Signage System Overview

How the Orangevalley signage system works

Think of digital signage displays as operating in TV channels. Each signage channel contains different content that individual screens are tuned into. Screens can all run in the same channel or different ones.

The content (pages) are created in the editor that can use media such as photos that you have uploaded.

You then put the pages you want displayed into the channel your screens are operating in. Multiple pages will be displayed one after the other.

You can define how long each page is on display and you can add or remove them at any time. This is known as a carousel or playlist.

Pages can also be scheduled.

Creating signage content

The system offers different ways of creating signage content. You can use the page editor to position text and graphic images anywhere on the page. The graphics could be images created in a DTP or graphics package.

Another option is to use our active templates. This give a simplified page creation process where text is pulled from the system database and automatically inserted into a page template. You add the text into the system via a simple form. This ensures your display pages have a consistent look to them.

The system can also insert date from a CSV spreadsheet file into a template page. You might use this method if you have a simple price list for say drinks you want to display on a big menu board screen.

Digital Signage Display Channels

Your screens can all be set to operate in the same channel, and show the same content as each other or be put into different channels and show different content.

Screens can be split up into different channels as in the info graphic below. This allows certain information such as a header to be on display all the time without having to add it to your main slides.

An update to this is you can now place individual signage players on top of other players. This gives you more flexibility as the screen could show a full screen background page (or carousel) while smaller players can sit above it.

Infographic of multizone signage screen

 

Display channels can be given a friendly name, such as Reception Room to help you identify which screen you’re sending pages to.

User accounts in the controller allow different users control over different channels, so different departments can control the content of their own screens.

If you put multiple zones on a screen into the same channel, a carousel of pages will be distributed across the zones. This allows you to forget about zones and treat the screen as operating in a single channel.

As an example, you have a screen split into four zones and have four pages to display. If all the four zones are set to operate in the same channel the system will distribute the four pages across the four zones so they are all on display at the same time. If you had eight pages, each zone would show a carousel of two pages.

The video below shows how this works.

Pages will scale up or down automatically to fit different size zones.

How are the Screens updated?

The screens connect to a small device called a signage player. The players ‘check in’ with the cloud server once a minute to fetch any updates.

Players are anything that runs a web browser.

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