Digital Signage in Oslo Metro Gets Matrox Maevex Upgrade

Maevex H.264 Encoders and Decoders Let Clear Channel Norway Remotely Control Metro Station Signage With Minimal Downtime and Maintenance

Clear Channel Norway Metro Maevex H264 Digital Signage
Matrox Maevex encoders and decoders allow Clear Channel Norway to remotely control 176 digital signage screens across 3 stations in the Olso City Metro system.
MONTREAL — 29 October 2015 — Matrox® Graphics Inc. today announced that Clear Channel Norway has installed Matrox Maevex™ H.264 encoders and decoders within three stations of the Oslo metro system to deliver advertising content on 176 digital screens. The first choice for Clear Channel, Maevex encoders and decoders deliver Full HD (1080p60) video & audio over standard IP networks.
With one hundred and seventy-six 65-inch screens across three metro stations, Clear Channel Norway was tasked with providing advertising to 80 million annual commuters in Oslo. After initially installing local media players in neighboring machine rooms with HDMI extenders, Clear Channel discovered regular power shutdowns would leave the screens blank even after connections had been re-established, leading to losses in ad revenue.
Seeking more stability, Clear Channel selected Matrox Maevex Encoders and Decoders because of their ability to offer remote video and audio extension at user-defined bitrates between 100Kbps and 25Mbps, enabling multiple streams on both 100Mb and 1000Mb standard networks.
Using Matrox PowerStream Plus Software, Clear Channel can oversee and manage each encoder and decoder. Content is created with Mermaid digital signage software and placed onto a PC player in the remote operations center. Maevex AV-over-IP platform captures, encodes, and streams the signal for decode and display on remote digital signage screens within each metro location.
“We feel very strongly that the solutions Matrox produces cannot be compared to home office or consumer products and meet a high grade of industrial standard. Matrox products are built to last,” said Jonas Michael, Head of Digital Development and Operations at Clear Channel Norway.
Clear Channel was so pleased with the Oslo metro setup that plans are in the works to expand this setup to an additional seven stations. Also, Clear Channel has integrated Maevex hardware and PowerStream software in a similar setup on three Oslo Ferries passenger ships and are in the process of doing likewise in six airports across the country.
“The airport IT staff have already reported back saying, ‘This is what we have been waiting for,’ relayed Jonas Michael, Head of Digital Development and Operations at Clear Channel Norway. “In every digital signage setup it is a standard to have the PC just behind the screen. Maevex is really a revolution, enabling us to remove it and place it elsewhere in our operations center, away from the public. So, it’s a fantastic solution that we foresee using again in the future.”

About Maevex AV-over-IP H.264 Encoders/Decoders

Matrox Maevex™ 5100 Series delivers excellent streaming quality at a fraction of the price of traditional encode/decode systems. Maevex AV-over-IP solutions enable the extension of Full HD quality 1080p60 video and audio over standard IP networks with unicast and multicast support for digital signage, collaborative video walls, and many other applications. Bit rates are user-definable between 100Kbps and 25Mbps, enabling multiple streams on both 100Mb and 1000Mb standard networks. Maevex H.264 encoders even allow for software-based decoding on non-Maevex devices. Maevex encoders can also function in record mode, allowing Full 1080p60 MP4 files to record to NAS or network-shared drives for storage of sensitive and important AV data. Maevex units come bundled with Matrox PowerStream™ software, allowing for easy remote management of Maevex devices and functionality. Contact Matrox Video to learn more.

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