Black Box Corp. recently announced that Technology Marketing Corp. (TMC) has awarded the Black Box iCOMPEL digital signage player platform its 2009 Communications Solutions Product of the Year Award.

According to the announcement, the Norwalk, Connecticut-based TMC presents the award to businesses that have shown "vision, leadership, and thoroughness." It was the second straight year that Black Box’s iCOMPEL received the TMC award.

"Black Box has been recognized with a 2009 Product of the Year Award for their admirable efforts in the advancement of data and video communications," TMC CEO Rich Tehrani said in the announcement. "The iCOMPEL has shown benefits for its customers and provides ROI for the companies that use it. Congratulations to the entire team at Black Box. I look forward to more innovative solutions from them in the coming year."

The iCOMPEL family of browser-based, networked players gives businesses and organizations of any size an affordable solution for improving internal and external communications through relevant, dynamic digital signage, Black Box says. With it users can stream recorded or live video, Flash animation, RSS news and stock ticker feeds, as well as other Web-based media.

As an "out-of-the-box" solution, iCOMPEL comes preloaded with software for assembling and distributing HD-quality multimedia content to digital signs. It includes drag-and-drop tools for playing of stored and live media in multiple screen zones, and menus for scheduling content distribution by time and location. There are no software as a service (SaaS) fees.

"Digital signage can potentially be a very expensive initial and ongoing investment and, because of its complexity, it can be difficult to integrate into an existing network," said Brian Kutchma, Black Box director of marketing. "But our strategy with iCOMPEL was to make it an affordable, easy-to-integrate solution that’s also scalable, so a business can start with one screen in one location and expand to many screens in many locations."

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