More healthcare facilities are implementing hospital digital signage for marketing, information and communications than ever before. Streamlined communication with visitors, patients and employees saves time, money and frustration for hospital marketing teams and human resources departments.
There are many places to hang hospital signage, and with digital signage you can create attractive, informative displays with less clutter.
1. Hallways and Waiting Rooms – This is the best place to reach a broad crowd with upcoming events that are open to the public, honors earned by hospital staff members and departments, healthy living advice, and even weather forecasts and road conditions.
2. Cafeterias – Post menu boards in several locations in the cafeteria and maybe even just outside its door makes it easy for those browsing the menu to for customers to stand away from the serving line while they are still pondering what they crave.
3. Patient Rooms – Create a channel for patients to access on the television set that is already in patient rooms. It can display daily or weekly meal choices, special entertainment or opportunities for patients and their families, weather forecasts, and information about what patients can do to make their stay more enjoyable.
4. Donor Recognition Walls – Digital donor displays are a great way to create a fluid, easily updated and attractive list of donors, tell donor stories and recognize the work and dedication that has gone into capital campaigns, ongoing donations and specific projects. They can stand alone, or be part of a larger, more artistic donor recognition display.
5. Lobbies, Elevators and Stairways – Digital wayfinding can be interactive or static. It is easily updated when directions change, doctors or departments move, or building additions are built.
6. Breakrooms – Keep employees updated on upcoming event, policy changes, continuing education opportunities and hospital recognitions. Post birthdays and work anniversaries, and even the employee of the month.
7. History Displays and Hospital Museums – Older hospitals have a rich history in providing care for their communities. Share the history in an interactive display, or a slideshow of building projects, doctors who have served and made a difference, and breakthroughs that were made because of your staff through the years.
8. Healthcare Clinics and Pharmacies – Hospitals often have community clinics and acute care facilities for walkin patients and preventative care. Share upcoming health classes, wellness tips and staff information with patients as they wait.
Digital Signage Becoming Mainstream Hospital Communication
Digital signage will soon be mainstream in hospitals of all sizes, but when you are planning implementation consider rolling it out in phases. Learn how it works, what you can do with it and how you can get the most out of it. Then add more display channels or devices as the budget and staff availability to manage more displays allows.
Your hospital may not have use for digital signage in all of these places described, but more and more hospitals are implementing digital signage for 3 to 4 of these uses. Digital signage is not just for huge hospitals anymore. Arreya Digital Signage Suite has made it easy and affordable for even the smallest hospitals to have professional looking displays.
AOpen’s new Chrome OS based Chromebox Mini and Chromebase Mini have a lot to offer for the digital signage and kiosk industry. These two products are AOpen’s first commercial Chrome devices targeted to a lower cost market. From a user standpoint, here are some thoughts, specifications, and how we plan on utilizing these two new devices released in 2017.
AOpen Chromebase Mini
AOpen’s latest addition to their Commercial Chromebase line of products, features a great looking 10.1” touch screen. The very first thing we noticed about this device was the weight, at 2.7 lbs this is not a tablet! The Chromebase mini is built for a commercial environment, an all metal enclosure makes it an admirable alternative to a cheap tablet for a high traffic, high use environment. Another feature differencing the Chromebase mini from a cheap tablet is the lack of an accessible power button to limit tampering with the device. We see this device being used for retail end-cap displays, conference room displays, calendar/scheduling displays, wayfinding, and many more use cases.
The touch screen features 1280x800 resolution and supports up to 10 point multi touch. Overall the screen looks great and is a big win for this device. The Chromebase Mini shares most hardware specs with the Chromebox Mini and has similar processing power. Standard VESA mounting patterns on the back of the device make finding a mounting solution extremely easy. The HDMI output on the device is great to see for multiple monitor displays. The MSRP of this device is $349 USD, and its ruggedness makes it perfect for commercial use, or affordable enough for consumer use.
- Build quality, durability
- Touch screen
- Non-standard 1280x800 screen resolution
- Accessing the I/O ports can be cumbersome
- Panel: 10.1” 1280 x 800 250nits AHVA
- Touch: 10 point multi-touch; pinch to zoom
- CPU: Quad-Core Cortex-A17, up to 1.8GHz
- DRAM: LPDDR3 Dual Channel 4GB
- Storage: EMMC 5.0 16GB
- FHD Webcam (2MP)
- Built-in Dual Digital MIC and Stereo Speaker
- WIFI+ BT4.0: 802.11 b/g/n/ac + BT4.0 x 1
AOpen Chromebox Mini
AOpen’s latest offering in their line of commercial grade Chromeboxes, is the aptly named Chromebox Mini. Just under 6 inches on its longest side and under 1 inch thick, the device undoubtedly has one of the best form factors we have seen in a Chromebox. The Chromebox Mini comes with WiFi antennas which can be rotated to your desired angle, this inherently increases the footprint of the device but in tight environments, the built in ethernet connection can be used instead. The processing power of the Chromebox mini seems to be on par with similarly priced devices, although hardware specs are noticeably cut down from the rest of AOpen’s commercial Chromeboxes. Built in video output is limited to just one HDMI port. The Chromebox Mini also has a connection for a external power switch in the situation where the power button won’t be easily accessible.
The Chromebox Mini’s form factor and other features make it a great choice for someone looking for a powerful box for a traditional screen/player combo. The form factor of the device makes it easy to mount in existing enclosures and new installations. The MSRP of $189 USD makes it an attractive option for lots of digital signage customers.
- Great form factor, easy mounting capability
- Price: Just $189.00 USD MSRP
- External power switch connector
- No mounting tabs or brackets out of box
- Limited to 1 video output
- Fanless/non venting hole design
- CPU:Quad-Core Cortex-A17, up to 1.8GHz
- DRAM: LPDDR3 Dual Channel 4GB
- Storage: EMMC 5.0 16GB
- WIFI+ BT4.0: 802.11 b/g/n/ac + BT4.0 x 1
- Dimensions: 5.75 x 3.8 x 0.94 in
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Signage Success Guide
One Size Doesn’t Fit All
There is no one size fits all answer when it comes to multiple screen signage displays. If you’re starting from scratch with brand new screens, you can make your digital signage management a seamless process by purchasing the right equipment and hardware.
When it comes to multiple screen displays, there are several scenarios to consider when you are implementing digital signage.
A Complete Plan for Success
Arreya software is an easy fit for multiple display projects. It can be sized to fit any configuration all within 1 channel. Where multi-screen installations go wrong is with the hardware. To implement a multi-screen digital display, thoroughly thought out hardware should be planned prior to purchase. problems arise when screens have been purchased and installed without prior thought to configuration, orientation, interactivity or even dynamic content.
Not all hardware is created equal when it comes to multiple screen displays. While sometimes it’s as easy as purchasing an extra piece of hardware, others can take hours or weeks of troubleshooting only to come up with imperfect results.
Once you know what capabilities your screens will need and how many will be in the display, you can test Arreya software with a free 30 day trial. Arreya offers you the capability to span as many screens as you need, as long as the screens can be set in a configuration that allows them to share data.
Shop for hardware that fits all your needed criteria. Buy and test all hardware prior to installation. Since Arreya is agnostic, it works with most hardware. As a Chrome Partner, Arreya recommends Chrome devices because they provide easy integration for most displays, even if you’re seeking touchscreen capabilities.
The Latest and Greatest
If you are starting from scratch with digital signage, Arreya is a great fit. Our technical support team can assist you in finding the best hardware for the exact scenario you are hoping to create, and even test it so you know it will work.
- Multi-screen display side by side with portrait positioning
- Multi-screen display side by side with landscape positioning
- Multi-screen stacked on top with landscape positioning
- Multi-screen stacked on top with portrait positioning
- Five or more screens tiled on one wall
- Double Screens with the bottom tablet being a touchscreen that controls the larger screen
Any of these scenarios can become complex if you don’t research the capabilities of the screens that you are buying before you make the purchase. A commercial grade TV screen or computer monitor will more likely provide options to sync up the display with ease, but make sure the ones you buy are meant for 24/7 commercial installations.
Displays not functioning correctly or completely dark can affect your sales or visitor experience. Time is money – especially when you are paying a company for tech support or trouble shooting. Purchasing the wrong hardware for your digital signage display may result in adding extra hardware that costs extra money, and may cause more technical problems.
Well planned multi-screen displays can save money, time and the end result will be an amazing dynamic experience for your audience.
At Arreya, we are happy to help you find the best digital signage hardware for the display you are planning, even if you choose to shop prices for the hardware and purchase it from a different supplier. In the end, we want you to have the best possible experience with our software.
If you have hardware already, and want to use Arreya Digital Signage Software, our technical support team are available to speak with you about possibilities.