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Westinghouse helps Purdue-Calumet reach students with digital signage

HAMMOND, Indiana — Purdue University Calumet, part of the Purdue University system, with over 100 fields of study and an enrollment of over 9,600 students, faced a major challenge when attempting to gain the attention of a generation of students that is conditioned to respond to digital images. The dissemination of various communication messages is vital to the success of a thriving campus. How could the campus integrate a digital communications system that is fun, dynamic and effective when nearly every student has at least one eye on a digital screen — a smart-phone, iPod, gaming system or laptop computer?
PHOTO GALLERY: digital signage at Purdue University Calumet

A major step was to replace static communication devices with an easy-to-use, cost effective digital signage solution. Westinghouse Digital Electronics was able to answer the call of duty and provide an advanced, dynamic digital signage solution that was also simple to operate. The School of Technology at Purdue University Calumet implemented a turnkey digital signage solution from Westinghouse Digital. The system featured Westinghouse’s neonSource digital signage software loaded on its neonPlayer media player and was displayed on a Westinghouse 42-inch 1080p LCD monitor.

“We needed an effective solution that would command the attention of the students and staff,” said David McLees, technology administrator at Purdue University Calumet. “Westinghouse’s neonSource software provided the flexibility to display video messages and broadcast content while inserting custom communication ads on slim LCD screens. We needed to ensure that students were kept up-to-date on new university programs, courses and advisors’ names. neonSource, along with a large, eye-catching 42-inch LCD monitor, proved to be the ideal solution. Additionally, neonSource’s ease of use allows us to quickly and effortlessly create weekly updates to keep the information current, guaranteeing that students will constantly check back to see what new information has been displayed.”

As a result of the Westinghouse neonSource digital signage solution, the School of Technology at Purdue University Calumet has successfully transitioned from a static communications system that included disorganized, unsightly out-of-date bulletin boards to a fresh and dynamic digital communications system. Westinghouse’s turnkey solutions provided the tools to quickly institute an efficient, cost-effective solution that will lead to a better informed campus.

McLees said that he recently met with the university’s Computer Graphics Technology faculty and presented digital signage requirements as a possible learning experience for student courses. He said the faculty thought it was a great hands-on experience and portfolio building project for their students.

Purdue University Calumet also incorporated Westinghouse’s 42-inch VM-42F140S commercial LCD monitor into its digital signage installation. The VM-42F140S features 1920 x 1080 resolution, the highest standard available to consumers for HD digital video display; 1080Pure for 1080p resolution out of all HD connectors; Bi-directional RS-232C communication; Discrete RS-232 commands; built-in speakers; a full suite of connectors including HDMI, DVI, YPbPr, VGA, Composite/ S-Video; SpineDesign construction for easy cable management and convenient media box access; Autosource technology that automatically turns the TV on and adjusts it when an external source is detected; DPMS timer for convenient on/off application for lower power consumption; Safety and security with Anti-tip Over/Theft Deterrent rings; Front Panel and Remote Lock for security in public environments; Start Input and Volume for consistent setup on power up. The monitor is Energy Star and ROHS compliant and use recyclable materials.

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