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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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David Kanaan
Kanaan Public Relations
Tel.: +972-54-4255307
e-mail: David@KanaanPR.com

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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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David Kanaan
Kanaan Public Relations
Tel.: +972-54-4255307
e-mail: David@KanaanPR.com

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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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David Kanaan
Kanaan Public Relations
Tel.: +972-54-4255307
e-mail: David@KanaanPR.com

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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

Contact:

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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C-nario and CTV Complete Digital Signage Network at Israel Discount Bank

Tel Aviv, Israel, February 11, 2011 – C-nario, a global provider of digital signage software solutions, and CTV, a leading integrator of digital signage and media management, today 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 1-6 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 more

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C-nario and AOpen Partner to Provide Digital Signage Solutions for US Small and Medium Business Market

Tel Aviv, Israel, November 8, 2010 – C-nario, a global provider of digital signage software solutions, and AOpen, a leading small form factor (SFF) computer system manufacturer and a digital signage solution provider, today announced a partnership for the digital signage market. AOpen will integrate C-nario’s C-sign digital signage solution with its Digital Engine platform, and will market the integrated system to small and medium businesses (SMBs) across the United States. The integrated system will be launched at Customer Engagement Technology World (CETW), to be held November 10-11, 2010 at the Javits Convention Center, New York. The system will be displayed at AOpen’s booth (#421).

C-sign is designed for small and medium businesses, enabling users to upload all types of content (video, images, text) easily, schedule the content and manage it through more

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C-nario Messenger Platform Selected by IGPDecaux to Drive Digital Signage Networks at Milan’s Airports and Main Subway Stations

Tel Aviv, Israel – September 21, 2010. C-nario, a global provider of digital signage software solutions, today announced that C-nario Messenger digital signage platform, the company’s flagship product, has been implemented as the management software of digital signage networks at Milan’s Malpensa and Linate Airports, as well as in the city subway stations. more

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