Wireless Digital Signage Media Player based on IPTV technology
By Mike Hanlon
May 10, 2006
May 11, 2006 With very large flat panel display systems getting cheaper by the day, the capabilities, cost-effectiveness and downright firepower of digital signage is beginning to make a lot of sense as this marketplace unfolds. Yesterday Hong Kong-based 1-2-1VIEW Corporation announced a new wireless media player with some very useful features. The M210 relays content and display management information wirelessly and plays back video content stored in its built-in hard disk. It enables location owners and operators to deploy a full digital signage system to pinpoint audiences with targeted content such as advertising and promotions, without the hassles of wiring or laying cables – ideal for shopping centres, temporary show installations, or reconfigurable systems for department stores. Based on open standards and flexible IPTV technology, the M210 is built on a consumer electronics platform as opposed to commonly used PC technology, offering a very competitive price/performance ratio compared to other media players.
Powered by a Linux operating system and supporting most file formats, including MPEG-4 and H.264, the M210 is designed to run 24/7, 365 days a year. It is fanless, has low power consumption and a small footprint of 22 x 15 x 7 cm. The player is equipped with a 2.5” hard disk and a CF slot enabling manual updates whenever remote access is not available. Featuring a serial port for screen control, the M210 can also control screen functions such as switching on/off, brightness, volume and others, which makes it cost effective and convenient to operate. The M210 seamlessly integrates with 1-2-1VIEWTM’s custom designed web-based management software which makes the remote scheduling of content and monitoring of players easy and convenient from a central server location. It also offers an ideal solution for mobile and/or temporary applications where laying Ethernet cables is not feasible, such as buses and taxis, or exhibitions and one-off events. The M210 can also be part of a wired network.