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Industry hopes high for Panasonic AF1 series

Industry hopes high for Panasonic AF1 series

The AV industry has welcomed the launch of Panasonic’s simple System on a Chip AF1 display series which is available this from April 2016.

The AF1 Series features an Android and HTML5-based OpenPort Platform and is equipped with a 1GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of internal storage. It substitutes expensive external ‘Wintel’ systems which also require cabling, additional mounts and installation.

An inbuilt media player and Wi-Fi capability also greatly reduce cabling complexity and eliminate the need for an external player device if simple play back of videos and photos is required.

The display’s open API allows users to control the displays through third party software running on the open port platform.

“We are very excited that Panasonic and its OpenPort Platform are returning to the digital signage market, said Robert Duchac, partner development manager at Grassfish. “The underlying Android technology allows for an easy integration of Grassfish’s professional CMS Software offering a huge list of solution possibilities.”

Swedish digital signage company DISE said: “With the OpenPort Platform we’re able to reach new client segments together with Panasonic. The built in platform has been made with digital signage in focus, not the other way round. This platform, together with DISE software, will simplify the process every client has to go through in order to implement their digital signage system.”

Arthur Damen, chief marketing officer at Net Display Systems in The Netherlands, said: “We welcome the initiative of Panasonic to develop professional displays featuring an HTML5-based OpenPort Platform. Combined with our PADS4 software, offering guaranteed uninterrupted playback in case of network failures, it’s a perfect match to run digital signage networks on Android.”

German digital signage company Videro, commented: “Videro is very excited to be included in the new AF1 Series eco system. It is now possible with the inclusion of Videro to control an entire digital sign network from the AF1 Series to building-wide LED signs including lighting, audio, and show control using one comprehensive cloud based interface.”

“The OpenPort Platform solution from Panasonic is a solid, easy-to-use digital signage solution that is perfect for 24/7 operation,” said Harry Horn, global vice president of marketing at Scala. “Combining the OpenPort Platform with Scala software is a smart choice for business owners, brands and retailers looking for an all-in-one cloud solution that’s professional grade.”

While Smartsign AB CEO Martin Romanowski, commented: “We are very proud to announce another collaboration with a large and innovative hardware supplier such as Panasonic, it offers our partners in EMEA further options to use our software for digital signage.”

15th April 2016

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