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Black Box launches Digital Signage Certification Program

Black Box launches Digital Signage Certification Program

Accredited on-line course designed to help system integrators and technology resellers understand and succeed with digital signage.

PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA, September 14, 2010 — Black Box Corporation (NASDAQ:BBOX), an industry-leading provider of voice communications, data infrastructure, and product solutions, announced today the launch of its new Digital Signage Certification Program for qualified system integrator and reseller partners.

The program includes a free accredited on-line course designed to give integrators and resellers the framework and foundation to succeed in the digital signage space. Participants, upon successfully completing the course, earn four renewal (CEU) credits toward their InfoComm Certified Technology Specialist (CTS®) certification as well as a number of Black Box incentives.

“Digital signage is one of the fastest-growing segments of the commercial AV and IT industry,? said Steve Acquista, Director of Digital Signage for Black Box. “To help our channel partners grow their business in this segment, we collaborated with Brawn Consulting in the development of this on-line digital signage course.?

The challenge for today’s integrators and resellers who want to enter into this space is one of immersion, Acquista said. “They really need a concentrated way to gain a full understanding of what digital signage is really all about. It’s because of this need that we felt it necessary to offer a comprehensive educational program to help them understand the digital signage market and what’s required to be successful at it,? he said.

The self-directed, four-hour course covers, in part:
• An overview of digital signage as well as the individual segments that make up the industry.
• An overview of the digital signage marketplace reflected in research and data.
• The seven key elements of digital signage.
• Understanding digital signage customers and applications.
• How to perform a needs analysis (who, what, when, and where).
• The fundamentals of effective digital signage system design.
• The locations and environments of digital signage.
• The essentials of digital signage hardware and software, and how to select vendors.
• The types of digital signage networks.
• The sources and types of digital signage content.
• Fees and service models for digital signage.
• Digital signage ROI/TCO/ROO.
• How to sell value in digital signage.

Integrators and resellers interested in taking Black Box’s Digital Signage Certification Program can apply at http://www.blackbox.com/go/DSCP or call one of the company’s Digital Signage Success Managers at 724-873-6553.

About Black Box
Black Box Network Services is a leading digital signage and multimedia solutions provider, serving 175,000 clients in 141 countries with 194 offices throughout the world. Black Box offers more than 118,000 products including media players and digital signage appliances for plug-and-play implementation of high-impact signage. The company’s premier digital signage offering, iCOMPEL™, gives businesses and institutions an affordable, easy way to set up high-impact signage. Black Box also offers LCD and plasma displays; assorted AV extenders, splitters, switches, and converters; as well as cabinets, cables, and data infrastructure products. All products are backed by free, live, 24/7 Tech Support, which customers can reach at 724-746-5500 or at blackbox.com. Black Box is also known as the world’s largest technical services company dedicated to designing, building, and maintaining today’s complicated data and voice infrastructure systems. Black Box® and the Double Diamond logo are registered trademarks, and iCOMPEL is a trademark, of BB Technologies, Inc. Any other third-party trademarks appearing in this press release are acknowledged to be the property of their respective owners.

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