Tuesday, 29 December 2009

LCD Enclosures, Education & Digital Signage

Take a look at the forward thinking schools, corporations and institutions and you will see they have discovered how to communicate more effectively. Find out how you can use digital signage to learn and teach via a digital medium.

Dynamic signs are being deployed every where and this is changing the way education professionals communicate, making it much easier for both faculty and students to communicate and much more cost effective.

Some campuses have created additional revenue from these signs, selling chunks of advertising space on the screens. This is not limited to just education, any place that uses printed signage, such as bus shelters, pay phone booths, shopping malls and tops of gas pumps have the potential to improve their worth by upgrading and using dynamic digital messaging.

Take note of the challenges.
It sounds almost too easy to deploy a digital signage campaign in a college campus, we all (well mostly) have flat panel screens at home, we have taken them home and plugged them in and got them working, so deploying a signage system cannot but much more difficult – can it?

Home cinema and dynamic signage using flat panel displays are similar in looks, however different in many other ways.

Content strategy has to start from the very beginning and the content that will be distributed throughout the network will differ throughout the enterprise, with variations from screen orientation, do you want it in landscape or portrait? Display size, will you be using 36”, 42 or 65 inch displays?

There is also the vandalism aspect to consider too, in all walks of life there is a small minority of people who will vandalise things that others enjoy using, one of the quickest, easiest and cost effective ways to protect from this element is to put the flat panel display into either a plasma or LCD enclosure.

Manufactured from heavy gauge steel and fully welded these are designed to deter the most violent attacks from rocks, bricks, footballs and occasionally gun fire! These units provide a safe environment for the displays and media players as they are cooled and even heated as they require.

These outdoor TV boxes are second to none for protecting the display inside.

LCD Enclosure Global are the worlds leading manufacturer of LCD enclosures, these are supplied to the top digital signage installers throughout America, Australia, Europe and the UK. They have also launched a self service kiosk at a cost effective price.

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Enclosure Kiosk – Standard or custom units?

When a client decides to deploy a kiosk, the easy part is done. Now is the time you are bombarded with questions and here are the answers to those questions.

You will certainly be asked, “what sort of enclosure to be used? What works best? And how much will it cost?” The best answer is that it depends upon the application, location and funding.

Enclosure design is one of the key factors in selecting an enclosure, these are perfect for standard enclosures that are pre built offering a wide range of functionality, these are produced in quantities by the manufacturers.

A custom enclosure are unique, they are purpose built for a specific task to match the customers demands. These tend to have a longer lead in period and certainly cost more than a standard enclosure, as all the bends, welds and cutting settings are one offs requiring individual attention throughout production.

Custom units are less common due to the cost implications; however they do allow companies considerable latitude on design. Enclosure manufacturers estimate that roughly 80 percent of their product is for standard units.

A quick look guide on comparing custom with standard enclosures.

Standard Kiosk Features Custom Kiosk Features
Pre designed Unique designed
Pre built exteriors Specific look and feel
Quick to produce Longer lead time
Lower cost Higher cost

You can have the most elaborate kiosk, but if the software is no good or difficult to use, you are wasting your money. You will also need to bear in mind location, footprint and application.

For example a kiosk that is wall mounted may not be suitable for an application that calls for the kiosk to be floor standing.

LCD Enclosure Global are one of the worlds leading manufacturers of outdoor TV boxes and supply everything from video walls to interactive kiosks.