We are using Tight Rope Media Systems (have for 10years). We provide an account to whomever wants to post announcements - we train them on how- then turn them loose. We have it so that for some groups (e.g. student clubs) we preview the slides before they go on air, while with others, e.g. Public Safety, they just go to air. They have the option of using a template or uploading a file.
The other thing with TRMS is that it will take an RSS feed so if your clients are posting onto a website with a feed you need only create one slide and all announcements are automatically added.
They also have a feature for our Public Safety department where they can "take over" and only post theirs (emergencies ect..).
As far as how its setup. We have a central server that everyone logs onto and the actual DS boxes link to it separately. If they lose network connectivity they will still air what's in the buffer.
In most cases we take the output of the DS box and modulate it onto our cable TV plant so any display that has access to cable TV can become part of the DS system. Simply tune to the correct station and away you go. This also helps for special events where you can roll a display into place temporarily and plug in cable and there you go- it's a DS display.
Additionally we also have one or two that are stand alone, the small DS box is attached to the back of the display and connect with an HDMI cable (audio and video get passed). So the displays only needs Power and network to work.
Hope that helps.
James Evans CTS, ISF-C
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Michael J. Roberts
Sent: Thursday, July 12, 2012 10:47 AM
Subject: [av-1] How are you managing your Digital Signage?
Digital signage has had a place here on campus for a few years now, its is slowly becoming more important. Unfortunately, I have turned into the resident expert of the system administering the server, managing users, training, etc.
I am trying to back away and just maintain the responsibility of the installation of the displays, channel players and associated infrastructure. My question is, who within your organizations is in charge of making sure that the content that is being displayed is appropriate, training the users, managing the server and software. Lastly, what products are you using and how are things working from from your point of view.
Michael J. Roberts, CTS, DMC-E
Multimedia Systems Technician
13 Oak Dr.
Hamilton, NY 13346
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