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AV, Multimedia and Digital Signage Solutions


Our AV, multimedia and digital signage solutions provide you with the technology you need to set up high-performance AV distribution and digital signage systems.

We're your source for digital signage platforms and everything behind the screens. And we mean everything – AV splitters, extenders, switches, converters, scalers, enclosures, and more.


Black Box AV, Multimedia, and Digital Signage Benefits


Efficient Meeting Room Booking

Make instant reservations, and extend or cancel existing meetings directly from the touch panel


HDMI-over-IP Distribution

Display up to 4K video over IP to a virtually unlimited number of screens as far as your local network reaches.


Create Artistic Video Walls

Captivate the audience with multi-screen, individually-shaped video walls.


Mission-Critical Visualization

Create advanced video walls to improve situational awareness and operator response time.


Interactive Standalone Signage

System designed for applications that require touch interactivity and advanced processing of video content.


Suitable for Harsh Environments

Appliance is sealed, fanless, and quiet. Ideal in harsh industrial as well as noise-sensitive environments.

Featured AV, Multimedia, and Digital Signage Solutions


Next-Generation AV over IP: MCX

MCX is a next-generation AV-over-IP solution from Black Box. MCX distributes and extends 4K 60 Hz video and audio over IP and is made for 10-Gbps network infrastructures. This robust video distribution system allows AV and data payloads to exist on the same IT network, which reduces network management time and costs.

Mediacento Home Page Spot

HDMI-over-IP: MediaCento IPX

Transmit HDMI video over Ethernet to a virtually unlimited number of screens as far as your local network reaches.


Digital Signage Platform: iCOMPEL 

Create, distribute and manage attention-getting digital signage without a lot of creative or technical know-how.



Control bridge multisystem & room control



Reserva is a touchscreen room sign with the latest room booking functionality and advanced digital signage features.

AV, Multimedia, and Digital Signage Product Portfolio

Video Extenders

Video & Multimedia

Video Wall Controler

Video Wall

Digital Signage CTA

Digital Signage

Room Scheduler

Room Scheduler

AV Solution Videos

An Introduction to Digital Signage

MediaCento IPX Introduction

Modern Meeting Rooms Webinar

VideoPlex4 Video Wall Controller


Understanding Video Compression Part 1


Understanding Video Compression Part 2


Understanding Video Compression Part 3


Understanding Video Compression Part 4

AV Industry Application


Broadcast and Post Production

Display hundreds of video sources in windows of any size across a canvas of multiple screens.



Transform operations for businesses of all sizes with innovative technology products and solutions



Technology that increases learning, productivity, collaboration and student success



Visualization & signal management made for 24/7 mission-critical environments.



Provide enhanced guests experiences and maximize returns on your IT investments with entertainment, wayfinding,and more.



Overcome source to display latency with glass-to-glass encoding and decoding that happens in real time.

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Case Studies

K-12 School District Improves Information Sharing With Vibrant Digital Signage

Sep 14, 2015, 15:33 PM
Elizabeth Forward School District sought a dynamic solution to showcase student work and real-time info. Black Box's customizable iCOMPEL digital signage seamlessly integrated into their infrastructure, enhancing communication and community pride.
Title : K-12 School District Improves Information Sharing With Vibrant Digital Signage
Company : Elizabeth Forward School District
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The Challenge

Elizabeth Forward School District specializes in transforming education and creating student-centered learning initiatives that infuse technology with creativity. It's located approximately 35 minutes south of Pittsburgh and operates six schools.
The District needed a solution to showcase their students' high-quality projects and to present relevant, real-time information about current events, school events, and life-after-graduation statistics. The solution also had to do so in a dynamic and eye-catching way.
The District was unsure of the best way to display their students' work and key information. It had implemented large LCD TVs connected to laptops, which ran either slideshows or movies. However, the District wanted something that would give it more control over the design as well as the ability to push the content to multiple endpoints. Digital signage emerged as the best option.


The Solution

The District's IT department met with several vendors to discuss digital signage options. It was important for the District to see a demo, ask questions, and to brainstorm ideas with the vendors. The District's Director of Technology, Mary Beth Wiseman noted that vendor knowledge and creativity played a large part in the decision making.

Black Box held brainstorming sessions with the District's IT staff and provided input in the design of vibrant, information-filled templates that are used throughout the schools.

When the District decided to stream live announcements over the digital signage displays, it had to find a solution that was economical, but reliable. Black Box aided in researching what product would satisfy their needs and budget. The District chose the Black Box iCOMPEL S Series, digital signage publisher and players. According to Wiseman, Black Box was a good match for the level of excellence and quality that Elizabeth Forward has come to demand.

Wiseman stated, "We chose Black Box because the [iCOMPEL] software was very customizable yet remained user-friendly. The staff members at Black Box were extremely knowledgeable and offered creative ideas for inclusion in our solution."

The Results

The digital signage solution  seamlessly into the school's overall infrastructure. Wiseman noted that the publisher and players plug directly into the schools' LAN and work seamlessly with its network. The District's biggest challenge was that it was using Apple computers for all aspects of implementation and content creation. Black Box worked closely with the District to make sure they didn't experience any compatibility issues.

The digital signage solution was implemented over a six-month period. Wiseman said this timeframe was decided on because the District wanted to ensure that everyone involved was well prepared for the content updates. First, the District implemented three digital signage displays in various locations throughout Elizabeth Forward Middle School. Next, they added four digital signage displays to Elizabeth Forward High School. Then, the District's largest elementary building was implemented. The remaining three elementary schools are in the process of implementing the final displays.

Wiseman spoke of the project's success stating, "We wanted our signage to encourage students to do their best and to aim high in planning their goals. We wanted to keep people informed of events and we also wanted to showcase student work. By having a means to showcase the good work that we do, our students and community have taken great pride in our school district."

She added, "Our district strives to keep the communication lines open with our community. This is one more way that we can do that."

The District received feedback from students, staff, and parents. The overall feedback was that the digital signage, which showcases students' projects and presents relevant information, has made them feel proud to live in Elizabeth Forward and to attend their schools. Staff members and parents can now physically see the students' results of their projects, which allows them to communicate what takes place at school and how the District is raising the bar for their students and children.

Wiseman stated that the project's success was visible, “When students and parents walked in our buildings and saw the wonderful things that are going on in our District and how much we encourage our students to make good decisions and to strive to be the best they can be."

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  • AV
  • Digital Signage
  • Education
  • Education-K12
  • iCompel
  • North America
  • TPS
  • Visual Communications & Wayfinding
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