CETW videos – Quickie demo on DC Media's DSMAP
November 15, 2010 by Dave Haynes
South African digital signage software company DC Media was at CETW this past week, showing off its pots and pans but focusing mostly on its network management capabilities.
DC’s Trefor Brock walked me through the company’s new DSMAP offer, which is a network connectivity solution that allows complete and direct access to digital signage players without all the firewall tunnel/port stuff. If you have ever worked with the IT departments of larger companies, you will know how resistant they can be to anything or anyone that might risk their network’s integrity.
With no requirement for any port mapping, static IP addresses, changes to firewalls or the installation of APN or VPN technology, says DC on its website, DSMAP allows for management control, remote desktop access, content distribution, player health reports and telemetry.
DSMAP uses a single outward bound connection to a DSMAP Server and provides access to any number of devices located on any network without compromising security.
This new technology gives Digital Signage operators the freedom to implement managed Digital Signage solutions across Enterprise networks, retail environments and shared access networks, and can be installed on any existing Digital Signage Network without requiring any software changes.
DSMAP is a TCP/IP transport protocol provides direct access to Windows and Linux PC’s and solid state devices that would otherwise be unreachable due to firewalls or private addressing typically implemented by 3G, GPRS and most broadband providers.
Certainly, DC is not the only company offering some deep management capabilities, but there are many I have run into with pretty skimpy solutions. DC has had quite a bit of success replacing solutions that could do the basics of playing out media, but made operators go on site to resolve problems.
This is Brock walking me through some of what DSMAP can do.