A digital signage system can be broken down into three parts:
Rise Vision makes the software and content part easy being that Rise Vision digital signage content management software is trusted by over 9,000 organizations and 3,000 schools worldwide. As experts in digital signage, we’d like to help guide you through, specifically, the hardware part of procuring a digital signage system.
When we’re talking about hardware, we mean:
- Digital signage media players
- Digital signage displays
- Cables, mounts and support structure
In this guide, we’re going to navigate you through how to choose the right hardware options so that your digital signage setup process is as painless and trouble-free as can be. So, let’s get started!
A digital signage media player is a computer that’s intended to operate digital signage. All the components used within the media player have been chosen for being high-quality and specifically for their endurance characteristics.
Raspberry Pi, Chromebits, or consumer computers can be used as digital signage media players. They are best used for less demanding digital signage, such as running for a limited number of hours per day, or if you're showing basic content such as images and text.
We recommend purchasing a digital signage media player that has been pre-configured with your desired operating system. The following OS-ready media players will operate your digital signage system out of the box:
Chrome OS Media Player: AOPEN Chromebox Commercial 2
Linux Media Player: NUC I3 Media Player
Windows Media Player: NUC I3 Media Player
Raspberry Pi Media Player.
Android Media Player.
Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV.
Apple TV (Coming Soon)
Rise Vision also works on wireless presentation and meeting room systems like: Airtame, Zoom Rooms, ScreenBeam, Mersive, Vivi, and more.
Learn more about digital signage media players.
It's possible to set up a digital signage system using a TV, but it's best to choose a commercial-grade display.
The next thing is to determine the size of the display you will need. Earlier in this guide we discussed measuring the wall or location of where your displays will be installed. This will give you a good idea of how large of a display you can procure.
When searching for a digital signage display, be sure to locate the actual height and width dimensions of the display to see if it will fit within your measurement envelope. Most displays are marketed with a single diagonal dimension which can’t be used for any useful dimensional purposes.
Learn more about digital signage displays.
“Compared to many other digital signage platforms on the market, Rise Vision was an easy choice for us to make due to the cloud-based architecture, flexibility in being able to deploy on Windows, Linux, or Raspberry Pi, and a very low cost per display.”
“We have used Rise Vision for over 5 years, running on Chromeboxes and large TV monitors. It has greatly improved our communication with our students on a daily basis. It has also allowed us to provide a great first impression to our visitors, and provide them with helpful information about special events taking place in our school building.”