Navori QL 2.2 delivers 7 major innovations
The first quarter of 2019 brings many new innovations to Navori. Our team has focused their research and development efforts on seven major trends:
Professional SoC player software
The digital signage industry needs a professional SoC player software developed specifically for the top three screen manufacturers: Samsung, LG and Philips. Navori’s SoC player software is more efficient than any screen manufacturer’s in-house software. It lets you standardize on a single solution and meet any project requirement. QL’s SoC player software delivers the same performance as a powerful PC while simplifying the overall architecture, and reducing TCO by at least 48%. NEWLY RELEASED: QL Player for LG WebOS version 3.0 and 4.0. Samsung Tizen SSSP 4,5 and6, Tizen versions 2.4, 3.0 and 4.0, Philips new Q, D and P-Line on Android 7. All current QL add-on modules are available (minus the advertising module).
Smart content capabilities (rule-based programming):
Traditional playlist and time-slot based scheduling have been enhanced with new rule-based programming capabilities within the QL interface. Content programming can adapt to current conditions in real-time based on a wide range of factors, such as: weather forecasts, stock quotes, KPIs, inventory levels and alert status. Navori QL 2.2 now supports “conditional playback” rules driven by live data sources. Content linked to data feeds will only be shown when specific conditions are met. In addition, the conditional trigger will launch one or more media items or templates dynamically according to pre-established rules that end-users create in QL Content Manager.
NEW FEATURE: Conditional playback based on live data feeds is now included by default. Conditional triggering add-on module is required: BAP-04 Triggered Media with API. Now available for all platforms.
Full control from your mobile device:
QL Mobile Manager breaks down the barrier between non-desk employees and their screens. Wouldn’t it be great if non-desk employees could search, preview and display content and programs in real-time, on any screen? It’s a common occurrence in QSR, brick and mortar retail, exhibition halls and corporate offices. Ideally, staff should be able to modify prices, content programming or even take a snapshot off their smartphone and publish it instantly to any screen. QL Mobile Manager makes it possible. With this new add-on, retail sales associates can turn any QL powered screens into a sales support tool right from the sales floor. These features are powered by the QL Server API.
NEW FEATURE: QL Player add-on module: QL Manager Mobile. Now available for all platforms
Multi-platform playback synchronization:
Media player synchronization should not be limited to any specific screen brand, operating system or screen layout.
There are currently two types of digital signage software content synchronization:
- MULTI-PLAYER: This type of synchronization is popular with screen manufacturers and the AV industry. We see this mainly used in video broadcasting and the idea behind it is quite simple. You slice-up a video into multiple clips and you broadcast each one to a separate media player, usually a SoC display. There are several problems with this approach. First, it only works with videos and it’s a complex, time consuming process. Second, how do you deal with other types of content, especially animated HTML5 content that run across multiple screens? QL 2.2 lets you synchronize any type of content on any platform or type of screen (video walls, LED boards, regular screens, tablets, etc.). QL is the only software that can synchronize content across any type of hardware from any manufacturer.
NEW FEATURE: add-on module: BAP-14 Content Synchronization. Available now for all platforms – cross-platform compatible.
- SINGLE PLAYER / MULTIPLE SCREENS: Sometimes the simplest architecture is the best one. Navori developed an 8K media player software that can play out 4 X 4K channels at 60 frames per second. QL IPR can play any content in any scenario, and when you daisy-chain your screens, you can broadcast any content in 1080p on up to 16 screens. More importantly, all QL supported media types can be rendered at these extreme resolutions. This includes templates, tickers, HD videos, HTML5 content and more!
NEW FEATURE: add-on module: BAP-21 Insane Performance Rendering (IPR) Exclusively for Windows 64-bit OS.
New server API:
NEW ITEM: ASR-04 add-on module: QL Server API
Automatic font distribution across all platforms:
Users can now use any font for their projects and they will be automatically distributed and installed on each player. This new feature supports both TrueType and OpenType fonts, ensuring the integrity of your branding and styling guidelines across all screens regardless of the media player hardware or operating system.
Websocket communication has arrived
- WebSockets provides a permanent connection between QL Server and QL Players. It lets us trigger content instantaneously, update data feeds across thousands of players efficiently and lets us retrieve real-time player and screen status information. WebSockets communication is essential when integrating with any IOT technology.
- WebSockets improve system scalability. QL Server 2.2 has been stress-tested over 100.000 continuous player connections while using only 30% CPU capacity.