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Digital Signage at InfoComm Display Summit

It wouldn’t be the InfoComm show if we didn’t get to enjoy the Projection Summit the two days before the show floor opens– but wait, this year it’s the Display Summit, as Chris Chinnock and colleagues at Insight Media have rebranded the event and its content in the wake of continuing inroads of non-projection technology into everything from boardrooms to classrooms not to mention Digital Signage. Read more>>

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X2O Media to Introduce the Xpresenter(TM) Integrated Conference Experience (ICE) at InfoComm 2011

Networked System Provides Unprecedented Capabilities for Presentations Including Broadcast-Quality Output, Digital Meeting Room Signs and Reservations, and Remote User Participation

MONTREAL — June 9, 2011 — X2O Media, a full-service provider of software, network management, and content services for professional digital signage and enterprise communications applications, today announced that the company will debut its Xpresenter(TM) Integrated Conference Experience (ICE) at InfoComm 2011, from June 15-17 in Orlando, Fla. Xpresenter ICE is a unique networked system that provides unprecedented capabilities for managing presentation content, including interactive meeting room signs, integration with Microsoft(R) Exchange and other scheduling systems, broadcast-style output with a number of control options, remote participation via desktops and mobile devices, presentation archiving, and much more. Read on at The Wire

Pre-announced Products for InfoComm

Lots of new products are already announced for InfoComm. Here’s a list of just some of those products:

FSR IT-A25 Amplifier
Extron Electronics DVS 510 and MLS 608 D
Point Source Audio IP-enabled Microphones
Contemporary Research QCA9-33 RF Combiner
Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America WD570U
Vaddio ProductionView HD MV
X2O Media Xpresenter Integrated Conference Experience
VFI VC-Room Table
Symetrix Solus
Kramer Electronics 910 Preamp and Mixer
BenQ SH960 Projector
Hosa Technology Hosa Pro Interconnect

GREAT SHOW!

infocomm-14-new.jpgWHAT A GREAT WEEK, but it’s finally over and the numbers are in, making this year’s show the second largest InfoComm event ever held, with 32,002 AV professionals attending from more than 90 countries. With 925 exhibitors filling the halls of the Las Vegas convention center, we were nearly overwhelmed by the sheer number of cool products and technologies—way more than we can cover in the space of this blog, so check back to the SVC website and in the new products, news, and technology showcase sections of our print editions for more InfoComm coverage in upcoming issues.

Meanwhile, InfoComm 2011 returns to sunny Orlando, Florida, next year from June 11 to 17, 2011. Mark your calendars now!

ARCHIVE: X2O Media to Unveil Latest Version of the X2O Web Portal at InfoComm 09

Press release

X2O Media announced that it will be demonstrating the latest version of its X2O Web Portal at InfoComm 09. The X2O Web Portal is a comprehensive Web-based platform for managing, planning, and scheduling content for digital signage networks of any size. By combining network monitoring, content management, live data feed management, advertising campaign tools, and customizable reporting features, the X2O Web Portal provides unprecedented power through an intuitive Web interface that greatly reduces the resources and time required to set up, control, and maintain a digital signage network. Read on at The Briefing Room

More InfoComm 09 news from The Briefing Room

At 4 P.M. Thursday

dscn1773.JPGAt the Harris booth (2342) InfoComm faculty member Lyle Bunn will moderate a case study panel on Harris’ digital signage installation for the Orlando Magic. It will look similar to today’s panel on the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center installation (pictured). Harris has dedicated this InfoComm to emphasizing its work in digital signage installation and workflow design. The sessions cover the deployment process, business objectives, supplier selection, technology, content, and funding.

On the booth you’ll see the range of powerful broadcast- and IT-driven technologies and systems that Harris is bringing to bear on the emerging digital signage industry.

Adtec Digital Stays Above the Fray

I had a good talk this afternoon with Ron Johnson, vice president of sales and marketing, at the Adtec Digital booth. Ron has to be one of the most well-traveled people in the business. Among many other places, he’s been to Europe and seen the way they have embraced digital signage and its huge array of applications there. It appears that in this field, as in others, the U.S. had better have its act together to keep up. The people there have taken a very practical approach and from what Ron tells me, they have gotten a good government-private partnership going to clear obstacles and maintain a very competitive position. While a lot of companies have struggled or gone under completely, Adtec has not only survived but thrived with a good take on the pulse of the industry worldwide. For instance, Adtec has developed applications that really put the often overlooked concept of metadata to work in the real world environment. Machine-generated and human-authored metadata appear to have been used effectively by Adtec in their latest products. It was a real pleasure listening to Ron’s take on the state of this fast moving and dynamic business.

More Panasonic Jumbos

If you haven’t seen it yet, check out Panasonic‘s newest jumbo plasma screen—this time, an 85in. professional display showcased in a variety of applications at the Panasonic booth (4441).

While admiring it, I met with Jim Noecker, director of Systems Sales Engineering for Panasonic, who talked me through the display’s merits (50 percent brigher than the monster 103in. Panasonic display, NeoPDP energy-efficient technology, and so on). Among the most cool, and yet disconcerting aspects of the screen, is that it can display a person at their true height when turned vertically (and Panasonic has technology for doing just that). Jim also discussed the company’s very interesting “LCD versus Plasma” demo room display (the Panasonic point, shared by many, is that high-quality plasmas are better for professional displays), and the industry’s moves toward energy efficiency in these different types of displays (lead out, for instance, was easy because it only involved changing solder ingredients in circuitry), and many other interesting things on the mega-display front.

—MG

True Hospitality

LG 42LG700H at InfoComm 09Checking out the little hotel room setup at the LG booth (5321), I noticed the Pro:Centricâ„¢ LCD Widescreen monitors there, and soon found my self in a chat with LG National Sales Manager Ron Lindeman about the present and future of the hospitality market. Ron explained that the movement of LG and other manufacturers into the “smart” side of hospitality, or as he calls it, the “solutions side” is moving ahead far quicker than many of us might have imagined.

Despite the economic downturn, Ron said several major hotel chains are already partnering with LG dealers to upgrade and install user-oriented solutions networked with LG monitors designed to make visits to such hotels, and repeat visits especially, more luxurious. The notion is that they need state-of-the-art, high-end technology infrastructures to lure visitors in this challenging economy, and more importantly, after the economy finally improves. more…

I Need to Get Out More

Gazing at a beautiful video jukebox at the LG booth (5321) this morning (47-in. LG plasma running interactive jukebox software from Ecast), I happened to comment that it was about time video jukeboxes were infiltrating bars, restaurants and clubs. LG officials told me such systems are up and running at dozens of venues and at US Cellular Field in Chicago, where the Chicago White Sox play. They’re quite common in bars, I learned. Who knew? I don’t visit bars and, as a result, a huge gap in my learning has developed. Perhaps I’ll rectify that this week in Orlando.

–MG

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