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.
As the lead software company embracing the Samsung Smart Signage Platform and their SoC Displays, I would like to state that SoC is not just limited to simple/basic signage. Our support for the Samsung SoC Displays replicates 100% of what we can do on a PC including; 1080p video, IPTV, dynamic HTML5 content, multi-zone layouts and full device monitor and control.
SoC offers the first true costs effective ‘out of the box’ digital signage solution, suitable for the vast majority of applications. For those who would rather have an external player for ease of maintenance (although Samsung provide a 3 year global swap-out warranty), then there is an extensive range of non-PC devices available that are equal if not more capable than a PC.