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    Digital Signage

    Does anyone here use a digital signage system within their schools (as in LCD screen giving information to pupils/visitors)?

    We are thinking of implementing one into our school so i would be interested to hear people's experiences/advice.

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    Re: Digital Signage

    Samsung do a very good network controlled system using there unique magic x software. you can also use the standard pc video cables etc if you want but the selling feature of this is that you can place it anywhere where there is a network outlet and control it from anywhere on the network. Also 1 pc (does not need to be just for the signage) can be used to control upto 5 monitors at the same time with the same or different content.

    Take a look its good!!

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    Re: Digital Signage

    Digital signage etc... has many post relating to it.

    Please do a search and if you cannot find anything let us know as people that have posted should be able to find their own posts easier to point in the direction of relevant threads.

    Thanks,

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    Re: Digital Signage

    Thanks, I should work on my New Year's Resolution of not being do lazy!

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    Re: Digital Signage

    we are looking 4 a solution.
    I cant find any info on the net about it.

    Any one got a link?

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    Re: Digital Signage

    Quote Originally Posted by goodhead
    we are looking 4 a solution.
    I cant find any info on the net about it.

    Any one got a link?
    OneLan is one approach - but I don't know how good it is.

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    Re: Digital Signage

    Magicnet does not do what is says on the tin. Weve got 2 samsungs with magicnet, tried sending a powerpoint to both, it worked fine for 10minutes but after a while it stopped displaying images within the file. As for html support it was even worse. I created a web page with a scrolling marquee and images but it had trouble with the marquee and pages kept coming up with dead links. The scheduling part of magicnet was not user friendly and needs to be on a server or a machine left on to run reliably. Spoke to someone at Samsung and he indirectly admittted it was poor with html.

    Ended up using 2 small PC's behind the screens running Sedao ImageFlyer software, didnt want this software but it was bought managed to get it to display images, html, rss, video.

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    Re: Digital Signage

    There are various ways of doing it on the cheap using powerpoints etc.. and some add on software to auto show them and auto update them.

    If you want a fully blown digital signage system at the moment your only options appear to be commercial systems.

    There is no good free or open source software as far as I can see.

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    Keep an eye on spectaKle.

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    One school I worked at went for the option of showing a PP to 13 TFTs via VGA over CAT5 Worked a treat. Consisted of a 16 port VGA over CAT5 switch which took the signal and sent it to 13 recievers that were attached to wall mounted TFTs.

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    We gave up trying to buy a package instead we bought everything and put it together, TV, software, computer, stand e.c.t It was much cheaper that way.

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    what I can't understand is...

    Why are those boxes so expensive - a PC costs 200, so how is the onelan player 1800.

    Why did samsung (magicnet) and 3M back disasters?

    What's needed is something that just works on any PC, with most schools having a good broadband connection, surely a software as a service communications system (digital signage) would be the answer.

    That way it can be tested from the comfort of a browser, seen to be working and if it doesn't work, can be switched off with no additional costs.

    If anyone out there is interested in talking with me, I'd be happy as I've had about 14 years working in IT / Digital Signage and it's amazing the rip offs out there, given that this is a pretty easy concept.

    Let me know
    regards
    Mark

    p.s.

    I've just added a new article top 5 suggestions when taking on digital signage
    http://corporateds.blogspot.com/2008...taking-on.html

    hope you find this useful

    regards
    Mark
    Last edited by marknhopgood; 9th October 2008 at 04:58 PM. Reason: i've just added a comment on my blog about ds, so I'm including a link

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