ZoneKey and Intel Unveil Broadcast Solution for Smart Classrooms, Retail and More

A recent conference in China confirmed that a quiet revolution in digital signage is on.

The moment is ripe for transformation. Costs for sensors, bandwidth and compute have decreased significantly, while cloud, streaming media, remote management and increasing performance are bringing new capabilities to business, retail, industry and education.

Attendees to the recent 71st Education Equipment Industry Conference in Nanning, Guangxi, China, discovered an Internet of Things (IoT) capable of transforming education. Industry leaders, solution providers and educators gathered to take smart digital classrooms to the next level. Interactivity, autonomous learning, universal access to education resources and digital literacy were priorities, as China looks to improve its education models in light of innovative technologies.

A personal highlight — coming from my focus on advanced digital signage technologies used across industries such as retail, education, healthcare and smart cities — was the announcement of the Intel Visual Data Reference Design Specification. This new reference design brings cloud capabilities to the edge of the network. It combines compute, network, storage, accelerators and platform control to enable new digital signage solutions. It is exciting to see the most forward-looking of solutions — one that enables integration of high-performance, high-quality streaming audio/video with big data analytics and edge intelligence — poised to transform the lives of students and educators (with similar promise for retail and industry). The Intel reference design has already been adopted by ZoneKey for its video record broadcasting application based on Uzel.

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And from my perspective, these innovations are sure to impact more than education. It’s easy to see the implications for retail and other industries using digital signage to rethink business models. Solution providers, OEMs and ODMs take note: streaming, interactive, data-informed video and audio with the performance and intelligence to operate from the edge to cloud will be a digital signage game changer.

More immersive experiences, high-performance video and audio, data-driven insight and seamless interactivity. It’s time to bring a new era of digital signage to market.


Digital Signage Goes to School

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Enriching and expanding the learning experience is at the heart of new education applications based on the Intel Visual Data Reference Design Specification. Solutions, such as the ZoneKey video record broadcasting application, can bring more content into more classrooms, integrate record broadcasting systems and interactive whiteboards, and enable near-real-time responses based on big data analytics. By supporting both online and offline education and the cloud, digital signage solutions can provide massive media and education content resources to classrooms — whether urban or rural.

Students can engage in an active, collaborative learning process and benefit from remote learning. Schools and teachers can take advantage of content distribution features to release curricula, notifications, security notices and news.


What Can You Build?

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The ZoneKey application unveiled in China is a great example of turning R&D into opportunity for our next generation of learners. I encourage you to explore the Intel Visual Data Reference Design Specification and seize the opportunity for a wide range of education, business and industry solutions.

Usage models for the Intel Visual Data Reference Design Specification include:

  • Video-based products used for audio/video streaming, video analytics, teaching, presentations, student engagement and education-based VR applications
  • Audio/video processing and recording visual retail products used for digital signage, video walls, kiosks, video control rooms and interactive whiteboards
  • Content processing and analytic products used for data aggregation at the edge
  • Consolidation of back-end and cloud workloads
  • Creation of service enabler platform for Digital Signage as a Service (DSaaS) and Education as a Service (EaaS) solutions

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