SHARP ANNOUNCES NEW SIGNAGE PLATFORM AT DIGITAL SIGNAGE EXPO 2017

03/29/2017

Montvale, NJ, March 29, 2017

Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America (SIICA), a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation is proud to announce the launch of the SHARP Open Architecture Platform at Digital Signage Expo (DSE) 2017 in Las Vegas. The new platform provides an easy way for customers to download, store and play content directly from next-generation Sharp displays that incorporate this technology. It combines new Sharp hardware and software with technology from its alliances with independent signage software providers.

The SHARP Open Architecture Platform runs on the Android™ operating system enabling an open platform for the independent software community. Sharp has already collaborated with ten software companies for its new System-on-Chip (SOC) platform: Capital Networks, CityMeo, Easyscreen, Grassfish, Industry Weapon, Navori, Omnivex, Revel, Starmont and Videro.

“We are proud to announce the upcoming SHARP Open Architecture Platform here at DSE, the world’s largest trade show exclusively targeted to digital signage,” said Gary Bailer, Director of Product Planning and Marketing for Pro AV Products at Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America. “We’re eager to discuss the new platform’s capabilities and have a dialog with additional digital signage software providers who would like to join the program.“

With plans to incorporate the platform into a wide range of display sizes, the SHARP Open Architecture Platform runs on a powerful SoC quad core processor that is capable of supporting 4K video play back. The embedded platform is also expected to come preloaded with a new version of SHARP Digital Signage Software and will also support a built-in USB Media Player and SHARP Content Distributor software. Additionally, the upcoming product lineup will support a Mini OPS (Open Pluggable Specification) expansion slot, providing customers with a future-proof platform that can grow and expand as their needs change over time.

The SHARP Open Architecture Platform is being announced as part of its #teamupwithsharp theme at Booth #1207 at DSE, where it will also showcase various new digital signage products including its PN-R and PN-Y series, new AQUOS BOARD® interactive displays, and video wall comprised of its future 70" ultra-thin bevel displays.

Sharp will announce products incorporating the SHARP Open Architecture Platform later this year and is targeting to deploy them in the market beginning in the Fall of 2017. Additional Sharp news and updates during DSE and after the event will be available via @Sharp_Business on Twitter.

About Sharp Electronics Corporation

Sharp Electronics Corporation is the U.S. subsidiary of Japan’s Sharp Corporation. Sharp is a worldwide developer of one-of-a-kind home appliances, networked multifunctional office solutions, professional displays, robotics and energy systems

About Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America

Through U.S. B2B sales channels, Sharp is the leading brand of Large Format Commercial & Hybrid Displays (60"+) and is the #1 selling brand of Large Format Integrated Touch Displays (60"+)**. Sharp’s professional and commercial displays are specially engineered for business applications and are offered in a wide range of sizes and varying capabilities. From high-impact displays for digital signage, to state-of-the-art ultra-narrow bezel video walls, to the award-winning AQUOS BOARD® interactive display systems, Sharp commercial and professional displays help you communicate, collaborate and disseminate information brilliantly. For more information, visit our website at siica.sharpusa.com.

*Android is a trademark of Google Inc.
**Results based on IHS Markit, Technology Group, Monthly Large Format Commercial Displays Report, January 2017. Results are not an endorsement of Sharp. Any reliance on these results is at the third party’s own judgement and/or responsibility. Visit https://technology.ihs.com/, for more information.

For more information about Sharp’s business products, contact Sharp Electronics Corporation, 100 Paragon Drive, Montvale, N.J., 07645. For online product information, visit our website at siica.sharpusa.com.

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