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Who Ya’ Gonna Call?

Not surprisingly lots of comments and feedback [1] on our ‘Top 30 Digital Signage Software Vendors [2]‘ post which we wrote a few months back in preparation for our next #DSTop10 [3] which will be announced this Friday.

[4]A lot has happened in the last 12 months and we (like many) have been taking a much wider look at the digital signage software industry. There are of course (still) far too many software products on the market and far too many new entrants, Few, if any of them truly offer anything unique or exceptional and we find it especially difficult to understand why new entrants come to market without actually offering anything new.

With so many products in the marketplace how the hell do you decide which one to go with? How do you distinguish one from another? We put the #DSTop10 together back in 2008 to help and subsequently created a Top 30 to help further [2] still.

The point with our #DSTop10 is that we would do business with anyone on that list (we don’t take commissions on deals by the way) BUT not surprisingly in our position in the industry we are always asked “who would you recommend for such and such a project?”.

Therefore,. ahead of Friday’s official #DSTop10 let’s have a look at the sort of questions we are frequently asked. In no particular order…

Anyway we hope that folks will see that our #DSTop10 is just one way to slice and dice the vendors and of course gives people our personal take on who’s hot and who’s not. Watch this space Friday.

A special thanks to those who gave their feedback openly – hiding comments under a cloak of anonymity doesn’t (we believe) help anyone (especially if you expect a reply from our editorial team).

†† Okay we made this question up!!

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6 Comments To "Who Ya’ Gonna Call?"

#1 Comment By Dave On 16 March 2011 @ 11:54 @537

Q. I’m building a video wall who should I talk to?

I would look at Sedna Presenter, We use it on our Video Walls and Outdoor LED. it is Mac based, can run on either Mac Pro’s with Multiple Cards or a bunch of Mac Mini’s.

Very Easy to use, just showed a user that uses one of the packages you suggested and they really liked what they saw in Sedna.

Mac’s are also a more standard platform also, not just a PC manufacture that runs out of parts and just orders whatever is on sale that week.

I could go on and on…

#2 Comment By Stefan Stallmann On 16 March 2011 @ 14:01 @626

THX Dave! You are right. If you want a absolute outstanding stable system use ~sedna presenter. But there are thousand other use cases e.g. for led walls of any size, interactive digital signage Mac-based and for iPad by the way. We offer an campaign generator as well: Presenter Scheduler Plus for auto scheduling.THX Adrian for this nice overview.

#3 Comment By Howard Smith On 16 March 2011 @ 20:27 @894

Adrian thanks for the mention.
What you say is indeed true but in many respects Dynamax have been ‘hoisted by our own petard’ and many people perceive us as exclusively DOOH which is not the case. Outside of DOOH we have a pretty decent network of VAR’s (we have recently installed in Telefonica stores in Argentina for example) who handle our none DOOH business (and yes our PR machinery could be better). Also of course we launched [19] at the back end of last year, which is NOT targeted at DOOH but hopefully is based on our DNA and experience over more years than I care to reflect upon 😉


#4 Comment By Daniel Parisien On 16 March 2011 @ 21:09 @923

BroadSign version 8.1 (released Monday earlier this week) includes perfect synchronization across multiple displays or multiple players. This allows for seamless video walls of nearly unlimited resolution. It has been tested in beta for the last few weeks and is being deployed in production setups worldwide as I write this.

BroadSign has a definite advantage in managing ad-based networks and the latest release branches that out to support a few new ad-based business models:
1. Cinema (automated via integration with cinema management systems)
2. Transportation (automated via integration with 3rd party GPS devices or other travel info systems)
3. Escalator-based signage (due to perfect sync)
4. Automated integration with in-store audio systems (also due to perfect sync)

I think it is also worth mentioning that if you are in the U.S. and are looking for a turn-key solution, that LG SuperSign Premier gives you a digital sign that includes easy-to-use management software, comes with content and easy access to a content community if you want something specific.

#5 Comment By Jason Cremins On 17 March 2011 @ 18:57 @831

Adrian, when are you going to start to charge for a product listing in your post comments? you’d make a fortune 😉

#6 Comment By js On 18 March 2011 @ 03:33 @190

Cisco anybody?