Capital Networks and VIA Technologies Release Commercial Grade Dual-Output Android Signage Solution

VIA Technologies, Inc. today announced that the VIA ALTA DS 2 Android media player has gained certification for Capital Networks™ Audience™ for Android Digital Signage software.

The VIA ALTA DS 2 is ideal for delivering content to two independent screens such as dual-sided billboards often found in retail and public settings. The system can also accommodate 1×2 setups with independent or extended screen content support mode for menu boards or timetable displays in restaurant or transportation settings.

“We’re delighted that the VIA ALTA DS 2 meets the exacting performance and compatibility requirements for Capital Networks™ certification,” said Richard Brown, VP of International Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. “The combination of the VIA ALTA DS 2 and Audience™ for Android provides an ultra-reliable solution for mission-critical dual-output applications at a fraction of the cost of typical dual-output PCs, without sacrificing performance.”

“Commercial grade media players that run Google’s Android operating system are rare, but incredibly important to digital signage network operators who demand high reliability, management tools and predictable supply chains,” said Jim Vair, Vice President of Business Development at Capital Networks. “The VIA ALTA DS distinguishes itself from this elite group with its ability to deliver two distinct, independent video outputs from one affordable, solid state player.”

Capital Networks Audience for Android
Designed with scalability in mind, Audience for Android provides a user friendly, cost effective solution to network operators just entering into the digital signage market, as well as established network operators looking to expand existing installations.

Some of the key features found within Audience for Android include:

  • Up to 1080p resolution supported
  • Video in a zone supported
  • Landscape and Portrait orientation
  • Touch interactivity
  • HTML5 support
  • Real time scheduling
  • Support of single and multi-zone layouts
  • Support of live data feeds
  • As Run Logs for content verification
  • MP4, H264, JPG, BMP and MNG animation support

The VIA ALTA DS 2 is compact fanless Android media player powered by a 1.0GHz dual core VIA Elite E1000 Cortex-A9 SoC and measuring a mere 180mm x 120mm x 25mm (W x H x D).

Key features include:

  • Dual display support for independent or extended screen content setups
  • System signing keys for development partners
  • OTA (Over-the-Air) update support
  • Supports OpenGL ES 3.0 hardware acceleration and concurrent multiple Full HD video playback
  • Auto power on when plugged

Compatible with the latest Android Signage Content Management apps, the VIA ALTA DS 2 is available with a signage software solution pack featuring Android 4.4.2 as well as the VIA Smart ETK comprising a number of APIs, including Watchdog Timer (WDT) for safeguarding against system crashes, WOL, RTC wake-up, and a sample app.

About VIA Technologies, Inc.

VIA Technologies, Inc is the foremost fabless supplier of power efficient x86 processor platforms that are driving system innovation in the PC, client, ultra mobile and embedded markets. Combining energy-saving processors with digital media chipsets and advanced connectivity, multimedia and networking silicon enables a broad spectrum of computing and communication platforms, including its widely acclaimed ultra compact mainboards. Headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, VIA’s global network links the high tech centers of the US, Europe and Asia, and its customer base includes the world’s top OEMs and system integrators.


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