By Corey Moss

It’s been a week now since returning from the Digital Signage Expo in Las Vegas, and what a week it was.

Experience is a word used pretty heavily these days in the tech industry – user experience, collaboration experience, integrated experience, and on. For the Digital Signage Expo, the word experience describes two days of visual technology innovation on the show floor, and the tagline for the show – ‘Transform the Customer Experience.’

Prior to the start of Day One, a group of industry journalists joined a pre-show press tour (led by Market Works Intl. Owner Geri Wolff) to see select products and solutions from a number of exhibitors. Some of the exhibitors at the press tour:

Jeff Hastings, CEO at BrightSign showing new products
Bluefin Ultrawide Screen with built-in BrightSign Player
Userful visual networking platform for video walls
AOPEN smart retail solutions
Peerless-AV All-In-One Kiosk Powered by BrightSign

The press tour did give us a strategic position toward the front of the crowd waiting to enter the show floor.

I was able to catch a picture of Show Director Andrea Varrone, with scissors in hand, at the moment of the cut…

I’ve taken pictures of numerous ribbon cuttings, it’s always a great experience to be able to capture the moment.

And the crowd headed in.

On the show floor, visits of course with exhibitors – from major manufacturers to startups in the Launch Pad.

Here’s a snapshot of just some of the many.

NEC Display Solutions showcased display signage and ALP Pro
Stratacache showcased digital signage solutions driving retail transformation
Epson showcased projection, foremost with LightScene
Peerless-AV showcased products and solutions including their LED Mount Configurator
Samsung showcased their line of display solutions
Sharp showcased 4K/8K displays including Windows Collaboration Display
Premier showcased new CONVERGENT LED Mount Series
Mimo Monitors showcased small form factor touch screens
SignageLive showcased their cloud-based digital signage platform

Much activity throughout the two days in Central Park.

The DSE APEX Awards honor companies for their innovation, recognizing achievement in the installation of digital displays and interactive technology and the creation of compelling viewer content. Here are the winners.

A very special mention here for good friend Vice President of Strategic Management at NEC Display Solutions and former Digital Signage Federation Chairman Rich Ventura, who received the Legacy Award, and was presented the green jacket at the APEX Awards ceremony. The award was presented to him by another good friend, current DSF Chairman Spencer Graham.

A compelling experience at the Digital Signage Expo was followed up on The AV Life podcast this week as we invited four executives from exhibitors Adomni, Userful, Shuttle Computer Group and RedFalcon.AI (a startup company in the Launch Pad), along with Digital Signage Federation Chairman Spencer Graham and Education Committee/At-Large Board Member Ryan Cahoy to talk about the show.

The AV Life Episode 128: The Post-DSE 2019 Show Exhibitors and the Digital Signage Federation – Engagement, Education and other such Experiences

Also listen to my Convergent Week podcast discussion with Kym Frank, President at Geopath as we talk about DSE and OOH.

Convergent Week Episode 30: DSE 2019 and Out-of-Home Discussion with Kym Frank

One more note, my congratulations to Andrea Varrone, Geri Wolff and all who work hard throughout the year to put together the Digital Signage Expo, and to Peerless-AV for staging yet another incredible Partner Event.

Start making plans for DSE 2020!

With over 20 years in audio visual integration and IT/computer sales and consulting, Corey Moss is the owner of Convergent AV. Corey writes for the publication and hosts/produces podcasts – The AV Life, Convergent Tech Talk, Convergent Week and The AV Tech Trade. He has written for numerous industry publications about AV, IT, unified communications and collaboration (UCC), cloud and software, IoT, cybersecurity and more. He has also conducted interviews with AV and IT executives and global influencers. Find him talking about a whole lot of things, tech and otherwise. On LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/mosscorey/.