|By Marketwired .||
|August 20, 2014 01:26 PM EDT||
BLUFFTON, INDIANA -- (Marketwired) -- 08/20/14 -- Graphic Media, Inc, ("Graphic") ("Graphic") the Master Distributor of the Americas for iSIGN Media Solutions Inc.'s ("iSIGN") (TSX VENTURE: ISD)(OTCQX: ISDSF) full suite of products and location-based proximity mobile solutions, is pleased to announce the creation of a separate entity, Engage Mobile Media Solutions ("Engage" or "Company"), to better service and grow the National Mobile Network ("NMN").
The NMN is a new mobile advertising medium, that utilizes the latest in iSIGN's Smart Antenna and Player technologies to deliver real-time engagement with millions of customers at the most critical persuasion opportunity - the point-of-sale. The NMN is the only tool of this scale available to advertisers that will engage consumers at the point-of-sale, influence the purchase decision, collect in-depth metrics and analytics about consumer behavior and allow immediate action, all in real-time.
The NMN, which was started in co-operation with National Oil & Gas and Marathon Petroleum, consists of convenience stores ("C-stores") equipped with iSIGN's Smart Antennas located primarily in the mid-western United States and is projected to reach 10,000 units installed by 2015. The premise of the NMN, is that is a win-win premise, in that iSIGN's hardware and technology can help C-stores create a mobile engagement with their customers and improve sales opportunities by increasing foot traffic in the C-stores, while at the same time providing a desirable advertising opportunity for large brands to engage consumers at the point-of-sale, thus potentially influencing their purchase decisions while obtaining valuable customer behavior metrics, that until now have not been available in the C-store channel.
Future expansion of the NMN will include drug store and grocery chains in addition to other retailers who desire to create another communication channel reaching consumers immediately prior to the point-of-sale.
Engage is a limited liability partnership, whose management currently consists of:
Ron Leman Majority Owner, is President and Chief Executive Officer of Graphic and founder of the NMN. His background includes successful start-ups in digital and out-of-home media, graphics design, e-commerce as well as traditional publishing, having started two successful business-to-business publications and websites. Throughout his 29 year professional career, Ron remains a visionary at heart, utilizing his entrepreneurial expertise, innovation and skill set to design, create and produce countless marketing programs for his clients' products and services.
Richard Doyle Managing Partner, is a 35 year media veteran, creative strategist and media innovator. After 20 years as a senior media executive at several national advertising agencies, including J. Walter Thompson, Young & Rubicon and Ogilvy & Mather, Richard left the advertising agency world and joined BlueSky Media and later 24/7 Media in management position. After 3 years of learning the internet from the inside out, Richard rejoined the agency world as Media Director on the world's largest automotive retailer, AutoNation, where he applied his business experience and knowledge to grow AutoNation's web leads to 40% of total sales. Richard has a successful track record of developing ROI driven promotional programs and has been the key development force behind many successful marketing programs.
James Paul Brown, Senior Advisor, is a media pioneer, who's first radio property, "Earth News", was a regular syndicated feature on 1,000 FM radio stations from 1973 to 1982. During the eighties and early nineties, James was Chairman of Entertainment Radio Networks where he oversaw the production and distribution of over 40 nationally syndicated programs and features, such as Pepsi Hitline USA, The Reebok Top 30 Countdown and Entertainment Tonight with Leeza Gibbons. In 1992, James established this third company, Jim Brown Productions, that eventually became BlueSky Radio, the leading national producer of daily short features syndication that specialized in customized programs for the pharmaceutical industry.
Dr. Gregory Leman, Senior Advisor, has 25 years of experience as an engineer, scientist and entrepreneurial leader in companies sized from $1 million to $2 billion. Gregory received his BS in Chemical Engineering with honors from Purdue University and this PH. D (ChE) at the University of Illinois. Gregory was an Engineering Scientist with the Cabot Corporation for 11 years, where he was awarded 2 patents. His roles spanned from process research to management of Research and Development, product line and operations. Moving to Germany, he became Managing Director of Cabout-Huls. In 2000, Gregory joined Great Lakes Chemical Flourine Division, where he lead the commercialization of several new products and initiated 2 product platforms. Gregory is also an inventor on a number of pending patents.
Currently at Baylor University, Gregory is the Founder of the Technology Entrepreneurship Initiative, founding Director of the LAUNCH Innovative Business Accelerator at Baylor. Also has coached more than 100 ventures in Technology space over past 9 years.
Alex Romanov - Chief Executive and President of iSIGN Media Solutions Inc. Alex is an accomplished business executive with a history of identifying opportunities and turning them into profitable, high-growth enterprises. Alex has diverse experience in a variety of industries, such as consumer electronics, communications, digital imaging, video gaming and e-commerce. Alex began his business career with Motorola in sales and sales management. From Motorola, Alex moved to Alpine Electronics in Canada, a division of Alps Electric Japan, where he was the CEO and President for 17 years, building Alpine to over $50 million in revenue with over 50% of the Canadian market share by 1995. Hand in hand with Alpine's growth as a premium brand, Alex established and grew its OEM business, establishing Alpine as standard equipment in BMW, Honda, Lamborghini and other automotive icons. Alex led the acquisition team when Alpine acquired Luxman home audio. After leaving Alpine in 1996, Alex established his own marketing agency, Royal Oak Marketing and has its founder, CEO and majority shareholder, responsible for over 100 employees and $120 million in revenue. Among Royal Oak's many clients was AST Computers that was developed into a market leader, out selling industry giants Compac, IBM and Packard Bell. After selling Royal Oak for $29 million to an American concern, Alex co-founded Spherex Inc., which developed and marketed an Xbox gaming audio system. Spherex was sold to an American concern in 2005. Alex has been iSIGN's CEO since November 2007 and successfully restructured the company, positioning it for rapid growth worldwide.
Engage's Board of Directors consists of the above-mentioned five individuals, and is currently pursuing other Industry leaders at this time.
Engage has identified its revenue sources as being advertising revenue realized from third party advertising; monthly fee based; and the sale of mobile and point-of-sale data insights. The Company has completed its projections for its first three years of operations and is comfortable projecting revenues of $4.62 million in its first 12 month of operations, growing to $23.625 million in year 2 and $63.619 million in year 3.
The Company's forecasts are based upon a network of a minimum 10,000 locations across the United States to be installed by the end of 2015, growing to a minimum of 25,000 locations by the end of 2016. All installations to utilize iSIGN's Smart Antennas and Smart Players, that the Company has characterized as being an iBeacon on steroids.
Engage is currently in the process of raising funds to finance the expansion of the Company. Funds will be used for the acquisition of hardware, sales and marketing materials as well as general working capital.
Graphic Media, Inc.
SYS-CON Events announced today that HPM Networks will exhibit at the 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. For 20 years, HPM Networks has been integrating technology solutions that solve complex business challenges. HPM Networks has designed solutions for both SMB and enterprise customers throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
Aug. 2, 2015 05:45 PM EDT Reads: 505
For IoT to grow as quickly as analyst firms’ project, a lot is going to fall on developers to quickly bring applications to market. But the lack of a standard development platform threatens to slow growth and make application development more time consuming and costly, much like we’ve seen in the mobile space. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Mike Weiner, Product Manager of the Omega DevCloud with KORE Telematics Inc., discussed the evolving requirements for developers as IoT matures and conducted a live demonstration of how quickly application development can happen when the need to comply wit...
Aug. 2, 2015 11:15 AM EDT Reads: 354
The Internet of Everything (IoE) brings together people, process, data and things to make networked connections more relevant and valuable than ever before – transforming information into knowledge and knowledge into wisdom. IoE creates new capabilities, richer experiences, and unprecedented opportunities to improve business and government operations, decision making and mission support capabilities.
Aug. 1, 2015 10:00 AM EDT Reads: 335
Explosive growth in connected devices. Enormous amounts of data for collection and analysis. Critical use of data for split-second decision making and actionable information. All three are factors in making the Internet of Things a reality. Yet, any one factor would have an IT organization pondering its infrastructure strategy. How should your organization enhance its IT framework to enable an Internet of Things implementation? In his session at @ThingsExpo, James Kirkland, Red Hat's Chief Architect for the Internet of Things and Intelligent Systems, described how to revolutionize your archit...
Jul. 30, 2015 07:30 PM EDT Reads: 1,421
MuleSoft has announced the findings of its 2015 Connectivity Benchmark Report on the adoption and business impact of APIs. The findings suggest traditional businesses are quickly evolving into "composable enterprises" built out of hundreds of connected software services, applications and devices. Most are embracing the Internet of Things (IoT) and microservices technologies like Docker. A majority are integrating wearables, like smart watches, and more than half plan to generate revenue with APIs within the next year.
Jul. 30, 2015 02:30 PM EDT Reads: 140
Growth hacking is common for startups to make unheard-of progress in building their business. Career Hacks can help Geek Girls and those who support them (yes, that's you too, Dad!) to excel in this typically male-dominated world. Get ready to learn the facts: Is there a bias against women in the tech / developer communities? Why are women 50% of the workforce, but hold only 24% of the STEM or IT positions? Some beginnings of what to do about it! In her Opening Keynote at 16th Cloud Expo, Sandy Carter, IBM General Manager Cloud Ecosystem and Developers, and a Social Business Evangelist, d...
Jul. 30, 2015 12:00 PM EDT Reads: 2,079
In his keynote at 16th Cloud Expo, Rodney Rogers, CEO of Virtustream, discussed the evolution of the company from inception to its recent acquisition by EMC – including personal insights, lessons learned (and some WTF moments) along the way. Learn how Virtustream’s unique approach of combining the economics and elasticity of the consumer cloud model with proper performance, application automation and security into a platform became a breakout success with enterprise customers and a natural fit for the EMC Federation.
Jul. 30, 2015 09:00 AM EDT Reads: 2,173
The Internet of Things is not only adding billions of sensors and billions of terabytes to the Internet. It is also forcing a fundamental change in the way we envision Information Technology. For the first time, more data is being created by devices at the edge of the Internet rather than from centralized systems. What does this mean for today's IT professional? In this Power Panel at @ThingsExpo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists addressed this very serious issue of profound change in the industry.
Jul. 29, 2015 03:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,299
Discussions about cloud computing are evolving into discussions about enterprise IT in general. As enterprises increasingly migrate toward their own unique clouds, new issues such as the use of containers and microservices emerge to keep things interesting. In this Power Panel at 16th Cloud Expo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists addressed the state of cloud computing today, and what enterprise IT professionals need to know about how the latest topics and trends affect their organization.
Jul. 29, 2015 02:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,205
It is one thing to build single industrial IoT applications, but what will it take to build the Smart Cities and truly society-changing applications of the future? The technology won’t be the problem, it will be the number of parties that need to work together and be aligned in their motivation to succeed. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jason Mondanaro, Director, Product Management at Metanga, discussed how you can plan to cooperate, partner, and form lasting all-star teams to change the world and it starts with business models and monetization strategies.
Jul. 28, 2015 04:30 PM EDT Reads: 1,776
Converging digital disruptions is creating a major sea change - Cisco calls this the Internet of Everything (IoE). IoE is the network connection of People, Process, Data and Things, fueled by Cloud, Mobile, Social, Analytics and Security, and it represents a $19Trillion value-at-stake over the next 10 years. In her keynote at @ThingsExpo, Manjula Talreja, VP of Cisco Consulting Services, discussed IoE and the enormous opportunities it provides to public and private firms alike. She will share what businesses must do to thrive in the IoE economy, citing examples from several industry sectors.
Jul. 28, 2015 11:00 AM EDT Reads: 2,049
There will be 150 billion connected devices by 2020. New digital businesses have already disrupted value chains across every industry. APIs are at the center of the digital business. You need to understand what assets you have that can be exposed digitally, what their digital value chain is, and how to create an effective business model around that value chain to compete in this economy. No enterprise can be complacent and not engage in the digital economy. Learn how to be the disruptor and not the disruptee.
Jul. 27, 2015 10:00 AM EDT Reads: 2,044
Akana has released Envision, an enhanced API analytics platform that helps enterprises mine critical insights across their digital eco-systems, understand their customers and partners and offer value-added personalized services. “In today’s digital economy, data-driven insights are proving to be a key differentiator for businesses. Understanding the data that is being tunneled through their APIs and how it can be used to optimize their business and operations is of paramount importance,” said Alistair Farquharson, CTO of Akana.
Jul. 27, 2015 09:00 AM EDT Reads: 334
Business as usual for IT is evolving into a "Make or Buy" decision on a service-by-service conversation with input from the LOBs. How does your organization move forward with cloud? In his general session at 16th Cloud Expo, Paul Maravei, Regional Sales Manager, Hybrid Cloud and Managed Services at Cisco, discusses how Cisco and its partners offer a market-leading portfolio and ecosystem of cloud infrastructure and application services that allow you to uniquely and securely combine cloud business applications and services across multiple cloud delivery models.
Jul. 27, 2015 08:00 AM EDT Reads: 1,910
The enterprise market will drive IoT device adoption over the next five years. In his session at @ThingsExpo, John Greenough, an analyst at BI Intelligence, division of Business Insider, analyzed how companies will adopt IoT products and the associated cost of adopting those products. John Greenough is the lead analyst covering the Internet of Things for BI Intelligence- Business Insider’s paid research service. Numerous IoT companies have cited his analysis of the IoT. Prior to joining BI Intelligence, he worked analyzing bank technology for Corporate Insight and The Clearing House Payment...
Jul. 26, 2015 09:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,588
"Optimal Design is a technology integration and product development firm that specializes in connecting devices to the cloud," stated Joe Wascow, Co-Founder & CMO of Optimal Design, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City.
Jul. 25, 2015 02:00 PM EDT Reads: 404
SYS-CON Events announced today that CommVault has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. A singular vision – a belief in a better way to address current and future data management needs – guides CommVault in the development of Singular Information Management® solutions for high-performance data protection, universal availability and simplified management of data on complex storage networks. CommVault's exclusive single-platform architecture gives companies unp...
Jul. 25, 2015 01:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,973
Electric Cloud and Arynga have announced a product integration partnership that will bring Continuous Delivery solutions to the automotive Internet-of-Things (IoT) market. The joint solution will help automotive manufacturers, OEMs and system integrators adopt DevOps automation and Continuous Delivery practices that reduce software build and release cycle times within the complex and specific parameters of embedded and IoT software systems.
Jul. 25, 2015 12:15 PM EDT Reads: 486
"ciqada is a combined platform of hardware modules and server products that lets people take their existing devices or new devices and lets them be accessible over the Internet for their users," noted Geoff Engelstein of ciqada, a division of Mars International, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City.
Jul. 25, 2015 12:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,553
Internet of Things is moving from being a hype to a reality. Experts estimate that internet connected cars will grow to 152 million, while over 100 million internet connected wireless light bulbs and lamps will be operational by 2020. These and many other intriguing statistics highlight the importance of Internet powered devices and how market penetration is going to multiply many times over in the next few years.
Jul. 25, 2015 09:00 AM EDT Reads: 1,502