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Westinghouse Introduces New Advanced Digital Signage Software for Businesses

Santa Fe Springs, CA - Westinghouse Digital Electronics, one of the leading LCD TV manufacturers in the U.S., now gives businesses a dynamic twist to attract customers and advertise like never before. With its new neonSource™, neonNow™ and neonPlayer™ products, businesses have an advanced way to turn their entertainment or information displays into powerful digital signage tools. Created for the hospitality education, food service, retail and point-of-sale industries, the neonSource and neonNow software solutions give businesses the ability to easily create professional digital signs and ads like never before.

John Araki, Vice President and General Manager, Commercial Business Unit, at Westinghouse Digital Electronics, states, "Westinghouse is providing businesses with a cost-effective and creative signage solution that is more unique and compelling than ever before. Our new solutions are very easy and intuitive to use and do not require a dedicated IT person for execution. When combined with our exceptional LCD technology, business can now reach their customers in a more exciting way."

neonSource is a simple way for businesses to showcase ads on any size flat panel display while customers are watching selected programming. Offered for displays in landscape mode, it is a complete and customizable digital signage solution that allows users to create their own content. neonSource features Westinghouse's proprietary MosaicView technology that lets a business display multiple images simultaneously on one screen.

It is ideal for businesses looking to upgrade a display that currently shows TV or video and turn it into an all-in-one digital signage tool. neonSource allows businesses to advertise their latest product solutions, informational messages, daily specials, and promotional launches throughout the day on a timed rotation. The programming remains uninterrupted as the ads are dynamically inserted around it on the sides, top and bottom of the screen.

neonSource is perfect for a bar or restaurant that is showing a sporting event on TV. It allows the business to run banner ads or include text insertion about drink or food specials or other promotional offers. Another great example of a neonSource application is in the doctor's office waiting room that is showing a video of a new medical procedure and/or preventive medicine information videos. neonSource allows for banner ads and text to dynamically overlaid that reminds patients to ask the doctor about the procedure for a special discount.

neonSource includes a component input for connection to external devices such as a DVD player or cable box. It can effortlessly combine movies, animations, text, graphics and live TV/Video into a single frame. The graphic and icon based user interface allows for simple frame creation which includes the ability to drag-and-drop media files to create a content wheel of video and banner ads.

neonNow is a digital signage solution that is preloaded with professionally designed templates for businesses who do not wish to create their own content. It is extremely easy to use and offers digital signage capabilities in an instant. neonNow also provides a simple icon-based drag-and-drop user interface design that allows for simple insertion of a business' logos, ads or videos. neonNow includes several professionally produced, specific templates with customizable text features for many industries including: retail/boutique, hospitality, restaurant, education and a generic design. neonNow has the versatility to be run in both portrait and landscape modes with the templates offered.

neonPlayer is compact content management box with a sleek horizontal set-top-box style chassis. It has a front power button with display-status LED, and emits very little noise and heat for green-conscious business owners. Key system features include: 2.3GHz Dual Core CPU; a 160 GB hard disk drive; 10/100/1000 LAN (RJ-45); HDMI / VGA output; Analog audio output; and YPbPr Input. The software supports up to 1920 x 1080 resolution. Supported video formats include: MPG1/2/4, H.264, AVI, WMV, SWF and FLV. Supported image formats include: BMP, GIF, JPG, WMF, EMF and PNG.

Ideal for use with Westinghouse's new digital signage solution product lineup are the 42'' VM-42F140S and 47'' VM-47F140S commercial LCD monitors. Both feature 1920 x 1080 resolution, the highest standard available to consumers for HD digital video display; 1080Pure™ for 1080p resolution out of all HD connectors; Bi-directional RS-232C communication; Discrete RS-232 commands; built-in speakers; a full suite of connectors including HDMI, DVI, YPbPr, VGA, Composite/ S-Video; SpineDesign™ construction for easy cable management and convenient media box access; Autosource™ technology that automatically turns the TV on and adjusts it when an external source is detected; DPMS timer for convenient on/off application for lower power consumption; Safety and security with Anti-tip Over/Theft Deterrent rings; Front Panel and Remote Lock for security in public environments; Start Input and Volume for consistent setup on power up. Both monitors are Energy Star and ROHS compliant and use Recyclable materials.

neonSource, neonNow and neonPlayer are currently available to the commercial marketplace. The 42'' VM-42F140S ($1,399 MSRP) and the 47'' VM-47F140S ($1,899 MSRP) are both shipping.

Westinghouse Digital Electronics is one of the leading LCD TV manufacturers in the U.S.