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SMB Digital Signage from Black Box


Black Box launches iCOMPEL digital signage program for small and medium businesses

Offers an easy, affordable way to boost sales and improve communications.


PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA— Black Box Corporation (NASDAQ:BBOX), an industry-leading provider of voice communications, data infrastructure, and product solutions, today launched a program to help small businesses more effectively use its iCOMPEL™ line of digital signage appliances for sales generation.

The  program, available to anyone with an iCOMPEL player (part #s AC4000A, AC4001A, AC4002A, AC4003A, AC4004A, and AC4005A), enables a small business or government office with little or no creative staff to quickly set up digital signage more affordably and with a look that is entirely their own. The intent is give budget-stretched administrators a more streamlined and cost-effective way to build visibility in today's more competitive market. 

"Digital signage is undoubtedly a great way to turn prospects into customers and good customers into even better-spending customers," says Mario Calabro, Black Box Multimedia Products Manager. "And with iCOMPEL from Black Box, digital signage has never been more affordable and easier to get and use. This offering takes the concept further, enabling end users to tap into the creative resources of Black Box itself. "

Customers not only have access to many pre-designed layouts included with the player, but they also have the option to have Black Box create customized layouts especially for them. "We know a lot of businesses don't like a cookie-cutter approach," explains Calabro. "But with this program, they get layouts that are uniquely theirs, with their logo and tagline included. This way, they can create the brand-consistent sales messaging most suited for their market." 

Showcased at the recent Digital Signage Expo in Las Vegas and featured in USA Today, the iCOMPEL family of browser-based, networked appliances offers features and functionality typically found only on very high-end systems. In addition to professionally designed layouts, iCOMPEL comes with drag-and-drop layout tools and a number of advanced content-management and scheduling features for playing stored and live media in multiple zones. Users can combine 1080p video or live TV with scrolling text, photos, flash, HTML, RSS feeds, and other media. 

Unlike many other player solutions available today, there are no ongoing expenses with iCOMPEL and software updates are always free, Calabro says. "This is digital signage that's truly future-proof, a prudent investment for buyers in an uncertain economy." 

The iCOMPEL player can be used for a single screen or for multi-site deployments with thousands of units playing different content at different locations. It also supports changing content ad-hoc at the display. 
The system is part of Black Box's extensive line of digital signage solutions, including media players, extenders, splitters, converters, and switches. A number of these products, including iCOMPEL, are also on the GSA schedule. All products are backed by free, live, 24/7 Tech Support, which customers can reach by calling 724-746-5500.
For more information about iCOMPEL, visit www.blackbox.com/go/iCOMPEL. 



About Black Box

Black Box is the world's largest technical services company dedicated to designing, building, and maintaining today's complicated data and voice infrastructure systems. Black Box services 175,000 clients in 141 countries with 192 offices throughout the world. To learn more, visit the Black Box Web site at http://www.blackbox.com.
Black Box® and the Double Diamond logo are registered trademarks, and iCOMPEL is a trademark, of BB Technologies, Inc. Any third-party trademarks appearing in this press release are acknowledged to be the property of their respective owners.



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