CEN Prepared for Cinemas to Reopen with Ultraleap’s Touchless Technologies
18th June 2020 – CEN Media Group and Ultraleap have signed a deal that will see touchless technology solutions installed into CEN’s digital out-of-home cinema network. As cinemas reopen and respond to life post-COVID-19, this technology will allow brands to continue to engage with consumers in a safe and responsible way.
The installations will include Ultraleap’s hand tracking and mid-air haptics which will limit the spread of germs and provide safe and natural interaction with content. This will be Ultraleap’s first US network installation at scale in digital-out-of-home.
Kevin Romano, CEO and Founder of CEN Media Group, said: “Organizations that are taking proactive measures to protect and enrich the consumer experiences of their customers will be the most successful in the post-COVID-19 world. Safety is always paramount, but it doesn’t have to come at the expense of the user experience. We have addressed those issues head on with the installation of Ultraleap’s touchless technologies which provide safe and clean interaction while engaging the consumer.”
In a study conducted by Ultraleap, interactive digital signage was shown to move the needle across a range of measures, from dwell time all the way through to purchase intent. In the cinema lobby context, this resulted in a directional estimate of sales uplift of up to $15,000 per interactive screen over the course of a typical 3-week campaign*.
“When combined with the fact that people are 1.8x more likely to interact with gesture control in the future, compared to touchscreens, it becomes clear that using this type of technology not only surprises and delights consumers, but they now highly value being able to interact without touching surfaces,” said Steve Cliffe, CEO at Ultraleap.
“CEN is taking a proactive approach and considering what future consumer behaviours they can respond to. By installing our touchless technologies, they will be fully prepared for when cinemas begin to reopen.”
Michael Neel, VP Sales and Marketing at AdMobilize, said: "We've always believed in the power of touchless technology and AI from inception. Together with Ultraleap and CEN Media Group we look to provide powerful AI and analytics solutions that protect and enhance the customer experience."
"We are excited to see cinemas re-opening around the world. Touchless technology like Ultraleap will play an ongoing, important, role in ensuring a safe yet vibrant on-site customer experience,” said Maarten Dollevoet, Senior Vice President, Sales at Broadsign.
Ultraleap’s hand tracking and “virtual touch” haptics makes interaction natural, safe and effortless. Their world-leading hand tracking is fast, robust, accurate, and the most advanced solution on the market. Their breakthrough haptic technology uses ultrasound to create the sensation of touch in mid-air. No controllers, no gloves, no touching surfaces - just your bare hands.
*Directional estimate of sales uplift per interactive screen over three-week Detective Pikachu campaign.
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Ultraleap is the single brand formed after Leap Motion joined Ultrahaptics in 2019. The combination of the two leaders and a strong portfolio of research-based IP are now focused on facilitating engaging, natural, 3D (spatial) interaction between people and technology. This fast-growth company employs more than 150 people across UK, US and Asia. It has become the first to offer the full vertical stack of software and hardware to enable immersive virtual touch controls for the automotive, advertising, industrial, immersive entertainment and enterprise sectors.
About CEN Media Group
CEN Media Group draws upon more than 85 years of experience in the cinema industry to create the first fully-integrated, dynamic and immersive digital out-of-home network that connects Major Brands and Hollywood Studios with today’s sophisticated consumers. CEN provides a dynamic platform for advertisers to increase their reach by engaging today’s affluent moviegoers.
AdMobilize, headquartered in Miami, FL, with offices in London, UK, Bogota, Colombia, Sao Paulo, Brazil is a venture-backed AI company with seamless solutions for implementing advanced computer vision technologies in the brick and mortar world. The company has one clear mission; connecting the physical world to the online grid. Our “drop in” solutions yield to each customer’s needs. AdMobilize’s suite of analytics and engagement products are designed to be “Plug and Measure”, enabling real-time audience analytics and intelligence to be instantly activated at scale on any software/hardware platform. AdMobilize offers the industry’s most complete and accurate patented analytics/engagement solution for digital signage, OOH, DOOH, retail, live events, small business, malls, restaurants, and beyond.
Broadsign is making it easier than ever for publishers, agencies and brands to harness the power of out-of-home and connect with audiences across the globe. Powering 187,000 digital screens in airports, shopping malls, health clinics, transit systems and more, Broadsign is at the heart of people’s lives. The Broadsign platform enables marketers and agencies to easily book screens and has helped brands like Pepsi, Turkish Airlines, The UFC, Unilever, Volkswagen, John Lewis and more, launch successful programmatic DOOH campaigns.
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