Black Box to Demonstrate Latest iCOMPEL Versions for High-Performance Digital Signage at DSE 13

Platform includes new interface and models for HD video input, OPS screen installation, and interactive kiosks.

Pittsburgh, PA, February 24, 2013 --( Black Box, an industry-leading provider of multimedia and digital signage technology, announced today that it will be demonstrating the latest user-friendly features and advancements of its award-winning iCOMPEL™ platform at Digital Signage Expo 2013 (DSE® 13) February 27–28 in Las Vegas.

An integrated hardware/software platform for creating and managing professional SMB signage, iCOMPEL comes with free software updates and free, 24/7 technical support for a lower total cost of ownership than similar products on the market.

The latest evolution of the iCOMPEL line includes a new, more intuitive user interface for easier layout, design, playlist, and scheduling control. With this improvement, the software greatly simplifies digital signage management by non-technical users.

Plus, the iCOMPEL platform includes new hardware for higher performance and more flexible integration:

• iCOMPEL P Series Publishers and Subscribers featuring i3 processing for playing professional Flash and video content, support for up to four video zones, HDMI and DVI connectivity, and 802.11n wireless as an option. The series includes more choices, including 2U publishers with additional DisplayPort output and robust 500 GB HDD storage, and VESA-mount publishers and subscribers with 40 GB SSD storage. Customers can also order models with a built-in HD video capture card for connecting a set-top with HDMI® output to digital signage. With this HD video card option, video from a set-top source can even be shown as an inset within other promotional content.

• iCOMPEL K Series VESA Kiosk Players for standalone signage applications: These highly affordable, small-form-factor SSD players can be mounted on the back of a display and work right out of the box with all software preinstalled. The K Series players are ideal for retail kiosks and other single-screen applications and can be ordered with 802.11n wireless connectivity for difficult-to-cable signage, such as in island displays.

• iCOMPEL K Plus Series VESA Interactive Kiosk Players: Like the standard K Series players, these support VESA mounting for standalone kiosk applications and can be ordered with Wi-Fi enabled. But they are also touch enabled with USB HID touchscreens supported right out of the box. In addition, they support 1080p video, HDMI and DVI-I output, and up to four simultaneous video zones. Also, they boast i3 processing for intense Flash and video content playout, which makes them ideal for kiosks that require fast-loading screen graphics and smooth full-motion video rendering.

• iCOMPEL™ O Series OPS Publishers and Subscribers: These offer all the power of the P Series VESA models but in an Intel® Open Pluggable Specification compatible design. The self-contained iCOMPEL modules slide into displays with an OPS slot for convenient screen-integrated signage. They are ideal for any application without room for an external player or where securing expensive hardware would be difficult. Plus, the OPS models feature i3 Mobile processing for intense Flash and video rendering, support for up to four simultaneous video zones; and 40 GB of onboard SSD storage.

“The iCOMPEL line continues to evolve so businesses, schools, universities, hospitals, and others can deliver a dynamic viewer experience in an easy-to-use platform,” says George Borden, Digital Signage National Sales Manager for Black Box. “And with our complete offering of hardware options, signage integrators and resellers can now order a system that fits their exact requirements for any digital signage implementation.”

To test drive the software interface and learn more about the iCOMPEL line, visit Booth #645 on the floor of the Las Vegas Convention Center during DSE 13. For more information about iCOMPEL, visit

And for help choosing a digital signage or an AV distribution solution, speak to a free, 24/7 Tech Support expert today at 724-746-5500. Also be sure to ask about Black Box’s special support programs for system integrators and resellers.

About Black Box
Black Box is a leading technology product solutions provider that helps customers build, manage, optimize, and secure their networks. In addition to award-winning digital signage platforms, the company is a single source for AV extenders, splitters, switches, converters/scalers, and many other multimedia solutions. Black Box is ISO 9001:2008 certified and has received numerous industry recognitions, including the following awards: Info Security Products Global Excellence, CRN Tech Innovator, TMC Communications Solutions Product of the Year, Network Products Guide Reader Trust, Network Products Guide Product Innovation, R&D 100, Five Star ratings from SC Magazine, and a Cabling Business Magazine Award of Excellence. Black Box provides its customers with free, 24/7 pre- and post-sales technical support.

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