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Four Great Ways Universities Can Incorporate Digital Signage

by SUMMIT on April 7th, 2015

Four Great Ways Universities Can Incorporate Digital Signage

Colleges and universities are rapidly embracing technology in a variety of forms. Digital signage is one of the most popular technologies fast gaining ground in the field of education. Communicating through a digital medium ensures that the information spreads faster and gains maximum visibility. This is one of the biggest reasons why colleges and universities are investing in digital signage tools. Enhancing on-campus communication significantly improves the quality of education, security, and the overall campus experience for students and faculty.

Let’s take a look at most impressive ways in which universities can use this tool in improving in-campus communication.

Promoting Events

University campuses are a small community in themselves and the best way to promote an event is automating it. With digital signage, events can be promoted in a way that garners maximum attention. Event information can be updated in the system from the central control, displaying these changes across all the boards. It can also be linked with social media streams. Computers at secure data locations serve as media players to the signage.

Campus Directions

It’s pretty easy to get lost trying to find particular locations on campus. Digital signage can help eliminate this problem. By using signage boards, you can easily display a campus map with directions to specific locations, along with weather forecasts, or campus schedules. Google Maps can be integrated with the signage, bringing attention to certain points of interest near the campus. This can be pretty useful for the visitors to the campus. Using on-screen QR codes, this information can also be transferred to the mobile device.

Emergencies Alert System

There is no parallel to a great digital signage system when it comes to alerting students, teachers, staff and visitors in case of any emergency. The messages can be updated in the central control system and displayed across the campus. In some instances, digital signage can be linked to students’ mobile devices to communicate urgent messages. The signage should be placed at strategic positions so that they are easily visible. According to official figures, the West Virginia University has 120 signs (West Virginia University Information Stations) to display emergency alerts.

Provide Real Time Media

Advanced digital signage systems can be integrated with social media or browsers to provide real time media updates to users. These are controlled and created by media players that consist of small computers and servers. The signage is automatically updated on a timely basis to offer information about important news and weather updates.

Digital signage is widely adopted by a number of universities, colleges, and other educational institutions. The benefits that digital signage delivers when it comes to ensuring effective campus-wide communication make them a preferred higher education tech investment.

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