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News and information related to Catalyst products and services.

Full screen alert when the location
of your digital signage is in the warning zone
The recent bout of severe weather in the southern US has prompted us to once again remind our customers about the automated alerting available on all of our digital signage products. Any display can be configured to automatically warn of severe weather and other emergency situations with a full screen alert message and audible alert tone. Once the warning has expired your regular content will resume play.


Also, it's important that your devices be configured with accurate locations. Just click on each device in your account and verify the address is correct.
Revel Digital's ATM Topper is a great way to advertise with the ease and convenience of the Revel Digital CMS platform. We offer different size Android all-in-one screens with either flat or slanted bases to fit nearly any size ATM. Using the built-in camera on the display we can even track age and gender using Adhawk analytics to target market specific advertisements as well as the reporting to go along with it.
Integrated audience analytics
Traditionally, ATM’s were good for one thing and that was getting cash. Now Americans rely on ATM’s more than ever and what better way to bring awareness to your machine than with eye-catching display. The display can not only provide messaging or advertisements for those using the ATM but also general store traffic creating a potentially new revenue stream for operators. The platform makes it exceptionally easy to schedule, change out, and update your content in a flash.

If you would like more information or a webinar on the platform contact us directly or one of our reputable resellers located across the country.

Digital Signage Evolved...Revel Digital
Control your signage with the Amazon Echo
Announcing support for the Amazon Echo for controlling and monitoring your digital signage and kiosk displays with voice. Using the new Alexa Skill for Revel Digital you can send commands or get the current status of any device in your account. With our Smart Scheduling it's easy to create voice activated content useful for kiosk experiences or for simply managing your content on the fly without having to login. With the Alexa app for Android and iOS it's even possible to view a screenshot of currently running content along with the player status.

For example, to trigger content you could say,

"Ask my signage to show weather on lobby screen." 

This would send the command 'weather' to the player in your account named 'lobby screen'.  Another example,

"Ask my signage to tell me the status of lobby screen".

Again, the player is named 'lobby screen', and Alexa will enunciate the current status of the player, as well as send a current screenshot to your Alexa app. For more advanced usage it's possible to utilize the command in player script in order to achieve virtually any level of funtionality.

Please see our KB article for an example of triggering content with your Echo: http://support.reveldigital.com/kb/advanced-topics/amazon-echo-integration
We've introduced two new reports for detailed camera and beacon based audience analysis. These reports work in tandem with AdHawk which is our collection of tools for audience analytics and provide more detailed information on not only impressions by device, but also a breakdown of impressions by media. This means it's now possible to determine the viewership of a specific media item which is a powerful new capability. For example, you need to determine how many people actually looked at a particular advertisement in rotation in your playlist. Not only will you be able to determine the number of true impressions, but also age and gender metrics associated with those impressions.
Audience analysis by media
The screenshot above shows the Media Impressions report generated for the media item titled $5 Off Any Haircut. We get the total number of impressions (views) at 11, and also a breakdown of age/gender for those impressions.

The second report we've added provides the details of the point-in-time impressions with timestamp and viewer metrics. The report also includes useful charts for determining active time of day and engagement.

Impressions Detail

These reports are available in the standard Reports section of your RevelDigital account, however they are only applicable for AdHawk enabled devices (camera or beacon enabled) and must be in the Plus pricing tier (Professional+ or Enterprise+). For more information on getting started with AdHawk and our suite of audience measurement tools please contact us.

We've added new Facebook and Twitter gadgets better suited for displaying your photos. Any attached photo in your post or tweet will be prominently displayed left of the post details. This gadget has the ability to fade or slide and supports swipe gestures for interactive kiosk applications. The new gadgets are called Facebook Photo and Twitter Photo and are listed along with the other stock gadgets in the template editor. Just add a Gadget zone then select the new gadgets from the drop-down list.

Remember to link or re-link your Facebook and/or Twitter profiles to your RevelDigital account as described here: http://support.reveldigital.com/kb/advanced-topics/facebook-integration


Instagram has implemented some changes to their API which affect our integration and will require updating any of your templates currently using the Instagram gadget. Going forward Instagram will not allow referencing content from any account other than your own. We have added an option to the Instagram gadget called 'My most recent posts' and deprecated all other options. It's also recommended to un-link your Instagram account from your RevelDigital account and then re-link following the instructions in your KB article here: http://support.reveldigital.com/kb/advanced-topics/instagram-howto

Sorry for the inconvenience and we will continue to work with Instagram on getting more of the content features re-implemented if at all possible.