Technology Showcase: Turnkey Digital Signage Systems
Jun 1, 2009 12:00 PM, By Jay Ankeney
New out-of-the-box solutions simplify signage.
The turnkey digital signage solutions based on Adtec Digital’s more than 23 years of experience in media distribution and control start with its signEdje and mediaManage server. Customers simply place signEdje units at end-point locations, and each unit then sucks content down from the mediaManage server in a paradigm common to many companies. However, what is not very common is Adtec Digital’s iptvManage server, which distributes content over IP. Content is then distributed throughout the IPTV system with inexpensive set-top boxes being used to watch the content emanating from the signEdje. In addition, if high-definition video and graphic content emanating from the signEdje (or any other signage solution) has to be distributed over a coaxial cable system on a digital tier, Adtec Digital offers its pioneering DTA-3050. “Few people use this distribution method at this time, but most every institution will do so in the future,” the company claims.
The turnkey iCompel SD 2GHz digital signage offering from Black Box Network Services comes ready for use out of the box with software pre-installed and tested, and it can be used either as a standalone or networked signage system. In fact, multiple iCompel units can be set up as subscribers for a publisher iCompel unit. iCompel SD 2GHz supports streaming of live TV or video and recorded content, and you can locally update its screen content to instantly add text messages, issue alerts, or select content for specific audiences. The system is Linux-based, and it offers a high level of security thanks to a built-in firewall.
Since Chyron has been a leader in video for 43 years, the company’s ChyTV digital signage players boast powerful HD and dynamic video-playback capability. Chyron has also moved into the content-creation space with Axis, which provides a massive library of content, templates, and simplified applications to make graphics and video creation extremely easy. Now even nonskilled personnel can create new content with just a web browser. Axis is also a hosted media platform that allows third-party partners to contribute their applications online and interface with Axis Graphics. The combination of Axis digital media templates, hosted applications, and chytv.net make for one of the most powerful end-to-end solutions in the digital signage market.
Enseo’s Cassini is a reliable and flexible HD appliance for all your digital signage needs. Cassini is an IP streaming device, an RF tuner, a multizone graphics overlay appliance, and a store-and-forward device all in one. Cassini makes it easier than ever to have dynamic content on any screen, and in the format and resolution of your choice. Enseo’s Cassini is available in three models, configured with either solid-state memory (SSM) or hard-disk drives (HDD). Cassini provides full support for industry-standard IPTV streaming protocols, and its built-in triband tuner decodes broadcast television signals over satellite or cable. In addition, Enseo’s Author software is a user-friendly screen/theme-creation package that allows users to create themes with scaled video, graphics, text, and web elements. They can then upload the theme and content to a USB thumb drive or FTP site and easily download via sneakernet or network into the Cassini.
The iDS (Interactive Digital Signage) software platform from Four Winds Interactive turns LCD and plasma displays into a flexible, reliable, easily operated digital signage network. IDS lets anyone blend rich multimedia, web, and live-data content types to create visually stimulating, dynamic, and compelling digital signs. In fact, after training in hours instead of days, iDS empowers owners to manage the complete workflow of a digital display networkincluding design, scheduling, deployment, playback, reporting, and system monitoring. IDS can be expanded from single-sign installation to enterprise-wide implementation.
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