Visual Display Devices- Driving Digital Signage Flexibility

As Digital Signage evolves into a piece of an overall IoT strategy for many organizations, it is important to understand where existing investments, skills and ecosystems can provide additional value through analytics, targeting and optimizing purchasing.


The Intel Visual Data Device Specification is one way to address the need to perform analytics, video transcoding, caching and other services on the edge of the premises without the overhead of purchasing players that can perform these tasks on top of their more important duties.

Organizations are starting to realize the value of measuring engagement, viewership and even demographics of those who view their visual communications via digital signage.  Sending all of this data to a cloud service to be processes can be an expensive operational expense.  With VDD specification devices there is an option to perform work on site and when it cannot, consolidate and compress these streams to optimize your total cost of ownership for the solution.

As the media player market is being partially driven towards less costly media players, performing transcoding and AI based analysis may detriment their primary purpose: displaying content. Performing this work on-premise, but off end-user facing devices can allow you the most flexibility in your player mix.

Now Micro is excited to provide VDD specification devices that are cost effective and flexible enough to address these and future use cases.  Our short mounting depth 2U height devices can accommodate redundant disks, multiple I/O cards and an extended range of processors including Intel Xeon CPUs

Captivating a Crowd

A Look at How to Deliver a Rich and Cost Effective Video Wall Project

Video walls are digital signage installations that comprise more than a single display.  Content is typically displayed seamlessly across the displays, providing a large format and immersive experience that can deliver diverse types of content.  While videos and informational overlays are a popular content choice, they can also be utilized to show multiple zones of mixed types of content. Continue reading “Captivating a Crowd”

Raspberry Pi 3 and Windows 10 IoT Core For Digital Signage

I’ve been a fan of the Raspberry Pi since its first release and have used them for various small-scale server tasks throughout the years in personal projects in my lab.  When Windows 10 IoT Core was announced, I was excited to finally have an inexpensive embedded Windows test bed.  I ended up buying a Raspberry Pi 3b, the 7″ touch screen and a case to contain it all. Continue reading “Raspberry Pi 3 and Windows 10 IoT Core For Digital Signage”

IoT Security Scorecard

In a previous blog post IoT Security Considerations, I detailed a number of considerations important to IoT security and keeping your organization from being a statistic or news item.  Since then, there have been a constant barrage of world-wide incidents of ransomware, worms and “content abuse” of IoT and other infrastructure systems in a number of public facing organizations. Continue reading “IoT Security Scorecard”

Navigating the HTML5 Digital Signage Operating System Ecosystem

As traditional digital signage is subsumed under the concept of Internet of Things (IoT) in the mind of end-users, the industry must develop solutions with increased awareness of total solution security while still delivering 21st century consumer driven experiences.   High profile security events have elevated the importance of device security to the forefront when end-users choose devices.  Low power, HTML5 digital signage devices can deliver a simple consumer interface and increased device security with a low total cost of ownership.  We will examine these industry trends and give some goal posts to guide product development and solution selection in this changing environment. Continue reading “Navigating the HTML5 Digital Signage Operating System Ecosystem”

Improving ImageConnect with 2Pint

ImageConnect is Now Micro’s solution for using a customer’s ConfigMgr task sequence to image devices they purchase from us.  Internally we give each ImageConnect customer a unique VLAN that’s designed to service PXE requests for their environment.  Before 2Pint, we maintained a table mapping customer to VLAN ID and our staff would need to SSH in to the appropriate switch to change the VLAN.  This blog post will describe how Now Micro uses the iPXE Anywhere solution from 2Pint Software to help us remove some of the manual steps by automating the VLAN switching process. Continue reading “Improving ImageConnect with 2Pint”

DSE 2017: Showing TCO Reductions through new mixes of playback, compute and storage

Now Micro had the pleasure of being in the Intel IoT booth at Digital Signage Expo demonstrating a number of technologies, all focused around lowering total cost of ownership and performing work in the correct place in your total solution.  This all delivers increased customer satisfaction by reducing screen downtime when it inevitably occurs and helping customer select the right mix of playback, compute and storage for their connected landscape which: Continue reading “DSE 2017: Showing TCO Reductions through new mixes of playback, compute and storage”

Will It Play 4K?

One of the most common questions I’m asked by customers about choosing the correct digital signage media player for their application is: “Which media player supports playing 4k content?”.  This invariably leads to a host of questions.  Almost all of our digital media players support 4k content, however your playback application has the biggest impact on whether or not a player will work in your installation. Using the product selector in tandem with some of the questions below will help you evaluate a 4k media players. Continue reading “Will It Play 4K?”

Windows 10 IoT Enterprise vs Windows 10 Pro – which is best for Digital Signage?

Choosing between Windows 10 IoT Enterprise and Windows 10 Pro is an important step in setting up a digital signage environment. The right operating system should be easily customizable, secure and fully supported. With its flexible licensing, simple activation and custom settings, Windows 10 IoT Enterprise is the best OS for use in digital signage environments and any embedded/purpose built computing environment. Continue reading “Windows 10 IoT Enterprise vs Windows 10 Pro – which is best for Digital Signage?”

IoT Security Considerations

IoT Security Considerations and Now Micro IoT Player
IoT security has become a discussion point in many organizations after recent reports of compromised IoT devices crippling critical pieces of internet infrastructure via Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attacks.  Recent digital compromises of high profile companies, organizations combined with these DDOS attacks has raised the visibility of IoT/Embedded device security and placed critical questions near the top of any organizations device selection criteria. 

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