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Signagelive Broadcast Player launched to help keep remote workers informed

As a team, we reviewed our development plans to determine if there was anything we could do to provide a solution that would assist our partners and customers to communicate key messages to their teams in this time of crisis.

After internal discussions, we agreed to develop a new Signagelive Player that would enable organisations to create and curate digital messages and broadcast them to the laptops, tablets and mobile phones of their colleagues keeping everyone informed.

The resulting Signagelive Broadcast Player is now available for free to anyone, anywhere to use until the 30th June 2020.

The Signagelive Broadcast Player allows for full-screen playlists or multi-zone layouts to be created and published to a weblink. The weblink can then be shared with your team for them to view on their devices. Any updates to the content will automatically be updated and displayed to the viewers you have shared the weblink with.

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Enplug Achieves SOC 2 Type 2 Compliance

Rigorous Third-party Audit Validates Depth of Company’s Commitment to Digital Signage Security

April 21, 2020 – Los Angeles, CA – Enplug, a leading cloud-based digital signage software provider, today announced successful completion of its SOC 2 Type 2 audit. This concludes an intensive six-month audit by Coalfire, an independent cybersecurity firm, to objectively measure Enplug’s adherence to key trust factors of secure data processing and storage. Many digital signage vendors talk about the importance of security, yet Enplug is among the very few willing to submit to rigorous outside evaluation of those security claims. Achieving SOC 2 Type 2 compliance is widely regarded as one of the most comprehensive measures of a company’s commitment to securing customer data, and a key differentiator that sets Enplug apart from other digital signage CMS providers.

“Going through the exhaustive SOC 2 Type 2 audit process has been a worthwhile investment of our time to demonstrate our deep commitment to data security,” said Enplug CEO Nanxi Liu. “We’ve always prided ourselves on helping our customers build secure digital signage networks, and this latest milestone is further validation of our commitment.”

Why SOC 2 Type 2?

SOC 2 Type 1 and Type 2 audits are similar in what they measure, with the latter being more comprehensive. In Enplug’s case, the company was audited on security. What sets Type 2 apart from Type 1 is that Type 1 audits evaluate trust factors at a single point in time, whereas Type 2 audits assess performance against trust factors over a period of six months. Therefore, a Type 2 audit demonstrates the company’s ability to not only meet trust factors at a single point in time, but also adhere to them over a sustained period.

Why SOC 2 Compliance Matters

SOC 2 compliance is relevant to any business offering Cloud-based services. Compliance is particularly important to the digital signage industry as a growing number of signage networks are managed remotely. SOC 2 Type 2 compliance is not mandated for digital signage service providers, however Enplug chose to undergo the rigorous audit to underscore its deep commitment to the security of its digital signage platform.

For more information about Enplug and its full portfolio of digital signage software solutions, visit www.enplug.com. Follow Enplug on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn to stay up to date on the company’s latest news.

About Enplug

Enplug’s cloud-based digital signage software empowers businesses to manage content across multiple displays from a single dashboard. With powerful enterprise features and an easy-to-use design, Enplug is the innovative solution to scale visual communications. Leading global companies in banking, education, retail, energy and more depend on Enplug for seamless marketing and internal communications experiences. For a demo of Enplug, visit www.enplug.com.


Videotel Digital Outsmarts the Coronavirus With An NON-Touch Interactive Solution That Triggers & Displays Digital Content on Any Screen

Ramping up their efforts to help the healthcare industry provide for the influx of patients dealing with COVID-19, Videotel Digital has once again thought outside the box. With the pandemic in full flux, they keep their position as a leading manufacturer of interactive digital signage solutions with the WAVE to Play product. Its timely superpower is its ability to broadcast information without anyone having to touch anything. It’s not hard to imagine that harmful germs or not; it’s the “wave” of the future for industries nationwide.

Lisa Schneider, Videotel Digital’s VP of Marketing & Sales, said of the need to keep people at ease, “We’re all concerned about touching anything outside of our homes. Because of that, we believe the pandemic has changed everything. Going forward, people are going to prefer non-touch solutions. It’s a whole new world, and we need to be ahead of the curve when America opens for business again.”

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Clear Touch Named by The Financial Times as One of the Americas’ Fastest Growing Companies 2020

GREENVILLE, S.C., April 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Clear Touch®, a leading provider of multi-touch, interactive flat panels and software for education and business, was recognized as part of The Financial Times’ inaugural list of The Americas’ Fastest Growing Companies 2020. This prestigious award is presented by The Financial Times and Statista Inc.

FT’s The Americas’ Fastest Growing Companies list comprises the enterprises that contribute most heavily to economic growth in North America, Central America, and South America; only 500 firms were selected for this first annual ranking. The top 500 companies received this recognition based on their Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR), which was calculated using revenue information the companies shared with Statista’s research team.

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BrightSign Powers New Spartan Player Wall of Fame at Michigan State University

Michigan State University (MSU) is a storied basketball franchise, launching the careers of countless NBA stars throughout the years. The university recently created an interactive player wall of fame to highlight notable Spartan alumni from the Tom Izzo era. As the longest-tenured basketball coach in the Big Ten Conference, Izzo’s two-and-a-half decades leading the MSU Spartans has produced a lengthy list of basketball stars now profiled on the university’s basketball wall of fame, located in the Frances Cleaves Family Center.

Dedicated in 2019 to honor the late mother of former MSU spartan Mateen Cleaves, the Frances Cleaves Family Center is located outside the Spartans’ locker room and lounge in the Breslin Center. The space is designed to accommodate relatives and friends as they wait for players after the games.

Designing the player wall came with some challenges – most notably, it would have been impossible to honor 25 years of MSU’s star players on a single wall. To address this spatial challenge, Red Dot Digital Media, Carousel Digital Signage and BrightSign collaborated to create an interactive experience that makes it easy for visitors to scroll through and learn about MSU’s basketball alumni.

 

 

 

 

“MSU’s basketball program now has a player wall of fame that the university will never outgrow,” said Darryl Kuder, CEO of Red Dot Digital Media. “Touch-interactive displays are perfect in this case because MSU can add new players for decades and never need to expand beyond these two displays in the Frances Cleaves Family Center.”

The player wall of fame takes advantage of two wall-mounted 75-inch Newline interactive touch displays. Content created on Carousel Digital Signage’s CMS platform is fed by a pair of BrightSign XT1144 media players to enable the interactive experience. Viewers navigate a vertically scrolling list of graduation years on the left of each display. Each year displays names and images of
players matching that particular graduation year. Once a player is selected by tapping his corresponding image, detailed information is revealed about the player’s accomplishments on and off the court.

“Sophisticated content requires the very best hardware to ensure failsafe performance – that’s precisely what BrightSign delivers,” said Eric Henry, President of Carousel Digital Signage. “BrightSign’s players offer unmatched reliability, and ensure that content on the MSU player wall of fame displays perfectly, with zero downtime.”

Creating a digital platform for the player wall of fame is particularly useful in that subsequent graduating classes can be added with ease. University personnel have access to a shared Google Sheet for easy addition of future players. Adding new players is as simple as populating text and images to the Google Sheet connected to Carousel’s CMS platform.

 


Enplug Announces New Tools to Help Organizations Manage Through the COVID-19 Situation

Now More Than Ever, Digital Signage is a Critical Platform for Sharing Health and Safety Information

April 2, 2020 – Los Angeles, CA – Enplug, a leading cloud-based digital signage software provider, is making new content and resources available to help its customers navigate challenges faced by employers and employees in response to COVID-19. The corporate world changed almost overnight as non-essential businesses transitioned rapidly to a distributed, work-from-home personnel model, while businesses in healthcare, grocery, pharmacy, manufacturing and other essential industries adapted to new hygiene and distancing requirements in the workplace. Enplug’s digital signage platform is instrumental in both scenarios, managing remote workforces and stepping up internal communications within essential businesses.

“A company’s AV infrastructure can and should play a pivotal role in crisis management,” said Enplug CEO Nanxi Liu. “When it became clear that COVID-19 would disrupt business as usual for our customers, we moved quickly to generate easily deployable content to ease the burden on organizations as they manage through these challenging times.”

To help employers manage through these rapid workplace transitions, Enplug responded with powerful tools to help businesses and other institutions navigate this new workplace reality. Following are COVID-19 resources currently available to Enplug’s customers:

  • Enplug’s new COVID-19 Awareness App contains a library of free COVID-19 poster templates employers can broadcast on existing TV screens and monitors in the workplace. This new informational signage addresses proper hand washing, disposable glove use, hygiene etiquette, symptom advice, and two signs teaching proper workplace disinfecting techniques. Content can be delivered in portrait or landscape orientation, with priority scheduling to ensure COVID-19 messaging overrides default local content to keep customers aware and safe.
  • The Enplug Browser Web Player with Shareable Content URLs streamlines sharing information across geographically distributed teams. Emailing a unique URL to employees enables them to automatically display content full-screen on any laptop, desktop or mobile device, with the option of split-screen viewing in certain desktop configurations. Employees can either bookmark the link, or simply keep the email handy to reference the URL when needed.
  • Last week Enplug published a blog post highlighting key elements of a successful coronavirus communications plan, highlighting how a successful internal communications strategy is essential for employees to understand what to expect from company leadership, and how they can stay safe and informed.

The COVID-19 situation is constantly evolving, with companies doing their best to interpret and implement guidance from federal, state and local health authorities. Now more than ever, digital signage plays a critical role in maintaining a clean and healthy workplace. The ability to remotely deploy important safety updates to an entire network of displays ensures these updates reach employees instantly for swift compliance and preserving employee health.

Virtual collaboration is surging as non-essential businesses quickly adapt to a remote workforce model. Usage of Zoom has spiked following recent work-from-home mandates, and usage of Enplug’s Zoom App – which streamlines the process of broadcasting live events and presentations to multiple screens – has risen in parallel.

Enplug’s Emergency Alert App has also been an important tool for users to quickly broadcast emergency information. Recent integration with the Alertus Mass Notification System enables Enplug’s customers in higher education, K-12, industrial, corporate, healthcare, government and military sectors to instantly deliver visual alerts to quickly notify viewers and keep them safe. This functionality is particularly useful when health authorities broadcast updates to shelter-in-place orders and other important public health mandates.

The COVID-19 situation remains fluid and Enplug is committed to empowering businesses with easy-to-use tools to quickly disseminate important safety information. Follow Enplug’s blog for the latest updates. For more information about Enplug and its full portfolio of digital signage software solutions, visit www.enplug.com. Follow Enplug on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn to stay up to date on the company’s latest news.

About Enplug
Enplug’s cloud-based digital signage software empowers businesses to manage content across multiple displays from a single dashboard. With powerful enterprise features and an easy-to-use design, Enplug is the innovative solution to scale visual communications. Leading global companies in banking, education, retail, energy and more depend on Enplug for seamless marketing and internal communications experiences. For a demo of Enplug, visit www.enplug.com.


The Signagelive User Interface is now available in Spanish and French!

Signagelive are very pleased to announce that our User Interface is now also available in Spanish and French.

If you are a native Spanish or French speaker you can make the switch on our User Interface by clicking on the drop down menu beside your username and going into your profile settings.

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Signagelive relaunch our platform overview webinar

The Signagelive webinar will give you everything you need to get started with the Signagelive platform

We have introduced these new on demand webinars for anyone who is interested in the capabilities of Signagelive digital signage and would like to find out more about our Signagelive platform.

The process is really easy! Just register via this link and you will be able to access the on demand webinar.

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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 BSN.cloud 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.

Sincerely,

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