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We Have a New Office

Written on August 20, 2013 at 4:39 pm, by

Benton Plaza

Our  ClearOne MagicBox office has moved to a new location and we’re happy to still be in beautiful Corvallis, Oregon. Here’s our new address so please update your records accordingly.

 

ClearOne MagicBox

Benton Plaza

408 SW Monroe

Suite M236

Corvallis, OR 97333

 

Our contact information is still the same.

email: sales@magicboxinc.com

 

phone: (541) 752-5565

NOTICE: MagicBox Server Migration

Written on July 30, 2013 at 4:38 pm, by

Magicbox Server Migration

 

We will be moving our office to a new location here in Corvallis, OR on July 31st – August 5th. During the move we’ll be taking the TxStream server and our PowerPoint converter server off-line and relocating them into the new space.

 

There will be a disruption in service during the transition. We’ll get those servers back online as fast as possible so please bear with us we make this necessary move to improve services and support.

 

Thank you for your patience.

InfoComm 2013: Wooing India – Are You Ready?

Written on July 30, 2013 at 10:36 am, by


 

If you are going to InfoComm India 2013, stop by the ClearOne stand #B105 and find out why Pro Audio and Video Conferencing will never sound – or look – the same.
 
The game-changing Beamforming Microphone Array is the Pro-Audio industry’s first professional-grade microphone array with beamforming and adaptive steering technology and ClearOne’s next-generation Acoustic Echo Cancellation.
 
COLLABORATE® soft-codec-based video conferencing is a complete VC portfolio featuring desktop video applications, room systems, infrastructure, and management solutions.
 
VIEW® multimedia streaming and distribution delivers a superior AV experience by streaming high-definition audio, video, and control over TCP/IP LAN networks.
 
MagicBox® digital signage is scaled and optimized for corporate or light commercial environments with entry-level solutions for comprehensive content management and cloud-based solutions.
 
ClearOne’s new Wireless Microphone System provides the freedom and clean installation of a wireless solution with the flexibility to expand up to 32 channels and the security of full 256-bit encryption.
 
CONNECT™ CobraNet™ and CONNECT™ AVB network bridges provide networked audio for CONVERGE® Pro devices without changing main mixer hardware
 
The new CONVERGE® USB network peripheral provides plug-and-play USB connectivity between popular desktop and laptop UC applications and CONVERGE Pro for full, rich, professional sound — without any firmware or software upgrades
 

It all comes together as ClearOne establishes its mark as the one-stop manufacturer for audio and visual communications.
 
Pre-Register online today at https://infocomm-india.com/
 
Admission to the 3-Day exhibition and education seminars is FREE!
 
16 September (Monday) 2pm-6pm (By Invitation Only)
17 September (Tuesday) 10am-6pm
18 September (Wednesday) 10am-4pm
 
Invest in the future of your business – Pre-Register online today at https://infocomm-india.com/
 

 

Digital Signage Opportunities in Corporate Buildings

Written on July 22, 2013 at 4:19 pm, by

Looking for a digital signage solution for a corporate organization?
 
Digital signage is the perfect communications medium in the fast-paced and ever changing corporate environment. Digital signs can be updated instantly with content created and controlled by you and distributed across lobbies or entire offices, whether local or across the country. You can schedule company alerts to announce meeting locations, company events, local weather updates and more. Digital signs are also a great mechanism for training employees.
 
You control your communication strategy with MagicBox technology from ClearOne; digital signage to distribute your message effectively and with maximum impact. Our user friendly interface allows your content managers to update your directive in real time, with little technical know-how.
 
The possibilities for corporate digital signage are endless:

     

  • Promote events and HR information
  • Supplement training or product announcements
  • Boost morale and improve communications
  • Deliver emergency alerts and announcements more effectively
  • Incorporate live information like weather, traffic, and stock price
  • Broadcast performance and inventory statistics
  • Display industry news or other RSS feeds
  • Personalize visitor greetings
  • Show event schedules
  • Promote special offers
  • Integrate social media interactivity
  • Supplement knowledge sharing
  • Advertise loyalty programs and sign-up procedures

 
Digital signage delivers the right message to the right parties at the right time.  For more in-depth information on how to distribute your message to employees, customers, and all other visitor traffic, ClearOne has created a document that lists several options for digital signage to be used in a corporate facility that you can download here
 
 

UpComing Event – Be Sure To Visit Us At InfoComm13

Written on June 7, 2013 at 1:37 pm, by

Visit Us at InfoComm13

 

We’ll be at InfoComm13 in sunny Orlando, Florida on June 12th – 14th.
Stop by Booth #2059 to see the latest innovations from MagicBox and ClearOne. Register for your free pass with VIP CODE: CLE771

 

InfoComm13

 

An Informative Look At Playlists

Written on May 7, 2013 at 9:36 am, by

One of the newest features in the WebSuite Digital Signage Platform is the ability to add  playlists within a project. What are playlists you ask?

 

Playlists are simply sub-groupings of content within a project consisting of Page content playlists and Crawl Region playlists. Each Playlist can be assigned to one or many players in your signage network.

 

Master playlists for page content and crawl region content will be the first playlists added when a user initially creates a project. That content will always play when the project is published to the media players. Let’s take a look at the diagram below and see just how using playlists can benefit your organization.

 

Diagram example of  Playlists being used in a University  setting.

 

The diagram above illustrates an example of a University using WebSuite software for creating and managing content with media players located in several different locations or departments throughout the campus.

 

Let’s say that Administration wants to have the same cohesive message displayed on all of its screens. They accomplish this by creating a project called “MainCampus“.  Next they’ll add a Master playlist with their message and send the project with that playlist to the server for all the media players to pull (the Pull Method of publishing is required for using the Playlist feature) into endpoint displays. Now all the media players across campus have the same uniformly branded Administration message playing on all the screens.

 

Playlist Dropdown Section

This is great, but now the Library staff want to add their own content that will only play on the screens in the Library. They do this by creating their own playlist within the “MainCampus” project.

 

In the Library playlist, the staff can then create as much page content and crawl region content as necessary to target their specific audience of students and faculty. Content for a library could include hours of operation, holiday closings, upcoming events such as book author signings and book buy backs. It could be new book arrivals, special rewards programs, maps of the library as well as emergency information.

 

In this example, WebSuite users all over the University campus could log in and add custom playlists for their departments. This level of content creation and management give WebSuite the enterprise-class support that businesses and organizations are looking for.Playlists are a great feature to add custom content to specific screens across your digital signage network. Initial player set up is a breeze and once new content is created and approved, all you need to do is sit back and let the players and server do the work.

 

With so many possibilities of easy content management, WebSuite truly delivers the promise of Digital Signage Made Simple!

 

Let us know what applications can you think of where Playlists would come in handy and if you have any questions or would like more information, please give us a call at (541)752-5654 or send us an email to sales@magicboxinc.com.

An Informative Look At The New Pull Method of Publishing

Written on April 30, 2013 at 4:34 pm, by

Push vs. Pull Diagram

What is the “Pull” method of publishing and how will it benefit my organization?

 

Before we answer these questions, let’s first define what publishing is in the digital signage world.

 

Publishing: Transferring digital content from the creation software to the media player(s) which is typically sent over a local area network (LAN) and/or a wide area network (WAN).

 

The desktop version of our digital signage software called Composer used a method of publishing called the “Push” method or manual publishing. A user would hit the Publish button select a single media player or multiple players and then send project content directly to those devices at that moment.

 

The limitation of using the “Push” method  is that the PC that the software resides on needs to be in the same network (LAN) where the media players are located or at least have the media players assigned an external IP address that is reachable from the creation PC. This narrows the ability and reach of the digital signage network.

 

This is a great method for small digital signage networks where users publish infrequently and are always available to manage their content.

 

Enter the “Pull” method.

 

The new web based WebSuite Digital Signage Platform now introduces a second option of publishing called the “Pull” (also called Server Publish) method. This publishing option works by configuring the media players to make the inquiry or check into the server (Cloud or On-premise) to see if new content is available. If so, then that content will be pulled in and begin displaying it. The interval for how often the players check into the server can be set for every 5 minutes up to once a day.

 

Pull Publish Set Up

Since the media players are making the data request to the server for content, this allows player units to go out of a network’s firewall and pull in the new data without advanced network configuration. The media players don’t need to be located on the same network as the PC running the WebSuite software. In fact, they can be in different buildings, different cities or even different countries for that matter.

 

This opens up a world of possibilities for the organization. For example, a corporation may have five offices located across the United States. Marketing would create the signage information for each office and then approve the content (publish) and send it to the server for each media player at each office to check in and retrieve the new content. Instead of having people at each office manually send content directly to a player on the local network every time they have new content ready, all the players from multiple networks check into a single server. This reduces employee work load as well as overhead costs for the business.

 

Organizations can now manage a wide digital signage network from a central location. The “pull” method of publishing is just one of the new features in WebSuite making it an enterprise class signage solution. Stay tuned to the blog for overviews of other great WebSuite features that help businesses mange their content efficiently and effectively.

 

The “Push” and “Pull” methods of publishing are both available to use within the WebSuite software and users can choose which methods works best for them.

 

If you have any questions on the “Pull” method of publishing or would like further information on how the WebSuite Digital Signage Platform can help your company, please give us a call at (541)752-5654 or send us an email to sales@magicboxinc.com.

Opportunities In Corporate Buildings

Written on April 9, 2013 at 1:35 pm, by

Opportunities In Corporate Buildings

 

Looking for a digital signage solution for a corporate organization?

 

We’ve created a document that lists several options for digital signage to be used in a  corporate facility.

 

Read it through and find the solution that fits your needs.

 

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If you have any questions about or products and services or would simply like to talk with us, give us a call at (541)752-5654 or send us an email to sales@magicboxinc.com

 

Don’t forget to check out the OppDoc for Corporate organizations.

 

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WebSuite – A Web-based Digital Signage Content Management Platform

Written on March 18, 2013 at 3:49 pm, by

 

Configured with the WebSuite Digital Signage Platform, the ELS (Entry Level Server) is a great solution for any organization who needs to manage a small to medium digital signage network and who needs maximum security and enterprise server management.
 
Learn more about the MagicBox and Websuite Digital Signage Platform  here!
 

Daylight Saving Time Notice

Written on March 8, 2013 at 7:30 am, by

Daylight Savings - Spring Forward 2013

It’s that time of year again.

 

This notice is to just remind Aavelin users who aren’t connected to a network that after the time change, be sure to go into the on-screen menu and set your time, then restart the unit to save the changes.

 

This ensures your Aavelin unit’s time will be correct and your schedule content will play when it’s supposed to.

 

Aavelin users who are connected online, please disregard this message. The Aavelin will sync with the Network Time Server and set your time correctly.

 

If you have any questions, please contact support at (541)752-5542 or email us atsupport@magicboxinc.com