DPAA Video Everywhere Summit Canada

March 23rd, 2019

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

The DPAA have announced a date for their Video Everywhere Summit Canada. It will take place May 29, 2019 in Toronto, at the Rec Room, 255 Bremner Blvd. Toronto, ON, M5V 3M9.

This makes for a very, very busy May for our industry (London Digital Signage Week takes place May 13-17, 2019 and #OOH2019 takes place May 20-22 in Las Vegas) You can find more details here.

Making Global #OOH Smarter As Standard, @TalonOOH Briefing

March 23rd, 2019

Russ Curry, Ministry of New Media

In New York City, on Thursday April 4, 2019 at 8.30, Talon Outdoor are holding a Breakfast Briefing ‘Making Global OOH Smarter As Standard‘.

They tell us “The landscape of OOH is changing across the world, with data, technology and creativity at the heart of this global evolution. Join us at our breakfast event to hear how Talon is building the most sophisticated global OOH agency network to lead our clients through these exciting times of change”.

More information on speakers and timings will be coming shortly, in the meantime you can register your interest by contacting inspire@talonoutdoor.com.

The event is being held at Subculture, New York City.

Mark Coxon Joins Tangram

March 22nd, 2019

Andrew Neale

Tangram, an innovative creator of custom commercial interior environments and workspaces, has announced the appointment of former Barco exec, Mark Coxon as Sales Director for the firm’s Tangram Technology division. The newly created position will support the ongoing growth of the division that integrates solutions for audio, video, control and media distribution.

As Sales Director, we are told that he will lead the division’s sales team and culture, while deepening the relationship between Tangram Technology and other divisions of the company. He brings 17 years of experience in AV sales and relationship building, as well as industry visibility as a blogger, podcaster and social media influencer.

His expertise spans both the integration and the manufacturing sides of the A/V industry. Prior to joining Tangram, he served as a Regional Sales Manager for Barco and Milestone AV Technologies. Additional experience includes Display Solutions Specialist for Horizon Display and Business Development Manager for Orange ProAV. In addition, Coxon is credentialed as a Certified Technology Specialist by AVIXA, the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association.

Tangram President and CEO Joe Lozowski Told us “We are very pleased to welcome Mark to Tangram and look forward to his contributions in expanding the reach of Tangram Technology and delivering exceptional solutions for our customers”.

Tangram is a flagship dealer for Steelcase, Inc., and the leading commercial interior solutions provider in Southern California with offices in Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside, Kern and Fresno counties. The company has nurtured a collaborative and people-focused culture in the belief that people fuel innovation. That culture has led to the organic growth of five business units that complement the firm’s core furniture offering: flooring, fabrication, custom furniture, move management and technology.

Bob Strawbridge Joins ‪@ExterionMediaUK ‬

March 22nd, 2019

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

Bob Strawbridge has joined Exterion Media as Head of Rail. We are told that he will work closely with Exterion’s rail franchise partners and will be responsible for productising Exterion’s rail offering, by combining unique first party data, packaging and pricing to bring client-focused solutions to market.

Working alongside Colin McAlinden (Head of Bus) and Cedric Rouse (Head of Digital) in Exterion’s Product Strategy team he will report into Andrea Marsh, Product Strategy Director, who joined the business in January last year. His role commences in March 2019.

This Week’s #AVJobs

March 22nd, 2019

Andrew Neale

AV Jobs provide a highly specialist Recruitment Service for Audio Visual manufacturers, distributors and resellers.

They also work within the broadcast, events and unified communications industries providing quality and experienced staff at all levels – from board members through management, field service and sales, as well as on-site technical and sales people.

Their Consultants have experience within the AV industry and fully understand all areas from sales through system design and installation, hire and events, operations and service.

Here are this week’s selection of #AVjobs from them…

  • SERVICE DELIVERY CO-ORDINATOR – TECHNICAL
    Job Type Permanent Full Time
    Location Leeds, Yeadon
    Area West Yorkshire, England
    Sector Engineer – Technical Support
    Salary £18000 Per Annum Circa £18k p.a. plus benefits
    Currency GBP
    Start Date ASAP
    Advertiser AV Jobs
    Job Ref AV29883 SERVICE DELIVERY CO-ORDINATOR – TECHNICAL
    Job Type Permanent Full Time
    Location Leeds, Yeadon
    Area West Yorkshire, England
    Sector Engineer – Technical Support
    Salary £18000 Per Annum Circa £18k p.a. plus benefits
    Currency GBP
    Start Date ASAP
    Advertiser AV Jobs
    Job Ref AV29883
  • AV DESIGN & PRODUCT MANAGER
    Job Type Permanent Full Time
    Location Manchester
    Area Greater Manchester, England
    Sector Engineer Engineer – Audio VisualEngineer – Design Engineer – Technical Support Marketing Marketing – Product
    Salary £30000 – £35000 Per Annum Salary negotiable + benefits
    Currency GBP
    Start Date ASAP
    Advertiser AV Jobs
    Job Ref AV29882
  • SERVICE DELIVERY MANAGER
    Job Type Permanent Full Time
    Location Leeds, Yeadon
    Area West Yorkshire, England
    Sector Manager Manager – Service Delivery
    Salary £28000 – £30000 Per Annum Plus pension
    Currency GBP
    Start Date ASAP
    Advertiser AV Jobs
    Job Ref AV29881

@IPtechAR Becomes Microsoft Partner

March 22nd, 2019

Tristan Cotterill

Imagination Park Technologies Inc. (CSE: IP) (OTC: IPNFF) who aim to bring unprecedented augmented reality experiences to consumers and sports fans globally, announced this week that it is now a Microsoft Partner.

Alen Paul Silverrstieen, President & CEO, Imagination Park Technologies Inc. told us “Imagination Park will utilize Microsoft Azure to power XenoHolographicTM, our cloud-based augmented reality platform, offering companies the ability to provide enhanced augmented reality experiences to customers on a global scale. I personally approached Microsoft senior executives last month and now we’re excited to partner with the Microsoft Enterprise Sales and Marketing teams worldwide, broadening our channel to deliver these types of XenoHolographicTM AR experiences to a wider audience.”

Imagination Park selected the Azure platform as it enables security, reliability and the ability to scale very quickly. With some of the largest brands and professional sports teams with large audience/fan interaction it is critical that our infrastructure can handle rapid growth, and the artificial intelligence to log and analyze the data captured from these augmented reality engagements.

To use Imagination Park’s XenoHolographicTM platform, customers simply point their mobile device at logos, signs, buildings, products, landmarks and more to instantly engage videos, information, advertisements, coupons, 3D holograms and any interactive content all hosted in the cloud and managed using a menu-driven portal.

CAS Group International Appointed By ‪@BlueFoxIO ‬

March 21st, 2019

Andrew Neale

BlueFox.io has announced the appointment of CAS Group International as its distributor in Southeast Asia, covering countries from Myanmar to South Korea—including China and Indonesia, but excluding Japan—and complementing CAS’s existing product portfolio, including BrightSign worldwide, the number-one digital signage media player, and BlueFin custom LCD screens, to name a few.

BlueFox.io CEO Guillaume de la Tour told us “Early in the development of BlueFox, the Asian market has been strong in the retail and out-of-home advertising industries. As soon as we forged our partnership with BrightSign, it became very clear that CAS Group would be a great partner to rely on to develop our market share in the region and deploy our solution along with digital signage projects.”

Claude Sabourin, General Manager of CAS Group International said “The quality and precision of the data BlueFox provides are the best available and make the analytics results the most reliable in the market, It complements greatly our existing digital-signage offering.”

Click here to learn more about CAS Group’s portfolio of digital signage solutions.

Mystery billboards Revealed

March 21st, 2019

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

A number of OUTFRONT billboards have been baffling West Michigan for two weeks, and the advertiser has finally been revealed.

The anxious-looking designs with handwritten words like neglect, abuse, and fear have been posted around the Grand Rapids, Michigan region, prompting a variety of responses and guesses as to what the meaning may be.

However, earlier this week a new design revealed that the message belongs to D.A. Blodgett–St. John’s, a local children advocate agency that offers services like adoption, counseling, foster care, mentoring and more. The team at OUTFRONT Grand Rapids and Midwest advertising and design agency, Extra Credit Projects, collaborated as creative partners on the project.

From cynics to proponents, speculations of who was behind the boards ranged from megachurches to PETA, to the visual representation of “what it’s like to travel US-131 during rush hour.”

Area residents took to social media to seek answers or express opinions about the mystery messages. Some online users expressed discomfort at the content, while others argued that the subject matter was important to address.

#AdvertisingweekEurope @DPAAOrg Cocktails

March 21st, 2019

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

This week here in London the DPAA, the leading global organization for everything digital out-of-home, were once again proving that they are the masters of industry networking.

Using #AdvertisingweekEurope as a base, not only did they hold two very successful, standing room only panels on the Wednesday, they held an equally well attended cocktail event that evening.

From Left to right; Primesight’s Insight and Innovation Director Mungo Knott, HYGH’s Co-Founder Antonius Link, DPAA CEO Barry Frey, all somehow making Esprit Digital’s CEO Peter Livesey stop talking for a minute.

Ultrahaptics Senior Vice President of Product and Marketing Anders Hakfelt deep in conversation.

Far right, Trueform’s CEO Jonathan Morley.

AOPEN Unveils Chromebox Commercial 2

March 21st, 2019

Andrew Neale

AOPEN has unveiled the AOPEN Chromebox Commercial 2, the first commercial-grade Chromebox that can power 4K screens. It can play content for two separate screens and features a slim, ruggedised design that is dust-resistant and free of moving parts, making it ideal for commercial use in demanding environments.

The device is available with 7th generation Intel Core™ i3 or Celeron processors, and the new design has multiple ports including three USB 3.0**, two USB 2.0, an RJ50 serial connector, and HDMI 1.4b and 2.0. A remote power switch enables the device to be powered up and down remotely.

The AOPEN Chromebox Commercial 2 together with the Chrome Enterprise license makes deployment and control easy and will service a wide range of verticals and needs. The AOPEN Chromebox Commercial 2.0 represents a major leap forward in design and power.

Stephen Borg, CEO AOPEN Solutions told us “The AOPEN Chromebox Commercial 2 is our most advanced Chrome OS media player, ideal for the 4K video revolution we’re seeing in digital signage. With the power of Intel and the ease of operation and centralised management offered through the Chrome Enterprise license, it offers continuous performance even in the most challenging environments. We’re seeing increasing demand for 4K capability, and we’re working with our channel to enable applied IoT use cases that require greater edge capabilities, such as facial recognition and eye tracking through digital signage, as well as analytics and engagement”.

In Australia, the AOPEN Chromebox Commercial 2 goes on show in Sydney on April 16, 2019, at Google’s offices, and in Melbourne on April 17, 2019.