NEC Display Partners with Canonical and Screenly on Ubuntu Core

NEC Display Solutions Europe announced a collaboration with Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu Core and Screenly, said to be the leading digital signage software solution for Raspberry Pi.

This is one of several partnerships NEC has made with digital signage software companies leveraging Raspberry Pi as part of its digital signage solution. The collaboration exploits the option of putting a Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 (CM3) into NEC’s P and V Series 40–55 inch large format displays.

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Screenly’s platform is for small and large deployments, with targeted sectors such as retail, food and beverage, education, transport, and corporate offices. The player is claimed to enable smooth playback of full HD videos, images and web pages, complete with health checks and remote status monitoring. Sensor triggers can be incorporated to make the signage more context-aware and relevant to the viewer.

Jatin Bhatt, Strategic Alliance Manager at NEC Display Solutions Europe said:

“This creates a simple but very secure, self-contained and effective solution for digital signage applications, supporting the NEC Open Modular computing strategy.”

Ubuntu Core is a minimal version of Ubuntu targeted at IoT and embedded devices offering over-the-air updates, security built-in and the opportunity for additional functionality and monetisation through snaps – the universal Linux packaging application format. Automatic updates simplify the update process. Ubuntu Core is fully supported on the Raspberry Pi CM3 to deliver a cost effective, secure and extensible platform.

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