PPDS Unveils Wave, The Evolutionary New Cloud Platform

PPDS Wave

PPDS, the exclusive global provider of Philips digital signage, interactive displays, direct view LED and professional TV products and solutions, is delighted to announce the launch of Wave – a brand new, state-of-the-art cloud platform, providing advanced and effortless control and management capabilities and opportunities for the professional displays of today and in the future.

Launched at ISE 2022 in Barcelona, Wave – a part of PPDS’ evolving ‘total solutions’ strategy – is a highly secure, intuitive and scalable remote device management platform. Developed especially for the extensive Philips professional SoC display portfolio and to meet the changing needs and requirements of end customers, Wave helps to ensure faster, more cost-effective installation and service times for multiple displays. Built to scale for fleets, both locally and globally, it can securely provision and monitor hundreds of thousands of displays worldwide.

Extensively trialled and co-developed* with multiple PPDS system integration partners across EMEA and North America, the Wave platform removes the complexities of installing and setting up different display models and generations. Allowing system integrators to focus on bringing value and innovation to their customers, rather than struggling with compatibility.

Sian Rees, International Product Manager at PPDS, commented: “With Wave, you have a secure, future-proof and scalable solution to manage your professional displays globally. As a professional display provider, we understand the need to access the latest Philips professional products and solutions and to continue to evolve your business offering to end-customers. We designed Wave with the user experience being paramount for both system integrators and third parties developing with our APIs. This Wave launch is the first step in providing a powerful, cross-platform solution that enables our partners to bring more value to the AV ecosystem and our short-term roadmap already includes the addition of hospitality TVs and LED walls.”

Instant set-up / full visibility
Wave is now included out-of-the-box with all Philips Q-Line, D-Line, T-Line and C-Line displays, and any existing display with Android 7 and above can also be upgraded and provisioned. The Wave platform allows you to manage any number of accounts and displays across different locations, as well as making bulk updates, updating firmware, debugging screens, adjusting settings, adding basic content and receiving alerts – easily and reliably.

Accessible anywhere, AV and IT managers, and even non-IT focused staff, are able to view status (including screenshots), and access or assign precise information, details and controls to each display. Eliminating the need to go on site to debug and make changes and avoiding costly truck rolls and interruption of service.

Remote maintenance, control and customization
Ensuring optimum performance at all times, Wave allows you to proactively anticipate issues, reducing or eliminating potentially costly downtime and disruptions.

Unique compared with other display manufacturer solutions, PPDS Wave gives you complete control on display software updates allowing you to control onto which displays, and when, an update is installed, minimizing downtime and maximizing performance for better business outcomes.

In addition, Wave is customizable to the system integrator’s own business and brand, including the option to place the solution on a custom URL.

Just the start
At launch, Wave will support Philips SoC signage displays with Android 7 and above, including Philips Q-line, D-Line, T-Line and C-Line digital signage displays. This will be extended to cover PPDS’ range of Philips direct view LED, interactive and videowall displays, as well as professional TVs, widening the benefits of Wave to a further spectrum of verticals, including hospitality, food and beverage, education, and others. This will allow one solution to support multiple platforms allowing integrators to control different display types with the same software and third-party applications to work across different types of hardware without custom development.

Franck Racapé, Head of Global Commercial at PPDS, commented: “The industry has spoken and with Wave, designed to work hand-in-hand with our Android SoC, we have left no stone unturned. PPDS has evolved from a provider of hardware to an enabler of total solutions, bringing a constantly growing choice of products, software and services to our partners. With Wave, we’re bringing product innovation, out-of-the-box, with a modern, fresh and highly intuitive user experience. With Wave, managing your displays has never been easier.”

Trialling Wave ahead of its launch, Alistair Wright, Managing Director at PPDS Platinum SI Partner, UX Global Limited, commented: “Offering unique development access, Wave is another critical tool in the system integrator’s arsenal, allowing technicians to provision, set up and maintain Philips professional displays from a remote location. We’re very much looking forward to the next phases for this exciting solution.”

PPDS will be demonstrating Wave on stand 3Q600 at ISE 2022. To find out more and request a free trial please visit https://www.ppds.com/innovations/wave.