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Tech giant Cisco has reached a significant milestone in its digital signage expansion, and claimed a top slot in the digital signage market.

Cisco earlier this week announced that it has reached 3,000 customer deployments of its digital signage technology. Cisco also announced that a forthcoming digital signage market report from Frost & Sullivan names Cisco as the worldwide market-share leader in digital signage software.

The digital signage market will increasingly play a critical role in Cisco’s broader strategy around the delivery of pervasive video, as signage will be one of the major endpoints capable of transforming the communication and collaboration experience for consumers and enterprises alike, according to a spokeswoman for the company.

Joining the digital signage market in 2007, Cisco was named the new worldwide market-share leader in digital signage software by Frost & Sullivan in the firm’s forthcoming report, “World Digital Signage Systems Market,” according to the announcement from Cisco.

To date, Cisco digital signage solutions are broadly deployed in 85 countries, with customers across a variety of industries including retail, financial services, hospitality, education, health care and sports and entertainment, among others.

Cisco also announced several additional customers to add to their collection: luxury hotel property JW Marriott; West Texas A&M University; France’s largest banking institution, Crédit Agricole Nord de France; Melbourne International Airport; and the leading provider of integrated electronic communications services in Cyprus, Cyprus Telecommunications Authority.

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At Digital Signage Expo 2011 in Las Vegas today, Planar Systems Inc. unveiled a new, 82-inch addition to its growing lineup of digital signage displays.

Planar is showcasing the new 82-inch LCD display at its booth in the Las Vegas Convention Center, highlighting its design features aimed at making service easy while also keeping the display secure.

The Planar d82L also features what the company said is the slimmest profile in its category, easy-access electronics and advanced networking and controls, along with high visual performance and reliability.

“The Planar d82L is uniquely tailored to reduce installation and maintenance costs for digital signage applications,” Jennifer Davis, vice president of marketing for Planar Systems, said in an announcement.

Planar focused on some key features of the new display:

  • Public spaces: With a slim depth of only 3.9 inches, the Planar d82L complies with Americans with Disabilities (ADA) clearance requirements for public buildings, and maximizes valuable space in crowded concourses and other public venues. The industrial, metal design and protective glass shield make the Planar d82L suitable for high-traffic public spaces.
  • Easy access: The Planar d82L’s AccessConsole provides lockable, flip-panel access to electronics directly above the screen. Most components can be replaced without the inconvenience and cost of replacing the entire LCD.
  • Smart storage and controls: The integrated MediaMount offers convenient, secure storage for media players and other hardware inside the AccessConsole. The built-in network and RS-232 controls make it possible to remotely monitor and manage settings.
  • 24×7 reliability: Redundant power ensures uninterrupted operation if one supply fails. The distributed electronics architecture reduces potential heat-related wear on the commercial-grade LCD panel.
  • Streamlined installation: Separate LCD and AccessConsole modules simplify installation. The heaviest module weighs 70 pounds less than the next lightest comparable display on the market, according to Planar.

A lightweight, flexible display technology, which InAVate reported on last year, has emerged into marketplace. The creator, Georgia based NanoLumens, will launch a 112” model at Las Vegas’ Digital Signage Expo, February 23 – 25. The display weighs approximately 40kg, is only one inch thick and extremely energy efficient. It is also so flexible it can be rolled up for transportation.

The NanoLumens product, mounted high above the exhibition hall entrance, will greet visitors as they enter the Digital Signage Expo (DSE) at the Las Vegas Convention Centre.

Richard Cope, CEO of NanoLumens, said the screen, which can be used to wrap columns or follow the contours of a bend, was “as thin as a candy bar, used less energy than a coffeemaker and could be hung from the ceiling like a work of art.”

The company’s president, John Wilson said although NanoLumens was launching the 112” product the company could build the screen in practically any shape or size. He told InAVate that NanoLunmens had provided quotes for many custom solutions including a16ft x 60ft screen.

“We will be shipping in the states by the end of Q1,” he continued. “We have already been approached by around 30 companies across the globe wanting to work with us on the distribution of our product and expect to have availability in other regions by the end of the summer.”

He added that the company had been overwhelmed by the demand for the product. “We didn’t appreciate fully the depth of the market that wanted a product that was both lightweight and energy efficient,” he mused.

The display operates at between 500 and 1,000 nits so is suited to shop window applications where daylight would make some other technologies redundant. Wilson says the company is already talking to advertising agencies regarding this application.

Here is some videos for your viewing pleasure !!

Here is a great video that really shows the interactivity of the video walls at the new Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery

The WID project has been an incredible journey and it’s such a rewarding feeling to see the final results,” says Sévan Dalkian, president, Float4 interactive, Montreal. “When we started, the building was still in construction and I remember having to wear construction goggles and helmet”.

“The area is now simply stunning and the multi megapixels interactive installations are seamlessly blended within the architecture and bring the whole place to life. What we enjoyed the most out of everything was the friendly atmosphere and the amazing collaboration effort where everyone involved were doing their best for the success of this high tech project. “

While i was searching youtube for a projection system i found something very interesting.

A company named Obscura has created for Google the worlds largest video dome

It is the largest multi channel video environment ever created. They used 11 Christie 20,000 lumen projectors to create seamless video on over 12,000 square feet of surface area.

This dome was 90 feet across and stood over 50 feet high. They shot stills and video that was played back throught their 4K playback decks. Take a look at the video. It’s amazing…

 

According to aka.tv, it’s been announced that Sanyo will not renew its signage contract at its famous Piccadilly Circus site in London, which opens up the opportunity for a new advertiser to move in.

It’s the first time in more than 30 years that the space occupied by the Sanyo sign has been available, and it’s likely to be replaced by “a state-of-the-art LED screen,” according to sign owners Land Securities.

Tel Aviv, Israel — Digital signage software solutions provider C-nario and digital signage and media management integrator CTV have announced that they have completed a country-wide digital signage network at Israel Discount Bank, Israel’s third largest bank. The network is based on C-nario Messenger, C-nario’s flagship digital signage platform.

The new network is C-nario and CTV’s largest joint project in the banking industry. Previously, both companies collaborated on a digital signage project at Israel Mercantile Bank.

The network includes the bank’s headquarters and 140 branches. Each branch has between one and six screens, and may receive various combinations of video and audio channels, based on its location and various other criteria. The Network Operations Center (NOC) is operated by CTV and is located at CTV’s headquarters.

Content is generated mainly by CTV, and partially by the bank. Content includes marketing information promoting the bank and its services, atmosphere clips, music channels and external resources – such as news feeds from the Web and from Israel’s Channel 2 TV, broadcast four times a day.

In addition to customer-oriented content, the bank’s digital signage network includes internal communications and e-learning programs. Once a week, the bank produces an internal news program for employees.

“The digital signage network enables us to communicate better with our customers, providing them with updated information about the bank’s various services and programs,” the bank’s advertising and marketing manager, Roni Peled, said in the announcement. “The network helps us stay competitive and meet our business challenges, using advanced technologies.”