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YCD Multimedia Appoints Eran Sharon Vice President of Product Management

New York, July 8, 2013 – YCD Multimedia, a leading global provider of smart digital media solutions, today announced the appointment of Eran Sharon as Vice President of Product Management. Eran becomes the newest member of YCD’s US team and will oversee the firm’s product offering and strategy worldwide.

Having worked in technical and executive capacities both in the US and Israel over the past 15 years, Eran brings extensive and diverse experience designing, implementing and supervising the execution of audiovisual and media technology systems for various markets including experiential/luxury retail, luxury hospitality, museum, and broadcast. Eran comes to YCD after six years at Audio Video & Controls (AV&C), a New York City based boutique AV design firm where Eran’s work was characterized by successful application of emerging technologies in conjunction with AV best practices to deliver complex projects in these markets.

Prior to that, Eran held Technology Director roles at MSL (an NYC-based brand marketing agency) and ITA (operator of edutainment-themed simulated ride attractions). He was a Designer and Project Manager at C-nario (Digital Signage company, acquired by YCD in 2011), and was COO of MTVS (an Israeli broadcast and production firm).

Eran holds a B.Sc. in Industrial Management from Coventry University, an MBA in International Marketing from Heriot Watt University (Edinburgh Business School), and several industry certifications.

“We are delighted to have Eran join our management team,” said Noam Levavi, YCD’s CEO. “Eran’s experience and expertise will provide a great contribution to YCD and will help us fulfill our global strategy and strengthen the position of our product in a continuously evolving market. His professionalism and extensive technical background will help us build state-of-the-art tailored solutions around the business needs and challenges of today’s retailer”.

“I am excited to join YCD and look forward to working together with the team, forging ahead with products and services to strengthen our position in the marketplace. Ours is a competitive landscape, but also one which I strongly feel bears great opportunity to those who effectively harness technology, knowledge of consumer behavior and retail best practices to influence the type of products and services customers can benefit from. We have a group of extremely talented people of which I am now fortunate to now call myself a part.”

About YCD Multimedia

YCD Multimedia is an industry leader providing corporations and organizations worldwide with advanced digital media solutions and applications within the retail environment, as well as other industries. YCD’s flexible platforms help businesses attract clients, reinforce branding and ensure a measurable impact on their business. YCD’s end-to-end offering combines strategy, professional services and technology to increase profits, optimize product mix and enhance the customer experience. To date, the company has partnered with over 2,000 customers, including Fortune 500 corporations and some of the world’s most recognized brands, such as Burger King, Coca-Cola, Toyota, Estee Lauder, Ferrari, Cartier, and Diesel. Founded in 1999, YCD Multimedia is headquartered in the United States with offices in the United Kingdom and Israel, and has an international network of resellers serving clients around the globe. In October 2011 YCD acquired C-nario, a global provider of digital signage software solutions. For more information, visit www.ycdmultimedia.com

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Telecom Italia Selects YCD Multimedia’s Digital Signage Platform for Its Flagship Store at Rome’s International Airport

New York, July 1, 2013 – YCD Multimedia, a leading global provider of smart digital media solutions, has announced that Telecom Italia, Italy’s leading telecom operator, selected YCD’s digital signage platform to implement an innovative customer experience for its new flagship store at Fiumicino – Leonardo da Vinci, Rome’s International Airport. The project, managed by DOOH.IT, a longstanding YCD partner, is made of a digital multimedia ecosystem that includes video walls, kiosks and interactive applications. The project aims at changing traditional customer’s relationship in order to make it more engaging.

The airport project’s store is designed to create a unique experience for the customer. Inside the space of a digital atrium customers can experience contents ranging from entertainment, advertising and promotion, to brand video and tablet-based resources. Telecom Italia’s customer is surrounded by a complete brand experience with multiple digital displays. The airport’s store is a Telecom Italia’s communications network showcase, where the customer is connected through sound, motion, information and visualization.

The flagship store is divided into various areas, communicating specific messages, such as brand promotion, special offers, services and more. At certain times during the day displays are synchronized, delivering the value of shared communication. All of the in-store content is provided along with the Telecom Italia’s current advertising and commercial campaigns.

“The Telecom Italia flagship store at Fiumicino – Leonardo da Vinci Airport represents a unique innovative digital store concept, strengthening our brand image as an advanced company at the forefront of technology, using it with the aim of closing the gap between the customer and the company,” said Grazia Butera, Telecom Italia Consumer Communication BTL manager. “The ability to provide the customer with interactive information and spectacular, entertaining content creates a unique experience. Real-time updates and content distribution are the basis of our efficiency effort and of our desire to provide the client with the latest information.”

“The project at Telecom Italia’s flagship store reflects the inherent experiential depth of in-store digital multimedia and its contribution to the relationship between the customer and the vendor,” said Noam Levavi, YCD’s CEO. “The ability to combine essential information with innovative brand experience, creates an atmosphere where shopping is about more than just a purchase alone.”

“Digital Out Of Home communication really gets to the next level when you have a chance to work with the brand from the very beginning, designing together the experience delivered to the target” said Roberto Vogliolo, DOOH.IT’s CEO. “This is exactly what happened with Telecom Italia’s flagship store project, where technology has been perfectly integrated with the creative communication concept.”

DOOH.IT, an Italian company specializing in designing and installing digital signage networks has coordinated the entire installation. The screens and content are managed remotely by YCD|CMS from DOOH.IT headquarters in Turin.

Alkemy digital_enabler, an Italian independent digital agency, was responsible for the creative concept design and content development.

About YCD Multimedia

YCD Multimedia is an industry leader providing corporations and organizations worldwide with advanced digital media solutions and applications within the retail environment, as well as other industries. YCD’s flexible platforms help businesses attract clients, reinforce branding and ensure a measurable impact on their business. YCD’s end-to-end offering combines strategy, professional services and technology to increase profits, optimize product mix and enhance the customer experience. To date, the company has partnered with over 2,000 customers, including Fortune 500 corporations and some of the world’s most recognized brands, such as Burger King, Coca-Cola, Toyota, Estee Lauder, Ferrari, Cartier, and Diesel. Founded in 1999, YCD Multimedia is headquartered in the United States with offices in the United Kingdom and Israel, and has an international network of resellers serving clients around the globe. In October 2011 YCD acquired C-nario, a global provider of digital signage software solutions. For more information, visit www.ycdmultimedia.com

About Telecom Italia

Telecom Italia develops technological innovations that upgrade traditional voice and data services to advanced telecommunication services, along with state-of-the-art ICT and media solutions: tools that allow both for the Company’s and the country’s growth.

The Group’s main brands Telecom Italia, TIM, MTV and Olivetti – are familiar to the public and a guarantee for reliability and skill.

Closeness to the customer linked with technological innovation are distinctive features of the Group, along with a streamlined organization focusing on quality of the service and transparency of the offers, CRM and research activity in the Telecom Italia laboratories.

Adding to its domestic leadership, the Group operates in LatAm: in Brasil through TIM Brasil and in Argentina and Paraguay through Telecom Argentina. For more information, visit www.telecomitalia.com

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YCD Multimedia Announces Retail Advertising and Merchandising Platform Version 5 (RAMP 5) and New RAMP HTML5 Player

New York, June 21, 2013 – YCD Multimedia, a leading global provider of smart digital media solutions, today announced the release of YCD|RAMP 5 – the next generation of the company’s proprietary Retail Advertising and Merchandising Platform (RAMP). This new version combines robust campaign management capabilities with HTML5 support.

YCD|RAMP 5 brings RAMP’s flexibility, scalability and ease of use to the next level with the introduction of HTML5 templates and a brand new “run anywhere” RAMP HTML5 Player. HTML5 templates open up a world of dynamic and flexible content creation options. With the RAMP HTML5 Player, campaigns and menu boards can now be displayed on most devices and browsers supporting HTML5. Together, the two help businesses harness the growing popularity and powerful capabilities of HTML5 to create engaging experiences faster and easier, more cost-effectively and – as a result – more frequently.

Product updates, new campaigns and advertisements can be quickly and easily managed using RAMP’s intuitive interface, capable of differentiating price and promotion by location and time. These can then be sent to one, some or all locations using presets to ensure that each location receives and deploys relevant updates on time. Individual store managers or local regional managers can manage corporate-authorized campaign slots and make real-time updates based on local criteria such as weather, events/promotions, or inventory levels.

YCD|RAMP 5 maintains all existing functionality that was developed specifically for marketing workflows; it allows retailers to create, manage and deliver branded marketing campaigns and product promotions across their entire retail chain. Marketing teams can easily deploy branded templates that can be used with in-store multimedia content and display arrangements that work to attract, assist, inform and promote. Configuration types can include menu boards, point-of-sale impulse and brand loyalty displays.

“YCD|RAMP 5 meets the market’s requirement for more scalable and open solutions,” said Noam Levavi, YCD’s CEO. “The new version is optimized to further enhance RAMP as a marketing tool to meet the specific business objectives of retailers. I see this as a way to help corporate marketers improve business processes, as well as to establish a tool set that will improve the management of marketing campaigns, making them more targeted, more efficient and more effective, in a way that creates measurable results for the bottom-line.”

About YCD Multimedia

YCD Multimedia is an industry leader providing corporations and organizations worldwide with advanced digital media solutions and applications within the retail environment, as well as other industries. YCD’s flexible platforms help businesses attract clients, reinforce branding and ensure a measurable impact on their business. YCD’s end-to-end offering combines strategy, professional services and technology to increase profits, optimize product mix and enhance the customer experience. To date, the company has partnered with over 2,000 customers, including Fortune 500 corporations and some of the world’s most recognized brands such as Burger King, Coca-Cola, Toyota, Estee Lauder, Ferrari, Cartier, and Diesel. Founded in 1999, YCD Multimedia is headquartered in the United States with offices in the United Kingdom and Israel, and has an international network of resellers serving clients around the globe. In October 2011 YCD acquired C-nario, a global provider of digital signage software solutions. For more information, visit www.ycdmultimedia.com

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Bowlmor Transforms Bowling into Exciting Entertainment with YCD and ScreenPlay Technologies

New York, June 14, 2013 – YCD Multimedia, a leading global provider of smart digital signage solutions, today announced that Bowlmor, one of the most successful bowling concepts in the US, has started to install an innovative platform in its venues that provides on-screen music and video entertainment. The project aims to create a more show-like and fun dance club atmosphere where the game is combined with visual effects and music, according to the audience’s taste. The rich media environment also makes the bowling centers a great place to host private parties and events.

The innovative system, ScreenCast, developed by ScreenPlay Entertainment, is based on YCD’s content management solution (YCD|CMS) and YCD’s automated and fully synchronized audio and video player (YCD|Player). The first system was installed at Bowlmor’s bowling center in Union Square, New York, a second in Bethesda, Maryland followed by Strike in Miami. Each location is equipped with numerous huge screens, creating a unique, unprecedented audio-visual wow experience.

The ScreenCast system gives the bowling center’s managers complete control through an intuitive touchscreen interface, enabling them to become “instant experts” on building custom programs, scheduling dayparts, and system administration. Bowling center managers can create their own playlists from ScreenPlay’s massive music video library, or use ScreenPlay’s programmers to deliver tailor-made playlists for general audiences, specific crowds or events.

“Everything is working perfectly here in the Bethesda bowling alley, and I am extremely happy with the product,” said Tony D’Angelo, General Manager of Bowlmor in Bethesda.

“It’s really encouraging to see another customer getting the results they need from a YCD-based solution,” said Noam Levavi, YCD’s CEO. “This project is a great example of how digital multimedia works to create an experience that fits a brand and provides a sensory-rich experience for the customer. Bowlmor’s managers can be in complete control of what’s happening and can manage the style of the environment to enhance a particular event or circumstance.”

“Music and the content that’s on your screens are two of the most defining elements of a venue’s atmosphere,” said Keri Maxwell, General Manager, ScreenPlay Entertainment. “With YCD’s software, combined with our solution, service and experience, we are able to provide Bowlmor with compelling on-screen content and pitch-perfect music, as well as content management capabilities, allowing a totally customizable experience depending on event, crowd or theme.”

About YCD Multimedia

YCD Multimedia is an industry leader providing corporations and organizations worldwide with advanced digital media solutions and applications within the retail environment, as well as other industries. YCD’s flexible platforms help businesses attract clients, reinforce branding and ensure a measurable impact on their business. YCD’s end-to-end offering combines strategy, professional services and technology to increase profits, optimize product mix and enhance the customer experience. To date, the company has partnered with over 2,000 customers, including Fortune 500 corporations and some of the world’s most recognized brands, such as Burger King, Coca-Cola, Toyota, Estee Lauder, Ferrari, Cartier, and Diesel. Founded in 1999, YCD Multimedia is headquartered in the United States with offices in the United Kingdom and Israel, and has an international network of resellers serving clients around the globe. In October 2011 YCD acquired C-nario, a global provider of digital signage software solutions. For more information, visit www.ycdmultimedia.com

About Bowlmor

With headquarters in New York City, Bowlmor operates upscale bowling and entertainment venues that specialize in corporate and team building events, private parties, fundraisers, and social events, as well as offer walk-in retail bowling. Bowlmor creates imaginative, exciting, and memorable entertainment that features high-end, stylish bowling in a chic, modern lounge setting. Bowlmor locations have often earned several hundred thousand dollars per lane per year, making it one of the best performing bowling facility operators in North America.

About ScreenPlay

Founded in 1989 and headquartered in Seattle, Washington, ScreenPlay is the source of the largest music video library licensed for business. Representing hundreds of labels, new content is acquired daily and you won’t find a larger back catalog anywhere in the word. Over 9,000 locations receive ScreenPlay content monthly. We seek technology partners who allow us to deliver the content on the most innovated platforms available. ScreenPlay is a highly client focused company and we aim to provide the best customer service in the business. Our clients include Fox and Hound, Silver Jeans, Hard Rock Café, Norwegian Cruise Lines and many others.

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YCD Multimedia and Mobile Bridge Leverage Digital Signage and Accelerate ROI

New York – January 28, 2013. YCD Multimedia, a global leading provider of smart digital signage solutions, today announced that it will collaborate with Mobile Bridge, a provider of targeted mobile marketing solutions, to extend digital signage beyond the boundaries of screens and video walls – into mobile devices. The combined solution will allow users to capture digital signage content, use it for their own benefit, as well as spread it virally to others. The combined solution will be introduced at ISE (Integrated Systems Europe), to be held January 29-31, 2013 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and will be showcased at YCD’s booth (#N116, Hall 10).

The seamless extension, using QR codes and NFC tags, strongly accelerates ROI of signage without changing marketing methodology. The combined YCD-Mobile Bridge solution will remind users of offers, coupons, and deals on time, and at the exact location (according to GPS). They will even be rewarded for sharing it with their friends on Facebook, Twitter, or via NFC.

The content delivered from the digital signs to the mobile devices includes coupons, vouchers, punch cards, offers, games, raffles, scratch cards, product catalogs, menus, 3D views, recipes, photos, videos, news, company info and more.

“The combined YCD-Mobile Bridge solution turns customers into ‘brand ambassadors’, increasing customer loyalty and satisfaction,” said Eyal Oster, CEO of Mobile Bridge. “It provides the advertiser with a wealth of information and analytics in real time, including demographics (age, gender and more), location (GPS pinpoint info on a map), and usage info per day, week, month and year.”

“Combining Mobile Bridge’s unique solutions with the proven strength of YCD Multimedia’s products allows for a unique viral digital signage experience never seen before,” said Yael Elstein, VP marketing, YCD Multimedia. “This is a triple win for consumers, brands and operators. It turns digital signage into a measurable tool, allowing measurement of each screen’s ROI and the effectiveness of ads and campaigns.”

About YCD Multimedia

YCD Multimedia is an industry leader providing corporations and organizations worldwide with advanced digital media solutions and applications within the retail environment, as well as other industries. YCD’s flexible platforms help businesses attract clients, reinforce branding and ensure a measurable impact on their business. YCD’s end-to-end offering combines strategy, professional services and technology to increase profits, optimize product mix and enhance the customer experience. To date, the company has partnered with over 2,000 customers, including Fortune 500 corporations and some of the world’s most recognized brands, such as Burger King, Coca-Cola, Toyota, Estee Lauder, Ferrari, Cartier, and Diesel. Founded in 1999, YCD Multimedia is headquartered in the United States with offices in the United Kingdom and Israel, and has an international network of resellers serving clients around the globe. In October 2011 YCD acquired C-nario, a global provider of digital signage software solutions. For more information, visit www.ycdmultimedia.com

About Mobile Bridge

Mobile Bridge is an enterprise-grade end-to-end mobile marketing platform that builds strong client loyalty, increases store traffic and creates greater distribution and traction of marketing campaigns with a strong ROI. Mobile Bridge specializes in mobile promotions such as coupons, vouchers, exclusive offers, games and other types of engaging promotions which are received and shared by the end users via social media, push, QR code or NFC and is ‘out of the box’ compatible with leading POS/PMS systems for seamless redeeming of offers. Mobile Bridge has offices in the USA, France, Cyprus and the Netherlands and has partners and resellers in various countries. For more information visit www.mobilebridge.me

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America’s Leading Watch Retailer Selects YCD Multimedia’s Digital Signage Platform to Create Unique Customer Experience

New York – December 14, 2012. YCD Multimedia, a global leader in providing smart digital media solutions to the retail business world, today announced that TOURNEAU, America’s leading watch retailer, has selected YCD’s C-nario Messenger digital signage platform as the engine behind a unique video display in its new concept store in South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, California. The integrator was Media Services Worldwide, a US provider of design, integration and installation services.

The video display comprises four screens in a row, displaying synchronized content of clips and images across the entire configuration. The unique video display is part of TOURNEAU’s new store design, making the process of watch-shopping more inviting and interactive, departing from the traditional “behind the counter” client/sales relationship to a more personalized experience.

The new installation joins another implementation of C-nario Messenger at TOURNEAU’s concept store on 510 Madison Avenue in New York City. This store includes YCD-based four video walls. TOURNEAU also plans to implement YCD’s platform in its store on 57th Street in New York.

“Using sophisticated video displays is part of our effort to modernize the experience of watch purchasing,” said Jason Filiano, IT Manager, TOURNEAU NY. “Our reputation is based on more than 100 years of high quality, excellent service and satisfied customers. Adopting new technologies for our stores is another milestone in providing the best customer experience.”

“YCD is proud to be selected by TOURNEAU for its stores, indicating C-nario Messenger’s ability to create ambiance and style,” said Sam Losar, President of YCD USA. “The digital media at TOURNEAU shops attract customers and create unique customer experience, while combining infotainment with enhanced branding.”

C-nario Messenger is a complete digital signage display, distribution and management software platform that provides better-than-broadcast quality playback in any shape, size and resolution. C-nario Messenger is characterized by its superb multi-display playback engine, as well as its advanced management, monitoring and control tools. In addition, the system is based on open architecture, which makes it easy to customize and adapt to different needs.

About YCD Multimedia

YCD Multimedia is an industry leader providing corporations and organizations worldwide with advanced digital media solutions and applications within the retail environment, as well as other industries. YCD’s flexible platforms help businesses attract clients, reinforce branding and ensure a measurable impact on their business. YCD’s end-to-end offering combines strategy, professional services and technology to increase profits, optimize product mix and enhance the customer experience. To date, the company has partnered with over 2,000 customers, including Fortune 500 corporations and some of the world’s most recognized brands, such as Burger King, Coca-Cola, Toyota, Estee Lauder, Ferrari, Cartier, and Diesel. Founded in 1999, YCD Multimedia is headquartered in the United States with offices in the United Kingdom and Israel, and has an international network of resellers serving clients around the globe. In October 2011 YCD acquired C-nario, a global provider of digital signage software solutions. For more information, visit www.ycdmultimedia.com

About TOURNEAU

Established in 1900, TOURNEAU is the leading retailer of luxury watches in the United States, offering more than 100 world famous brands, including Rolex, Patek Philippe, Cartier, Omega, Breitling and Tag Heuer in more than 8,000 unique styles. The company’s thirty plus stores also sell Certified Pre-Owned timepieces and watches under the TOURNEAU brand. Considered “the watch authority,” TOURNEAU is known for its extensive selection and unparalleled customer service.

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Moscow’s Center for Rehabilitation Implements YCD’s C-nario Messenger Digital Signage Software

Moscow’s Center for Rehabilitation Implements YCD’s C-nario Messenger Digital Signage Software

C-nario Messenger, developed by C-nario, the digital signage software provider recently acquired by YCD, drives a digital signage network providing patients and their families with useful and entertaining information

Tel Aviv, Israel, November 3, 2011 – YCD Multimedia, a global leader in providing smart digital media experiences to the retail business world, today announced that its digital signage software, C-nario Messenger, has been implemented in Moscow’s Center for Rehabilitation of Disabled Persons with Cerebral Palsy. C-nario Messenger, developed by C-nario, a company recently acquired by YCD, drives a digital signage network providing patients and their families with useful and entertaining information.

The center, which belongs to the Moscow municipality, provides medical, social and rehabilitation services to cerebral palsy patients and their families, based on the latest technologies and methodologies. Avilex, a provider of audio visual integration solutions, served as the concept designer and system integrator. YCD’s software serves as the distribution, management and content creation system.

The digital signage network comprises 10 Mitsubishi digital displays installed in different zones of the rehabilitation center (reception, floor halls, conference lobby and others). Content includes information about the center’s rehabilitation services, upcoming events, social programs, new developments in cerebral palsy treatment and rehabilitation, municipal news, live TV feeds and additional information. The digital signage also serves as an emergency announcement system. In addition to centralized content, each zone has unique information; menus are displayed in the cafeteria, bus schedules at reception, a calendar of events in the conference hall, etc.

A unique interactive application, installed in the reception area, allows employees to write announcements by hand, while the system “translates” these hand-written messages into displayed information. C-nario and Avilex developed the innovative application.

“The sophisticated digital signage network further strengthens the center’s position as a very advanced facility for assistance and treatment of cerebral palsy patients,” said Olga Mikhaylova, the rehabilitation center’s CEO. “C-nario Messenger’s unique features, as well as the expertise and capabilities of C-nario and Avilex, enabled us to introduce a very advanced system for the welfare of the patients and their families.”

“Digital signage is becoming increasingly popular in medical and healthcare facilities, and we are excited to take part in this trend,” said Noam Levavi, YCD’s CEO. “In addition to providing vital information, digital signage in such facilities creates a genial atmosphere and reduces the perceived waiting time, thus making the facility a pleasant place to be in.”

C-nario Messenger is a complete digital signage, distribution and management software platform that provides better-than-broadcast quality playback in any shape, size and resolution. C-nario Messenger is characterized by its superb multi-display playback engine, as well as its advanced management, monitoring and control tools. In addition, the system is based on open architecture, which makes it easy to customize and adapt to various needs. The system’s innovative content creation tools easily help to create displays and cut costs.

YCD will be exhibiting its solutions at Integrated Systems Russia (ISR), at Intel booth (#2-102) to be held in Moscow on November 8-10, 2011

About YCD Multimedia

YCD Multimedia is an industry leader providing corporations and organizations worldwide with advanced digital media solutions and applications within the retail environment as well as other industries. YCD’s flexible platforms help businesses attract clients, reinforce branding and ensure a measurable impact on their business. YCD’s end-to-end offering combines strategy, professional services and technology to increase profits, optimize product mix and enhance the customer experience. To date, the company has partnered with over 2,000 customers, including Fortune 500 corporations and some of the world’s most recognized brands such as Coca Cola, Toyota, Estee Lauder, Ferrari, Hilton Hotels, Cartier, and Hugo Boss. Founded in 1999, YCD Multimedia is headquartered in the United States with offices in the United Kingdom and Israel and has an international network of resellers serving clients around the globe. In October 2011 YCD acquired C-nario, a global provider of digital signage software solutions. For more information, visit www.ycdmultimedia.com

Contact:

Yael Elstein
VP Marketing
YCD Multimedia
Tel.: +972-52-5523276
e-mail: yelstein@ycdmultimedia.com

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YCD Multimedia Acquires C-nario

YCD Multimedia Acquires C-nario

The Combined Company Completes $6 Million Fundraising Round to Accelerate Growth

New York and Tel Aviv – October 27, 2011 – YCD Multimedia, a global leader in providing smart digital media experiences to the retail business world, today announced the acquisition of C-nario, an industry leader in high-end digital signage solutions, in a stock transaction.

The combination of YCD and C-nario brings together two leading digital signage companies to deliver a robust end-to-end solution that encompasses everything from content management to measurement and analytics. This solution is designed to deliver a complete brand experience in the retail industry as well as in other market segments. As a result of the recent integration, the company will expand its reach to serve more than 2,000 brands, including leading Fortune 500 global brands, in over 40 countries worldwide.

YCD will continue to provide the highest level of support to both YCD and C-nario customers. Noam Levavi, co-founder and CEO of YCD will continue to lead the combined entity from its NYC headquarters.

“This step opens new horizons and creates tremendous opportunities for the consolidated company,” said Noam Levavi, CEO of YCD. “By combining YCD’s offering and expertise together with C-nario’s high-end digital signage technology we take another major step toward achieving our vision of delivering personalization and measurement to brick-and-mortar environments.”

Tamir Ginat, C-nario’s CEO, said, “This is an important step in C-nario’s growth and business strategy. Bringing together powerful market-leading technologies will enable us to offer our customers solutions that provide unrivaled capabilities and address current and future needs.”

The company also completed a new $6 million fundraising round led by Carmel Ventures, Opus Capital, Pitango Venture Capital and Plenus, together with other existing shareholders.

“We are delighted to have assisted this transaction and to be able to invest in the combined entity,” said Avi Zeevi, C-nario’s Chairman and General Partner and Co-Founder of Carmel Ventures. “We can now combine the power of our individual strengths and core competencies to establish a leadership position in the digital signage industry. I would like to thank Tamir Ginat for leading C-nario to its current dominant position, and who was instrumental in making this transaction happen”.

“We plan to increase market share and broaden our coverage,” said Rami Kalish, YCD’s Chairman and Managing General Partner and Co-Founder of Pitango Venture Capital. “We see a tremendous number of business opportunities that we and our partners can effectively and efficiently target, and we plan to pursue those opportunities.”

About YCD Multimedia

YCD Multimedia provides marketers with a set of tools to manage, distribute and target digital media within the retail environment. YCD’s flexible platform helps retailers ensure a measurable impact on their business. YCD’s end-to-end offering combines strategy, professional services and technology to increase profits, optimize product mix and enhance the customer experience. To date, the company has partnered with over 1,500 customers, in the retail, and hospitality industries, including some of the world’s most recognized brands such as Coca Cola, Toyota, Estee Lauder, Ferrari, Hilton Hotels, Cartier, and Hugo Boss. Founded in 1999, YCD Multimedia is headquartered in the United States with offices in the United Kingdom and Israel and has an international network of resellers serving clients around the globe. YCD is backed by Pitango Venture Capital, Plenus, Arts Alliance Digital Ventures and private investors. For more information, visit www.ycdmultimedia.com

About C-nario

C-nario is a global industry leader providing corporations and organizations worldwide with advanced digital signage software solutions and applications. C-nario helps its clients attract customers, increase revenues and enhance branding. Focused on the customer’s business needs and requirements, C-nario provides the industry’s most advanced digital signage capabilities with maximum Return-on-Investment (ROI). The company’s solutions are the product-of-choice for hundreds of customers, including Fortune 500 corporations, in a variety of industries: retail, banking, transportation, advertising and media, entertainment, sporting events and facilities, education and telecom, among others. Through its global partners and international value-added resellers, C-nario has deployed its solutions in 40 countries. The company has offices in the United States, Europe, and Israel. C-nario is backed by Carmel Ventures, Opus Capital and private investors. For more information about C-nario visit www.c-nario.com

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Yael Elstein
VP Marketing
YCD Multimedia
Tel.: +972-52-5523276
e-mail: yelstein@ycdmultimedia.com

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C-nario Platform Drives Digital Signage Network for Spain’s Elektra

Tel Aviv, Israel, June 30, 2011 – C-nario, a global provider of digital signage software solutions, today announced that the company’s digital signage software platform, C-nario Messenger, has been implemented in the main showroom of Elektra, a Spanish chain of electric appliances and kitchen furniture, and will be implemented in the coming months in 17 branch stores of the chain.

The 2X2 video wall at Elektra’s main showroom in San Sebastian, called Lifeevolution, displays in-store products and product information to customers in brilliant high-definition, creating a unique in-store experience. The same content will be displayed on the stand-alone screens in branch stores.

The content comprises video streams, live TV feeds, images and text. C-nario’s platform will be integrated with a voice control system, allowing voice activation of various features of the displays. C-nario Messenger enables to upload and approve content, via the Web, which is displayed in the more

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C-nario Digital Signage Platform Drives Video Wall Network at Four Turkish Airports

Tel Aviv, Israel, May 25, 2011 – C-nario, a global provider of digital signage software solutions, today announced that the company’s digital signage software platform, C-nario Messenger, has been implemented at the domestic flight terminals of Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport and Dalaman Airport, both in Turkey.

These new video walls join two others in Istanbul Ataturk Airport at its international flight terminal, and one at Bodrum Airport at its domestic flight terminal. Installed and operated by the Turkish digital platform provider Digiboard, the six video walls at the four airports feature 138? screens, and are seen annually by 60 million passengers. In addition to the video walls, C-nario Messenger drives more than 100 stand alone screens in these airports.

The video walls display various ads from leading organizations, including banks, government ministries, famous fashion more

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