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NanoTech Entertainment and 11Giraffes Enter into Technology/ Platform Partnership

February 7, 2014

NanoTech Entertainment, a company engaged in the deployment and delivery of 4K Ultra HD, and 11Giraffes, a provider of digital signage and music solutions software, have announced a technology/ platform partnership involving NanoTech's Nuvola NP-C commercial- grade 4K networked and interactive media player and 11Giraffes digital signage Software as a Service (SaaS).

In a release, the companies said that with the partnership, NanoTech, 11Giraffes and their respective channel partners will offer a complete, PnP solution for managing, scheduling and delivery of 4K digital signage with the amazing clarity and depth of color that the 4K resolution provides. Going beyond full-screen 4K playback, this combined solution will enable multiple Ultra HD and HD video zones, music, apps and a variety of interactivity, including touchscreen inputs.

Designed to deliver four-times the resolution of full HD plus substantially more vivid colors, the Nuvola NP-C is about half the cost of other similar devices on the market. In addition, since the affordable solid-state player is bundled with the highly versatile, monthly subscription software, businesses adopting the NanoTech/ 11Giraffes turnkey 4K digital signage solution can further control their costs.

According to the companies, NanoTech's Nuvola NP-C is a commercial-grade solid-state, networked and interactive media player. With 16GB of internal flash and optional expanded storage, it supports local file playback in addition to streaming 4K Ultra HD video to any 4K-capable display. It can also be used for playback of multiple HD lower-resolution video zones. Compatible with most 4K and HD display and television brands as well as various content delivery services, the player has MicroSD and USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 connections for accessories and storage attachments. The player connects to 4K displays using an HDMI 1.4a output port that supports 5.1 channel audio through the HDMI cable. The Nuvola connectivity includes onboard Ethernet, integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities. Housed in a rugged metal case, the NP-C chassis is designed for tough environments that require 24/7 operation and a wide variety of mounting options.

"In making our debut in the 4K market, we wanted a proven 4K media player that was specifically designed for commercial environments because this facilitates easy deployment and ongoing management," said 11Giraffes Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Operations, Jim Marascio. "NanoTech's commercial- grade, solid-state player fits that bill. 11Giraffes is pleased our partnership with NanoTech leverages the expertise of both companies so we can each offer a complete solution that is more feature-rich and provides more value to our clients than the individual components."

Aaron Taylor, NanoTech's Vice President of Sales & Marketing, agreed and added, "11Giraffes software integrates seamlessly with our dynamic 4K networked media player to provide easy, end-to-end content management that ranges from mixing content to scheduling, network delivery and reports. The flexibility of the NanoTech/ 11Giraffes solution makes it ideal for 4K TV manufacturers to display the detail of their panels, for product demonstrations at trade shows and digital signage venues where competition for visitor time is fierce. With the ability to display content with four times more pixels than current high-definition allows, the NanoTech/ 11Giraffes 4K solution will definitely make people who are passing by the displays stop for a closer look."

The NanoTech/11Giraffes 4K digital sign solution will be demonstrated at the upcoming Digital Signage Expo taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada on February 12 and 13.

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