We’ve all been there- sitting in the reception of a building and being entertained by a plasma screen on a wall, telling us all about what is going on in the world today. With the increasing number of new build schools, this business approach to digital signage has led to companies selling their shiny screens to education.
In our Authority we have several different companies providing signage products over the past 5 or so years, but I’ve often found them to be clunky to use and unsustainable. I’ve also questioned the scalability of such products, with schools being quoted frankly hideous amounts of money to display the work of the school.
And then we discovered Xibo: http://xibo.org.uk/
Xibo is an Open Source Project for Digital Signage, offering all the capabilities of commercial signage, but with the added bonus of scalability and affordability. The management software can run on existing servers and the client software runs on fairly low end hardware (we use old PCs that were destined for the bin!).
In terms of set-up, the management software is far superior to any of the other products I have used, with schools now updating their signage on a daily basis, keeping a fresh look to their displays. We even have school dining halls and staff rooms running targetted displays with key messages for the week.
Over the next few weeks I will post some more on this topic, as well as some pictures, as we now have some additional systems feeding into the displays.