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.

The content (pages) are created in the system 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. If you add multiple pages to a channel the system will show them one after the other. After its shown the last page it jumps back to the first one and the process repeats.

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.

Two ways of creating signage content

The system offers two different ways of creating content. You can use the page editor that gives you full creative layout control, or quickly add text into a form that that gets inserted into a template. The template can be created in the editor.

Digital Signage Display Channels

Your screens can all be set to operate in the same channel(s), and show the same content as each other or be put into different channels and show different content in the same way that TV works. The screen is driven by a small device called a signage player.

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.

Infographic of multizone signage screen

You might have a reception room channel and a factory production area channel for example. The factory channel could show staff the production requirements etc while the reception room channel could display visitor welcome messages. The header zone in both areas of the building can show the same information.

The system allows you to quickly send pages for display to any of the channels your screens are operating in.

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

signage info graphic

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

If you put multiple zones on a screen 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.

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 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.

Players are anything that runs a web browser, so you could use a Windows PC, a Raspberry Pi or an Android device plus a few others. Typically they’re small low power devices that can be attached to the back of the display screen.

Network traffic is kept to a minimum by storing 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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