All digital signage requires software to operate. In some cases, this software can be stored onboard digital signage hardware, can be set up on a local server, or can be cloud-based. As you may have guessed, cloud-based digital signage software is by far the easiest and most cost effective route.
New advances in cloud-computing have made running a digital signage much easier and have drastically reduced the time required to perform maintenance and to schedule content. These advances have saved schools, organizations, and businesses thousands of dollars a year in operating costs and reduced workloads.
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Whether it’s your office computer or the digital signage system media player in the hallway, all software needs to be regularly updated. With cloud-based digital signage software, updates can be applied to all the digital signage media players within a school, business, or organization instantaneously. There’s no need to have IT staff or employees physically travel to each media player to run software updates.
Additionally, you don’t need to update media player software from inside the physical perimeter of your school or organization. All updates can be controlled and applied from any computer in the world. This allows for enormous flexibility since remote staff or independent contractors can maintain your digital signage software without needing to be on site.
Not only can the software be updated remotely, but uploading and scheduling content can be done remotely. There’s no need to have to plug in USB sticks or external hard drives to upload new content or need to physically be at the digital signage media player to schedule or program content. You can pick what dates, times, and locations content should be shown at all from your phone or laptop.
Most cloud-based digital signage platforms provide easy-to-use tools and templates that aid in content creation. Many hours a week can be devoted to creating digital signage content (in some cases, up to 16 hours a week!). Having access to tools and templates that can reduce that time is an enormous benefit of cloud-based digital signage. Sourcing images, image editing, and typography work can be greatly reduced thanks to the tools digital signage software provides.
Cloud-based digital signage allows you to integrate with important services that can broadcast instant emergency alerts and time-sensitive information. At a moment’s notice, emergency warnings can be sent to displays around a school campus or office building. The value this provides students, faculty, and employees is priceless.
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Digital signage software will allow you to broadcast images to a display and may even allow you to create a slideshow. But you should probably expect a lot more from it, such as:
The digital signage software you choose should have tools that let you quickly create presentations and provide a template library to speed up your workflow. It should also offer integrations to services like GSuite, social media, and the weather, to make keeping your digital signage fresh a breeze.
Excellent user experience and an intuitive user interface save you time. The more you have to search for buttons, drop-downs, and features, the longer it takes you to get your signage up and running. A well-designed UI reduces time and workload which also translates to monetary savings.
If you choose a cloud-based digital signage provider, you’re going to want to go with a company that’s known to have a high network uptime percentage. A digital signage software provider that’s only up 75% of the time means your audience misses 25% of your messaging.
Why does digital signage have to be confined to displays? Now that most digital signage is cloud-based, signage and important messaging can be broadcasted to any device in the world. This allows organizations and schools to extend their messaging to teams and students that now work and learn from home.
Your digital signage software should include a network dashboard that lets you see if your digital signs are online or offline, and alerts you if they have gone offline. This helps ensure your digital signage is always running at it’s best. Great dashboards also give you the ability to see screenshots of the content and media player system information.
Your digital signage software needs to scale with you. Some key features that support that are the ability to set up your accounts in a hierarchy. Unlimited users, storage, and bandwidth within all of your accounts. And, granular user roles so that you can limit what specific users have access to. This helps to get many people involved in managing your digital signage without the risk of them causing problems.
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