Android For Digital Signage: A Closer Look At SpotForge

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.

SpotForge

 

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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.

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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

QuestionAnswer and Description
Company name?SPOTFORGE
Where is company based?INDIA, CHENNAI
Android product name?ANDROID VESTA BOX
When released?2012
Product page online (link)SpotForge
OS version?ANDROID 4.0 +
Native player or browser-based player?NATIVE PLAYER
Highest video resolution fully supported?YES
HTML5 support?YES
Flash support?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 emulationNO
Advanced SchedulingYES
ExtensibilityYES
IP video streamingYES
targetingYES
InteractivityYES
Emergency MessagingYES
Describe the cost of the hardware and software, whether bundled or itemizedHARDWARE COSTS LESS THAN $75 AND SOFTWARE COST $200. WE HAVE ENTERPRISE MODEL SOLUTIONS ALSO, WHERE RESELLER CAN HAVE THEIR OWN BRANDING
DescriptionsSOLID, TESTED
What’s nextINTEGRATING WITH POS

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Dave Haynes

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Editor/Founder at Sixteen:Nine
Dave Haynes is the founder and editor of Sixteen:Nine, an online publication that has followed the digital signage industry for more than 12 years. Dave does strategic advisory consulting work for many end-users and vendors, and also writes for many of them. He's based near Halifax, Nova Scotia.
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