Read my take on this interesting development ..
The recent article by AOpen on RavePubs prompted me to post the following reply:
Since 1997 I have watched the digital signage industry move from PC, to non-PC (IAdea, BrightSign, Dension) to no-PC (Samsung SOC), and with our agnostic approach to all hardware, we have embraced and integrated our Signagelive platform with every viable media device.
We are at the point in our industry where; what once required a high-end PC, can now be delivered on a single chip integrated into a display. The momentum behind SoC and other non-PC devices will continue to gather pace and over the coming months and years, the need for expensive PCs will be eradicated for all but the most complex digital signage application.
I lead a dedicated, talented team in Saffron Walden UK, Chicago and Singapore and between us; we market, sell and support our digital signage platform globally, with several thousand customers in 37 countries (and counting).