Impact of Smart Grid on Connected Homes

The Continental Automated Buildings Association (http://www.caba.org), through its Connected Home Council (http://www.caba.org/connected-home-council) and new Research Program, has begun work on its Impact of Smart Grid on Connected Home 2012 study. Ron Zimmer, CABA President & CEO describes the organization and project.

NAB 2012 - Content Anywhere, Anytime Needs to be Monetized, Saved

NAB is the second most popular event for us to attend because we like to see how prehistoric our years in TV were compared to today and it's like light years. This year we're way beyond pushing stuff to the tube. The content people are sending stuff to everything. We know that's not a brilliant observation but what literally blows us away is how the industry is now able to do it so precisely to your mobile device, in the right format, even at the right time and BAM!!! with the right ads around it that are of most interest to you. It is so elegant. Oh sure they're not exactly certain what your threshold of pain will be for the volume of ads but they're working on that.

Report: Home energy management market to surpass $2 billion by 2020

Even as deployments of smart grid infrastructure have accelerated in recent years, the home energy management (HEM) market has struggled to gain traction. Numerous trials have led to only a few cases of industry deployments and to anemic rates of consumer adoption. According to Pike Research, that is starting to change, and over the remainder of the decade momentum will build in this nascent market. In its new report, Pike Research predicts that the global annual shipments of standalone HEM systems will grow from a quarter million in 2011 to nearly 4.7 million in 2020, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 38.3%. Combined revenue for all HEM segments will grow from a base of $93 million in 2011 to more than $2 billion in 2020, the cleantech market intelligence firm forecasts.

The ThruVu™ Cooler Display System is comprised of (3) major components: 1) the transparent LCD; 2) the LED lighting system and 3) the BoldVu® Video Server.

Manufacturing Resources International (MRI) has introduced the first full-size transparent (seethru) Digital LCD Door for the Convenience and Grocery stores. This "high-performance" Digital LCD Display replaces the entire conventional door glass with a transparent display assembly that allows for normal customer viewing of the product through the glass, but with the ability to run full-motion videos / advertisements / promotions in a "see-through" manner. According to Peter Kaszycki, VP of Business Development for MRI, "By introducing this new, eye-catching product, advertisers within C-Store now have a creative way to advertise and promote their products at the all important "point of purchase" stage, just as the customer is making their final beverage or product selection from the cooler. In addition, it is real estate that already exists in the crowded C-Store space but is not being effective utilized."  

Dolby Announces World's First Implementation of Dolby TrueHD 5.1 in Online Music Distribution Service

Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE:DLB) announced today that e-onkyo music, the high-quality music distribution service managed by Onkyo Entertainment Technology Corporation, a subsidiary of Onkyo Corporation, will be the first online music distribution service to feature Dolby® TrueHD 5.1-channel surround sound. Expected to launch on May 30, 2012, in Japan and in fall 2012 elsewhere in the world, this service will enable users to download music from 100 album titles (about 1,000 tracks) in Dolby TrueHD 5.1-channel surround sound. The new Onkyo® A/V receivers (AVR) TX-NR818 and TX-NR717 will support the service. The e-onkyo music service began in August 2005, with DRM-free music (music without digital copyright protection technology) and DSD format music distribution added in 2010, and featured a high-quality distribution of music by the rock group Queen in 2011. Now, with lossless Dolby TrueHD 5.1-channel surround sound, the music service will provide consumers with high-quality audio at reduced download times and file sizes.  

Considerations for Outdoor Signage

Outside, digital displays are in an uncontrolled, harsh environment that is constantlychanging, meaning anything can happen to them. To successfully deploy digital displays in outdoor environments, many factors must be considered.

High-Tech Office Finery!

Markit is a leading global financial information services company with 16 offices around the world. A decision was made to relocate the Markit UK Headquarters and in 2010 they sourced new premises in Ropemaker Street, London. Commercial fit-out specialists, Overbury, were appointed to refurbish the 4th and 5th office floors of Ropemaker Place, who then charged Smartcomm with the task of installing new Audio Visual systems throughout.

Lucky Strike Digital Signage Case Study

Lucky Strike Lanes and Lounges introduced the upscale boutique bowling experience six years ago, and have now added BrightSign media players to deliver high-quality video artwork complementing their trademark cocktails, private lanes and sophisticated menu. BrightSign Network Management enables art displays and promotional messages to be coordinated, from California to New York.

Take a Stand Against Showrooming with Digital Signage

"Showrooming," the practice of researching products in a brick-and-mortar store and then buying them somewhere else, is getting a lot of attention lately. Not that it's anything new. Budget-conscious consumers have always been inclined to defect when presented with a better deal

PADS digital signage software keeps train passengers on the move

Station Entrance Emergency Information Panels (SEEIP) project was initiated to bring messaging to passengers before they purchase tickets; LCD panels located at station entrances inform passengers of any problems that could delay travel time.

Nest Learning Thermostat Now Available at More Than 500 Lowe's Stores, Lowes.com

Nest Labs, Inc. (nest.com) announced today that the Nest® Learning Thermostat™ is now available in more than 500 Lowe's Companies, Inc., (NYSE: LOW) stores across the country, as well as on lowes.com. Lowe's - the second-largest home-improvement retailer in the world - will feature Nest in its new Innovation merchandising displays in-store, which bring the best new products in home improvement to life with interactive end caps. To purchase or check local availability, visit lowes.com. "There's a natural affinity between Lowe's and Nest," said Erik Charlton, Nest vice president of sales and marketing. "Both companies are committed to supporting DIY-minded customers seeking quality products. Most Nest owners choose to install the Nest Learning Thermostat themselves - and complete installation within 30 minutes - so it makes sense for them to buy from Lowe's, a great retailer that supports its customers' ingenuity and pride in their homes."  

Vigix Vending Kiosk Debuts at Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting

Many attendees of this weekend's Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting saw something they'd never seen before: a complete retail store in just 2 sq. ft. of floor space. In contrast to the usual large booths selling products made by Berkshire-owned brands. Richline Group, a Berkshire Hathaway-owned jewelry manufacturer, employed the Vigix vending kiosk to sell commemorative, gold and silver coins, pendants, and money clips. Sales were strong throughout the meeting, achieving an annualized sales per square foot of more than $1,125,000. The Vigix kiosk, with a footprint of just 2 sq. ft., delivered a convenient retail experience for shoppers, including the ability to browse product information on the kiosk's large touch screen, accept payment for items purchased, and dispense the purchases on the spot. In the words of one happy customer, "It was more convenient than shopping on the web because I got my product immediately. It's the best of both worlds!"  

AT&T making big investment in home monitoring

AT&T Inc ( T.N ) is making a big investment in a nationwide wireless home monitoring service that could potentially add $1 billion to its annual revenue as part of the No. 2 U.S. mobile operator's ongoing effort to expand beyond cell phones. It is planning a service called "Digital Life" to monitor homes for everything from water damage to burglaries and to let customers remotely do things like adjust temperature or unlock doors, using an Internet connection. The service, of which AT&T will start trials this year, involves sensors and cameras linked to a central home system that connects wirelessly to AT&T monitoring centers, said Glenn Lurie, the AT&T executive spearheading the project.

Travel Plaza Television Announces Nationwide 3D Digital Signage Program

Travel Plaza TV, LLC has launched the first nationwide 3D digital signage network accessible to more than 23 million travel plaza customers every month, according to company officials. "This 3D experience, without glasses, is revolutionary. Customers will be amazed at what they are seeing and advertisers will reap the benefits. 3D is the future, and of course our system will display 2D content as well," said Bill Botte, senior executive vice-president of Travel Plaza TV. Deployment of the specialized 3D screens at over 400 travel plazas across the U.S. will be completed by the end of June.  

Parks Associates reports over 50% of U.S. Households want to connect pay-TV services to YouTube

According to international research firm Parks Associates, 59% of U.S. broadband households want access to on-demand YouTube content through their pay-TV service, with the growing number of smart TVs and connected devices driving interest in online video options. Parks Associates will present new smart TV and connected consumer electronics research, with new content strategies to capture consumer interest and new revenues, at CONNECTIONS™ at TIA 2012, June 5-7 in Dallas, Texas. Parks Associates reports over 80% of viewers interested in YouTube opt for a free, advertising-based offering, leaving few willing to pay to view YouTube content. However, the research firm notes, YouTube is investing in more original and professional content, with a growing lineup of channels and new functions such as Channel Search. By creating a more TV-like experience, YouTube enhances its value proposition to viewers, advertisers, and pay-TV providers.

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