Small-scale systems may include up to a dozen digital signage endpoints. Content may be managed by stand-alone media players with onboard capability of running schedules and playlists. Administrators and content managers interact directly with the media player to update content, schedules, or playlists.
Common One-to-One Management examples:
- Media player allows web browser connection to its IP address with onboard content management software. Each media player has its own administrator username and password
- A display that is capable of playing a slideshow of content stored on a USB storage device
One-to-Many Remote Management
Large-scale systems include many signage endpoints connected via an IP network. Content for multiple media players may be managed efficiently via a software dashboard through which administrators and content managers interact with the connected signage media players.
One-to-Many Remote Management features:
- Administrators and content managers may log in to a central management dashboard (either software installed on user’s computer, or a web browser address)
- Access privileges to allow administrators full access control, while content managers may only update images and playlists. Each user may be given unique login credentials
- Reports on the status of each connected digital signage media player
- Allows efficient management of individual, or groups of digital signage media players (ie ground floor reception digital sign, or all lift lobby signage displays)
- Allows content to be uploaded, scheduled, and published to individual, or groups of signage media players (ie play September promotions playlist for all corridor signage displays)
- May integrate with building warning and alarm systems (eg play emergency evacuation playlist for all signage displays when fire alarm triggers)
Note: Digital signage Content Management System (CMS) server software may be running on-premises, or cloud-based depending on the product and service deployed.
Note: Planning and deployment of software dashboard and CMS must be factored in to ICT architecture design