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StrandVision Debuts Smart Phone Digital Signage Status Monitoring

Stoplight icons give electronic signage administrators easy, instant updates at a glance…

MENOMONIE, Wis. – Aug. 20, 2013 – StrandVision Digital Signage, today announced an innovative digital signage utility that enables electronic sign administrators to monitor the status of their StrandVision Digital Signage networks via a desktop PC or a smart phone from anywhere and at any time.

The new notification utility employs familiar and easily understood stoplight icons to indicate overall and individual digital media player status. Green obviously signals normal operations; Yellow indicates a potential problem that usually has not yet affected signage operation; Red indicates a communication or player issue that has put the digital media player in automatic recovery mode while it waits for updates.

“StrandVision Digital Signage’s patented delivery system is rock solid but occasionally there are Internet or in-building distribution, power or media player issues,” commented Mike Strand StrandVision founder and CEO. “This new dashboard provides an instant snapshot of any digital media player that may be powered down or has rebooted due to a Microsoft update. Our smart phone utility lets administrators keep an eye on things to immediately address the situation and confirm the recovery results.”

Remote Monitoring – Instant Response
Administrators can easily see the signage status at a glance and drill down as necessary. The free smart phone monitoring utility is especially helpful for administrators of multiple digital signage networks. In that case, the top level stoplight indicates if there is an issue with any player in the system. Administrators are then able to drill down through the individual networks to zero in on the specific digital signage player at issue. Specific details for any electronic sign player can be seen by clicking on the appropriate stoplight.
This new capability supplements StrandVision’s automatic email notification system that sends status notifications to administrators and/or designated technical staff.

“This is another example of a customer request being translated into a free digital signage feature,” said Strand. “In this case, the administrator of a major Midwest hospital network mentioned that he would like to be able to remotely check on the status of their digital signage network from his phone and we knew that others could benefit from such a smart phone notification utility.”

The free StrandVision Digital Signage smart phone utility is available immediately to registered subscribers. Subscribers simply log onto their online accounts at the StrandVision portal at www.StrandVision.com select “Your Account” and then the “Snapshot” option.

About StrandVision
StrandVision LLC, based in Menomonie, Wis., delivers low-cost, Web-based digital signage software through a patented Software as a Service (SaaS) approach that delivers content to subscribers’ flat screen televisions, as well as computer screens, websites and mobile devices. StrandVision’s service distributes text and graphics pages, video content and national and local weather and news. It is ideal for many large and small business marketing applications, including medical and dental offices (patient education); banks, retailers and industrial distributors (video merchandising); education (student communication, staff and visitor information); employee break rooms (employee communication of events and benefits); nonprofit and religious organizations (member and supporter communication).

StrandVision also offers PC-2-TV.net, a fully digital, high-definition (HD) video extender to connect a computer to a television over long distances for use with digital signage and many other applications. StrandVision Digital Signage services and PC-2-TV.net are available directly from StrandVision and through registered affiliates and system integrators. Additional information about StrandVision Digital Signage is available at StrandVision.com, 715-235-7446 or by email.
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EDITORS – For further information:

Mike Strand
StrandVision
715-235-7446 X100
mjstrand@strandvision.com

Sandy McLaughlin
Soucy Communications Group
781-898-7305
smclaughlin@scg-pr.com

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StrandVision Digital Signage Celebrates 10-year Anniversary

Looks back on electronic signage accomplishments – Forward to future…

MENOMONIE, Wis. – Aug. 6, 2013 – StrandVision Digital Signage, a pioneer in patented, cloud-based digital signage delivery, is celebrating ten years in business.

StrandVision was established in August 2003 as an Internet-based subscription electronic sign software service under the name of Online-Kiosks.net by Mike Strand. Strand had previously founded StrandWare, a barcode label software company, that he built into a worldwide industry leader before selling it to Brady Corp.

A New Approach
The new company, soon renamed StrandVision Digital Signage to better reflect its mission, took a different approach by delivering low-cost, high-availability Internet-hosted digital signage services through a soon-to-be-patented Software as a Service (SaaS) technology.

The Internet delivery system eliminated the need for complex and expensive onsite hardware. It served content to subscribers’ televisions, including LCD and plasma displays, as well as computer screens and websites. Its Web-based service made it easy for administrators with limited technology and design expertise to set up, maintain and quickly distribute weather, news, text messages, graphics, and video content to their digital signage networks over their normal Internet networks using standard equipment that they often had on hand.

The approach proved popular in the market – StrandVision has delivered a record of success and more than 6 billion digital signage content pages to customer displays. It has experienced average annual growth of 42 percent and maintains a 99 percent customer retention rate. It also is A+ rated by the Better Business Bureau. Customers range from industrial distributors and manufacturers to hotels, schools, colleges and churches across North America and around the world. Employee communications has emerged as a primary use for StrandVision Digital Signage networks for companies of every size.

“We had a new vision that took advantage of the evolving Web, the wider distribution of high-speed, low-cost, reliable Internet services and the increasing comfort level of people working with office-level applications,” commented Strand. “It was a risk at the time and was portrayed as a disadvantage by some – especially the vendors that sold the high-priced, complex systems. But we were and are able to deliver sophisticated, self-administered digital signage with instant updates for a few hundred dollars that traditionally cost tens of thousands of dollars.”

A History of Accomplishments
StrandVision’s corporate history is marked by a number of accomplishments beginning with a series of seed money awards and investments totaling $445,000 from the 2005 Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest; the Eau Claire [Wis.] Area Economic Development Corporation and The Chippewa Valley Angel Investors Network.

The list of milestones includes:
• August 22, 2005 – StrandVision Digital Signage Establishes Reseller Program
• April 28, 2008 – StrandVision Debuts High-Definition PC-2 TV.net Video and Audio Transmitter/Extender
• September 23, 2009 – 5th Year Anniversary – Introduces Free Digital Signage Test Drive
• April 8, 2010 – Mike Strand Granted Patent (#7,685,259) for Digital Signage Technology
• May 18, 2010 – StrandVision Offers Preconfigured Point-of-Display Linux Digital Media Player
• September 20, 2011 – StrandVision Introduces Mobile Digital Signage Player for Vehicles
• March 13, 2012 – StrandVision Digital Signage Player Software for the Mac
• July 10, 2012 – StrandVision Surpasses Five Billion Digital Signage Content Pages

In addition, countless additions and refinements have been made to StrandVision servers and user interfaces and hundreds of new features (mostly free) have been added to the subscription plans.

Customer Service is Key
Throughout the years StrandVision has stood out with its customer support. At StrandVision, the staff is entirely focused on personalized customer service through phone, live chat and Web support, as well as frequent introductory and advanced user webinars and one-on-one interactive training sessions. The administrator portal is constantly updated to add features and make it easier to use.

StrandVision is so confident in its support that it routinely shares its digital signage knowledge with customer prospects and even helps configure entire digital signage networks, all at no cost – even if they choose to select another digital signage vendor. Prospects interested in learning about digital signage can call StrandVision at 715-235-7446.

“We believe that we are one of the most customer-responsive digital signage companies around,” said Strand. “We repeatedly hear that we’re always available, and we don’t charge extra for advice. This close relationship with our customers along with our 10 years of stability pays big dividends for everybody – 100 percent of the new product features that we’ve introduced over the years have been in direct response to customer requests. Most of the features that we’ve added have been included in the subscriptions for free.

“It’s been an exciting 10 years,” concluded Strand. “Despite an historic recession we managed to continue to grow and help our customers promote their products and communicate with their employees. We’re excited about the prospects for the next 10 years and look forward to meeting many new customers and building lasting relationships.”

About StrandVision
StrandVision LLC, based in Menomonie, Wis., delivers low-cost, Web-based digital signage software through a patented Software as a Service (SaaS) approach that delivers content to subscribers’ flat screen televisions, as well as computer screens, websites and mobile devices. StrandVision’s service distributes text and graphics pages, video content and national and local weather and news. It is ideal for many large and small business marketing applications, including medical and dental offices (patient education); banks, retailers and industrial distributors (video merchandising); education (student communication, staff and visitor information); employee break rooms (employee communication of events and benefits); nonprofit and religious organizations (member and supporter communication).

StrandVision also offers PC-2-TV.net, a fully digital, high-definition (HD) video extender to connect a computer to a television over long distances for use with digital signage and many other applications. StrandVision Digital Signage services and PC-2-TV.net are available directly from StrandVision and through registered affiliates and system integrators. Additional information about StrandVision Digital Signage is available at StrandVision.com, 715-235-7446 or by email.

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EDITORS – For further information:

Mike Strand
StrandVision
715-235-7446 X100
mjstrand@strandvision.com

Sandy McLaughlin
Soucy Communications Group
781-898-7305
smclaughlin@scg-pr.com

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StrandVision Announces Service to Convert PowerPoint Slides to Graphic Images for Digital Signage and Other Applications

Free, no registration PowerPoint to JPG conversion service lets users develop basic digital signage content for playback on flat screen TVs and digital photo frames…

MENOMONIE, Wis. – July 24, 2013 – StrandVision Digital Signage today introduced a new online PowerPoint 97 and higher (PPT & PPTX) to graphic (JPG) conversion service available on-demand to the public. The no cost service, hosted by StrandVision, enables users to convert individual PowerPoint slides or entire presentations into higher-quality JPG files than is available through built-in PowerPoint conversion utilities. The service enables users to create basic, free digital signage content for flat screen televisions and digital photo frames, which typically cannot display PowerPoint loops but can automatically browse photos.

“Throughout our ten years we’ve heard from people who want to ‘stick their toe’ into digital signage before making a financial commitment,” commented Mike Strand, StrandVision founder and CEO. “For those folks we’ve created our 30-day free digital signage trial. But some people have small toes and want to experiment with a more basic approach for the long term. This new conversion service meets that need. No registration, no cost, no hassle – just a basic display system that uses existing TVs and digital photo frames with digital media playback capability.

“We feel that giving people this no obligation electronic signage solution will introduce them to the power and revenue growth offered by digital signage and may lead to an upgrade to a full-blown StrandVision Digital Signage system when they’re ready for the maintenance free, easy-to-update dynamic content that our solution provides.”

Quick, easy conversions

To take advantage of this service users simply visit the StrandVision conversion page at http://www.strandvision.com/free_digital_signage_powerpoint_converter.html. There they are asked for their name and email address – there is no registration, credit card or other information required. They upload the PowerPoint file and usually within 10 minutes an email is sent with instructions on how to download and use the ZIP file of the JPG versions of the slides.

Once downloaded, they simply copy the images to a USB drive and insert it into the USB slot of an appropriately configured television, digital photo frame, PC or tablet to play the slide loop. The digital signage pages are “snapshots” of the PPT pages and do not include builds, videos and other animations. Dissolves and fades are governed by the capabilities of the digital media display units.

The service is also available to people who simply want to convert PowerPoint slides to JPGs for other purposes, such as for inclusion in printed materials, posters or other applications that require higher quality graphics.

About StrandVision

StrandVision LLC, based in Menomonie, Wis., delivers low-cost, Web-based digital signage software through a patented Software as a Service (SaaS) approach that delivers content to subscribers’ flat screen televisions, as well as computer screens, websites and mobile devices. StrandVision’s service distributes text and graphics pages, video content and national and local weather and news. It is ideal for many large and small business marketing applications, including for medical and dental offices (patient education); banks, retailers and industrial distributors (video merchandising); education (student communication, staff and visitor information); employee break rooms (employee communication of events and benefits); nonprofit and religious organizations (member and supporter communication).

StrandVision also offers PC-2-TV.net, a fully digital, high-definition (HD) video extender to connect a computer to a television over long distances for use with digital signage and many other applications. StrandVision Digital Signage services and PC-2-TV.net are available directly from StrandVision and through registered affiliates and system integrators. Additional information about StrandVision Digital Signage is available at StrandVision.com, 715-235-7446 or by email.

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EDITORS – For further information:

Mike Strand
StrandVision
715-235-7446 X100
mjstrand@strandvision.com

Sandy McLaughlin
Soucy Communications Group
781-898-7305
smclaughlin@scg-pr.com

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StrandVision Digital Signage Enhances “Proof of Playback” Electronic Sign Feature

Introduces new capabilities to help customers audit digital signage advertising – certify that benefits/employee communication announcements are shown…

MENOMONIE, Wis. – June 25, 2013 – StrandVision Digital Signage has enhanced its free digital signage “proof of playback” feature for its electronic signage customers. Proof of playback enables StrandVision Digital Signage subscribers to record, collect and analyze both the display frequency and duration of selected digital signage content pages, images, database records and videos. The enhancements include easier tracking selection for administrators and additional reporting capabilities.
The feature is ideal for companies and organizations that sell advertising on their digital media player displays that want or need to audit pages in order to certify that the particular digital signage content has been displayed, as well as for billing purposes.
Proof of playback is also valuable for employee communication of benefits and other human resources announcements to certify that necessary information is shared with employees during enrollment periods and to ensure that other regulatory or contractual communications requirements are met. Business marketing applications in specific industries, such as real estate, enable agents to let clients know the broadcast frequency of their listings as part of their overall marketing campaigns.
The proof of playback free digital sign feature is easy to use. After creating a page on StrandVision’s Content Management System (CMS) the administrator simply goes to the proof of playback area on the site and selects the digital signage content to be tracked. The StrandVision system immediately begins tabulating the display data for the selected information. In addition to electronic signage pages, specific images, videos and user defined database records can also be tracked.
For large electronic sign networks with multiple groups of display screens, proof of playback can be set to report page displays by group. Proof of playback also tracks page frequency on the customer’s website if the system is set to take advantage of this free StrandVision Digital Signage display capability.
Reports can be viewed on the StrandVision content management portal and the raw data can also be downloaded as source data for invoices, graphs, presentations and reports.
“Our customers tell us that the proof of playback capability is a helpful tool to generate revenue from their digital media networks,” said Mike Strand, StrandVision founder and CEO. “It’s also a way for them to fully realize the potential of their StrandVision Digital Signage to support advertising and become an integral part of their overall employee communications mix. We’re sure that our customers will find many other creative ways to use the power of the proof of playback feature.”
Proof of playback is available immediately as a free digital signage capability for all StrandVision Digital Signage subscribers with streaming video and higher packages.
About StrandVision
StrandVision LLC, based in Menomonie, Wis., provides low-cost, Web-based digital signage software through a patented Software as a Service (SaaS) approach that delivers content to subscribers’ flat screen televisions, as well as computer screens, websites and mobile devices. StrandVision’s service distributes text and graphics pages, video content and national and local weather and news. It is ideal for many large and small business marketing applications, including medical and dental offices (patient education); banks, retailers and industrial distributors (video merchandising); education (student communication, staff and visitor information); employee break rooms (employee communication of events and benefits); nonprofit and religious organizations (member and supporter communication).
StrandVision also offers PC-2-TV.net, a fully digital, high-definition (HD) video extender to connect a computer to a television over long distances for use with digital signage and many other applications. StrandVision Digital Signage services and PC-2-TV.net are available directly from StrandVision and through registered affiliates and system integrators. Additional information about StrandVision Digital Signage is available at StrandVision.com, 715-235-7446 or by email.
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EDITORS – For further information:

Mike Strand
StrandVision
715-235-7446 X100
mjstrand@strandvision.com
Sandy McLaughlin
Soucy Communications Group
781-898-7305
smclaughlin@scg-pr.com

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StrandVision Digital Signage Content Portal Now Offers Three Expertise Levels for Signage Design Control

Introduces Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced levels for Electronic Signage Content Management System to provide digital sign content administrators with ease-of-use and the right level of control…

MENOMONIE, Wis. – June 5, 2013 – StrandVision Digital Signage has enhanced its Web-based Digital Signage Content Management System (CMS) portal to include three skill levels for electronic signage content administration. The three-tiered approach presents administrators with tailored selections to help them quickly and easily design, post and distribute digital signage pages. Offered as a free digital signage upgrade for all StrandVision subscribers, the enhanced user interface is available immediately.

“The StrandVision electronic signage system is designed to be simple and very flexible,” said Mike Strand, StrandVision founder and CEO. “New users are automatically registered at the Beginner user level and after their free digital signage training most quickly move to Intermediate. Those who want to have the greatest level of digital signage content design control simply select the Advanced level on the administrator portal and they are presented with all of the design options for the particular page type.”

StrandVision’s enhanced user interface controls the design options that users see when they work with their StrandVision Digital Signage pages. Beginners see a less extensive set of choices, which makes page administration simpler; Advanced users have more choices and more control. The system allows Beginner users to modify pages created by an advanced user without disrupting higher-level settings. This also allows the user to temporarily access Advanced digital signage content features without having to stay at the more feature-rich level.

For instance, for the “Paragraph with Photo” template page, Beginners are offered a selection of fields for entering a title, paragraph content and photo. Intermediate users can also add a subtitle and direct the system to use the full digital media player screen, while Advanced users can play with color options, photo position, add Quick Response (QR) code fields and adjust text alignment, fonts and effects.

For detailed descriptions of the user-level options for each StrandVision Digital Signage content page type template visit http://www.strandvision.com/listkiosk.html. Current StrandVision Digital Signage subscribers may select their user level by logging into their account and clicking the “User Mode” option in the “Modify Pages” section.

About StrandVision

StrandVision LLC, based in Menomonie, Wis., delivers low-cost, Web-based digital signage software through a patented Software as a Service (SaaS) approach that delivers content to subscribers’ flat screen televisions, as well as computer screens, websites and mobile devices. StrandVision’s service distributes text and graphics pages, video content and national and local weather and news. It is ideal for many business marketing applications, including for medical and dental offices (patient education); banks, retailers and industrial distributors (video merchandising); education (student communication, staff and visitor information); employee break rooms (employee communication of events and benefits); nonprofit and religious organizations (member and supporter communication).

StrandVision also offers PC-2-TV.net, a fully digital, high-definition (HD) video extender to connect a computer to a television over long distances for use with digital signage and many other applications. StrandVision Digital Signage services and PC-2-TV.net are available directly from StrandVision and through registered affiliates and system integrators. Additional information about StrandVision Digital Signage is available at StrandVision.com, 715-235-7446 or by email.

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EDITORS – For further information:

Mike Strand
StrandVision
715-235-7446 X100
mjstrand@strandvision.com

Sandy McLaughlin
Soucy Communications Group
781-898-7305
smclaughlin@scg-pr.com

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StrandVision Introduces No Charge Digital Signage Override Feature for Employee Training and Communication

Technimark is first to implement automated hourly training sessions broadcast to employees in break rooms using StrandVision Digital Signage Software…

MENOMONIE, Wis.– May 21, 2013 – StrandVision Digital Signage has introduced a new free electronic signage feature that enables its customers to automatically override the normal digital signage feed in order to provide regularly scheduled or ad hoc training, host employee meetings and offer special communications. The option is an enhancement to the traditional emergency message override that replaces normal digital signage content in seconds. The administrator configures the selection on StrandVision’s Content Management System (CMS) – scheduling training for days or even weeks ahead.

The training override schedule is designed to help StrandVision customers fully leverage their digital signage systems. They can use their employee communication signage infrastructure to deliver any of StrandVision’s two dozen digital signage content templates including photos, text, PowerPoint-based slide presentations (with or without audio, depending on their installation), and even video presentations.

StrandVision’s Digital Signage network is ideal for large, multi-location companies that need to efficiently distribute standardized training or corporate-wide messages to employees. This new feature makes it easy to automatically add certification training, test preparation, breaking company news, as well as special broadcasts during benefits enrollment periods.

The override feature can be scheduled hourly, daily, weekly, or in any number of other configurations, and has similar flexibility to automatically end and return to the normal digital signage broadcast. Its “set it and forget it” approach makes it easy to reach all employees on all shifts in all locations with a single, timely, consistent message. The override feature can also be manually activated or deactivated as needed until the next scheduled change.

Technimark

Technimark, an international manufacturer based in Asheboro, N.C., was the first to implement this new feature. It is using StrandVision Digital Signage to deliver PowerPoint-based training modules directly to employees in break rooms 24/7. The training modules are scheduled to automatically override the standard digital signage content on the hour, every hour, for 15 minutes. The training modules supplement training and eliminate the additional wage cost for extended shift training meetings.

“We developed this capability specifically for Technimark but soon realized its potential for all of our customers,” said Mike Strand, StrandVision founder and CEO. “We’re now making this available to everyone as a free digital signage option selectable on our StrandVision portal. As with all of our new features, I’m sure our customers will come up with other creative ways to use the training override that’s unique to their situations.”

About StrandVision

StrandVision LLC, based in Menomonie, Wis., delivers low-cost, Web-based digital signage software through a patented Software as a Service (SaaS) approach that delivers content to subscribers’ flat screen televisions, as well as computer screens, websites and mobile devices. StrandVision’s service distributes text and graphics pages, video content and national and local weather and news. It is ideal for many business marketing applications, including medical and dental offices (patient education); banks, retailers and industrial distributors (video merchandising); education (student communication, staff and visitor information); employee break rooms (employee communication of events and benefits); nonprofit and religious organizations (member and supporter communication).

StrandVision also offers PC-2-TV.net, a fully digital, high-definition (HD) video extender to connect a computer to a television over long distances for use with digital signage and many other applications. StrandVision Digital Signage services and PC-2-TV.net are available directly from StrandVision and through registered affiliates and system integrators. Additional information about StrandVision Digital Signage is available at StrandVision.com, 715-235-7446 or by email.

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EDITORS – For further information:

Mike Strand
StrandVision
715-235-7446 X100
mjstrand@strandvision.com

Sandy McLaughlin
Soucy Communications Group
781-898-7305
smclaughlin@scg-pr.com

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StrandVision Digital Signage Extends Electronic Sign World Weather Coverage

Free digital signage international weather service app available immediately to StrandVision signage network users…

MENOMONIE, Wis. – May 1, 2013 – StrandVision Digital Signage today announced that it has extended its free digital signage weather forecast service to its electronic signage customers around the world. This complements its weather service covering the United States that has been available as a free digital signage content option to customers since the company’s founding.

The StrandVision electronic sign network automatically formats and presents the weather information based on the geo-location of the physical screen as part of the normal electronic signage content page mix. The local weather condition and forecast information is updated hourly and automatically sent to all digital media players configured to use it. Customers with multiple licenses can present localized weather forecasts simply by activating the weather service option for their entire network or any user specified group.

The new weather service option, provided by World Weather Online (http://www.worldweatheronline.com), uses global positioning (GPS) information entered by the customer to deliver accurate, local, up-to-date weather reports. StrandVision automatically detects and enters this information into the customer’s account during the free digital signage software registration. Account administrators have the option of refining the GPS information in order to provide more accurate localized weather reports.

“We’ve provided the licensed free digital signage weather content for our United States customers since we started almost 10 years ago,” commented Mike Strand, StrandVision founder and CEO. “However, as our customer base continues to expand internationally we decided to make the investment to provide localized electronic sign weather content around the globe. Now, we provide free digital signage weather content to all of our customers anywhere in the world, from Aruba to Zürich and everywhere in between, with a simple selection on our online electronic signage portal.”

About StrandVision

StrandVision LLC, based in Menomonie, Wis., delivers low-cost, Web-based digital signage software through a patented Software as a Service (SaaS) approach that delivers content to subscribers’ flat screen televisions, as well as computer screens, websites and mobile devices. StrandVision’s service distributes text and graphics pages, video content and national and local weather and news. It is ideal for many large and small business marketing applications, including medical and dental offices (patient education); banks, retailers and industrial distributors (video merchandising); education (student communication, staff and visitor information); employee break rooms (employee communication of events and benefits); nonprofit and religious organizations (member and supporter communication).

StrandVision also offers PC-2-TV.net, a fully digital, high-definition (HD) video extender to connect a computer to a television over long distances for use with digital signage and many other applications. StrandVision Digital Signage services and PC-2-TV.net are available directly from StrandVision and through registered affiliates and system integrators. Additional information about StrandVision Digital Signage is available at StrandVision.com, 715-235-7446 or by email.

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EDITORS – For further information:

Mike Strand
StrandVision
715-235-7446 X100
mjstrand@strandvision.com

Sandy McLaughlin
Soucy Communications Group
781-898-7305
smclaughlin@scg-pr.com

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Manzano High School Turns to StrandVision Digital Signage for Student Communication


Uses existing television cable network and a surplus MacBook computer to drive the digital signage system…

Albuquerque, N.M. – March 12, 2013 – Manzano High School has installed a digital signage system using StrandVision Digital Signage software. The system reaches students in six public areas and is also available in several classrooms across the campus.

Like many schools, Manzano had a cable television network that was underutilized. Staff recognized the potential of the cable system to augment daily announcements, posters and other communications in order to let students know about upcoming events and build school spirit by recognizing student clubs, activities and achievements.

The electronic signage system also brings another dimension to student communications. Since it is a visual medium, it offers the opportunity to feature pictures of students at social and sporting events. It is also being used to promote signups for advanced placement classes and other electives such as photography, anthropology, art history and DECA, to name a few.

Explained Ken Tuley, assistant principal and system administrator, “If kids don’t have a class at the time of the daily announcements or they’re not paying attention, they could miss the audio announcements. With digital signage the news is on the screens throughout the day, including lunch, so they have the opportunity to see them several times throughout the day.”

Something Old – Something New

Using the existing cable system and a combination of old televisions and newer flat screens several public areas including lobbies, the snack bar and offices have digital signage displays. Teachers in classrooms are encouraged to turn on their televisions to display the digital signage between classes and during breaks.

The system connects to StrandVision Digital Signage cloud servers over the Internet to display the announcements and to access additional services, such as local weather. The Internet-based signage system eliminates the need for costly onsite servers and networking gear. Contributors, including the activities director and other administrators, log on to the StrandVision website to add daily announcements and to post pictures. The new announcements are sent to the MacBook within minutes to update all of the electronic signs.

“Manzano is an example of using old infrastructure to bring the latest technology to its students,” said Mike Strand, StrandVision founder and CEO. “They took existing assets, the cable network, televisions and an old MacBook, and coupled it with the latest in cloud-based digital signage technology to deliver a new student communication medium at minimal cost. Manzano is a very cost-effective model for other schools to emulate in communicating with students and parents during these tight budget times.”

About StrandVision

StrandVision LLC, based in Menomonie, Wis., delivers low-cost, Web-based digital signage software through a patented Software as a Service (SaaS) approach that delivers content to subscribers’ flat screen televisions, as well as computer screens, websites and mobile devices. StrandVision’s service distributes text and graphics pages, video content and national and local weather and news. It is ideal for many large and small business marketing applications, including medical and dental offices (patient education); banks, retailers and industrial distributors (video merchandising); education (student communication, staff and visitor information); employee break rooms (employee communication of events and benefits); nonprofit and religious organizations (member and supporter communication).

StrandVision also offers PC-2-TV.net, a fully digital, high-definition (HD) video extender to connect a computer to a television over long distances for use with digital signage and many other applications. StrandVision Digital Signage services and PC-2-TV.net are available directly from StrandVision and through registered affiliates and system integrators. Additional information about StrandVision Digital Signage is available at StrandVision.com, 715-235-7446 or by email.

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EDITORS – For further information:

Mike Strand
StrandVision
715-235-7446 X100
mjstrand@strandvision.com

Sandy McLaughlin
Soucy Communications Group
781-898-7305
smclaughlin@scg-pr.com

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StrandVision Digital Signage Enhances Customer-Facing Front-of-House Capabilities with Events Scheduling Displays

Free digital signage software reader board feature directly imports schedules from proprietary and commercial events management and sales software…

MENOMONIE, Wis. – Feb. 26, 2013 – StrandVision Digital Signage today announced the ability to incorporate events scheduling information directly into its digital signage software. The new feature works with most events management software products including Delphi and can be customized to support proprietary and in-house developed meeting and event scheduling and sales systems.

The events scheduling integration is attractive to hotels and convention centers, restaurants and function halls, and even houses of worship and schools. It was initially developed for the proprietary sales application for one of the top ten global hotel chains. As part of the implementation process, StrandVision worked directly with the customer’s IT staff to develop and to receive certification for the interface that the digital signage cloud servers use to access the information in real time.

The StrandVision events scheduling digital signage software is easy to use. Once the interface is developed, StrandVision subscribers simply select the reader board capability on the StrandVision Content Management System (CMS) dashboard to have the events information displayed on their digital media players in a variety of formats showing all events for the day or only those that occur in the future or are currently in session.

The scheduling information can be added to other promotional or informational digital signage content mixes or drive room-specific displays. With the split-screen capability of the Streaming Video package, events can be displayed at all times while other business marketing material appears in other regions of the digital signage player screens. The StrandVision interface cuts down on administrative time required to post meeting information on multiple systems and also increases accuracy and timeliness.

“StrandVision Digital Signage can import room and events schedules from most events management software packages,” said Mike Strand, StrandVision founder and CEO. “We have global customers that are using the capability for both back-of-house employee communication and front-of-house customer-facing business marketing and room notices.”

About StrandVision

StrandVision LLC, based in Menomonie, Wis., delivers low-cost, Web-based digital signage software through a patented Software as a Service (SaaS) approach that delivers content to subscribers’ flat screen televisions, as well as computer screens, websites and mobile devices. StrandVision’s service distributes text and graphics pages, video content and national and local weather and news. It is ideal for many large and small business marketing applications, including medical and dental offices (patient education); banks, retailers and industrial distributors (video merchandising); education (student communication, staff and visitor information); employee break rooms (employee communication of events and benefits); nonprofit and religious organizations (member and supporter communication).

StrandVision also offers PC-2-TV.net, a fully digital, high-definition (HD) video extender to connect a computer to a television over long distances for use with digital signage and many other applications. StrandVision Digital Signage services and PC-2-TV.net are available directly from StrandVision and through registered affiliates and system integrators. Additional information about StrandVision Digital Signage is available at StrandVision.com, 715-235-7446 or by email.

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EDITORS – For further information:

Mike Strand
StrandVision
715-235-7446 X100
mjstrand@strandvision.com

Sandy McLaughlin
Soucy Communications Group
781-898-7305
smclaughlin@scg-pr.com

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StrandVision Digital Signage Reduces Monthly Electronic Sign Subscription Cost

Twenty percent reduction offered to monthly automatic payment digital signage customers…

MENOMONIE, Wis. – Jan. 23, 2013 – StrandVision Digital Signage today announced that it has reduced the cost of its digital signage subscriptions by 20% for customers using automatic monthly credit card payments.

Under the automatic plan StrandVision subscribers’ monthly fees are:

Basic Package $42.99
Streaming Media Package $86.99
Gold Package $155.99
Platinum Package $216.99
Duplicate Signage $25.99

All of StrandVision’s subscription package features are outlined at: http://www.strandvision.com/packages.html.

“This new electronic sign pricing plan gives our customers the budgeting convenience of spreading their payments over the course of a year without the headache of having to process invoices and payments for their digital signage network renewal,” said Mike Strand, StrandVision founder and CEO. “Now customers can ‘set it and forget it’ with the assurance that their digital media players will always be running using either a corporate or personal credit card.”

The new discounted digital signage price structure is available to all new and existing automatic payment customers. It is offered under an annual or multiple-year term commitment subscription basis. Automatic payment subscribers will be charged an early termination fee of 35% of the remaining balance of the contract term if they cancel early. Current and new subscribers can visit http://www.strandvision.com/?purchase&e=1 to sign up for automatic payment.

About StrandVision

StrandVision LLC, based in Menomonie, Wis., delivers low-cost, Web-based digital signage software through a patented Software as a Service (SaaS) approach that delivers content to subscribers’ flat screen televisions, as well as computer screens, websites and mobile devices. StrandVision’s service distributes text and graphics pages, video content and national and local weather and news. It is ideal for many large and small business marketing applications, including medical and dental offices (patient education); banks, retailers and industrial distributors (video merchandising); education (student communication, staff and visitor information); employee break rooms (employee communication of events and benefits); nonprofit and religious organizations (member and supporter communication).

StrandVision also offers PC-2-TV.net, a fully digital, high-definition (HD) video extender to connect a computer to a television over long distances for use with digital signage and many other applications. StrandVision Digital Signage services and PC-2-TV.net are available directly from StrandVision and through registered affiliates and system integrators. Additional information about StrandVision Digital Signage is available at StrandVision.com, 715-235-7446 or by email.

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EDITORS – For further information:

Mike Strand
StrandVision
715-235-7446 X100
mjstrand@strandvision.com

Sandy McLaughlin
Soucy Communications Group
781-898-7305
smclaughlin@scg-pr.com

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