Convergent AV reporter Michelle Loret sits down with industry leader in display and digital signage solutions Rich Ventura, who is Vice President of Strategy at NEC Display Solutions as well as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Digital Signage Federation.  Rich begins by talking about the acquisition of S[quadrat]*, and the Best Large Booth win at the show along with what took place in the booth. Rich also talked about some of NEC’s products showcased as well as their partnerships, and their strategy with Raspberry Pi and OPS architecture (and next SDM).

Rich Ventura headshot

Michelle then asks Rich about what to look forward to at the next shows – the Digital Signage Expo (DSE) and InfoComm, and Rich adds some discussion of the London Showcase as well. Rich also discusses the New York Showcase (now in its 25th year) and how it has built over the years, and talks about a great focus on verticalization and NEC helping integrators to put together the proper solutions. Rich also talks about how the NEC executive teams work together at the trade shows – NEC Display Solutions of America and NEC Display Solutions Europe. He also talks about meeting with Dave Labuskes as well discussing education, analytics, AVIXA and DSF the organizations, and more. Rich closes talking about integrators going for the right opportunities.

*NEC expands portfolio with the acquisition of German-based S[quadrat], a leading provider of high end LED display systems