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Monday
Aug022010

LCD TV orders decline amid inventory pile-up in North America

Digitimes has reported that LCD inventories have piled up in north America roughly 2-3 weeks higher than normal due to sluggish demand.

Q3 estimates will be down 20 to 30% unless this built up inventory is absorbed soon. System makers are attributing this forecast to decreased orders from tier one OEM vendors like Philips, LG and Samsung.

To read the full article click here.

Monday
Aug022010

Remotely Manage Your LCD Monitors 

The Tracker 4See™ suite is designed specifically to provide our technicians with access to Calibration, Configuration, Control and Correction of an LCD monitor, all via a web driven interface. So long as it is connected to the Internet, our trained technicians will be able to monitor a flat panel display, make adjustments and diagnose any problem areas. This last point will save costly shipping and repair charges, as repairs can be made in the field. Stay tuned for further developments on the Tracker 4See™ suite. Visit our web site for more information or contact a Sales Engineer for more information.

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Monday
Aug022010

Samar Technologies 15" Touch Screen Sale $195.00

Samar Technologies is selling off their older version All-in-One Touch Screens to make way for the upgraded features line that will include options for: 

  •   Motion Sensor
  •   RJ-45 networking
  •   Wi-Fi USB dongle
  •   RS-232 Interface (Barcode)

For further information contact Eve Lyon 561-622-1706 elyon@samartechnologies.com.

For the detailed spec sheet on the 15" Touch Screen, click here.

Monday
Aug022010

The Truth Behind Digital Signage

If you're considering Digital signage and doing your research, you are, no doubt, asking yourself the question, what can digital signage do for me? Or, better yet, why should I bother spending all that money, when my posters and banners are working just fine? You are probably seeing digital signage popping up everywhere and if you've been overseas you were exposed to screens in every store window and every other conceivable place, especially in public areas.

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Friday
Jul302010

Is Digital Signage Green? 

A head-to-head comparison of print versus digital signs tips the environmental impact scale in favor of the digital medium.

For more than two months when I've gone home from work, I'd flip on the evening news hoping to see the volcano of oil erupting from one mile beneath the Gulf of Mexico miraculously stilled, plugged somehow, staunching the incredible flow of oil and natural gas that is killing wildlife, devastating habitat and shutting down whole segments of Gulf-related businesses.

But rather than breathing a sigh of relief, night after night I'd sit mesmerized -a little queasy and apprehensive- watching the oil continuing to flow, creating what seems to be the greatest environmental calamity of my life -at least in this part of the world.

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Thursday
Jul292010

display alliance news 7.30.2010

A video of NautiComp’s ruggedized marine display fully submerged in a fish tank. If you've never seen the capabilites of a waterproof display, have a look at this video. It's a great example of product engineering. See the video here.

4 four key elements of PDP’s remarkable growth against LCD in the TV market.
Ken Park of Display Search explains why the PDP panel market is surging as of lately. He says its caused by iInflated LED-backlit LCD panel pricing, LED supply and costs, Similar design to LED-backlit LCD TV and Feature sensitivity. Read ken’s full article here.

Tek Panel Expands it’s Product Range with 55” and 70” All-in-One Computers. Read the full press release here, on DA.

AUO buys AFPD's LTPS line, will use it to make AMOLED displays.
AU Optronics has completed its acquisition of Toshiba Mobile Display's subsidiary, AFPD. This is part of AUO's strategic move into AMOLED production. AFPD has a Gen-4.5 LTPS plant, which can be used to produce OLED backplanes. Read the full article here.

CMI LED-backlit TV panels to reach 1 million per month in 4Q10-1Q11
CMI's LED-backlit TV panel monthly shipments are expected to reach 300,000-400,000 units in the third quarter of 2010. With first-tier TV vendors aggressively promoting LED-backlit sets, global LED-backlit TV shipments are expected to reach 30-40 million units in 2010, accounting for about 20% of the total LCD TV market for the year, the sources added. Read the full article here, at Digtimes Display.

Full Compatibility Confirmed for BrightSign Solid-State Digital Players and Philips-Branded Public Signage Displays with Smart Insert. Read the full article here, on DA.

Ex-CMO executive agrees to plead guilty for role in global LCD price-fixing conspiracy, says US Justice Department.
As a result of this investigation, more than US$890 million in criminal fines have been obtained to date. Including today's filing, 18 executives and eight companies have been charged in the department's ongoing investigation into price fixing in the LCD industry. Read the full article here, at Digtimes Display.

A cool article posted by DigitalSignageBlog on a tear down of a digital signage stand. See the full article here.

Thursday
Jul292010

Tek Panel Expands it’s Product Range with 55” and 70” All-in-One Computers

Tek Panel 550’s Display is Brilliant and Efficient
“Our current Tek Panel models are engineered to be energy-efficient within the confines of available LCD technology, but the LED backlighting used by the display of the Tek Panel 550 allows for even more efficient energy-consumption,” says John Bastian, Tek Panel CEO.  “It also delivers the best display experience available, with a 1,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and 240Hz refresh rate.”

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Wednesday
Jul282010

Digital Signs Don’t Sell, Don’t Inform When They Display the Blues 

By the time PC-based digital signage users realized that the February 2010 Microsoft security updates were causing their PCs to crash, it was already too late. Their PCs were plagued with the dreaded "blue screen of death" and rolling reboots, causing the digital signs they were using to deliver targeted messages to completely shut down.

This was a unique situation, but the blue screen of death errors, the most serious errors Windows can encounter, can also be caused by a temperature problem, a timing error, a resource conflict, hardware failure, a corrupt registry, a virus, a device compatibility problem or a driver errorUnfortunately, tracking down the error and fixing it so the digital signs are operating again can be very time-consuming.

The blue screen of death shuts down a Windows-based digital display.

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Wednesday
Jul282010

Full Compatibility Confirmed for BrightSign Solid-State Digital Players and Philips-Branded Public Signage Displays with Smart Insert

Turnkey Signage Solutions Provide Easy, Plug and Play Integration; Lower TCO
and Energy Savings without Adding to Depth of Display

SARATOGA, CA (July 22, 2010) -- BrightSign, one of the fastest growing players in the digital signage industry, announced today that it has partnered with MMD, the exclusive marketer and reseller for Philips-branded LCD monitors and public signage solutions worldwide. With the partnership, system integrators and solution providers have the assurance that BrightSign’s ultra-compact, PC-less digital controllers have been tested with Philips slim public signage solutions featuring Philips Smart Insert and are fully compatible. Combined, the players and displays provide a turnkey, high-definition digital signage solution with a lower total cost of ownership, substantial energy savings and easy upgrades. BrightSign’s ability to tile and synchronize content across multiple displays with Philips’ new 46” BDL 4681XU slim monitor was also confirmed.

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Wednesday
Jul282010

NautiComp's marine display, fully submerged in a fish tank

Watch the video...

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Monday
Jul262010

Tek Panel 420’s Sleek Design and Computing Power Make it Ideal for Digital Signage

Made Specifically for Digital Signage
Customers have used Tek Panel all-in-one computers for digital signage applications for over five years, but the Tek Panel 420 is the first Tek Panel product designed with digital signage in mind as the primary function of the system.  Featuring a 42” TFT/LCD display in addition to a full-powered, upgradeable, integrated PC, the Tek Panel 420 has a slim bezel and options such as built-in touch screen and internal stereo speakers.  Its all-aluminum enclosure, along with various ruggedization options including optically bonded displays, make it the ideal all-in-one interactive digital signage system for public display.

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Monday
Jul262010

Iposter is drawing attention in Europe

Goodview joined the digital signage expo 2010 - Europe's largest digital signage event from June 15- 17 in Essen Germany. Goodview setup nice booth to show the latest products to catch many customer's eyes. As the leading digital signage product manufacturer in China, Goodview will move faster to develop Europe market to gain more market share.

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Monday
Jul262010

Why Touch Screens Are the Ideal Interactive Medium for Kiosks

Interactive Touchscreens are ideal for use on touchscreen kiosks and information points because it allows users to navigate the kiosk content by simply touching the screen – what could be simpler?

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Thursday
Jul222010

display alliance news 7.22.2010

More shout-outs from display industry experts.
Jin Kim of DisplayBlog has recently begun posting articles on Display Alliance. Jin’s extensive knowledge of the display industry is due, he says, to his expe­ri­ences at LG.Philips LCD (now LG Display), a really big dis­play man­u­fac­turer, and at DisplaySearch, a mar­ket research firm. In jin’s short time posting with us, he says he has seen positive results. We’re happy to have him on board. His article’s on the display industry offer us remarkable value, which we eat right up. Thanks for the shout-out on DisplayBlog Jin!

7 reasons why you need a commercial grade display for your digital signage project.
Trent Semler of Noventri illuminates the key diffferences between a consumer grade television and a commercial grade display. If you are shopping the market for a consumer grade television to use for digital signage, we recommend you read this article.

Juniper Systems, Inc. introduces the Mesa Rugged Notepad™
Unique to the Mesa is its one-of-a-kind Juniper Systems home screen. This customizable home screen puts the most-used device functions in a finger-friendly on-screen dashboard. Features include user-defined shortcuts and 11 screen gadgets for controlling wireless connections, GPS, texting, email, calendar, and power functions. Read the full press release here.

Digital Signage Statistics: Streaming Opportunity.
Digital Signage have 47.7 per cent effectiveness on brand awareness, increase the average purchase amount by 29.5 percent, create a 31.8 per cent upswing in overall sales volume, generates 32.8 percent growth in repeat buyers and pull in 32.8 per cent more store traffic ( Source: InfoTrends) Read the full article here.

Marketers should wake up to the potential of mobile.
Marketing messages can reach mobile users in a variety of ways: text messaging, search advertising, ads within applications, and video (streaming and on-demand). This range of options means that marketers can tailor the delivery medium to each particular kind of branding message or call-to-action. Read the full article here.

Strong iPad, iPhone demand causing tight touch panel supply.
The sources said suppliers are now trying to increase output by improving yield rates. They are also expanding their production lines, with the new capacities expected to go online at the end of third quarter and in the fourth quarter, the sources said, adding that their overall capacities will still not be sufficient to satisfy all demand, market sources added. Read the full article here, at Digitmes Display.

Thursday
Jul222010

Juniper Systems, Inc. introduces the Mesa Rugged Notepad™

ESRI International User Conference, San Diego, CA– Juniper Systems, Inc. announces the new Mesa Rugged Notepad™ as the latest addition to its complete lineup of rugged handheld computers. The Mesa provides a unique platform for dedicated field data collection applications that can withstand the most extreme outdoor environments. Availability is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2010.

“The Mesa has all the advantages of a handheld, plus the advantages of a tablet PC, without the disadvantages of either,” said David Dean, President of Electronic Data Solutions. The Mesa is the world’s first Juniper Rugged™ notepad, featuring the biggest screen available on a Windows Mobile® rugged handheld computer. In addition to the large 5.7 inch active viewing display, the Mesa is compact and lightweight, providing the comfortable feel of a handheld.

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Thursday
Jul222010

Corning To Invest $800 Million In LCD Glass Facility In China

Corning is betting large on China and the company's board of directors approved major capacity investments. On July 21, 2010 Corning announced it will invest approximately US$800 million to construct a new LCD glass substrate facility in the China (press release). Corning will locate the new facility in the Beijing Digital TV Industry Park within the Beijing Economic Technological Development Area. The manufacturing plant will have up to Gen 8.5 glass-melting and finishing capabilities with ground breaking planned for September and production expected to commence in the first half of 2012. For more details visit DisplayBlog.

Wednesday
Jul212010

display alliance news 7.21.2010

Shout-outs galore in the blogging tech world.
Ryan, an experienced tech blogger at ShopJimmy’s Blog threw us a shout out. Over here at Mass Integrated Systems, we’ve known these  lovers of all things tech for the past few years. They’re great guys with a VAST knowledge of consumer electronic parts. We’d like our audience to know about them, and they felt the same about us. Ryan said this, “I discovered a new site, Display Alliance, because they picked up my recent post about LED TVs. Display Alliance is an aggregation of “crowdsourced” content related to the display industry. It’s a cool site and concept, and I hope it takes off (not merely because they syndicated my post).” Subscribe to ShopJimmy’s Blog here.

Samar Technologies releases an upgraded All-in-one Ad Display product line.
These 7” to 19” All-in-one ad displays are equipped with touch screen, motion sensor, RJ-45 networking, Wii-Fi USB dongle,RS-232 Interface (Barcode), the LED powered panel offers low power consumption, a longer life cycle and contains no lead or mercury for less impact to the environment. These reliable products are designed to run 24/7. Content loading is user friendly and can be uploaded by SD card, thumb drive or through a network. read the press release here, on DA.

The Role of LCD Enclosures in Digital Signage.
Richard, analyst and blogger for Armagard, explains the benefit of LCD enclosures for digital signage. He says, from outdoor locations to industrial areas, LCD enclosures allow the safe use of standard and commercial screens- no matter what the environment it has to operate in is like. An LCD enclosure can be described as a protective housing for an LCD screen but there are more to them than that. Read the full article here.

Mirada Media Provides Custom Signage Solution for COOPSCO’s In-store TV Network.
The COOPSCO network, which includes 60 cooperatives with over 100 outlets inside French-speaking high schools, colleges and universities in Quebec, will be rolling out LCD screens powered by a custom version of Mirada Media's ChannelView player and content management system at participating school supply and book stores, clothing boutiques and cafeterias. Read the full press release here, on DA.

The monthly rise and fall of LCD flat panel pricing.
Alan Brawn, LCD guru and consultant at Insight Media, gives us some insight on the LCD pricing roller-coaster. He says, as we all experienced late last year, there was a dramatic drop in the street prices for both plasma and LCD flat panel displays in the United States. Manufacturers responded to pent up demand and savings in manufacturing costs to fuel this trend. The domino effect created a pricing structure on flat panel displays that was heretofore unimaginable. Lest we get too complacent in the current status of the pricing wars, the battle is not over by a long shot. Events on the other side of the world will have a "ripple effect" on products and prices in the United States and throughout the world. The bottom line from this analyst’s perspective is that LCD flat panel prices will continue a rapid if not extreme decline in no small part due to what is taking place in China as we speak. Read the article in it’s entirety here, at DisplayDaily. 

400 digital signage software companies and counting.
Dave Haynes of Sixteen:Nine sifts through a report based on Google Page Rank and Alexa Traffic Rank on the 400 top digital signage software companies across the globe. Although there are some missing players and double counted companies, it is a thorough list. Dave said even if the industry boils down in the next 2-3 years to half this list, its still way too many. Dave said this about the rapidly growing, (and consolidating,) industry: The weirdest thing is that I still comes across new companies who blithely ignore all that and set up to build and peddle yet another variation on basically the same thing. Read the full article and see the list here.

Large-size panel prices to be flat or slightly down in August, say Taiwan makers.

Sourced from DigiTime Display, TFT-LCD panel makers originally looked to a rebound in prices of large-size panels in August amid the peak season, but now expect price levels to remain unchanged or drop slightly mainly because TV retail channels in the China market have high inventories, according to industry sources. Read the full article here.

Wednesday
Jul212010

Is there an approved list of Consumer TVs for digital signage?

Professional Digital Signage Displays are manufactured differently than consumer TVs. A particular digital signage Display model may be available for several years, and is manufactured to be identical throughout the life of that model. This is done so that displays matching the ones the customer already has can be added and provide continued compatibility with digital signage players. They are also manufactured differently in that they only use IPS type LCD panels that allow viewing from any angle without distortion and allow for vertical mounting (Portrait Mode), along with 24/7 operation. Most digital signage displays also carry a longer warranty; usually 3 years without exclusions for digital signage use. Digital signage integrators can normally have these shipped directly from the manufacturer to the customer, saving on shipping costs.

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Tuesday
Jul202010

Mirada Media Provides Custom Signage Solution for COOPSCO’s In-store TV Network

The COOPSCO network of cooperatives, which operates retail locations in the majority of Quebec's francophone colleges and universities, has selected Mirada Media to develop and deploy an in-store and point-of-sale digital signage network in the institutions it serves.

Mirada Media, a Montreal-based digital signage integrator and software developer, is pleased to announce its recent engagement with the Fédération québécoise des coopératives en milieu scolaire (FQCMS). Mirada has been selected to provide FQCMS with project and content management solutions for their in-store digital signage network at cooperatives in the educational sector, which operate under the COOPSCO banner.

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Tuesday
Jul202010

All-in-one Digital Signage

Samar Technologies is set to release an upgraded All-in-one Ad Display product line in 7” to 19” screen sizes equipped with the following feature options:

  • ·  Touch Screen
  • ·  Motion Sensor
  • ·  RJ-45 networking
  • ·  Wi-Fi USB dongle
  • ·  RS-232 Interface (Barcode) 

The LED powered panel offers low power consumption, a longer life cycle and contains no lead or mercury for less impact to the environment. These reliable products are designed to run 24/7. Content loading is user friendly and can be uploaded by SD card, thumb drive or through a network. Customized designs including private labeling and logos are offered upon request. All of these features are available at excellent pricing with discounts offered for volume purchases.

Samar Technologies operates internationally and is the Digital Signage OEM Division of Samar Enterprises of Taipei Taiwan. Samar’s decades of production experience operating state-of-the-art factories equipped with modern assembly lines, robot controlled plastic injection molding and tooling facilities make them the go-to expert for digital-signage solutions.

Contact Eve Lyon elyon@samartechnologies.com