• Black Box to demonstrate its latest iCOMPEL™ versions for interactive digital signage at CETW

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Black Box, an industry-leading provider of multimedia and digital signage technology, announced today that it will be demonstrating its new kiosk-optimized iCOMPEL™ appliances and players for retail applications November 7–8 at the Customer Engagement Technology World (CETW) expo in New York. 

The latest evolution of the award-winning iCOMPEL platform will be on display at Booth #427 on the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center floor, and it includes: 

  • iCOMPEL K Series VESA Kiosk Players for standalone signage applications: These highly affordable, small form-factor SSD players can be mounted on the back of a display, and they work right out of the box with all software preinstalled. They are ideal for retail kiosks and other single-screen applications and can be ordered with 802.11n wireless connectivity for difficult-to-cable signage, such as in island or end-cap displays. The players feature VGA output with the ability to play video in two zones simultaneously.
  • iCOMPEL K Plus Series VESA Interactive Kiosk Players: Like the standard K Series players, these support VESA mounting for standalone kiosk applications and can be ordered with Wi-Fi enabled. But they are also touch enabled with USB HID touchscreens supported right out of the box. In addition, they support 1080p video, HDMI® and DVI-I output, and up to four videos simultaneously. Also, they boast Intel® Core™ i3 processing for intense content (Flash at >20 fps and video at >30 fps), which makes them perfect for kiosks in busy public areas that require fast-loading screen graphics and smooth full-motion video rendering.
  • iCOMPEL P Series Publishers and Subscribers: Like the K Plus Series line, this series features i3 processing for professional Flash and video, support for up to four video zones, HDMI and DVI connectivity, and 802.11n wireless as an option. However, this series includes more choices, including 2U publishers with additional DisplayPort output and robust 500 GB HDD onboard storage; VESA-mount publishers and subscribers with 40 GB SSD storage; and models with a built-in HD video capture card, enabling the connection of a set-top with HDMI output to a retailer’s digital signage system.
  • iCOMPEL™ O Series OPS Publishers and Subscribers: These offer all the power of the P Series VESA models but in an Intel® Open Pluggable Specification compatible design. The self-contained iCOMPEL modules slide into displays with an OPS slot for convenient screen-integrated signage. They are ideal for any application without room for an external player or where securing expensive hardware would be difficult. Plus, the OPS models feature i3 Mobile processing for intense >20 fps Flash and >30 fps video rendering at 1080p resolutions; support for up to four simultaneous videos; and 40 GB of onboard SSD storage.

“The iCOMPEL line continues to evolve so retailers and others can more easily deliver a better customer experience,” says George Borden, Digital Signage National Sales Manager for Black Box. “With these latest models, we’re offering signage implementers much more flexibility, whether they’re trying to better serve shoppers in checkout lines or at store entrances, or provide directions to audiences in transit stations or other public areas.” 

An integrated hardware/software platform, iCOMPEL offers a lower total cost of ownership than similar products on the market. It comes with free lifetime software upgrades, free professionally designed screen layouts, and free, lifetime technical support. Loaded with features typically found only on high-priced systems, iCOMPEL simplifies the tasks of assembling and distributing video, audio, and Web HTML or RSS content to one or many screens.

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