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Digital Signage TPC15 Presentation

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We see those signs all over the place, and they seem easy to do, but how much do they cost?  What is the software like?

There are quite a few applications out there, but after playing around with many of them, there are only 2 that I think are worth mentioning.

The software

What I looked for when choosing a display software

  • Free
  • Integrated with Google Apps
  • Easy to use
  • Webbased (can be built while on a Chromebook)

Chrome Si gn Builder App:
Used best when: You have a single TV, and want to just play a Google Slide Show

  • This is a very simple app, that allows you to schedule a webpage (which could be a calendar, or google slideshow), to show up at certain times.  Then you can use the built in Kiosk mode to display that site.
  • Once you are finished, you can export the settings, then upload them to the Google Dashboard.
  • Each TV would be managed individually.
  • Schedule changes require a new config file to be uploaded.

Used best when: You might have more than one TV eventually, and you want to display multiple pieces of content (Calendar, weather, bulletins, YouTube, slideshows), on the screen at once.

  • RiseVision is a full featured digital signage solution.  Their platform is free, but will charge for some Gadgets or file storage. 
  •  This can handle multiple TV's, schedules, and presentations under one interface.   You can have multiple users with different levels of rights.
  • It can be set up to pull data from Google Documents, and calendars so that the end-users don't even need to log in.
  • Gadgets can be added on to show weather, or highly customized displays that pull data directly from a Google Spreadsheet.
  • Fair Haven Union High School chose to go with RiseVision, after testing several other solutions. 

The Hardware
In both of the apps, the signage is a Chrome App, which can be set to run as a kiosk in ChromeOS.

What hardware you need:

  • TV display (with hdmi)
  • ChromeOS device, (Chromebox, or ChromeBit)

What you need to do:

  • Set up Kiosk mode on a Chromebook: https://support.google.com/chromebook/answer/3134673?hl=en