VIA ALTA DS 2 Receives Capital Networks™ Audience™ for Android Certification

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Commercial grade dual-output Android Signage solution for mission critical deployments

Taipei, Taiwan, 3 December, 2015 – VIA Technologies, Inc. today announced that the VIA ALTA DS 2 Android media player has gained certification for Capital Networks™ Audience™ for Android Digital Signage software.

The VIA ALTA DS 2 is ideal for delivering content to two independent screens such as dual-sided billboards often found in retail and public settings. The system can also accommodate 1×2 setups with independent or extended screen content support mode for menu boards or timetable displays in restaurant or transportation settings.

“We’re delighted that the VIA ALTA DS 2 meets the exacting performance and compatibility requirements for Capital Networks™ certification,” said Richard Brown, VP of International Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. “The combination of the VIA ALTA DS 2 and Audience™ for Android provides an ultra-reliable solution for mission-critical dual-output applications at a fraction of the cost of typical dual-output PCs, without sacrificing performance.”

“Commercial grade media players that run Google’s Android operating system are rare, but incredibly important to digital signage network operators who demand high reliability, management tools and predictable supply chains,” said Jim Vair, Vice President of Business Development at Capital Networks. “The VIA ALTA DS distinguishes itself from this elite group with its ability to deliver two distinct, independent video outputs from one affordable, solid state player.”

Capital Networks Audience for Android

Designed with scalability in mind, Audience for Android provides a user friendly, cost effective solution to network operators just entering into the digital signage market, as well as established network operators looking to expand existing installations.

Some of the key features found within Audience for Android include:

  • Up to 1080p resolution supported
  • Video in a zone supported
  • Landscape and Portrait orientation
  • Touch interactivity
  • HTML5 support
  • Real time scheduling
  • Support of single and multi-zone layouts
  • Support of live data feeds
  • As Run Logs for content verification
  • MP4, H264, JPG, BMP and MNG animation support

VIA ALTA DS 2

The VIA ALTA DS 2 is compact fanless Android media player powered by a 1.0GHz dual core VIA Elite E1000 Cortex-A9 SoC and measuring a mere 180mm x 120mm x 25mm (W x H x D).

Key features include:

  • Dual display support for independent or extended screen content setups
  • System signing keys for development partners
  • OTA (Over-the-Air) update support
  • Supports OpenGL ES 3.0 hardware acceleration and concurrent multiple Full HD video playback
  • Auto power on when plugged

Compatible with the latest Android Signage Content Management apps, the VIA ALTA DS 2 is available with a signage software solution pack featuring Android 4.4.2 as well as the VIA Smart ETK comprising a number of APIs, including Watchdog Timer (WDT) for safeguarding against system crashes, WOL, RTC wake-up, and a sample app.

To learn more about the VIA ALTA DS 2 Android signage player, please visit here.

To learn more about Capital Networks™ Audience™ for Android, please visit here.

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About Capital Networks Limited

Capital Networks Limited is a privately held company based in Markham, Ontario, Canada. Established in 1991, Capital Networks is a respected leader in the supply and support of advanced multimedia systems to communications companies engaged in cable television, broadcasting, digital signage and place-based media. Capital Networks has sold Audience™ software into a variety of market segments including Education, Corporate, Municipal and Retail applications in more than 40 countries. Clients include: Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLGC), Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), BBC, Peel Regional Police – Ontario, Plan Group, Cablevision – New York, Rogers Communications, Sheridan Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning, and many others. http://www.capitalnetworks.com

About VIA Technologies, Inc.

VIA Technologies, Inc is a global leader in the development of highly-integrated embedded platform and system solutions for M2M, IoT, and Smart City applications, ranging from video walls and digital signage to healthcare and industrial automation. Headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, VIA’s global network links the high tech centers of the US, Europe and Asia, and its customer base includes the many world’s leading hi-tech, telecommunications, consumer electronics industry brand names. www.viatech.com

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