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Wednesday, 21 April 2010

ONELAN Wins Queen's Award for Enterprise 2010

ONELAN Digital Signage is delighted to announce that they have won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2010 in the Innovation category.

In 2009, despite a challenging economic climate, the company saw sales growth of over 19%, representing a 27% increase in unit sales and continued profitable growth for the fifth consecutive year. Exports were largely responsible, with sales turnover up from 18% to 30% as ONELAN continues to extend its global reach.

Having established itself as a leading provider of Digital Signage to the Education sector, the company has continued to expand its product portfolio to address markets such as Retail and Health that require Enterprise Class solutions.

Innovative enterprise products that have been developed include the Digital Signage Manager, designed to remotely monitor and manage networks of Net-Top-Boxes e.g. in large retail rollouts. Another product is the ONELAN Data Collection Engine (DCE) - a solution for capturing, collating and re-purposing data held in customer IT systems for display on a ONELAN Digital Signage system in graphical form for example for factoring data or meeting room bookings. Also, ONELAN’s IPTV Omni-Server is a single box streaming solution for networked delivery and storage of video content via Ethernet networks e.g. in shopping malls, large corporates or universities.

Says David Dalzell, ONELAN’s Managing Director … “We are of course delighted to receive this award. The Queen’s Award for Enterprise is a very welcome recognition of the effort put in by our various teams to fulfil the whole product lifecycle for a leading edge set of products. We are proud to be able to create new products and grow profitably into a new world-wide market.”

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

ONELAN at Screen Media Expo 2010

Digital signage and IPTV specialist ONELAN will be exhibiting at Screen Media Expo 2010 in London from 5-6 May.
Enterprise tools including the Data Collection Engine (DCE) will be shown, as well as IPTV streaming and Digital signage solutions with Touch capability.

Friday, 9 April 2010

South Birmingham Primary Care Trust chooses ONELAN for Surgery Signage

South Birmingham Primary Care Trust (NHS) wanted a method for delivering messages to the patients at 65 surgeries across South Birmingham from their Head Office in Kings Norton. ONELAN Digital Signage was chosen to achieve this.

The Trust had the following key objectives for their digital signage:
  • To Educate - Answer common health and surgery questions thereby achieving improved staff productivity, fewer visits, better patient health and earlier patient awareness of health problems
  • To Entertain - Reduce perceived waiting time to achieve happier patients by showing live TV.
  • In an Emergency - Simple accessible method for communication of messages instantly
ONELAN Century NTB 615s have been installed in all 65 of the doctors’ surgeries, and three ONELAN Millenium NTB 5000s have been installed in the Head Office.

The content on the Century Series 615 Net-Top-Boxes (NTBs) in each of the surgeries comprises a combination of the following:
  • Practice updates
  • Local RSS News feed
  • Practice messages & alerts
  • Government health videos
It can be made relevant to the day’s surgery and easily changeable at the location by the receptionists. Ad Hoc messages are also set up so the receptionist can quickly inform the patients if the surgery is on time or not. This service gives the patients a relaxed signage system with pertinent information. There is also an override facility. If there is an incident e.g.: the recent swine flu outbreak, then HQ can override scheduled content to show the emergency content.

The main implementation issues involved included:

  • Overcoming security issues - With the obvious issues of patient confidentiality, security was of paramount importance. With the excellent security features of ONELAN’s NTBs any concerns were soon overcome. ONELAN is even approved for use in high security applications such as Government and Banking.
  • Overcoming user reluctance - It was essential that the NTB software interface was simple enough for NHS staff to use so they could update the information being displayed on the Net-Top-Boxes with minimal training. At the same time, the software had to be sophisticated enough for the signage requirements of the Trust Head Office.
  • Surgery Network Conformity - As every surgery has its own non standardised network, while the Trust Head Office is able to publish information on all the NTBs in every surgery, it is unable to ‘see’ whether each NTB is working properly, and whether there are any faults. To overcome this constraint, ONEMedia Services act as a go between, as they monitor all the local NTBs, and forward this information via email back to the Trust Head Office.

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