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    Information display screens around the school?

    Has anybody had any experience, good or bad, of setting up an information display system around their school?

    It looks like we're thinking of having a few screens at key locations around the school. Ideally updated by various members of staff from their PC's.

    Any information on suppliers and different systems available would be most welcome. There are several systems around, few seem ideal.

    Thanks.

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    Re: Information display screens around the school?

    The cheapest way is probably to network a few "junk machines" from the pile in your shed/cupboard/office (delete as appropriate) - add a decent size flat screen monitor to each and run powerpoints on them...

    The powerpoints could be centrally maintained in a shared admin area.

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    Re: Information display screens around the school?

    Search for digital signage there a few topics about it.

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    Re: Information display screens around the school?

    We have one in the reception its never used.

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    Re: Information display screens around the school?

    We now have 4 schools around school(more to come), they are always commented on from students and parents on the quality of the content. Content on the screens is key, if you dont put intresting, up to date information, they simply do not work.

    Our solution use D|Sign from www.dsign.co.uk - great software & support.

    Well worth a look. They have won awards for the project.

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    Re: Information display screens around the school?

    scrolling messages seem to hook people with these type of signs

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    Re: Information display screens around the school?

    There's also ONELAN Net-Top-Box.

    http://www.onelan.co.uk/product_ntb.html

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    Re: Information display screens around the school?

    We have a small PC behind a plasma screen but we run a web page on it. Far better for content as you can add video, images, text whatever you want.

    I feel PowerPoint is a bit limited for this type of project.

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    Re: Information display screens around the school?

    We have a one lan net-top-box, and I'd say there are better products out there. Sure it does what it says, but I find the interface confusing, and for the money it's quite restrictive really.

    Having said that, once you've figured it out, it does work OK, just expensive for what it is IMO.

    Once you've brought one thou, you can use items like these; http://www.cabletime.com/introductio..._evolution.asp to distribute the signal round your school over your IP network.

    Mike.

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    Re: Information display screens around the school?

    In what way do you find it restrictive?

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    Re: Information display screens around the school?

    Quote Originally Posted by stuartwhiting
    We now have 4 schools around school(more to come), they are always commented on from students and parents on the quality of the content. Content on the screens is key, if you dont put intresting, up to date information, they simply do not work.

    Our solution use D|Sign from www.dsign.co.uk - great software & support.

    Well worth a look. They have won awards for the project.
    Yup, we use this package too - we have various plasmas/lcds around the site and the software is pretty good. They will even design custom templates for you if you ask them nicely!

    We can show everything we want: internet, sky tv, dvds, powerpoints, pictures, text, the lot.

    We're pleased with it.

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    Re: Information display screens around the school?

    Quote Originally Posted by Edu-IT
    In what way do you find it restrictive?
    I think the main thing we had problems with was getting it to display videos, it only liked certain formats, which was a pain! Then I expect other simelar systems would be the same on this, there's only so many video formats you can support I suppose, it just created a lot more work for us!

    I find the pallete of colours you can use for text and backgrounds is limiting, and it makes it hard to match colours of backgrounds on things like the news ticker with that of the main background.

    Building even the simplest page layout requires a reasonable level of technical skill to understand what all the different componants are and how to use them, Even I find it confusing as do my fellow workers. We were hoping that we would be able to train other admin staff to do this, to take some of the workload of us. After all creating a fancy presentation for the canteen isn't really what our job role is. Unfortunitely due to the complexity of the system, it's unlikely we can do this.

    I find it tricky to use with simple functions like changing the channel on the digital card hidden away in non-intuative places.

    I mean it is a reasonably good product I suppose, just I think it could be done better, and I have had demos of other products that certainly seemed easier to use. Also bear in mind how much it costs, and the fact it's really a very basic PC in what I consider to be a cheap looking system case. I was disappointed when we received it, so I suppose I am focussing on the negative points.

    The above is my opinion only, others may well have a better experience so I'd recommend getting a demo of one if you're interested, or better still if they're at Bett, pop along and see them!

    Mike.

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    Re: Information display screens around the school?

    The beauty of D|Sign is that it is designed to be used by administrative office staff i.e. non techies! Which in my view is fantastic because it is a another job I don't have to do!

    We looked at other products, we found some issues with the ease of use - some based on a linux platform.

    I can't really speak highly enough of D|Sign - and before you ask I am not being paid to say this!

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    Re: Information display screens around the school?

    Quote Originally Posted by Edu-IT
    There's also ONELAN Net-Top-Box.

    http://www.onelan.co.uk/product_ntb.html
    We've just had two of these fitted today - well, one Net-Top box and two monitors using CAT5 to get the signal. works well and easy to schedule events etc.

    We used USL to install them.

    HBJB

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    Re: Information display screens around the school?

    I wrote an article comparing the three systems that I looked... searching will turn it up.

    I chose a Navaho MediaCat system from Oliis Solutions in the end and I think it's great. Oliis and Navaho have kindly loaned us one for the stand at Bett if anyone wants to see it in action.

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