Digital Signs

Critics Overstate Digital Billboard Power Use

Britt McConnel’s post earlier this week on digital billboard electric use was terrific.  Many people have the perception that digital signs are energy hogs.  Insider read this quote yesterday in an anti-billboard editorial in The Daily Gazette: “Even though digital billboards are made of energy-efficient LED lights, they are so large they consume a huge amount of energy — 30 times the energy the average American home uses, according to a 2010 study by Philadelphia-based architectural designer and urban planner […]

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Samsung Yesco Update

Samsung has been quiet following its March 2015 acquisition of Yesco.  Insider’s found a 90 second video on Samsung’s approach to LED signage  but not much else. A Business Wire announcement on Samsung’s appearance at the upcoming Digital Signage Expo highlights the following Samsung initiatives: smart signage for the fast food industry a 55 inch screen. indoor signage Insider’s take: Not a word about large digital billboards.  Is Samsung deemphasizing this market segment?

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Britt McConnell on Why Digital Signs Use Less Power Than You Might Think

Digital billboards use less power than you might think says Britt McConnell, the Southeast/North Central Sales manager for Formetco.   Insider asked Britt to talk about digital sign power use.  You can reach Britt at BrittM@formetco.com, 678-951-1118.  Here’s a link to a Linkedin article Britt has published on digital sign power costs. Britt, digital billboards use less power than you might think. Why is that? Over the years technology has advanced with efficient components. High efficient LED’s and power supplies, along […]

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Daktronics At A Glance

Insider dodged blizzards to visit South Dakota to tour Daktronics manufacturing facilities and meet marketing, sales and manufacturing executives. During the visit Insider interviewed Jeremy Johnson, Daktronics Global Out Of Home Solutions Manager about the digital billboard business. Here’s what Insider learned. Company: Daktronics Products: Advertising displays, including digital billboards, video displays, scoreboards and timing systems, ITS (intelligent transportation systems), message displays, audio systems, digit and price displays. Headquarters: 201 Daktronics Dr., Brookings, SD 57006-5128. 800-325-8766. 2015 Revenue: $615 million. […]

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Todd Heller On Digital Billboard Purchase FAQ’s

Todd Heller is an expert on digital signs.  He’s VP of Digital Products at Formetco with over 30 years experience in the outdoor business.  Insider caught up with Todd after Todd’s recent trip to China to review some frequently asked questions on digital billboard purchases.  You can reach Todd at  ToddH@formetco.com or 678-360-1941. Todd, what does it mean when a LED manufacture states that LED’s are rated for 100,000 hours? This is a very common statement.  It means that the […]

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An update on T-Rex Digital Sign Litigation

Who is T-Rex?  T-Rex Property AB was founded in 2003 by Mats Hylin, Mats Dahlgren and Fredrik Persson.  The company acquired 12 patents for outdoor advertising products.T-Rex Property AB has been suing outdoor companies who use a computer to control digital signs.  T-Rex owns US Patent Number RE39,470 titled Digital Information System and that the patent relates to the use of a computer to remotely control electronic devices including digital signs. Who Has T-Rex Sued? Since 2012 T-Rex Property AB […]

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Doug Robertson On How Fliphound Can Sell Your Digital Sign Inventory.

Douglas Robertson is the CEO and one of the owners of Atomic Billboards (atomicbillboards.com) which operates the largest digital bulletin billboard network in Wichita, Kansas.  In addition, Douglas is one of the founders of Fliphound (fliphound.com) the first automated buying platform for the out-of-home industry.  Insider interviewed Robertson recently about Fliphound and how it can help independent billboard companies. Douglas, how did you enter the outdoor business? In late 2012, I had sold my previous software company that catered to independent retail pharmacies and […]

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Technavio On The Global Ad Display Market

The British research and advisory company Technavio has issues a new report on the global advertising displays market.  The research is a little pricey for Insider’s tastes with a cost of $2,000 but Insider learned a fre things from reading the executive summary: The global ad displays market is vibrant with projected growth of 7%/year through 2020. Technavio expects LED prices to continue to fall as advances in LED and AMOLED displays lead to continued price declines which enable more […]

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The Billboard is watching you.

Adlandtv has a somewhat skeptical piece on Clear Channel Outdoor America’s Radar project.  There are some quotes by privacy guardians and the piece ends with a video clip of Tom Cruise in Minority Report being constantly badgered by smart data holographs and ads. Insider’s college kids don’t seem too concerned about the privacy invasion.  Perhaps it’s because they’ve grown up being tracked on the web.  Insider likes the ability to provide better data to a client concerning the impact of […]

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