Where is Your #SmartCities Opportunity?

February 19th, 2017

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

Ahead of publishing the full agenda for The DailyDOOH Media Summit, which takes place Tuesday May 9, 2017 in its usual place, the BAFTA, during London Digital Signage Week we met up with one of our regular speakers, Personal Cities‘ President Sandra Baer to discuss what was behind her presentation at the event.

Your Smart City Opportunity

Sandra started off by saying that “The digital world we live in is moving so fast that, truthfully, none of us can fully adapt to the latest innovations before the next ones appear. As for cities, they are in a continuous cycle of renewal and reinvention and are always in need of guidance when it comes to transformation – digital or not!”.

We’ve long challenged Sandra on the question of how the Out of Home industry can really help city leaders strengthen engagement and citizen participation, and she told us that the aim of her presentation – entitled “What’s The Future for Cities and Where is Your Smart City Opportunity?” aims specifically to address that.

She continued “I believe that all of you [the out of home industry] can help cities compete, connect and collaborate in totally new ways and this will produce attractive places to live, work and play. Not only that but the media world in general will help identify new opportunities for cities”.

Sandra is just one of the super-smart speakers at events during London Digital Digital Signage Week. Watch this space.

You can #ff @sandrambaer here

Free @Futuresourcer #ISE2017 Show Report

February 19th, 2017

Andrew Neale

Futuresource Consulting have produced a free show report giving a snapshot of the leading display product launches at #ISE2017.

You can download it here.

#dse2017 What are the Emerging Trends in #DOOH?

February 17th, 2017

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

I fear this might be a graveyard slot as I will be competing against so many #dse2017 keynote sessions elsewhere but should you wish to be entertained and you can gain access (this session is ONLY open to exhibitors before the show floor opens that day) then you may wish to join me on Wednesday, March 29 between 08:30 and 09:30 a.m. in the Best Practices Theater in Central Park (Booth #1231) where I will be presenting an hour long session ‘Emerging Trends in Digital Out-of-Home‘.

Thunderbirds are go!In 2007 the D in OOH did not really exist. Back then, we were the first to create a business; analysing, examining, critiquing and exploring all that digital had to offer the out of home world. Along the way, we’ve also created an events and publications business that focusses on this sector. You could say we were pioneers. A lot has happened in those 10 years and for the first time ever, we’ll share with you what we really see as the emerging trends in Digital Out-of-Home.

  1. Will digital screen proliferation help make cities smarter?
  2. Should media owners and the general eco-system be interested in recognition, identification, personalisation, emotion?
  3. Is social media, online and mobile of any use to DOOH?

As you probably know, I don’t suffer fools gladly. I will be celebrating success and cleverness where I see it but calling people on their stupidness most of the time! If you want to know what is going to happen over the next couple of years, then be there! It is the only time I am going to do a presentation like this!

After requests for vendor-only education last year, this session is FREE OF CHARGE but only open to exhibitors – basically, it’s something new that the organisers are offering this year. It will be located in the Best Practices Theater in Central Park (Booth #1231) on the show floor itself.

More information can be found here.

Panama Wants To Be Latin America #SmartCities Model

February 17th, 2017

Russ Curry, Ministry of New Media

JCDecaux S.A. (Euronext Paris:DEC), the number one outdoor advertising company worldwide, is working with Panama City in its move to turn itself into a ‘Smart City’ by rolling out innovative digital services.

JCDecaux has been Panama City’s bus shelter concession holder since 2002. Working in tandem with Wigo, Panama’s largest free hotspot network with more than 1.3 million unique users, JCDecaux launched free Wi-Fi service on January 16, 2017 at 50 bus shelters in the country’s capital. Users can now access the web easily and free-of-charge through a portal that also provides transit information, such as which buses serve a particular stop. It also allows them to geo-locate the next bus on a city map and receive public-service announcements from the city government.

Jean-Charles Decaux, Chairman of the Executive Board and Co-CEO of JCDecaux, said “In fitting our bus shelters out with Wi-Fi access points and small cells, and in expanding our network of digital CIPs, we have once again served notice of our determination to be one of the major players in Smart Cities and to take part in the emergence of a connected city that is ever more human, open and sustainable. Through a virtuous ecosystem, we facilitate access to information for the greater good of cities and citizens for their mobility, as well as for advertisers and their brands. The roll-out of high-quality networks has become one of the major strategic challenges of urban attractiveness and competitiveness, and we are convinced that our expertise, our know-how and our innovative capacity will position Panama as a model “Smart City” for all of Latin America.”

To fund this service and to extend it to more bus shelters, JCDecaux has chosen to explore new market opportunities, such as the sale of advertising on the Wigo connexion portal. This new connected advertising opportunity offers brands a premium audience and a perfect fit with the power of traditional networks.

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Megan Riddle & Richard Kondas Join @PlanarSystems / @LeyardUSA

February 17th, 2017

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

Megan Riddle has joined Planar and Leyard’s North American Sales Team as Mid-Atlantic Sales Manager. Based out of the Washington DC-area, she will be helping sales efforts in the DC Metro area (DC, Maryland and Virginia).

Megan has ten years of business development and account management experience in a wide range of markets including audio visual, advertising and retail. Most recently, Megan was a Business Development Manager for Bridges System Integration where she built strong relationships, provided education, and was a valuable resource to her partners and customers.

Richard Kondas has joined the Northeast Sale Team. Based out of New York City, Rich joins the organization as Applications Engineer for the Northeast USA Sales Team.

Rich has years of experience in hardware and system design, firmware, software and control systems. Most recently he was VP of Multimedia Engineering at Morgan Stanley where he was responsible for global creation and maintenance of multimedia standards. Prior to that, he worked at AVI SPL as a Lead Installation Technician and On-Site Maintenance Manager.

Joanne Quillan joins @Posterscope as COO

February 17th, 2017

Maddie Cotterill

Location marketing specialist Posterscope has appointed Joanne Quillan, formerly of sports marketing agency Wasserman into the newly created role of Chief Operating Officer.

Joanne Quillan will report to CEO Stephen Whyte and will oversee operations for the Posterscope, PSI, MKTG, Open and Liveposter group of businesses. She will also take a significant role in future strategy with a particular focus on partnerships and acquisitions.

She joins from Wasserman, where as executive director and head of the corporate teams in EMEA she was responsible for developing and leading business integration and operational excellence. Prior to that, Quillan spent over 15 years in the music industry at Sony Music, EMI Records and EMI Music Publishing where her roles covered M&A and investments, business partnerships and commercial analysis.

Laura Cison Has Left @BroadSign

February 17th, 2017

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

Laura Cison formerly Sales Director, North America has left BroadSign.

Simon Whittle joins Outdoor Logistics

February 17th, 2017

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

Simon Whittle has joined Outdoor Logistics UK Limited as Technical Director.

Simon Whittle has been in the industry since 1994 when he set up a billposting company and brings with him unparalleled LED and Digital knowledge. In 2008 he developed and subsequently completed the roll-out out the first large format LED backlit system. Since 2010 Simon has been an innovator in LED including industrial and warehouse lighting using cutting edge technology. He has also been recognised by Digital Lumens (a Boston based Intelligent Lighting manufacturer) for his technical abilities in the design and implementation of the Digital Lumens system across multiple locations and in some of the largest UK LED projects in recent years.

Simon’s first project will be the design and build of two large digital billboards in very prominent London locations.

This Year’s 2017 CEO Spotlights

February 17th, 2017

Maddie Cotterill

Our monthly CEO Spotlight series continues into 2017 with (in no particular order); Core Out of Home’s Umut Senol (formerly Clear Channel Turkey), Dynamic Outdoor’s Brandon Newman, Val Morgan Outdoor’s Anthony Deeble, Clear Channel Outdoor’s Scott Wells, PRN’s Kevin Carbone, Elonex Outdoor’s Nick Smith, Multimedia Outdoors Portugal’s Vasco Perestrelo , Kong Outdoor’s Ross Barrett, Go2Digital’s Edin Pasalic and Grandi Stazioni’s Stefano Mereu.

All previous CEO Spotlights (and we have almost 10 years’ worth now) are available online (click here), as well as in print: –

DOOH INSIGHTS: Volume 5 has already seen massive distributions to all the industry agencies and media owners in London, as well as at, all of the various UK media owner’s October 2017 upfront and launch events AND across New York during New York Digital Signage Week. The next time you will be able to physically get your hands on a copy will be by attending a conference during #dse2017.

James Power in New ‘Head of Sales’ Role at @Primesight For @LinkUKconnect

February 17th, 2017

Maddie Cotterill

Primesight this week announced that James Power will become their first Head of Sales to lead sales activity ahead of the integration of the ST6 and BT payphone contract and the launch of LinkUK later this year.

In addition to the 17,500 payphones and 750 ST6s, the collaboration between BT, Primesight and Intersection will be bringing free 1 GB wi-fi and free calls to London (and later one hopes, cities across the UK) by replacing traditional phone boxes with sleek, modern, multi-function units.

James Power is being promoted from Business Director at Primesight, a role that he has held since May 2016. Previously, he worked on the BT contract for StreetTalk at JCDecaux for five years. He has over 15 years’ experience in advertising sales roles, of which the last nine have been in director-level positions at companies such as JCDecaux, Imagine Publishing and Digicom OOH.

He will be reporting directly to Matt Teeman, Managing Director, Primesight.