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BrightSign Announces BSN.cloud

BrightSign Announces BSN.cloud

A Cloud Management Platform for Connected Digital Signage Networks

LOS GATOS, CA – (January 30, 2019) – BrightSign LLC®, the global market leader in digital signage media players, announces the new BSN.cloud, a robust player-management platform driven by BrightSign OS 8.0, the commercial-grade operating system purpose-built for digital signage.

“BSN.cloud consists of three clouds,” explains Jeff Hastings, BrightSign CEO. “At the base level, the Control Cloud subscription is included with every player. It offers BrightSign customers simple provisioning and setup options and real-time data about player health.”

Within the Control Cloud level, the B-Deploy feature enables complete configuration of players remotely, dramatically reducing install times and making player setup or provisioning an almost automatic process. Large-scale rollouts are greatly simplified via new options for automatically setting up large groups of players simultaneously. And for small-scale rollouts, a new on-screen setup process utilizes QR codes for easy player setup via mobile phone. The Control Cloud also includes access to view real-time health information of the player and the ability to change configurations and deploy operating system updates in real time without having to ever physically interact with the player.

As always, BrightSign is committed to partnering with the leading digital signage solutions partners. Appspace, Carousel Digital Signage, Creative Realities, Diversified, Four Winds Interactive, Mvix, Reflect Systems and Signagelive are just a few of our partners in the process of using the BSN.cloud APIs to integrate their software with the BSN.cloud management platform. Regardless of the software chosen for a project, all BrightSign players can connect – at no charge – to BSN.cloud and take advantage of all the Control Cloud services described above.

“As it becomes increasingly common and more desirable to connect all kinds of devices to the cloud, digital signage for the vast majority will exist as connected networks,” continued Hastings. “BSN.cloud is a robust player-management platform intended to provide secure and scalable networking options for end-users, integrators, network managers and DOOH operators.”

The other two clouds within BSN.cloud are the Management Cloud and the Content Cloud. The Management Cloud is a data-driven cloud service that delivers a complete set of digital signage network management tools to the end-user. It collects and stores data about performance measures that are important to network managers such as advertising proof of play, player performance and health, remote snapshots, etc. The Management Cloud pushes out email notifications about issues important to end-users such as a subscription that is about to expire or players that are reporting errors. At the highest level, the Content Cloud adds the media library and content feeds, schedules, presentation management and content distribution tools.

BrightSign’s user interface into the BSN.cloud player management platform is the new BrightAuthor:connected which will be available in Q2 2019. Other UI’s will be available in the coming months from our CMS and channel partners. Partnership inquiries should be directed to bkennedy@brightsign.biz and all other inquiries to pr@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 XT 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.


Wovenmedia Introduces MacGillivray Freeman Films to the Digital Signage Industry’s Largest Content Library

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Wovenmedia Introduces MacGillivray Freeman Films to the Digital Signage Industry’s Largest Content Library

Wovenmedia-Powered DOOH and Online Networks to Deliver Content That Brings Visual Storytelling to Life.

San Francisco, CA – November 16, 2018 – Wovenmedia®, an industry-leading provider of premium video content and software solutions for digital signage and online video networks, is pleased to announce its partnership with one of the world’s leading distributors and producers of giant-screen films, MacGillivray Freeman Films.

“MacGillivray Freeman Films is known for their giant-screen films, but much more than that, they are storytellers who bring to life the scenes of our planet and people,” said Joellen Jacobs, Vice President of Programming and Production at Wovenmedia. “We’re excited to add this visually compelling 4K content to our continually expanding content library.”

The partnership starts with trailers from America’s Musical Journey starring Grammy Award Nominated Aloe Blacc and narrated by Morgan Freeman, and National Park Adventures, narrated by Robert Redford, which will be made available to Wovenmedia’s enterprise clients via the WovenManager™ and WovenContent™ solutions.

“We are excited to partner with Wovenmedia to distribute our award-winning stories to their vast network of over 122 million viewers outside the home,” said Lori Rick, Senior Director of Marketing & Communications at MacGillivray Freeman Films. “We look forward to seeing our content displayed in Wovenmedia’s customer locations which include key retailers, auto dealerships and healthcare providers across the U.S. and Canada.”

MacGillivray Freeman Films joins the constantly expanding list of Wovenmedia’s 150+ top-tier content partners, which includes NBC, CBS, Sony Music and many more.

Further information
Aybike Kose, Wovenmedia
akose@wovenmedia.com

About Wovenmedia
Wovenmedia is a provider of cloud-based enterprise video publishing solutions that are built for premium video quality, performance and scale from the ground up, and include best-of-breed software, hardware, content, configuration and support. Wovenmedia’s clients create highly engaging, custom branded video channels by combining their own content with videos from leading media companies. Wovenmedia-powered video networks currently reach 122 million viewers on 120,000 place-based screens in over 6,000+ locations in all 50 U.S. states and across Canada, and on a variety of web and mobile networks. For more information, visit www.wovenmedia.com.

About MacGillivray Freeman Films
MacGillivray Freeman Films is the world’s foremost independent producer and distributor of giant-screen 70mm films with 40 films for IMAX and giant-screen theatres to its credit. Throughout the company’s 50-year history, its films have won numerous international awards including two Academy Award® nominations and three films inducted into the IMAX Hall of Fame. MacGillivray Freeman’s films are known for their artistry and celebration of science and the natural world. It is the first documentary film company to reach the one-billion-dollar benchmark for worldwide box office. For more information about the company, visit www.macgillivrayfreemanfilms.com.


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…