LAS VEGAS, NV—Scala has announced six new initiatives — including a new Software as a Service Option-aimed at lowering the cost of ownership for digital signage solutions and dramatically broadening the Digital Signage market.
#1: Scala has announced a partnership with FrameMedia to launch SignChannel — a new low-cost, selfservice, easy to use, entry-level digital signage service based on wireless photo frame technology. A large number of small to medium-sized businesses will now be able to take advantage of digital display technologies that were previously unaffordable due to high service and equipment costs.
#2: FASTSIGNS and Scala have joined together to provide the first digital signage offering to traditional printed signage customers where they typically buy their signage. When a FASTSIGNS customer walks into their local FASTSIGNS franchise they will now be offered digital signage when they may never have thought of using digital before.
#3: Scala is now offering for Scala as a Service. Scala as a Service is a hosted version of Scala Content Manager that provides an online digital signage network for a simple monthly fee. Simply add any number of remotely located Scala Players and manage them from anywhere in the world using a standard Web browser.
#4: Scala has announced upcoming support for the PC industry’s new buzz in low-cost PC platforms, the “Ultra Low Cost PC” (ULCPC) such as the eee PC from ASUS. At approximately half the cost of traditional PCs, these ULCPCs are being offered by most PC manufacturers today.
#5: Scala has also announced support for several all-in-one devices that include a “PC built into the screen” form factor. Scala has been working closely with companies like LG and Samsung to ensure that their “built into the screen” playback PC modules meet the requirement of Scala’s 24/7 playback software, including support for HD content.
#6: Finally, Scala has announced an initiative to support cost-effective video appliances reducing the total cost of ownership of both the hardware and software per player. To kick off this initiative, Scala has entered into an agreement with IAdea Corporation in Taiwan to jointly develop native support in Scala’s Content Manager and Ad Manager platforms for IAdea’s RISC-based, industrial-grade video appliances manufactured by a number of toptier Asian manufacturers.