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Federal Heath Names Sid Rasnick New President as Kevin Stotmeister Announces Retirement

April 19, 2019 Euless, TX
Federal Heath, with a 118-year history of sign industry excellence, will implement a carefully planned transition in leadership this year as longtime President and CEO Kevin Stotmeister announced plans to retire at the end of 2019.
Earlier this year, Stotmeister announced his end of the year retirement plans. He will retain his Chief Executive Officer responsibilities for the remainder of 2019. Stotmeister promoted current Executive VP & Chief Operating Officer, Sid Rasnick, to succeed him as President. Rasnick assumed his new duties in mid-January 2019.
Stotmeister will have more than 39 years with the company and more than 26 years as its President upon his retirement. Rasnick is a 31-year employee who has worked and succeeded in numerous leadership positions with ever-increasing responsibilities over those years. Stotmeister said: “Sid is uniquely qualified and eager to guide Federal Heath from the top spot during the years ahead.
“This is a very exciting time for our company – a time of many new profitable growth and continuous improvement opportunities,” said Stotmeister. “I look forward to this final year of my direct involvement with all of the Federal Heath team and ask that all join me in helping Sid move on to ever-greater success for Federal Heath.”
Rasnick said, “This is a tremendous moment in history for the sign industry and Federal Heath, which makes this a very exciting time to step into a new role as President. I’m grateful for the chance to make a difference, and to be surrounded by such a dynamic, experienced management team and the best employees in the business. For years we have helped companies connect and engage with their customers. We look forward to continuing that mission for many years to come.”
About Federal Heath
Federal Heath, a leader in the visual communications industry, offers innovative, comprehensive and consistent solutions using Lean manufacturing and skilled account management teams to exceed customer requirements and satisfaction. From nationwide conversions and custom signs to maintenance programs, construction re-imaging, high-impact digital printing and on-premise engagement, Federal Heath is currently one of the few signage providers providing its global customers complete turnkey solutions. Federal Heath has more than twenty offices nationwide, including five state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities. For more information about Federal Heath, please visit us at www.federalheath.com


WTIwireless – DSF Member Interview

1. What does your company do?
WTIwireless (Worldwide Telecommunications, Inc. Est. in 1997) offers M2M and IoT wireless data service for Digital Signs, Kiosks, Wireless Failover and many other applications. Our plug & play 4G LTE Wireless Routers deliver dependability through all major US carriers.

2. What’s next for your company/the industry?
At WTIwireless we constantly adapt with our clients’ changing business needs and pride ourselves in developing the best solutions. With that in mind our developers are having fun to create new products and features are clients are asking for.

3. Why did you join the DSF?
WTIwireless joined DSF in order to educate DSF members about the benefits of using a wireless internet connection to increase controls over their digital displays.

4. How may fellow DSF members reach you? Please use your primary public contact. Please reach out to us by emailing Sales@WTIwireless.com or calling 800-475-1001. 

Digital Signage Left Out in the Cold – The High Risks of Low Temperatures

Environmental conditions have always been important considerations when deploying digital signage. Any component that draws power generates heat, and unless those components are intentionally cooled via increased ventilation or some other means, temperatures climb to the point of jeopardizing operational integrity. Media players are particularly exposed to increased temperatures because their compact size often leads to them being installed in cramped, poorly ventilated spaces. For this reason, media players are designed to operate in high-temperature settings, often in the presence of increased humidity. This is why we designed our players to operate reliably at temperatures up to 70 degrees Celsius.

Generally speaking, heat and humidity are known risk factors, and most professional-grade AV hardware sold today is designed to perform well even when exposed to hot, humid conditions. On the other end of the environmental spectrum, however, is the cold. As a general rule, the AV industry as a whole concerns itself more with high-temperature performance than withstanding the cold. And this is a problem. It’s problematic because a growing number of digital signage installations are outside, protected from the ice and snow but not the cold.

Think of all the places you encounter outdoor signage these days – bus shelters, drive-through windows and freestanding smart city kiosks, just to name a few. There are even a number of DOOH platforms pushing content to car-mounted displays. All of these use cases have varying degrees of environmental protection, but it’s likely that most of the hardware in these scenarios is exposed to cold temperatures, especially during the winter months. This is why we believe there’s a growing demand for hardware that withstands not only the heat, but also the cold. With these expanded use cases, we recently certified our players for use in temperatures as low as -20 degrees C.

Environmental factors become increasingly relevant as outdoor digital signage installations become more commonplace. Safeguarding against the elements with hardware that can withstand both the heat and the cold is essential to ensure reliable performance in any temperature extreme.


BrightSign Players Drive AV Refresh of Capital One Arena Concession Stands

Capital One Arena is an indoor sports venue located in Washington D.C. Originally built in the late-1990’s, the arena has undergone several infrastructure updates, the most recent of which involved an overhaul of the AV system to refresh the concession stands. The concessionaire at the arena engaged Ping HD and BrightSign to update legacy signage at all of the concession stands within the arena.

“Capital One Arena needed an AV solution that did more than just manage menu board content – they required a powerful solution that enables them to effectively rebrand the entire arena with very little effort,” said Chad Gardner, Director of Operations at Ping HD. “BrightSign’s players are essential in that they enable arena personnel to perfectly synchronize content across the entire network of concession displays.”

The arena plays host to a number of different sports franchises, including the Washington Nationals of the National Hockey League, Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association, Georgetown University men’s basketball team and Washington Valor of the Arena Football League. The client’s primary concern with the AV refresh was streamlining the process of deploying unique, team-specific video wall content and menu board digital signage at the concession stands. The ease of managing content changes was the primary reason the client chose to implement the PingHD/BrightSign solution.

“A key factor in our selection of BrightSign for this project was that the client required us to use existing displays,” said Joe Malouff, Director of Marketing at Ping HD. “BrightSign’s low-profile players mount easily behind the existing screens, and they handle virtually any content we send their way, with the highest level of reliability.”

More than 100 BrightSign LS423 media players are deployed throughout the facility, connected to Samsung displays that comprise the video walls at each concession stand. Dynamic, eye-catching “headers” are displayed on multiple screens mounted end-to-end, with BrightSign’s players creating a “ribbon effect,” seamlessly blending content across multiple screens.

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John Snedigar

Faultline Communications

john@faultlinecomms.com

408-705-7518

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“Nonconformist” Advertising Agency Says Videotel Digital Product Makes Installations Anything But Status Quo

SAN DIEGO (PRWEB) April 09, 2019

Founded in 2011 and with high end clients, the renegade advertising agency, Misfit, knows of what they speak. Comfortable keeping company with the likes of the American Red Cross, Hitachi, Adobe, and Drexel University the company is adept in creating marketing installations that resonate with their target audience. This is why they recently reached out to Videotel Digital for an interactive industrial digital media player that would be as tough as it was effective. Therein lies the importance of the VP71XD. Thanks to Videotel Digital’s ingenuity, it has helped Misfit create remarkable marketing and advertising installation projects across multiple industries without a glitch.

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Looking for the latest Retail and Workplace digital signage solutions? Visit Signagelive on booth 2418 at DSE on 27-28 March

Signagelive will be exhibiting at Digital Signage Expo DSE on 27-28 March 2019, at the Las Vegas Convention Centre on stand 2418.

The Signagelive team look forward to meeting with existing and prospective partners, customers and vendors to discuss the latest innovations in digital signage solutions. We’ll have a full staff of experts on hand to demonstrate Signagelive’s cloud-based software platform across a variety of industries. Speak with the team about how you can leverage the Signagelive platform in customer-facing retail communications, and visual representations of KPIs across your sales floors or manufacturing environments.

To save $100 on your registration please use our promo code SIGNAGELI19EX and click here to register.

To book a meeting with the Signagelive team at DSE, please complete this form and one of our team will be in touch.

To learn more about Signagelive solutions and to discuss your digital signage requirements, please get in contact with us.


#DSFLive at DSE: What You Can Expect

#DSFLive at DSE: What You Can Expect

DSE 2019 is right around the corner we can’t wait for what is sure to be a largely successful show!

Below you can find information on exciting content initiatives that you can expect during DSE 2019. In addition to bringing you everything DSF-related on our official DSF social channels, we will be sharing live content from the show floor, publishing short videos of attendees and giving you behind-the-scenes tours.

We will be hosting live-stream events throughout the event with Laura Davis-Taylor and other DSF Board Members. Laura plans to cover the most innovative and exciting products, demos and booths at DSE – this will be sure to give you a taste of all that DSE 2019 has to offer. Want her to check something out on the floor? Tweet us with #DSFLive and we’ll be sure to check it out.

In addition, we will be getting to know attendees and exhibitors in our people-on-the-street interviews asking questions like “what is the most interesting and innovative booth or demo you have seen so far” and “what are the latest digital signage trends you have seen on the show floor?”

We can’t wait to give you a taste of everything at DSE 2019. See you there and don’t forget, #DSFLive!


Reflect, BrightSign, & D3 Team Up to Deliver Impressive LED Arrays for Levi’s in Times Square

Digital media solutions provider Reflect creates striking visual experience for the New York flagship retail location using D3 LED panels and BrightSign media players.

DALLAS, TX – Mar. 19, 2019Reflect, an award-winning provider of retail digital signage programs and longtime digital partner to Levi Strauss & Co., today announced that they teamed up with D3 and BrightSign to create a striking visual experience at the recently opened Levi’s flagship store in Times Square. At nearly 17,000 square feet, it is the largest Levi’s flagship store in the world. The multi-level location offers the very best in store design, product assortment and omni-channel capabilities, highlighted by the prominent use of AV treatments that create striking visual interest throughout the store.

Originally established in 1853, Levi Strauss & Co. is one of the world’s largest apparel companies with 500 stores worldwide, and products available in over 100 countries. When tasked with creating a modern environment that was not only welcoming, but also told the story of the brand, Levi’s turned to Reflect. Reflect – which also oversaw the digital design and integration of the San Francisco Levi’s store – leaned heavily on the use of LED panels to create large-scale vignettes in prominent, high-traffic areas. In total, 10-million LED pixels blanket more than 1,000 square feet of prime wall space located on both levels of the store. The full array of LEDs – supplied by D3 LED – are powered by just two BrightSign XT1144 media players. The inclusion of two additional BrightSign XT1144 media players ensures a high degree of redundancy.

“Times Square stores are among the highest-visibility retail establishments in the world. Delivering a brand-right digital experience was our goal,” said Brandie Perkins, Senior Account Manager at Reflect. “We entrusted BrightSign media players to deliver a fail-safe media distribution platform. Not only did we have the benefit of BrightSign’s unrivaled reliability, but we were able to drive content for the entire store with just two players – a true testament to the robust capabilities of BrightSign hardware.”

The store has three massive LED panels in key areas – a 41-foot curved panel on the street level near the store entrance, one panel wrapped around the escalator and an 82-foot-wide U-shaped panel wrapped around the grand hall located downstairs.

“Levi’s flagship store in Times Square is an impressive demonstration of the near-limitless scale, shape and orientation possibilities with our LED displays,” said George Pappas, CEO at D3 LED. “Installations like these showcase how LED displays with eye-catching imagery draw in visitors, create the desired mood and support the brand simultaneously.”

About Reflect
Reflect is a leading provider of award-winning place-based digital media programs including enterprise-level digital signage, large-scale LEDs, video walls, interactive applications, wayfinding, and more. Reflect was founded in 2001 in Dallas, and has since developed some of the largest place-based digital media networks in North America. Reflect supplies everything brands need, including creative agency services, robust content management and ad trafficking systems, and media sales, all backed by the market-leading ReflectView™ software platform. Visit Reflect at reflectsystems.com, follow us on Twitter at @reflectsystems or find us on Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn.

About BrightSign
BrightSign, LLC is a privately held company located in Los Gatos, California founded in 2002 by Anthony Wood, the inventor of the digital video recorder (DVR) and Roku. BrightSign is the global market leader in digital signage media players, as reported by IHS every single quarter from 2013 to present in its “Global Market for Digital Signage” research study, which publishes market share of all media players and PC-based signage solutions combined. BrightSign players are known for their signature reliability, affordability and ease-of-use by the commercial digital signage market worldwide. For more information, visit BrightSign at www.brightsign.biz.

About D3
After years of mindfully crafting the world’s most advanced LED technology, D3 has produced some of the planet’s most widely recognized digital destinations in advertising, architecture, entertainment, gaming, retail, sports and transportation. D3 designs, engineers and manufactures LED displays and lighting solutions that transform the way people experience spaces and brands all around the world. Fortune 500 companies and global organizations rely on D3’s ability to deliver the new gold standard in digital technology and complete end-to-end solutions. Visit us at D3LED.com.


BrightSign Unveils Plans for DSE 2019

Company To Demo New BSN.cloud Platform for the First Time in the U.S.

LOS GATOS, CA – (March 19, 2019) – BrightSign LLC®, the global market leader in digital signage media players, today unveiled its plans for Digital Signage Expo 2019 (DSE), which takes place March 27th and 28th at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The company’s technology will power rich digital experiences in BrightSign’s booth and across the show floor.

“To demonstrate the full potential of our hardware and software, there’s nothing more effective than to highlight what various partners are accomplishing with our technology,” said Jeff Hastings, BrightSign’s CEO. “Visitors to our booth at this year’s DSE will participate in an array of demos showcasing some of the most innovative ways our partners are harnessing the power of the BrightSign platform.”

BSN.cloud Demos
BrightSign (booth #2222) will demo its new network management platform for connected BrightSign players, giving attendees a first-hand look at the new tools and functionality BSN.cloud avails to BrightSign’s customers, integrators and CMS partners. BSN.cloud and its companion interface BrightAuthor:connected will be available in Q2 2019. BrightSign CMS and digital signage solutions partners are in the process of using BrightSign API’s to deliver their own interfaces to BSN.cloud.

Partner Integration Demos
BrightSign will demonstrate several recent partner integration efforts, including the company’s collaboration with AdMobilize, whereby BrightSign’s players integrate support for AdMobilize’s audience recognition capabilities. This, and a similar integration with Bluefox, makes it possible for DOOH and retail signage networks to gather fully anonymous audience intelligence. Other partner demonstrations include Nexmosphere’s “elements for experience” products, InStoreScreen’s “Smart Retail” solution, and interactive kiosks from Kollins and Convergent, each using BrightSign Built-In screens by Bluefin.

Powering Signage Throughout the Show Floor
In what has become a perennial event for BrightSign, the company’s media players will power the entry signage that greets attendees as they step onto the show floor. This year’s entry signage includes screens by Samsung, mounts by Peerless-AV and content by OpenEye Global. Additionally, BrightSign’s media players are the chosen hardware to drive exhibitor demos in booths across the show floor – far too many to list here.

Visit BrightSign at DSE 2019 in booth #2222, or visit www.brightsign.biz for more information about the company’s complete portfolio of digital signage hardware and software solutions.

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.