Digital signage competes for students’ attention

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With affordable digital signage solutions, colleges and universities of all sizes can enhance student, staff, faculty, and visitor campus experiences in a wide range of applications ranging from registration deadlines, class cancellations and campus news, to cafeteria digital menu boards.

The University of California, Irvine recently replaced its outmoded communications systems with solid-state digital signage for three applications:

  • Looping signage is used to feature a sponsor’s alumni and their biographies. The biography series concludes with an appreciation screen thanking the sponsor before automatically looping back to the first screen in the series.
  • Other players display inter-school news as well as RSS feeds from Reuters and The Wall Street Journal through a subscription service.
  • Another player is used for a touch screen building directory.  With support for both basic looping and interactive presentations, slides thanking the school’s latest donors are displayed until someone touches the screen.  The directory immediately appears with an alphabetical reference of the staff and faculty names and their room numbers.  Previously, students and visitors had to search a board listing more than 200 offices to find the one they wanted, and whenever someone in the building changed offices, the letters had to be manually peeled off and moved around.

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