Signagelive Platform updated with New Interactive Kiosk Mode for BrightSign Media Players

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LOS GATOS, CA and LITTLE CHESTERFORD, UK – (October 17, 2018) – BrightSign, LLC® and Signagelive jointly announced that Signagelive recently deployed a new interactive kiosk mode feature for all BrightSign Series 3 and Series 4 players, as well as for Bluefin’s BrightSign Built-In solutions. The update – which is being pushed to all Signagelive Administrators this week – stands as further proof of Signagelive’s commitment to continually update, improve and optimise the user experience on the company’s platform.

The update allows users to configure any BrightSign device connected to a single-touch touchscreen to be used as a kiosk. When the BrightSign player is not being interacted with, it will play the scheduled content from Signagelive as a normal Signagelive media player. When a user interacts with the touchscreen, the player will trigger the content that is published to an Interrupt – this can be a web page or Widget. Once the user has stopped interacting with the screen, the player will revert to the scheduled content until the next interaction.

To ensure this solution is suitable for retail kiosk deployments such as in-store product catalogue or ordering solutions, data such as usernames and passwords are cleared between sessions to further protect the security of users’ personal information.

Signagelive began the BrightSign Kiosk Mode update on the 17th of October at 9:00 a.m. BST, with the update completing over a 24-hour period as users’ BrightSign players connected to the Signagelive platform. No user intervention was required during the course of this update, which has been made available to all Signagelive licensees at no charge.

To learn more about Signagelive solutions and to discuss your digital signage requirements, please get in touch with us  For more information about BrightSign’s full portfolio of digital signage hardware and companion software, visit www.brightsign.biz.

About BrightSign

BrightSign LLC, the global market leader in digital signage media players, is headquartered in Los Gatos, California, with offices in Europe and Asia. BrightSign manufactures media players, and provides free software and networking solutions for the commercial digital signage market worldwide, serving all vertical segments of the digital signage marketplace. From entry-level BrightSign LS players to BrightSign XT players offering state-of-the-art technology and unsurpassed performance, BrightSign’s products are known for their signature reliability, affordability, ease-of-use, and market-leading technology. For more information, visit www.brightsign.biz. Follow BrightSign at http://twitter.com/brightsign and http://www.facebook.com/BrightSignLLC.

About Signagelive

Signagelive’s digital signage platform is used globally by over 2,000 organisations to manage their networks. Supplying digital signage software and services to multiple markets including retail, education, and hospitality, to over 46 countries across EMEA, Americas and Asia Pacific. Its innovative technology media playback software is written in HTML5, is cloud-based and is compatible with an unrivalled number of display screens, mobile devices and video wall display systems.

Signagelive add new Google Sheets App to the Marketplace

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We are launching a range of new Signagelive Apps to make managing and updating your digital signage content simple and easy. The latest one to be released is our Signagelive Google Sheets App.

What is the Signagelive Google Sheets App?

Our Google Sheets App is available in the Signagelive Marketplace and enables you to easily incorporate your Google Sheets into your digital signage.

Where can it be used?

Once you have added the Google Sheets App to your network you can select it in the library or move it to a playlist to be scheduled and published to Signagelive supported SoC Displays and Players.

What does it look like?

The Signagelive Google Sheets App can be displayed permanently on screen or within a playlist containing other media either full-screen or in a zone within a Signagelive multi-zone layout.

How do I add it to my Signagelive Network?

Signagelive users can easily add the Google Sheets App to their Signagelive Network with a single click in the Signagelive Marketplace. Once added to a Signagelive Network the Google Sheets App can be added to a playlist and easily configured to display the latest Google Sheets.

This article will help explain how easy the process is to add and use Apps, and this article will show you how to configure the Google Sheets App.

To learn more about Signagelive solutions and to discuss your digital signage requirements, please get in contact with us.

 

New Signagelive Tag Manager makes it easy to update and manage tags across multiple players

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We are continuing to make updates to Signagelive to improve and optimise your experience and use of our platform.

What are we updating?

We are launching enhancement for the management of Players at scale; the New Tag Manager features include:

  • Ability to view all tags and set all players in a single view including Folder Tags.
  • Ability to add/remove tags to/from groups of players in a single operation.
  • Ability to export a player report straight from the Player Manager.
  • In addition, when setting Conditional playback rules in a playlist a list of Player tags will be displayed so that input errors can be avoided enabling you to schedule your content quicker, easier and without error.

When will we be performing the Update?

We will be updating the Tag Manager on 2nd October at 9.00 am BST. This update will take up to a maximum of one hour to complete, during which you may notice some periods of unavailability, although this won’t affect your Players connecting to the Signagelive Cloud or their playback.

Do you require me to do anything?

You do not require to do anything, we can take care of everything.

Does it cost me anything?

Signagelive decided from the outset, that all support and software updates to our standard platform will not be an additional cost to our customers. When you purchase a Signagelive licence, all software updates to our core platform and support including live chat are included for the lifetime of your licence.

To learn more about Signagelive solutions and to discuss your digital signage requirements, please get in contact with us.

Signagelive add new News App to the Marketplace

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We are launching a range of new Signagelive Apps to make managing and updating your digital signage content simple and easy. The latest App to be released is our Signagelive News App.

What is the Signagelive News App?

Our News App is available in the Signagelive Marketplace and allows you to choose from various news agencies and add any you wish to use to your Signagelive Network. Once added to your Library you can drag into a playlist and save, then the News can be published to your Signagelive supported player(s) or player-integrated display(s).

The News App takes the title, image and description straight from the media RSS feed/source so it is really easy to set up – click on this link to find out more.

Apps save time as they provide pre-built creative content, are easy to customise and are visually really impactful and they are free!

Where can it be used?

The News App enables News content including CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, in fact, any MRSS feed e.g. audio files, images and video files, to be scheduled and published to Signagelive supported SoC Displays and Players.

The App can be used to show news in a reception waiting area or in a breakout room where staff gather to have something interesting to watch.

Can it be customised?

If you would like a custom design, whether it be a just a change of colours, font and logo through to a totally bespoke design, our Creative Services team are on hand to assist. We have options for fixed price and custom News design and development to meet your budget. Contact your Signagelive Reseller or account manager to discuss your requirements.

What does it look like?

The Signagelive News App can be displayed permanently on screen or within a playlist containing other media either full-screen or in a zone within a Signagelive multi-zone layout.

How do I add it to my Signagelive Network?

Signagelive users can easily add the News App to their Signagelive Network with a single click in the Signagelive Marketplace. Once added to a Signagelive Network the News App can be added to a playlist and easily configured to display the latest news. This article will help explain how easy the process is.

To learn more about Signagelive solutions and to discuss your digital signage requirements, please get in contact with us.

Deliver Kiosk Solutions using Signagelive and BrightSign Players and BrightSign Built-in Displays

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Signagelive for BrightSIgn is used for delivering interactive kiosk applications enabling passive scheduled digital signage content to switch to an interactive application when touched.

How is this best achieved?

We recommend using Signagelive for BrightSign players and BrightSign Built-in Displays for interactive kiosk applications.

The reasons are:

  • The Signagelive for BrightSign application can be configured to operate in ‘Kiosk Mode’. This enables the application to receive and play schedule content (the attract content) and when the display is touched the application will switch to an alternative piece of content, which is typically an HTML5 based web application.
  • The HTML5 based web application can be remotely hosted (on a website) or can be packaged and delivered via Signagelive to work offline on the media player.
  • The Signagelive for BrightSign application can be configured so that when the screen has not been interacted with for a user-defined period of time playback of the scheduled content resumes.
  • All media playback and interactions are captured and reported in the Signagelive Proof of Play module.

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What hardware do you recommend for Kiosk Applications?

We recommend any BrightSign player or BrightSign Built-in Display that is built to withstand the rigours of the environment it is installed in.

Bluefin has developed a range of BrightSign Built-in Displays that are purpose-built for digital signage and kiosk use in commercial environments. The product range consists of 10” to 32” open-chassis and finished enclosed units that include the display and the BrightSign HS123 module providing an ‘all in one’ solution.

What Signagelive licence is required?

A Standard Signagelive Licence is required.

When is this available?

We have completed software development and the updated BrightSign app including the kiosk feature is currently undergoing extensive testing. The public release is planned for October 2018 but if you are interested in testing the solution for an upcoming project, please get in touch and we will be happy to help.

What additional resources are available?

Signagelive Noticeboard App enables a quick and easy solution to update your digital signage messages and keep your audience informed and engaged

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We are launching a range of new Signagelive Apps to make managing and updating your digital signage content simple and easy. The first to be released is our Signagelive Noticeboard App.

What is the Signagelive Noticeboard App?

Our Noticeboard App is available in the Signagelive Marketplace and allows you to choose from numerous designs and add any you wish to use to your Signagelive Network. Once added to your Library you can drag the Noticeboard into a playlist and edit the preset text areas to contain the message you want to communicate to your audience. Once saved, the Noticeboard can be published to your Signagelive supported player(s) or player-integrated display(s).

Any text changes you make will be automatically updated on the players published with the Noticeboard. The same Noticeboard design can be used multiple times with different messages. If you have Local Users the Noticeboard(s) can be assigned to individual users so that they can update their messages for display as part of a fullscreen playlist or in a zone within a multi-zone layout.

Where can it be used?

Our Noticeboard App includes templates that are designed for lots of different use cases including; Workplace Communications, Education and Health and Safety. We will continue to add new designs on a regular basis so that you can keep your Noticeboard visuals fresh and interesting.

Typical uses for our Noticeboard App would include; in a reception area to welcome visitors or publicise events, or making announcements on health and safety for staff in the workplace which could be displayed in offices, factories, warehouses.

Can a Noticeboard design be customised?

The preset text areas within the Noticeboard design can be easily updated by a user. In addition, if you would like a custom design, whether it be a just a change of colours, font and logo through to a totally bespoke design, our Creative Services team are on hand to assist. We have options for fixed price and custom Noticeboard design and development to meet your budget. Contact your Signagelive Reseller or account manager to discuss your requirements.

What does a Noticeboard look like and how can it be used in Signagelive?

A Noticeboard can be displayed permanently on screen or within a playlist containing other media. In addition, a Noticeboard can either be displayed full-screen or in a zone within a Signagelive multi-zone layout.

How do I add it to my Signagelive Network?

You can easily add a Noticeboard to a Signagelive Network with a single click in the Signagelive Marketplace. Once added to your Signagelive Network the Noticeboard App can be added to a playlist and easily updated to display your Noticeboard. This article will help explain how easy the process is.

To learn more about Signagelive solutions and to discuss your digital signage requirements, please get in contact with us.

Signagelive User Interface Update

We are continuing to make updates to Signagelive to improve and optimise your experience and use of our platform.

What are we updating?

New UI features include:

Drag asset into a playlist

We have included the ability to drag an asset into the middle of a playlist – previously users could only add an asset to the end of a playlist, then they had to move the asset to the correct location. You are now able to drag directly to the position where you want the asset to be, which means that the process is simpler and content can be updated easier.

Publish Workflow

We have added simplification to the publish workflow – following user feedback we have modified the functionality of the final step of the publish workflow. You will now have an option to either Review and Publish or Publish without Review. This makes our application simpler to use and content can be published in a more efficient manner.

Create network via API

We have also added the ability to create a network via the Network API. This means our API integration partners can automatically provision customer networks without the need to log in and manually create a network.
When will we be performing the Update?

We will be updating the Signagelive UI on 17th September at 9.00 am BST. This update will take up to a maximum of one hour to complete, during which you may notice some periods of unavailability, although this won’t affect your Players connecting to the Signagelive Cloud or their playback.

Do you require me to do anything?

You do not require to do anything, we can take care of everything.

Does it cost me anything?

Signagelive decided from the outset, that all standard support and software updates to our platform will not be an additional cost to our customers. When you purchase a Signagelive licence, all software updates to our core platform and support including live chat are included for the lifetime of your licence.

To learn more about Signagelive solutions and to discuss your digital signage requirements, please get in contact with us.

Signagelive adds support for LG webOS Stretch Displays, also synchronisation and remote control interrupts for all supported LG webOS models

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We are very pleased to tell you that we are ready to release an upgrade to our LG webOS Display support to incorporate a wider range of Signagelive features that include synchronisation of content across multiple screens and remote control interrupts. We are also announcing support for the 86” and 88” stretch LG webOS displays.

We will be releasing these updates on Wednesday 29th August and all Signagelive managed LG webOS Displays will automatically receive the updates within the following 24 hours, or if you manually restart the LG webOS Display it will receive the update straight away.

Support for Synchronisation

In terms of setup, this feature is available within your Signagelive network and is enabled through the Sync Group function. Creating Sync Groups is exactly the same process for all Player types within Signagelive, so if you have created one Sync Group for one Player type, you’ll have no problems creating another Sync Group for LG webOS Displays.

The number of synchronised LG webOS DIsplays that can be setup is unlimited, so spectacular effects can be created for a whole range of different applications including media sales and retail.

It might be useful for you to take a few moments to read through the Creating Sync Groups and if you have any questions then please just ask our Support Team.

Remote Control Interrupts

With our latest Signagelive release you can now use the remote control supplied with LG webOS Displays to change the content being shown.

This new feature allows any Signagelive supported piece of media, playlist or multi-zone layout to be selected and displayed on screen using the 0-9 buttons on the supplied LG webOS DIsplay Remote Control.

This enables interactivity with the LG webOS Displays without the need for a touchscreen or any other device, just the supplied remote control. This powerful enhancement turns passive displays into multipurpose interactive media devices, unlocking lots of great use cases, such as:

  • Retailers could use the screen for staff training out of hours, allowing the staff to review the latest Health and Safety or Product training with full accountability of when the media was played and where.
  • A bar could switch from full-screen digital signage content to a multi-zone layout displaying live TV from a Satellite or Cable box connected to the HDMI input on the display alongside local advertising or drinks promotions when the big game starts.
  • Meetings room can switch easily between; corporate messaging, room booking information, business dashboards, social media, IPTV streams and devices connected to the HDMI input for presentations.

The possibilities are endless and best of all, It’s simple to setup and use, all you need to do is publish content to interrupts 0-9 in Signagelive, set a duration for the interrupt and you are done.

We are really excited to release this much requested feature by our resellers and end users.

For detailed information on how to setup this feature a video and instructions can be viewed here.

Support for 86” and 88” LG webOS Stretch Displays

All scheduling and management features available on the rest of the LG webOS Display range are supported with this update, however please notes that video content can only run full screen i.e. across the entire canvas on 86” and 88” LG webOS Stretch Displays.

All content runs offline for uninterrupted playback should internet connectivity be lost.

LG webOS Stretch Displays draw attention by being unique and different to 16:9 standard displays, whether mounted in landscape or portrait. Due to their size and slim profile LG Stretch DIsplays are perfect for installation where there is restricted space e.g. amongst products on or in shelves within retail, or above counter areas in QSRs. Another advantage is that there are less cables than standard size screens, and it can be split into several sections with different content shown on each.

Wasabi have recently installed LG webOS Stretch Displays in some of their stores to create highly impactful digital menu boards, click here to find out more.

To learn more about Signagelive solutions and to discuss your digital signage requirements, please get in contact with us.

Signagelive BrightSign 1.11 Update

We are continuing to make updates to Signagelive to improve and optimise your experience and use of our platform.

What are we updating?

We are enhancing our support for Brightsign devices with our latest version 1.11 now including:

Colour space settings

We are updating colour space settings to allow you to set the colour space of your video output. This will help those of you with video wall controllers as some require specific settings.

HDMI fix

We also have applied an HDMI fix which allows the HDMI input to be positioned as a zone correctly on your screen and permits it to be hardware accelerated.

When will we be performing the Update?

We will be updating all BrightSign players to version 1.11 on Tuesday 28th August. This update will happen over a period of 24 hrs as your Brightsign player(s) connect to the Signagelive platform. This update will not affect your BrightSign players connecting to the Signagelive Cloud or their playback.

Do you require me to do anything?

You do not require to do anything, we can take care of everything.

 

To learn more about Signagelive solutions and to discuss your digital signage requirements, please get in contact with us.

 

What is a Signagelive Local User, why you might want it and how does it work?

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The Signagelive digital signage platform allows you to manage content centrally, locally or both. Local users are given the ability to contribute and manage aspects of a company-wide digital signage network.

You should definitely be reading further if you are:

  • A retailer who wants to provide local managers with the ability to change content to react to external influences. I.e. only 5 more of these hot selling items are left, “get your hands on these before they are sold out”.
  • Any organisation with multiple offices or departments wishing to keep employees up to date either with HR news, the latest BBQ company party or health and safety messages or KPIs i.e. Local Facilities Manager wants to change content on their screen(s) to reflect number of warehouse incidents in a given month, whereas the Sales Manager is more interested in showing number of products sold.
  • An Education establishment where the receptionist requires to easily update welcome messages to greet visitors using a simple template and playlist.

Benefits

As with many of our other features Signagelive aims to provide our customers with an easy to use platform. Our Local User capability allows for the right level of empowerment for the relevant individual while ensuring corporate branded content and templates, and other central messages cannot be changed.

For inspiration, we have several case studies showing how SIgnagelive can be used for internal/corporate communications including Blinds across their sales floors or in a reception area is 55 Water Street NYC.

How a Local user is set up

Each local user is assigned to a Player or Players and can access ONLY the Local Playlists that are associated with those Players.

For further details and guidelines on how to set up local playlists and local users please see this link

Features

  • A Signagelive Administrator can create a Local User in order to associate Players and Playlists to them accordingly.
  • Once in the Flash UI, you can simply add a Localised Playlist asset to a new or existing Playlist.
  • Once you have added a Localised Playlist, you’ll be given a list of configurable properties to edit and options.

To learn more about Signagelive solutions and to discuss your digital signage requirements, please get in contact with us.