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  • 20 Aug 2015 11:01 AM | Lauren Taggart (Administrator)

    Manhattan Award Program Honors Achievement in Digital Signage


    NEW YORK -- YCD Multimedia has been selected for the 2015 Best of Manhattan Award in the Digital Signage Software category by the Manhattan Award Program.


    Each year, the Manhattan Award Program identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community. These exceptional companies help make the Manhattan area a great place to live, work and play.


    Various sources of information are gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2015 Manhattan Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Manhattan Award Program and data provided by third parties.


    YCD has called Manhattan home for over a decade, servicing customers from Times Square to Wall St with digital signage solutions that make a statement, gets brands recognized and engage audiences.


    “We are pleased YCD has been recognized in the digital signage software category. The entire YCD team is passionate about delivering the best possible solution and level of service to our customers both in Manhattan and around the globe.  We proudly accept the Manhattan Award and are honored to have been selected,” said Sam Losar CEO YCD Multimedia.


    About Manhattan Award Program

    The Manhattan Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Manhattan area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.


    The Manhattan Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy.


    About YCD Multimedia

    YCD Multimedia is a leading global provider of advanced digital signage software solutions, serving the retail, telecom, banking, gaming, entertainment, hospitality, educational, transportation and corporate markets. Founded in 1999 (and having acquired C-nario, a leading digital signage company, in 2011), YCD provides businesses and organizations with a fully-scalable platform to attract and engage customers, while communicating their brand. YCD’s software offers unmatched capabilities in driving digital signage networks including high-impact video and mosaic walls in a native, pixel-perfect resolution. To date, the company has partnered with industry leading customers, including Fortune 500 corporations and some of the world’s most recognized brands. YCD operates worldwide with offices in the United States, the United Kingdom and Israel, as well as an international network of partners serving clients around the globe. For more information, visit www.ycdmultimedia.com



    PR Contacts:

    Lou Carulli

    Marketing Manager

    YCD Multimedia

    646.237.8115

    lcarulli@ycdmultimedia.com


  • 12 Aug 2015 3:45 PM | Lauren Taggart (Administrator)

    Markham, ON – Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) employed their Audience™ driven digital signage network to promote and carry out their first ever, live and guaranteed one million dollar prize draw.

    Executed across all 19 OLG Slots & Casinos the $1,000,000 Swipe-Stakes was promoted to Winner’s Circle Rewards (WCR) members across the network using a series of digital messages including a countdown to the live grand prize event held July 16.

    For the first time ever, the grand prize event and draw was conducted using the OLG digital screens at each venue where for one night each screen displayed a digital interactive show leading up to the grand prize draws. 88 qualifiers who were previously assigned a random number, watched the live show with their guests; waiting in anticipation to see if their number would pop up for the ultimate one million dollar prize.

    Grand prize winner Helen Vermeeren was one of 224,000 people who entered the June contest that gave eligible WCR members across Ontario a chance to win.

    “This was an incredibly complex undertaking,” said Michael Tutton, Manager, Digital Signage at OLG. “We needed to be able communicate 88 potential winners across 45 draws - that's almost 4,000 combinations! This required the production of over 400 videos to ensure each draw result was unique. Our team worked closely with Capital Networks to ensure the content was triggered and distributed, live across the province. Audience™ provided the ability to manage all the locations from one central point which allowed us to use digital signage to give away over a million dollars”.

    Since 2004, Capital Networks has provided Audience™ digital signage solutions and services to OLG’s digital signage network which consists of approximately 1,200 screens.


     About OLG
    OLG is a provincial agency responsible for province-wide lottery games and gaming facilities. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $40 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. OLG’s annual payments to the Province have helped support health care; education, research, prevention and treatment of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities.


    About Capital Networks Limited
    Capital Networks Limited is a privately held company based in Markham, Ontario, Canada. Established in 1991, Capital Networks is a respected leader in the supply and support of advanced multimedia systems to communications companies engaged in cable television, broadcasting, digital signage and place-based media. Capital Networks has sold Audience™ software into a variety of market segments including Education, Corporate, Municipal and Retail applications in more than 40 countries. Clients include: Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLGC), Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), BBC, Peel Regional Police - Ontario, Plan Group, Cablevision – New York, Rogers Communications, Sheridan Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning, and many others.

  • 12 Aug 2015 3:37 PM | Lauren Taggart (Administrator)

    K-Touch 3.1 Enhances User Experience and Reduces Configuration Time with New Drag-and-Drop Room-Control Modules and more


    Kramer releases K-Touch 3.1 to further enhance the company’s award-winning Cloud-based solution for designing advanced, user-friendly room-control systems for lights, screens, sound, any AV equipment, HVAC, thermostats, and more.

    K-Touch 3.1 expands the platform’s ease of use and reduces configuration time with features such as sliders and new drag-and-drop programming modules for Apple TV, cameras, Vera™ Smarter Home Control products, Centralite Lighting, and Kramer’s FC-26 I/O connectivity product. K-Touch 3.1 also introduces Apple TV IP control, immersive full-screen mode and support for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+, further improving the integrator’s user experience.

    “I believe this new release sends a strong message to both our integrators and end-users: K-Touch is and will continue to be the most innovative, cost-effective and easiest-to-use room control solution on the market,” said Aviv Ron, VP Business Development & Strategy at Kramer.

    K-Touch is ideal for any AV environment, e.g., Corporate, Education, Entertainment, and Houses of Worship.

    With K-Touch, end-users can control any device in the room over Ethernet. The solution is scalable to over 100 devices, all controllable from any iOS or Android touch screen.

    Non-Ethernet-based devices with RS-232, GPIO, relays, or IR can be controlled over Ethernet using Kramer FC-series I/O connectivity products or third-party devices. Kramer RC-series button controllers can also be incorporated into any project to provide tactile operation. 

    The platform lets integrators provide remote Cloud-based support and updates to customers without having to be on-site. This offers significant cost savings and higher ROI.

    K-Touch is easy and quick to learn. Kramer offers a simple online training course that can be completed in just a few hours. An extensive support database is available online and includes tutorials, articles, videos, and sample project files with additional instructions on performing both simple and complex tasks.


    For more information, please contact:
    Clint Hoffman
    VP Marketing
    Kramer Electronics USA
    choffman@kramerus.com
    732-995-6732

  • 12 Aug 2015 3:03 PM | Lauren Taggart (Administrator)

    Keywest Technology expands the video processing capabilities of its MediaZone Pro digital signage system by adding an optional HD video capture card.


    LENEXA, Kan.  – MediaZone Pro®, Keywest Technology’s PC-based digital signage system, gets a high-definition input option that captures live video content from multiple sources. The input option processes both digital and analog video formats, enabling users to capture and insert live video feeds into a digital signage playlist from HDMI, DVI, VGA and YUV sources.

    Keywest Tech engineered the integration of the AVerMedia® full HD 1080P capture card into the MediaZone Pro platform for seamless use and no-hassle operation. According to the company, the option gives MediaZone Pro users the ability to stream live video directly into the digital signage playlist with absolutely stunning quality. The video input option also supports live stream switching between analog and digital inputs.

    Koytt Nichols, Director of R&D for Keywest Technology, commented that this option gives digital signage viewers what they want. He said, “Adding live media to a digital signage zone is one of the best ways to keep content fresh and interesting for viewers. This tactic [a.k.a. sticky content] gives viewers a reason to come back for more.”

    “The card can capture the video easily and requires minimal configuration. We are satisfied with the hardware combination and look forward to years of use,” said Lance Ha, Shell IT A/V Coordinator. Mr. Ha’s department manages a multi-channel IPTV distribution system that is used to provide staff local and world news channels combined with other pertinent employee information. “We use the input cards to capture cable television channels from our satellite tuners via the component to serial adapters, and we wrap the channels with zones of relevant information,” Ha added.

    The MediaZone Pro video input option was released in the 3rd quarter of 2015, and it’s available from authorized AV system and architectural integrators throughout North America. Interested parties and resellers are encouraged to visit the MediaZone Pro website for more information: http://www.mediazonepro.com/   

    About Keywest Technology
    Keywest Technology is an authentic developer of digital signage technology and a full-service provider offering solutions from simple playback to large multi-sign and interactive networks. Keywest builds systems with a holistic approach that includes key software technologies, creative design, system design, and comprehensive network-managed services. Based in Lenexa, Kansas, the company is dedicated to making business communication as enjoyable as a day at the beach. For more information, visit www.KeywestTechnology.com.

    MediaZone Pro is a registered trademark of Keywest Technology, Inc.
    AVerMedia is a registered trademark of AVerMedia Technologies, Inc.


  • 10 Aug 2015 4:10 PM | Lauren Taggart (Administrator)

    Innovative zones feature allows customers to display multiple content streams within one video wall with simplicity and affordability


    Calgary, AB — Userful Corporation, an industry-leading centralized display software company, has expanded its innovative video wall solution to solve some of the key challenges in control room and public display markets. With the addition of the ability to support multiple preset zones within a video wall, Userful is bringing its unique solution to markets that have traditionally been held back by costly and complex alternatives.

    Video walls have been experiencing record growth in recent years and customers are demanding more advanced functionality. A highly-sought after feature is the ability to play multiple, simultaneous content streams on different sections of a video wall. These types of deployments often require expensive and complicated video wall controllers, but now Userful is offering the same preset zones functionality from a standard Core i7 PC.

    The zones feature is a part of the latest release of the Userful’s platform - Userful Network Video Wall 8.0.
     
    The Userful Network Video Wall delivers real-time content – 4k and higher - to the video wall via a standard gigabit Ethernet network using a single standard PC. This eliminates the need for expensive AV hardware and complicated software. Userful’s new preset zones feature adds to the versatility of the platform, making it the perfect solution for businesses looking for flexible and cost-effective video wall solutions for control rooms and high-end public displays.

    “This powerful new zones feature opens up a new world of use case possibilities,” said Tim Griffin, CTO of Userful. “For us, video walls are about a lot more than just putting video onto synchronized displays.  They’re powerful tools that deliver strong ROI, but for a long time now it’s been clear the market needed a simpler and more cost-effective way to deploy multiple content sources simultaneously on different parts of a video wall. We are now doing just that, and ensuring it’s easy and affordable.”

    The new zones feature is ideal for control rooms allowing administrators to monitor multiple desktops, dashboards or video sources at the same time at a high resolution. It can also be used for team collaboration and meeting areas to display multiple presentations, web content, videos at the same time for more efficient communication. Additionally, zones support is perfect for high-end public video walls to show multiple content sources at once.

    Click here to watch a video on how the zones feature works.  Userful makes trial kits and demo software available for those that wish to test the solution.  For information, visit www.userful.com/videowall, email getstarted@userful.com, or call 403-289-2177 opt 1.

    About Userful
    Userful Corporation is a leading infrastructure software company that makes it simple and affordable for organizations to drive and centrally manage intelligent displays. Userful supports centrally powered displays from desktops to touch-screens to video walls and beyond with exceptional performance, unique flexibility and the lowest cost on the market. Userful is the trusted provider of over 1 million displays in over 100 countries and works with zero- and thin-client devices from world-class partners such as ViewSonic, Thinglobal, Atrust, Centerm and HP. http://www.userful.com

    Media Contact
    Daniel Griffin
    Vice President, Userful
    daniel@userful.com
    250.381.5335


  • 05 Aug 2015 4:21 PM | Lauren Taggart (Administrator)
    A giant new LED screen in New York City will give the tens of millions of annual visitors to Times Square – ‘The Crossroads Of The World’ - a chance to see inside Madame Tussauds.


    New York, NY - A giant new LED screen in New York City will give the tens of millions of annual visitors to Times Square – ‘The Crossroads Of The World’ - a chance to see inside Madame Tussauds.

    The attention-grabbing 13 ft. by 12 ft. LED screen, which was installed on 19 June, is visible from 42nd Street. It is already proving a big hit with visitors to Times Square, who get to benefit from a unique, behind-the-scenes look at the Madame Tussauds experience.

    The project brief from Madame Tussauds (part of Merlin Entertainments Group) to Banner Managed Communication (BMC), its global marketing and communications agency, was to ‘increase the attraction’s cut-through and audience share within the intensively competitive New York tourist scene’. BMC deployed its digital experience design partner, OpenEye Global, a world leader in conceiving and delivering innovative visual technology projects, to help create the experience from the eyes of the visitor.

    The Madame Tussauds and OpenEye teams developed a content strategy highlighting the brushes with fame (and infamy!) that could only happen inside Madame Tussauds. Using actors and a green screen to film reactions to their encounters with Madame Tussauds’ stars, crowds outside could get a real taste of the fun that awaits them inside.

    In order to drive interactions beyond the ticket booth, another key tactic was to showcase the opportunity for ‘dynamic selfies’ inside Madame Tussauds.

    The team also created a video, which showcases the visual impact of the installation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PiEdrrL-cEk

    Davey Barrett, Head of Product Development, Midway Attractions, North America at Merlin Entertainments plc said:

    "BMC and OpenEye have helped us find a truly innovative way of communicating and visualizing the experience of visiting Madame Tussauds to a vast, untapped audience. We’re undoubtedly achieving our primary objective of grabbing the attention of many more visitors to Times Square.”

    Catherine Burke, CEO of Banner Managed Communication, said:
    “Creative thinking and leading-edge technology have combined here to inject new life and contemporary relevance into an attraction with a heritage stretching back almost 250 years. This project is a perfect example of why we've partnered with OpenEye. They provide precisely the blend of digital innovation and execution expertise which BMC clients are looking for.”

    Bryan Meszaros, CEO & Founder of OpenEye commented:
    “It was clear to us that many people’s perception of Madame Tussauds lags way behind the modern-day reality. So our focus was on creating content and using technology to visualize and bring to life the Madame Tussauds experience, emphasizing what an incredibly dynamic and interactive attraction it is for visitors.”


    About Banner Managed Communication
    Our unique approach to digital visual communications delivers solutions that bring transformational improvements to consumer and corporate clients – helping them to enhance engagement with their customers or employees, to get amazing results.

    Our award-winning team stands apart with expertise to integrate digital visual communications within client’s omni-channel strategies. By blending technological expertise with a holistic approach to designing, deploying and managing complex programmes, our solutions achieve exceptional returns.

    Our unified, managed service, guides clients through everything they need from strategy and agnostic technology consultancy to content creation, deployment and maintenance management.

    For more information visit: http://www.banner-managedcommunication.com

    About OpenEye Global
    Formed in 2002, OpenEye Global is an award-winning digital experience design agency, which looks to combine consumer insight, technology and creativity to redefine how brands engage with their audiences through multi-channel experiences. With studios in New York, San Diego, and London, OpenEye works with such high profile brands including Santander Bank, Westfield, and Nordstrom.

    For more information visit: http://www.openeyeglobal.com

  • 04 Aug 2015 1:17 PM | Lauren Taggart (Administrator)

    Deland, FLStetson University recently chose Videotel's VP71 industrial digital signage media players to showcase student video work in the Hand Art Center, the campus art gallery.

    The VP71 industrial digital signage player is known for its rugged durability and hands-off functionality. The digital media player can be used in a variety of ways to display any media content from photos to videos, with or without sound, seamlessly. Even in a power failure, the VP71 will automatically resume playback when power is restored.

    Associate Professor Nathan Wolleck, Chair of the Department of Creative Arts, was dissatisfied with the department's previous method of displaying student video work. The department would use computers and play videos on a long continuous loop. Visitors to the gallery had no control over the presentation of content. The computer played on, whether any guests were there to watch or not. Wolleck knew there had to be a better way.

    Working with his Creative Arts department, Wolleck paired Videotel's VP71 industrial media player with Videotel's IPM Interplay Module and with LED buttons to create a sleek, interactive display of student work. According to Wolleck, "the VP71 just sat neatly behind the flat screen on the wall. The resulting video theater felt right at home in the gallery. Now, visitors control the flow of content and the player sits quietly during the idle moments when there are no visitors."

    Wolleck believes that the VP71 industrial media player was the right choice for not only the current display, but future gallery events as well. "We look forward to using it whenever we need to showcase video projects in our art gallery and, should we need multiple video screens, we will certainly be buying another Videotel unit," he said.

    About Videotel Inc.
    Videotel Inc. is an award-winning manufacturer of industrial digital signage media players, industrial looping DVD players and interactive technology. Based in San Diego, CA, Videotel has 34 years of market experience in developing reliable industrial digital signage solutions has propelled it to industry leader status. To learn more about Videotel Inc., visit http://www.videoteldigital.com.

  • 03 Aug 2015 1:07 PM | Lauren Taggart (Administrator)

    Minneapolis, MN.  - CastNET announced today that it has hired Tom McInerney as Director of Operations and Jim Oehler as Product Manager.

    Prior to joining CastNET, Tom McInerney managed the hosting and operations team at CPA Global. Prior to that, he was at Dow Jones as the Director of Systems Engineering and Operations.

    Jim Oehler comes to CastNET with more than last 14 years of digital signage experience. He was most recently at Imagine Communications in various roles including Program Manager and Product Manager for their digital signage division.
     
    Commenting on the new additions to CastNET, Lance Hutchinson, CastNET Vice President, said, “To manage the rapid growth that we are experiencing at CastNET, we are determined to hire individuals with outstanding qualifications and a track record of success. We’ve reached that goal with the hiring of Tom and Jim to these strategically important positions.”
     
    About CastNET
    CastNET is a leader in providing large-scale digital signage solutions for a variety of markets around the world. For over 20 years, CastNET has been a one-stop resource for content management software, hardware integration, and content creation. CastNET’s award winning software is an easy-to-use yet powerful content management software solution for digital signage systems.


    CastNET, 7690 Golden Triangle Drive, Eden Prairie Minnesota 55344
    (800) 388-0008 or (952) 896-9898.


    Website: www.castnet.com. Contact: info@castnet.com

  • 03 Aug 2015 1:02 PM | Lauren Taggart (Administrator)

    Just before the school year begins, NoviSign launches a new digital signage service suits especially for all types of educational institutions: Elementary schools, High schools, Colleges and Universities. This new service includes a unique, easy to use and operate digital signage system designed especially for educational institutions, in order to upgrade the learning experience by adding informative and interactive screens, allowing you to publish and convey information quickly, efficiently and effortlessly with any Android, Chrome or Windows device.

    The purpose of this new service is to provide an information mechanism that would allow to publish and update easily and effectively information throughout the educational institution and even in a number of     institutions at the same time. Upcoming events, campus news, welcome notices, scheduling changes and more - all of those can be published on screens around the campus and be updated from any computer, without a direct access to the screen. Also, the innovative system of NoviSign is so easy to operate that you can turn it into an educational activity for the students and make them responsible of the content on the screen.

    But beyond the ability of the system to publish information around the campus and raise the awareness of the students about different topics, NoviSign offers an innovative system that allows to create an interaction with the students. Who should be your next student council president? What activity would you like to take place on the last day of school? NoviSign polling system allows to ask question on the big screen and let the students answer directly from their smartphones while watching the results updating automatically on the bid screen.

    NoviSign company aims to develop the field of digital signage at educational institutions and offers special terms to support and help those institutions, such as unique templates, free trainings and special price.

    Want to hear more? http://goo.gl/8FfB7k

  • 29 Jul 2015 2:45 PM | Lauren Taggart (Administrator)

    11Giraffes puts the power of cost efficiency, remote management, and scalable deployment in the hands of end-users and IT managers through their new digital signage software application for Google's Chrome OS.


    Charlotte, NC - Digital signage software company, 11Giraffes, now supports Google's Chrome operating system with its digital content management platform. The company worked closely with Google to build an application for use with the Google for Work platform. A Google Android version of 11Giraffes digital signage media player has been available since 2012. A variant of this Android version of 11Giraffes Digital Signage player now runs on Chrome OS. 

     

    Using the 11Giraffes Digital Signage Chrome app, users may remotely manage the presentation of video and audio through the 11Girafffes web-based content management system. The 11Giraffes Digital Signage app allows users to upload and schedule media, create touchscreen interactive applications and video walls, monitor playback, and traffic content to individual or groups of displays worldwide. 

     

    As a Google for Work Partner application, the 11Giraffes Digital Signage app may be deployed and managed on Google Chromebox devices using Google's Chrome Management Console. The web-based Chrome Management Console allows IT departments to easily configure and manage Chrome OS devices across enterprise networks in corporate, education and non-profit environments.

     

    "Based on our success with Google Android digital signage, adding support for Google Chrome made good business sense", said Jim Marascio, 11Giraffes Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Operations. "Chrome OS devices provide a powerful, yet low-cost, PC hardware platform for digital signage. And Google's ARC project made migrating from Android to Chrome, then maintaining a single code base for both platforms, very efficient."

     

    11Giraffes Digital Signage media player app is immediately available with Chromebox devices sold through Seneca. The 11Giraffes Digital Signage app is also available through the Google Chrome Web Store to be deployed via Chrome Management Console. The app may also be run without Chrome Management Console and on Chrome OS devices sourced through other distribution channels.

     

    About 11Giraffes

    Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, 11Giraffes provides innovative, scalable, reliable and easy-to-use digital signage and in-store audio solutions to companies worldwide. The company's software and hardware products are distributed through a large network of value added resellers who place its products in a wide range of industries including retail, hospitality, QSR/restaurant, assisted living, automotive, financial institutions, medical and dental offices, country clubs, and c-stores. 11Giraffes is committed to creating products that extend brands, deliver messages, and speak to customers. 

    www.11giraffes.com 


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