Ayuda Announces Free Splash Player Now Runs On Android And Apple Devices

Ayuda announces that its free Splash digital signage player now runs on Google Android and Apple iOS devices, including Google Tablets, Google Phones, Apple iPads, iPhones, and iPods

By Joe Cotugno, London, UK

May 18, 2011

At Screen Media Expo 2011 today, Ayuda Media Systems (“Ayuda”) announced that, in addition to its existing Windows and Linux support, the free Splash Digital Signage Player now also supports devices running Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS operating systems. The Splash™ Digital Signage Player is available for immediate download for free from both the Google Android Marketplace, and the Apple App Store. With the addition of Android and iOS, the free Splash™ Digital Signage Player now supports all major desktop and tablet operating systems. This opens up a plethora of possibilities in the digital signage market space as hardware vendors and digital signage vendors continue their quest for ever-cheaper, all-in-one solutions for next-generation digital signage networks.

“With new Android-powered devices being announced every week, who knows what form factors will be available tomorrow,” contemplated Andreas Soupliotis, President & CEO of Ayuda.

“Imagine a future where LED TVs will be running Android software, or where Apple releases a 15-inch iPad. With convergent devices, network operators will be able to benefit from hardware and maintenance cost savings, as well a faster time to market. Ayuda wants to be at the forefront of that future vision.” Current tablets, including the various Android-powered tablets, and Apple’s iPads, already incorporate many of the technologies that network operators look for in a robust, efficient, hardware media player. With built-in wireless communication, solid-state drives, touch interactivity, and sophisticated heat management – not to mention gorgeous screens – the current generation of Google and iOS-powered tablets are well positioned to form the backbone of next-generation digital signage networks.

“Why would a network operator want to source, pay for, assemble, and maintain separate screens, PCs, network cards, and other components, when they could simply hang an Android-powered device on the wall?” asked Soupliotis. “Granted, the current available sizes would not work for all network operators, but Ayuda sees a future where Android-powered devices will increase in screen size. Our vision is to power any device on any platform.” A number of companies are marketing tablet wall-mounts and stands for retail and corporate use, legitimizing the possibility of using tablets in digital signage networks. Several leading LCD manufacturers are also already toying with the idea of powering their screens with Google’s Android operating system, further lending credibility to Soupliotis’ vision. According to Soupliotis, the Splash™ Digital Signage Player will be well-positioned when Android-powered TVs hit the market. Network operators will have an easy, integrated platform on which to base their networks. “As far as we know, Ayuda is the only software player developer to build on top of the MONO platform (a platform-invariant version of the Microsoft .Net Framework),” explains Richard Markiewicz, Ayuda’s Lead Architect on the Splash Digital Signage Player. “That technology decision has proven to have far-reaching benefits, as we were able to achieve Android and iOS support with only a few additional lines of code.”

ABOUT AYUDA

Ayuda Media Systems (Ayuda) has been providing the D/OOH industry with the world’s most sophisticated media management platform for over 10 years. As the developers of the Ayuda Platform (which notably includes Juice™, Splash™, BMS™, Zest™ Rewind™, Cerebro™, and now, Alto™), Ayuda’s products have invoiced over two billion dollars in OOH billing and provided media management functions for more than 500,000 advertising faces globally. The Ayuda Platform is cloud-based, and includes functionality for D/OOH networks such as avails and proposal generation, invoicing, lease payouts, financial reporting, inventory management, scheduling, content management, mapping, network monitoring, business intelligence, a free software player, real-time annotated proof of play, and the world’s only D/OOH vendor focused CRM. Ayuda was founded in 2003 by ex-Microsoft employees with the mission of empowering the D/OOH industry with state-of-the-art tools that make D/OOH easier to manage and buy. In November 2012, Microsoft presented Ayuda’s Splash™ product with the highly coveted Windows Azure Application – Partner of the Year Award for its use of the Microsoft Azure Cloud. For more information about Ayuda, visit www.ayudasystems.com

Joe Cotugno
Partner, Senior Vice President of Global Client Services
Ayuda Media Systems
+1 (514) 845-0824 x200

Ayuda to Launch its Pay-per-Look Featuring Intel® AIM Suite Technology at Screen Media Expo 2011

Ayuda Media Systems’ flagship Splash DOOH platform will demonstrate the futuristic and newly productized Pay-per-Look functionality to the European market, powered by Intel® AIM Suite technology

By Daniel Fleischer, London, England, UK

May 13, 2011

Ayuda Media Systems (“Ayuda”) announced today that it will be showcasing a concept demo to the European market with the integration of the Intel® AIM Suite (Audience Impression Metrics) into Splash, its flagship ERP system for DOOH networks, at the Screen Media Expo 2011 show in London. Dubbed “Pay-per-Look”, the application allows advertisers to be billed based on how many people actually looked at their ad, which can be determined by using Intel AIM Suite technology that relies on optical sensors to detect faces that turn towards the display while completely honoring privacy. Following a very warm reception from network operators and advertising agencies since the initial unveiling of the concept earlier this year to North American audiences at DSE 2011 in Las Vegas, Ayuda has decided to make the same demonstration available to the European marketplace with this announcement.

“We were astonished to witness just how much interest our initial demonstration garnered a few months ago. We have been inundated with inquiries from DOOH network operators and ad agencies regarding the possibilities of this concept,” said Andreas Soupliotis, CEO of Ayuda. “This revolutionary concept helps operators demonstrate the value of their networks to advertisers, leveraging audience tracking technology to track who has viewed the screen and then bill based on the number of “looks.” We are excited that the future of ad sales may very well see the networks charge advertisers based on how many people actually look at the ad, versus how many people are merely exposed to it.”

Current practice in the ad-based DOOH industry is to bill based on the number of impressions delivered. However, impression counts are typically based on audience measurement research that simply counts how many people are exposed to, or have the chance of being exposed to, an ad. The Pay-per-Look application takes impression counts to the next level by counting people looking at an ad, as opposed to counting people passing by an ad. By combining anonymous audience detection technology with digital signage software, it becomes possible to detect exactly how many “looks” each campaign received. This is a much more meaningful system for both the network and the advertiser, as the operator justifies the viability of the network while the advertiser benefits from being billed according to precisely how many people viewed the ad. Ayuda has also announced that Splash now officially supports Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT), a hardware based technology for remotely and securely managing the PC.

Soupliotis further states: “In keeping with our dedication to empowering the network operator, we’re also pleased to announce that with official Splash support for Intel® AMT, we make it possible for our customers to more easily remotely manage their digital signage media players. Our strategic relationship with Intel has helped us further our commitment to providing the best possible set of both management and measurement tools to the network operator.” Jose Avalos, director of retail and digital signage for Intel’s Embedded and Communications Group, commented: “By leveraging the latest Intel technologies, companies such as Ayuda are able to continue to develop innovative solutions to meet the evolving needs of the digital signage industry. Pay-Per-Look is a demonstration of Intel AIM Suite at work. This type of application exemplifies Intel’s commitment to delivering key solutions for Intelligent Digital Signage networks.” Ayuda, developers of Splash, an ERP system for digital signage networks that includes content management software as well as a digital player, has been developing solutions for the OOH industry for over seven years and has invoiced over a quarter of a billion dollars in OOH billing. Meanwhile, the Intel AIM Suite technology will enable any network operator to detect, analyze, and audit audience measurement data, and have a clear picture of how digital signs are influencing audience behavior.

ABOUT AYUDA

Ayuda Media Systems (Ayuda) has been providing the D/OOH industry with the world’s most sophisticated media management platform for over 10 years. As the developers of the Ayuda Platform (which notably includes Juice™, Splash™, BMS™, Zest™ Rewind™, Cerebro™, and now, Alto™), Ayuda’s products have invoiced over two billion dollars in OOH billing and provided media management functions for more than 500,000 advertising faces globally. The Ayuda Platform is cloud-based, and includes functionality for D/OOH networks such as avails and proposal generation, invoicing, lease payouts, financial reporting, inventory management, scheduling, content management, mapping, network monitoring, business intelligence, a free software player, real-time annotated proof of play, and the world’s only D/OOH vendor focused CRM. Ayuda was founded in 2003 by ex-Microsoft employees with the mission of empowering the D/OOH industry with state-of-the-art tools that make D/OOH easier to manage and buy. In November 2012, Microsoft presented Ayuda’s Splash™ product with the highly coveted Windows Azure Application – Partner of the Year Award for its use of the Microsoft Azure Cloud. For more information about Ayuda, visit www.ayudasystems.com

Daniel Fleischer
Director of Business Development
Ayuda Media Systems
+1 (514) 845-0824