A Blog from Intel: Pieces All Coming Together for Large Digital Signage Systems

We would like to share with you again an interesting blog from Mark Scantlebury, writer for the high tech industry.

Original url: http://embedded.communities.intel.com/community/en/applications/blog/2013/03/25/roving-reporter-pieces-all-coming-together-for-large-digital-signage-systems

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While editing articles for the upcoming April issue of Embedded Innovator magazine, I noticed that there is a major effort underway to make it easier to implement and scale digital signage systems. Where once there was just the Open Pluggable Specification (OPS), now there’s also the Intel® Intelligent Systems Framework.

This is the dynamic duo in industry specifications for digital signage systems. OPS provides a modular standard for displays and media players, enabling the design of media players that fit neatly into a slot in the back of a display to facilitate installation, maintenance and upgrades. The Intel Intelligent Systems Framework provides a common set of interoperable guidelines to address the fundamental capabilities required for connecting, managing, and securing intelligent devices in a consistent and scalable manner. Continue reading

Open Pluggable Specification Taking Hold

A little more than a year ago, Intel unveiled a new hardware specification intended to make operating digital signage networks a little easier.

The Open Pluggable Specification was developed to simplify the installation, use, maintenance and upgrading of small PCs that are installed with display panels in locations as widely varied as medical offices and fast food order counters.

The idea is simple enough – have manufacturers all developing small PCs to the same dimension, connector and mounting characteristics, and have display panel makers build in slots that readily accept and work with those units. It means, for example, an OPS PC that is used for a network that has NEC displays could also work in a sister network that uses Philips display panels, without any modifications.

The concept has a strong list of benefits:
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