On a recent day at a crowded Starbucks in downtown San Francisco, Tom Pageler powers up his laptop and takes me online shopping — with a twist.
Pageler is not one of the cybercriminals. He’s a former Secret Service agent who studied them and is now in the private sector, with a Bay Area company called DocuSign.
He takes me to the anonymous Tor network, to a website that requires a login. He doesn’t want to reveal the name of the site because he doesn’t want to tip off anyone. Being a trusted user on a criminal website takes work. It’s a lot like eBay; you have to visit, buy and sell regularly, and get rated and reviewed by your peers.
“When they transact with you, no one’s getting arrested, no one’s getting burned,” Pageler says. “So every time you make a transaction on the underground, you’re just building your street cred.”
Just like almost everyone who attended InfoComm 2013, I left the show with a bunch of questions about 4K. I was caught off guard by the number of 4K displays and distribution technologies populating the show floor, but the real head-scratcher came after my visit to the Alcorn McBride booth. The company was showing off its truly spectacular Carbon 4K 60fps video player. And what were they demoing it with? A video of some guy with his shirt off juggling a set of devil sticks in slow-mo at a hippie carnival. The content didn’t match the technology at all. It didn’t add up! And so I was left wondering whether now is really the right time for 4K to take off, what 4K taking off would actually look like, and whether all these manufacturers are putting the technology cart before the content horse.
Serendipitously, an email landed in my box the next day inviting me to chat with Leonard Wong, the vice president of technology at RMG Networks
“We wanted to build a new network experience that was a little bit beyond our traditional digital signage, and we wanted to add on to the experience of what Delta has inside their Sky Clubs,” Wong said in a recent interview. “So we really decided to build the experience around taking a look at what that audience wants to see and then how we can figure out how to monetize that.”
The digital out-of-home marketplace is moving again, with the announcement that RMG Networks has acquired Symon Communications, which sells enterprise digital signage infrastructure, hardware, and software.
RMG also said it is relocating its corporate headquarters to Dallas. It is currently based in San Francisco and Chicago.
They can also help hotels that don’t have the resources to keep concierges on site all the time, says Garry McGuire, chief executive officer of RMG Networks, another digital signage provider.
“With digital signage, a hotelier always has the right information available on demand in the lobby for their guests,” he says. “Now the hotel doesn’t need to worry about having the ‘right person’ on hand at all times.”