Picture courtesy of Velo Restaurants, London, and Repeat Signage digital signage software for display screens and video walls
Anyone who has downloaded digital signage software onto a computer and then connected it to a large display screen to play the presentation, and tried to use the computer for other work, will know this is just not practical. Fortunately, manufacturers have produced media players, which are small factor computers, specifically designed to play out your digital signage presentations onto screens. These take the form of standalone media players, slot-in PCs designed to slot into the rear of the commercial display screens (not TVs) and Ultra-mini players which slot into the USB port of display screens.
A typical digital signage solution, therefore, would be a computer / media player, digital signage software and a small or large display screen, video wall or interactive screen. A variety of media can be used to promote your business activities on public area display screens. You may wish to display a video, a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation or a presentation created with professional digital signage software. You then connect the computer to a display screen. This can create problems as to where to house the computer. Fortunately, there are hardware solutions on the market.
Mini computers, also referred to as
media players, such as the Edis Mini PC Signage Player,
are small form factor PCs designed to fit behind the display
screen, normally in the space between the screen and
bracketry. Some bracket manufacturers even produce
brackets with built-in PC holder. This
solution keeps the computer out of sight, thus reducing
the risk of tampering or theft.
Display screen manufacturers, such as NEC Displays,
offer large format display screens for digital signage
applications that include an OPS slot for a Slot-in PC.
This also reduces the risk of tampering or theft as the
PC is hidden from view.
Edis Ultra mini PC is a USB Flash drive with a quad core
Intel Atom processor and Windows 10, which includes 2Gb
memory, 32GB of onboard storage and comes with Wi-Fi and
Bluetooth connectivity. Plus it has two standard
USB ports to connect peripherals, a mini USB port for
power and micro SD card slot for additional storage.
This turns any touch screen, monitor or TV screen into a powerful PC, for use with digital signage and supports a wireless keyboard, mouse, microphone and other accessories.
When inserted into the USB port of a display screen, the
Edis Ultra mini PC is ideal to download your digital
signage software, such as Repeat Signage, where you can
easily create your presentation by inserting your logo,
pictures, text, RSS feeds, documents etc. to showcase
your own activities.
Edis also supply Mini Android Signage Players, which
plug directly into a display screen, and content can be
centrally managed from a web interface with support for
RSS feeds. It's a matter of choice
whether you use Windows or Android.
Google's Android is an open source, Linux-based
operating system for smartphones and tablets. Apple have
their own iOS used only on Apple devices, such as the
iPhone. Microsoft Windows is a computer
operating system (OS) to run on personal computers
The Stampede Global Big Book of AV - Global Dealer Show, held in London in September 2017, was the start of a new cooperation between Edis AV and Stampede Global.
Stampede are stocking a large range of Edis AV products, and showcased Edis products including an HDMI IR Extender, 50W mini stereo amplifier, soundbars for education and meeting rooms, and the Ultra Mini Windows Intel Quad Core PC with Windows 10, 32GB of storage, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.
More than 500,000 classrooms has Edis audio visual products in the UK and Europe, with many more sold in the USA, Australia, Africa, the Middle East and Americas. Edis AV sells directly to distributors, who manage their channel of resellers and customers.
Repeat Software Ltd, developed Repeat Signage, a Windows-based digital signage software solution. As Windows OS is used by millions of businesses across the globe, Repeat Signage customers find it a familiar platform and user-friendly.
The company offer a choice of updating content, from your local network, from your own website, via .FTP or remotely over the Internet (cloud-based). Email support, online training videos and an RSS feed creator, are a few of the benefits for Repeat Signage customers who span across 31 countries in a range of diverse signage applications from primary schools, hotels, restaurants, leisure facilities to corporate businesses.
To get started, you can download a trial, select Create Presentation, and insert pictures, text, clocks, RSS feeds, videos, spreadsheets, icons, webcam and other media, to create your own presentations. You can even schedule your existing PowerPoint presentations.
Digital signage software allows you to schedule your presentations to play at different times of the day or week, and helps you showcase your activites on screen.