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April 22, 2010

Scala Showcases New Scala QuickStart PLUS Scala Release 5.1

By Anamika Singh, TMCnet Contributor

Scala will demonstrate its new Scala Release 5.1 software that supports Windows 7, and its simplified SaaS (News - Alert) offering, Scala QuickStart, at Screenmedia Expo Europe 2010. Scala will also showcase a variety of applications of digital signage, including digital menu boards, retail marketing displays and interactive car configurators.

Scala also has enhanced its built-in template support to select an audio file in a templated message. Release 5.1 also features improved Web services for real-time data integration of playlogs with third-party systems and JPEG thumbnails of any media item or message in any resolution. Player Disk Space Management has also been added to support the new class of low-cost, solid-state players.

A new scheme for 'player pairing' has been implemented in the new release Bridge Server for IAdea Media Appliances. A simple four-digit code is all that is needed to connect a low-cost media appliance to a Scala network. This is supported on IAdea High Definition Players, IAdea Standard Definition Players and IAdea Wireless Photo Frames.

For managed digital signage network with minimal setup time, Scala QuickStart is the perfect solution for: corporate reception areas, educational institutions and independent retailers.

Other features include a simple, straightforward graphics user interface, the ability to schedule content to single output player device and multiple user levels with concurrent multi-user support.

Scala's technology partners will be on hand to showcase hardware solutions that are compatible with Scala, including: Certified PC Media players from Aopen, Sight Systems and SureVue IAdea devices presented by Westbase Technology Lighthouse Technologies' 4mm pitch LED screens U-Touch interactive screens Outdoor, weatherproof displays from Infinitus Topaz Digital Signs HalO screens by Brighter Signs.

Anamika Singh is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anamika's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Marisa Torrieri

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