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    School Info Screens

    Hey all,

    Ihave been asked to look into setting up a number of screens around the school to display daily info.

    Just wondering how you guys do it, if you do that is !

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    Re: School Info Screens

    We've got a Net Top Box from OneLAN and it's ace. It's a Linux Small Form Factor PC with some cool software that you hook up to a plasma or monitor.

    It's also got a Digital tuner in it so you can have say news 24 on the screen. It supports RSS feeds, links to external web pages, etc.

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    Re: School Info Screens

    @Indie - how much dosh for one of them there boxes...?
    if you don't mind sayin' of course...

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    Re: School Info Screens

    Off the top of my head it was bout £1200, sounds expensive but that covers the cost of the hardware and their software that runs it all very well.

    It's a web based interface, you design your screen by splitting it up into areas, then apply content to each area. It'll display movies, graphics, html, loads of stuff.

    What i've done with ours is write some PHP to grab today's room bookings out of our MRBS database, looks pretty sweet!

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    Re: School Info Screens

    £1395 For a Net top Box (Digital Ready)

    Just spoke to them, transmitts VGA over cat5e too ;-)

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    Re: School Info Screens

    Indie do yo have to have one box per monitor ? or can you feed the signal down cat5 to to lots of monitors. Funny enough I have just been asked the same thing.

    ICT nut you must have posted as I asked indie

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    Re: School Info Screens

    I've not read anything about inbuilt VGA over Cat5, our box is a little old now though so it may have been added into it lately. Impressive it has been though!

    You could just use a VGA splitter or buy a VGA over Cat5 solution.

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    Re: School Info Screens

    I stand corrected, Smart-e (the poeple that do vga over cat5e) did do an internal 6 port card for the Net Top Box but have pulled that due to "Issues"

    So here goes, If I want to run 6 screens around the school it would cost:

    £1395 for the net top box
    £499 for the 5 port vga to cat5e transmitter (i want to run six screens so I need 2 of them)
    £279 for the single port receiver (I need six of these)

    £4043 is the total plus screens and mounts.

    Seems a little pricey to me.

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    Re: School Info Screens

    http://www.infralink.co.uk
    http://www.linkcast.co.uk

    Infralink do a school information system. There's more infomation about it on the second link.

    Ben

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    Re: School Info Screens

    Gotta do the same here, except I've been given a coule of caseless k6/2/500s to do it with!

    MattPant does it at his place on a couple of screens - well one 3500 lumens projector in their foyer [good for drying off wet kids too! :P] and a TFT in reception.

    He uses a laptop one end with a dead screen, and a converter to Cat5 which cost him <£100. He then bought an add-in to powerpoint from http://www.presentationpoint.com that seems to do what you've said indie, plus you update the presentation silently so it looks slick [also around £100].

    That's one cheap way of doing it.

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    Re: School Info Screens

    Quote Originally Posted by plexer
    http://www.infralink.co.uk
    http://www.linkcast.co.uk

    Infralink do a school information system. There's more infomation about it on the second link.

    Ben
    Requested a quote - a standard quote is shown after the request:-

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    Supply of, initial setup and initial training of the Lincast Digital Information Software £1,500.00
    Supply and installation of 8 port Broadcast unit £251.00
    Ssupply and installation of remote VGA converter (one required per screen) £68.00
    19” LCD Monitor complete with wall mount brackets £227.00
    30” LCD Monitor with Wall Mount £784.00

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    Re: School Info Screens

    I have a small piece of software thats is DirectX based, you modify some code and then it runs on an old PC. I think that it may have been written by a member of staff a while ago or a students as I cannot find anything on Google about it.

    It displays text over pictures, you put it all in one file and modify two text files, one for the text and one for pictures and font colour, works well. Updates smoothly as well, just copy the text file to the machine and it does it all itself. I will find its name and then let you know and see if it was a commercial package. Will be perfect for your old K6/2/500's

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    Re: School Info Screens

    Well thanks for that John I recon that they really want something very flash looking and will spend a pile of dosh on it anyway, so i#m struggling to motivate myself on this one.

    Also found this recently [insert web pages into powerpoint slides]: LiveWeb : http://skp.mvps.org/liveweb.htm

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    Re: School Info Screens

    We've had demos of a few systems and we're soon going to have a demo from a company called Wireless Fidelity:

    http://www.wireless-fidelity.co.uk

    I've seen a Powerpoint about their system and it looks quite good. It uses a server (or beefy workstation) connected to your existing network and a load of tiny WinCE devices attached to your plasma screens.

    There's a scheduling app which lets you push out different stuff to different screens. The formats it supports are surprisingly varied: HTML / Flash / MPEG 1/2 / DivX4/5 / JPEG / MP3 / AC3 / Word / Excel....

    From the blurb it suggests that the WinCE devices are actually reading the files rather than a streaming video of what the files look like, so unless you're chucking loads of MPEG at it your network shouldn't choke.

    Governors seem to be pushing the idea, but I couldn't see much point for the cost. But then there's the advertising revenue...

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    Re: School Info Screens

    There's a product called the MediaCat too that does this job. Speak to Ian at Qual (0117 373 0010).



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