Monday, February 28, 2005

All Headline News Adds Content Feeds

All Headline News announced that it has added daily astrological horoscopes to it's offerings of premium content available for syndication by websites, news papers, media outlets, ISP's, portals and digital signage companies.

Why post this? Well, All Headline News is a reasonably good source of content for live kiosk and digital signage applications that want newsfeeds. Feeds can be syndicated via RSS/XML, and they have programs available for syndicating their copyrighted content at your locations.

Find the full release here.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Wal-Mart's TV network 5th largest

I just came across this great article about WalMart TV (which has been getting a lot of press lately). In brief:

"[T]he principal reason for Wal-Mart TV is to show a constant stream of consumer product ads purchased by companies like Kraft, Unilver, Hallmark and PepsiCo. And little wonder. According to Wal-Mart and to an agency that handles its ad sales, the TV operation captures some 130 million viewers every four weeks, making it the fifth-largest television network in the United States after NBC, CBS, ABC and Fox." (my emphasis added)

I'd still like to see some hard stats, but typically WalMart doesn't plow money into something hand over fist unless it's really good for them.

RDM Integrates Flash Player

LOL, I don't know why you'd hype something like this. They've claimed to support Flash for ages, but apparently it's brand new: read the release. introduces “Presenter”

Not sure if this falls under the realm of dynamic digital signage or interactive kiosks, so I guess I'll post to both: introduces “Presenter” to Deliver Lowest Cost Dynamic Digital Signage and Interactive Kiosks on Multiple, Independent, Remote Screens.

Presenter Patented Technology enables one Windows PC to display and manage up to 16 screens, while each screen is running its own unique application, completely independent of the other screens.

Not sure why you'd want to do this in hardware when software like FireCast is available for just this sort of thing, but if you'd like to read it, the full press release is here.

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Ariel Way's dbsXmedia Selected as Purchaser of Loral Skynet BTV Product Line

Ariel Way, Inc., a technology and services provider for highly secure global communications solutions, today announced that its dbsXmedia subsidiary has been selected by Loral Skynet as purchaser of its BTV product line and will assume the management and further development of Loral Skynet's traditional business television services (BTV), subject to certain closing conditions, including bankruptcy court approval.

Read the complete press release here.

Digital Signage and Kiosk Provider WireSpring Joins Retail Broadband Alliance

WireSpring Technologies, a developer of software and technology for interactive kiosks and digital signage systems, today announced that it has joined the Retail Broadband Alliance, a forum that makes it easy for retailers migrating to broadband networks to increase revenue, cut expenses, and improve the customer experience.

WireSpring’s offerings help retailers and brands reach customers at the point of decision, where an estimated 70 percent of purchasing decisions are made. These offerings fall into two categories:

* Dynamic POP displays and in-store TV networks, which deliver targeted advertising and informational content on the sales floor. Functioning like a private TV station, these systems allow visual merchandising managers and brand marketers to tailor their messaging based on numerous factors, including time of day and the department in the store where screens are placed.
* Self-service kiosks, which streamline sales processes by providing consumers with on-demand access to the services they need. Popular applications include signing up for loyalty programs, printing coupons, and applying for instant credit accounts.

When integrated into an existing co-op program, digital signage and kiosk systems can serve the threefold purpose of generating incremental revenues for the retailer, driving sales for their brands, and improving customer satisfaction in the purchase decision.

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

CMPi and ActiveLight Launch Digital Signage Publications

Don't know how I missed this one from last month...

CMP Information, Inc. has announced its partnership with ActiveLight, Inc. on the publication of a series of quarterly magazines that highlight the business trends and technological innovations of digital signage display. The first of the publications arrives February 2005 in anticipation of the Digital Signage Showcase LIVE event at the 2005 NSCA Systems Integration Expo.

Read the full press release here.

Dynamax secures new European VARs

Digital signage specialist, Dynamax Technologies Ltd, is gearing up for an international future for its cutting-edge content management solution, PointOfView-NG, as it appoints two new European VARs.

Read the full press release here.

Monday, February 21, 2005

Wal-Mart Is Getting Upgraded

As the New York Times reports (free registration required), PRN is getting ready to upgrade the WalMart TV network (no doubt with technology from its acquisition of Impli back in 2003). From the article:

The placement of the wide, difficult-to-ignore screen at the store near Houston in the last few months represents one part of Wal-Mart's effort to capitalize on its captive audience. In the produce aisle, the TV screen gets shoppers' attention, thanks to its big size and lighted face, and from speakers installed on the ceiling, which create a kind of pathway of sound that can make even focused buyers turn toward its source.

Read the whole article here.

Minicom Acquires KVM over IP Technology

PR from Minicom:

Minicom Advanced Systems Ltd., a leading supplier of out-of-band KVM server management solutions and KVM switches, today announced it has acquired Replicom Ltd. an Israeli company that develops server management solutions based on innovative KVM over IP embedded technology.

Read the complete press release here.

While you might not think that KVMs are interesting or important, remember that these guys also make video over IP solutions (which makes in-store signage networks so much easier to deploy), so expect to find this technology coming your way soon.

Watchit Media, Inc. Launches Watchit Music Vision

According to

Watchit Media, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Cotelligent, Inc. (OTC BB:CGZT.OB), announced today the production of another new television program for Private Video Networks(TM) called Watchit Music Vision (WMV)(TM). WMV is a television program for the hospitality industry that presents music videos and related entertainment specifically aimed at and customized for the unique attributes of each gaming and hospitality venue and their guests.

Read the complete press release here.

WireSpring to provide digital signage insights at The Kiosk Show

From the PR File:

WireSpring Technologies, a developer of software for interactive kiosks and digital signage systems, today announced it will be speaking at The Kiosk Show on February 23, 2005 in Orlando, Florida. The Kiosk Show is a highly-focused event where kiosk and digital signage providers showcase turnkey solutions to an audience of pre-qualified buyers and end-users.

Read the full press release here.

Friday, February 18, 2005

Yet Another Digital Signage Blog

While I'm still writing and maintaing my primary blog (the Dynamic Digital Signage and Interactive Kiosks Weblog) at WireSpring, I'm also experimenting with a newsfeed-driven site, and thought it might be prudent to do so away from our assets for now.