inLighten® Introduces Argo™: The First Digital Signage HDMI Stick with Windows™
Industry Leader to Offer Ultra-Compact, Full-Function Player with Full Version of Windows Operating Software
Jan. 15, 2015
inLighten, a recognized leader in the field of digital signage, interactive, self-service and audio solutions announced today the release of Argo, a thumb-sized digital media player for digital signage applications that is the first of its kind to feature a Windows Operating System. Continuing inLighten’s long history of producing Windows-based digital signage solutions of superior performance and reliability, the Argo unit offers the same exceptional quality combined with an expansive suite of management tools and content resources available from inLighten’s hosted network. "Argo was created for organizations that seek the savings in hardware and installation costs made possible through stick-sized media players, while maintaining the consistency of their Windows-based environments," reported inLighten CEO, Dan Snyder. "The unprecedented success of our Android-based Apollo solution, confirmed that our streamlined approach to digital signage will be a dominant format moving forward. As a result, we’ve worked diligently during the past year to bring the same advantages to the Windows world with Argo."
Snyder continued, "Argo represents another landmark in our company’s multi-year strategic initiative to create solutions that are more efficient, more cost-effective and more powerful – enabling organizations of all sizes to deploy digital signage virtually anywhere they have an audience they want to reach, with little or no infrastructure investment beyond a display, standard electric and access to the Internet. Our goal has been to liberate our clients from the expense, complexity and inconsistency associated with traditional ‘computer-and-cable’ based systems, while offering the market at large the advanced capabilities we’ve become known for in the high-end application world."
From inLighten’s hosted Argocast™ network, users can access everything they need to present compelling content on their screens from anywhere at any time – including intuitive content creation software and media management tools with versatile scheduling options and network controls available through their Argocast Manager Web account. "What makes Argo so appealing is how much the client receives and how little they have to do to get started," added inLighten VP, Jeff Taylor. "Plug the Argo unit into the HDMI port of your TV and wirelessly connect to the Internet. It’s now that simple to implement a fully Windows-enabled digital signage solution."
Once plugged in, the Argo unit is configured to automatically connect to the Argocast network to retrieve content and playback instructions. Argocast Manager enables users to designate content for pickup and establish when, where and how they’d like that content to appear. Argo accepts a wide range of video, audio and graphic content types and features the ability to incorporate real-time content elements such as .txt and .xml files, RSS feeds and html. Social media favorites like Twitter and YouTube can also be included for the most dynamic mix of onscreen information available. Matt Welter, inLighten Director of Communications adds that, "With such a range of choices for the kinds of content that can be presented, you might think that there’s a big learning curve for users, but because the Manager interface has been designed to accommodate all skill sets, we find that our clients become proficient in a short amount of time and are very quickly displaying content that’s extremely dynamic and engaging."
With the introduction of its Windows-based Argo digital signage solution and the expansion of its Android-based Apollo network, inLighten is well on its way to fulfilling its mission to make affordable, reliable, dynamic digital signage available to organizations and enterprises of all sizes, budgets and technology infrastructure preference. The company said that Argo units will begin shipping before the end of the first quarter of 2015.
inLighten is an industry leader in networked digital media solutions including digital signage, self-service kiosks, on-hold and environment audio services and speech privacy solutions that empower clients to effectively and securely communicate with their audiences. Powered by inLighten digital media management software that enables customized content creation, scheduling and distribution controls, inLighten solutions are scalable, cost-effective and exceptionally reliable. Industry-leading consulting, installation, technical support and creative services deliver a superior customer experience and provide a single point of accountability for all aspects of implementation, day-to-day management and continuing network operation. inLighten’s headquarters are in Clarence, NY.