Digital Signage - Choosing the Best Video Distribution Technology

Written by Minicom Advanced Systems

Digital Signage: An Overview Digital signage isrepparttar use of digitally powered signs (such as plasma display panels, liquid crystal displays (LCDs), kiosk stations, computer monitors and normal televisions) to replace and enhance traditional media. Digital signage is revolutionizingrepparttar 139078 media and information industries by allowingrepparttar 139079 central and rapid update of content and its immediate delivery to specific audiences in specific locations.

Components of Digital Signage The components needed for a digital signage system include:

An authoring console, equipped with content management software, allowingrepparttar 139080 definition of content in a variety of playback formats.

A server, to which finished content is uploaded and from where it is distributed to different displays inrepparttar 139081 network.

A distribution infrastructure, consisting of a data network or fiber optic or CAT5 cable, which broadcasts media fromrepparttar 139082 server torepparttar 139083 displays.

Digital signage displays, which can be plasma displays, LCD monitors, CRT monitors, or kiosk stations.

Benefits of Digital Signage Digital signs have already brought significant benefits to businesses and media vendors alike:

Attention grabbing advertising A digital sign brings innovation and movement to previously static media locations, and hasrepparttar 139084 power to get customers' attention, making it a particularly effective form of advertising.

Real-time advertising and information Digital signage allows advertising and information to be updated onrepparttar 139085 fly from one remote authoring station and broadcast immediately to audiences regardless of location.

Relevant audiences With digital signage, advertising focuses onrepparttar 139086 best potential customer: an existing one. Supermarkets have already found that current customers are more likely to purchase products advertised on their digital signs. Cost savings Every time digital signage users change their message or campaign, they save on printing costs and processing time. Profit center opportunities Businesses can create instant profit centers by selling advertising time on their digital signs to customers or suppliers.

DIGITAL SIGNAGE Uses of Digital Signage It is not surprising that, with allrepparttar 139087 benefits of digital signage, there are so many uses for it worldwide. They include: Advertising networks In-store advertising Interactive kiosks Tradeshow displays Corporate identity branding Electronic menus and lobby displays Branch office communication Campus bulletin boards Community bulletin boards Arrival and departure schedules Franchise communication systems Emergency announcement systems Corporate communication systems Back office employee training

Digital Signage Distribution Technology: “What Lies Beneath” When considering a digital signage project, users usually focus on display types and content management software. Forrepparttar 139088 integrator, however, there is an important component thatrepparttar 139089 user rarely considers:repparttar 139090 distribution technology and platform. This infrastructure transmitsrepparttar 139091 digital video and audio fromrepparttar 139092 server torepparttar 139093 appropriate displays, and is a key contributor to actual digital signage performance. In addition, asrepparttar 139094 connecting component for all displays,repparttar 139095 distribution technology can be a significant part ofrepparttar 139096 project budget. That’s why choosingrepparttar 139097 correct distribution technology is vital in ensuring a successful digital signage installation. Options for Digital Signage Distribution

There are three main options for digital signage distribution:

Data network Fiber-optic cable CAT5 cable

In this paper, these options will be presented together withrepparttar 139098 core considerations in choosing a distribution technology:

Cost Performance Existing infrastructure

Digital Signage Distribution Options: Platforms & Combinations

Each platform has its own benefits and drawbacks. When harnessing more than one platform. There are a number of interesting combinations as discussed below.

Data Network Platform A data network platform uses a computer network infrastructure in order to transmit content inrepparttar 139099 form of compressed multi-media files (such as MPEG files) fromrepparttar 139100 management station torepparttar 139101 central server and from there torepparttar 139102 computer connected torepparttar 139103 display device. The central server handles distribution to multiple displays, andrepparttar 139104 display-end computer decompressesrepparttar 139105 file for display onrepparttar 139106 display device. Alternatively, if only one display is required,repparttar 139107 network can transmitrepparttar 139108 compressed file directly fromrepparttar 139109 management station torepparttar 139110 display-end computer, which then decompresses and displaysrepparttar 139111 file.

Benefits & Drawbacks The advisability of data networks depends largely on existing infrastructure. If there is an existing computer network infrastructure, using a data network platform for digital signage can save costs significantly. However, if no computer network already exists,repparttar 139112 need to implement such an infrastructure will increase costs considerably.

An additional cost related to data networks is caused byrepparttar 139113 need for display devices to be connected to local computers or equipped with embedded CPUs, resulting in extra investment in hardware, an important factor when costingrepparttar 139114 project as a whole.

In addition, from a performance standpoint, using a data network platform has several disadvantages. A data network platform limitsrepparttar 139115 user torepparttar 139116 compression technologies available onrepparttar 139117 market today, technologies that significantly downgraderepparttar 139118 quality ofrepparttar 139119 multimedia content andrepparttar 139120 displays’ dependence onrepparttar 139121 network is another major consideration for 24x7 locales that cannot tolerate display downtime.

Fiber Optic Extenders Fiber optic cable is a transmission medium favored for applications that need high bandwidth, long distances, and complete immunity to electrical interference. That makes it ideal for digital signage, which requires high resolution and transmission over long distances. Unlike network platforms, fiber optic cable does not require CPUs or special software atrepparttar 139122 display end. All that is required is a transmitter and receiving unit for each display.

There are two options for fiber-optic cable: single mode or multi-mode. Single-mode fiber provides a higher transmission rate and up to fifty times more distance than multimode, but it also costs more. In general,repparttar 139123 decision between different types of fiber should berepparttar 139124 result of a simple cost-benefit evaluation:repparttar 139125 distance and level of resolution or performance required versusrepparttar 139126 acceptable investment in distribution technology.

Automatic Drawing Creation

Written by Adrian Dunevein

Inrepparttar recent past and still today manufacturing companies with products that change In size and capacity need to release engineering drawings quickly. Typically engineers will prepare a list of specifications from whichrepparttar 138985 draftsmen must draw up standard parts to suitrepparttar 138986 specifications. This process can take several weeks to complete regardless ofrepparttar 138987 experience level ofrepparttar 138988 engineers and drafters involved.

Today, computer aided modeling packages like solidworks give usrepparttar 138989 ability to automaterepparttar 138990 drafting process throughrepparttar 138991 creation of models driven by design tables and equations. The formulas used in these models can be driven directly byrepparttar 138992 engineer’s calculations resulting in automatic engineering drawing creation.

The draftsman still may have to edit dimension locations and apply different scale factors to views forrepparttar 138993 model to fit onrepparttar 138994 page properly butrepparttar 138995 bulk ofrepparttar 138996 tedious drawing work has been eliminated. Inrepparttar 138997 case of some products,repparttar 138998 drawing process may be reduced to hours from what once took weeks.

Ifrepparttar 138999 company is willing to undertake an in-depth analysis of its product design processrepparttar 139000 payback of this drawing automation process can be startling. Frames for machinery can be created in minutes freeingrepparttar 139001 engineer or designer up to work on more complex areas ofrepparttar 139002 design. Sales engineers can create drawings directly from specifications and have custom products onrepparttar 139003 shop floorrepparttar 139004 same day they are ordered.

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