This is the seventh entry in a running series of closer looks at digital signage solution providers who have started working with the Android operating system and low-cost, ultra-small ARM processors.
At least 20 companies have introduced products based on the open-source Android operating system that is very widely used for smart devices like handsets and tablets, all of them using CPUs based on ARM reference designs. Most smartphones and tablets use ARM.
It is likely that much of the industry will shift to ARM-based devices using Android or Linux in the next 1-3 years because ARM devices now rival the processing power of lower cost x86 personal computing devices, but at a fraction of the cost and, in most cases, size.
I can’t write a whole bunch about SpotForge because I don’t know a whole bunch about the company, other than it is from Chennai in India (pretty much due east of Bangalore, on the coast) and it has a digital signage product based on Android.
Privately-held SpotForge does hardware and software for digital signage networks, and offers both SaaS and enterprise arrangements for its Vesta players.
The company says it has provided and supports hundreds of media sign players in a myriad of different markets including education, financial, retail, gas and service stations, hospitality venues (including digital menu boards) department stores, and healthcare facilities.
Android and SpotForge
|Question||Answer and Description|
|Where is company based?||INDIA, CHENNAI|
|Android product name?||ANDROID VESTA BOX|
|Product page online (link)||SpotForge|
|OS version?||ANDROID 4.0 +|
|Native player or browser-based player?||NATIVE PLAYER|
|Highest video resolution fully supported?||YES|
|Remote monitoring, diagnostic and recovery capabilities?||YES|
|Remote control capabilities, like RS-232 screen control?||YES|
|Remote upgrade capabilities?||YES|
|Browser pop-up controls?||YES|
|Video file support, ie .mp4, .wmv?||YES|
|Player side API, so you can work with sensors and other triggers?||YES|
|Multiple content zones?||YES|
|Support for live data feeds?||YES|
|Dynamic NFC tag emulation||NO|
|IP video streaming||YES|
|Describe the cost of the hardware and software, whether bundled or itemized||HARDWARE COSTS LESS THAN $75 AND SOFTWARE COST $200. WE HAVE ENTERPRISE MODEL SOLUTIONS ALSO, WHERE RESELLER CAN HAVE THEIR OWN BRANDING|
|What’s next||INTEGRATING WITH POS|