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Monday, 21 December 2009

DOOH from ONELAN for the Linderud Senter Shopping Mall


A cost-effective, low maintenance advertising system

Introduction
The Linderud Senter Shopping Mall situated in Oslo, has 60 stores and houses offices for a wide range of healthcare services. The newly refurbished shopping centre covers five floors and is 32,000 m2.

Following their refurbishment the Linderud Senter wanted a combined Wayfinding and advertising system that was reliable, had low maintenance costs and would keep content update costs to a minimum. It was decided the sign should be double sided with one side interactive for a Wayfinder and store adverts, and the other solely for full screen advertising.

The ONELAN digital signage system and Urbanview Signboard were chosen by the Linderud Senter as its fully flexible system offers a Multi-Zone screen design giving the ability to run advertising, as well as Wayfinding with Touch Interactivity. Specifically this meant advertising content could be updated and scheduled entirely separately from the Interactive Wayfinding content.

A single zone system based exclusively on Flash was rejected due to the cost for content changes and time to update.

Why ONELAN
ONELAN's Digital Signage system provides the following advantages:

  • Touch capability - interactivity on the Wayfinding system brings another dimension to the screen and involves the customer, thereby attracting them to the advertising.
  • Multi-Zone - different Zones in each screen can be dedicated to different media and Playlists. This allows huge cost-savings when advertising needs to be updated, as only the Advertising Zone of the screen has to be changed without impacting the Wayfinding Zone.
  • Reliability, ensuring low maintenance costs – operating on a Linux base ensures reliability reducing the number of site visits needed.
  • Proof of Playout – ONELAN's auditing capability means it is possible to follow what media is being played, when and where, allowing The Linderud Senter to guarantee visibility to their advertisers.

What is installed
The Linderud Senter has installed 3 double sided Signboards each containing 2 Net-Top-Box (NTB) 5000s, one with a Touch Licence to enable the Wayfinding system to function,

End result – end user feedback
The Marketing Co-ordinator was very pleased with the ability to publish by date and time in order to ensure that the commercials are up-to-date during holidays.

“One of the stores in Linderud Senter registered a visitor increase of 50% from one week to the next when their commercial was shown on the Signboards” said Irene Karstad, Shopping Mall Manager, Linderud Senter.

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Tuesday, 8 December 2009

New Distributor in Chile for ONELAN

ONELAN have signed up a new distributor, Grupo Clan in Chile to increase their coverage in this region.

Established in 2004, Grupo Clan are a leading supplier of Digital Signage and In-Store Music Services.

Grupo Clan chose ONELAN Net-Top-Boxes for the following reasons: They are based on a Linux Platform, they are reliable with a small form factor, and offer multiple-zone options.

This distributor has been successful in overseeing ONELAN installations in large retail chains in Chile such as Paris.cl.

ONELAN at ISE 2010

At ISE 2010, Stand 12 E84 ONELAN will be focussing on Digital Signage and our latest software updates, and IPTV Omni-Server.

Digital Signage

ONELAN develops network appliances for standalone and end-to-end Digital Signage network solutions. The Net-Top-Box is a mul­timedia, multi-zoned solution capable of dis­playing stored media and live media e.g RSS feeds, webpages and broadcast or locally streamed TV. With a browser based user inter­face, the system is fully multi-lingual including all main European languages, and Korea, Chinese, Japanese and Arabic. Further mem­bers of the product family cater for Enterprise network management, Touch applications and integration with external data sources.

IPTV Omni-Server

ONELAN IPTV Omni-Server is a single box solution for networked delivery and storage of free-to-air digital (DVD-T and DVD-S) TV content.

It provides a number of key functions within one appliance, firstly acting as an IPTV TV gateway which can take in Digital free-to-air TV broadcasts (DVB-T/Freeview or DVB-S/FreeSat) and re-broadcast out several TV channels onto a network. Any device on the network can then play back the live TV stream using a desktop PC TV software player, or a media player such as a ONELAN Net-Top-Box. A key benefit of this feature is the reduction in RF coaxial cable wiring required.

Another feature is for Analogue video Encoding. An analogue source e.g Live TV camera or output of a satellite set-top-box, can be encoded to an MPEG2 stream and multicasted onto an Ethernet network.

For broadcast distributed TV there is also typically a Web accessible Electronic Program Guide (EPG) feature that allows a user to choose a TV program (or series of programs) to be transmitted at some time in the future and have them automatically recorded to disk. In a school or college this can be used to record educational TV programs, and replay video content to the classroom or directly to student PCs.

Finally, the inbuilt VoD Server acts as a repository for TV media recorded by the IPTV Omni-Server itself or other media created by the user.

ONELAN IPTV & Digital Signage at BETT


At BETT, ONELAN will be showcasing Digital Signage, Video Streaming, Lesson Capture and its latest Digital Signage IPTV Gateway products for education and illustrating how these solutions can enhance the learning experience. ONELAN will be demonstrating the simplicity of getting started with the Net-Top-Box digital signage media player at two box to screen demos on Wednesday 13th and Saturday 16th January.

ONELAN Digital Signage is used in Education, from Primary Schools through to Higher Education establishments. Through the use of screens placed in reception areas, staff rooms, canteens and student accommodation, Digital Signage is a proven method for communicating information instantly across an entire site, replacing existing noticeboards with dynamic, eye catching screens that can show everything from lunch menus to pupils’ work and details of after-school clubs.

Monday, 7 December 2009

ONELAN’s New Digital Signage Manager


ONELAN Digital Signage is pleased to announce the Digital Signage Manager (DSM), an Enterprise class solution for Digital Signage networks.

The DSM is an Enterprise class solution for management of larger Net-Top- Box (NTB) Digital Signage networks. It has been developed with the needs of larger retail and advertising client networks in mind and existing partners already providing digital signage as a service using ONELAN web based Net-Top-Box (NTB) systems.

Historically known for smaller networks, ONELAN now has a number of retail and advertising led networks based on the robustness of its Linux based player. The release of the DSM gives these clients the tools they need to manage and grow their networks and takes ONELAN into new territory as far as competing for larger Enterprise projects. The DSM is a multi-client system with individual user credentials for each customer network. It is scalable and has been tested for multiple users on networks of up to 1000. NTBs operate in ‘dial-out’ mode for easy monitoring from behind firewalls. Existing customers can try the DSM with up to 5 NTB players free of charge.

The key features of DSM are as follows:

Monitoring
The DSM is designed for monitoring channels of NTBs. To ensure a NTB network is working smoothly, the live operational and environmental health of the network is reported on with regular status reports and email alerts when alarms are raised or lowered. By using the DSM Standard Report, the progress of NTB Channel Manager Publish and Subscription operations can also be easily monitored. Reports may also be created for specific operational needs.

Remote Maintenance
The DSM can act as a Virtual Private Network (VPN) server, allowing groups of NTBs to join a network of Secure Capped VPN tunnels. The (VPN)-in capability helps to avoid costly site visits as it enables remote configuration and maintenance. An authorised operator of the DSM can access remote NTBs even if they are located behind firewall-routers.

This facility significantly reduces the need for onsite maintenance, and therefore reduces on-going operation cost and increases uptime.

Media Playout Audit
The DSM also provides summaries of what media has played at each remote NTB or group of NTBs. This feature gives proof of performance reporting for all scheduled media, eg proof of advert playing.

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Tuesday, 1 December 2009

St. Aidan's Academy: Transformation of Communications with User Friendly Digital Signage


St Aidan’s Academy are a Church of England secondary school funded by the government, and sponsors the Church of England and business entrepreneurs Anne and David Crossland. The school became an Academy in September 2007, providing 700 places for local 11 to 16 year olds. The school is committed to working with the community and to developing family and adult learning.


Project objectives

Digital Signage has been adopted by St Aidan’s Academy to communicate with both staff and students, and to promote the school to visitors. There was also a requirement to enable each department to promote their own activities.

Why ONELAN?
Alan Dick, Assistant Principal, at St Aidan’s Academy, first saw ONELAN’s Net-Top-Boxes (NTBs) at the BETT show in 2009, and having researched their capabilities, decided to install digital signage.

What is installed?
One NTB615 Publisher unit is installed in the Academy’s Server Room. In addition there are eleven NTB610 Subscriber units using Smart-e CAT5e SLX111units to distribute the signal to display screens throughout the school. One of these screens is in reception, another in the library, two are located in the canteen, and the others are situated in various open spaces throughout the site.

How to do it
Currently St. Aidan’s are using Channel Manager to update the NTB610 Subscriber units with new content and information. This is being run as a single channel using the Ad Hoc feature to allow local content to be added to specific screens. A third party IPTV system is being used to drive video on demand (VOD) across the digital signage network. The system is managed centrally by a Network Manager, and an initiative is now underway whereby a number of hubs has been created, each with their own Manager responsible for hub content.

Digital signage content
A wide range of content is displayed, including photographs of events and activities at the school, media, exam information, canteen menus and opening details, examination timetables, PowerPoint presentations, and news reels. In addition each house has recently completed a ‘day in the life’ video that is displayed on the digital signage.

End result – end user feedback
"The introduction of the ONELAN solution has transformed communication between staff and students. The solution is so user friendly and accessible that we have a number of staff actively controlling the 14 LCD screens throughout the building, displaying a variety of information including canteen menus, exam information, student presentations and notices” says Alan Dick, Assistant Principal at St. Aidan’s.

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Monday, 30 November 2009

New Spanish Distributor for ONELAN

ONELAN have signed up a new distributor, RPS Audiovisuales, in Spain to increase their coverage in this region.

Established 16 years ago, RPS Audiovisuales have a stronghold in the Spanish Audiovisual market, selling into a large number of sectors including Education, Government and Public Administration, Hospitals, and Hospitality.

Due to the growth in demand for digital signage in Spain, RPS Audiovisuales needed a simple to use solution that does not rely on Windows, and have chosen ONELAN’s Net-Top-Box to exploit this opportunity.

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

New Distributor in Australasia for ONELAN

ONELAN have signed up a new distributor, VideoPro in Australasia to increase their coverage in this region.

VideoPro are a leading supplier of advanced presentation technologies for the Education sector. They offer specialist advice, installation, on-site training and specialised education pricing for schools, training institutes and universities.

The partnership has got off to a flying start with ONELAN installations in Scots College, Wellington & Kristin School in Albany, Auckland.

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Oxford Brookes University Wins ONELAN’s Layout Competition


The Layout competition at ONELAN’s Annual Technology Event was won by Oxford Brookes University. ONELAN Net-Top-Boxes (NTBs) were installed at the University by Image Audio Visual Solutions. The competition proved to be very popular with resellers being invited to submit their best customer Layouts.

All the Layouts were judged on a range of criteria relating to both their design and their content. The Oxford Brookes Layout stood out as not only was it a clean, professional and simple design, but it was also particularly good as it followed current design trends. In addition, all too often users feel the need to show everything, and with digital signage, less is more. According to Tyson Reed, Senior Designer at Tymedia Ltd, who assisted with the judging ‘they have grasped the concept of effective digital signage Layout design’.

Monday, 16 November 2009

TECHNOLOGY EVENT A GREAT SUCCESS


On Wednesday 4th November ONELAN co-hosted their Annual Technology Event for resellers with ONEMedia, Smart E, ONELAN Digital Signage and ONELAN IPTV at Beaumont House, Old Windsor.

The event was an enormous success with numbers up by over 40% on 2008, drawing resellers from not only across the UK, but from as far afield as Chile and the USA.

Highlights of the day were the new products on show, including ONELAN’s IPTV Streaming, Digital Signage Manager and Data Capture Engine.

While the seminars were an opportunity for resellers to learn more about ONELAN’s latest products, technology and markets, the event was also a valuable opportunity to network.

Feedback from resellers has been extremely positive: ‘I thought the whole day was top notch’ said Trevor Witherow from Niavac (Northern Ireland), and from Jimmy Bernard of Netkom (Denmark): ‘Thanks a lot for an interesting event, it is always good to get a brush-up’

Thursday, 15 October 2009

ONELAN's Annual Technology Event

Following the success of last year’s event, ONELAN is co-hosting a free one-day Technology Event for resellers with ONEMedia, Smart-e, ONELAN Digital Signage and ONELAN IPTV on Wednesday November 4th 2009, in the Balmoral Suite, Beaumont House, Old Windsor, UK

The day will comprise a showcase of new technology including:

IPTV Streaming:
A single box solution for networked delivery and storage of free-to-air video content via Ethernet networks

Digital Signage Manager:
A Linux based Web appliance that reports on the live operational and environmental health of a large number of ONELAN digital signage Net-Top-Boxes (NTBs)

Data Capture Engine:
A single box solution for capturing, collating and re-purposing data held in external systems for display on a ONELAN Digital Signage System in graphical form.

In addition there will be:
  • A review of vertical markets
  • Accredited reseller training forums
  • Product demonstrations
  • Tech team Q & A workshop
  • Opportunity to meet colleagues in the industry
  • Free lunch & Refreshments
“Our annual technology event is a key element of our digital signage reseller support programme,” said Hugh Coghill-Smith, Sales and Marketing Director at ONELAN. “It is an opportunity for us to demonstrate how they can be successful within the digital signage market.”

Wednesday, 30 September 2009

University of Bedfordshire: Implementing Digital Signage as an Integral part of their Communication Strategy


The University of Bedfordshire was established in August 2006 by order of the Privy Council and comprises five campuses, three within Luton, one at Bedford and one based in Aylesbury. There are 20,000 staff and students from over 100 different countries at the University creating a very diverse environment. With planned developments valued at over £134m spread over the next few years the University is an exciting and vibrant place to be now and in the future.

Project objectives
Digital signage has been in use at the University of Bedfordshire for some time, with standalone units being installed in different departments. The objective of this project was to bring all the existing digital signage together and to provide for future expansion: the University is currently investing £35 million in a new campus centre where digital signage will play a key part in the communication strategy.

Any new digital signage needed to successfully network with the existing infrastructure and the previous installations. The University was also keen to ensure corporate branding was used across all five campus locations, to create a professional look.

Digital signage content
Of particular importance was the requirement to show the appropriate content on each screen, targeted at the local audience, while retaining the corporate ‘look’ to each screen. For example the screen installed in the Business School foyer needs to show welcome messages and Business School specific information.

With units installed in 17 different departments the digital signage needs to be easy to use by many different people, both technical and non-technical, as they are very content hungry and need to be constantly updated. The systems also need to be easy to set up, and quick to manage.

How to do it
ONELAN’s Net-Top-Boxes (NTBs) were chosen as the Digital Signage solution, due to their ease of use and their ability to apply highly customised layout designs, so anyone on the university staff can contribute without fear of problems. To reach an audience base of 20,000 students and staff, the screen layout flexibility and scheduling were of utmost importance. The ONELAN NTBs allow a screen to be divided into different Zones, which allow different media formats such as Live TV feeds, RSS feeds, animations, still images and audio.

The University wanted a scalable system, particularly with the new campus centre in mind, and ONELAN fitted the bill.

What is installed
One main publisher NTB supplies content for 17 subscriber Century 610 NTBs. These are located in the main Foyer, in the Park Square campus, the Learning Resource Centres on the Luton and Bedford campuses, reception areas in Butterfield Park, Buckinghamshire and Putteridge Bury campuses as well as various other social spaces.

IPTV OMNI-SERVER
One of the key aspects of the project was the installation of an Omni-Server. Originally the University required an ‘off air’ recording solution for the academic staff to use. With the Omni-Server, they are now able not only to do this, but also link into the digital signage network. This provide the screens with live TV feeds for news and educational TV channels across the network infrastructure without the need to run additional RF cabling, thereby keeping additional costs to a minimum.

How the digital signage is being used
A wide variety of content is being utilised including public content such as a TV feed showing BBC News and Sky News, XML feeds for local weather and news, as well as University news and events. An XML feed from the Association of Train Operating Companies is planned. This will deliver up-to-date timetable information for Bedford and Luton stations to help promote sustainable transport options.

The signage is also used for department specific information, such as information for registration and Open Days, and content throughout the university.

End result – end user feedback
Integration with the university’s existing networks has been straightforward.
Feedback has been very positive: staff like the look of the content.

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Tuesday, 15 September 2009

A Date for your diary: ONELAN's Technology Event

Following the success of last year’s event, ONELAN's is co-hosting a free one-day Technology Event for resellers with ONEMedia, Smart E, ONELAN DS, ONELAN IPTV, on Wednesday November 4th 2009, at Beaumont Estate, Old Windsor, UK



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Wednesday, 9 September 2009

ONELAN SPONSORS AV AWARDS

Digital Signage Specialist ONELAN has agreed to sponsor the 2009 AV Awards.

As a former winner of the prestigious AV Digital Signage Company of the year award, ONELAN are proud to be sponsoring the same category in 2009.

ONELAN Digital Signage at InfoComm China 2009

Digital Signage Specialist ONELAN will be supporting AsiaVoila at InfoComm China on 9 - 11 November 2009 in the National Agricultural Exhibition Center (New Hall) Beijing, China.

The show is the 6th in the series of dedicated ProAV tradeshows organized by InfoCommAsia Pte Ltd for the Chinese market.

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

ONELAN announces New distributor in Singapore

ONELAN Digital Signage announced today that it has signed up Autopack as its new distributor in Singapore. Autopack is a leading barcode and office automation solutions company established in 1989. They offer a diverse range of products from barcode printers, barcode scanners, customised solutions, software solutions, thermal transfer ribbons etc. Autopack’s customers range from small outlets to MNCs and government agencies.

Due to the recent rapid increase in demand in the digital signage market in Singapore, Autopack attended 2009 Shanghai Digital Signage Trade Show and talked with ONELAN. Autopack found ONELAN products very simple-to-use, user-friendly and stable, they chose ONELAN as their supplier for digital signage.

‘We believe that Autopack’s previous rich experience will help ONELAN enter the Singapore market and that ONELAN will give the best support for our Singapore customers’, says Bruno Villette, ONELAN China Chief Representative.

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Maldron Hotels use ONELAN Digital Signage to re-brand new hotels across Ireland

Digital Signage Specialist ONELAN has installed Net-Top-Boxes throughout the Maldron Hotel chain in Ireland to re-brand in a clear and consistent way.



What needed to be done?
Having acquired nine hotels from the Choice Hotel Group, Maldron Hotels required a visual display in the Reception areas of its properties that would introduce its new brand to visitors to the hotels and, also, provide a variety of information to its customers in a clear, concise and consistent manner. Details to be conveyed included directional information in hotels where meeting rooms or other hotel facilities are located at a distance from the central hotel lobbies. In addition, a notice board facility is required in each hotel to inform guests about events, menus, special offers, etc.

How to do it?
ONELAN’s Net-Top-Boxes (NTBs) were chosen as the Digital Signage solution, due to their ease of use and the range of layout designs available. To reach such a large audience base, the screen layout flexibility and scheduling were of high importance. The ONELAN NTBs allow a screen to be divided into different Zones, which allow different media formats such as Live TV feeds, RSS feeds, animations, still images and audio.

A large LCD screen and ONELAN Century Net-Top-Box have been placed in the foyers of each of the hotels, attracting the attention of both resident guests and other customers. The screens show restaurant information, the latest hotel information, welcome messages and directions to meeting rooms. This provides an informative and worthwhile display to be appreciated by all visitors.

The screen uses vary from hotel to hotel depending on each hotel’s facilities, while retaining the overall Maldron branding. For example, if the hotel has a leisure centre along with a bar/café then the screens would provide information about the hotel, and about the bar and leisure centre; if the hotel has a conference centre and a restaurant then it might show meeting room details and special offers for the restaurant, etc.

The End Result
The ONELAN Digital Signage solution has been of benefit to all concerned and there have been positive comments from resident guests and other visitors alike. Each hotel can personalise its Net-Top-Box with specific hotel information, while using the same standardised format to maintain the Maldron Hotels brand.

“In addition to managing the day to day signage needs of our hotels ONELAN allowed us the opportunity to communicate to guests the re-branding to Maldron Hotels in a clear and consistent way. We are very pleased with our decision to use Onelan.”
Anthony Murray, Group IT Manager Maldron Hotels.

Monday, 3 August 2009

Interview with Hugh Coghill-Smith by InfoAVChina


Who is ONELAN?
ONELAN was founded in 2000. Since then, it had focussed its development on digital signage, bringing to the market appliances with increasing capabilities. ONELAN is based in UK, near London, where its R&D team has a strong record of product development. ONELAN was awarded AV Digital Signage Company of the Year 2008 and ranked in the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 EMEA 2008, demonstrating its position among the leading companies in this sector in Europe.

What is the plan for ONELAN In the Chinese market?
ONELAN started with the UK market where it has been very successful. Expansion into European and US markets followed. ONELAN is also now making inroads into other territories, with different languages and cultural habits. ONELAN is already well accepted in the Arab world and operations are now being concentrated on Asia. Our system is already working with a Chinese language user interface, which is a key advantage; as we want all our users to feel that the ONELAN system is very user friendly, we need to adopt the local language and working habits. We now have our own team based in Shanghai to support our resellers and customers.

What are the key features of ONELAN Net-Top-Boxes?
ONELAN engineers have spent a lot of time in developing the product to make it easy to use by the end-user, including people who are not IT specialists. The team in charge of the overall management of the digital system network has access to powerful tools enabling them to create the layouts they want, to easily program the schedules they need for all occasions, and to manage the play list of contents that will be displayed in each area of the screen. In addition other individuals can also have rights to update certain content directly from their own computer.

Can you explain how it works?
Let’s take an example: the receptionist in an organisation has to update greeting messages for visitors which are displayed in a zone of a screen in the lobby. The ONELAN user interface allows the receptionist to do just this in just a few clicks directly from her computer, almost like sending a message via email. Another example: a business manager can share key information or statistics (sales, production, quality records, corporate news) with his team by creating a PowerPoint file and uploading it by a click-and-drag action on his own computer. Access to a digital signage display becomes a very natural part of daily work for many people.

Is it different from other Digital signage solutions?
Yes. Most digital signage architecture is based on a centralized server and operated through complex software. The access to the software is generally restricted to the IT team, as it requires intensive training. Therefore, update of any information often requires that an individual sends their request for an update to the network’s centralized management team and waits for it to be done by those specialists. Our experience is that customers are much happier when they have the feeling that they ‘own’ the system: they can interact with it directly and see it as a useful tool to achieve their own duties by communicating information they want, when they want.

Do you consider Digital Signage as a tool for productivity?
Yes, our customers in Europe think this way. And I am sure it will be the same in China. Maybe, at the starting phase of Digital Signage, it is first considered as a ‘nice to have’ option, giving a modern image. But now screens are everywhere, visitors and passers-by will not notice them if the content is not attractive or never changes. The key thing about digital signage is that you combine several pieces of information in a display: some will attract attention because they are useful (direction info in a public space, message info, time, news feed, weather), some because they are visually attractive (video, animations, or scheduled changes in the layout that bring something new on the screen), and some are messages you want to pass to the viewer: advertising messages, info on new products in a retail or bank, or corporate messages to staff. The return on investment comes from the fact that when the digital signage system is well managed and designed, messages will indeed be noticed by the viewer and generate positive actions like increasing sales, creating better customer or visitor satisfaction and therefore better loyalty, improving productivity and safety in industrial environments, etc. We saw end-users such as banks for example experiencing an increase in business: by using efficient and smart digital signage that answered customers’ questions while they wait, creating more opportunities for them to sign up for new banking products.

But the cost of developing new content is high, isn’t it?
Yes you are right. Developing new advertising video or new flash animation is not cheap. And to continuously attract attention, you need to renew them frequently. This is where efficient digital signage management software like the one we have developed is a key productivity tool: you can create efficient signage at a lower running cost by allowing the local team to upload practical and relevant information on the display, make frequent updates in very short time and renew the design of the content with minimal workload for the internal marketing team. You can see that some signage systems become obsolete after a few months of use; the customer has no budget to get external marketing agencies to renew the video or flash animation, and the system itself cannot be easily updated by the customer. So the display continues with same content, in a never changing format and visitors or passers-by will soon ignore it, making it a commercial and investment failure.

How Is ONELAN different?
What ONELAN customers value is that they all feel comfortable making full use of their system, and they can easily renew and adapt the content themselves whenever they want, just as they would with any standard electronic document.

What are the key sectors using ONELAN systems?
Corporate communication to employees and visitors sited in foyers, next to the lifts and in factories is a mainstay of our business. Clients include leading companies such as PWC, Airbus and IBM. A recent key trend has been companies using signage in their factories to promote Health and Safety and give production and safety feedback to factory workers.
Universities and education institutions have always been a strong market for Digital signage and many have chosen ONELAN. One simple reason is that in a school, many different individuals want to be able to own part of the display (teachers, groups of student communicating their activities, special events eg competitions, tournaments, concerts).
Banking institutions are also important customers in several countries. You can imagine that banks are very cautious when it comes to appliances connected to their networks as they are very sensitive to security. ONELAN systems offer a high level of security to the user: the banks have validated this fact and we are proud to see them adopting our system.
But we have also users in many other applications, like hospitals for information boards, and queue management. Or industries such as retail outlets, hotels and conference centers.

Do you think the Chinese market is different?
Yes and No. Yes the Chinese market is different because of the language, but we have addressed that already: a Chinese ONELAN user operates a system with a Chinese interface. There are also different types of layout content, just as a website in China has a different look to a European one. We let our resellers in China demonstrate to their customers how ONELAN NTBs can fulfill what the Chinese customer wants. The total flexibility in the design and management function of our systems makes it perfectly adaptable. We had the same situation with Arabic countries and it works perfectly well.

On the other hand, I think digital signage in China has to face the same situation as everywhere: screens are ubiquitous and expenditure on more screens is a sound investment only if the content can be continuously attractive with content that creates value. Digital signage is much more than just splitting a display into a few zones, it is about making use of this tool to achieve something with strategic value for the enterprise. This is what ONELAN has always kept in mind when developing our products and we can already see that Chinese customers and resellers recognize this value. The reasons why our customers are happy with ONELAN in many countries will also apply in China.

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

ONELAN’s Export Sales Growth

ONELAN has extended its global reach with an impressive increase in export sales.

The company’s export strategy formulated last summer focussing on making the user interface work in multiple languages e.g Arabic, Chinese, Japanese has been very successful, and has paid dividends particularly in the Middle East. Sales are growing strongly despite the global economic crisis, with export sales to the end of June already exceeding the total for 2008.

Communicating to an audience who change every day with ONELAN Digital Signage

July 2009…… Digital Signage Specialist ONELAN has installed Net-Top-Boxes throughout Avanta’s serviced offices for a consistent corporate look and feel.



Background

Avanta provide a range of services, from serviced offices to virtual offices to ad-hoc meeting rooms. They offer these services in prime locations around the UK and in India. Customers can hire rooms either by the hour, weekly, monthly or yearly. The customers maybe large corporate firms who need to have extra space or small one-man-bands looking to hold professional meetings for a morning.

What was required
They were looking for a consistent corporate look and feel, throughout all their offices. However they needed to have a means to be able to adapt their foyer environments suitably for their ad-hoc customers as and when required. It was felt that there was also a need to supply information relevant to the businesses visiting the offices.

How to do it?
It was felt that a Digital Signage Solution would achieve all of the above priorities. ONELAN’s Net-Top-Boxes (NTBs) were chosen as the Digital Signage solution, due to their flexible scaling options and the layout designs available. To reach such a large audience base, the screen layout flexibility and scheduling were of high importance. The ONELAN NTBs allow a screen to be divided up into different Zones, which allow different media formats such as Live TV feeds, RSS feeds, animations, still images and audio. Thereby allowing the flexibility within the Avanta layout to brand the screen appropriately for the visiting customer at that time.

A screen and NTB have been placed in the foyers of each of the office buildings, attracting the attention not only of their customers, but also the visitors from other organisations visiting them. The screens show live satellite feeds, the latest traffic information, welcome messages and directions to meeting rooms. This provides an informative and worthwhile display to be appreciated by any visitor.

The End Result
The ONELAN Digital Signage solution has been of benefit to all concerned and there have been positive comments from customers and their visitors.

“The ONELAN digital signage system has enhanced our profile with our clients and visitors at the various buildings around the UK and in India. The layout of the screen has met with our request for anonymity but subtly includes our corporate colours. Visitors' attention is drawn to the screen with an eye-catching welcoming message and an active screen rather than a static message. Those clients requiring visual representation on the screen are accommodated and they feel that their
image has been enhanced with their clients.

We are very pleased with the system and are continuing to install in our new offices”.
says David Kinnaird, Commercial Operations Director.

Friday, 17 July 2009

New NTB500: ONELAN Goes Greener With a Powerful Solution


ONELAN are delighted to announce the release of the new Century NTB500-P & NTB500-S. The key features are:

  • Small form factor: 223 x 178 x 26mm
  • Low power consumption: using less than 12W, this is a Green solution.
  • Capable of landscape or portrait multi-zone multi-media playout
  • Suitable for playout of Flash and PowerPoint content; a wide range of video formats is also supported, making this a versatile solution
  • Available in two versions:

    - NTB500P Publisher/Standalone

    - NTB500S Subscriber player



Any unit in the series combines with any other ONELAN Net-Top-Box (NTB) from the range to provide a cost effective solution for small to large networks.

The Century NTB500 is ideally suited to applications where the media player will be mounted behind the screen. It is perfect for environments which need multiple channels and screens such as in retail or in schools

New Japanese Reseller for ONELAN

ONELAN have signed up a new distributor, Peercom in Japan to increase their coverage in this region.

PeerCom, Inc. is a private company established in 2003 in Tokyo to sell computer and communication field products by importing advanced products from overseas.

Due to the recent rapid demand for digital signage in Japan, Peercom needed a simple to use solution with a Japanese interface to exploit this opportunity, and the ONELAN Net-Top-Box fitted the bill.

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

ONELAN at the 6th China Kiosk Show 22-24 June 2009, Shanghai

ONELAN will be supporting AsiaVoila with their digital signage products at this leading event in China. There will be 131 exhibitors from 23 countries and districts representing the self service industry: vending, kiosk and digital signage markets.

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Digital Signage from ONELAN empowers 21ST Century study at the University of Sheffield

Digital Signage Specialist ONELAN has installed a digital signage network at The University of Sheffield to facilitate multi-channel communication.

Background
At Sheffield University a brand new, futuristic building born out of completely ‘fresh thinking’ concerning learning resources for the 21st century student, and aptly named the Information Commons (IC) was opened on 10th April 2007. The ongoing objective is to ensure the student facilities in the IC remain at the leading edge of student study, comfort and well-being. The IC has quickly become one of the most popular areas on campus with over 1300 study spaces, 500 fully networked PCs and a library with over 100,000 volumes of reference and short loan books including the most popular and heavily used undergraduate texts.

Special Consideration
The internal signage to the building was obviously a crucial element of the design and the brief was to have a flexible and robust means of delivering a media rich building and general information point to everyone using the building through digital signage. This was even more important as the decision was made not to have any traditional signage in place until after the building had been open for some time.

However, the IC is spread over six floors so communication required special consideration. A/V Manager Ian Knowles from the University of Sheffield reviewed the range of potential solutions and selected a digital signage (DS) installation that targets all users of the building - staff, student or visitor – equally, with relevant information for all. Flash animation is used to create dynamic, eye catching displays.

Multi-Channel Content
When selecting a system, Knowles established that the DS would need to display multiple channels of content with both local and remote control capability. It was also clear that a need for local browser-based text updates existed, and that this function would be actioned by authorised users and terminals within the six IC levels. In addition, all the new AV equipment needed to successfully network with existing infrastructure and previous installations. The system chosen comprised 18 Century Net-Top-Box units from specialist UK DS manufacturer, ONELAN, combined with 18 Samsung LCD monitors to provide a network of remote and locally controlled display sources.

The installation was completed in 3 working days and all the digital displays were showing content shortly after. The project has given the Information Commons a unique method of communicating with its users.

The Stakeholders
The IC building serves many needs of the student population including the CILASS on level 1 – two fixed space ‘collaboratories’ purpose built for inquiry-based learning. The dynamic display with multiple channel applications provided by the Century NTBs and viewed on the Samsung LCD units carries the relevant messages very effectively.

The IC with secure access is open for business 24/7, the students can study and view the digital signage output. Truly bringing students into the 21st century.

ONELAN at the Library Show

ONELAN will be at The Library Show (10th- 11th June 2009) in The Pavilion at the Birmingham NEC with Universal AV on Stand 349. With over 120 exhibitors the show is the annual meeting place for the library community across all sectors - public, academic, education and workplace.

Friday, 15 May 2009

New Danish Reseller for ONELAN

May 2009…… ONELAN have signed up a new distributor, Netkom, in Denmark to increase their coverage in this region.

Netkom have already sold 16 Net-top-boxes to the Prince Tobacco factory, 15 of which are used to keep employees in production informed. Another Net-top-box is installed in reception to welcome visitors. With the Danish Government investing in education, Netkom plan to target Universities in particular. In addition they will target petrol stations and cinemas; they have just sold a Net-top-box to the Danish Film Institute.

Tuesday, 5 May 2009

ONELAN IPTV Omni-Server

Digital Signage Specialist ONELAN has added a new product to their ever growing range, further establishing the company as a leading edge provider to the world of digital signage. The IPTV Omni-Server is a single box streaming solution for networked delivery and storage of video content via Ethernet networks.

It provides a number of key functions within one appliance, firstly acting as an IPTV TV gateway which can take in Digital free-to-air TV broadcasts (DVB-T/Freeview or DVB-S/FreeSat) and re-broadcast out several TV channels onto a network. Any device on the network can then play back the live TV stream using a desktop PC TV software player, or a media player such as a ONELAN Net-Top-Box. A key benefit of this feature is the reduction in RF coaxial cable wiring required.

Another feature is an Analogue TV Encoder option. An analogue source is encoded to an MPEG2 stream and multicasted onto an Ethernet network.

There is also a Web accessible Electronic Program Guide (EPG) feature that allows a user to choose a TV program (or series of programs) to be transmitted at some time in the future and have them automatically recorded to disk. In a school or college this can be used to record educational TV programs, and replay video content to the classroom or directly to student PCs.

Finally, the inbuilt VoD Server acts as a repository for TV media recorded by the IPTV Omni-Server itself or other media created by the user.

The IPTV Omni-Server is compatible with ONELAN NTB media players, and with its web browser interface is accessible from anywhere on a network.

“Our new IPTV Omni-Server is ideal for use in Corporate, Government or Education applications where access to both live broadcast video and stored video is desired across the organisation network" says Hugh Coghill-Smith, Sales & Marketing Director at ONELAN.

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

ONELAN goes Dutch with Ferney for a state-of-the-art shopping experience


Digital Signage Specialist ONELAN has installed a digital signage network in Ferney, a large retailer, in the Netherlands.

Background
The Ferney Group is a long established retail cooperative comprising 67 independent hardware businesses making it the largest purchasing organisation in the Netherlands.

With over 150 outlets across Belgium and the Netherlands, Ferney is continually looking for new, innovative marketing tools to enable each cooperative member to maximise it’s sales, while keeping costs under control. The organisation decided that they should install a digital signage network solution in their stores that included central control as well as local customisation and a reporting facility.

Putting the Digital Signage Network Together
The ONELAN Digital Signage network was chosen by Ferney as the best solution for their stores, due to its scalability, Central Control and Ad-hoc features.

It was the combination of these features that allowed Ferney to build a solution using Central Control to create 8 layouts in a schedule (with a pre-determined order for the layouts to be shown), two of which that could be designed by the individual stores. Each layout has 5 Zones, 4 ad-hoc, allowing customisation tailored to local market requirements, and one with a clock.

As an example one store may sell a different mobile phone to another store. In one of the pre-created layouts from Central Control the store can change the mobile phone shown in the layout, to the one they actually sell.

For marketing purposes this has given Ferney excellent feedback on how each store positions themselves and which products they feel are the most important to their local market. With the Central Control reporting functionality they are able to receive this feedback and then produce a hard copy catalogue with relevant content for a particular store.

The end result
With the edge over the competition, a significant ROI has been achieved since the installation took place. This has led to the recruitment of three full time staff who maintain the smooth running of the network across the stores.

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Thursday, 16 April 2009

Middle East expansion drives ONELAN Digital Signage growth

Digital Signage Specialist ONELAN has extended its global coverage by appointing its fifth Arabic Reseller in the Middle East in recent months.

ONELAN’s new resellers include:
  • Samir Photographic Supplies (Saudi Arabia)
  • Audiviz (United Arab Emirates)
  • Adawliah Universal Electronics Co.(Kuwait)
  • Dutco Tennant LLC (United Arab Emirates)
  • Moseco Qatar (Qatar)


Key to this is the latest V7.1 software which has a full Arabic language interface. This combined with the capability to scroll Arabic RSS text from left to right, makes the company’s solution very attractive for the key digital signage markets in this territory.

In the last 6 months ONELAN has made a fast entry into the market being awarded two significant contracts; one with a major Bank and another with a mobile phone retailer.

Combined with strong trading in the UK, business in the Middle East has helped propel ONELAN to a 65% increase in sales in Q1.

ONELAN will be at Palme Middle East Exhibition (26-28th April) in Dubai Stand No 8C39 with Dutco Tennant LLC.

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ONELAN will be at Palme Middle East Exhibition (26-28th April) in Dubai Stand No 8C39 with Dutco Tennant LLC. The Exhibition is the region's largest dedicated trade show for professional audio, lighting, music, entertainment, audio visual and systems integration solutions.

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Friday, 3 April 2009

ONELAN’s Latest V7 Software Release - Meeting the needs of both new and existing customers

March 2009…… Digital Signage Specialist ONELAN today announce their latest software release V7. The latest software has some exciting new features that enhance the interactivity and performance of the full range of media players from ONELAN.

The Native PowerPoint Player feature has been introduced in response to user demand from Corporates and the world of Education where ONELAN has a stronghold. Supporting most visual effects and versions, and the ability to manipulate both inter and intra-slide timings and transitions of the original, a page can be displayed scaled within the zone of a layout. This feature makes it even simpler to update content on a regular basis with information relevant to a particular audience.

‘A key point of digital signage is the ability to provide timely, relevant content; Native Powerpoint Playback makes the ONELAN system even more accessible to users in Corporate and Educational establishments’ says Hugh Coghill Smith, Sales & Marketing Director, ONELAN, ‘With over 7000 units now installed ONELAN is committed to meeting the needs of our customers with Free software maintenance and Free new software releases every 3 months. The message is clear: when you buy into ONELAN you buy into a relationship.’

With a rapidly growing user base, ONELAN has sought customers’ feedback and responded with new user requested features. Most significantly the Net Top Box (NTB) Graphical User Interface (GUI) has been given a full makeover, making it easier to use and more intuitive for even a novice user to navigate.


To further increase productivity, Drag-n-drop PlayList editing is now available for large playlists making them simpler to reorder. In addition, Time Validity can now be applied on any PlayList items to schedule Date-range, Day-of-week and Time-of-day

Another interesting new feature is Text Update from Centre. The ability to update text from a central Publisher to multiple remote Subscriber locations, makes it possible to publish instant messages from a central location e.g visual paging of guests hotelwide.

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