NEC Display Solutions Partners with Canonical on Digital Signage


Chicago-based NEC Display Solutions of America, a provider of commercial LCD displays and monitors as well as digital and multimedia projectors, announces a partnership with

Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu Core, and Screenly, the leading digital signage software solution for Raspberry Pi.

This is one of several partnerships NEC has made with digital signage software companies leveraging Raspberry Pi as part of their digital signage solution. The joint collaboration creates a digital signage solution which uses NEC’s P and V Series 40–55 inch large-format displays and modular Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 (CM3) to deliver high-impact visual content in an integrated package for professional AV applications.

NEC says the collaboration is a strategic move to highlight its capabilities within its range of display solutions, and is in line with the company’s Open Modular intelligent computing strategy.

According to NEC, Screenly’s digital signage platform makes it easy to manage both small and large deployments, making it particularly applicable to certain sectors such as retail, food and beverage, education, transport, and corporate offices. The player enables seamless playback of full HD videos, images and web pages, complete with health checks and remote status monitoring. Moreover, NEC says, the combination of Screenly’s simple yet powerful content management system and the flexible application programming interface means Screenly can be used as a stand-alone solution or integrated with IoT solutions as well as into larger, more complex systems. Sensor triggers can be incorporated to make the signage more context-aware and relevant to the viewer, enhancing the overall experience, the company says.

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