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London digital signage.
London digital signage is not a new phenomenon, yet it is not as popular as most countries. This is why you will find digital signage in hotels located in EC1 London as the owners are rather entrepreneurial and understand they have to be at the forefront of technology.
London digital signage found at hotels in EC1 London.
The hotels in EC1 London are a major route for tourists, as these hotels are in a prime location for tourists to get to most of the attractions within London. Many of the hotels have individual wall mounted digital signs that display what the hotel offers, from their restaurant, bar to their health club and even ticketing services for the tourist attractions.
In the reception area you will more than often find an interactive, floor mounted display that guests can use to see the location of attractions close by, (within walking distance). They can then check on attractions further across London and find the best Tube route avoiding any service disruptions, as the hardware used for London digital signage is connected to the Transport For London network, so any delays in service are reported in real time, so guests know almost immediately of any issues in their journey.
Some hotels in other locations are looking at investing in digital signage, especially when they learn of the hotels in EC1 London digital signage success.
Benefits to the hotels guests.
When a hotel guests needs information for a local attraction, the hotels staff ends up spending time repeating the same information or instructions. Now using digital signage the same information can be found on these displays for guests to use as they wish.
The hotel guests can check the digital signage transport system to see that no delays will stop their site seeing expedition, or their connection to the homeward flight! They can see instantly what locations are in walking distance and how much they cost.
They can see what attractions they can fit into their itinerary whilst visiting London, all resulting a better guest experience, this in turn gets more recommendations from happier guests and boosts the hotels brand awareness and customer loyalty.
Benefits (profits) for the hotels!
As you can imagine, the hotel has to invest in this hardware and the return has to be significant in most cases, for the project to go ahead. Now these entrepreneurial hotel owners have seen a rise in ticket sales for theater shows, tourist attractions and river cruises by 23% that the hotel offers.
The hotel also advertises the other services such as the bar and restaurant and can even offer English afternoon teas at a premium, perfect for visiting tourists! The hotels can partner up to third party companies offering other exclusive promotions to market to the hotel guests, again resulting in more profit for the hotel.
Just because it is in London digital signage does not have to be expensive, so the best thing is to select a partner who is experienced in this sector.
London digital signage does not have to be limited just to hotels in EC1 London.
So what is projector mapping?
Projector mapping is the use of projectors to cover an item with a projected image, this can be anything from a building to a vehicle. Let us look at projector mapping in more detail.
History of projector mapping.
In 1969 Disney used video projection on to a building (The Haunted Mansion), this depicted heads on the building, so you can see this technology is not new. The earliest record of projector mapping being used in an academic environment is in 1990 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the project was called ‘Office of the Future’.
- Examples of video mapping are:
2008 Fete des Lumieres Lyon France
- 2012 Queen Elizabeth’s Jubilee projected onto Buckingham Palace England
2013 Sydney Opera House for the Vivid Projection show
Who uses video mapping?
Many corporate bodies such as BMW and Volvo have successfully used video mapping, along to the other end of the spectrum of DJ’s who use the same technology to synchronize projected images with the tunes they play.
Bars/restaurants and nightclubs use this type of external advertising, using their building structure to be the backdrop, promoting their specials of the day or upcoming events, such as a guest DJ in a nightclub.
Casinos also use this type of advertising to get punters into the building and can have a rather fast return on investment.
Successful advertising with video mapping.
Last year at the Stockholm motor show, Volvo launched their new XC90 model with projector mapping, this featured the vehicle being rotated 360 degrees. The video was matched with the features of the new vehicle, more like an x-ray of the SUV, using in excess of 16 projectors and numerous media players the project was a success, a little challenging as the imagery had to be synchronized with the rotating vehicle.
Outdoor projector mapping.
Australian, England, France and the USA have all used outdoor projector mapping, et the challenges here is installing projectors that are expensive in an outdoor environment, when they are designed for indoor use. This is when projector housings are required and gives the same security and protection to the electronics as if it was in an indoor environment. Usually made from steel with an outdoor grade coating, they also have to be fitted with sophisticated heating and cooling systems, some even demand air conditioning units depending on the location.
The next challenge for the installers is the security, as if you are responsible for installing projectors that are $20,000 each, you do not want to have to replace them because they have been stolen, so you need a solution that has high security locks. Any unit with compression or cam locks will be opened with items discovered in an elementary school child’s pencil case, so look for a solution that’s fitted with high security locks, also ask the supplier what their policy is if the locks are breached. Some will have a replacement cover and will replace any stolen hardware with the same item, others will tell you they are fitted with high security locks but in truth are not and have no policy when the locks are opened by unauthorized personnel.
Now you know what projector mapping is!
Understanding LCD enclosures.
LCD enclosures are a common unit in digital signage, however this has grown quickly with some companies jumping on the band wagon and providing inferior solutions that are also cheaper, so let’s look at the LCD enclosures we tested over the past 6 months.
Plastic LCD enclosures.
These as you can imagine are cheaper than a fully welded solution, so much so many people have purchased them from one manufacturer but the problem is they are sold as secure units, yet they are not! They are locked with cam lever locks, that if you get an intruder in your back yard all they need is a 1/8” drill bit and an electric drill, but these locks can be popped with a simple ruler, concerning when you have invested in a high end TV display for your backyard. The same company is now offering a commercial solution made from steel after 3 years – we guess they got the message that their standard solution is not acceptable as a digital signage enclosure as they have previously advertised them!
Steel LCD enclosures.
These are offered by 3 company’s, 1 of which is the originator of the outdoor LCD enclosure and that is www.lcdtvenclosure.com they have in excess of 23 years’ experience making outdoor protective enclosures with the other 2 companies previously wanting to purchase their knowledge and experience in a buyout, yet they refused and went their separate ways.
Once a steel enclosure is welded and powder coated, it provides a waterproof environment for the displays, this is why they are the choice of the professional digital signage integrators when using them at transformational hubs and any outdoor location that could be classed as high risk.
Cons of plastic LCD enclosures.
• They do not have any thermostatic cooling or heating system, due to the material they are constructed from – they will melt if a heater is installed!
• Locks are not secure – would you install $800 of TV to have it stolen due to poor security locks? hey class them as secure…how can a plastic housing be secure, all someone needs is a blow torch to cut the front off the housing and steal the TV, not only that, they can just drill the rivets out with an electrical drill with the same result.
• They have no real condensation control, so over a short period of time the display will fail as the internal circuits corrode. They do provide a silica pouch that when it’s saturated with moisture within the enclosure, the manufacturer tells you to dry them out in the oven for 3 hours or more…
• By the time you add an efficient cooling and heating solution and a TV mount you are at the price point of a fully equipped LCD enclosure made from steel!
• Limitations on installation locations – can not be deployed in locations that frequently get sunshine – cannot see the display!
Pros of plastic LCD enclosures.
They are cheaper than a steel solution without any other items, such as an internal TV mount, cooling and don’t even think about heating!!!!! T hat’s all we can say!
Cons of steel LCD enclosures.
• They are more expensive on the first look than a plastic housing, yet if you are spending time planning and installing an outdoor digital sign or a back yard TV, surely you want the best protection for the display? Or will you put any cheap protection out there; it is the equivalent of having a celebrity with a 93 year old body guard.
• That is where the comparison ends.
Pros of steel LCD enclosures.
• They are more secure – no plastic solution compares to welded steel.
• Thermostatic heating and cooling systems (some charge extras for these – some provide them as standard knowing they are needed!) Eliminating condensation within the housing.
• More secure, the best solutions have high security locks (just ask the vendor)
• They tend to have a longer warranty
• Can be branded with vinyl decals and custom paint
• Concealed hinges are usually used to prevent unauthorized access
• The viewing window can be coated with anti-reflective coating, enabling the display to be seen even in bright sunlight.
Conclusion on LCD enclosures.
If you want a cheap solution for the odd outdoor use and are not really concerned about having to replace the display due to either failure or theft go for the plastic LCD enclosures, otherwise if you want to protect your investment either in outdoor digital signage or in your own backyard you really need to consider steel LCD enclosures.
Digital Signage Hire.
Reaching the audience at an exhibition, has taken a different direction from the standard and traditional method of advertising, to draw people towards your stand. But rather than buying the screen and media player – why not save money and rent the unit?
This has evolved into becoming one of the most popular forms of public broadcasting. This format of digital media has a vast range of deployment and collaborated results has proven its track record, so far…
Places where digital displays are used for exhibitions;
- Corporate events
- Commodity launches
- Staff and public events – parties, award ceremonies and social gatherings
- Exhibitions and promotion stands
- Wedding and ceremonies
Temporary Digital Signage Hire.
Often venues do not have access to digital signage displays, so digital signage hire is the most affordable option. ‘Pop-up’ venues will also benefit from renting digital signage, rather than buying the kit. Installation and removal by an audio-visual technician will provide reassuring accessibility, which is usually included in the rental agreement. Short term loan or rental covers most of the above list, so the best option will keep costs down, whilst giving your company or celebration a high end tone. And don’t forget, all digital signage rentals include expert advice, technical know-how and years of experience. Sometimes applications just need to use electronic advertising screens for the short term, so rental is ideal. The simplicity of the installation means there is no complicated connectivity; one power socket is all that is required and a USB can be pre-loaded and inserted into the media player for immediate content display. There are no messy cables and the unit is self contained and therefore secure against vandalism and theft.
There are various styles available for renting;
- Kiosk or totem displays, which are floor standing
- Wall mounted or ceiling hung screens – hung from a bracket
- Any size from 40” to 55” covers most applications
- Video walls – tiled screens create a seamless picture
- Free standing posters, with incorporated literature stand
As technology progresses, the quality and clarity of the image is phenomenal, with extraordinary brightness and colour range, making any advertisement or promotion outstanding – and all without the cost of a substantial investment of purchasing the digital signage equipment.
So where ever you want it, when ever you want it and for as long as you want it, let a digital signage hire solution be the face of your exhibition.
Indoor Dynamic Advertising.
Indoor dynamic advertising has been seen as the new marketing medium for any size business, using commercial displays to promote the company’s product and/or service.
What is indoor dynamic advertising?
This can be started out as a single display that is connected to a storage device that stores the advertising media locally; these are often referred to as advertising media player. Once an advertising campaign has proven itself, this can then be scaled out across the company in locations all over a city, country or even the world but still controlled from one central location.
Dynamic advertising is so called because it uses dynamic content to engage with the prospects who are viewing the adverts. The industry is called OOH which stands for Out-Of-Home advertising and is basically any adverts we encounter that are not in the home environment. So this could be at the airport, a shopping mall, a restaurant or even your favorite clothing designer store.
Comparisons on other advertising opportunities.
The main advantage with indoor dynamic advertising is that the content can be updated in seconds, if stock is sold out, with another offer. The ads can be edited if an error is found, now compare this with print. Once it has had a proof reading and approved any errors are your challenge to overcome, this can cost thousands of dollars in reprinting costs. The printers turnaround time may also be an issue, but not with dynamic advertising.
Types of dynamic advertising.
There are two widely different types, indoor dynamic advertising and outdoor, the indoor hardware would not survive in an outdoor application, however the outdoor hardware would survive indoors but would not look as aesthetically pleasing as an indoor solution, due to the weatherproof housing the hardware will be clad in.
How is the content created?
The advertising medium is created using software to create a video or images to use as an upgraded slide show, mixed with audio to engage with prospects for a better user experience. Some free software is available online, that is used by many educational and local businesses, just google “free digital signage software”.
Getting the content from the computer to the hardware.
If you are starting off small scale, you will no doubt be using a USB media player, so you can use a pen drive and copy the dynamic advertising content to the pen drive then insert the drive into the hardware’s USB port and the screen will then instruct you on how to update the advertising media. Once the pen drive is removed, the hardware reboots with the new dynamic advertising media being displayed on the screens.
Things to watch out for.
Try not to mix formats such as landscape images with portrait images, if the screen is in landscape stick to landscape images, otherwise use portrait. Sounds simple, but too many times have we seen mixed ads that do nothing to compliment the brand or service advertised.
We hope this topic of indoor dynamic advertising was of interest. Until our next review.
Dynascan Sunlight Bright Displays
Dynascan are a manufacturer of sunbright displays used for outdoor advertising purposes in direct sunlight. The main advantage of a high bright screen is that brands such as Dynascan offer screens that have a brightness up to 7,000 nits, this is over 20 times brighter.
Dynascan sunlight bright display warranty.
These superb high end screens are used for impressing the brand awareness and are known in the OOH (Out-Of-Home) advertising industry for reliability as well as a warranty second to none, known as the only real solution for premium public displays and this is something the advertisers understand too – what’s the point in spending thousands of advertising dollars if the screen or display can’t be seen due to the direct sunlight. Dynascan sunlight bright displays warranty are the best in the industry to match the build quality of their premium public displays.
The screens are available in the following range of sizes from:
- 32” with brightness of 2,500 nits
- 47” with brightness of 3,000 nits
- 55” with brightness of 7,000 nits
- And finally 84” at 2,500 nits.
Technology in Dynascan sunlight bright displays.
The technology that has been invested in to this brand is amazing, the panels themselves are high temperature panels meaning that they are more than capable of withstanding temperatures of 230F without blackening – essential for outdoor advertising is direct sunlight.
Standard screens can either start to melt and the crystals in the screen start to fail causing blackening of the screen or display, this is called isotropic failure. You do not experience this with Dynascan sunlight bright displays.
Now imagine what an advertiser would say if they had paid for advertising to discover the ads could not be seen due to poor image quality or blackening of the screen? After speaking to 2 main brands who activity specify Dynascan sunlight bright displays, they advised if the solution failed they would be looking to the contractor for some kind of recourse and in this day and age – that sounds like a legal claim! Having used these premium public displays from Dynascan no issues have ever been encountered.
Uses of high bright displays.
Mainly outdoors and in direct sunlight, this is when the Dynascan sunlight bright screens come into their own, or bright indoor applications. A QSR (Quick Serve Restaurant) may have a drive thru menu in a less than ideal situation, over a short time the screen blackens and needs replacing as customers cannot see the menu to order from. Replace the display with a Dynscan product and the images and descriptions are crystal clear. More information can be found at http://www.dynascanusa.com/
If you are installing outdoor digital signage in direct sunlight, a good choice would be Dynascan sunlight bright displays.
Year round outdoor projector enclosures.
Electronics outdoors do not mix, this is why outdoor projector enclosures are becoming the norm when a projector is being deployed out in the open.
What protection does a projector enclosure offer?
These environmental enclosures provide a safe, secure environment for the projector and media player/small factor computer (that stores the advertising media). There are only a few manufacturers who offer such product and the prices vary widely as these are new products so sometimes they do command a premium! With one manufacturer offering a solution at $17,850, this is for the high end 4K digital projectors, but there are most affordable solutions out there.
The weather for any electronic item is a challenge, too much heat and the circuit boards overheat, too cold and condensation builds up, resulting in corroded circuit boards and this is what happens when inexperienced companies jump in and try to compete!
Then you have to look at the vandal/theft aspect as you are going to be leaving a high price tag item in an open area. Without security the projector will be stolen for sure, the best thing here, is to stay clear of any units that are locked with cam locks and/or compression locks, you can open these with a screwdriver with little effort. One manufacturer of outdoor projector enclosures, has over 23 years manufacturing experience, making outdoor housings, provides a solution that is secured with high security locks.
When are projector housings used?
After speaking to a group of audio visual engineers, the use of these protective projector cases is increasing fast, due to the development with projector technology and new models becoming outdated quickly resulting in a price drop. One engineer told us, “that 6 years ago, you saw everyone putting a flat panel TV outdoors, now it seems everyone is looking at projectors – the reason is clear you can use the side of your house as the viewing area rather than crowded round a flat panel TV.”
Now projectors are being installed in outdoor home cinemas and even outside bars and nightclubs with the owners using the building as a giant advert! The ads can be edited in seconds and new offers, events and guest DJ’s can be featured in the projector mapping.
Check list for outdoor projector enclosures.
Always check for the following, if the manufacture does not have a full set of ticks, think again if you use them! This could cost you the price of the projector!
- Does the steel housing have air filtration on the air inlets?
- Does the unit have thermostatic heating?
- Does the projector enclosure have thermostatic cooling?
- Is the viewing window vandal proof?
- Are high security locks fitted to the environmental enclosure?
- Are the outdoor projector enclosures earth bonded?
This is a basic check list, if there is no air filtration (ask what is fitted), bugs and insects can enter the housing and climb into the projector.
If the protective enclosure does not have a thermostatic cooling and heating system, the projector will last a very short time. The thermostats allow the engineer to set the temperature per location for local weather and can be controlled remotely on some products.
If the viewing window can be vandalized or the door forced open due to inferior locks, the projector is most likely to be stolen with costly un-necessary replacement costs.
We hope you found this article on outdoor projector enclosures informative and get planning your garden for the summer.
Electronic advertising means successful marketing.
Most companies have jumped in with electronic advertising, this can be either indoor or outdoor, wall or floor standing and these companies are seeing the benefit of their efforts.
What is electronic advertising?
Simply put, this form of advertising is using a display of some type with a storage device to play the adverts. The storage device can be something as low cost as the $60 Raspberry Pi, this can then be connected to the internet for remote updates of the advertising medium.
A good resource is here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_signage
Why companies use electronic advertising.
The content is current; it can be edited in seconds and display a new ad in a matter of 5 seconds, making this kind of advertising very flexible. If a product goes out of stock, you can change the offer to another overstocked item, if you want to sell something on topic you can integrate a news feed into the ads and associate products with the news updates.
What makes this unique is how organizations use the same hardware to get a different solution and maybe an improved advertising response.
Challenges between indoor and outdoor hardware.
For some reason, people who are new to electronic advertising have a thought that they can deploy a regular TV outdoors, the challenge they have is that the display will not work very well. And here are the reasons why:
- Home TV designed to work 6 hours per day.
- Can only be used in the horizontal position.
- The brightness of the screen will not be seen outdoors.
Solutions to the challenges.
For an outdoor solution, irrelevant if the display will be portrait or landscape, if the brightness is not there, you are dead wasting your time.
If the screen is in direct sunlight, you need something like a sunlight bright screen with a brightness of 2,500 cd/m2 (also called nits). This enables the viewer to see the ads in direct sunlight. Using a regular display will just cook the display and the crystals that make up the LCD will die leaving a large black part on the screen.
Commercial grade display.
If the display is not going outdoors, it still needs to be a commercial display, designed to work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for years (usually 5 years) now compare this to a home TV, you get a 12 month guarantee on – so it is not the same.
A commercial grade display can be mounted in portrait and works perfectly, yet a home TV cannot rotate the picture – could you image trying to view the ball game in portrait – nightmare!!
For more data on electronic advertising and solutions, keep an eye out for the coming posts, you will be amazed at the solutions used.
Transportation digital signage.
How to reach over 30 million customers a week, using innovative transportation digital signage.
From buses, coaches, freight wagons, taxis and every mode of transport in between, both inside the vehicle and outside, is a canvas for digital advertising. Advertising means profit!
Planning a targeted route is a frugal option, however it depends on what product or service is being advertised; the campaign may reach potential customers outside of a geographical area. A brand of jeans will be appropriate for a nationwide campaign, however a local clothes store would benefit from a local route, so as to concentrate the advertisement in a condensed location.
Transport media is a cost effective method of getting your message across to buyers; we’ve all seen paper posters adorning the sides of coaches and buses, particularly in city centers. This is the next step…
Reach millions with transportation digital signage.
Millions of people live very close to a main route; school run, work, grocery shopping, leisure activities, which brings them in close contact with other modes of transportation. Depending on which US state, will depend on the law of mobile advertising, which some laws forbid due to distraction, but there are many which encourage animated signage. It eliminates the need for roadside advertising – billboards can be a scruffy eyesore on our landscape, whereas transportation digital screens display clear, bright and enlightening advertising messages.
The digital screens are specifically designed to withstand a certain amount of damage and are protected by a metal case with a viewing window. This also means they are virtually theft proof; only the holder of the key has access to the monitor. The electrics for power and heating/cooling fans are fed from the vehicle and the contents (advertisements) can be uploaded via a USB or over the internet. Digital advertising cuts down on man power, downtime and replacement costs, as the units can be accessed remotely. There are many formats available, so deciding how to display your advertisement is a challenge, but the aim is to communicate with your demographic audience, making sure your campaign is being driven down the right road.
Both national transportation companies and independent ones have the ability to provide a method of transportation digital signage, so deciding whether the campaign should be on the side or rear of a bus, on top of a taxi – aka Taxi Top Advertising, or curtain sided fright wagon, with a flexible LED panel, will depend upon the distance you want your product to travel; the carbon foot print is reduced, because the vehicle is traveling anyway, so utilizing and harnessing this energy is an environmentally respectable form of advertising.
Whereas, traditionally, one paper poster advertisement was displayed at anyone time, digital media on the road means the cost is shared between the advertisers, making it very cost-effective. An average of 48 seconds has revealed to be the most absorbing time for drivers, passengers or people on foot to register an advertisement and become familiar with it: which influences buying decisions. Advertising has always shown to be a great way of ‘return on investment'; speculate to accumulate.