Digital Signage Systems Tech Showcase
Dec 6, 2011 11:08 AM, by Bennett Liles
The exponential growth in digital signage has produced a wide field of solutions in displays, switching, signal extension, content management, and player devices. Here we have a survey of the tools available at each of these points in the digital signage creation and distribution chain.
With the combination of the IS-XPT-2000 player and the Inspired XPert workflow management software tools, AMX has created a complete digital signage solution that can be fully integrated with AMX control systems. The player can be mounted behind a monitor to provide HD images, text, video, and Internet feeds. USB ports allow direct connection of keyboard and mouse while the Ethernet port connects the computer running the Inspired Composer application. Video outputs include VGA and HDMI. The software allows multiple participants to collaborate with control over who can edit which entry, and it provides a review and approval process for distributed content. Professional level templates are included for quickly composing signage material.
Black Box Network Services offers a choice of three families in the iCOMPEL scalable digital signage line. One unit acts as a channel publisher while other units perform as channel subscribers downloading files from the channel server and activating the schedule. The system may be composed of the HD Plus Publisher unit, HD Plus, or the HD unit. These can be used to make up view-only and interactive touchscreen signage installations. iCOMPEL appliances may be ordered with a built-in video capture card for stored and live video to be displayed together on the same screen. Firmware and software upgrades are free and network setup is very simple with either fixed IP or DHCP.
Cisco Digital Signage is composed of three product lines including Cisco Digital Media Manager, the Cisco Digital Media Player, and the Scientific Atlanta Encoder. The first is a suite of web-based software apps that assist in publishing and scheduling media to the display network. One of the media players is the DMP 4310G, which can play interactive multimedia including on-demand video, broadcasts, Flash animations, graphics, and text tickers. The unit has a network port, two USB ports, HDMI and S-Video outputs, console connection, and an RS-232 serial port for remote control. The Scientific Atlanta encoder provides SD video to the media player.
Among software applications for digital signage, C-nario Messenger supplies all of the functions necessary for a complete digital signage management system. Included are content creation tools that enable realtime composition along with display remote control, multi-scheduling, and database solutions. Open architecture enables smart plug-ins to integrate with external systems, dynamic data feeds, and interactive sources. Messenger allows innovative communication with players and provides control, monitoring, realtime reporting, live snapshots, alerts, and auto recovery. The system scales up to 10,000 content channels that can be managed from a single control center.
For digital signage integration with an existing coax TV network, Contemporary Research offers its QMOD-HDSC HDTV scaler modulator designed especially for digital signage integration. Using the QMOD-HDSC, you can broadcast the video from a single signage player to many displays over the existing RF coax network as an HD digital cable channel. Flat-panel TVs simply tune in to show the HD signage channel, eliminating the need for new IP wiring, players at every TV, and extra licenses and servers. The internal scaler lets the user format the media for edge-to-edge 16:9 presentation. Signals are input at PC resolution and scaled to 720p or 1080i. The unit features up and down scaling, zoom, shrink, and positioning along with integration on RS-232 control and monitoring
The InfoCaster digital out-of-home suite from Harris Corporation consists of three product types. InfoCaster Creator features text and graphics through drag-and-drop WYSIWYG content design, authoring and creation using pre-loaded templates, backgrounds, and other elements. InfoCaster Manager allows content administration, scheduling, and editing permissions for coordinated showing on multiple remote InfoCaster Player devices. Tightly integrated with the InfoCaster digital-out-of-home suite is Punctuate software for content creation, network management, and playout. Punctuate handles the synchronization and distribution of content from multiple sources to player devices on LAN or WAN network links. One of these player devices, the DS550, is a very compact single-channel unit with VESA or desktop-mounting capability. Monitoring and reporting features are included.
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