We are a little more than week out from Digital Signage Expo and, on Tuesday evening, the biggest social event of the show – the annual Preset Group Mixer.
The event does not come off without the support of sponsors. Anyone who has organized a networking event will confirm that between the bar and food tabs, insurance, DJs, printing and on and on, the costs add up.
So we try hard to make sure our sponsors are recognized not only at the event, but ahead of it. Here are the sponsors for this year’s Mixer.
Based in the greater Toronto area, Capital Networks has been around since 1991, supplying creation and content management software and support services to the broadcasting and cable TV industries, with a specialty in local news and automated playback systems. In the late 1990s, the company also got it developing its products and support to serve the emerging Digital Out of Home, Digital Signage industry.
Clients include CBC, BBC, Rogers Communications, Open Text, US Marines, US Air Force, US Army, Curtiss Wright, Syncrude, Peel Regional Police, FLOW Jamaica, Woodbine Entertainment, Creswin Properties, Scotia Plaza, Cablevision, MTS, CoopTel, and more.
Beyond software, the company does system integration and installation, end-user training and post-sale support, as well as custom solutions for any industry or application. The CMS was one of the first to start using Android, and to run on smart signage panels. Capital also, recently, announced support for Panasonic’s OpenPort solution.
Here’s CNL’s Mixer Video:
Milestone AV Technologies is among the biggest and most respected providers of innovative mounting and display solutions for various audiovisual technologies. The signage ecosystem will know Milestone best through its Chief brand, but Milestone also includes Sanus, Da-Lite, and Projecta.
Products are sold through numerous channels, including Pro AV dealers, regional home theater dealers, consumer electronics retailers, mass merchants and original equipment manufacturers. The brands of Milestone formed independently, and when united, roll up into the most comprehensive offering of AV solutions in the market.
The company has a base of over 6,000 global customers. The U.S. headquarters are just outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Here’s the promo video you’ll see at the mixer.
New Jersey-based systems integrator Diversified builds artfully designed and comprehensively managed network and media technology solutions. If your company can visualize a media integration scenario, Diversified can create a masterpiece for you.
Here’s a recent Q&A with the company.
And here’s the company’s mixer promo video:
Grand Rapids, Michigan’s Freshwater Digital is a digital signage and media production company that provides a full range of services for companies that are developing or operating signage networks. The company does custom creative content, video production, content management, technology and consulting for network strategy.
And here’s the company’s mixer promo vid:
Through U.S. B2B sales channels, Sharp is one of the top selling brands for Large Format Displays (55”+) and is the #1 selling brand of large format commercial displays (55”+) integrated with touch technology. From high-impact 4K Ultra HD displays for digital signage, to ultra-narrow bezel video walls, to award-winning interactive display systems, Sharp commercial & professional displays help end-users communicate, collaborate, and disseminate information brilliantly.
People going to DSE booth #1223 will see how Sharp’s open architecture yields seamless digital signage integration.
Sharp’s DSE listing says:
Thanks to Sharp’s utilization of open standard, customizing the perfect solution has never been easier, hence our 2016 theme: [email protected]! We’re always looking for new relationships. Software and accessory providers can take advantage of our Sharp Strategic Technology Alliance Resource (STAR), our exclusive program for third-party products and services that compliment Sharp’s Pro AV products.
We’re also continuously enhancing our relationships with Sharp Pro AV dealers, integrators and consultants. That’s why we offer the Certified Reseller Program to help them increase opportunities. Sharp Pro AV Resellers receive numerous benefits, including the freedom to purchase from any authorized Sharp authorized distributor, project registration programs, government and education discounts and volume incentive rebates.
Mixer promo vid:
Raleigh, NC-based Microspace Communications has been around since 1988, a pioneer in broadband solutions for established and emerging enterprise applications, including digital signage, digital cinema, multimedia entertainment, corporate communications, radio broadcasting, wireless messaging and private data networks.
Here’s the company’s booth field guide.
Here’s the mixer promo vid (warning – has audio, but will be silent at mixer)
SEGD is short form for the Society for Experiential Graphic Design – a global, multidisciplinary community of professionals who plan, design, and build experiences that connect people to place.
SEGD is a graphic and information designers, fabricators, architects, exhibition designers, technology integrators, interaction designers, brand strategists, students, wayfinding specialists, teachers, and others who have a hand in shaping content-rich, experiential spaces. It has over 1,700 members in more than 20 countries.
The organization is running a conference next Tuesday, called DesignX, that looks at the visual design side of signage projects. You can read more about the event here.
If you are reading this, it’s pretty much a given that you know what DSE is about. Here’s a recent post I did, chatting with show director Andrea Varrone.
Here’s the promo video, produced in a few minutes using Spotomate. The other ones with audio are also Spotomate vids. The rest were supplied by sponsors.
Dave Haynes is the founder and editor of Sixteen:Nine, an online publication that has followed the digital signage industry for some 14 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, on Canada’s east coast.