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19 Jan: The touch-free future of interactivity in retail
Years ago, when touch screen interactivity approached mainstream adoption in retail, customers became accustomed to pressing physical buttons and engaging with touch-interactive displays to navigate on-screen content. Jeff Hastings of BrightSign looks at why the interactive shopping experience we pushed for so many years is now something shoppers are now avoiding out of concern for their health. READ MORE…
14 Jan: All comes down to data
After running NV3 Technologies, a charging kiosk company for 10 years, co-founder Ryan Doak shifted to pursue an opportunity in the kiosk and digital signage space in early 2020. Doak founded Tecastic, Inc out of Baltimore, MD – a technology company focused on brand strategy and data analytics. Little did we all know that 2020 would hold some rather large hurdles for the industry as a whole. READ MORE…
12 Jan: The ubiquity of touch is here to stay
As the world continues to battle COVID-19, innovators are already at work ensuring future pandemics are mitigated or avoided altogether. Gene Halsey, TES America, discusses the major effort underway to reduce human-to-human contact in public spaces without disrupting the natural flow of society—in an effort to prevent the spread of disease while improving people’s lives in the meantime. READ MORE...
28 Dec: Axiomtek’s NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX Edge AI system with Allxon Device Management Solutions to simplify large-scale AIoT deployments – AIE100-903-FL-NX
Axiomtek has announced the AIE100-903-FL-NX, its ultra-compact and state-of-the-art edge AI system. The high-performance AIE100-903-FL-NX is powered by the NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX module which has a 6-core NVIDIA Carmel ARM v8.2 64-bit processor and 384-core NVIDIA Volta GPU architecture with 48 Tensor cores. In addition, it integrates Allxon Device Management Solutions (Allxon DMS) to provide a cost-effective and simplified device management solution with comprehensive remote management capabilities. READ MORE…
24 Dec: Ventola on target with latest Ten Entertainment Group ventures
Leicestershire lighting business, Ventola Projects, has completed the finishing touches on their latest Family Entertainment Centre (FEC) project with Ten Entertainment Group. The firm’s signature VAvR LED system has been installed at Manchester’s Printworks venue, consisting of works across the bowling area, the ground floor entrance as well as the arcade setting and communal seating towards the bar. READ MORE…
22 Dec: Concept Group delivers over 50 digital turnkey projects in three months
Concept Group, a sign and large format LED display specialist, has defied industry slow-down with a bumper year, announcing it has reached a milestone in Q3 with a record-number of projects delivered. Despite challenging economic conditions, the company has seen an upsurge in demand from its DOOH roadside business, which has come back strongly after an initial period of uncertainty from the market. READ MORE…
16 Dec: Edinburgh Airport installs Europe’s largest LED check-in display
Edinburgh Airports Limited (EAL), has recently undergone the first stages of a long-term modernisation plan, beginning with the development of the check-in facility. Traditional check in desks have been replaced with an 85m LED wall, designed to ensure wayfinding, flight information and marketing visuals. Integrator nuVIDEO worked extensively with distributor Midwich and PSCo to find a solution that could fulfil the requirements for millions of travellers. READ MORE…
15 Dec: Coates Group’s K2 Kiosk wins good design award Gold accolade in Australia’s International Good Design Awards
Coates Group’s K2 Self-Order Kiosk received the esteemed Good Design Award Gold Accolade in the Product Design Consumer Electronics category in recognition for outstanding design and innovation. The highest honour for design and innovation in Australia, the internationally-renowned award was announced during 2020 Good Design Week. READ MORE…
14 Dec: Interactive CityPost kiosks rely upon Zytronic’s touch technology to enhance the visitor experience
Zytronic’s all-weather projected capacitive touch sensors have helped the city of Greensboro, North Carolina, breathe new life into its downtown area. The durable interactive technology has provided the user interface to thirteen double-sided, 55in public information terminals, which look and work like giant sized smartphones. The municipality has deployed the kiosks to give timely information to passers-by, such as nearby restaurants, local retail promotions, regional events, and even public transportation. READ MORE…
10 Dec: Wembley Park undergoes digital upgrade with Eclipse Digital Media and Absen LED
UK integrator, Eclipse Digital Media, delivered an extensive digital signage overhaul using Absen LED as part of an expansive digital upgrade to the entirety of Wembley Park. More than 150sqm of Absen XD6 LED screens were installed and have since been used for thanking the NHS and front line workers, as well as advertising and managing the flow of pedestrians. READ MORE…
08 Dec: Ivanti introduces biometric authentication, self-service automation bots and automated asset discovery in new service and asset management releases
Ivanti have announced enhanced capabilities for their portfolio, which includes service management, asset management and automation solutions. The new releases give service desks greater visibility, in real time to improve the accuracy, speed and efficiency of services delivered, leading to better outcomes and resolving up to 80% of issues before they’re reported. READ MORE...
26 Nov: “Utilise AI to lessen brand identity gap”, lessons in retail
Physical stores have faced unprecedented challenges this year and many are attempting one last clawback of revenue. What they are recognising is a need for change - not only to survive the pandemic, but to come out of it stronger and well-positioned for retail’s evolved landscape. Nate Burke, CEO and founder of digital marketing and ecommerce specialist Diginius. explains why he thinks retailers should utilise AI to lessen the brand identity gap. READ MORE...
24 Nov: UK multitouch sensor firm Zytronic wins prestigious contract in Thailand
Zytronic’s patented multitouch projected capacitive technology (MPCT) with object recognition has been selected for integration into interactive tables in Thailand. The 55in touchscreen, which is being used as a real-estate marketing asset in Bangkok, enables property buyers to virtually visit apartments at Singha Estates’ prestigious ESSE Asoke condominium development. READ MORE…
08 Oct: Blitz GES goes into liquidation

Event production specialist Blitz, a GES company, has become a casualty of the Covid-19 pandemic. The company has gone into liquidation, causing dozens of redundancies. The live events industry has been calling for urgent government support over recent months with campaigns such as the #lightitred and #wemakeevents movements.

06 Oct: Zytronic’s multi-touch technology helps museum bring smart agriculture to life

Taiwan’s National Science and Technology’s ‘smart agriculture’ display showcases the development of Taiwan’s agriculture.

To highlight how the island’s pig farming industry has embraced technology, increasing productivity, and improving animal welfare, the museum invited Techart Group to create an interactive touch table. Having worked with Zytronic on previous interactive table projects for several mobile phone retailers, Techart Group knew it was in safe hands. READ MORE…

22 Sep: Pyramid Computer GmbH signs distribution deal with Pinntec Ltd to strengthen UK operation.

Pyramid Computer GmbH has announced a new distribution deal with Pinntec Ltd for its kiosk, industrial PC and server products. The deal appoints Pinntec as the exclusive distributor for all Pyramid products in the UK and Republic of Ireland. The deal is part of the Pyramid strategy to link with local market experts in multiple sectors to expand sales. READ MORE…

16 Sep: British start-up Uncrowd is named Microsoft’s Worldwide Start-Up Partner of the Year

British company, Uncrowd, that is developing a world-class actionable customer analytics platform for retailers, is this year’s recipient of Microsoft’s inaugural global award for Start-Ups.
London-headquartered Uncrowd, founded by retail experts, offers a customer analytics platform that enables retailers to understand customer preferences and behaviour, make immediate changes to marketing and operations, and dramatically increase sales.

15 Sep: Absen Scoops 2020 Red Dot Award for New Champion Rental Staging LED Series

LED manufacturer Absen has announced they have won the coveted Red Dot Product Design award for their latest rental staging LED solution, the Venus (VN) series.

The Venus series is an innovative LED display that has been specifically designed for concerts and festivals due to its ability to create super-sized screens at speed. The product features a highly unique integrated ‘module-on-frame’ design, which has removed the need for a sub-frame and is 27% lighter than competing solutions, allowing creative teams to cut back on weight, save cost and build even bigger LED walls than before – up to 20 metres in height.

11 Sep: Digi International Introduces Versatile Digi IX20 Router for Industrial, Remote Location Monitoring and for Unattended Retail and Digital Signage Applications

Digi International has launched the Digi IX20, an industrial router providing adaptable, right-sized connectivity in industrial infrastructure, location monitoring, and unattended retail applications. The Digi IX20 also offers advanced security and redundancy features for reliable performance in harsh environments.

02 Sep: ISE looks forward to Barcelona debut

Planning for Integrated Systems Europe 2021 is well underway with its organisers, Integrated Systems Events, committed to delivering a compelling and safe exhibition for the world’s audiovisual integrated systems community.

The 17th edition of ISE is set to take place at its new home at the Fira de Barcelona, Gran Vía, 2-5 February 2021. The world class exhibition centre plans to reopen for business in September. This will follow the successful completion of a collaboration with risk mitigation consultancy AON and the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona which will determine the specific security criteria for holding B2B events at the venue later this year.

01 Sep: UK tech entrepreneur develops solutions to support the UK’s recovery

With the country still largely in lockdown, with social distancing measures as part of the controls around COVID-19, UK businesses are starting, with caution, to explore ways in which adaptations need to be made to ensure a safe movement back to normal working and operating patterns once government recommendations allow it.

Entrepreneur Josh Bunce, founder and CEO of Bristol born inurface Group, has developed a number of solutions which will help support businesses back into operation as well as offer vital reassurance for the public using these services.

27 Aug: Ventola Projects’ launches new iCheck system

Leicestershire electrical installations firm, Ventola Projects, has launched a new system set to add to the collective armoury in fighting back against the virus and safely reigniting the economy. The iCheck system not only monitors footfall and individuals’ and groups of customers’ temperatures but it can also dispense hand sanitiser and check and remind people to wear face masks, acting as virtual concierge or gatekeeper to event locations, entrance ways, shopping malls, and retail and entertainment venues of all kinds.

25 Aug: Evoke Creative innovates with contactless technology

Evoke Creative, design-led manufacturer of interactive digital solutions, has Invested in the design and development of a kiosk – EV LITE|Temperature Check – which screens customers and employees on arrival at a premises. The kiosk has a contactless temperature check function along with an automatic hand sanitiser. Evoke Creative has also launched a contactless user experience which can be integrated into existing touchscreen applications.

11 Aug: UNTACT introduces contactless touch monitors for kiosks

Craft Data has introduced their latest range of hygienic contactless touch monitors designed for kiosk applications. The “UNTACT” touch monitor range uses infrared touch technology, however, whereas in conventional IR touch monitors the infrared touch is mounted as close to the display surface as possible, typically 5mm, “UNTACT” moves the infrared touch frame 25mm away from the display surface, making the detection of a stylus (finger or gloved finger) 25mm away from the physical touch point being displayed on the TFT LCD, hence “contactless”.

05 Aug: BrightSign signage merges culture and retail at K11 MUSEA

BrightSign LLC has announced that its Series 4 XD1034 players, installed by BrightSign’s partner in China, SCHOT, are powering seven LED video walls, showing impressive installation art across Hong Kong’s K11 MUSEA, the cultural-retail facility. Using BSN.cloud to deliver a weekly program of live streamed events, these performances by top musicians, dancers and theatre performers are relayed around the complex using the screens.

04 Aug: Digital signage solutions from BrightSign and 22MILES help improve campus connectivity at Georgia Tech University

BrightSign, in collaboration with 22MILES has improved campus connectivity at Georgia Tech University, Atlanta.

22MILES’ approach to the project was to cement a collaborative partnership with the university’s technology departments, bringing the resources of 30+ developers into the equation, as well as innovators in the digital signage space such as BrightSign, and their purpose-built media players.

30 Jul: BrightSign unveils touchless engagement solutions to help retailers and restaurants safely open for business

BrightSign, LLC, has announced BrightLink and BrightMenu to help retailers, restaurants and other businesses safely operate in the face of new health regulations brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

BrightLink is a new touchless solution that eliminates the need to physically engage with touch-interactive digital signage. Customers transfer control of the experience by scanning a QR code to their phones to browse or interact with content as they normally would, eliminating the need for physical contact.

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25 Jun: Digital signage solutions from BrightSign and 22MILES help improve campus connectivity at Georgia Tech University

BrightSign, in collaboration with 22MILES has improved campus connectivity at Georgia Tech University, Atlanta.

22MILES’ approach to the project was to cement a collaborative partnership with the university’s technology departments, bringing the resources of 30+ developers into the equation, as well as innovators in the digital signage space such as BrightSign, and their purpose-built media players.

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