As DSS Europe closes the doors on the 52nd Digital Signage Summit event, the strategy conference for the digital signage and digital-out-of-home industries has proved a resounding success, say organisers.

Welcoming 450 visitors, the summit discussed trends like the growing importance of software, whose contribution to projects will exceed that of hardware for the first time, omnipresent topics including the need to significantly reduce energy consumption and industry challenges such as the slow adoption of new technologies.

This year’s line-up of sponsors included Google ChromeOS as Headline Sponsor, Lenovo, Intel and Google ChromeOS as Premium Event Partners, M-Cube as Badge & Technology Sponsor as well as Framen as Stage Sponsor.

Craig Francis, Digital Signage Partner Manager and Product Expert, Google ChromeOS EMEA comments, “I think DSS Europe is one of the key moments in our calendar for digital signage. It’s great to meet all of our friends, colleagues and partners here. It’s so great to learn what’s happening in the industry, and really just to see what opportunities there are to collaborate together and how to grow the ecosystem as a partnership.” Johanny Payero, Director, Global Advanced Solutions Marketing, Lenovo adds, “This is our first time officially being a Premium Event Partner, and we’ve had some very meaningful conversations, we’ve had really great opportunities for new partnerships, expanding into more of the digital signage space, so it’s actually been a really good show.”

Co-hosted by invidis Consulting and Integrated Systems Events, DSS Europe played host to exhibiting industry greats such as DynaScan, Sharp NEC, Sony, Samsung, Ameria and Vanguard displaying innovative solutions from the digital signage industry. 

With a worldwide demand for more sustainable solutions, DSS Europe presented a dedicated ‘Green Signage Hall of Fame’ with a host of brands including Signage OS, Absen, PPDS, LED Studio, Cingerine, First Impression Audiovisual, Visionect and Broadsign demonstrating a range of solutions and software specifically chosen by invidis for their green credentials.

Alan Kaufman, President, DynaScan explains, “DSS Europe is a very important event for us. It reassures us that we are moving in the right direction. We need validations like the ones we get from events like DSS Europe, otherwise we sit in a bubble and lose our connection to the market.”

Alongside the exhibition area, the extensive conference programme featured expert industry figures and emerging disruptors from across the digital signage and DooH industry. The two-day agenda boasted 49 keynote addresses, best practice sessions, workshops, panel discussions and networking events, with 81 speakers taking a deep dive into a wide range of the industry’s key topics of discussion around this year’s summit theme ‘Connecting Signage: The Shift to Software-Defined Visual Solutions’. 

Focussing on software and IT security, 13 sessions featuring 30 thought leaders discussed what the industry needs to know about this defining component of the digital signage ecosystem. The demands on development and service continue to rise, but standards and certifications are missing – a particular challenge when it comes to IT security in an increasingly networked world. The possible future of digital signage software was presented with Samsung’s VXT, an experience platform which could be a gamechanger for the industry but whose approach is questioned by some.

The official launch of the invidis Digital Signage Software Compass on Day One seeks to address one of the key areas of uncertainty in the software market. The vendor-neutral CMS comparison tool works with a scoring model for the most relevant topics for each category. Compass offers comparison categories such as User Interface, Operations, APIs, Innovation, Security, Complexity, Multiplatform Support, Sustainability and Commercialization.

For the first time, the DSS Europe 2024 agenda also included a Women in Technology Networking Event. Hosted by Lenovo, Intel and Google ChromeOS the event was very popular and triggered a lot of conversations. One of the topics covered was how unconscious bias can translate into AI, potentially creating an AI bias. 

Johanny Payero, Director, Global Advanced Solutions Marketing, Lenovo adds, “Everyone is saying ‘We should have done this before, thank you for the idea’, so I’m excited to keep leading it and making sure that we continue the conversation.”

For a final exclusive industry insight, attendees were given first access to the newly released invidis Yearbook, featuring market intelligence and a focus on the topic “Signage & Software” with comparative analysis and detailed background information. The invidis Yearbook is available in English and German and will be available to download shortly.

To celebrate individuals and organisations for strategic excellence within the digital signage industry during the past 12 months the invidis Strategy Awards returned for its third year at DSS Europe. 

This year’s awards winners include PPDS/Deutsche Telekom for their introduction of a ‘green’ ePaper DooH screen, Broadsign for adopting the Green Software Foundation’s practices for greener software, Sphere Entertainment / The Sphere Las Vegas for revolutionising how society perceives and interacts with advertising, Visual Art / Signage Player for their future-proof CMS, Trison for being an Industry Leader, Samsung VXT for being a true innovative digital signage platform, Nexmosphere as a Rising Star in the industry, and Andy Bohli, CEO of Imaculix/Cingerine for being a disrupter in the industry.

Florian Rotberg, Managing Director of invidis and Summit co-chair concludes, “This year’s summit has reached new heights, with an outstanding level of invaluable industry knowledge presented, exchanged and demonstrated across the incredible two-day event. As the premier strategy conference for digital signage and DooH, we have wholeheartedly succeeded in bringing yet again another unmissable event, unravelling the major trends and showcasing the revolutionary technology that will influence our industry for the year ahead.”

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