Digital signage may or may not have all three elements. The three elements are the software, content, and the hardware. The software allows the information to be uploaded to a screen. The content is the information that will be displayed on the screen. The hardware is the screen that will display the information.
The menu board displays information that needs to be updated constantly. It uses a media player and a LCD monitor. A network or LCD monitor can be linked to a media player. The menu board is usually used by bar or restaurant owners. It has an instant-messaging feature that allows customers to leave suggestions and inquiries. Restaurant or bar owners use the menu board to determine how to improve their customer service.
The queuing display shows a waiting number to customers or patients. The display directs patients to an available doctor. It can also direct customers to an available teller or service representative. It keeps customer lines move faster. It displays advertisement and news when not directing customers and is usually used in certain places. Banks, hospitals, and airports are examples of places that use this signage.
The interactive display has a touch-screen. The touch-screen allows people to browse through various information. People can order a product or service that’s shown on the interactive display. A product can be customized and purchased. The interactive display also allows people to take a photo and share it on a social network site.
The transportation display is typically used by buses. It shows the next destination of the bus and the schedule of the next bus that will arrive. It can be displayed outside or inside the bus.
The indoor display provides notices, messages, and a list of services for customers. It prevents customers from being informed one by one.
Campus Digital Signage:
The campus digital signage uses a media player and a LCD monitor that’s protected from theft and vandalism. The LCD is linked to a network to display information. It allows school administrators to relay messages to teachers and students.
The kind of message depends on which school area that the signage will be placed at. The signage shows campus announcements when placed near the student service office. When placed near the school gym, it displays the instructions on how to sign-up for a team and the results for tournaments. The signage also displays nutritional information when placed near the school cafeteria.
The identification display is typically used in hospitals. It shows the patient’s personal information by scanning the bar code. The bar code is located on the patient’s identification bracelet. The identification display also shows the patient’s scheduled surgery.
The static display continually displays a series of posters by using a media player. The posters are shown in a sequence that’s determined by a playlist. One poster will only be displayed if the static display isn’t linked to a media player.
The navigation display directs customers to certain areas in a large physical structure. It also directs visitors to hospital wards where patients are confined at. The display also allows the staff to focus on their tasks instead of escorting customers or visitors.
The digital poster uses a USB and a built-in media player to display information for the public. The media player recognizes a memory card so that certain information can be displayed. The digital poster can only be updated if a USB is attached to a built-in media player.
No matter what kind of digital signage that you’ll use, you will still save more money that may be spent on paper and ink.