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Netpractise to demonstrate Hydravision at Screen Media Expo

LONDON — Multimedia systems designer and integrator Netpractise will be demonstrating its all-in-one digital signage solution AiO at the upcoming Screen Media Expo Europe. This solution allows any organization to quickly create and run its own unique on-screen digital channel for enhancing communications and delivering eye catching infotainment. AiO is straight out of the box and ready to use. Supporting all Microsoft Windows media file formats, it allows organizations to create on-screen messages or play back Web based content. It can be operated as a stand-alone solution or can be networked and controlled remotely, and there is no limit to the number of players that can be connected. Hydravision is attracting a great deal of interest in the education sector.

Sydenham School in Southeast London has recently become one of the first educational establishments to install AiO, purchasing two systems for a total investment of £2,500. Sydenham School, which provides education to 1,500 students from 11 to 18 years old, adopted the Hydravision solution when it became clear that it needed to replace its existing, overly complex and unstable digital signage system.
PHOTO GALLERY:digital signage at London’s Sydenham School

The installation utilized two existing 42-inch LCD screens and a 50-inch plasma screen and involved configuring the media players with the school’s server. This was followed by a day’s training for two members of the technical team who are responsible for operating the channel.

Ken Devine, resources & IT manager at the school, installed the system in advance of the school’s £22 million upgrade, which is due to start later this year under the government’s Building Schools for the Future program.

The system is maintained by the school’s technical support team and AiO digital signage software allows authorized users to easily produce templates which divide the screen into multiple windows. This enables different content, such as news tickers and live TV to be displayed simultaneously and is ideal for large screens.

To date the system has been used to show a mixture of exam work, videos produced by students as part of their media studies coursework, sports day stills, school productions and artwork, as well as corporate messages, notifications and campaigns, but Devine believes that this is just the tip of the iceberg:

“Any digital signage system is only as good as the content it displays,” he said. “The fact that AiO can display PowerPoint presentations and PDFs without any need to reconfigure them means that anyone in the school – teachers, staff and pupils alike – can generate their own content which can be easily added to the seven day scheduler and screened.”