Iowa Methodist Creates Digital Donor Tribute

Iowa Methodist Creates Digital Donor Tribute

Iowa Methodist Uses Arreya to Celebrate the Gift of Life 

Transplant center uses Arreya Digital Signage Suite to tell donor legacy stories for all to see. Telling the story of both living and deceased donors in a easy to update digital display.

 

The Challenge: Telling the Stories of Donors

UnityPoint – Iowa Methodist Hospital was looking for a way to celebrate the lives of organ, eye and tissue donors.

They had been hanging poster boards with photos and stories, but those just got tattered on the walls and had to be recreated.

Keeping track of all of the information on hardcopies became cumbersome as more and more people saved lives through the donor program at UnityPoint – Iowa Methodist.

They wanted an attractive display that could be easily updated by staff members, and was interactive enough to draw people’s attention.

Solution:

Creating a Digital Work of Art

Other UnityPoint hospitals that Iowa Methodist is a part of had are using Arreya Digital Signage Suite, and thought it would work well for the project at Iowa Methodist.

According to Cristina Nelson, Marketing and Public Relations for the hospital, there were no other digital signage companies considered, because of the ease-of-use that marketing departments from other hospitals had experienced. Cristina had never done graphics or layout and design, aside from the occasional Microsoft Word project. Within the Arreya Creative Studio, she created a beautiful interactive donor recognition display that tells the stories of those who have left a legacy by saving others.

The Arreya digital signage display is surrounded by a physical donor wall designed and fabricated by a third party.

“We are very happy with the [Arreya] system. It has been easy to update and create attractive displays.”

Cristina Nelson

Marketing and PR, UnityPoint - Iowa Methodist Hospital

Digital Signage:

A Easy Software – Great Service

Cristina said that once she got into the program and worked in it, the platform was very easy to use. Being new at design programs, she did require some extra help getting started, and said “the customer service was beyond great.”

In the beginning, she and some team members had a tutorial session and it was a little overwhelming. After a second one-on-one session screensharing with Arreya tech, Josh Steinke, she was feeling more confident. Cristina feels that she would have been better prepared for the training session if she would have taken advantage of the FREE 30-day trial.

“Josh was my Godsend. Every time I had a question or had a problem, he would walk me through it, or just make a change that fixed it.” She loaded 60-70 donor story pages into Arreya, and then the board decided they should have a back button at the last minute. Josh helped her get it done in time.

 

At-a-glance

Arreya was implemented in the Iowa Methodist Hospital located in downtown Des Moines, IA on a 42-acre campus. The hospital employs nearly 4,000 people and has 370 staffed beds. Among its services is a state-of-the-art kidney donation and transplant program.

UnityPoint – Iowa Methodist Hospital, located in downtown Des Moines, Iowa was looking for a better way to share donor stories from their transplant program.  By implementing Arreya Digital Signage Suite, they are able to remotely deploy and update donor stories directly to their 55” monitor. The hospital’s marketing and public relations professional, Cristina Nelson, used Arreya’s built in editor to create all the content on-time to meet their hard deadline for unveiling the transformation display.

 

 

Advice from the User

Use the FREE 30 Day Subscription and do the tutorials before your display has a deadline. Find out what the software can do, and how to do it. “Once you get familiar with it, using Arreya is really easy.” Cristina Nelson, UnityPoint Healthcare marketing department.

 

If you have questions about Arreya, contact us at 319-294-6671, or sign up for a FREE 30 Day Subscription and try it out.

Partnership Creates Eco-system for Easy Digital Signage

Partnership Creates Eco-system for Easy Digital Signage

Software, Hardware and CDM Help Make Beautiful Displays Without Frustration.

An intuitive creative suite, remote access to every device, and devices that will withstand commercial usage are just a few benefits of the partnership between Arreya Digital Signage Suite, AOPEN and Google. Understanding all of the elements of the digital signage ecosystem is the first step in deploying a system that is easy to use and meets the needs of your business or organization.

What is Arreya?

This cloud-based digital signage software was created with user experience in mind, from content management to deployment on devices. From video live streams to simple slideshows, and even calendar content from other sources. Page as a slideshow allows you to create a more dynamic display right inside of the creative editor.

  • Create and manage content in your browser
  • Remotely manage devices from your computer
  • Cloud-based digital signage offers instant updates
  • Interactive displays and noninteractive applications
  • Flexibility in creative editor and use scenarios
  • No contract lock-in
  • No proprietary equipment needed
  • Deploy the same content to hundreds or thousands of screen for one monthly subscription fee
  • Integrations with Google Charts, Google Sheets, Google Slides and More
  • Partnerships with leading companies like Google and AOPEN

Arreya is a complete solution for retail, marketing, employee communications, school signage and digital donor walls.

How Does AOPEN Work with Arreya?

Global technology company that offers general use commercial grade hardware. These are the only commercial grade Chrome OS devices in the world, and are created to be the most stable devices in the industry. They will withstand 24/7 usage, temperature changes to 140 degrees fahrenheit, and multiple users. They are designed for the least downtime possible, and  automatically restart when networks do go down.

AOPEN’s all in one devices are designed to be placed in public places. They have no power button, and when used in Kiosk Mode, they are locked down to only display the content the user wants on them.

  • Rugged and Enterprise-ready
  • Auto Power Resumption
  • Long Range AC Wi-Fi (PCI Security Level) via Dual Antenna and BLE
  • Secure Power Connector
  • Fanless, Solid State: Dual Independent Screen Support
  • Internal Circuit and PSU Protection
  • Anti-Shock and Vibration Protection
  • Selectable Powered RJ50 Ports for Commercial Applications

AOPEN also works with the best kiosk manufacturers in the world to make sure that mounting solutions are available for devices for any use.

How Does Google and CDM Come into Play?

Google Chrome is the inpoint for cloud-based solutions, and is the best, most reliable, flexible and simple to use platform for digital signage.

Chrome is designed to run on very low-end hardware, and Google does not charge manufacturers for Chrome OS, minimizing the cost per device. The simplicity of the design leave very little to go wrong.

With Chrome Device Management (CDM), you can control all of your devices from one easy to use console.

  • Turning devices on and off from anywhere
  • Configuring device policies including network configurations and player settings
  • Monitoring and notifications for key metrics and issues
  • Remote troubleshooting that sends screen grabs and reboot information
  • Works with touchscreen and non-touchscreen applications
  • Choose from public session or kiosk mode

Using Chrome Devices in Kiosk Mode Lowers Total Cost of Ownership. How?

  • 45% Reduction in management hours per device each year
  • 61.1% Lower initial device investment
  • 67.4% More efficient ongoing device management
  • 319% Three year ROI
  • $4,146 Average annual benefit per device per year

By using Arreya in conjunction with AOPEN Devices and Chrome Device Management, you have the complete digital signage package. Arreya has tested many scenarios in house to help streamline the process of creating and deploying digital signage. This reduces the stress and dependance on your IT department, and increases ROI for your company or organization.

Learn more about using these Using Chrome OS and Google Partners for simpler digital signage displays.

Chrome Device Management Now Mandatory for Kiosk Mode

Chrome Device Management Now Mandatory for Kiosk Mode

Chrome Devices Management (CDM) has always made managing digital signage convenient with remote management capabilities, device health notifications, and locking devices into kiosk mode. But now, Google has made it mandatory to have a CDM License in order to lock the device in Kiosk Mode.

What is Kiosk Mode?

On Chrome Devices, kiosk mode keeps your signage secure from passersby changing the web content it being shown. You have probably heard of kiosks run on a Microsoft platform being “hacked,” and suddenly showing porn or other unwanted content. This often happens when the kiosk goes down. When it comes up again, you get an error screen with an address bar that allows anybody to go to any website.

With a Chrome device in Kiosk Mode, the device is locked down for security, not just the display. After the device crashes, it send you a message from your CDM that the device is down. When your device restarts, which you can usually do remotely, your digital signage display comes back up in kiosk mode, with no address bar available for people to type in unwanted URLs.

What is Chrome Device Management?

Google Chrome Device Management is a product from Google that is required in order to run a Chrome application in “Single App Kiosk” mode. Kiosk mode allows a Chrome device to be locked down from tampering and allows it to run a single app at a time, in this case the Arreya client application.

There are currently two options for Chrome Device Management, ENTERPRISE and STAND-ALONE.

CDM for Enterprise

  • For organizations that already use Google Apps or are looking to start a Google Apps account
  • Requires a domain that you can verify you own https://support.google.com/a/answer/60216?hl=en
  • Verification must be completed before we can provide licenses

Stand-alone CDM

  • For organizations that do not use Google Apps or do not wish to start a Google Apps account.
  • No domain is required, you will access the Google Admin console with a provided account and username that end in deviceadmin.goog
  • Registration can be done using the following link: https://devicemanagement.google.com/signup/form?product=Chrome-Kiosk
  • After registering for a Chrome Device Management Trial, your account name, which ends in .deviceadmin.goog, will be used to provide licenses.

 

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Chrome Digital Signage Appeals to the Digital Native Employee

Chrome Digital Signage Appeals to the Digital Native Employee

Strategic Employee Communications

Digital natives have grown up with a small screen in their hand and a big-screen on the wall of almost every room in their house. It only makes sense that digital natives in the workplace will look to the digital signage for employee communications too.

There are many digital ways to get the word out to team members, but if the message is in multiple locations where employees work, take breaks, and walk to and from conference rooms, they are sure to get the message.

With Arreya Digital Signage Suite, you can put the information on office digital signage and at their fingertips with a shareable link. Whether you want to share information with people at your office locations, or those working at home or doing contracting work for your company, it’s easier than ever to keep everyone informed without filling their inbox with unread emails.

Improve Employee Communication Strategies

Create a Customer-Centric Team – Put up testimonials about team members or services that and make your employees proud to work for a company that cares about the work they do. Give employees something to strive for when they are helping customers too.

Acknowledge Good Deeds Internally – A great work environment is about everybody working together. Let managers and employees submit “happy notes” when a team member helps them out or goes above and beyond to resolve an issue.

Post Reminders About Special Events – Don’t let bad communication be the reason your employees miss important meetings, employee appreciation events or training opportunities. Add the information to digital signage that they can check in the office or at home.

Show Production Stats and Sales Goals – Give the whole team something to strive for and let them know when they hit production or sales goals. Call out the employees that had the highest numbers if it applies.

Screen Placement Matters in Employee Communications

Break rooms and company cafeterias are prime real estate for digital signage if you want your employees to take the time to read and discuss. In those places, you have a captive audience, and they will likely be looking at your signage, or down at their phones while they are there. The microwave will take 2 minutes to pop popcorn. That is plenty of time for your employees to read the most important information.

In the cafeteria, your employees will sit in their groups and discuss upcoming training opportunities, job openings that would be a great promotion, or what impacted a good or bad production day.

Each department may have its own information and statistics, so you may want different displays in production than you have in IT or administration areas of your building. All of the displays can reiterate the company wide messaging.

Hallways are a great place to put digital signage for employees to check back on. If your building is large and you frequently hire new people to your team, wayfinding signage is a great resource to add on touchscreens as well.

Digital signage will step up your employee communications, and get the right information to the right people. If you need help with digital signage hardware, and an easy-to-use software platform, contact Arreya today at 319-294-6671.

Electronic Donor Walls

Our clients wanted a way to add large up-dateable donor lists to static donor walls and engage visitors. Digital was the perfect solution and ARREYA Interactive Software was developed with non-profit donor walls in mind. ARREYA can be used for single touchscreen monitors, multiple monitors or video walls. The built in Smart Sizing adapts easily to any size viewing area. This includes phones and tablets, so now a donor wall can travel with everyone.Examples Digital Donor Walls from Arreya

The hardest thing about digital donor walls is formatting the donor lists so they fit the viewable area. ARREYA has an add-on feature, Listeez, that allows for instant population of lists from Excel. Listeez automatically formats your lists into columns, pages, name size; whatever format fits your monitor. Changing out donor lists is quick and simple.  To draw more interest to the wall, marketing has added videos, slideshows and events.

In the case of UnityPoint St. Luke’s Hospital, LED lights were added to the wall for a fun, interactive experience. Controlled by the digital display, visitors can change the colors of the LED lights and they can be programmed for certain events.

Electronic donor walls add interest to static donor walls and hopefully increase donations.

Why Arreya was born…or our Aha Moment

ARREYA digital signage suite was created out a necessity for a powerful software that would allow for easy creation and reliable distribution of interactive digital signage content. Tired of having clients unhappy with unreliable third party systems, in late 2013 ARREYA was born. There is never a better way to understand what is needed than by knowing what doesn’t work and we had a lot of experience with what didn’t work. It was simple to come up with the basic wants.multiple devices powered by Arreya

  • Live Viewing
  • Easy to use Manager/Editor
  • Built In Content Creator
  • Cloud-based
  • Hardware Agnostic
  • Latest Technology

Beyond the monitor on the wall ARREYA can be seen on any newer smart device and updated from anywhere. All HTML5 and living in the Cloud for automatic updates, this digital signage is perfect for interactive communications personalized for your viewer.