The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2016-03-01T21:46:16Z Fujifilm Develops Unique Cloud-based Digital Signage Solution for Vodafone 2016-03-01T21:46:16Z fujifilm-develops-unique-cloud-based-digital-signage-solution-for-vodafone The digital signage solution developed exclusively by Fujifilm Australia for mobile network operator Vodafone is completely unique to any other solution worldwide. The cloud-based solution which integrates Samsung commercial large format display (LFD) panels with built-in WiFi, commonly known as System on a Chip or SoC, is powered by Signagelive for content distribution. Implemented to reduce Vodafone’s dependency on, and the cost of printed point-of-sale material for promotional activities the solution was also designed to move Vodafone to digital content delivery in store. Fujifilm Australia Technology Manager Craig Rumsey explained, “Fujifilm Australia 100% designed and now supports Vodafone Australia’s digital signage networks as a complete end to end solution. The initial installation was into one hundred stores in only twelve weeks. We have now installed a nationwide network of more than 900 displays with many more screens still to be installed.” By using Signagelive for content distribution the content is played through the Samsung LFD panels, thus not requiring an external media player. All that’s required in store is an Internet connection. Each panel is an end point and licences to the Fujifilm solution and support are sold per panel. Once the panel is installed it connects to the Signagelive server via Vodafone’s 4G network and the content, previously uploaded by Vodafone, is immediately downloaded to the panel. The screens automatically check for new playlists and different playlists can be scheduled to run at any time. Rumsey continued, “This digital signage solution truly encapsulates Fujifilm Australia’s core competencies of providing a full cloud-based service with comprehensive support. Many of these competencies have been refined from our success developing and implementing the Imagine photo imaging platform.” Vodafone now has the complete freedom and flexibility of a centralised facility to run its countrywide digital signage network as all content is managed at Vodafone HQ with the in-house team able to log in via a simple web portal. Content can be created, scheduled and managed on a local, regional or national basis, even down to “tagging” individual panels depending on requirements. This way Vodafone can run different messages on different panels based on their location in the store and tailor campaigns in a far more effective and targeted way than ever before. The system also allows campaigns to be run based on individual events such as sporting matches or seasons. The control over priorities and content is at Vodafone’s fingertips in realtime. One of the main reasons Fujifilm Australia won this prestigious contract was its proven experience in retail digital networks and its ability to demonstrate full, comprehensive and ongoing support. Craig Rumsey added, “For each Vodafone store we take care of the entire solution including implementation, customisation, servicing, monitoring and maintenance. This way Vodafone are 100% guaranteed that each panel installed will be working as soon as they turn the power on. By provisioning this digital signage solution for Vodafone Fujifilm Australia can also closely monitor any issues with our comprehensive network management system. This often means we are able to alert Vodafone HQ or an individual store about an issue before they have had a chance to witness it for themselves. We then fix the issue and service is resumed as quickly as possible.” With this unique solution Fujifilm Australia have also demonstrated how astute market insight combined with experience and the integration of core competencies can significantly create new opportunities. Craig Rumsey concluded, “In truth Fujifilm Australia won this project on experience, trust and the belief from the customer that we understand retailing. With that in mind every panel is positioned uniquely in-store to maximise its effectiveness. We identified a market requirement, found a signage solution, developed it and implemented it. Now with this proven system in place and expanding rapidly across Australia many other similar Fujifilm digital signage solutions are in the pipeline.” Fujifilm Australia Helps Fairfax Media Transform Newspaper Production 2016-02-15T22:40:32Z fujifilm-australia-helps-fairfax-media-transform-newspaper-production Behind every great achievement are the contributions of dozens – hundreds, often – of people, products and technologies. And so it is with Fairfax Media’s transformation of its newspaper production facilities, where a “simple” printing plate is delivering remarkable results in a variety of situations. Painstakingly over the past two years, the Australian news media group has restructured production to meet the changing needs of print publishing, decentralising to match capacity requirements and free up costly real estate.The key plants in North Richmond (NSW) and Ballarat (Victoria) – as well as that of the Canberra Times – have each been converted from thermal to Fujifilm’s LPN-NV violet plate, which is flexibly meeting the needs of long-run, tight deadline production not just for coldset newspapers, but also heatset and UV products. In North Richmond, for example, a system based on LPN-NV plates and Krause LS-Jet series platemakers supplies five different types of plate – singles and panoramas, in a variety of sizes to suit the single-width Uniset and double-width Geoman presses, one tower of which has been converted to make it compatible with the Uniset. The same plate that is used routinely for nightly runs of metro flagship the Sydney Morning Herald and Australian Financial Review and a variety of other newspaper work, is also delivering 2400 dpi imaging resolution for heatset magazines and semicommercial UV-cured products, the latter without the need for baking. There, two further Nela Vision punch-benders have added flexibility and redundancy in a transformation which is seeing production almost double in less than a year. “What we have worked to do is create as much redundancy as possible, while meeting the needs of diversity and flexibility of this amazingly productive site,” says Warren Hinder, Fujifilm Australia’s Graphic Systems National Newspaper Specialist.”There’s a similar story for Melbourne daily The Age and southern editions of the AFR in Ballarat – where the existing Uniset press has been extended with additional towers, folders and heatset dryers – and Canberra, where UV runs on two towers of the existing Geoman press. In both platerooms, the combination of Fujifilm plates and Krause CTP again delivers the quality and flexibility demanded by the varied workload, with extra Nela benders adding redundancy. In all cases, Fujifilm Australia has taken full project responsibility for the equipment and consumables: “By thoroughly understanding Fairfax Media’s needs, we have been able to supply plates and equipment which truly complement their requirements and support their own achievements,” says Hinder. The Fairfax print sites at Beresfield NSW and Wodonga have been using Fujifilm violet plates for many years, along with Krause CTP and Nela bending equipment. Fujifilm has introduced its thermal newspaper plate to the Mandurah (WA), Tamworth and Dubbo (NSW), Murray Bridge (SA), Launceston (Tasmania) and Ormiston (Queensland) sites. The fully-automatic Krause LS Jet platesetters deliver a choice of performance levels from 120-300 single plates per hour, their single exposure point concept contributing to imaging accuracy. Fujifilm’s (and Hinder’s) relationship with Fairfax Media is a longstanding one, extending back to 2006 when they supported the introduction of computer-to-plate technology to the Sydney Morning Herald. Hinder also sold the original bender equipment for the then new Fairfax Chullora site in the 1990s. The current projects are part of a $30 million three-year contract to supply Brillia violet light-sensitive and thermal heat-sensitive plates to all group sites in Australia and New Zealand. Fairfax publishes more than 200 titles including metropolitan and regional titles and magazines in Australia, and more than 70 national, daily and regional titles plus 26 magazines in New Zealand. Bearing this in mind it’s fair to say that a combination of unique and innovative Fujifilm technology and an excellent client vendor relationship where Fujifilm Australia truly understood the client’s needs has helped save and protect the future of the newspaper industry for one of the largest media companies in Australia. FUJIFILM LAUNCHES NEW WORLD FIRST SECURITY CAMERA LENS COMPATIBLE WITH A 1/1.8 LARGE SENSOR 2014-04-07T03:11:59Z fujifilm-launches-new-world-first-security-camera-lens-compatible-with-a-1-1-8-large-sensor FUJIFILM has announced that it will release a new vari-focal (variable focal length) lens – the FUJINON DV2.2x4.1SR4A - for security cameras in late May. This is the world’s first*1 vari-focal lens that offers advanced optical performance for compatibility with 6 megapixel high resolution security cameras.   Fujifilm Australia Head of CCTV Chris Royal said, “The advancement of digital technology has led to the emergence of security cameras with high image quality in recent years. Security system manufacturers are developing cameras featuring a large-format sensor to achieve better image quality and seeking higher performance in lenses, which represent the input point for video data. With the need for security reinforcement growing year after year, the security camera market is set to expand, boosting the demand for high resolution lenses compatible with large-format sensors.”   When mounted on a high resolution security camera the FUJINON DV2.2x4.1SR4A can capture and record security footage with the finest details at the high resolution of 6 megapixels. The lens can have its focal length adjusted anywhere between 4.1mm and 9mm (2.2x) at the time of camera installation to support security monitoring from various angles. Its day/night design that supports near-infrared wavelengths gives the lens an ability to capture clear high-resolution footage even at night for broad applications both indoors and outdoors.   The FUJINON DV2.2x4.1SR4A is available with the CS mount for box cameras widely used for security cameras as well as in the module type for built-in camera applications. The module-type lens can have the iris (aperture) and zoom controlled with a motor to enable remote focus adjustment.   Chris Royal concluded, “Tapping into the optical technologies and precision processing/assembling technologies nurtured over many years, Fujifilm provides a wide range of lenses for the age of high resolution digital imaging, including broadcast lenses, cinema camera lenses, and mobile phone camera lenses. In the security camera field with strong growth potential, the company is committed to addressing customer needs with its extensive lineup of lenses with high performance, high resolution and high quality.”   *1 Among vari-focal lenses for security cameras, as of March 25, 2014 according to Fujifilm data   Key details 1.Product name: FUJINON DV2.2x4.1SR4A 2.Release date: Late May 2014   Main features (1) Advanced optical performance that supports 6-megapixel high resolution security cameras for the first time in the world ・ Supporting the large 1/1.8” sensor (2) Models to match various camera types ・ Available in two types, i.e. one with the CS mount for box cameras and the other in the module type for built-in camera application ・ Also available with the P-Iris control to achieve optimum adjustment in the amount of light in scenes such as backlit conditions that require fine aperture adjustment (3) Covering various installation locations and usages ・ Adjustable focal length from 4.1mm to 9mm (2.2x) ・ Day / Night type that supports near-infrared wavelengths to capture clear             footage even at night ・ Capable of wide-angle shooting with 100+ degree horizontal angle of view (when mounted on a camera with a 1/1.8” sensor)   Main specifications Product name DV2.2x4.1SR4A Compatible sensor size 1/1.8” Focal length 4.1mm-9mm Zoom ratio 2.2x Aperture range F1.6 – T360 Minimum object distance (M.O.D.) 0.3m Angle of view [horizontal x vertical] Wide: 100° 1' × 74°21' Tele: 45°17' × 33°59' Angle of view [horizontal x vertical] Aspect ratio 16:9 Wide: 109°23' × 60°32' Tele: 49°18' × 27°47' Dimensions φ65.2×66.6mm Mass 135g   ***ends***   About FUJIFILM FUJIFILM Australia Pty Ltd is one of 282 worldwide subsidiaries (as of 31 March 2013) owned by FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation which is the world's largest photographic and imaging company, and one of the best-known and most instantly recognisable global brands.   In the Oceania region, Fuji Xerox and FUJIFILM NZ also form part of the corporate family owned by ultimate parent company, FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation. www.FUJIFILM.com.au