AdverDia Group via @Daktronics Bring Messages To Major Bahamas Roadway

March 21st, 2019

Tristan Cotterill

Daktronics (NASDAQ-DAKT) of Brookings, South Dakota, has partnered with AdverDia Group, in conjunction with Fusion Superplex, to install a new digital LED display on the façade of their new facility in Nassau, Bahamas. Installed late in 2018, this is the first large-format display to be seen from public roadways in the Nassau area.

AdverDia Group’s Jason Miller told us “From implementing new ideas, creating dynamic products or improving your existing services, innovation can be a catalyst for the growth and success not only for business but the community as well. AdverDia Group’s mission is to foster innovative solutions with a primary objective to solve challenges that will support and grow our community.”

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@Starlite_NY Joins @DPAAOrg

March 21st, 2019

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

DPAA, the leading global organization for everything digital out-of-home, announced this week that Starlite Digital has joined its membership ranks.

Starlite Digital has begun rolling out what will be a national network of intelligent digital video screens strategically located at high traffic outdoor shopping centers, anchored with supermarkets, big box retailers and drug stores. Capitalizing on the close relationships built with these sectors by Starlite Digital’s sister company, Starlite Media, Starlite Digital’s market launch was in New York, where the channel is generating more than 40 million verified monthly impressions.

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White City Place Wins Connected Building of The Year

March 21st, 2019

Russ Curry, Ministry of New Media

Executive Channel Network (ECN), the UK and Europe’s leading workplace communication specialist this week announced the winners of its inaugural Digital Communication in the workplace awards.

(From Left to right; Nick Hiles, Asset Director, Stanhope; Su Truong, ECN; Jason Pye, Head of Events and Enlivenment, Savills; Kareena Bennett, ECN).

The event, a celebration of workplace building content displayed across ECN’s London network, was held at The Gherkin and attended by building managers, facility managers, and surveyors from leading UK building management companies.

Chris Coleman-Brown, Head of Estates Europe – Lendlease, opened the event by discussing the emergence of the digital layer within the built environment, and its role in creating a more collaborative building community.

Over 3000 pieces of internal building communication content across hundreds of London’s most iconic office buildings competed for the award across three categories, and the winners were:

  • Connected Building of the Year – Winner: White City Place
  • Best use of social media – Winner: 200 Aldersgate
  • Best sustainability content – Winner: Moor House
  • Richard Blackburn, Managing Director, ECN UK told us “We’re incredibly proud of our creative and responsive customer focus and this event is testimony to the fabulous work our team does on a daily basis to enhance the customer experience in the workplace. A big thankyou to our asset partners for being so supportive of our workplace content model”.

    Nick Hiles, Development Director at Stanhope Plc told us “We are very proud of the work that has gone into making White City Place the industry leading development in digital communications that it is today, and we are extremely pleased that it is getting the recognition it deserves”.

    Find out more about the Digital Communication in the workplace awards click here.

    ECN is the UK & Europe’s leading workplace communications specialist, with offices in London, Paris and Frankfurt. Over 450 European workplace locations have now connected to ECN’s managed content platform, which delivers the latest news and building communication. ECN is a wholly owned subsidiary of Executive Channel Holdings (ECH).

    WARC Global Advertising Trends – The Duopoly

    March 21st, 2019

    Tristan Cotterill

    WARC, the international marketing intelligence service, has found that of the $590.4bn spent on advertising worldwide last year, $144.6bn (24.5%) went to the Google and Facebook ‘Duopoly’, which equates to almost one in four dollars.

    The duopoly’s adspend share is up from 20.3% in 2017 and is more than double the 10.8% recorded in 2014. WARC predicts a further increase to 28.6% ($176.4bn) this year. Looking only at the internet advertising market, the duopoly took over half (56.4%) of ad money in 2018, a share which WARC expects to rise to 61.4% this year. This growth is squeezing other online media owners, as the pool of ad money available to them is now in decline for the first time, down 0.7% to $111.0bn.

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    #PTELondon @PeerlessAV Exhibits For The First Time

    March 21st, 2019

    Andrew Neale

    As we have written, seemingly ad infinitum over the past month or so, next week’s #PTELondon has gathered a lot of interest in the AV community, and we have already listed those that we know in our world who are exhibiting and speaking. The latest to issue a press release on their taking part is AV technology pioneer Peerless-AV, who will be exhibiting on stand 1132.

    They will be showing a 55” Xtreme™ High Bright Outdoor Display water tank demo alongside a range of indoor and outdoor kiosks for flight information, check in, retail advertising, wayfinding and more.

    Keith Dutch, Managing Director – EMEA, Peerless-AV told us “With the announcement of PTE coming to London for the 25th event, it was a clear decision that we had to be there to present our latest innovations for airport terminals. Our Xtreme displays and kiosk solutions are widely used in the transportation sector to generate revenue and enhance the overall traveller’s experience. Since airport investment is increasing as terminals become the most important traffic, retail and leisure hubs in the world, the business opportunity is significant.”

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    Pikasso Senegal Acquires the Inventory of Doni SA.

    March 21st, 2019

    Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

    Pikasso Senegal announced today that it has acquired the panels and locations of Doni, the third largest OOH advertising company in Senegal.

    The agreement consists in transferring the panel assets to Pikasso Senegal and the 16 employees involved in Out of Home.

    The agreement includes the acquisition of 1,220 faces of 6m2 and 4×3 formats as well as Large Format panels (Portraits, Unipoles, Rooftops, Walls, Gantries and Bridges) located throughout Senegal: in the 18 districts of the Capital Dakar, in 16 towns of the suburbs of Dakar and in 41 cities and towns of 11 regions.

    Thanks to its exemplary political stability, Senegal is one of the most important economic poles of West Africa, and has adopted an ambitious development plan, Plan Senegal Émergent (PSE), aiming at making it an emerging country by 2035. The GDP growth rate was 7% in 2017.

    Antonio Vincenti, Chairman and CEO of Pikasso,told us “I am delighted to have reached this agreement with Mr. El Hadj Niang, a veteran of the OOH industry in Senegal who has built a remarkable advertising network. I have every confidence that his in-depth knowledge of the market, combined with our know-how and best-practice will enable us to contribute to the development of the OOH industry in Senegal. The first step will be to upgrade the full inventory by enhancing the potential of the locations and applying our quality procedures, to ensure high international standards and a world class customer service.”

    El Hadj Niang, Director of Doni, was quoted as saying “Pikasso is bringing the OOH industry in Senegal to the dawn of a new age. This welcome boost to the sector will also serve to embellish the urban living environment, in line with the authorities’ vision of a brighter aesthetic for our country. As a business aiming to serve professionals, it will strive to have a profoundly positive impact on communication.”

    With this acquisition, Pikasso strengthens its presence in West Africa (it is already established in Mali and Ivory Coast) and the group is now present in eight countries.

    It is no surprise then that the Ministry of New Media invited Antonio Vincenti to present in London on Thursday May 16 at the European Out of Home Media Summit. His presentation is titled ‘Building an International OOH Group in Emerging Countries‘. Registration for the summit will be open shortly.

    London Digital Signage Week takes place May 13-17, 2019 and as with its counterpart in New York, the week is for anyone involved with digital signage and interested in retail, employee communications, smart cities, digital out of home and of course digital signage!

    ISE Issues Clarification on AV Integrated Systems India Expo

    March 21st, 2019

    Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

    Last month, Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2019, organised by Integrated Systems Events, drew over 81,000 registered attendees and 1,300 exhibitors to 15 halls at the RAI Amsterdam.

    This consolidated ISE’s position as the world’s largest tradeshow for professional AV and systems integration.

    However, there are some events in the pro AV and systems integration field with which it has no connection, including the AV Integrated Systems Expo Mumbai, or AV-ISE in a shortened format. ISE wishes to make this fact clear to its exhibitors and attendees to ensure that there is no confusion.

    Mike Blackman, Managing Director of Integrated Systems Events said “They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. We put a lot of time, resource and effort into creating a show experience at Integrated Systems Europe that is second to none. We trust that, when deciding whether to attend any given show, AV and systems integration professionals will look beyond the chosen name and make their own judgements.”

    As well as the main ISE show each February, Integrated Systems Events also organises Integrated Systems Russia and a number of conferences that take place during ISE itself.

    Integrated Systems Events also participates with the numerous exhibitions and events produced by its co-owners AVIXA and CEDIA.

    For more details and a full listing of officially produced and supported you can follow these links; ISE, AVIXA and CEDIA events.

    Amtrak Advertising RFP Out Soon

    March 20th, 2019

    Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

    We heard last week in New York about the Amtrak Advertising RFP. Rumor is that it should be issued online in the next three or four days.

    Amtrak are seeking proposals to build out a:

    • Primary Digital Advertising Network: The network is comprised of New York Penn Station, Philadelphia 30th street, Washington DC Union station, Baltimore Penn Station and Chicago Union Station. In total these stations serve 23 million Amtrak customers but actually the exposure for brands is over 200 milion as they also serve commuter lines.
    • Secondary Digital Advertising Network: The network is comprised of nine stations outside of cities — Wilmington, DE., Emeryville, CA., Harrisburg, PA, Lancaster, PA, Route 128 (Westwood), MA., BWI Airport Station, MD., Providence, RI, Lorton, VA., and Sanford, Fl. The network serves five million Amtrak passengers and seven million people in total.

    These two networks can be awarded to one proposer wanting to build a single large network or as two separate networks.

    There is also a request for a proposer to sell ads on board their trains and in their Acela Lounges.

    #PTELondon Passenger Terminal EXPO 2019

    March 19th, 2019

    Russ Curry, Ministry of New Media

    Next week’s #PTELondon has quickly become an AV affair, with many people following in the footsteps of NEC Display Solutions who have been long term exhibitors at the show.

    Passenger Terminal EXPO, the world’s leading international airport conference and exhibition, now in its 25th year, takes place in London next, between March 26-28, 2019 and once again it will provide the most significant opportunity for airports and airlines to debate current issues and form business relationships on a global scale, with 7,350+ people from at least 100+ countries attending each year.

    We note that AVIXA CEO David Labuskes is hosting a session titled ‘The Audiovisual Future of the Passenger Terminal Experience‘ with speakers from Houston Bush International Airport, Miami International Airport, global design and architecture firm Gensler, and multimedia studio Moment Factory (whose audiovisual installations engage travellers from Los Angeles International Airport to Singapore Changi Airport).

    David Labuskes will be joined by Maurice Jenkins, Chief Information Officer of Miami International Airport; Jesus Saenz, Chief Operating Officer of Houston Bush International Airport; Keith Thompson, Principal at Gensler; and Andrew Merkin, Producer at Moment Factory. David told us “I look forward to joining this great group in discussing not only how audiovisual solutions enhance the passenger experience, but also how they can improve operational efficiency and business outcomes. Moment Factory, an AVIXA member company, has been working in some of Skytrax’s top-rated airports. Together, this panel will open eyes to new ways of applying technology to airport design.”

    Exhibitors from our industry include: –

    • NDS are creating the content for the passenger experience and powering many of the displays at the Samsung booth and on the Adecs booth as well.
    • NEC Display Solutions are on stand number 3025
    • PeerlessAV are on stand number 1132
    • Scala are exhibiting in Booth 7130

    The Passenger Terminal CONFERENCE has firmly established itself as the most highly regarded airport conference in the world. It’s an exceptional opportunity to see industry leaders share their innovations, knowledge and insight through a comprehensive and diverse range of conferences and panel discussions. Attracting 1,775+ senior airport, airline, aviation authority, government and related business executives from all over the world, it is THE place where attendees gather to pool information, address concerns, discuss solutions and exchange ideas for the future development of the world’s airports.

    The free-to-attend Passenger Terminal EXHIBITION is the world’s largest annual airport exhibition, covering over 17,000 square metres. It provides a unique opportunity for visitors to see and experience the very latest products, services and technologies, with 300+ exhibitors showcasing the very latest innovations and solutions to enhance efficiency, safety and the passenger experience for airports across the globe.

    The event takes place at ExCel, London between March 26-28, 2019.

    Wall Mural and Hand Painted Signage Company, Mural Painter

    March 19th, 2019

    Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

    Last week in New York, at the NY Build Expo, we met Emily Strauss, Founder & CEO of Mural Painter and several of her team of artists.

    Mural Painter Inc. was established in 2009 and has since expanded to three states and five cities across the nation.

    Today Mural Painter operates two offices in NYC and Los Angeles and provides high quality murals, office art, signage, branding and outdoor advertising for small and large businesses. Their team and business process allows them to deliver high quality hand painting, on time and budget.

    They work very closely with companies such as real estate, interior designers, architects and building developers and are well worth taking a closer look at.