#ISE2018 @AVNationTV #AVTweetup

January 18th, 2018

Andrew Neale

Now in its fourth year, the annual AVNation #AVTweeps #AVTweetup in Amsterdam takes place Wednesday Feb 7, 2018 thanks to HDBaseT in Hall 5 Stand S-100 – it may be AVNation’s fourth tweetup but we did the first one back in 2011, complete with cupcakes, Ed.

The #AVTweetup is your chance to meet in real life those AV professionals we who all connect with online, throughout the year. AVNation’s Tim Albright said, “Come by, have a drink, and connect with other audiovisual professionals at #ISE2018. Our underwriter HDBaseT has been kind enough to provide the space and refreshments.”

DATE AND TIME

Wed, February 7, 2018
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM CET

LOCATION

HDBaseT Stand Hall 5 S-100
1083 AD Amsterdam
Netherlands

You can register here.

Three Software Companies For Sale

January 15th, 2018

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

We’ve told you before that Barco are desperate to get rid of X20 Media and we reported a rumour recently that Four Winds Interactive is also for sale, with one of the suitors likely being Samsung.

News just in then from NYC / #NRF2018 rumor-central that Comqi are the next to be acquired.

With Barco trying to get rid before the end of a financial year we expect that announcement to be made first, with Comqi coming next.

As usual, you heard it here first!

Signagelive & @BrightSign Team Up

January 15th, 2018

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

Signagelive today announced a comprehensive integration that brings full Signagelive support to BrightSign’s entire line of Series 3 digital signage media players. The collaboration creates an end-to-end solution to help customers create, deploy and manage digital signage content across virtually any network, anywhere in the world.

Jason Cremins, founder and CEO of Signagelive told us “Closely aligning Signagelive’s software platform with BrightSign’s Series 3 players creates a powerful solution. Now our customers can deploy and manage digital signage networks across multiple locations, knowing they have a robust and reliable signage network that won’t cause them headaches.”

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STRATACACHE Transforming #NRF2018 Booth into Immersive Store Environment

January 14th, 2018

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

STRATACACHE have created a next generation retail store environment in booth #2074 at #NRF2018 – hopefully giving retailers an immersive look at how marketing technology improves every aspect of the retail engagement. Each experience is represented in unique ‘departments’ throughout the booth, and they all have a common goal — using marketing technology, sensors and artificial intelligence to directly improve the in-store experience from the customer, the retailer and the brand’s points of view.

The back wall of the booth features a persona-building visualization technology demonstration and highlights STRATACACHE’s real-time analytics capabilities, strengthened by last year’s acquisition of the Walkbase in-store marketing and analytics platform. “Shopper insights and analytics play a key part in enhancing and personalizing a measurable customer experience, empowering retailers to counter the deep intelligence competitors like Amazon use to compete,” said Chris Riegel, CEO of the STRATACACHE family of digital media/ad tech companies. “In the ‘back office’ retailers will get a look into the analytics behind the solutions running on the show floor and how applying that knowledge lets them close the loop on marketing campaigns and sales conversion data — better serving their shoppers through relevant personalization.”

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#NRF2018 Innovation Lounge

January 14th, 2018

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

Same as last year, the #NRF2018 Innovation Lounge, is a great place to start if you are interested in, easily and quickly getting a snapshot of some of the innovation, and a fair few of the startups happening now in the retail space.

In our world, we were pleased to see Josh Grinnan and his team from Glass-Media again (we last saw them at #Infocomm17 on the NEC Display Solutions stand). They have a prominent position at the entrance to the Innovation Lounge (and you can see their offering also high above the entrance top left).

Two charming Russian ladies, with the MOST beautiful English, and accents that do not give any hint to their Russian roots) are senior execs at a startup CAPPASITY based in Santa Clara and are there demonstrating some of the best and most applicable #AR content we’ve seen.

Nice to see former Quividi Mitch Wade, now with Sentient who are doing back office e-commerce #AI stuff but with rumours of a possible signage solution being bolted onto it all shortly.

Argentinian startup Kimetric seem to do what Admobiize and Quividi do. Well worth taking a look though – however I see no value in ‘sentiment analysis’; angry, sad, happy etc. Not sure how accurate it is either cos’ I am always ANGRY and it didn’t show when I looked at it.

Loved FIT3D which is an all over body scanner (apart from one area). I can see these being rolled out in clothing stores. Seemed very accurate, especially as it detected I could be a Brad Pitt body double (ok, it didn’t).

facenote.me was interesting and claim some uses in Miami Fl. I am not sure it is anything that Quividi couldn’t or doesn’t do but the #selfie bit was a clever use of it and was opt-in.

Lastly, Spacee, was our favourite so far. Their hw and sw tech combined with any good projector created a very clever touch and animation table. This is something you reallly ought to go see!

The Global Digital Signage Conference, May 1, 2018

January 12th, 2018

Russ Curry, Ministry of New Media

As we made mention last year, a ‘Digital Signage Week’ would not be a digital signage week without its own dedicated event, focussing on the technology and its uses in retail, corporate communications, smart cities, DOOH and elsewhere.

We listened, we acted and the first ever GLOBAL DIGITAL SIGNAGE CONFERENCE took place back in May 2017. We’re building on the tremendous success of that and so, once again, London Digital Signage Week (April 30 – May 4, 2018) sees this event taking place on Tuesday May 2, 2018

We’ll be expecting 100 or so attendees, we’ve got some great speakers already lined up and we have some small exhibition stands as well (just like we did last year at the excellent QEII Conference Centre).

Our conference however has a new home, a slightly more intimate quirky space but with lots of great private meeting rooms and breakout areas – namely etc.venues Marble Arch, Garfield House, 86 Edgware Rd, London W2 2EA.

More details on the speaker line up and registration will be announced next month.

European #OOH Automation & Programmatic Conference

January 12th, 2018

Russ Curry, Ministry of New Media

Look out for a ‘European Out of Home Automation & Programmatic Conference’ to be announced formally in February. This will be held as a full day event during London Digital Signage Week (April 30 – May 4, 2018). The event will take place Thursday May 3, 2018.

European Out of Home Media Summit, May 2, 2018

January 12th, 2018

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

As the Ministry of New Media continue to gain traction with both New York and London Digital Signage Week, we note that The DailyDOOH Media Summit in 2018 has a new name.

The European Out of Home Media Summit will take place Wednesday May 2, 2018 at BAFTA.

Although the event has pretty much been ‘European’ in nature since inception, there is a definite re-emphasis on continental Europe for the year before (actual) #BREXIT and this can only be a good thing!

London Digital Signage Week will take place April 30 – May 4, 2018 and as with its counterpart in New York, the week is for anyone in digital signage; interested in retail, employee communications, smart cities, digital out of home and of course digital signage!

#AR @OutfrontMediaUS Leverages AR to Engage with Consumers

January 12th, 2018

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

OUTFRONT Media Inc. (NYSE: OUT) announced this week a campaign for Dogology, Inc., a New York city based virtual dog training startup, that showcases the ability to use augmented reality in out-of-home campaigns, along with out-of-home and mobile advertising creative developed by OUTFRONT’s in-house creative boutique, OUTFRONT Studios.

Between December 25, 2017 and January 12, 2018, OUTFRONT’s out-of-home displays and the OUTFRONT Mobile Network have prompted consumers in New York and Atlanta to download Dogology’s mobile app on the company’s website. Once downloaded, the Dogology mobile app invited users to engage with nearby sidewalk art, billboard or subway creative, which prompted in-app augmented reality dogs to interact with users and lead them to Dogology’s website where they could learn about science-based dog or puppy training and book virtual training appointments with Dogology.

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Channel Bristol Launched By @JCDecaux_UK

January 12th, 2018

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

JCDecaux, the UK’s largest Digital Out-of-Home (DOOH) advertising company, has announced the launch of Channel Bristol which will see the installation of new premium digital advertising locations across Bristol City Centre.

Spencer Berwin, Co-Chief Executive Officer at JCDecaux told us “We are delighted to be able to partner with Bristol City Council. The new Channel expands our commitment to building a digital communication channel in one of the country’s key cities. By upgrading advertising sites in the Cabot Circus shopping mall and installing new digital screens at Bristol Temple Meads station, this expanded network will create an even stronger offer for advertisers seeking to reach a diverse audience that frequent the vibrant city of Bristol.”

The contract was awarded to JCDecaux by Bristol City Council after a competitive tender, and will see the existing paper advertising displays replaced with a new premium network of 18 double-sided 86” HD digital screens, as well as brand new installations placed in carefully selected locations in the heart of Bristol’s shopping area.

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