DSF PRESS RELEASES
Healthpoint Technologies, a provider of interactive digital signage tools and healthcare information for pharmacies, is growing its network thanks to the flexibility that Signagelive provides for content distribution.
Healthpoint has been established in the UK for over 10 years and today its screens can be found in pharmacies across the UK and Ireland. More than 1300 systems have been installed in over 850 locations at Independent Pharmacies, Multiples, Health Boards and a number of National Pharmacy Association (NPA) board members have also taken the system.
DSF EUROPE MEMBER PRESS RELEASE
MEREO OPTIMIZES PIKASSO’S REVENUE
Since June 2017, Mereo has been assisting PIKASSO optimize its revenue and client satisfaction on the different markets covered by the company.
This collaboration includes an analysis of PIKASSO’s sales data, inventory structure and business processes, as well as the integration of software solutions aiming to optimize added value.
PIKASSO is the leading (D)OOH advertising company throughout Levant and North Africa.Headquartered in Beirut since 1986, PIKASSO is the premier Out-of-Home operator in Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Algeria, Tunisia and Mali.
MEREO is the world leader in revenue optimization / Yield Management for traditionnal (OOH) and digital (DOOH) outdoor advertising. Based in Paris since 2000, MEREO acts as a consultant and revenue optimizer for leading outdoor advertising operators such as JC Decaux France and Mediatransports, and for radio-television sales houses including Lagardère Publicité and NextRadioTV.
TESTIMONIAL / VERBATIM – Antonio Vincenti – PIKASSO:
“Our cooperation with MEREO is intended to provide our sales team with the needed new tools to optimize our offering, and therefore our revenue in those times of uncertainty.”
How did ATMs evolve?
This year is the 50th anniversary of the first ever ATM in the UK. Cash machines have been around since its launch at the Enfield branch of Barclays Bank on 27 June 1967. In the US Chemical Bank installed its first ATM in 1969 in New York.
The original thinking for ATMs was that banks needed to setup branches at the most convenient locations for its customers, even if that was in very remote locations. Creating a new branch had many costs – space, people, electricity, maintenance etc. however, most of the transactions that took place in the branch were taking cash out and checking of balance – so ATMs were introduced.
The phase of cost savings has now passed and the next logical step is looking at ATMs as a strategic location to generate revenue, create effective communication and new leads.
Black Diamond Solutions was chosen to develop an improved customer queue-management system for Int-AR-act so that they could effectively compete in that marketplace. A customer ‘call forward’ system helps shoppers move efficiently through a bank-style checkout lane. It has three elements – a button for the cashier to push, a register number indicator and a processor that ties it all together.
With the bar set, BDS set off to create a better system. They rapidly designed a prototype, tested it in store, and built the final solution run by BrightSign XD1033 players. Over 10,000 final products were delivered and installed on time.
“Our research quickly revealed that there were huge opportunities to improve upon the existing products.“Most retailers were using systems that relied on re-purposed garage door openers which were less than ideal. Furthermore, the systems serviced only a limited amount of cash registers and the indicator lights looked like they were designed in the 90’s.”
– Tucker McLane, President and CEO of Black Diamond Solutions
The main processor selection was easy: “The reliability of an embedded PC is poor, its presentation capabilities limited, and its cyber-security concerns prevent it from being used on a retailer’s in-store internet,” said Leo Iodice, Chief Technology Officer at Black Diamond Solutions. “So there was no question that we would use BrightSign. Coupled with function-dedicated, internet-secure Linux OS and customizable video presentation, the BrightSign player creates a compelling visual presentation. It is easily updated over a retail store’s networks and has the highest reliability of any product of its kind.”
BrightAuthor was used to script the BrightSign content for 12 different brand-specific versions of the solution.
Next, the register number needed to be redesigned. This is one of the products the customer sees, so it is important for it to look contemporary. Using RGB LEDs, BDS created a light source for the register number display to work inside int-AR-act’s position indicator. The LED’s can be set to blink or hold any color in the rainbow.
Using a proximity sensor, BDS created the perfect button for the system. It senses a person’s finger and has no moving parts for a very, very long life. Integrated with a transmitter, the buttons can signal the controller wirelessly for easier installation. And dedicated power means no batteries are required.
“That’s the kind of change you can make if you have the ability to develop and manufacture from scratch,” said Tucker.
The Q-buster system, created by BDS and powered by BrightSign, is driven by technology that was previously unavailable in the queue-management marketplace. It is currently in place in over 1,500 stores and will be implemented in more than 3,000 North American stores by early 2018.
The DSF is committed to be an open organization directed by members, for members. The DSF Nominating Committee is now accepting nominations on the DSF Website for a two year Board of Director’s term from January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2019. DSF members may nominate themselves or an associate within the industry. Nominations close on September 22, 2017.
Candidates must be:
- Employed by a DSF Member
- Willing to serve for a term from January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2019
- Capable of active involvement on the board and in leading initiatives with other volunteers
- Able to attend three board meetings per year
- Committed to the growth of our industry, people, and the effectiveness of the DSF
Candidates will be vetted by the Nominating Committee and a slate of nominees will be presented to the membership in November 2017 for election. If you have questions, please contact Brian Gorg, Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- JIBEI needed a digital signage network for student and visitor communication at their two campuses.
- The signage screens display a mix of class listings, seminar agendas, JIBEI history and project stories.
- Project included 29 digital signage systems, content management software, content integrations and professional services.
- JIBEI recorded improved class enrollment & visitor satisfaction
The Joint Industry Board of the Electrical Industry (JIBEI) upgraded their New York campuses with 29 digital signage systems. Powered by the Mvix platform, the digital signage network drives the student and visitor experience and adds visual appeal to the campuses.
Signage screens in the Long Island Education Center provide students with class listings, agendas for special programs and seminars, and dynamic menus in the cafeteria. Displays in the new Electrical Industry Center in Queens highlight notable projects such as the Empire State Building and the World Trade Center. They also display important milestones in JIBEI’s history.
JIBEI was founded in 1943 to build and promote harmony within the electrical industry and to address labor-management issues for electrical workers and contractors in the state of New York.
Training and education are the primary goals and functions of JIBEI. Through the Joint Apprenticeship Training Program, apprentices receive an intensive, disciplined 5 ½-year training course that includes 8,000 hours of classroom and on-the-job training. This continuing education program provides electrical workers with safety and advanced technology courses to help them maintain their skills and keep them up-to-date on the latest industry advancements and code changes.
Achievement Comes as Company Marks Fourth Straight Year on the Inc. 5000
LOS GATOS, CA – (August 22, 2017) – BrightSign, LLC®, the global market leader in digital signage media players, today announced shipment of its one millionth media player. The company reached this landmark milestone heading into the second half of what promises to be the company’s strongest calendar year to-date.
“It’s pretty gratifying to think that there are now more than a million BrightSign players out in the field, powering rich digital experiences in dozens of countries across the globe,” said Jeff Hastings, BrightSign’s CEO. “This accomplishment is testament to the dedication of our engineers and sales force, but most importantly our customers – their faith in BrightSign enabled rapid growth that helped cement our place as the preferred media player for virtually any digital signage application.”
In the following case study, DSF Member, BrightSign, LLC, describes an innovative and eloquent installation at the Leo Baeck Institute in New York. The creative force behind the “Stolen Heart” exhibition, DSF Member C&G Partners, track the rise of Jewish business and property owners and their contributions to Berlin’s central district, Mitte, until the 1930s, after which state-sponsored Aryanization” resulted in the destruction and theft of Jewish-owned properties.
Higher education is one of the fastest growing sectors in digital signage – a recent study from Russell Reynolds Associates found that 73 percent of educational institutions see digital signage as “crucial” for the future of communication.
Real Digital Media has responded to this growth by creating an entirely new segment devoted specifically to higher education. Spence Graham, who serves as vice chair of the Digital Signage Federation and who spent 15 years operating a digital signage network at West Virginia University, has been hired to lead the company’s new segment. His primary role will be to identify and grow new business opportunities and act as a resource to clients from within the vertical.
Graham said higher education institutions really started paying attention to digital signage after the Virginia Tech shooting happened 2007.
“That’s when people started to realize more was needed in terms of emergency messaging. Campuses tend to be large and sprawling and cover a lot of buildings, so how do you communicate in times of trouble in a big place, where you have a big audience in different places?” Graham said. “You can be very effective alerting people with text and email, under a minute. But with digital signage, you can communicate in under 10 seconds.”
Maplin begins UK rollout of SignStix®-powered ‘Store of the Future’ concept after flagship store sees double-digit sales growth
The successful launch of Maplin’s flagship ‘Store of the Future’ in The Beehive Centre, Cambridge, has paved the way for a further 20 new store formats being set to open before the end of the year as well as the ‘smart life’ proposition being rolled into 130 stores.
The technology specialist retailer, which currently has 217 stores across the UK, commissioned SignStix® – the award-winning digital engagement platform – to deliver a number of interactive, digital experiences for the Beehive Centre store last year, which was the first store to trial the new ‘Store of the Future’ concept.
The initiative was part of a wider re-branding strategy undertaken by Maplin, who were seeking to attract new customers without neglecting their existing customer base, and to reinvent the store environment as a place for customers to discover products and be inspired.