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Friday, 1 February 2013

David Dalzell 1955-2013


Jan 2013 …  It is with great sadness that we announce the death of David Dalzell, founder and managing director of ONELAN Ltd, following a long battle with cancer.

David established ONELAN in 1988 and the company has focused on digital signage and IPTV for the last twelve years.  He led the company from its humble beginnings in his garage, to the expanding organisation it is now, with a turnover in excess of £5M and employing over 40 staff worldwide.  He was particularly proud of ONELAN winning not one, but two Queen’s Awards for Enterprise; one for Innovation, the other for International Trade – over half of ONELAN’s revenues are from export sales.  A series of industry awards and continued growth bear testament to David’s vision and drive.

Nick Randall, ONELAN’s Chairman said “David will be much missed.  Over the past two years, he strengthened the board and management teams with a view to securing the long-term future of the company.  We continue to pursue David’s vision.”

Monday, 21 January 2013

ONELAN Projects shortlisted for InAVation Awards 2013



Two ONELAN projects have been shortlisted for EMEA  InAVation Awards 2013.  Universal AV’S ONELAN installation at NHS Rotherham has been shortlisted in the Most InAVative Public Sector Facility category and Sys-Teams’ ONELAN installation at Drain Center is a finalist in the Most InAVative Retail Installation category.

The winners will be announced at the InAVation Awards Gala Dinner on January 30th 2013

ONELAN at ISE 2013



ONELAN will be at ISE stand Q130 in Hall 10 at the Rai in Amsterdam, NL, 29-31st January 2013 showing Digital Signage and IPTV Solutions including:

·         Multi-display solution for cost effective menu board and high resolution video wall deployment
·         RMP, our industrial Arm based player providing a tiny PoE solid state device for low cost 1080p HD playback

·         HD TV Capture signage solution for hospitality applications

·         Cyclone, ONELAN's player agnostic Enterprise Content Management System designed for large scale digital signage deployments
ONELAN will also be exhibiting audience measurement, QR code content interaction, dynamic intelligent playlisting, player synchronisation and video on demand.

Friday, 19 October 2012

ONELAN and ONEMEDIA at BETT 2013

October 2012.….At BETT 2013 30th January – 2nd February 2013 at Excel London stand G40, ONELAN will be showing off their latest products including:

·    IPTV Streaming – New small format IPTV server providing a cost effective solution for streaming live TV to ONELAN players in foyers, corridors and refectories.

·    Data Capture Engine - ONELAN’s Data Capture Engine enables capture, collation and re-purposing of data stored in Excel files, SQL databases and Google calendar for applications including timetables, diaries and room booking.

·    New small format HD Net-top-Box (NTB) players for installation behind screens

Onemedia will also be on the stand to demonstrate their content services for existing users needing assistance with a refresh of tired content as well as users wanting to have their hardware back under warranty.

Monday, 15 October 2012

ONELAN Wins Digital Signage Project of the Year AV Award 2012


ONELAN is delighted to have won the Digital Signage Project of the Year Award at the prestigious AV Awards 2012 with their installation at NHS Rotherham.
NHS Rotherham's internal TV channel, QTV driven by ONELAN's Net-top-boxes was the subject of the Digital Signage Project entry. 

NHS Rotherham wanted a cost effective means of delivering information across their health facilities.  The objective of the QTV content is to build effective and sustainable Health Capital within the Rotherham community, via the most appropriate and influential communication channels.  The content needed to comprise Health information that could be delivered in an appropriate and timely manner with persuasive impact.

The QTV service is a television network that distributes health information (signposting service information, health promotion campaigns etc.) to television screens located within patient waiting areas throughout the Rotherham borough.   This project demonstrates how effectively digital signage can be used to communicate with a wide audience.  Independent research undertaken by Manchester Business School has quantified just how effective QTV has been.

Universal AV were responsible for the installation of the digital signage, and Onemedia services remotely monitor the ONELAN Net-top-boxes.

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Lord-Lieutenant of Oxfordshire presents Queen’s Award to ONELAN

Having won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2012 in the International Trade category, digital signage firm ONELAN received a visit from the Queen's representative The Lord-Lieutenant of Oxfordshire, Tim Stevenson, accompanied by one of his cadets, Harry Griffiths.

Following a tour of the premises and a short presentation from David Dalzell, ONELAN’s Founder and Managing Director, the Lord-Lieutenant enjoyed a buffet lunch provided by local company Absolute Delights.  This was attended by ONELAN staff, and other dignitaries including the Chairman of Oxfordshire County Council, Don Seale, the Chairman of Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, Adrian Shooter and the Chairman of South Oxfordshire District Council Councillor, Janet Carr.

The award takes pride of place in the company’s already considerable array of awards including a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category awarded in 2010.

The company wins the International Trade award for outstanding achievement in overseas sales growth with an increase in exports over the last three years of 295%.  Export sales now represent 44% of the company’s sales turnover.

ONELAN’s export strategy is in part a result of the need to counterbalance the potential impact of the recession on the domestic and European markets of external influences.

Says David Dalzell, ONELAN’s Managing Director “We are of course delighted to receive a second Queen’s Award.  We have recognised that our product is international and we have put great effort into promoting it overseas.  Success comes sometimes from unlikely territories, but overall the international response has been very pleasing”

Thursday, 13 September 2012

ONELAN at Infocomm MEA 2012

September 2012….At Infocomm Middle East and Africa (MEA) at the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre, UAE 14th – 18th October 2012 ONELAN will be exhibiting with their partner, Dutcotennant, and will be showing Digital Signage and the latest software updates. HD capture will also be demonstrated.

Exhibitors will be showing solutions for numerous applications including videoconferencing, e-classroom, smart buildings, digital signage and digital out-of-home (DOOH) media advertising, broadcast and entertainment production and delivery, and digital network integration.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

White Space uses ONELAN for mobile events


White Space is a creative production management company, providing a wide range of production services. The company offers a portable event digital display system; all of the equipment that is required to create a solution is hired to a client just for the duration of an event.

Although White Space has produced some of the world's largest events, they are also capable of competitively supplying even the smallest ones.

One of the major events that White Space has provided digital signage for is GSMA Mobile World Congress, the annual gathering of the mobile industry with 60,000 senior mobile leaders from 200 countries attending the event.  GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide. Spanning more than 220 countries, the GSMA unites nearly 800 of the world’s mobile operators.

It was very important for GSMA to have flexibility onsite at their World Congress.  They chose digital/electronic signage to help them react to ever changing needs of a live event with particular emphasis on ad hoc onsite changes. GSMA also wanted the ability to communicate these effectively to their delegates.

Digital signage was the only way of displaying the dynamic digital information GSMA wanted to share with their delegates. The ONELAN system was the only system that could offer a combination of both digital signage and IPTV in real time.

GSMA required digital signage in various locations within the venue, capable of displaying various types of media not just PowerPoint style information. Specifically GSMA required the following:
·    Outside conference rooms:-
·    At least 2 screens outside each meeting room detailing the agenda for that session.
·    Potential to stream footage of what is going on in the room should it become full.
·    Potential to advertising other events –eg Awards party/ GSMA Seminars etc
·    On concourse levels:-
·    Event lists
·    Displays Maps
·    What is happening and where
·    Advertising for other events

There were several key requirements for the system
·    The capacity to relay IPTV over a much larger network of screens
·    The control system needed to be housed in the speaker testing room in the venue.
·    The system needed to include 22 x 42” Plasma screens clustered into 10 working groups throughout the venue.
·    The info relayed had to be formatted into agreed template form in line with the Mobile World Congress event brand.
·    A central control centre package located in the speaker testing room had to control and send the core info to these screens
·    the IPTV feeds needed to comprise:
o    5 x channels of mixed live camera auditorium feeds
o    1 x CNN or CNBC
o    1 x MWLive event TV feed

Two ONELAN Net-Top-Box (NTB) 5500Ps were used: one to publish content to ONELAN NTB 620S’s driving the screens and one for use as a spare authoring station, for monitoring and as a spare NTB.  A central control area was set up on site.

End result – end user assessment of value and effectiveness of project
The System was a great success and surpassed the expectations of GSMA. Over the four days of the event the system conveyed over 1500 unique digital messages across ten groups of screens as well as fulfilling numerous ad hoc updates.


About GSMA
The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide.  Spanning more than 220 countries, the GSMA unites nearly 800 of the world’s mobile operators, as well as more than 200 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset makers, software companies, equipment providers, Internet companies, and media and entertainment organisations.

Monday, 30 July 2012

ONELAN Shortlisted for Two AV Awards 2012



ONELAN is delighted to have been shortlisted for two AV Awards: Manufacturer of the Year and Digital Signage Project of the Year.  NHS Rotherham's internal TV channel, QTV driven by ONELAN's Net-top-boxes was the subject of the Digital Signage Project entry.  

The QTV service is a television network that distributes health information (signposting service information, health promotion campaigns etc) to television screens located within patient waiting areas throughout the Rotherham borough.   This project demonstrates how effectively digital signage can be used to communicate with a wide audience.  Independent research undertaken by Manchester Business School has quantified just how effective QTV has been. 

Universal AV were responsible for the installation of the digital signage, and Onemedia services remotely monitor the ONELAN Net-top-boxes.

Thursday, 19 July 2012

New Features for ONELAN's Data Collection Engine


In response to customer demand, ONELAN’s Data Collection Engine (DCE) v 3.1 now has several new features that both increase functionality and reduce costs:

 * Exchange server 2010 support for room booking calendar events and emails.  Results can be displayed using a variety of included Calendar and Diary media.  Exchange Server 2003/7 remains supported.

 * Enhanced support and configuration for the existing range of Connectors including Microsoft Excel, databases, text and XML.

 * Enhancements to colours on Diary and Timeline media to reflect contemporary design colour schemes.

 * Additional configuration options for stock media to assist with customisation providing a broader range of cheaper media for customers.  This reduces the need for expensive bespoke media development.

* Additional configuration options for stock media to assist with customisation providing a broader range of cheaper media for customers.  This reduces the need for expensive bespoke media development.
* Enhanced existing Diary and Timeline media to use a contemporary colour scheme.

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