Report Says Dynamic Digital Signage Displays Increased Nearly 20% in 2016

According to a new report from Berg Insight, a Swedish research firm, global shipments of connected, digital-signage displays are estimated to have grown19.7% to 10.5 million units in 2016. Shipments to North America reached 3.0 million units, the report states.

Market growth was driven by greater demand for digital-signage solutions in all market verticals, technological advancements and a continued decline in prices, the report adds.

Berg Insight forecasts that global shipments of connected digital signs will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16.7% in the next five years to reach 22.9 million units by 2021. As a result, the number of connected digital signage displays in active use worldwide will grow at a CAGR of 18.3% from an estimated 37.6 million in 2016 to 87.2 million units in 2021.

Berg describes the digital-signage industry as “highly fragmented.”

More details about the research can be found at http://www.berginsight.com/News.aspx?m_m=6&s_m=1

Swormstedt Serves as Judge in Signs of the Times Annual Sign Contest

Wade Swormstedt, the Executive Director of the Foundation for the Advancement of the Sign Industry (FASI), served as a judge in Signs of the Times’ annual International Sign Contest. The results will soon be published in the magazine’s April 2017 issue.

Each sign was assigned to one of 9 categories: Sign Systems, Commercial Monument, Electric Monument, Murals/Exhibits, Commercial Freestanding, Electric Freestanding, Commercial Building, Electric Building and Unique.

Swormstedt has previously served as a judge in sign-design contests for Signs & Screen Printing en Espnaol magazine, the National Electric Sign Association (now the International Sign Association), the United States Sign Council and MACtac vinyl products.

Should Signs be Regulated as Lighting Devices?

The answer is a very clear “no.” An article in Signs of the Times magazine explains that electric signs are not lighting devices, per se. Their purpose is not to provide light, but to provide messages. Thus, they should not be regulated as lighting devices. Electric signs need to be bright enough to be legible, but if they’re lit too brightly, then they become less legible. Thus, the sign industry has consistently provided electric signs with appropriate brightness, in order to serve their customers. The article explains these factors in much greater detail. You can read the entire article at http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/STMG/sott_201601/index.php#/66

CoSign Article Published in Signs of the Times’ March 2017 Issue

An article about the past and future development of the CoSign program, which promotes economic development in communities by uniting designers, fabricators and end users to produce better signs, has been published in the March 2017 issue of Signs of the TImes magazine. Authored by FASI Executive Director Wade Swormstedt, the article outline the three iterations of the CoSign program in the Greater Cincinnati area, and the genesis of the program being instituted nationally this year. You can read the entire article at http://www.signweb.com/content/cosign-goes-national