Shenzhen, China, December 17, 2012]: Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, has launched its eSpace industry TV solution, a suite of streaming media solutions, including digital signage and enterprise streaming media, to help businesses build more intelligent and efficient information distribution platforms and develop effective information strategies.
With the advancement of information technology, multimedia information, such as audio and video, has become ubiquitous and essential in people’s day-to-day activities. In response, businesses are increasingly adopting multimedia information for marketing and advertisements and therefore require solutions to help them effectively reach out to their target audience.
Commenting on how businesses can capitalize on this trend, Yunhao Zhang, Director of Huawei’s Industry Business eSpace Industry TV Solution said: "With the new Huawei eSpace industry TV solution, enterprises can now leverage digital signage to enable multimedia information distribution through the Internet, while the enterprise streaming media solution creates the ability to build an integrated media platform that offers live streaming, Video-on-Demand (VOD) and interactive entertainment. Key features of the Huawei eSpace industry TV solution include high interoperability, easy deployment and maintenance, low bandwidth requirements and high quality. The Huawei eSpace industry TV solution is designed to cater for a wide range of industry verticals, including finance, hospitality, retail, education and the enterprise campus."
Digital signage solution
Compared with traditional static text and images, digital signage allows for multimedia information distribution platforms that provide a multi-sensory experience, thereby boosting the ability to distribute large amounts of real-time information in a flexible manner.
"Huawei is able to offer end-to-end digital signage solutions that help enterprises build open and integrated information distribution platforms with high reliability and easy maintenance. The solution delivers superior user experience and helps enterprises enhance work efficiency and lower operating cost," added Yunhao Zhang.
The Huawei digital signage solution can be deployed over LAN or WAN in a wide variety of network topologies in both a centralized and distributed fashion. The video endpoints can connect to the network through wired and wireless access such as WIFI and 3G. Additionally, in order to achieve a superior user experience, Huawei digital signage is designed to provide an intuitive user interface, where users can easily design programs or adopt one of the preloaded default program templates using the What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get (WYSIWYG) editor. Multiple play modes are in place to support different application scenarios, including repeat, timed, insertion modes and spare video clips.
The solution also incorporates robust security features with the adoption of a dual server backup mechanism, as well as automatic download resumption to minimize duplicate downloads and make full use of bandwidth.
With its powerful Application Programming Interface (API) for third party software and IT developers, Huawei digital signage is able to integrate standard or custom-designed applications, such as interactive kiosks and systems for Point of Sale (POS), line queuing, hospital guidance, hotel property management and enterprise conference scheduling. This enables Huawei to enhance flexibility and investment protection for customers, while expanding the application of solutions. When integrated with Huawei’s telepresence system, it is able to push the audio and video from the conference to the digital signage endpoints as a real-time broadcast.
Enterprising streaming media solution
Huawei eSpace enterprise streaming media solution is an end-to-end solution capable of delivering media acquisition, media management and media player services to help enterprises build an interactive and real-time video information distribution platform.
"Through this integrated solution, enterprises are able to build a comprehensive information service system that provides their employees and customers with an array of services," said Yunhao Zhang.
The eSpace enterprise streaming media solution can deliver entertainment functions such as live TV, video and music on demand. In addition to information service functions such as news broadcasts, information bulletins and billing information, the solution offers management functions for accounting and user management. Industry-specific implementations of the solution include the following:
- In the hotel sector, the solution offers a customized welcome interface, live HD TV, HD video or music on demand and interconnects with a property management system and accounting management system to improve hotel operation efficiency.
- In retail stores, this solution provides visualized and customized merchandise introduction and promotion information.
- In the education sector, it can be used for live TV broadcast, PPT on demand, real-time lecture recording and streaming.
The Huawei eSpace enterprising streaming media solution delivers superior user experience. It adopts a Graphic User Interface (GUI) design so that users can intuitively drag and drop video content into the playlist. It supports HD video, audio, pictures and TV signals in a variety of formats. The solution goes beyond the traditional video platform, by offering rich information management functions, allowing the administrator to push selected information to the designated user, while allowing individual users to check their personal account information via the display devices. With its multimedia information service system users can check their hotel expense records, purchase an out-of-stock item via the e-commerce channel, or check their hospital bills in real-time.
In addition, the Huawei eSpace enterprise streaming media solution is interoperable with third party management systems, allowing for information exchange, billing or account information enquiries with third party management systems. It is also seamlessly integrated with Huawei’s telepresence system to conduct real-time conferencing, recording and playbacks. Information security of the system is also ensured through the use of an encryption and a data backup mechanism.