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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

 

Tuesday
Jul202010

Battery Resources for Digital Signage

I am sourcing a resource for batteries to run small size 7' to 15" non-pc based Digital Signs for a 6 month display in a retail environment. Please contact Eve Lyon elyon@samartechnologies.com .

Monday
Jul192010

The Role of LCD Enclosures in Digital Signage

With digital signage now being so prevalent there are few locations where screens haven’t yet been used for either advertising or information. But not every location is suitable for display screens - especially in outside or industrial locations where weather and other elements can damage and disable a screen.

This is where LCD enclosures come in and I would like to take this opportunity to explain a few of the benefits of an LCD enclosure and the possibilities that they allow.

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Friday
Jul162010

Going Digital, using Display's on Taxi's.

Founded in 2006, Mantise Media is the leading digital out-of-home media company in Hong Kong and it is privately held. Mantise is dedicated to providing advertisers with effective out-of-home media solutions, fusing technology with traditional media. Mantise’s first product to be launched is a high-quality LCD panel with built-in GPS and 3G systems that allows for geo-targeting and time-based advertising

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Thursday
Jul152010

display alliance news 7.15.2010

LED TV manufacturers amping up production for 4Q10.
Sourced from Digitimes Displays, TFT-LCD panel maker AU Optronics (AUO) currently ships 400,000 LED-backlit LCD TV panels monthly and it expects shipment volume to increase to 800,000 units in the third quarter and further up to 1.2 million units in the fourth quarter, according to industry sources. Read the full article here.

10 truths about LED TV’s.
Here is an interesting article from ShopJimmy's Blog. If you thought you had LED TV’s figured out, test your knowledge against these 10 LED TV truths. Read the article here.

Is there an approved list of Consumer TVs for digital signage?
Trent Semler of Noventri tells us some big differences between commercial grade displays compared to consumer displays. 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.  Read the rest of this valuable article here.

Making Mobile And Outdoor Displays Work.

Sanjay Manandhar of Aerva Inc. offers some insight to making mobile and digital signage work together. He says, the proliferation of increasingly sophisticated mobile handsets offers the opportunity for a variety of interactive campaigns. To succeed, mobile engagement requires an integrated marketing mindset and attention to scalability, reliability and security. Read the full article here.

Wednesday
Jul142010

Blogging thoughts

I know this has nothing to do with display's, yet this is a blogging site and sometimes I try too hard to either promote myself or create such incredible value I end up paralyzed and end up writing nothing.

As a newbie to the blogging scene I am trying my best to search out successful cyber mentors, so that I may learn from their experiences and writing styles.

Chris Garrett is one such mentor I have started to follow on the advice of my friend Bruce. This particular post is great read when you find yourself in a rut or just need dose of reality based direction.

At least it worked for me tonight and I ended up posting instead of watching "America can dance" with my daughter(ok I did both)

Wednesday
Jul142010

Acer Tablet PC Coming Fourth Quarter 2010

Acer is planning to launch a 7-inch and 10-inch tablet PC in the fourth quarter according to Digitimes. Both will sport ARM CPUs and run Google's Android OS 2.2. These tablet PCs will go up against Apple's iPad and tout its multimedia capabilities including the ability to run Flash. There is no doubt many brands will enter the tablet market. Success will depend on an experience that matches or exceeds that of the iPad, providing the ability to easily purchase and consume media such as the App Store, iBookstore and the iTunes Music Store.

One of the main criticisms of the iPad is its closed ecosystem and so there will be a good portion of the market that will respond to a more open platform. Google's Android OS seems to be the platform of choice but where can users get the media they want? Rumor has it Google is working on its own music store and Amazon's Kindle app will help get the books, magazines and newspapers you want. There's a lot of options for video: Hulu, Netflix, etc.

Will 7-inch, 10-inch tablet PCs displace netbooks? Who is to know. But one thing is for sure: most if not all brands will do their best to market tablets the next big thing. Apple is on its way to success. Who will be next?

Wednesday
Jul142010

AIS Introduces Low Cost Operator Interface Displays Suitable for Building & Factory Automation and Motion & Process Control Applications

American Industrial Systems Inc. (AIS) introduces an Industrial Operator Interface Touch Screen Display line for building automation, factory automation and process control applications.  The HMI touchscreen displays feature fully industrial LCD panels with bright TFT displays that can be connected to standard industrial PC’s.  The displays are available in several mechanical configurations, providing several mounting options including open frame, rack mount, chassis, and panel mount.  AIS utilizes industrial grade displays for high performance, superior reliability in industrial conditions, and long product life cycle to ensure product availability for several years.  The rugged displays are pre-designed in hundreds of configurations for easy drop-in replacement or new deployments applications.

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