Here’s the 12th entry in this 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.
Almost 30 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.
The Dutch company Novus Solutions has a series of Android-driven products under the Hello platform, including a little, low-cost UPP media player stick.
The Hello app is positioned as friendly and easy, and the platform provides a series of pre-installed themes to use, as well as a theme editor to tweak or build your own.
The platform has a tagging and grouping system, and runs off a web-based user experience. It crosses platforms and can be installed on anything from a display screen, using the UPP stick, to tablets, smartphones or Google TVs.
Activation is done using a software key generated by the device to the HELLO system.
The company has a bundled display-software package, for at least a couple of series, with Philips in Europe.
Hello For Android
|Question||Answer and Description|
|Company name?||Novus Solutions|
|Where is company based?||Veenendaal, the Netherlands|
|Android product name?||Hello Platform|
|When released?||September, 2012|
|Product page online (link)||http://www.hello-platform.com|
|OS version?||4.0 and higher|
|Native player or browser-based player?||Native Player|
|Highest video resolution fully supported?||1080P|
|Remote monitoring, diagnostic and recovery capabilities?||Yes, for example a watchdog|
|Remote control capabilities, like RS-232 screen control?||Will be released in the upcoming months|
|Remote upgrade capabilities?||Yes|
|Browser pop-up controls?||No, not needed|
|Video file support, ie .mp4, .wmv?||Yes|
|Player side API, so you can work with sensors and other triggers?||Will be released in the upcoming months|
|Multiple content zones?||Yes|
|Support for live data feeds?||Yes|
|dynamic NFC tag emulation||No|
|Advanced Scheduling||Yes, on date, hour or minute or trough tag scheduling or xml push.|
|IP video streaming||No|
|Interactivity||Yes, for example triggers on buttons, pickup or touch.|
|Describe the cost of the hardware and software, whether bundled or itemized||End-user price for our software is €25,- per month per player. Can be bought in a bundle with the Philips MMD UPP! player. Price varies per country|