How the signage system works
Think of digital signage displays as operating in TV channels. Each signage channel shows different content that individual screens are tuned into.
Your screens can all be tuned into the same channel(s), and show the same content as each other or be put into different channels and show different content just, like you do with your TV. The screen is driven by a small device called a signage player.
You might have a reception room channel and a restaurant channel for example. The restaurant channel could show you the days menu and specials while the reception room channel can display visitor welcome messages. Another channel could carry general company information while other channels can carry the news from BBC RSS feeds.
NoticeboardLive allows you to quickly send pages for display to any of the channels your screens are operating in.
Just configure the screen to operate in the channel you want, then from the controller drop the pages you want to display into the channels you are using. Channels can be given a friendly name, such as Reception Room to help you identify which screen you are sending pages to.
Can a signage screen show more than one channel at a time?
Yes, screens can be split up into zones and each zone can operate in a different channel. The system supports many different zone configurations that are easily configured from a section in the controller.
This allows you to show different content all at once on a single screen as in the image below.
An added feature of the system is if you put multiple zones into the same channel, pages put into that channel will be distributed across the zones. This allows you to forget about zones and treat the screen as operating in a single channel.
How are the Screens updated?
The screens connect to a small device called a player. The players ‘check in’ with the cloud server once a minute to look for any updates. If anything has changed the player updates the screen with the latest content.
Network traffic is kept to a minimum by storing (caching) all the pages for display in memory or local storage so if the network becomes disconnected the display screens will carry on showing what they were showing before, although they won’t be updated with new content until the connection is restored.
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