further that goal, Amscreen is developing their own plug-and-play technology, cloud-based software and managed services.

Atherton, previously Group Sales Director of Mamas & Papas and Global Sales Director at Breville, is expected to be instrumental in further growing the digital signage company.

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We’re Not Obvious Enough, Says European Report

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With smartphone ownership up almost 34% Y-o-Y and a 10X rise for near field communication (NFC) smartphones, you wouldn’t expect only a 2% increase in NFC awareness by consumers (from 6% to 8%). 

This big gap reinforces the need for the industry to further educate consumers on the benefits of the interactive advertising technologies available. 

“People now have the technology to interact, if not necessarily the understanding and the awareness,” says CBS Outdoor International after completing its latest Interactive Europe report, a pan-European survey covering nearly 5300 urban consumers in six countries.

“Creative should be explicit in communicating the core message and in showing people if and how they can interact with the ad,” advises the report’s author. Their research into the way European consumers interact with outdoor advertising suggest some “golden rules” for the medium. (See link at bottom).


Sharp Selling Off Pioneer Corp Shareholdings

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Sharp Corporation of Japan says it is selling off its 9.2% shareholdings in Pioneer Corp.

Currently Sharp is the largest shareholder on record in Pioneer with 30 million shares of Pioneer valued at 6.3 billion yen or US$63.80 million.

Back in 2007, the two firms made a partnership to jointly develop consumer electronics products. Now that seems like a luxury to Sharp, a luxury they can’t afford. So Sharp is looking for a buyer. The proceeds of the sale would help pay off Sharp’s corporate debt of $2.14 billion which is the equivalent to a Mt. Everest of LCDs.

Pioneer would continue to retain ten million shares or 0.8% shareholdings in Sharp.

Even with the divestment, the two companies would continue to partner on a smaller scale in fields such as optical discs.

Go Sharp Wants to Sell Pioneer Stake

Digital Signage Expo Breaks Last Year’s Record

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The 10th annual Digital Signage Expo (DSE) in USA show was held last month in Las Vegas and rAVe USA covered it via their rAVe NOW Microsite -- more than 350 videos, 20 blogs and over 350 tweets..

Show management has just confirmed the new benchmarks established at DSE 2013 last month include:

  • 4080 qualified attendees (excluding exhibitors)
  • Record conference attendance
  • Record international attendance from a total of 77 countries
  • Record 211 exhibitors
  • A record show floor space

rAVe USA has put all the DSE stats together in an easy-to-read infographic. By the photo you can hardly tell it was held in Vegas…

Go DSE Infographic

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Medialine’s Totem-Series

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 Medialine Totem 4-series

The new Medialine Totem 4-series are designed for 24/7 operation with DID panels of Samsung and AUO—and built with industrial metal housing and tempered glass.

It also features a built-in network media player capable playing almost all formats of Full HD multimedia files.

This unit can also play as stand-alone device.

Two models (46”/730mm and 55”/840mm) offer different brightness levels: 400cd/m2 (46” ) and 450cd/m2 (55”).

Viewing angle is 178-degrees and contrast ratio 5000:1.

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The InfoComm Infographic You Should See

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From our colleagues at rAVe Publications in USA comes a really superb infographic on InfoComm. Now that ISE is all grown-up, in Europe you might think we would forget about America’s InfoComm.

Not so. A good 20% of InfoComm attendees are from the EMEA region. APAC accounts for 28% and Latin America for 19%. In fact only 32% of InfoComm is North American!

The rAVe Infographic is captioned “Why You Need to Exhibit at InfoComm,” as there is some controversy in USA at the moment as SMART Technologies, the whiteboard giant, has pulled out of this year’s InfoComm.