Big Update For Grassfish Platform to V10

July 21st, 2016

Andrew Neale

Grassfish have announced a substantial upgrade for their core CMS platform with the release of version 10. It provides a completely revised user interface for the browser-based system. The work was focused on the changeover from Flash to HTML5 in order to be optimally equipped for future technologies and further expansion.

In addition, V10 comes with a whole series of improvements designed to increase efficiency and usability. By introducing an HTML5 architecture, a marked improvement in the performance of the entire system has been achieved. This is most apparent in the case of very large networks with lots of screens and content.

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HTML5 is not the only a focal point of the user interface; it is also becoming the new standard for the content media used. The HTML Wizard expands the functional scope of V10 by a framework that also enables users without any HTML knowledge to edit HTML content and interactive HTML applications, to exchange media and texts and to change the properties of HTML applications. This feature too is characterized by usability improvements that were given top priority during the development of the new version.

The highlights of Grassfish software V10 include: –

  • HTML5 framework gives a faster version with higher performance
  • Higher performance with regards to large data volumes
  • New player software for better performance, picture quality and transitions
  • Higher efficiency thanks to continuous improvements made during the development process
  • Improvements in usability
  • An HTML Wizard feature for the editing of HTML content and applications

Also new is the use of a player technology, which thanks to its multi-platform base, offers better performance, picture quality and transitions, and the same functional scope of the Grassfish player is supported in both Microsoft Windows and Linux operating systems.

Universal Parks & Resorts Chooses Christie

July 21st, 2016

Maddie Cotterill

Universal Parks & Resorts has entered into a corporate partnership agreement with Christie, which will see Christie delivering the latest projection technologies to Universal Parks & Resorts as the Official Projection System Provider.

The agreement includes Universal Parks & Resorts’ Theme Parks and CityWalk complexes throughout the United States.

Jeff Klaas, Christie’s Vice President of Sales – Americas told us “Universal Parks & Resorts continues to push the limits of technology and innovation, and Christie is honored to have this long-term opportunity to bring its extensive technology and service resources to bear to support the Universal Parks & Resorts’ Theme Parks and CityWalk venues”.

As a Universal Parks & Resorts corporate partner, Christie will be the preferred partner for projectors ordered, purchased, and installed by Universal Parks & Resorts at all domestic controlled venues. Christie will also supply software and professional services in addition to projection technology to Universal Parks & Resorts, helping create customized projection solutions for future attractions.

Encouraging H1 2016 Results 4 @Barco

July 21st, 2016

Russ Curry, Ministry of New Media

Today Barco (Euronext: BAR; Reuters: BARBt.BR; Bloomberg: BAR BB) announced results for the six month period ended June 30, 2016.

Barco_logoBarco president and CEO, Eric Van Zele said “This semester Barco again posted encouraging gains in terms of orders, shipments and profits while the company continued to strengthen its global leadership position in the three core businesses,”.

“Helped by the successful launch of laser and laser phosphor projectors combined with strong sales in China, we continued to consolidate our global lead position in digital cinema. Furthermore the growth momentum we recorded in our corporate segment through the success of our ClickShare product line was remarkable. Last but not least in our Healthcare division we recorded solid gains on all fronts fuelled in part by encouraging progress in terms of network-enabled visualization solutions for the operating room.”

“For the remainder of the year we intend to step up our investments in growth while simultaneously taking a critical look at all our business and ventures to ensure that they can meet our profitability objectives.”

EBITDA for the second half is expected to be similar to the second half of 2015, taking into consideration the increased level of growth investments relative to the first half of the year.

H1 2016 financial highlights included: –

  • Incoming orders at 532.9 million euro (+ 2.0%)
  • Sales at 529.2 million euro (+ 4.5%)
  • Gross profit margin of 35.9% (+ 2.6 ppts)
  • EBITDA of 49.5 million euro (+ 8.9 million euro) or 9.3% of sales (+ 1.3 ppts)
  • EBIT of 24.1 million euro (+ 16.7 million euro) or 4.6% of sales (+ 3.1 ppts)
  • Net income was 18.1 million euro, including a one-time gain on sale of 7.7 million euro

Barco posted sales of 1.029 billion euro in 2015.

Barco will host a conference call with investors and analysts on July 20, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. CET (3:00 am EST), to discuss the results of the first half 2016. Eric Van Zele, CEO, soon to leave Carl Peeters, CFO and Carl Vanden Bussche, IRO, will host the call. An audio cast of this conference call will be available on the Company’s website by 12:30 p.m. Brussels time (6:30 a.m. EST).

9th Annual @DPAAorg Video Everywhere Summit Oct 27

July 20th, 2016

Gail Chiasson, North American Editor

The Digital Place-Based Advertising Association (DPAA) annual Video Everywhere Summit will be held during New York Digital Signage Week on Thursday, Oct. 27 at New York’s iconic Roosevelt Hotel, known as the ‘Grand Dame of Madison Avenue’.

Last year’s Video Everywhere Summit was a sell-out success, made complete with speakers from the likes of Visa, Mastercard, Y&R, Publicis Groupe, Havas, WPP and other leading marketers and agencies.

SUMMIT LOGO 2016“Madison Avenue, the birthplace of advertising, is an apt location for the event since the Summit attracts throngs of brand and agency senior executives across the total advertising spectrum,” says Barry Frey, president and CEO, DPAA.

“Additionally, as a centerpiece of New York Digital Signage Week, the Summit brings together all of the global leaders in digital place-based, digital signage, out-of-home plus ad-tech and other business partners.

“We are once again projecting a sold-out event featuring a lineup of powerful speakers who will share their knowledge, insights and, in some cases, controversial views on digital, OOH and the video landscape.”

The 2016 Video Everywhere agenda is in the works. Anticipated topics include programmatic buying in the digital place-based (DPB) space, the role of DPB in today’s advertising ecosystem, marketers’ use of location data, mobile and DPB, privacy issues, Ted-type talks from industry leaders, case studies from marketers, and more. The 2016 event will once again feature an exhibit area where delegates can gain first-hand knowledge of the latest technologies and opportunities that exist in the DPB space.

Due to the Summit’s impact and increased DPAA membership, many key sponsorships have already been confirmed.

The DPAA has negotiated special room rates at the Roosevelt Hotel for all New York Digital Signage Week attendees. Details on booking accommodations will be available soon.

The organization has seen unprecedented growth over the past year as companies, recognizing the growing influence and potential of DPB media, seek a seat at the table to participate in decisions that will help shape the sector’s future.

Nice @ClearChannelBel 6-Sheet Ruined by Aliens

July 19th, 2016

Russ Curry, Ministry of New Media

Commuters were surprised this week to find a broken Clear Channel billboard in front of the Gent-Sint-Pieters railway station.

Independence Day

The panel partially inserted upside down into the ground is part of the advertising campaign for 20th Century Fox’s new blockbuster Independence Day: Resurgence.

BroadSign Sues T-Rex Property AB

July 19th, 2016

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

At least one digital signage software vendor is fighting back against an alleged / potential patent troll. We note that in the middle of June, BroadSign International, LLC has brought an action for a declaratory judgment against Defendant, T-Rex Property AB in the UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK (1:16-cv-04586).

troll_reggieBroadSign seeks, among other things, a declaratory judgment of non-infringement of U.S. Patent No. RE39,470; U.S. Patent No. 7,382,334 and U.S. Patent No. 6,430,603.

T-Rex Property AB have been pretty active these past 12 months, we wrote briefly about their lawsuit with Zoom Media a few months ago.

In July (after T-Rex Property AB were sued by BroadSign) they (T-Rex Property AB) took action against Four Winds Interactive in the UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS EASTERN DIVISION (1:16-cv-06934).

RMG Networks have also been sued recently.

50 Most Admired Companies of the Year

July 19th, 2016

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

We’re currently taking bets on who in our industry will appear on The Silicon Review magazine‘s ’50 Most Admired Companies of the Year’ list. Why? Well not because anyone we respect has actually earned it but because, according to an email we received from Andrew Jones you can simply buy you way onto the list!

We’ve seen this sort of business practise before. The Silicon Review magazine says that it is a business and technology magazine for tech decision makers and enterprise IT, however, it would seen that their claim (and we quote) to be the “most trusted source of news and information for business professionals” doesn’t quite hold true when yes, their editorial can be BOUGHT for a mere USD 2,500!

I am Andrew from The Silicon Review magazine … It is the most trusted source of news and information for business professionals.

We are glad to inform you that your company has been shortlisted for “50 Most Admired Companies of the Year”. It will be 2 full page in depth feature about your company’s differentiators, products, services, challenges, road map and how the CEO is driving the company with a title 50 Most Admired Companies of the Year with interesting tagline.

_Circulations:_
1) We are going to circulate 70,000 copies of this issue to all decision makers like CEOs, CTOs, CIOs, and other C level executives.
2) It will also circulate to the CXO level of Fortune 5000 companies and also to premium subscribers of The Silicon Review.
3) We are going to do branding and marketing for your company for the duration of 1 whole year by sending this issue via newsletter to all our readers.
4) It will reach to 200 thousand network members.

_Benefits:_
1) Title as a “50 Most Admired Companies of the Year” with interesting photograph of the founder.
2) Two full page in depth feature about your company’s differentiators, products/services, challenges, road map, strength, unique proposition to the customers worldwide and how the CEO is driving the company with very interesting picture and chart-graphs.
3) One full page complimentary press release/article/ Product release anytime that can be used by you.
4) One full page ad anytime that can be used by you.
5) 1 whole month visibility on our website where we have more than 200 thousand network members.
6) I will share with you the high resolution pdf of the profile which you can use for your media circulation and the same you can put on your website also.
7) Two complimentary hard copies of the issue.

Cost: $2500

Integrity? Proper journalism? Honesty? Well all of those were obviously left at the door sometime ago.

Ocean Invites Manchester to Follow #TheHumanSensor

July 19th, 2016

Maddie Cotterill

Live content featuring artist Kasia Molga’s highly anticipated choreographed performance, Human Sensor, in which performers are dressed in wearable technology to detect air pollution levels, will be broadcast across Ocean screens in Manchester city centre this weekend.

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In a partnership with Manchester, European City of Science and Invisible Dust, producers of Human Sensor, Ocean will curate user generated content created during a series of live performances in the City which will reflect how the population is affected by air quality.

During the shows, performers will model hi-tech clothing which is designed to reveal the presence of invisible pollutants to audiences during walks around various Manchester locations. Each walk culminates in a choreographed performance in Sadler’s Yard, NOMA.

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The performances mark the culmination of several months of research by the artist, scientist Professor Frank Kelly and partners, and could lead the way in clothing design amongst urban populations around the world.

Ocean head of screen investment Kevin Henry told us “Through its eye-catching visual performance, The Human Sensor lends itself to curated user generated content from the audience. This will be harnessed by our wifi enabled screens to create a collage of photographs and video which reflect the power of the project both within Manchester and to a wider audience outside of the city”.

Ocean features #TheHumanSensor across The Loop city centre network of wifi enabled screens from July 18th, curating social media walls ahead of the performances on The Printworks and The Screen @Arndale screens from July 23 to July 29.
Social media content will be managed by Ocean’s mobile partner, Wayin.com, who will moderate online conversations via Twitter and videos and images uploaded to Pinterest, Instagram and other channels as they appear across out of home screens.

Alice Sharp, director and curator told us “Invisible Dust are delighted to work with Ocean and Wayin on this exciting opportunity that will drastically increase the reach, engagement and impact of Human Sensor. When I founded the organisation I named it ‘Invisible Dust’ and our mission is to make the invisible visible. We have been raising awareness about dangerously high levels of air pollution for nearly 10 years. I’m very happy the message is finally hitting home and that the world is beginning to wake up to this environmental challenge.”

‘Human Sensor’ is commissioned and produced by Invisible Dust in partnership with Manchester, European City of Science. It is supported by The Wellcome Trust’s Sustaining Excellence Award and Arts Council England.

Guy Phillipson To Step Down as @IABUK CEO

July 19th, 2016

Russ Curry, Ministry of New Media

Guy Phillipson, the Chief Executive of the UK’s Internet Advertising Bureau has announced his intention to step down in January 2017 after 12 years heading the industry body.

Richard Eyre, CBE, Chairman of IAB UK told us “Guy has transformed the IAB, creating a model trade organisation of 1200 businesses which has played a consistent role in building confidence in online marketing. He has achieved this with tenacity, humanity and a lot of laughs. His place in the history of online advertising is assured. We’ll all miss him, but he’s played a blinder”

Since his appointment in January 2005, the UK online advertising industry has experienced rapid growth, from £825m to £8.6bn in 2015, representing a world record 43% of total UK media expenditure. During his time as CEO, Phillipson transformed the IAB to become a valuable, free resource for marketers, encouraging best practice and setting standards for audience measurement, brand safety, and ePrivacy through the global Ad Choices programme.

Guy Phillipson said, “For me, leading the IAB has been the most rewarding and exhilarating job in the world, navigating the growth of video, social, mobile and programmatic advertising – none of which really existed when I took over. But the best part has been recruiting and nurturing a team of top professionals, and working with incredibly bright and supportive member companies right across the global digital industry. So to be moving on at a time when the UK is so far ahead, and digital advertising is a large, vital ingredient to the success of all ad campaigns, is a big decision for me. But the time feels right”.

He also devised and launched the IAB’s Engage conference which endures as the focal point of the year for the digital advertising industry in Britain.

The IAB UK will be considering internal and external applications for the position of CEO, with a view to appointing Phillipson’s successor before the year-end.

Phillipson will stay involved in the media business through advisory and non-executive roles.

JCDecaux’s New Motion@Euston

July 19th, 2016

Maddie Cotterill

JCDecaux has further strengthened its digital portfolio in London by launching a new full-motion, high-impact digital landscape screen at London Euston.

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Spencer Berwin, Co-Chief Executive Officer at JCDecaux UK, told us “London is our global showcase for digital Out-of-Home, a central part of which includes the rollout of premium motion screens in the UK’s busiest stations. Our Motion@Portfolio offers advertisers a high-impact canvas for creative advertising and a unique opportunity to engage a captive, affluent commuter audience.”

The gateway site at London Euston has undergone a transformation to become Motion@Euston, the third motion screen in JCDecaux’s iconic digital Motion@Portfolio, which also includes London Waterloo and London Liverpool Street.

Motion@Euston forms part of JCDecaux’s wider strategy to install flagship full-motion screens in the UK’s busiest stations; with footfall increasing by +8.9% in 2015, London Euston will top the one million weekly footfall mark within the next year.

Motion@Euston will target ABC1 rail commuters as Network Rail completes its £12.5 million investment at London Euston – the screen is situated in clear view of a new balcony area which opens up the station and provides passengers with a new area to relax and eat.

Hamish Kiernan, Director of Retail for Network Rail, said “Our investment at Euston station is improving the experience for the millions of people who use the station every year. The launch of the new digital motion screens in partnership with JCDecaux will further enhance both the overall look of the station, and the way travellers receive information relevant to them. This is all part of our strategy to create stations that are destinations in their own right, providing great places for people to meet, eat, shop and travel.”

The first advertisers utilising the new premium digital format Motion@Euston are Huawei and music streaming service Deezer, whose campaign features a message specific to the Euston location. Media buying was handled by Kinetic.