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Out-of-Home Industry Soars on Digital Wings

According to research reported by PQ Media, global Out-of-Home (OOH) advertising revenues increased by approximately 7.5 percent in 2018, representing the fastest growth rate in 11 years. What’s more, following a less impressive 2019, media analysts are forecasting continued record growth for global OOH in 2020. Additionally, the share of global revenues for all Digital […]

Plainview LED Breaks Ground for New Factory in Chattanooga

On the wings of his firm’s impressive growth, Todd Plain is building a 10,000-square-foot factory for LED signage in his Tennessee hometown. https://www.timesfreepress.com/news/business/aroundregion/story/2019/sep/10/plainview-build-digital-sign-factoryled-signs/503265/

Hendersonville (NC) Invokes Temporary Ban on EMCs

This temporary action presents an opportunity for local sign advocates to prepare information in advance of the upcoming City Council meeting on November 7, 2019. https://www.blueridgenow.com/news/20190907/hendersonville-passes-temporary-ban-on-animated-illuminated-signs

Highways England Installs Digital Signage to Bolster Traffic Safety

Contrary to what opponents believe, outdoor, digital signage actually represents a safety advantage for motorists, to the extent that it’s increasingly being specified by authorities in the UK. https://www.smartcitiesworld.net/news/news/uk-installs-next-generation-digital-signage-on-its-roads-4499

Digital Signage a Key Element in Margaritaville

Jimmy Buffett launched his latest vacation destination, the Margaritaville Resort Orlando, earlier this year in Kissimmee, FL, just south of Orlando. To create an interactive experience for vacationers, the new resort makes generous use of electronic signs, featuring more than 30 displays, including LCD monitors, freestanding kiosks, plus interior and exterior LED screens. https://www.commercialintegrator.com/digital_signage/margaritaville-resort-digital-display/

Chesterfield County (VA) Gives a Green Light for EMCs

The Chesterfield County Planning Commission, which has jurisdiction over a large suburban area located near Richmond, VA, voted last Tuesday to send a new, business-friendly sign ordinance to the Board of Supervisors with a recommendation for approval. The proposed ordinance will simplify the county’s arduous application and approval process for local businesses seeking to install […]

Hacking of Electronic Billboards Reported in Augusta, Georgia

An electronic billboard owned by Be Still Displays was hacked on the night of January 28, 2017 on the main thoroughfare of Washington Road in Augusta, Georgia. A similar hacking occurred in Atlanta in 2015. As of Monday, January 31, neither the display owner, Chris Withers, nor the Richmond Count Sheriff’s Office, could explain how the […]

What has the Federal Highway Administration said about Off-premise Electronic Message Centers?

The 1965 Highway Beautification Act established federal guidelines for off-premise signs (billboards) located within 660 feet of federal highways. When “changeable Electronic Variable Message Signs (CEVMS),” (typically called electronic message centers, or EMCs, in the sign industry), began to become more commonplace, individual states began to establish agreement (Federal/State Agreements — FSAs) with the Federal Highway […]

What Types of Signs are Most Commonly Used?

A significant way to divide the sign industry is into “electric” signs (which have internal illumination) and “commercial” signs, which are non-illuminated. For approximately three decades, a trade journal for the sign industry, Signs of the Times, conducted surveys of sign companies as to how their businesses were faring. These were called State of the […]

What are Some Guidelines for Electronic Message Center Resolution?

A critical aspect of any sign is viewing distance. The appropriate amount of detail varies greatly, depending on the distance from which the sign will be viewed. In digital printing, this “resolution” is determined by “dots per inch,” or DPI. The more closely an image will be viewed, the higher its resolution needs to be, […]