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    Digital signage again

    HT is interested in digital signage for the foyer so Iíve been looking at the different systems available.

    Iíve seen a demo for the Sedao system which looked very impressive and Iíve read good things about the Navaho MediaCAT system, and not so good things about Samsung Magic Net.

    So out of the three systems which do you use and what problems (if any) have you experienced?

    We are on a budget of £3000 and due to space we are looking at a 40Ē screen.

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    Not on the list but for software.... Xibo (can't find link) is free and the dogs, you can then spend 3G's on hardware (insert quagmire style alllllrighttt).

    Download it and have a play see if its much better/worse than the paid alternatives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jobos View Post
    Yup thats the one, have it installed here and once you get WAMP setup right, I honestly can't think of any more features I would require...

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    Have also seen the Sedao stuff in action, it's fantastic, and probably going to be the best option if you just need something running and may have staff editing/altering the content that you don't want to have to do silly amounts of training with.

    However with the price side of things, it's going to be easy enough to get hold of a spare PC or laptop to run Xibo, although not anywhere near as intuitive as Sedao, if it's you running it and can spare the time, it's going to save you an absolute shedload of cash

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    We are setting up a trial of Xibo over the summer to run next year. Installed it on my machine as a test and was so impressed we went with it. Buying a modest screen for reception & then will probably upgrade and buy more if it is a success.

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    We run a digital signage provided by Matrix Education, onelan i think, does exactly what we want it to do, nice and easy to use.

    Wasn't cheap though.

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    MediaCat fan here... the MediaCats have just been dropped in price too. Much better than Sedao IMHO and Navaho are an EduGeek supporter

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    Just orderd a Samsung with Magic Net. What bad things have you heard? It's is going to be a single screen soultion for reception and on with the inbuilt XP embeded means just two cables and its ready to go. That and it cost the same as just the one lan box being quoted by another supplier.

    Is being installed over the holiday so will hopefull have some time to put together a small review for forum members.

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    has anyone ever investigated the use of a thin client for signage. For example you could have an (old) PC running the "presentation" and running VNC server, and the thin-client configured as a VNC client to run keyboardless/mouseless to display the PC's screen remotely. (Could use RDP/ICA in same way and use shadowing to control the presentation)

    With thin clients being so small, supporting 1920x1200, providing auto-connection and auto-login, this could provide an interesting alternative and give a massive £ saving....

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    Another one for the MediCats, Spoke to Navaho about them at the conference there pretty cool!

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    I've always been on the look out for small space and power saving boxes to run the digital signage.

    We'll also be going with Xibo when I get the go ahead and that copies all the media content to the local pc for playing so thin client ain't going to be so good?

    Ben

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    @plexer, no reason why not, I don't claim to be familiar with Xibo, but if it copies the media content to the local PC, it should work, the local PC would be machine running a VNC server, and the TC connect to that, so whatever the PC displayed, the TC would display. The difference being the PC would not be embedded in the monitor, rather somewhere out on the network, and the connection between the PC and screen would essentially be network/VNC.

    The interesting part (cost saving) would be deploying a standard PC and standard monitor, rather than monitor with embedded PC, which seem to be very expensive. The same software (whatever) should work

    There is a school in Dulwich who 'designed' and deployed this implementation, I can put you in touch with them if you want to explore further....

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    Quote Originally Posted by SYSMAN_MK View Post
    Just orderd a Samsung with Magic Net. What bad things have you heard? It's is going to be a single screen soultion for reception and on with the inbuilt XP embeded means just two cables and its ready to go. That and it cost the same as just the one lan box being quoted by another supplier.

    Is being installed over the holiday so will hopefull have some time to put together a small review for forum members.
    Just what I've read on these forums in that it has problems with html.

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    Axel: Ok I understand that way of thinking, thing is though with xibo and other solutions you can have groups or individual screens showing different content or running to different schedules all which can be changed from the web interface.

    Doing it as you've suggested would either require one host pc per screen or one host pc per group.

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