Black Box, an industry-leading provider of multimedia and digital signage technology, has introduced MediaFlyer™ EXPRESS, a sub-$1000 platform that enables businesses to more easily set up digital signage to increase sales and improve communications with customers.
A combination hardware/hosted solution, MediaFlyer EXPRESS gives users everything they need to get started except for the display. The kit includes a compact player that installs at the screen and a subscription to the MediaFlyer Web site where content is uploaded to and managed via a Web browser.
Through the system’s drag-and-drop interface, the average office manager or business owner can set up a layout, upload and place content in multiple zones, and schedule presentations to play at specific times.
“People are increasingly looking for products that are intuitive to use and provide a rewarding user experience,” says Gina Dickson, Black Box Digital Signage Product Manager. “MediaFlyer EXPRESS provides this while delivering all the features and functions you need to run professional-caliber digital signage.”
Uses can choose from the preloaded screen layouts or easily create their own. The layout editing interface enables a user to divide the screen into two or more areas for showing different content and set up a ticker or text crawl at the bottom.
“What’s nice is you don’t need a lot of technical or creative expertise to set up and use MediaFlyer EXPRESS,” Dickson explains. “Simply drop in a PowerPoint® or Flickr® slideshow next to your logo, add an RSS or a Twitter® feed and a video, and in no time at all you can have signage that rivals that of a big box store.”
There is no software to load on the player. Content resides on the Web. Also, because everything is configured through a browser, signage administrators can more easily share the job of content management with others, including those at other sites. Because all MediaFlyer EXPRESS licensing is per player, businesses can add as many users as they like without incurring additional costs.
The player supports 1080p resolutions and has outputs for both HDMI and DVI-I video (adaptable to VGA with the included adapter). In addition to Gigabit-speed network cable connections, the player supports 802.11b/g wireless connectivity for use in areas without wired Ethernet connections.
Dickson says because MediaFlyer EXPRESS offers simple setup, it is ideal for integrators and resellers, particularly those seeking a turnkey digital signage product that integrates well into any customer environment. “There’s little you have to do to sell it,” she says. “Plus, in most situations, there’s no need for any IT staff to be involved in its installation. For this reason, it’s perfect for installers who are more comfortable with AV and home theater technology than computer networking.”
Even better, the integrator or reseller doesn’t have to deal with post-sales questions either. End users can be directed to call Black Box’s free 24/7 technical support if they need assistance. This makes MediaFlyer EXPRESS an easy hand-off to the customer, Dickson says.
To learn moreabout MediaFlyer EXPRESS, call 800-355-8003 or visit blackbox.com/go/MediaFly.
About Black Box
Black Box is a leading technology product solutions provider that helps customers build, manage, optimize, and secure their networks. The company is a single source for cabling, cabinets and racks, data comm, digital signage, infrastructure, KVM switching, networking, security, wireless, and more. Black Box is ISO 9001:2008 certified and has received numerous industry recognitions, including the following awards: Info Security Products Global Excellence, CRN Tech Innovator, TMC Communications Solutions Product of the Year, Network Products Guide Reader Trust, Network Products Guide Product Innovation, R&D 100, Five Star ratings from SC Magazine, and a Cabling Business Magazine Award of Excellence. Black Box provides its customers with free, 24/7 pre- and post-sales technical support.
Source: Black Box