In June of 2008, two gentlemen met at a popular Canton bar/restaurant located in Baltimore City. Mr. Calhoun was looking to market a new type of kiosk design that charged cell phones while providing (DOOH) digital out-of-home media on a 17” LCD screen to a captive audience. Mr. Doak, at the time, was the President of a highly successful marketing and business/software development company called Digital Matrix Studio. Two years prior, Mr. Calhoun was in the research and development stages of his company called Cellular Solutions. He helped in the production and engineering of the first “Cell Phone Charging Kiosk” for the North American Market. During the meeting, an immerging issue of deploying content remotely would soon be resolved by a solution provided by Mr. Doak’s expertise. At the time, content was loaded on a compact flash or hard drive and played in a file library coded on a chip powered by a small circuit board. The missing puzzle piece to the kiosk was being able to manage the content remotely to one or all “Charging Kiosks” in the field. One year later, the two would create a company called Nuvo Digital Signage transitioning into NV3 Technologies by the beginning of 2010. Mr. Calhoun explains, “NV3 Technologies was created by combining all three companies into one successful and innovative entity. We took our sweat equity from our past business ventures and fine tuned our products, putting everything under one roof.” Mr. Doak concludes that “NV3 Technologies can provide an affordable price point through our reseller programs because we manufacture our own equipment including custom built solutions based on our clients’ needs.” Mr. Doak and Mr. Calhoun are currently working with several Media and Advertising firms deploying a network through their reseller programs. Their client list includes Toyota, Herman Memorial Hospital and United Airlines to just name a few.



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New Name Reflects Focus on Charging Kiosks,
Digital Signage, Digital Information Displays

BALTIMORE, MD (2/24/10) — Baltimore-based Nuvo announced today that it has renamed itself NV3 Technologies.

“The new name reflects the fact that we are the only company that brings three key functions – cell phone charging kiosks, LCD screens for digital information displays (DID), and digital signage software – all under one roof,” explains NV3 Managing Partner Ryan Doak.

According to Doak, NV3’s charging kiosks are capable of charging 95% of all mobile phones in 15 minutes or less. “This can be a tremendous resource for hotels, convention centers, and airports, providing visitors with an alternative source of power that allows them to stay connected with clients, co-workers, or friends and family members,” he notes.

This is particularly important when you consider that smart phones can now host thousands of applications, each of which potentially represents another drain on the life of the device’s battery.

“The latest generation of iPhones has some users complaining that a full charge won’t last an entire day,” says Doak’s Business Partner Scott Calhoun. “Throw in watching videos or listening to MP3s, and invariably a user will be shut down when his charger is miles away at the home or office.”

This will become increasingly important as smart phones add even more apps and mobile operators move to implement a cross-industry standard for a universal charger. Last year, the mobile industry set a goal of making a universal charging solution available worldwide by 2012 – a goal that has already been accomplished in parts of Asia.

Beyond phone charging, NV3 kiosks can be used to carry dynamic multimedia messages and digital signage. This has proven to be particularly effective when used in hotels (for lobby wayfinding systems, room and event schedules, and guest check-ins); transit (for arrival/departure and weather/news displays, as well as ticketing, check-in, and wayfinding systems); restaurants (for electronic menu boards and self-service food ordering); and banks (for waiting area displays, product information, and transactional kiosks).

To celebrate its new products, NV3 Technologies has unveiled a new logo and website, both of which will be on full display when the company presents at the prestigious KioskCom and Digital Signage Conference, to be held in Las Vegas April 13-15.

For more information about NV3 Technologies, contact the company at 410-394-5500 or visit its website at www.NV3tech.com.

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Number of Cell Phones Worldwide Hits 4.6B

(AP) The number of mobile phone subscriptions worldwide has reached 4.6 billion and is expected to increase to five billion this year, the U.N. telecommunications agency said Monday.

Mobile phone providers in rich countries offer advanced services and handsets, while people in developing countries increasingly use the mobile phone for health services and banking, said the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

“Even during an economic crisis, we have seen no drop in the demand for communications services,” said the agency’s Secretary-General Hamadoun Toure.

“The simplest, low-end mobile phone can do so much to improve health care in the developing world,” Toure said in a statement, citing examples of patients receiving reminder messages on their mobile phone ahead of a medical appointment or text messages instructing them how to take complex medication.

The number of mobile broadband subscriptions worldwide is expected to exceed one billion this year, the agency said. There were around 600 million such subscriptions at the end of 2009, it added.

Web access by people on the move, including through laptops and smart mobile devices, will probably surpass web access from desktop computers within the next five years, the agency said.