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.
DC Media has been around this space for several years now, and I think of the company as South African – run by Richard and Trefor Brock. I have seen them at several trade shows like InfoComm and CETW and always thought the guys had a very solid, well-priced and intuitive platform. However, DC Media is now positioned as the software product of MediaSight Inc., which has its main office in New York.
The company has been Windows-based, but now has a native Android player, introduced last month and running the 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich “flavor” of the operating system. Its player can handle 1080P video. It looks to have much or most of the functionality of a PC-based system, though Flash is not supported.
The player is an Android app that’s free to download via Google Play. Subscriptions are $29 per month to manage the player using DC Media’s hosted (SaaS) management platform.
There is no specific player box touted at the moment, but Richard Brock tells me that is actively being sorted and negotiated.
|Question||Answer and Description|
|Company name?||MediaSight Incorporated|
|Where is company based?||New York City, NY|
|Android product name?||DC Media Cloud Player|
|When released?||March 2013|
|Product page online (link)||http://www.dcmediads.com/products.php|
|OS version?||Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or higher|
|Native player or browser-based player?||Native|
|Highest video resolution fully supported?||1080p|
|Remote monitoring, diagnostic and recovery capabilities?||Remote monitoring, diagnostic. No remote recovery support yet.|
|Remote control capabilities, like RS-232 screen control?||No|
|Remote upgrade capabilities?||Relies on Android automatic application upgrade (Android 4.1 or higher)|
|Browser pop-up controls?||Pop-ups are suppressed|
|Video file support, ie .mp4, .wmv?||h264, mp4, 3gp, 3gpp, webm|
|Player side API, so you can work with sensors and other triggers?||GPS triggered|
|Multiple content zones?||Yes|
|Support for live data feeds?||Yes|
|Dynamic NFC tag emulation||No|
|Advanced Scheduling||Day parting, date and time based, day of week, meta tag based campaigns|
|IP video streaming||HTTP, RTSP, webm, MPEG2-TS|
|Emergency Messaging||Not in current version, will be in next release|
|Describe the cost of the hardware and software, whether bundled or itemized||Android app is free to download via Google Play, costs $29 per month to manage Android player using our hosted CMS.|