SBJ/January 23 - 29, 2006/Media

Making signs a one-man show

ANC Sports Enterprises, one of the key progenitors of arena fascia and rotational signage, has developed a new software product that lets all the digital signage systems of a facility be controlled through one console.

ANC’s software lets one console run all videoboards.
The Purchase, N.Y., company’s VisionSOFT package can link together main scoreboards, fascia boards, corner scoreboards and hustle boards, concession stand signs, and even exterior and parking lot signage. The boards are then controlled by a single operator whereas at other buildings, such systems would be manned by several staffers.

“This is a direct response to what we were hearing in the industry, that being a need for a truly streamlined control of all the display points in the building,” said Mark Stross, ANC executive vice president of technology. “We, of course, want people’s business, but this also allows our clients to still use the other display products they have and feel comfortable using.”

The creative capabilities for the software include starting an image at a main center scoreboard, having it flow out to the fascia and into the corners, and then back again. Commercial applications are also expanded: Sponsors could easily buy pockets of time in which their logo is on every scoreboard within a seating bowl.

The VisionSOFT system has already been installed for use at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena and Portland’s Rose Garden and it is set to debut this spring at SBC Park in San Francisco.

Information on the system’s cost was not available.

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