Case Study: US Navy


Cambridge, MA– The US Navy awarded two contracts to Aerva, Inc., a leading provider of digital signage software, to launch a base-wide network of digital displays for internal communications at Newport Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC), Rhode Island. NUWC, which has over 5730 civil servant and contractors employed at its Newport location, licensed Aerva technology to manage content on 40-inch and 46-inch LCD displays on its vast campus. NUWC also licensed Aerva server technology that is integrated with the Navy’s security access cards called Common Access Cards and conforms to the Navy’s server, security and other technology requirements.

In 2009, Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard (PHNSY) in Hawaii also awarded Aerva contracts for shipyard video information and digital signage system on a network of 46 inch LCD screens placed in public areas, cafeteria, mechanic sheds and other shipyard locations. PHNSY is a regional maintenance center for the U.S. Navy’s submarines and surface ships and employees 4500 personnel.

The US Navy selected Aerva technology after multiple years of security and other due diligence. NUWC intends to use the video displays to communicate effectively with a variety of employees at all levels performing a number of activities. A Navy content team manages the warfare center-wide or shipyard-wide content centrally via a web browser, with some departmental communications managed by departmental authorities.

Aerva’s flagship product for digital signage, AerWave, is a powerful software platform that allows the creation of customized, interactive display networks all accessible via any browser and connected securely to servers. AerWave gives its customers like the US Navy total control over multiple warfare centers, shipyards and offices, departments and even projects and individual users’ the ability to manage content, schedule them in one or many screens, and display dynamic messaging like RSS, weather, or enterprise data. Thus Aerva enables the US Navy to manage an increasingly scalable, secure and robust network screens in any location and any country.


Aerva is a pioneer in digital signage technology, enabling real-time interactivity between mobile applications and digital display networks. Founded by MIT alumni, Aerva provides the simplest to use, most powerful and most cost-effective solution to create small or large interactive display networks. The company’s software technologies, AerWave (for digital signage) and MoApp (for mobile applications), are highly scalable platforms that have been driving many display networks in the US and internationally since 2005. The company provides technology and manages networks for many customers in a number of industry verticals, such as retail, universities, sports bars, clubs, corporate offices and sports/entertainment venues.