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EnQii demonstrated its EnGage and Messenger software.
EnQii also announced that EnGage is now being offered integrated with TruMedia's iCapture solution which measures audience information through the use of embedded cameras in the screens. Chowdhury said the TruMedia integration will also help EnGage customers comply with OVAB's Audience Measurement Guidelines. --BY
EYEPLAY With "going green" one of the hottest topics around, what better content to put on your digital sign than Green Tips? The collection of Eyeplay's 52 engaging tips on how to live green can be used to draw attention to signage no matter where it's placed. Customers can choose HD or SD resolution, horizontal and vertical display orientations, along with a choice of Windows Media Video (.wmv), QuickTime (.mov) or DVD formats for playback on virtually any digital signage system, flat-panel screen or Web site. --JG
HARRIS CORP. Harris introduced two digital signage tools while at Digital Signage Expo, InfoCaster Online and the Punctuate scheduling tool. InfoCaster online is a Web-based tool for creating, scheduling and distributing digital signage content over a geographically dispersed network of screens, designed for large digital signage networks.
Punctuate, is a suite of Web-based tools that enable automatic targeting of precise messages to specific signs for digital signage and digital out-of-home networks.
"Punctuate has a tagging functionality which allows users to assign attributes or tags to specific types of content," said Michael Bernhardt, director of product marketing for Harris. "This allows you to tailor your content to exactly what your viewers want." --BY
HELIUS The big story here was the new relationships the company has formed. First, the Blue Man Group announced they would use Helius digital signs in their performances in addition to employing them already for corporate communications. But perhaps a bigger if less enticing deployment was worked through the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept., in California. Helius installed a fleet of signs serving the department's 18,000 users, ranging from law enforcement folks to clerical help to the inmates themselves. Communications help process the evil-doers, spread the word on important policies and procedures, even post the time and locale for the precinct picnic. Finally, the Las Vegas police department has entered into a similar arrangement with the company. --JG
MAGICBOX The new Web-based solution from MagicBox is designed for individuals without I.T., A.V. or graphics savvy—say, a lobby receptionist or the administrator of a hospital—who suddenly find themselves responsible for digital signage content. With a desktop feel and offline editing capabilities, the product enables users to work among five levels of admin and manage multiples slices of individual screens in multiple locations. --JG
NANONATION Company suits like to say their big news is always Nanonation's core platform, but in terms of wow factor, it was hard to beat their new Microsoft Tag work. The 2D barcode shows up on a screen and anyone with one of about 70 approved smart phones with Microsoft Tag software loaded onto it can photograph the tag and be instantly linked to download content, URLs and more. The color barcodes allow more accurate photographing from more angles. Also at the booth were digital menu boards developed for quick-service restaurants. --JG
REFLECT SYSTEMS Reflect Systems, which made headlines last year for its deployment of the GameStop Network, announced its involvement with Target's next-generation digital signage network, Channel Red. Channel Red is just one part of a large multi-channel communications effort from Target to reach customers. Research has showed that when fully operational, Channel Red will reach Target guests through more than 50,000 screens.
"Target has approached this network scientifically," said Stephen Nesbit, president and COO of Reflect Systems. "We're delighted to be a long-term partner with them."
"We don't just provide content. We're not a content library," Mantha said. "I call it â€˜custom creative,' and it really is the first step in any digital signage project. The content provides a digital signage roadmap for the rest of installation." --BY
SYMON COMMUNICATIONS Drawing attention to the Symon booth was a Microsoft Surface Table, which was running on Symon's SCS 10.0 software. Symon also made good use of its Smart Screen, a self-branded integrated touchscreen in 42- and 47-inch sizes with a pull-out media player, which Bob Brittan, director of product marketing, said comes in handy when it comes to repair the unit.
Also notable at Symon was its Door Signage display, which featured a media player that could power up to 12 channels. Used for medical facilities, conference centers and hotels, the Door Signage software can integrate with the facilities' event management system, such as Microsoft Outlook or Delphi. --BY
"This is great for the dealer and the auto customer, neither has to be an expert to use it," Hofflander said. "With the economy the way it is now, auto dealers are reinventing their business, focusing on the closing ratio. This is a great ROI tool." --BY