A digital signage system displays interactive information. The information has images, animation, and sounds to engage the public. The system reports how many times information was run and the number of people watching the information.
1.Basic Digital Signage System
The basic system shows information on a single screen by using a removable storage device and a media player at the same site. Examples of removable storage devices are the USB, SD memory card, and the compact flash.
The removable storage device transfers information to the basic system through a media player. The basic system continuously loops the same information. The repeating information can be manually changed through a removable storage device. The system is manually turned on or off and is usually priced at $3,500 – $5,000. It also does not display instant-messages.
The basic system can be used in small reception areas, offices, lobbies, worker break areas, and retail shops. It is ideal for people who are on a limited budget.
2.Advanced Digital Signage System
The advanced system typically costs $8,000 or more. This is because it requires extensive maintenance and software upgrading. Its cost may also depend on how many screens it has. If it has many screens, its cost will decrease. Its cost will increase if it only has a few screens.
The advanced system shows information on multiple screens and offers additional features. The features are the live video conference and the delivery of dynamic information. The system allows information to be played on multiple screens at different locations via remote.
It reports what information is being played. The reports of the system can be customized. For example, you can confirm which information was displayed a week ago. You can also validate which information was displayed a minute ago.
The advanced system can be used in casinos, chain restaurants, and multiple-location companies. It can also be used in stadiums and department stores.
3.Intermediate Digital Signage System
The intermediate system shows similar information on one or multiple screens. It offers instant emergency and messaging notifications. It uses a media player to incorporate live TV into the screens. The media player has a TV capture card that picks up TV signals. The TV signals are picked up through a digital cable or a satellite cable.
The moderate system reports what information is displayed on one or more screens. The screens may be placed in different locations at more than one site. The moderate system can be controlled through a media player.
The intermediate system usually costs $5,500 – $8,000. It requires ongoing satellite maintenance and software licensing. It also needs ongoing maintenance for an IP (internet protocol) connection.
4.Moderate Digital Signage System
The moderate system shows similar information on multiple screens. The multiple screens are placed in various locations at one site. It also shows different information on multiple screens at one site. It usually costs $45,000 – $7,000 because it requires ongoing network maintenance.
Digital content can be controlled in real-time and can be turned off or on by the administrator through a media player. An IP address and a browser can be used to control the screens aside from the remote.
The moderate system also shows live video streaming and notifications. The notifications let the public know what information will be displayed next.
The moderate system can be used in small to middle-sized offices, factories, and lobbies. It can also be used in small to middle-sized cafeterias and reception areas. The information can be controlled through a network server or a central PC.
Selecting one of these systems can be an overwhelming task unless you know what each of them can offer. They don’t need paper and paint or ink to show visual information for the public.