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Sharp's Shane Coffey Promoted To Vice President Of Product Management

Tuesday, May 1, 2018  
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Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America (SIICA) has announced the restructuring of its product management groups to align more closely with the changing smart office space. Sharp's display, document and software product management teams will form one unified group to better serve its distribution network and end users.

In order to move forward this innovative change, Sharp also announced that Shane Coffey has been promoted to vice president of product management to lead the new team. The document, display and software groups will now report to him directly while he continues to lead the document hardware team. Shane is a 30-year industry veteran with more than 22 years developing products for Sharp.

This new product management group will focus on expanding Sharp's smart office concept, developing new products and services to solve business challenges and support tomorrow's workplace.

"Restructuring our product management group will make us a more effective and nimble team that will unify our smart office approach," said Mike Marusic, COO, SIICA. "Shane has a highly successful track record as a leader in a high-tech industry and we're excited to see him lead this critical endeavor to bring the smart office to the market."

Shane's promotion also reflects Sharp's goal to continue to develop its people and promote from within a talented team. In addition, Sharp is pleased to announce the following promotions:
  • Tony Yoshimura, senior director of business planning
  • George Grafanakis, associate director of document hardware
  • Akisa Matsuda, associate director of document software
  • Naeran Rubio, senior manager of SIICA communications
In other news, SIICA has announced the expansion of its smart signage solution that provides higher brightness and is engineered for 24/7, around-the-clock usage.

The new 40-inch class (39.5-inch diagonal) PN-M401 and 50-inch class (49.5-inch diagonal) PN-M501 professional LCD monitors deliver out-of-the-box digital signage solutions, even without external devices such as PCs. The PN-M displays offer mounting flexibility and can be installed in landscape or portrait orientation, face-up, face-down, tilted forward or backward at an angle of up to 90 degrees. Each PN-M series display features a powerful built-in SoC (System on a Chip) controller driven by the Arm Cortex-A17 quad core processor (max. 1.8 GHz) with 2GB memory and 8GB storage, and integrates Android OS for third-party Android platform apps.

"The PN-M401 and PN-M501 feature excellent image quality and are designed for flexibility in a variety of settings," said Gary Bailer, director of product planning and marketing for Pro AV products, SIICA. "By creating monitors that are 50-percent brighter than the PN-B series, the displays allow for 24/7 usage rather than 16/7."

Content can be displayed on the PN-M monitors in a number of simple ways. For example, users can display web-based digital signage content by entering a URL in the embedded HTML5 browser and they can route videos and still images through the preinstalled media player. For more advanced applications, users can port their Android-based application to run on the PN-M Series' embedded SoC.

The PN-M series utilizes the SHARP Open Architecture Platform for digital signage, which offers end users easy ways to download, store and play content directly from the display. This open platform is widely adopted, with 17 third-party digital signage and content management software (CMS) companies supporting the platform. Both displays offer an expansion slot compatible with the Intel Mini Open Pluggable Specification (Mini OPS), which provides added expandability through an HDBaseT receiver board (PN-ZB03H) that supports various types of media and control signals, or a wireless board (PN-ZB03W) for easy wireless connection with multiple devices. An optional wireless adaptor (PN-ZW01) is also available.

Designed for easy hanging installation, they can be suspended with wires from the four corners of the rear housing. The series even comes with original software for simple content distribution and SHARP e-Signage S software for professional content creation and management.

The PN-M401 is now available for shipping. The PN-M501 is expected to be available for shipping in early June.

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