#LondonIsThePlaceToBe/ #LebanonC’estCool ?

April 28th, 2015

Andrew Neale

ex-UK Outdoor Media Centre CEO Mike Baker has been getting out and about recently (see more on his actual startup here). Last week he was invited to speak about the ‘Key Dynamics of the UK Market’ in Lebanon to media booking agencies, key people from Advertising agencies and a few marketing directors.

Pikasso - Breakfast with Mike Baker - Tuesday 21 April 2015 - Four Seasons Hotel Beirut

Two presentations took place, a breakfast session on April 21 in Beirut itself and in Amman, the following day.

Mike was a guest of Antonio Vincenti, Chairman and CEO of PIKASSO s.a.l. and (recently elected) FEPE President, who will himself be over in London for London Digital Signage Week May 18-22, 2015.

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CityScreen – Glasgow Southern Gateway, @ForrestMedia1

April 28th, 2015

Andrew Neale

CityScreen – Glasgow Southern Gateway is Forrest Media’s latest 50sq.m. high-resolution digital billboard, neatly positioned on the main A77 Southern approach to the City…

CS Glas Southern Gateway_Stella

This new full motion display complements their existing screens on the Great Western Gateway and of course, their giant format digital roadside screen, Glasgow CityScreen.

This is D3 Black 12mm SMD LED running Scala.

Juniper Research: Enterprise AR App Market Revenues To Reach $2.4 billion By 2019

April 28th, 2015

Gail Chiasson, North American Editor

New findings from Juniper Research show that Augmented Reality (AR) technology, used in enterprise, will drive annual app revenues of $2.4 billion in 2019, up from $247 million in 2014. This translates to a tenfold increase over the forecast period.

The research notes that enterprise interest in AR has reached new heights, owing to improvements in software, wearable technology and the promise of significant efficiency gains. However, the individual needs of enterprises dictate that AR app costs will remain high for the foreseeable future.

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Barco Capital To Provide Equipment Financing

April 28th, 2015

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

Barco has launched Barco Capital, a brand-new portfolio of equipment financing options. Barco say that Barco Capital will “open up new ways for customers to finance their investment in cutting-edge Barco technology to boost their business while balancing the payment spike”.

barco capital bloempotSjoerd De Clerck, Global Director, Barco Capital said “With Barco Capital, we help customers upgrade their equipment or invest in our state-of-the-art technology when the traditional capex-driven sales cannot be achieved or aren’t appropriate.”

The Barco Capital offering – structured by Barco and its financial partners in the applicable region – includes both standard and readily available financial offerings as well as more tailor-made financing products. In all cases, customers know the costs, terms and duration beforehand.

The Barco Capital portfolio is initially available for the Digital Cinema, Venues and Hospitality, and Retail and Advertising product portfolios, starting with customers based in Europe and the Americas.

Cosi Inc. QSR #Fail, @WANDCorporation

April 28th, 2015

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

If this really is ‘The Future of Restaurant Technology’ as WAND Corporation claim then God help anyone who chooses them as their digital menu board supplier.

This first picture, taken early April at a Così Inc., the fast-casual restaurant company, somewhere in North America shows the digital menu board system in the act of re-booting and running a nice advert for WAND in the process ;)

WAND Reboots

The second picture (below), taken at the same Così Inc. establishment late last week…

WAND replacd w: Paper

Note the blue gaffer tape holding up the printed signs on the ‘screens’.

APN Outdoor announces Eastern Seaboard XtrackTV Offering

April 28th, 2015

Maddie Cotterill

APN Outdoor announced this week that the final market in its Eastern Seaboard XtrackTV offering will be available for sale shortly.

xtrack

As announced by XTD earlier in April, APN Outdoor will be expanding its premium, digital rail network, XtrackTV, into the Brisbane market following the successful launch in Sydney and Melbourne last year.

XtrackTV has been embraced by a variety of high profile advertisers to date, with the network hosting campaigns from soft drinks to recruitment services. Key advertisers to date across Sydney and Melbourne have been ANZ Bank, IKEA, Sunsuper, Telstra, Play Melbourne and Bupa to name a few,.

Richard Herring, CEO, APN Outdoor, said “The expansion of XtrackTV into the Brisbane market adds further weight and gravitas to our digital leadership position, and we look forward to launching our industry-first XtrackTV format in Brisbane. Advertisers and their agents have expressed much enthusiasm toward the medium and we look forward to sharing this extension with the market.”

The Brisbane XtrackTV launch will also prompt APN Outdoor to fast-track its platform dwell time study to be released later this year.

Back in 2014 APN Outdoor delivered the leadership research piece, The Attention Economy, which showed that 74% agree that digital outdoor is better at attracting attention than regular billboards. The dwell time study will include station and platform specific data and be authenticated by an independent body and is yet another investment by APN Outdoor into consumer insights, validating the engagement of the commuter audience.

The initial rollout will see installs across Brisbane’s key commuter stations with screens at Fortitude Valley, Toowong, Southbank and South Brisbane, with the network expected to be fully operational in the second half of 2015.

#AVtweeps #Infocomm15 #AVTweetup, @AVNation

April 27th, 2015

Andrew Neale

AVNation will be hosting their now regular and dare we say, ‘formidable’ Ed #AVTweetup at #Infocomm15 for #AVtweeps.

It takes place Thursday, June 18, 2015 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM (EDT (in of course Orlando, FL where #InfoComm15 is being held this year).

Register here.

#2015ECE Exponation 2 Debut EduCOMM Expo 2015

April 27th, 2015

Gail Chiasson, North American Editor

EduComm Expo (ECE), an educational conference and tradeshow exclusively focused on the needs of those responsible for implementation, oversight, and management of internal digital campus communication technology initiatives in Higher Education will debut at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Sept.30-Oct. 1, 2015.

EduComm logo1EduCOMM Expo 2015 will be be co-located with CorpCOMM Expo 2015 (CCE) also being held at the same time, same place.

The two-day EduComm Expo educational conference and show floor exhibits will focus on the future of campus communications and education technology, including the way in which technology enables communicating with students, faculty, administrators, staff, alumni, visitors and fans. Featured will be digital display solutions ranging from kiosks to video walls, communication software, remote and on-campus collaborative learning technologies, as well as mobile, desktop and audio applications that serve colleges and universities – of which there are close to 5,000 in the US alone.

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Jana Ahlfinger Bell Joins @RMGNetworks

April 27th, 2015

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

RMG Networks Holding Corporation (NASDAQ: RMGN) has announced that Jana Ahlfinger Bell has been appointed as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the company effective April 27, 2015.

Ms. Bell brings 30 years of financial and business experience, and has served in senior executive roles for a number of public and private companies.

Most recently, Ms. Bell served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for EF Johnson Technologies, Inc. (formerly NASDAQ: EFJI), a communications solutions company, where she was instrumental in implementing the company’s public filing infrastructure including internal and external reporting controls, SOX compliance and internal and external audit functions. She was instrumental to the execution of several key strategic financial and transaction related initiatives in support of the company’s growth programs.

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Hammersmith Towers, @ClearChannelUK @StormDOOH

April 27th, 2015

Maddie Cotterill

Clear Channel’s premium brand Storm have (finally, officially) unveiled their latest site, the Hammersmith Tower, situated on the Hammersmith Flyover between Knightsbridge and Heathrow Airport.

14 stub hub hammersmith tower APR2015

It’s the sixteenth site in Storm’s London network, overlooking traffic travelling towards Knightsbridge, Kensington, Piccadilly and the West End and complete with digital nameplates.

Aimee McKay, Managing Director at Storm, said: “We’re thrilled to have launched the Hammersmith Tower as the latest addition to the Storm portfolio. Storm is the UK’s most flexible and creative digital Out of Home media owner and we’re proud to offer brands the more iconic structures where they can generate Fame on Demand, both in London and beyond.”

The Queensway

Clear Channel also launched a spectacular new landscape site, The Queensway, in the heart of Birmingham (shown above). This new site is, we believe, the first step of Storm’s nationwide UK expansion, which was announced recently as part of Clear Channel’s digital expansion, and brings Storm’s current portfolio to seventeen – with further nationwide sites to be announced shortly.