PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA, June 9, 2011 — Black Box Corporation (NASDAQ:BBOX), an industry-leading provider of voice communications, data infrastructure, and technology products, announced today two major successful signage implementations for a leading global corporation and a leading Pennsylvania college.
Black Box is modeling these two implementations as demonstration and baseline projects to create case studies and other resources that will help VARS looking to expand their digital signage business.
The first implementation was a signage project for Joy Mining Machinery, a worldwide manufacturer of underground mining equipment. Through digital signage, Joy Mining is able to establish more consistent corporate branding at all its sites and improve real-time communications with facilities in the U.S. and elsewhere.
To do this, Joy Mining chose Black Box’s iCOMPEL™, a integrated hardware/software solution for simple, affordable content delivery and management.
Nearly 55 of Joy Mining’s facilities now receive digital content in their lobbies, with all content controlled by iCOMPEL. Carrying the utility of the iCOMPEL platform forward, Joy Mining also uses the system for internal communications, such as disseminating engineering performance metrics to staff and posting job bids and awards in its union facilities.
Joy Mining also has started using digital screens on the factory floor to display “Kanban” inventory information in real time. By switching to digital displays, the company has enhanced its “just-in-time” inventory processes and intends to eventually eliminate paper tickets for the relaying of inventory information.
For a case study on the Joy Mining signage project, visit: http://www.blackbox.com/resource/genpdf/Case-Studies/ICOMPEL-JOY-MINING.pdf.
The second implementation is Black Box’s work with LaRoche College, a Catholic college of 1350 students in Pittsburgh. With its signage project, the college wanted to enhance and centralize campus communications with students and staff, with content displayed in the campus dining hall, library, fitness center, and athletic department.
Like Joy Mining, the college chose Black Box’s iCOMPEL platform for its signage implementation. Black Box handled the site survey, system design, and installation of the iCOMPEL units, the displays, and their mounts. La Roche College staff installed the cabling and provided power and network connectivity to each display and to each ICOMPEL subscriber unit.
In this deployment, all subscriber players receive VGA signals over network cabling from an iCOMPEL appliance located in a central data closet. This appliance acts as a server for content streamed to the players, helping the college move one step closer to its goal of centralizing the management of campus information. La Roche College staff members simply log on to the iCOMPEL system to access and upload videos, images, and other signage content. The players regularly ping the publisher appliance for any changes and update the screens as needed.
To read the La Roche College case study, visit: http://www.blackbox.com/resource/genpdf/Case-Studies/ICOMPEL-LA-ROCHE-COLLEGE.pdf.
Resellers or integrators looking to expand their digital signage business are urged to speak with Black Box about the company’s partner opportunities. “Black Box is truly a full-service, one-stop shop,” said Steve Acquista, director of digital signage for Black Box. “Along with our world-class digital signage platforms and 24/7 live tech support, we provide our partners with an accredited Digital Signage Certification Course, demo discounts, deal registration programs, design services, site surveys, plus distribution hardware, mounts, displays, and more,” he explained.
Acquista said integrators and resellers interested in becoming an authorized iCOMPEL Integrator or Reseller can visit InfoComm Booths #5874 and #5878, June 15–17 in Orlando, Florida, or contact him at [email protected]
Also see: http://www.blackbox.com/go/iCOMPEL.
About Black Box
Black Box is the world’s largest technical services company dedicated to designing, building, and maintaining today’s complicated data and voice infrastructure systems. Black Box services 175,000 clients in 141 countries with 196 offices throughout the world. To learn more, visit the Black Box Web site at http://www.blackbox.com. Black Box® and the Double Diamond logo are registered trademarks, and iCOMPEL is a trademark, of BB Technologies, Inc. Any third-party trademarks appearing in this press release are acknowledged to be the property of their respective owners.