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  • 24 Feb 2015 2:39 PM | Lauren Taggart (Administrator)

    Manhattan Art school and gallery selects Videotel’s digital signage media player over the competition for its simplicity and reliability and award winning customer service department

    "The galley found most media players to be to finicky. Videotel's VP71 just works every time. The durability and ease of use is superior", says Skros, SVA Gallery's exhibition manager.


    New York, NY (PRWEB) February 23, 2015 - SVA runs an art gallery and three art school campuses in the Manhattan area. With up to 52 exhibitions a year, plus presentations and educational events, SVA relies on digital displays to deliver information and entertainment. After testing the competition, the gallery chose Videotel's VP71 as its go-to industrial digital signage media player.

    Tyson Skros, SVA Gallery's exhibition manager, said the gallery found most media players to be too finicky. He states that the company chose the VP71 because "it just works, every time." Skros praised the media player's versatility and ability to adapt to a range of formats, stating that gallery employees don't have time to re-encode media in the middle of exhibit installations or during event setup. The gallery relies on the VP71 as a primary source for all its audio and video needs.

    Skros also cites the durability of the VP71 digital signage player and the ease of use, which makes work efficient for the staff. The gallery doesn't have to provide in-depth technical instructions for off-site installations, and the player works for complex multimedia as well as traditional movie screenings. Videotel Inc provides exceptional ongoing support whenever a challenge arises.

    The VP71's industrial design allows continuous play, auto loops, and seamlessly auto repeats without the need for a remote or menu, making it an appropriate choice for museums and galleries. The rugged design ensures more than six years of use without failure, and the gallery can make use of functions such as motion and proximity sensors for an interactive audience experience.

    For more information about the VP71 media player, or any other of our industrial-quality media players, visit the Videotel Inc. website at http://www.videoteldigital.com, or call us at (800) 878-4056, ext. 27.

  • 24 Feb 2015 2:31 PM | Lauren Taggart (Administrator)

    Videotel is the leading manufacturer for industrial digital signage media players, commercial grade dvd players and interactive digital signage solutions

    San Diego, CA (PRWEB) February 24, 2015 - Videotel receives recognition from the industry with acceptance by the Digital Signage Federation.

    The Digital Signage Federation is a non-profit industry organization that supports technological advancements and innovations in the digital signage industry. Recognition of Videotel by the Digital Signage Federation as a new member in good standing means acknowledgement of Videotel's position in the digital signage industry.

    Such recognition does not come automatically or easily. The Digital Signage Federation is governed by an independent board of volunteers consisting of industry professionals that reflect the varied makeup of all the constituents in the digital signage industry. The board of the Digital Signage Federation is elected by vote and each member serves for a period of two years. The Digital Signage Federation is the only non-profit group that provides peer-group help, information, and resources for companies in the digital signage industry.

    Every year, the Digital Signage Federation hosts regional networking events and a major Digital Signage Expo. In 2015, this Digital Signage Expo will be held in Las Vegas from March 10th through March 13th at the Las Vegas Convention Center. This conference is the largest trade show for digital signage held annually, which is the place to see the most state-of-the-art innovations before competitors get a chance to deploy them. Videotel will be a featured exhibitor at the 2015 Digital Signage Expo.

    Please see: http://www.digitalsignageexpo.net/2015/public/enter.aspx

    The digital signage industry relies on the Digital Signage Federation as an independent voice that promotes the technological advancements of the industry as a whole. The Digital Signage Federation established privacy standards accepted by the U.S. Congress and provides a system for requests-for-proposals (RFPs) so that potential customers get an appropriate solution for digital signage needs and the best deals for comprehensive solutions from providers in the industry.

    About Videotel
    Videotel provides commercial and industrial grade high-definition digital signage media players that are designed for robust, non-stop use to support digital signage. Videotel products passed rigorous testing to prove that it can run interrupted service for a period of over four years, twenty-four hours per day, without failure. The company has over thirty four years' experience in designing solutions for interactive digital signage displays.

    Contact Videotel for all your digital signage needs or visit their website for more information about the products they offer.

    Contact
    Lisa Schneider

    Videotel, Inc.
     +1 619-670-4412 Ext: 27
     Email

     Travis McMahand
     Videotel, Inc.
     619-670-4412
     Email


  • 24 Feb 2015 2:02 PM | Lauren Taggart (Administrator)

    265 screens are now running in Hispanic restaurants across the nation.


    Miami, Florida. February 24, 2015. Admirable LLC, the nation’s largest Hispanic digital signage network, has completed its initial deployment of 265 screens using BroadSign International, LLC’s cloud-based software.


    Situated in Hispanic restaurants, Admirable’s 42” LED screens reach about 2.5 million visitors per month who designate eating out as their number one leisure activity. A seated dwell time of 45 minutes to two hours has enabled Admirable to divide its 12-minute loops between global, country-specific and local news, entertainment, advertising and each restaurant’s own messaging.


    “The BroadSign platform was made for ad-based networks such as our own. Its performance reports have been crucial for establishing a level of trust with our advertisers that would have been difficult using other software,” said Kristian Diaz, Chief Technology Officer at Admirable.


    “The ability to use triggers and add custom integrations through BroadSign’s SDK has been a source of innovation for our interactive campaigns, and BroadSign’s rules-based approach frees up time for our network operations team to focus on clients, offering great responsiveness and flexibility.”


    Advertisers can easily segment Admirable’s audience by age (almost 50% are young adults), country of origin, location and income level, and include Telemundo, United Airlines, AARP, MetroPCS and Corona.


    Admirable ran a network-wide campaign for Corona during FIFA World Cup 2014, enabling viewers to vote on game results and view them on the screen in real-time. Since Corona was sold onsite, Admirable was able to measure a 19% sales lift. The network is featuring more campaigns of this nature to assess engagement levels and correlations with factors like copy, length and rewards.


    “As innovators in the digital signage space, we enjoy assisting our customers in maintaining the same role in their domains,” said Skip Beloff, Vice President of Sales at BroadSign. “Admirable is a fabulous example of a network that has focused on a specific vertical and viewership, and makes constant use of our features to deliver campaigns that connect with viewers. Advertisers thank them for that.”


    To learn more about BroadSign’s digital signage software, book a meeting with a representative at Digital Signage Expo or sign up for a free trial.


    About BroadSign
    BroadSign International, LLC is the first global provider of cloud-based software for digital signage networks. Its platform was designed exclusively as a management system for media companies operating digital out-of-home and digital place-based media networks, giving them an unlimited capacity for growth without adding personnel. After over a decade in the industry, BroadSign’s latest incarnation, BroadSign X, has become a mature and reliable fit for all digital signage software needs and its Android-based smart player, BroadSign Xpress, has decreased the cost of deploying digital signage compared to PC-based hardware alternatives.
    BroadSign’s constant growth, extensive network and dedication to predicting and responding to industry trends make its digital signage solutions a safe bet for the future of networks with even the most complex of requirements. For more information about BroadSign, visit http://broadsign.com.


    About Admirable
    Admirable is the nation's premier Hispanic in-restaurant marketing network with over 3,000 locations in the United States. Admirable's extensive marketing platform includes the largest national Hispanic Out-Of-Home digital signage and Hispanic restaurant network. Admirable can implement your Hispanic marketing and promotional strategy with precise targeted delivery by market, DMA, nationality, and even down to an exact zip code.


    Press Contacts
    For BroadSign
    :
    Stephanie Gutnik
    1-514-399-1184
    stephanie.gutnik@broadsign.com


    For Admirable:
    Kristian Diaz
    1.786.333.8789
    kdiaz@ad-mirable.com

  • 19 Feb 2015 12:59 PM | Lauren Taggart (Administrator)

    SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 19, 2015 -- Enplug and Waitlist Me have built a new product integration that makes it easy for any business to display a list of waiting customers on a TV screen. This integration brings a powerful new benefit to restaurants and other businesses that have a digital signage network. Customers can now just glance at a TV screen to see their place in line instead of constantly wondering or asking how much longer they need to wait.

    Enplug is the first open digital signage software platform that transforms any display into a two-way communication screen, with some of the most advanced technology available on the market.

    Companies like Waitlist Me can create customized apps using Enplug's open SDK and browse an app market that comes packed with customer-engaging content like Graphics (HD images and videos), Live Social Wall, News, Weather, Directory, and Web Page. Apps and display settings are managed through Enplug's web dashboard.

    "Enplug was strategically built to be an open platform, and Waitlist Me is the first third-party app available that creatively uses our technology to help target customers," said Alex Ross, Chief Operating Officer, Enplug. "They've done a fantastic job at integrating their waitlist app software using our SDK. Given that it's becoming an increasingly mobile first world, Waitlist Me will be instrumental in allowing us to provide as much great marketing content as possible to customers increasingly looking to their mobile devices to interact with businesses."

    Waitlist Me is a waitlist management application for restaurants and other businesses that use customizable text and phone call notifications to alert customers when it is their turn. Launched in 2012, the company has helped companies serve more than 60 million people through its cross-platform service for managing waitlists and reservations.

    "Working with Enplug is a win-win because of the value the partnership provides to both products. We loved the simplicity of the Enplug device, and the level of integration it now has with Waitlist Me is so intuitive. It makes it very easy for businesses to display their waitlists to their customers," said Brian Hutchins, Head of Product, Waitlist Me. "The integration with Enplug also marks an important milestone for us both as the first major extension of Waitlist Me to television screens and also as the first publicly announced use of the Waitlist Me API."

    About Enplug

    Enplug is the first open digital signage software platform that transforms any display into a two-way communication screen, helping businesses connect with customers in real-time. Enplug customers include global brands like WeWork, Marriott, Porsche and Supperclub, and Enplug is used in more than a dozen countries ranging from Belgium to Australia to Nigeria. Founded in 2012. Enplug has received funding from notable investors including Oaktree Capital Co-Founder Larry Keele, Idealab Founder Bill Gross, Former AT &T CTO Hossein Eslambolchi, Interscope Executive Vice President David Cohen, Atom Factory CEO Troy Carter, and Former Yahoo CEO Ross Levinsohn. Enplug is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA. For more information, visit enplug.com.

    About Waitlist Me

    Waitlist Me, the country's fastest growing waitlist app, launched in 2012 as NoshList. The company was founded by serial entrepreneur Craig Walker and funded by Andreessen Horowitz and Google Ventures. The app is available for iPad, iPhone, Android devices, and computers. To learn more about Waitlist Me, visit www.waitlist.me.

  • 10 Feb 2015 12:54 PM | Lauren Taggart (Administrator)
    Kramer Electronics is pleased to announce Michael Baker has been appointed as a consultant for Kramer’s Collaborative Solutions Group, headed by Michael DiBella, VP of Collaborative Solutions. Baker will help provide strategic insight and direction for Kramer’s new VIA family of wireless collaboration products.

    Baker will be instrumental in the promotion of VIA products by offering his knowledge and previous collaborative products experience within the ProAV and IT industries. Specifically, Baker will be key in developing brand awareness for VIA within vertical markets including corporate and education segments, with both end-users and integrators.

    “We believe that Michael Baker is going to help us position our VIA products as the state-of-the-art offerings in all of our targeted vertical markets,” stated Dave Bright, President of Kramer Electronics USA. “The skill sets and previous experience he brings to this position is unparalleled. Michael is known as a pioneer in the wireless and collaboration fields, and he will be a valuable asset to the Group.

    Baker comes to Kramer Electronics USA with a proven track record in AV, IT, and Video Conferencing markets. His most recent experience was as Executive Vice President of WOW Vision, where he created numerous successful opportunities and partnerships within the Education, Healthcare, and Corporate sectors. Kramer has since purchased 50% interest in the ten-year old wireless and collaboration company, WOW Vision.

    Baker has vast experience in executive positions, such as strategic market development, sales, product development, and business development both domestically and globally. He has worked at companies such as Polycom, ParkerVision, Sony, and Vaddio. “I am extremely happy to be working with Kramer and the Collaborative Solutions Group,” Baker stated. “The VIA family is one of the most innovative product lines I’ve seen in our ProAV world. There are a myriad of opportunities for VIA to thrive within all vertical markets, and in particular in the higher education and corporate markets, and I am eager to begin pursuing them.”

    Baker resides in Castle Rock, Colorado with his wife Shari. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Advisors for Technology to the President of Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. Baker is Past President and Chair Emeritus of the United States Distance Learning Association and continues to serve as a member of the Board of Directors.


  • 09 Feb 2015 12:57 PM | Lauren Taggart (Administrator)
    Acquire Digital are using the forthcoming Integrated Systems Europe, 2015 event to showcase their latest multi-touch applications, alongside leading hardware partners, including Panasonic and Sony.

    Each year the ISE show, hosted in Europe, attracts 1000s of professionals from every link in the systems integration chain. This year Acquire Digital are teaming up with hardware partners to showcase their very latest creation in multi-touch experiences.

    The application, designed to leverage the power of touch and interaction, will demonstrate compelling features such as its power; able to run up to 9k, smooth user experience and multi-user functions. Designed as a dynamic and innovative presentation tool the application optimises the interface for any format screen, whether wall mounted or table top, landscape or portrait, and with support for giant canvasses, it can also operate over large multiscreen interactive video walls.

    Powered by the latest Acquire 4 engine, it provides a simple to use and configurable user interface to show all popular media formats up to 4K. Classic multi-touch functions such as ‘Pinch & Zoom’, pick ‘n’ flick and file sharing features are all possible, and can be combined with NFC, screen sharing and other functions. Its standard configuration enables retailers and other end users to add media and allows customers to quickly browse and access content in a fun way.

    Variations of the application are being produced by the Acquire Digital Team for 5 of their partners exhibiting at the show, including Panasonic, who will be demonstrating an interactive sports clothing catalogue. Panasonic will be showing their new 4K 98” display with a U-Touch overlay, and are particularly interested in how the application could be used within the retail industry, bridging the gap between on and off-line retailing. Other partners also demonstrating the application include, Sony and SiliconCore - both using U-Touch overlays.

    Although this is a sneak preview, Acquire Digital will be releasing the application as a stand-alone package for multi-touch screen owners and suppliers in the next month. It will also be released as an App feature to the popular Acquire Digital Signage and Interactive solution as part of the ongoing development of the software package.

    Managing Director, Neil Farr, commented. ‘By releasing a standard, customisable product which uses the same technology as our custom developments, we are able to provide a cost-effective, quality presentation solution to customers who are looking to create and maintain it themselves.’

    The Acquire multi-touch application is ideal for all industries and sectors and an ideal visual aid for tradeshows, consultations, education purposes, conferences, showrooms and workshops.

    Press Contact:
    Sarah Allen, Senior Marketing Executive
    T: +44 (0)116 231 8921
    E: sallen@acquiredigital.com

    About Acquire Digital:
    Experts in the creation of digital experiences and interactive media since 2001. Acquire develop pioneering software solutions for the creation and management of interactive projects on digital displays, digital signage and interactive kiosks. Our passion is creating immersive and highly engaging experiences that truly connect consumers with brands.


  • 02 Feb 2015 11:26 AM | Lauren Taggart (Administrator)
    Interactive digital signage software specialists Acquire Digital have signed a longterm partnership agreement with ADI to develop bespoke software solutions for managing and delivering content to their growing number of large LED screen installations.

    As one of Europe’s leading names in large audience communication, ADI’s giant LED screens, digital signage and LCD solutions can be found in sporting, leisure and retail locations across the continent. The collaboration with Acquire Digital sees the two companies work in close partnership to meet the needs of ADI’s large customer base across sports, retail and leisure markets.

    Steve Elkington, Software and New Media Developer at ADI, explains: “Our success in the large screen market has been built on the knowledge that the longterm success of our installations depends on delivering great content. We work in a constantly evolving industry and it’s important that the solutions we deliver to our customers are able to match their expectations.”

    One of the key elements of the partnership with Acquire Digital is to develop solutions for ADI’s pioneering Live Venue platform. Live Venue is a broadcast fibre platform that provides lightning fast connectivity between their central HQ in the north west of England and over 100 venues – including every football stadium in the Premier and Football Leagues – enabling real-time delivery of both video and data content.

    Quote from Neil Farr, Managing Director at Acquire Digital: “Live Venue brings a mixture of exciting opportunities but also challenges to work with. We’re working on the very cutting edge of broadcast technologies so whilst this enables us to deliver more content to more locations, it also provides challenges because of the sheer volume of data and video able to be transmitted.”

    The partnership sees teams from Acquire Digital and ADI working in close collaboration on a number of specialist projects. Elkington continues: “The very nature of our business means we rarely offer the same solution to two different customers leading to constant development of bespoke solutions tailored to individual projects. The partnership with Acquire Digital is a great fit as the two companies share similar attitudes and a culture built upon constant innovation and delivering excellent customer service.”


    More information Contact:

    Sarah Allen, Senior Marketing Executive

    +44 (0) 116 231 8921

    sallen@acquiredigital.com

  • 30 Jan 2015 11:22 AM | Lauren Taggart (Administrator)
    Rundle College alumnus Zakir Hussein attended the University of Calgary intent on studying geology but developed a keen interest in the environment. In his parent’s basement Hussein began researching renewable energy and concentrated on experimenting how to recycle waste oils.

    He left university and launched Organo Energy in 2009, focusing on the collection of waste animal fats and grease from restaurants, along with used cardboard and Styrofoam.

    It was a tough slog for a while. He leased a cheap warehouse in Acme and drove his truck and its dirty cargo there on a regular basis until he found a better proposition in Vista Heights. The business grew and today its bins are outside many restaurants where kitchen staff deposit waste oils that are gathered up free of charge by Organo’s EcoDine drivers.

    At the plant, the oils are separated, refined and picked up for use in biofuel production.

    It is mandatory for kitchens to clean grease traps and the Grease Squad division of the company does this at a discounted rate.

    After graduating from University of British Columbia, Zakir’s sister, Azra, took over as president and CEO of Organo. The change has given Zakir time to get further educated.

    A Harvard University faculty member heard of his efforts in environmental management and invited him to speak to his students. As a result, the busy Hussein is now flying regularly to Boston to study.

    Both Azra and Zakir give back to this community.

    One way is in Eco Dine’s partnership with Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary. Once a month Azra recruits a volunteer chef to cook a meal with the kids to help them to better understand nutrition. Eco Dine supplies all of the food for the Shining Youth Chef’s Program.

    Zakir was able to pursue another entrepreneurial idea. Familiar with a number of Calgary restaurants, he launched a new company called Enerknight Media that supplies businesses with indoor digital advertising screens.

    Out of Home Marketing Association of Canada research says that after viewing attention-grabbing messages on a digital screen, about one-third of people will visit a website and 30 per cent seek further information.

    Hussein recognized the opportunity to use this information and his locally governed company is already showing videos to an audience of thousands every day.

    Enerknight supplies commercial-grade screens or uses existing televisions in the bar or restaurant. It programs and manages the technology to show advertisements on the screens.

    Advertising is sold on a variety of lengths on a five-minute loop, which means they’re seen for the cost of a cup of coffee a day on an average of five times per customer. And they can all be tailored to be seen by the people they are most interested in reaching out to.

    Enerknight began with the clients he is most familiar with — restaurants and bars — and is now calling on a wider group. Shopping malls. medical centres, fitness centres and airports are high on his list of potential customers.

    Recognized to date as Student Entrepreneur of the Year by Enactus, an Avenue magazine Top 40 under 40 and named a Leader of Tomorrow by Business in Calgary magazine, Hussein will no doubt reach a high plateau in the Calgary business community.

    News and notes
    It seems to be a long time since we were first teased with the announcement that Rodney’s Oyster House was opening a restaurant in Calgary. This week, Rodney’s opened its doors on the corner of 10th Avenue and 4th Street S.W. Spread over two levels of the 107 year-old Case Manufacturing building, the 8,000 square feet of dining area seats 320 customers. It features live lobster and crab tanks and the freshest choice of between eight to 20 different oyster varieties on any given day, live sea scallops and many other fist specialties.

    Rodney’s has also opened a window along 4th Street side of the restaurant. A grab and go where you can stop by for a pickup menu that includes New England Clam Chowder, Ipswich Fried Clam Rolls and, of course, fish and chips with malt vinegar.


    Full Story Here


  • 30 Jan 2015 11:17 AM | Lauren Taggart (Administrator)
    Pete Putman, CTS, technology consultant for Kramer Electronics, will present his annual review of the 2015 International CES at the Hollywood Post Alliance Technology Retreat on Wednesday, February 11 at the Hyatt Indian Wells Resort, Indian Wells, CA. He will also host two breakfast roundtables on Wednesday 2/11 and Thursday 2/12 on "Next-Generation Display Interfaces."

    The HPA Tech Retreat is an informal gathering in the Palm Springs area of the industries' top engineering, technical, and creative talent, as well as strategic business leaders focused on technology across all aspects of digital cinema, post-production, film, television, video, and related technologies for the exchange of information. Over 500 people attended last year's Retreat, representing Fox, Warner Brothers, Paramount, Disney, ABC, CBS, NBC,CNN, Canon, Sony, Panasonic, Samsung, SMPTE, Dolby, Technicolor, Deluxe, Sinclair, and Turner Broadcasting, among others.

    Putman been an active participant in the Tech Retreat every year since 2002, speaking on a wide variety of topics that have included lamp-free projection, plasma reference monitors, digital terrestrial television reception, wireless display connectivity, and over-the-top video streaming.


  • 29 Jan 2015 11:10 AM | Lauren Taggart (Administrator)
    CHICAGO -- The annual Platt Retail Institute Retail Forum takes place on March 10 in Las Vegas, the day before Digital Signage Expo 2015 opens. The Forum will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

    The theme of this year's Forum is "Retail Analytics That Drive Store Performance." Forum attendees will hear case studies presented by retailers, gain insights into how to implement analytic platforms, and be introduced to the modeling and interpretation of such data.

    "Those attending the PRI Retail Forum will learn how to carry out actionable insights that can result in improving the customer experience and reducing operating costs," said Steven Keith Platt, Director and Research Fellow, PRI.

    Presenters include:
    • • Dr. Martin Block, Executive Director, Retail Analytics Council, Northwestern University
    • • Ryan Craver, former SVP, Strategy, Hudson's Bay Companies | Lord & Taylor
    • • Julia Fitzgerald, CMO, Sylvan Learning Centers
    • • Jagdish Girimaji, Director, Product Management, Mobility Services, Cisco
    • • Dan Gutwein, Director of Retail Analytics, Intel
    • • Slava Sambu, Director, Web Analytics, Office Depot
    • • Tom Schuetz, SVP -- Americas/Asia Pacific, Luxottica Group
    • • Matt Shafer, VP, Strategic Alliances, Cedar Fair Entertainment Company
    • • Bill Shaw, Director, Concept Development and Implementation, AT&T Retail Stores

    Find more information about the PRI Retail Forum. Register to attend on the DSE website. You also may download helpful step-by-step registration instructions to assist you in the registration process.


    About Platt Retail Institute

    Platt Retail Institute (PRI) is an international consulting and research firm that focuses on the use of technology to impact the customer experience. In an omni-channel environment, PRI works with its clients to develop marketing strategies that build brands by integrating various customer-facing technologies. PRI clients include retailers, media companies, financial institutions, hardware and software companies, educational institutions, and other businesses. In addition to its global consulting expertise, PRI also publishes the quarterly Journal of Retail Analytics and other pioneering industry research.

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