When the Chips are Down, the AV Industry Steps Up

The world’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic is a stark reminder of how abruptly even the world’s largest economies can grind to a halt. Thankfully this pause we’re experiencing is temporary and we will work our way back to normal – hopefully sooner rather than later.

Despite how bleak the outlook may appear today, I’m inspired by how the AV industry is responding to this crisis. We often talk about how a robust, agile AV infrastructure is critical during times of crisis – now is our moment to live up to that promise.

Case in point, Governor Andrew Cuomo recently designated four facilities in and around Manhattan to convert into temporary field hospitals to help absorb the anticipated patient surge driven by COVID-19. These facilities – which include Javits Convention Center, Westchester Convention Center, and the campuses at SUNY Stony Brook and SUNY Westbury – will each house 250 hospital beds, with hundreds of federal staffers and other medical professionals tending to patients. Even temporary medical facilities like these require a robust AV infrastructure. To help with this effort, our partner and good friend Hal Scharfman at Smart Digital Solutions designed and implemented a wayfinding solution to direct patients to different areas within the Javits facility. Hal and the Smart Digital Solutions support staff generously donated their time to get the solution up and running quickly, and we’re donating Content Cloud subscriptions that enable Hal to provide the field hospitals with content updates and player monitoring at no charge.

Unfortunately these temporary field hospitals are likely to become quite common in the weeks ahead, especially in the areas hardest hit by COVID-19. Just a few miles from our Silicon Valley headquarters, the Santa Clara Convention Center has been designated as a federal medical shelter. The facility will be outfitted with 250 beds intended to treat patients with conditions other than COVID-19 as local hospitals treat those battling the coronavirus. These plans are coming together quickly, and we’re working directly with the Office of Emergency Management in San Jose to donate media players that may be needed to power wayfinding solutions and other informational displays.

In the weeks and months ahead, our healthcare infrastructure will be tested like never before. This is an opportunity to rise up and put our collective expertise to work to help in any way we can.

Announcing a Joint Venture Between Sharp Corporation and NEC Display Solutions

Dear Valued Partners and Customers:

We are pleased to share that Sharp Corporation and NEC Display Solutions (NDS), a subsidiary of NEC Corporation, have announced a joint venture for the B2B display business. The venture is expected to be completed on July 1, 2020, as the companies obtain regulatory approval.

This relationship represents our deep and ongoing commitment to the B2B display business. Sharp and NDS are two market-leading brands in the production and development of visual solutions, and the Sharp-NEC joint venture will result in a wide range of synergies that we can pass on to you.

Additionally, this venture will add scale and efficiency for our combined product lines across the world, allow us to more competitively pursue emerging categories within the marketplace and combine the immense knowledge, skills and capabilities of both organizations.

Between now and when the joint venture is finalized, Sharp will continue to operate as it does now and will continue with business as usual within the current market climate. After completion, we will start to look at ways in which we can all benefit from the joint venture between our two companies.

This is an exciting new chapter for our company. Sharp and NEC have mutual admiration and respect for one another along with a deep ethos in quality and innovation. I look forward to sharing our synergetic plans as we move further down this exciting road.


Mike Marusic
President and CEO
Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America.

ZetaDisplay receives order from Finnish Veikkaus within existing supply agreement

March 20, 2020
Malmö – ZetaDisplay AB (publ) (Nasdaq Stockholm: ZETA) has received a significant order within existing supply agreement for Digital Signage from the Finnish entertainment company Veikkaus. The three-year service agreement comprises installation in Feel Vegas entertainment center in Turku. The planned installation time is July 2020 and the total contract value is estimated at 1.5 MSEK.

“Veikkaus has been our customer for several years”, comments Per Mandorf, President & CEO at ZetaDisplay. “The gaming sector asks today for a more complex delivery of engaging Digital Signage solutions than before and we are happy that our Finnish team has been selected as business partner for this delivery”, Mandorf concludes.

For questions, please contact:
Per Mandorf, President & CEO
Phone +46 704-25 82 34
Ola Burmark, CFO
Phone +46 708-21 57 86
Daniel Oelker, CCO
Phone +46 708-45 80 54

About Feel Vegas
Feel Vegas is a gambling and entertainment concept of Veikkaus, the leading Finnish gaming and betting company which is state owned. Feel Vegas operates 8 entertainment centers across the country uniting international gaming entertainment, spectator sports and restaurant services in one place.

About ZetaDisplay
ZetaDisplay acts at the heart of digital transformations in physical environments. We contribute to nudging peoples’ behaviour at the point-of-decision in retail environments, public spaces and workplace environments. Our solutions are known as Digital Signage that we develop and offer as SaaS-solutions. We are a European leader and intend to drive the further consolidation of the market organically and through acquisitions.
ZetaDisplay has its head office in Malmö. The company generates revenues of MSEK 436 and employs 160 staff at nine offices in six European countries. In total, the company handles 50,000 installations on 50 markets. The share is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm [ZETA]. More information at

Signagelive for Mersive Solstice brings affordable enterprise-class digital signage to your meeting room

Mersive’s Solstice platform offers a wireless presentation experience that puts content to the centre of every meeting. Now, with Signagelive, you can manage your digital signage content while your meeting room or huddle space display is not in use. Simply replace your Solstice default image content with Signagelive’s Browser player URL and publish content using the comprehensive features included.
Turn your static meeting room or huddle space into to communication platform for your staff
With no additional hardware, Signagelive’s Web Content Licence can be used to deliver web content to your Mersive Solstice device. This includes all of our great features such as Layout designer, Network management, Scheduling and more! Simply enter Signagelive’s Browser Player URL, activate the player with a Web Content Licence and publish any web content including the comprehensive range of apps and integrations available in the Signagelive Marketplace.

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Signagelive Web Content Licence launched to deliver enterprise-class digital signage for the web apps, web content and URLs

We are always listening to our customers and partners and looking to improve our offering to make managing and updating your digital signage content simple and easy. As a result of the feedback we have received, there is a growing number of digital signage projects where the requirement is to be able to use the full capabilities of our Signagelive platform to manage and schedule; web apps, web content and URLs without the need to publish and display images and videos. To address this need, we have launched a new Signagelive Web Content Licence.

What is the Web Content Licence?
The Web Content Licence is ideal for customers who are looking for a cost-effective way to schedule and display web content, display dashboards, URLs or want to take advantage of the comprehensive range of 100’s of free and paid apps available in the Signagelive Marketplace. Click here to find out more.

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Leeds Playhouse appoint UXG to transform their digital strategy powered by Signagelive

Leeds-based digital solutions provider UXG has recently completed the works on a project to upgrade the digital strategy and wayfinding media for Leeds Playhouse, as part of the theatres eight-figure transformation.
The newly redeveloped Leeds Playhouse includes upgrades to the Quarry and Courtyard theatres, a new studio space named the Bramall Rock Void, revamped front of house spaces as well as a new city-facing entrance and improved access throughout the building.

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Videotel Digital Reports Tremendous Success in the Healthcare Space from Reseller, Pacific Video Products Inc.

Already a standout in the Videotel Digital product line, the HD2600XD+ Industrial Grade Looping DVD Player proves invaluable for another one of the company’s resellers. The product, due in part to its specific UL approvals for use in hospitals and healthcare facilities, has quickly become a favorite for Pacific Video Products Inc. Both medical grade and healthcare grade, the product automatically powers on, auto-plays, and seamlessly auto loops content without manual interaction. Designed for 24/7 use, it will almost think for its users. It will do things like automatically bypass menus and previews on mainstream DVD movies and autoplay multiple titles. In the event of a power loss and power is resumed, the unit will automatically power back on, and begin to auto seamlessly loop the DVD. Even the volume settings are saved after the power loss. The Annex Q compliant DVD player is an easy choice according to an adept reseller that’s been in business for over forty years.

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NiceFall Widgets srl – DSF Member Interview

1. What does your company do?




System integration – Lighting Design – Projection mapping – Control systems specialist – realtime 3D development
We work side by side with our clients as consultants and general contractors in order to find the best solution for every digital communication requirement. 
2. What’s next for your company/the industry?



We believe immersive experiences are the future of communication. Thru the use of LED displays, projection mapping and projected AR the customer can live a true life experience.


3. Why did you join the DSF?



We are looking for challenging visual request to satisfy our passion for technology.


4. How may fellow DSF members reach you? Please use your primary public contact.



NiceFall Widgets srl
Part of the Hotminds Group
Via Enrico Fermi 13/A
37135 Verona
+39 3403632994

New SLD Designed Bank Branch Opens in China

As one of China’s leading commercial banking groups, Industrial Bank recently partnered with strategic design agency, SLD, to redesign their branch experience. Focused on the principles of connection, sustainability, and innovation, the first prototype branch opened in February, striking the perfect balance between technology and human interaction.

“The new branch design for Industrial Bank is all about creating an environment in which customers can comfortably use digital equipment and also interact with employees,” says Jean-Pierre Lacroix, President of SLD. “It is always great to leverage the latest in technological innovations, but we didn’t want to lose the emotional connection that comes with face to face communication.”

Inside the branch, a warm, approachable, and flexible space utilizes a modular design that offers a personalized and engaging experience for customers. A curved wall in the waiting area symbolizes embracement, while large digital screens are able to display bank information, weather, and stocks. Throughout the space, green walls and LEED certified materials convey a sense of calm, and also demonstrate Industrial Bank’s commitment to sustainability.

“We are beyond excited with how the first branch turned out and can’t wait to see the design rolled out across China,” says Jean-Pierre.

Shikatani Lacroix Design (SLD) is an award-winning leader in strategic design. With offices in Toronto, New York and Shanghai, SLD delivers transformational change for brands, from packaging and environmental design to graphics and digital. Through the proven Blink Factor and Think Blink processes, SLD is inspiring the future of retail experiences.

For more information about SLD, please visit and follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.

Atlantic Terminal Goes Digital

Digital Advertising and Media Network Unveiled

(Montclair, New Jersey) Pearl Media, an award-winning Out-Of-Home Advertising and Marketing Agency, in partnership with Madison International Realty, has unveiled a new place-based digital network at Brooklyn’s Atlantic Terminal. The Atlantic Terminal Network (ATN) went live on February 2nd, providing a dynamic digital canvas inside Downtown Brooklyn’s premier retail destination. Pearl Media is the exclusive media partner for Atlantic Terminal.

“Pearl Media is elated to be the exclusive media and advertising partner for Atlantic Terminal,” said Josh Cohen, CEO/President of Pearl Media. “Our partnership with Madison International Realty, a global real estate investment firm, continues Pearl Media’s successful roll out of digital platforms in best in class real estate assets that help brands connect with consumers where they shop and play,” added Cohen.

Atlantic Terminal is located in New York City’s third-largest central business district, surrounded by a dense concentration of office, residential, retail and event spaces. Anchor stores include Best Buy, Marshalls, Sephora, Target and Uniqlo. The three-story, 760,000 sq. ft. mall is located at the intersection of Flatbush and Atlantic Avenues, Downtown Brooklyn’s bowtie, one of the busiest crossroads in Brooklyn and the heart of the Brooklyn Cultural District. Across the street from Barclay’s Center, it sits above the Long Island Rail Road’s Atlantic Terminal facility and the Atlantic Ave – Barclay’s Center subway station, used by 13 million riders annually.

“We are pleased to partner with Pearl Media. It’s digital network and dynamic interactive displays and directories will help guide Atlantic terminal’s more than 20 million annual visitors through the retail and transit levels of the complex, enhancing the mall experience for both our shoppers and tenants,” said Evan Walke, Madison International Realty portfolio manager.

At Atlantic Terminal Pearl Media has deployed a robust, dynamic digital network consisting of 15 individual media placements. The media opportunity consists of eight (8) 85” LCD displays, four (4) 98” LCD displays and three double-sided 65” LCD kiosk displays. With this dynamic digital canvas local and national brands will be able to tailor their creative for the shopper one the go, while tenant shops will have the ability to message daily sales and other offers to visitors on the spot.

“When you combine the commuters who use the transit facilities, the shoppers who visit on a daily basis with the office workers in and around the terminal it’s no wonder that Atlantic Terminal is truly the hub of the neighborhood,” said Anthony Petrillo, Chief Revenue Officer at Pearl Media “Sitting at the crossroads of one of the busiest intersections in Brooklyn with 25 million vehicles and 18 million pedestrians passing by every year, the Plaza space at the terminal is a prime location for brands to engage consumers with innovative activation campaigns,” added Petrillo.

In addition to the digital network, the media opportunity at Atlantic Terminal Mall includes one static interior wallscape. The venue generates 1,366,164 total weekly impressions according to Geopath data. For more information on media opportunities at Atlantic Terminal contact Anthony Petrillo of Pearl Media at

About Pearl Media
Pearl Media develops, manages and sells unique marketing and digital media opportunities. Working with best in class real estate assets, Pearl digitizes urban core mixed use commercial space, transit centers and transit adjacent properties in top markets with premium place-based digital signage networks. We target and transform premium large format static properties and vacant storefronts into best-in-market out-of-home advertising opportunities. At Pearl we leverage all of our creative and technical disciplines to provide an all-encompassing 360-degree platform that enhances a real estate asset’s persona allowing brands to engage with consumers in meaningful ways where they work, shop, live and play through digital signage, experiential activation spaces and sponsorship opportunities.

About Madison International Realty
Madison International Realty is a leading liquidity provider to real estate investors worldwide. Madison provides equity capital for real estate owners and investors seeking to monetize embedded equity, to replace capital partners seeking an exit and to recapitalize balance sheets. The firm provides equity for recapitalizations, partner buyouts and capital infusions; and acquires joint venture, limited partner and co-investment interests as principals. Madison invests in secondary transactions and focuses solely on existing properties and portfolios in the U.S., U.K., and Europe. Madison has offices in New York, London, Luxembourg, Amsterdam and Frankfurt, where the firm operates under the name of Madison International Realty GmbH.