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Benefits of Digital Signage Furniture

Kiosks, Monitor Stands, Video Carts. Although these broad terms conjure different images for different people, they all link back to one general purpose: to display information, through images, video or direct interaction, to a specific audience. Regardless of the product chosen, these methods of communication have become integral to everyday life. Now more than ever, commercial businesses, schools and courtrooms are integrating some form of information display into their space to provide general information about a subject, a map for navigation or an interactive interface meant to answer questions quickly and efficiently. As various types of digital signage make their way into the mainstream, what follows is the need for a stylish and seamless way to blend technology into an existing space. Although the display typically speaks for itself, it is important to make sure that it accurately represents an entity’s image. It would be beneficial, therefore, to consider a custom furniture solution that can unify digital signage with the characteristics of a space, whether it be a high-end conference room, a traditionally adorned ivy-league university or an upscale office with modern flair. By specifying an enclosure for a digital signage monitor, not only are users able to match the aesthetic properties of their space, but they can also incorporate custom security, ventilation and cable access options in their design.

Monitor Frames

Perhaps the simplest monitor solution, a frame provides a wall-mounted set-up with a way to mask cables and projects a put-together image. Rather than modifying a wall for flush monitor integration or having a monitor mount visible from the side, a signage frame offers a cost-effective alternative. The size of the frame can be customized depending on the monitor, mount and method of wall attachment.

Additionally, exhaust ventilation can be specified to keep signage cool beneath the frame via vent slots or a temperature-controlled fan. To access buttons and cables on the monitor, a hinged or removable access door can be implemented on the design.

Monitor Stands

Likely the most versatile furniture option is a monitor stand. As a mobile piece, it allows the monitor to travel to different parts of a building or act in many different roles like video conferencing, information display or as an interactive directory. The design can be as simplistic or high-end as need be and the stand can be finished to match or compliment a room. Cables can be snaked through various grommet holes down the body of the stand and can be hidden from view for a more streamlined effect. Fixed shelving or locking compartments can also be added to store additional items on-the-go.

Monitor Carts

A variation of a monitor stand, specifying a cart provides users with a larger storage space for racked equipment or a tower PC. These carts can be fixed or mobile, depending on the application, and can affix the monitor atop in a variety of ways. With the possibility of more internal components, keeping equipment cool is an important aspect to consider with a monitor cart. In addition to ventilation, different cable passage options can be utilized depending on the power ports in each space.

Kiosks

As perhaps the most recognized digital signage furniture solution, kiosks are fundamental in information display. They offer a completely, enclosed solution that is relatively easy to match to a space since the larger surface area allows for a variety of shapes, styles and aesthetic elements. Integration of the display monitor is also more versatile as the orientation and viewing angle can be mounted according to each customer application. The kiosk can be mounted in a flat surface for easy interaction among an individual or group of people or it can be double-sided with dual monitors for spaces that need to display multiple types of information. The options are far reaching and can be completely custom.

With the popularity of digital signage continuing to grow, the need for custom furniture to house new technologies is becoming just as important. Specifying custom furniture helps to prevent the latest signage technology from looking like an afterthought or add-on and helps display monitors more effortlessly blend into any type of space. If you have any questions about Marshall Furniture’s custom furniture solutions or would like to discuss your specific enclosure needs, please call us to speak with one of our knowledgeable designers.

Originally posted on marshallfurniture.com.


Broadsign to power digital media screens at Westfield’s US flagship shopping centers



Partnership enables advertisers and brands to reach shoppers
with contextual, targeted campaigns on over 500 digital screens.

March 13, 2018 (New York, New York) –  Broadsign International, LLC, has announced today that it has reached an agreement with Westfield Corporation, one of the world’s largest shopping center owners and managers, to power Westfield’s existing digital media network of 500 screens located at 18 flagship shopping centers across the US.

The full Broadsign platform will be used to power the Westfield Network, which is designed and managed by Esprit Digital, a premium full-service digital signage installation, maintenance and support provider. This includes Broadsign Control to automate the delivery of targeted and contextual messaging and advertisements to Westfield’s network of high-impact digital screens as well as Broadsign Direct to help Westfield’s brand ventures team more efficiently manage and sell ad space. Westfield will also be integrating its inventory with Broadsign Reach to make its network available programmatically to global media buyers.

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How to Make the Most of DSE

by Jeff Hastings, CEO of BrightSign, LLC

With Integrated Systems Europe now in the rear-view mirror, our industry turns its collective attention to Digital Signage Expo later this month in Las Vegas. DSE isn’t the biggest tradeshow we attend in the US, but it’s certainly the show that’s most focused on digital signage. For that reason alone, I find DSE to be an accurate barometer of what to expect in the year ahead.

The digital signage industry is made up mostly of perennial attendees – companies like BrightSign that have been coming to DSE for many years, and that will still be attending years from now. But every year there’s a sizeable crop of first-time exhibitors – last year, of the 255 companies on the show floor, 74 were first-time exhibitors. If those numbers hold true this year, that means nearly three of every 10 exhibitors will be attending for their first time. These new exhibitors seem to fall into two camps: relatively unknown startup companies trying to get into the market, and well-known tech brands trying to make a sideways entry into the digital signage space. I’m particularly intrigued by the latter. Our market has grown far beyond its traditional “signage” roots and it’s understandable that big companies will attempt to wedge their way into our market to make a quick buck.

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55 Water Street NYC lobby installation with custom content powered by Signagelive

Article originally posted on Signagelive.com

Introduction

DCBolt Productions assisted in the design, implementation, software and content development of the video system for 55 Water’s LED lobby wall installation in New York City. DCBolt continues to develop custom content that allows this canvas to evolve through vibrant illusions, ambient branding, eye candy and infotainment. The installation is visible at 55 Water Street in NYC and the lobby is open to the public for viewing 24/7.

Key project requirements

DCBolt built a custom windows-based media server to handle the approx 8K pixel space, and is using Signagelive CMS to manage 5x scheduled layouts. With over 50x assets of custom content, that range from ambient branding to perspective illusions.

DCBolt designed a multi-windowed infotainment layout for the high-traffic hours of the morning, afternoon and evening rush periods which display a variety of content feeds, including live stock tickers, transit, weather, news, sports and social media.

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Interactive touchscreens benefiting from ‘industry tornado’

RealEyes Displays, a company that provides interactive displays for information kiosks, waiting rooms, trade shows and college campuses, doubled in size last year. CEO Alex Bernier attributes this growth to an “industry tornado” that is driving interactive displays into the mainstream.

“Touchscreens have always been there, but new software technology such as Intuiface, and lower costs of high-powered PCs are moving us to what appears to be an industry tornado,” he said. “The design, deployment and support standardization of these systems is making it easier for every vertical to invest.”

His company, which was started by Bernier in 2010, is especially seeing an increase in large interactive screens for trade show booths.

“Clients now have a strong need to show product lookups, 3D models, games, and highly attractive video sequences of their customer journey,” Bernier said.

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Seven Ways PowerPoint Can Change the Way You Create Digital Signage

By: Kurt Dupont, founder and president, PresentationPoint

PowerPoint-driven digital signage? Most people are surprised when I suggest PowerPoint as an easy method for the development and management of digital signage.

As you know, a simple but powerful, method to grab the attention of anyone, anywhere, is to use a screen. TV, computer or mobile screens are great attention grabbers, and most people would admit it’s hard to stop staring at them each day.

A lot of the time, of course, you’re seeing digital signage on those screens, especially at fast food restaurants, airports, corporate lobbies, schools and hospitals. PowerPoint-driven digital signage, for example, tells you which flights are arriving, which foods are available on the menu or special offers in the grocery store. With screens just about everywhere in our lives today, digital signage provides the perfect way for businesses or public agencies to engage with their customers or constituents.

With this in mind, why is PowerPoint an effective tool for creating digital signage? The fact is it’s flat out easy to create digital signage using PowerPoint. Everything you need is available in this venerable, proven application. No more need to haggle with Adobe and Photoshop for your digital signage needs. To this end, here are seven reasons why PowerPoint is a dynamic tool you can use to create powerful digital signage content.

Fastest Way to Create Digital Signage

If you have a computer, you’ve probably used (or at least know of) PowerPoint. Its features are straightforward, and it takes little time to start creating eye-catching digital signage.

Many PowerPoint Slide Libraries and Templates Available

With PowerPoint, you can start creating digital signage using templates for hospitals, hotels, schools and a wide range of other sectors. Using PowerPoint slide templates is just as effective as creating new ones.

Flexible Updating

Just as it’s easy to create compelling content and appealing PowerPoint digital signage, it’s simple to change anything you want and update with new information.

Powerful Visual Transitions and Animations

One feature that makes PowerPoint a powerful tool for digital signage is its built-in transition and animation functions. You can animate text and images and play videos. People love animation, and PowerPoint provides great attention grabbers. Transitions also add a creative side to your digital signage presentations, keeping users interested in what you need to communicate.

Innovative Tool for Real-Time Data Updating

For operations personnel at airports, flight and critical travel information change constantly and needs continuous updating with new arrival schedules or take-offs. One master slide is all you need after creating your digital signage: the new information or data can be automatically updated, with new data from Excel, RSS feeds, databases and more.

Using PresentationPoint’s DataPoint, for example, acting as a PowerPoint add-on module, real-time data is updated, and automatically appears on all screens. All your data signage stays up to date. Any changes you make are quick and prompt.

Unique Software for Digital Signage Creation and Management

Suppose you have multiple digital signage screens in different locations in the same shop or spanning several business areas. With PresentationPoint software and PowerPoint, you can create playlists for different digital signage display.

The digital signage in various screens or locations is remotely controllable and can run on any schedule you set. If the digital signage in the morning is showing a video of hardware tools, you can create a program that will start displaying a video of groceries during the afternoon.

Works on Any Digital Signage Screen Size

When you create digital signage, PowerPoint will display it on a monitor or television screen of any size. With our software, you can even spread out a single presentation over multiple screens of a video wall setup.

Ultimately, you can radically enhance how you distribute your information when you use PowerPoint – coupled with our DataPoint module – for digital signage. Digital signage, to be sure, is the best way to showcase new business or public information of all kinds. All you need to get started is a screen, a computer and PowerPoint – and you’re on your way.


Digital Signage Federation® Announces Call for Applications For the 2019 Geri Wolff Scholarship

Warrenton, VAThe Digital Signage Federation® (DSF), the only independent not-for-profit trade organization serving the digital signage industry is pleased to announce the call for applications for the 2019 Geri Wolff Scholarship.

The DSF’s Geri Wolff Scholarship is designed to raise the awareness of digital signage as a career choice among qualified young women who are committed to a professional career in computer sciences and related technology and digital design fields. This award is also intended to help broaden employment diversity, by encouraging employers to hire qualified women in a variety of IT capacities.

Applicants must be:

  • Enrolled full time in an accredited college or university with a declared major in computer sciences, digital design and other digital signage related fields, committed to graduation and currently in their junior or senior year.
  • Students in good standing with a minimum 3.0 cumulative overall GPA (on a 4.0 scale) and be enrolled full time at time of application. Consideration will be given to applicants with exemplary credentials and commendable work ethic.
  • The award is intended to be applied solely for academic purposes and will be sent directly to the accredited U.S. or Canadian college, university or technical school where the recipient is doing his or her undergraduate work.
  • Application must be accompanied by two professional letters of recommendation, a current transcript and a statement of 500 words or less explaining the value and creativity the applicant will bring to the digital signage industry. They are also required to cite a technical or digital design accomplishment that demonstrates originality and innovative thinking within their major that can translate to this sector. A personal video recording that addresses the judging committee directly is optional and recommended.

Applications are due on or before Wednesday, January 16, 2019. Recipients will be notified in early March 2019. For more information, or to apply online go to https://www.digitalsignagefederation.org/scholarship.

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Mvix Powers Video Wall and Networked Signs at Loudoun County Parks & Rec

Sterling, VA. February 22, 2018 – Mvix has been selected by Loudoun County Parks, Recreation & Community Services (PRCS) to power its digital signage network across 11 locations for visitor and staff communications.

The Loudoun County PRCS mission is to provide outstanding recreational and leisure opportunities, outcome-focused community services and stewardship of the county’s natural resources. All of this is to promote the quality of life for Loudoun’s 380,000 residents, the third-most populous county in Virginia.

Their 10 community centers offer a combined 300,000 square feet of space which include baseball fields, aquatic centers, bike trails, classrooms and performance art spaces.

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BrightSign Powers Digital Signage in Latin America’s Largest Department Store


El Palacio de Hierro is an upscale chain of department stores in Mexico, with its flagship store located in Polanco, Mexico City. Known as “Al Palacio de los Palacios” (“the palace of all palaces”), this particular location is comprised of more than half a million square feet of retail space, earning it the distinction of the largest department store in Latin America.

El Palacio de Hierro recently completed a $300M renovation which included extensive updates to the entire department store. The crowning component of this project was to be a large, overhead stained-glass structure, mounted high above the shoppers below. But due to time and budget constraints, creative and technical consultants at Basha designed a 60-inch LED sphere and full-ceiling LED display installed atop the store’s 66-foot-high main concourse. This budget-friendly stained-glass alternative has become the most striking component of the entire installation.

“Al Palacio de los Palacios is arguably the most amazing department store in the world, so we wanted to create a masterpiece worthy of its prominent location in El Palacio de Hierro’s flagship store,” said Jacobo Jafif, CEO of Basha. “Foregoing traditional stained glass in favor of LED components not only enabled us to keep the project on budget, but the store now has a beautiful, dynamic centerpiece that can be visually altered to reflect whatever mood El Palacio de Hierro intends to create.”

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Qmatic launches new partnership with Signagelive


Qmatic has formed a new partnership with Signagelive, to deliver effective and bespoke customer journey management solutions for the retail, healthcare and hospitality markets. The new solution developed collaboratively by Qmatic and Signagelive debuted at Integrated Systems Europe 2018, with a full-scale demonstration of the technology in a live ‘food-to-go’ setting.

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