InfoComm 2009: Displays, Monitors, and Digital Signage

Black Box joined dozens of companies in unveiling new digital signage technology at InfoComm. The company introduced the iCompel, which allows schools to combine video with scrolling text, photos, and other web content. A single iCompel unit–which comes with software pre-installed–used as a digital publisher can send information through a school’s network to any digital sign in the world, the company says, and school officials can simply drag and drop content from a PC or a Mac to load new material into the iCompel digital signage network.

Harris’s digital signage products were on display at InfoComm, including the company’s InfoCaster, which allows educators to edit projects, page layouts, and content and set daily, weekly, and monthly scheduling. InfoCaster Online reportedly gives users an easy-to-use tool to manage extensive digital signage networks, allowing for simple editing of messages and alerts.

Omnivex offers a suite of software options for campuses’ digital signage and electronic billboarding. The company’s Moxie program allows schools to incorporate 3D into digital signage solutions, making for eye-catching graphics that could more effectively communicate with a campus community.

Panasonic’s newly-developed plasma panels give students a clear view of teacher presentations, and the company boasts that a reduction in graying color results in even the blackest blacks. The high-resolution screens also provide a clear view of any ticker information running along the bottom of a digital sign.

Stewart Filmscreen showed off its SnoMatte 100 screens at InfoComm, which allows educators to overlap several projectors without areas of elevated brightness or dimness. The company also displayed its 3D screens–which use specialty metallic material that preserve light polarization–that could be useful for medical school and architecture students.

X2O Media introduced InfoComm attendees to its touch-screen HD video digital signage technology, known as the Xpresenter. Users can browse and play back videos–on a full screen or smaller windows–which can show pop-up messages set to appear at specific times every day, week, or month. Educators can control and customize the Xpresenter’s content through a web-based control page located in a central location,such as a school’s technology office.

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