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Connecting the Dots: How Kent State University Is Creating An Easier Solution for Staff

Nearly 40,000 students call Kent State University home. Their alumni include Pulitzer Prize winners, bestselling authors, award-winning actors, and MVP athletes. They’re regularly ranked highly amongst the top universities in the world. Don’t let the size fool you, however; they have many of the same challenges that nearly every school in the country faces: how do you make digital signage easier?

Multiple Campuses, One Solution

Mark Meszar, a Sr. Applications Support Analyst at Kent State, has a lot to manage; in addition to the university's Kent Campus, there are almost a dozen regional locations and over 70 digital signage displays. Finding the best technology solutions that fits the needs of all of them can be challenging. With something like digital signage, there’s the extra layer of complexity to make sure the solution is easy enough for non-tech staff to learn with minimal instruction. As with most schools, any solution also has to fit into a very tight budget.

The Solution

Meszar looked and tried many solutions, but found they required too much of his time. What attracted him to Rise Vision was the cloud-based software’s clean UI that was easy to understand and difficult to make mistakes with; the low-cost subscription model of the platform also made it easy to grow as their university expanded the number of digital displays they have.

Kent State began using Rise Vision in early 2017, and is still growing their network and adding displays. The software has helped streamline their displays on a budget that pleased administrators. As with any new technology, there were reservations from staff who feared they’d have to take hours out of their already busy duties to learning something new; they were impressed by how much they could with little or no training at all. In a short-time they were connecting with students in a new and innovating way. The university looks forward to Rise Vision’s continual updates that will help wow their students with compelling designs.

Because of its size, Kent State is using the educational enterprise plan to create different sub-companies for their many departments; each department has very specific needs they need to fill. Sub-companies helps the university stay organized and share responsibilities.

You can see some of Kent State’s displays below:

School of Sociology Display

School of Sociology Display

School of Nursing Display

School of Nursing Display

University display with Embedded Welcome Video

University Display With Embedded Welcome Video

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