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DSF Global Reach

In light of the recent announcement by the Digital Signage Organization (DSO) the DSF would like to express its pride that there is a viable pan-European organization to support the interests of the digital signage industry, digital signage companies, and all those individuals which support the ecosystem.

Because the DSF is a global organization, our members supported OVAB Europe, the precursor to the DSO, in its time of need by helping to fund their development under the aegis of DSF Europe. From the inception of the DSF we have endeavored to support the development of the global digital signage industry. We welcome the opportunity to work all European organizations, whether they be national or regional in focus. Below is a snapshot of our global outreach and efforts which highlight our commitment to supporting members in all regions:

  • DSF member companies are headquartered in North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia;
  • The DSF’s Latin America Affiliate, DS LatAm, has more than 50 members throughout Latin America;
  • The DSF supported online credentialing programs and certification are available to any professional globally through online delivery;
  • The Global DOOH Council is represented by members from five continents;
  • DSF is the official association of the DSE. The DSE draws attendance and exhibitors from six continents each spring to Las Vegas;
  • The DSF has worked with related industries on a comprehensive industry guideline document for our industry;
  • The DSF works with global organizations in the signage, AV, marketing, and advertising industries and related industry verticals to bring awareness to the benefits and practices of our industry.

Getting the Right Support for Your Digital Signage Installation

For most digital signage buyers, keeping costs down is a top priority. Arguably, getting the right support for a digital signage installation, is a higher priority. With jobs, yours included, potentially riding on the success of your digital signage installation, here’s why the right support matters more than you think…

When you invest in digital signage, you’re not only investing in screens, media players and software, you’re investing in the expertise and support of your digital signage vendor.

High-spec technologies and increasing demand for digital signage installations in evermore challenging locations, mean that getting a digital signage network up and running is seldom a do-it-yourself project…

What does the right support look like?

…With that in mind, there’s an increasing expectation among digital signage buyers that vendors will not only identify the right solution for their needs, but they will provide an installation and long-term support service.

To ensure that you’re getting the right support for your digital signage installation, use this checklist for guidance on what to look for from an ideal vendor:

  • The vendor has been in business for a good number of years… A key indicator that a digital signage vendor can provide the support you need, is the length of time they’ve been in the digital signage industry. If the vendor has staying power in a hugely competitive market, it’s a sign that they provide solid customer support.
  • The vendor has an extensive customer list and case studies… A vendor with a good mix of customers (big brand names and smaller enterprises), is an indicator that they can provide support for any project, showing their versatility. Meanwhile, case studies showcase their work and evidence of the support they provide.
  • The vendor finds a solution to fit customer needs, rather than a solution that generates more revenue for them… A vendor that has a track record of successful installations, shows that they support customers by delivering a solution that fits the project rather than their profits.
  • The vendor advises on user-friendly hardware… Installing a digital signage network you don’t know how to operate leaves you at a loose end. Vendors who advise user-friendly screens, media players and software, indicates that they have long-term usability in mind.
  • The vendor offers an installation service… For a professional fit and finish, a digital signage vendor that offers an installation service saves you time and money, reducing the risk of accidental damage or a poor installation that affects usability and functionality.

    A digital signage vendor that offers an installation service is ideal.

  • The vendor meets deadlines… A digital signage vendor that meets deadlines consistently, shows that they’re committed to helping customers deliver projects on time, and working with them to create a realistic timeline.
  • The vendor provides training… Once installed, the digital signage vendor provides full training on how to configure and operate the hardware and software installed. This is a sign that the vendor is committed to supporting customers with using technology they’re unfamiliar with.
  • The vendor provides guarantees and warranties… A vendor that offers long-term warranties and guarantees, shows that they are committed to supporting customers if something goes wrong.
  • The vendor provides ongoing, after-sales support… A vendor that provides ongoing, after-sales support, highlights that they’re committed to supporting customers long-term. The hallmark of a reliable digital signage vendor is the number of loyal customers they have, which highlights that they have a strong support service

Digital signage vendors who meet these criteria are setting the benchmark for customer support and service. Vendors of this calibre tend to make digital signage installations, seamless, offering a consultative service that keeps you in the loop and ensuring that you get the help you need before, during and after installation.

Article provided by Daniel Waldron for Armagard.

About Armagard
Armagard is a market leader in the design and manufacture of innovative environmental enclosures for outdoor digital signage hardware. With more than 25 years of experience, we work with some of the largest manufacturers and retailers in the world.

Armagard’s experienced team of design engineers and product specialists deliver stand out service, helping you to find a digital signage solution that is right for your application – giving you peace of mind before you purchase.

 


Audio Authority Integrates BrightSign’s System on a Chip Solution

Audio Authority Integrates BrightSign’s System on a Chip Solution

BrightSign Built-In Powers Trio of New Audio Authority Media Hubs

LOS GATOS, CA – (January 7, 2019) – BrightSign, LLC®, the global market leader in digital signage media players, today announced that Audio Authority® is using BrightSign’s System on a Chip (SoC) solution in its new line of media hubs. Audio Authority is the latest in a long line of partners to utilize BrightSign SoC to enable audio and video content distribution within their solutions.

Audio Authority identified BrightSign’s hardware and companion BrightAuthor software as the ideal platforms to offer near-limitless connectivity and interactivity potential, from user interface methods including audio and video, as well as other types of sensors and device control mechanisms.

Integrating BrightSign’s SoC solution enables Audio Authority to deliver a custom array of inputs and outputs designed to create unique and engaging customer experiences for each application. The BrightSign-enabled media hubs include:

1812 Media Hub ($495) produces native 1080p video and high fidelity audio, with all the custom interaction made possible by BrightSign’s BrightAuthor software. Multiple ports on the 1812 link interactive peripherals like push-buttons and serial control devices, including touch screens and touch panels. To keep presentations fresh in the field, update media content and BrightAuthor programming via Ethernet, or update the SD card locally.

1824 Media Hub Distribution Amp ($549) adds multiple video outputs to the Media Hub platform. For demo systems that require multiple video sinks, the 1824 acts as its own 1:4 distribution amplifier. Connect up to four HDMI sinks (televisions, soundbars, A-V receivers, etc.) to the player; each output provides identical 1080p video signal, with the capability to send individual CEC commands to each sink. The 1824 is ideal for coordinating an HDMI audio or video experience, with multiple user interface options, and multiple ways to interface directly with AVRs, TVs, and sound bars via Ethernet, RS-232 or CEC communication.

1826 Media Hub / Audio Switch ($536) combines interactivity with audio switching and distribution in the 1826. In addition to 1080p video on the HDMI output, this audio-oriented player offers digital or analog audio on each of its four audio outputs. An audio bus output can be used to add other audio components. Multiple ports on the 1826 link interactive peripherals like push-buttons and serial control devices, including touch screens and touch panels to serve a variety of demonstration designs. To keep presentations fresh in the field, update media content and BrightAuthor programming via Ethernet.

All prices above reflect MSRP. Audio Authority’s Media Hubs with BrightSign Built-In will be available soon. Visit https://www.audioauthority.com/ces19 for details. For more information about BrightSign’s complete portfolio of digital signage products, visit http://www.brightsign.biz.

About BrightSign
BrightSign LLC, the global market leader in digital signage media players, is headquartered in Los Gatos, California, with offices in Europe and Asia. BrightSign manufactures media players, and provides free software and networking solutions for the commercial digital signage market worldwide, serving all vertical segments of the digital signage marketplace. From entry-level BrightSign LS players to BrightSign 4K players offering state-of-the-art technology and unsurpassed performance, BrightSign’s products are known for their signature reliability, affordability, ease-of-use, and market-leading technology. For more information, visit www.brightsign.biz. Follow BrightSign at http://twitter.com/brightsign and http://www.facebook.com/BrightSignLLC.

 

 


Selling into Government Projects is No Easy Task

Selling into Government Projects is No Easy Task

Jeff Hastings, CEO, BrightSign

Security is a growing concern for any customer considering a digital signage roll-out. This holds especially true in government projects, where security regulations are much more stringent than in the private sector. Selling into government accounts is a rigorous process, especially when you consider the large number of government agencies and the often-complicated process of being cleared to sell into those agencies.

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) plays an important role in IT security across all government organizations. DISA-certified products undergo a rigorous testing & evaluation process and are pre-approved for sale into many government agencies.

Above all else, the government expects hardware security to be infallible. For example, when any piece of hardware is added to a government network, it is critical that the hardware itself is 100% locked down until prompted by a systems administrator. BrightSign players are among a minority of players that can be configured to await instructions on how, when and IF the player connects to the internet. This is a critical aspect of security within government applications.

Another important consideration when scoping out hardware for government projects is the likelihood of a particular piece of hardware being hacked and used to distribute nefarious content or, even worse, used to invade privacy, cripple businesses or endanger lives. Any device connected over a network is at risk of being breached or corrupted, therefore it’s important to specify a player running a commercial grade, purpose-built operating system. Signage networks running consumer operating systems such as Windows and Android are constantly being attacked by hackers and incapable of being “locked down” the same way a network of BrightSign players running the BrightSign OS can.

The TAA (the Trade Agreements Act of Congress) imposes additional requirements for federal government purchases. BrightSign is proud to offer both DISA and TAA compliant products.

Selling into government agencies is difficult, and very few digital signage solutions – especially PC-based and Android solutions – meet the standards set by DISA and other regulatory bodies. And while the scenarios described above pertain to government projects, similar network vulnerabilities exist in virtually any internet-connected signage network – worthwhile information to consider when scoping out your next digital signage installation.

 


Selling into Government Projects is No Easy Task

Selling into Government Projects is No Easy Task

Jeff Hastings, CEO, BrightSign

Security is a growing concern for any customer considering a digital signage roll-out. This holds especially true in government projects, where security regulations are much more stringent than in the private sector. Selling into government accounts is a rigorous process, especially when you consider the large number of government agencies and the often-complicated process of being cleared to sell into those agencies.

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) plays an important role in IT security across all government organizations. DISA-certified products undergo a rigorous testing & evaluation process and are pre-approved for sale into many government agencies.

Above all else, the government expects hardware security to be infallible. For example, when any piece of hardware is added to a government network, it is critical that the hardware itself is 100% locked down until prompted by a systems administrator. BrightSign players are among a minority of players that can be configured to await instructions on how, when and IF the player connects to the internet. This is a critical aspect of security within government applications.

Another important consideration when scoping out hardware for government projects is the likelihood of a particular piece of hardware being hacked and used to distribute nefarious content or, even worse, used to invade privacy, cripple businesses or endanger lives. Any device connected over a network is at risk of being breached or corrupted, therefore it’s important to specify a player running a commercial grade, purpose-built operating system. Signage networks running consumer operating systems such as Windows and Android are constantly being attacked by hackers and incapable of being “locked down” the same way a network of BrightSign players running the BrightSign OS can.

The TAA (the Trade Agreements Act of Congress) imposes additional requirements for federal government purchases. BrightSign is proud to offer both DISA and TAA compliant products.

Selling into government agencies is difficult, and very few digital signage solutions – especially PC-based and Android solutions – meet the standards set by DISA and other regulatory bodies. And while the scenarios described above pertain to government projects, similar network vulnerabilities exist in virtually any internet-connected signage network – worthwhile information to consider when scoping out your next digital signage installation.


Studio Kudzu – DSF Member Interview

 

 

 

1. What does your company do? We create animated content for digital signs and video walls. We work in the ad and marketing spaces, but we also tend to create a lot of video art simply for viewing pleasure and to grab attention. Sometimes a company gets a big video wall in their lobby and they don’t know what to put on it. After an initial discovery, we are able to put together a plan, set a goal and get to work — taking care of everything from concept to final delivery to most importantly … updates!

 

2. What’s next for your company/the industry? We are currently a dual-artist agency, and we would like to continue growing our list of clients and bring on more creative collaborators.

 

3. Why did you join the DSF? We wanted to increase our visibility in the digital signage community, grow our network, and have access to training and certifications.

 

4. How may fellow DSF members reach you?
Please, feel free to email or call:
Jeremy Cleek
323-487-1945
jeremy@studiokudzu.com
studiokudzu.com

Anderson Pacific Corp – DSF Member Interview

1. What does your company do? Provides debt and equity growth capital to management groups in the media and telecom sector

 

2. What’s next for your company/the industry? Provide capital to local ad sales providers in the digital signage industry for the purpose of acquisition , refinance or expansion capital.

 

3. Why did you join the DSF? To learn more about the digital signage industry ; expand contacts for finance opportunities .; meet other principals owners in the space.

 

4. How may fellow DSF members reach you? Please use your primary public contact. Email : kda@andersonpacific.com
Text or call : 312.771.7123
Mail : Anderson Pacific Corp , 100 South Wacker Drive , Suite 1275 , Chicago , IL 60606

Signagelive empowers Liverpool Football Club’s matchday and visitor experience

 

Liverpool Football Club have celebrated several milestones in their 125 years history, including the opening of the new Main Stand at Anfield in September 2016. Anfield is the tenth largest sports stadium in the United Kingdom and along with several football clubs across the country, the demand for season tickets has been growing steadily over the years. This has prompted Liverpool, like many other clubs, to extend seating capacity through new or enlarged stadiums.

To ensure the matchday experience continues to fulfil the needs of fans, Liverpool FC has added many additional features, such as improved access for wheelchair users, high-speed Wi-Fi and a complete suite of video display monitors across the stadium to enhance the customer experience.  Read more…


Videotel Digital Hits 50,000 Digital Signage Media Player Installation Enhancing Customer Experiences Worldwide

Digital Signage Media Player Installation Enhancing Customer Experiences Worldwide

An industry leader in the digital signage solution space, Videotel Digital, announces their most recent benchmark achievement. The company has hit a milestone with 50,000 screen installations thanks to the increasing demand for their digital signage media player product line. Noted as a favorite globally, Videotel Digital helps businesses engage their customers via industrial grade media players that seamlessly showcase customized content. Their products integrate a company’s venue-specific highlights and play them for guests and passersby on a continuous loop. Reliable, durable, and long-lasting, the best-in-class solutions are on point regardless of application or industry.

Read more.


RMG Partners with Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to Reimagine Guest Experience

RMG Networks (RMG), a global leader in technology-driven visual communications, has partnered with the iconic Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to energise its guest experience with customised creative video content powered through RMG MAX LED technology.

RMG produced a series of content video stories channelled through custom LED displays for newly imagined displays on the exterior of several attractions. These displays draw guests into attractions including the Astronaut Training Experience® Center (ATX), Mars Rover Concept Vehicle, Kennedy Space Center Bus Tours, Universe Theater, and the newly renovated, two-level Space Shop.

“It is an extreme honour to be working with Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. The opportunity to create content that is powerfully displayed on our MAX LED displays is truly the definition of solution architecture. There is nothing to compare with walking around the visitor complex and seeing the smiling faces of guests from around the world enjoying the stories created,” says Jerry Rosen, RMG’s chief revenue officer.

Perhaps one of the most exciting guest experiences is the newly renovated 15,372 square feet ‘World’s Largest Space Shop’, which re-opened in June this year featuring an interactive shopping experience. Standing inside the shop, guests are surrounded by LED screens featuring video content (produced by RMG content creative services) that immerses guests into the fantastic world of space exploration. Also featured are selfie stations where guests can take photos of themselves as astronauts and see their images come alive on the LED screens.

“RMG has been a tremendous partner. Its creativity, state-of-the-art technology and commitment to our guest experience continues to earn them project after project. It’s a strong business relationship,” said Therrin Protze, chief operating officer of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

About RMG Networks

RMG goes beyond traditional communications to help businesses increase productivity, efficiency and engagement through digital messaging. By combining best-in-class software, hardware, business applications and services, RMG offers a single point of accountability for integrated data visualization and real-time performance management. The company is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, with additional offices worldwide. For more information, visit www.rmgnetworks.com.

About Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex brings to life the epic story of the U.S. space program, offering a full day or more of fun, inspiration and educational activities, including the new Astronaut Training Experience® Exploring with Lockheed Martin, which opened in February 2018, as well as Heroes & Legends, featuring the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame®, presented by Boeing, the Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour featuring the Apollo/Saturn V Center with an actual Saturn V moon rocket, Space Shuttle Atlantis®, Shuttle Launch Experience®, IMAX® A Beautiful Planet 3D and Journey To Space 3D films, Astronaut Encounter, Journey To Mars: Explorers Wanted, Science on a Sphere®, Rocket Garden, and Cosmic Quest. Only 45 minutes from Orlando, Fla., Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex opens daily at 9 a.m. with closing times varying by season. Admission is $57 + tax for adults and $47 + tax for children ages 3 – 11. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex offers annual passes starting at $82 + tax for adults and $67 + tax for children ages 3 – 11. For more information, call 877-313-2610 or visit www.KennedySpaceCenter.com.

Contact:          Jerry Rosen
jerry.rosen@rmgnetworks.com
972.744.3952

Source:           RMG Networks