DOCOMO and Dentsu Launch LIVE BOARD, Inc.

January 16th, 2019

Tristan Cotterill

NTT DOCOMO Inc. and Dentsu Inc. have agreed to establish LIVE BOARD, Inc., a new company engaged in the sales of digital advertising space that will leverage the management resources of both companies, manage Digital-Out-Of-Home distribution platforms and develop advertising media. The new company will be launched in February 2019. Ichiro Jinnai is the new President and CEO.

The press release stated that the objectives behind the establishment of the new company include; leveraging the respective assets and knowhow of DOCOMO, which has marketing data for mobile phones and a variety of services, and Dentsu, Japan’s leader in advertising transactions and performance, the two companies aim to resolve current OOH advertising issues and promulgate and expand DOOH business adding new value including linkage with smartphones by realising the provision of OOH viewing data and automating advertising transactions.

This new business will build and operate an online platform enabling multiple advertisers to purchase space across numerous DOOH media, conducting advertising space sales based on impressions. We are told that this is a first for Japan in the DOOH market. It will also conduct advertising space sales optimised in accordance with targets by utilising population distribution statistic ‘Mobile Spatial Statistics’ data based on DOCOMO mobile phone network operating data and visualising the number of people according to gender, age and other categories for each segment that were in the vicinity of the advertising placement for each day of the week and time slot.

It also aims to develop and provide advertising products with new added value, including interactive linkage between DOOH and smartphones carried by people nearby.

The announcement stats that that via the establishment of this new company, DOCOMO and Dentsu will launch a full-fledged DOOH market in Japan and create the foundation for a new advertising business.

Rotterdam Street Furniture Win For @JCDecauxNL

January 15th, 2019

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

JCDecaux S.A. (Euronext Paris: DEC), the number one outdoor advertising company worldwide, announced this week that its Dutch subsidiary, JCDecaux Netherlands, has been awarded a new 11 year (8+3) exclusive contract for all analogue and digital advertising street furniture in Rotterdam, following a competitive tender.

Jean-Francois Decaux, Co-CEO of JCDecaux, said “We are very pleased to continue to be Rotterdam’s exclusive partner for all advertising street furniture. This new contract will pave the way for increasing the digitisation of our prime advertising street furniture network in the important Randstad area which covers Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague. It will also provide full motion advertising which we successfully launched in Amsterdam in 2015 enabling both advertisers and the City to use the full creative potential of our HD 86” screens.”

This new contract includes 242 2m² analogue and digital panels, 52 of which have the possibility to display full-motion advertising, as well as a maximum of 78 6,5m² panels. It does not include the bus/tram advertising shelters which JCDecaux operates under the RET contract awarded in May 2017.

#ISE2019 @Signagelive What To Expect, 8-C430, Hall 8

January 15th, 2019

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

Signagelive will once again be exhibiting at #ISE2019, on February 5-8, 2019, their stand will be located at 8-C430, Hall 8, and has been designed to showcase the use of their platform to deliver solutions for retail and workplace (internal) communications.

Signagelive would like to invite their partners, resellers and end users, including both existing and future customers, to come on a journey with them on their stand. They will be showing how digital signage is beneficial for workplace communications and retail as well as many other verticals.

Effective Workplace Communications have been proven to be directly tied to increasing employee engagement and as a result, increase productivity and company’s revenue.

Retailers need to be ahead of the game as they are currently facing many challenges from online and discount retailers, we will be exhibiting how digital signage has a major role to play to increase commercial results.

Signagelive will be demonstrating how customers can use Signagelive’s cloud-based software platform throughout their business from customer-facing retail digital signage and breakroom communications, through to visualising company data on sales floors, showing KPIs in manufacturing and warehousing, and innovative reception areas.

To book a meeting with the Signagelive team click here.

#ISE2019 Bart Kresa’s Sviatovid Projection Sculpture Debut

January 15th, 2019

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

In a press release entitled ‘Panasonic Business and Integrated Systems Europe are joining forces to bring Bart Kresa’s newest projection mapping showpiece to ISE 2019’, show organisers Integrated Systems Europe quietly slipped in the news that projection artist Bart Kresa will also present the #ISE2019 opening address on February 4, 2019 – replacing Ambarish Mitra, the co-founder and CEO of augmented reality technology company Blippar that slipped into administration in December 2018.

The projection mapping showpiece Sviatovid, is a faceted, five metre tall projection sculpture, and we are told is the successor to the iconic Shogyo Mujo, which debuted at the Burning Man Festival in Black Rock Desert, Nevada, USA in 2014.

The press release states that the new sculpture is set to create a new benchmark in audio visual art and will be illuminated through 360° in True 4K using four Panasonic PT-RQ32 4K, 30,000lm laser projectors.

Sviatovid will be on display outside Hall 1 and 2 (Entrance K) throughout #ISE2019 at the RAI, Amsterdam and following the event, the sculpture will find residence at the Centre for the Meeting of Cultures in Lublin, Poland.

#ISE2019 @SmartsignManage Booth: 15-N245

January 15th, 2019

Andrew Neale

At #ISE2019, Smartsign will unveil their latest version of Smartsign Manager Pro and other Add-ons.

You will be able to find them as last year in Hall 15 Booth: 15-N245

New Digital Signage Organisation (Effectively) Replaces @DSF_Europe

January 15th, 2019

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

Announced this week was what we told you would happen last week – namely the formation of the Digital Signage Organisation (DSO), a new association aimed at supporting the European Digital Signage industry and effectively killing off and replacing Digital Signage Federation Europe.

Almost three years ago, (February 2016) saw the Digital Signage Federation announce that it had finalised a working relationship with the organisation formerly known as OVAB Europe, which became Digital Signage Federation Europe at the time of the announcement and supposedly became an independent affiliate of the DSF proper.

DSO’s President is Simon Jackson, Vice President, Strategic & Vertical Sales EMEA, NEC Display Solutions (previously of course) President of Digital Signage Federation Europe.

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Southampton, 12th City For @OceanOutdoorUK

January 15th, 2019

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

Premium out-of-home media owner Ocean has won an exclusive long-term contract with Southampton City Council to provide a 100 percent roadside, city centre large format advertising screens solution to the city.

Following a competitive tender, Ocean will replace and upgrade the council’s existing roadside billboards with enhanced digital screens designed to grow council revenues, drive environmental standards and improve aesthetics for the city. Under the terms of the contract, Ocean can develop up to 10 digital locations.

Southampton gives Ocean its 12th city win and continues the expansion of its digital out-of-home portfolio into key cities across the country.

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#ISE2019 Digital Cinema Summit – Transforming the Moviegoing Experience

January 15th, 2019

Tristan Cotterill

There’s a really good speaker line-up for Digital Cinema Summit ISE featuring as it does, top digital cinema technology authorities from around the world.

DCS ISE aims to address a range of key issues facing professionals in all areas of the motion picture industry. Created by Digital Cinema Report in conjunction with Integrated Systems Europe, the event has been designed to put digital cinema technology centre stage.

It takes place: –

Date: 6 February 2019
Time: 14:00 – 18:00 hrs
Event Venue: Hotel Okura Amsterdam

More information ca be found here.

Collaboration Week New York, Feb 25-27, 2019

January 15th, 2019

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

The IMCCA, a leading voice for the UCC (Unified Conferencing and Collaboration) industry for more than 20 years, this week announced that they will be honoring Snorre Kjesbu and Jason McGraw with special Lifetime Achievement – Emerging Technology Fellow Awards as part of their three-day series of events focusing on new and exciting solutions and trends in the UCC space.

Collaboration Week New York is scheduled for February 25-27, 2019 and on the Monday evening, at the opening Gala Dinner, Mr. Kjesbu and Mr. McGraw will receive their awards.

  • Snorre Kjesbu has been the driving force behind first Tandberg’s and then Cisco’s collaboration hardware line-up for over fifteen years. Under his leadership, the Tandberg and Cisco endpoints gained a reputation for being the most advanced and most reliable collaboration hardware ever made. In addition to his technical prowess, Snorre ensured he kept the lines of communication with his customers open, presenting and networking at many industry events. Snorre is leaving the collaboration space to take a leadership role with Bang and Olufsen beginning in March.
  • Jason McGraw – formerly known as @InfoCommShowGuy on Twitter – has been the leader behind the annual InfoComm exposition for twenty-five years. Every aspect of the event was managed and executed under his watchful eyes. It’s rare in our industry to find an individual in such a role that is as universally respected and appreciated as Jason. His expertise includes everything from the AV and collaboration technology that was displayed to the unique skill set involved in ‘herding the cats’ every year. Jason departed the AVIXA team at the end of 2018.

Carol Zelkin, Executive Director, IMCCA told us “The IMCCA has been honoring the best and the brightest in our space as Emerging Technology Fellows since 2017. It is our privilege to recognize Snorre and Jason as two individuals who not only meet this criteria, but who have directly driven our industry to amazing heights through their individual achievements and leadership.” said It is our pleasure to give both of them the kudos they deserve as they leave our industry – hopefully temporarily – to pursue their future endeavors.”

The Gala Dinner takes place as part of The IMCCA’s first annual Collaboration Week NY, which will offer exciting opportunities for end users, integrators, consultants and manufacturers. The three-day event takes attendees to actual end user and manufacturer sites to see first-hand how UCC solutions are utilized. Additionally, on site panel discussions on topics of interest will be featured, as well as opportunities to network.

To learn more about Collaboration Week NY and sponsorship opportunities, contact Carol Zelkin, Executive Director at 516-818-8184 or email at czelkin@imcca.org.

The Collaboration Week program and registration links are available here.

ONELAN Achieves AVI-SPL Preferred Partner Status

January 14th, 2019

Andrew Neale

ONELAN, a global leader in digital visual communications, has been selected as a recipient of AVI-SPL’s prestigious Preferred Partner status, the only digital signage solutions provider to have achieved this accolade.

ONELAN was selected due its reputation for providing exceptional and robust digital signage solutions to its global customer base, with world-class presales and post-sale support.

As one of the largest technology solution providers, AVI-SPL only selects the best manufacturers in the industry to work with, and so carefully considers many factors when adding a Preferred Partner.

AVI-SPL’s Senior Vice President of Global Procurement Patrick Hannon commented: “We’re excited to add ONELAN to our Preferred Partner program. With their combination of innovative products and superb service, they’ll be a valuable addition to our global partner network, and most importantly, to our customers.”

Hugh Coghill-Smith, ONELAN Chief Commercial Officer added; “We’re privileged to have been invited to be an AVI-SPL Preferred Partner. Having worked on a number of strategic level projects together, we look forward to the mutual benefits we can bring to our customers as well as both of our organisations.”

ONELAN is a Uniguest company, a global leader in the development and management of enterprise grade technology solutions for digital visual communication, including applications such as digital signage, wayfinding, data visualization and meeting room bookings. ONELAN’s robust, interactive solutions offer scalability and relevance across multiple market sectors, simplifying complex or diverse messages visualized on any device or display.