New Digital Signage Zone introduced at IBC2008

London, (PresseBox) - The market for Digital Signage is set to grow rapidly over the next few years. New research by NSR predicts that the number of Digital Signage sites (average 3 to 4 screens per site) will grow from 210,000 in 2007 to 850,000 by 2010, attracting advertising revenues of $2.7 billion.

The deployment of digital signage in a variety of commercial environments has created a whole new line of business for companies involved in broadcast technology. Retailers, technology vendors, content providers and brand owners are working together to define the new promotional landscape in retail environments, public arenas, sports stadia, transport concourses and office spaces, using digital signage.

Results to-date have been impressive with the uptake of goods and services in some environments being increased by as much as 400%.
Further innovation in content development combined with new delivery channels such as kiosks, mobile phones and PDAs, will further fuel growth and provide companies with new ways to reach and sell to their customers.

The technologies, solutions and content that are driving this revolution will form the focus for the DIGITAL SIGNAGE Zone at IBC2008, a new visitor attraction being introduced at the event this year.

The IBC2008 DIGITAL SIGNAGE Zone will bring together many of the organisations and technologies that are emerging as major forces in this sector. It will therefore provide a unique opportunity for application developers, content providers and technology companies to showcase their capabilities at the heart of the broadcast industry's leading international conference and exhibition.

Commenting on the new development, Michael Crimp, COO, IBC said: "IBC has long had a record for embracing and nurturing new technologies - from High Definition Displays to the more recent introductions of Mobile and IPTV Zones. Digital Signage is now an important part of the broadcast landscape and it is fitting that it now has a focus within the leading industry's leading event."

The DIGITAL SIGNAGE Zone will be accompanied by the IBC2008 DIGITAL SIGNAGE Zone Business Briefings to which attendance is free. These briefings will examine some of the issues and opportunities arising from the growth in digital signage in further detail and are intended to reinforce and complement the established peer reviewed, paid-delegate IBC Conference.

The IBC2008 DIGITAL SIGNAGE Zone is being jointly developed and marketed by IBC, IT Europa and BPL. The new zone is intended to replicate the success of the IBC Mobile and IPTV Zones which were introduced in 2005 and 2007 respectively. The IBC2008 exhibition takes place from 12 - 16 September 2008 at the RAI, Amsterdam.

About IT Europa and BPL

IT Europa is the leading provider of strategic business intelligence, news and analysis on the European IT marketplace and the primary channels that serve it. It publishes European channel publications such as 8020 Europa, Channel Business Solutions and the IT Europa Newsletter.
IT Europa also markets a range of database reports and organises European conferences and events for the IT and Telecoms sectors.

IT Europa's sister organisation, BPL, publishes a range of both end-user and channel publications for the IT, Telecoms and Broadcast sectors. It also organises a number of conferences, seminars, industry awards and other events. Its main titles include, Comms Dealer, Retail Technology, IBE (International Broadcast Engineer) and C2M (Content to Mobile) which is a joint venture with IT Europa. IBE and C2M are media partners of the Mobile Zone. For further information on IT Europa and BPL visit:
www.iteuropa.com or www.bpl-business.com

IBC

Established in 1967, IBC has evolved from its roots in terrestrial broadcasting to become the leading event for professionals involved in the creation, management and delivery of entertainment, sports and news content worldwide. The exhibition attracts over 1,300 exhibitors including the major technology suppliers. IBC also attracts over 46,000 attendees from more than 130 countries who visit each year to see the state-of-the-art technology. The world-renowned IBC conference tackles all the hot creative, management and technical issues and this year mobile applications will be a major theme. For full details, demographics and news visit www.ibc.org

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