Brightsign media players now PingHD certified

 

BrightSign, the global market leader in digital signage media players, and Ping HD, a leading digital signage software provider, today announced integration between BrightSign’s media players and Ping HD’s award-winning EngagePHD™ web-based content management system. Following extensive testing in both a development test environment and live testing involving multiple customers, BrightSign earned Ping HD’s preferred vendor status for its entire portfolio of Series 3 media players. The players were noted for their simplicity and performance, with UDP stream rendering cleaner and crisper than any other hardware previously tested by Ping HD.

 

BrightSign’s integration with Ping HD is yet another milestone in the company’s effort to partner with top CMS providers. The companies – both of which have a strong presence in the restaurant industry – are announcing the integration ahead of the upcoming NRA Show 2017 (May 20-23 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL).

 

“Our work with Ping HD underscores BrightSign’s commitment to partner with leading digital signage CMS providers, giving them the reliable, affordable hardware to bring their content to life,” said Jeff Hastings, BrightSign’s CEO. “We’re pleased to be working closely with Ping HD to bring successful digital signage solutions to the restaurant industry and beyond.”

 

Ping HD is a leading provider of innovative digital signage software solutions for all vertical markets, with an especially strong offering for the restaurant industry. The company’s state-of-the-art digital menu boards are a turnkey digital signage solution for restaurant proprietors seeking better ways to reach their customers. Ping HD’s in-house design team creates engaging and impactful content using rich video and other interactive content to draw customers’ attention, as well as utilizes beacon technology to push location-based marketing to customers’ mobile phones. Ping HD integrates seamlessly with restaurants’ existing IT infrastructure, including point-of-sale software and integrated product databases. Restaurants can also incorporate custom third-party widgets to further enhance the customer experience.

 

“We’ve created EngagePHD™ to be a very robust, feature-rich content management system for our customers, and we rely on BrightSign’s players to reliably serve up that content, without fail,” said Kevin Goldsmith, Chief Technology Officer at Ping HD. “Tightening our collaboration with BrightSign is a great win for our customers, giving them a best-of-breed solution that encompasses some of the best content tools and digital signage hardware on the market today.”

 

BrightSign’s media players are used widely throughout the restaurant industry, powering everything from simple menu boards to massive video walls. The company has become entrenched in this market through its continued collaboration with key players in the content management space. The Ping HD integration announced today serves as further validation of BrightSign’s commitment to work with leading CMS vendors to deliver best-in-class digital signage solutions for all vertical markets, and the restaurant industry in particular

Airtame vs Clickshare

 

CLICKSHARE VS AIRTAME

What’s the difference between Barco Clickshare and Airtame? To help you make the right choice for your needs, we want to give a fair comparison between the two.

Both are quality cableless HDMI solutions tailored for professional use. Unlike products like Chromecast and Apple TV, Clickshare and Airtame are targeted for the professional use. However, there are major differences between Clickshare and Airtame that are important to know before buying.

Highlights

  • Clickshare sells for a range of $999-$3,550, while Airtame has a reasonable price tag at $599 per device that fits the budget of any business or educational institution
  • Clickshare requires a device plugged into your computer, while Airtame uses an application and only requires a device plugged into the TV or projector.
  • Clickshare lets multiple users stream to the same TV at once, while Airtame lets a user stream from one computer to multiple TV’s.

Oh, by the way, we’re always happy to tell you more about Airtame.Clickshare vs Airtame

Affordable Clickshare alternative

A major difference between Clickshare and Airtame is the price. While Clickshare sells for a range of $999 to $3,550, Airtame has a reasonable price tag at $299 that can fit the budget of any business or educational institution. Both are great wireless solutions, so choosing between the two is a matter of which features are more important to your company.

Clickshare button vs Airtame software

Clickshare and Airtame use similar technologies, however, Clickshare requires a device plugged into your computer, while Airtame uses an application and only requires a device plugged into the TV or projector.

The Clickshare button makes this solution convenient for users who prefer not to have preinstalled software on their computer. The Clickshare button contains an extra WiFi adapter that connects directly to the base station, which is connected to the screen. The main benefits of this is that it is plug and play and requires no administrative rights on the machine you are streaming from.

Airtame uses software and your inbuilt WiFi chip to connect to the screen. This is ideal for users who do not want to plug a device into their computer. The upside is that no matter what plugs your computer hooks up to, it will work with Airtame. You can also move around more freely, since you won’t have anything hanging from your computer.

Clickshare clicker vs Airtame app

Video streaming quality

Video streaming with Clickshare is not ideal, because there’s no optimized video mode to give a smooth video stream.

Airtame offers a streaming option that is optimized for video. This introduces a buffer of 1 second between your computer and the Airtame powered screen or projector. That way, your video runs smoothly and the image and audio are in sync.

Mobile apps

Both Clickshare and Airtame offer mobile apps with similar functionality. For example, both apps stream static documents, such as Word documents, PDFs, or images, and no video.

Airtame also has a presentation mode where you can show your PowerPoint and Keynote presentation on the TV or projector, while seeing upcoming slides. When presenting with Airtame push notifications, and so forth, remain private as they are only shown on your mobile or tablet.

Clickshare can only stream to mobile devices using the Clickshare’s own WiFi (rather than your company WiFi), which could be inconvenient for a user looking for more flexibility. It also means that you will need to switch back and forth between WiFi networks on your mobile device.

Clickshare mobile vs Airtame mobile

Multiple users vs multiple screens

Clickshare’s top feature, aside from its plug and play functionality, is the ability for multiple users to share to the same TV screen. Up to 4 people can share their computer screen on the TV simultaneously and 8-25 people can connect to Clickshare depending on what model you buy.

With Airtame one user can stream to the screen at the time. However you can stream your computer screen to multiple screens, as long as each screen has an Airtame plugged in and is connected to the same WiFi network.

Clickshare multiple screen share vs Airtame stream to multiple screens

Portable device vs stationary device

Airtame is a portable device that fits in your pocket, so you can present wirelessly on-the-go. This is ideal for presenters who travel often or for consultants who move around to different clients offices.

Clickshare is designed for more stationary installation in your meeting room and is not a solution you can carry around with you.

Tip: Use a battery bank and the Airtame’s own network to start a wireless presentation within a matter of seconds.

Bottom Line

Clickshare is a great high-end solution for the board room. The price and the fact that you need USB “buttons” for each user who wants to stream, makes this a less scalable solution.

Airtame is an affordable Clickshare alternative that is still easy to use and scalable across the whole company. Airtame’s app makes it convenient and simple to use for users who want the freedom and flexibility to move around with their devices.

We aim to be as objective as we can in this article to give a fair comparison between Clickshare and Airtame Australia.

Airtame Australia now available in Australia

Airtame is a small wireless HDMI device that plugs into the HDMI port of any screen or projector. Unlike other wireless HDMI devices, nothing is plugged into your computer or smartphone.

Panasonic AF1 Displays

We are pleased to report that EngagePHD™ is now supported on Panasonic’s new AF1 Series range of commercial displays.  The AF1 series is a System on a Chip based commercial display that runs Android.  The EngagePHD™ Android Application has been modified to support Panasonic’s OpenPort Platform to enable the full hardware control functionality offered by EngagePHD including:

  • Real-time Player Dashboard
  • On/Off Screen Control
  • Remote Display Reboot
  • On-demand Screenshot Capture

Regardless of your Digital Signage requirements,EngagePHD™ has been developed to make managing Digital Menu Boards, Wayfinding, Ad Screen Network, Room Signage, Public Information, Video Walls and IPTV Networks easy.

New Tablet Wall Mounts Now Available

Glad to have these tablet mounts on board with Sound and Image Group

 

Fischer & Kerrn Australia

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