WVU Digital Signage Content Examples

This is a brief sampling of some of our content “playing” on our WVU Info Stations digital signage network at West Virginia University. (Some of the screen shots are no longer used due to becoming outdated.  Our initial content software platform was Harris Infocaster.  We currently use X2O Media XPresenter as a software platform.) Our content page design is constantly “evolving” and is updated daily using stout databases that permit our clients to add their own text, tweets, graphics and photographs.  We are now using much more video content.  All content is either created or approved by the WVU Info Stations team.  Information can be updated on a minute by minute basis at the client user level by leveraging our custom designed web forms created for our clients within the university.  We accept no advertising.  All client submitted data must be approved at the client managerial level for authenticity and appropriateness via the web form.

Each client page carries the general WVU branding elements but we also create a “sub-brand” for the client to differentiate their college or organizational design characteristics from other university or campus clients.  Often we use a “theme” process, such as a special design that makes you think about technology when viewing our PRT transportation client pages, a “business look” for the College of Business & Economics, a “Hollywood look” for WVU Arts & Entertainment, a sports theme for WVU Athletics and even a “library look” for the WVU Wise Library.

Content page design needs to be refreshed periodically.  We attempt to refresh the look either by semester, campus events and/or seasonal themes.  Unless the university client has a talented graphics artist on their own staff, our WVU Info Stations team graphics designer controls the design of each content page.  All elements (or regions) of the content page (Emergency Alert feature, graphics, video, photographs, text, titles, RSS feeds, weather, date, time, etc.) are tied to our network databases and/or client databases by our team IT/Database Ninja.

Lurking behind every displayed page of content is the WVU Emergency Alert feature. It can be triggered by the WVU Police Department in approximately 9 seconds from the time they click the button to issue the alert until the time our entire digital signage network shifts into Emergency Mode.  We also use a redundant “Fail Over System” located on a separate university campus and a separate network to prevent losing the Emergency Alert features in the event of a power outage or network outage at our Master Control Room site.  If a power or network outage occurs, our system will “Fail Over” to the other campus, wake-up a realtime mirror of our server, and begin normal broadcasting within 4 minutes.  After the outage has been remedied we “Fail Back” to our usual server at Master Control.

You can click on each screen shot below for a better view and then return to this page by clicking on the “back” arrow or button on your browser page.

(See West Virginia University Customer profile via X2O Media below.)

http://www.x2omedia.com/documentation/2011/X2O_CustomerProfile_WVU.pdf

 

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Mountain Mists is an opportunity to develop some thought processes individually as I journey through this wonderful world; as someone who values highly effective management techniques and the art of leading teams; and through my association with West Virginia University as a professional technologist and network manager specializing in digital signage.
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