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ONELAN help “Build School for the Future” with Digital Signage and TV Streaming

Castle View Enterprise Academy was established in September 2009 as one of five schools in Sunderland as part of the ‘Building Schools for the Future’ project. The City of Sunderland Council (cosponsor) and Northumbrian Water, the Academy’s lead sponsor, invested £17 million to build an Academy that specialises in Business, Enterprise and ICT.

Project objectives and scope

Castle View had a wide range of requirements from their ONELAN digital signage system including:

  • A cost effective means of delivering information to visitors, students and staff
  • Provision of live TV across the IP network for both broadcast material and local events within the school
  • Recording to provide video on demand resources for learning
  • A video on demand library
  • The ability for teachers to create online learning resources.

With the Academy vision of being a regional leader in ICT, digital signage forms a critical part of this. Its flexibility, ease of use and dazzling displays are a new and innovative technology for this school and many of its staff and students. There was no technology quite like it in the original school prior to the rebuild.

 

Digital Signage Content Strategy

Castle View wanted to use the digital signage to display a range of information including adverts for school clubs, results of House competitions, birthday messages, display of televisions channels during breaks and lunches, behavioural league tables and event details.

The network comprises 11 ONELAN Net-Top-Boxes: 1 NTB 610 publisher and 10 NTB 510 subscribers. One of the key aspects of the project is the installation of two OmniServers. With the OmniServers, staff not only have an ‘off air’ recording solution but also the ability to link into the digital signage network. This provide the screens with live TV feeds for news and educational TV channels across the network infrastructure without the need to run additional RF cabling, thereby keeping additional costs to a minimum.

End User Feedback

Many schools and Academy’s across the country will testify that it’s

logistically very difficult and slow to get messages across to a large

number of people in a short space of time. Castle View is no exception

and the adoption of ONELAN digital signage has dramatically changed

this for the academy. Now, a wide range of information including

messages, audio & TV programmes, updates and alerts can be easily

disseminated to all of its students and teaching staff quickly without

having to print endless posters and memo’s and manually distribute.

‘Staff and students are constantly knocking on my door asking if new

things can be uploaded and many have commented on how much

better it is to have a system that is eye-catching and gets their message across. In my role as Marketing and Content Administrator, the time saving aspects of this system are invaluable. I would strongly recommend this system to any business that wants to take itself forward in the way of signage and getting their message across.’

Gavin Willis, Marketing and Content Coordinator

ONELAN develops network appliances for standalone and end-to-end Digital Signage network solutions. The Net-Top-Box is a mul­timedia, multi-zoned solution capable of Touch Interactivity. With a browser based user inter­face, the system is fully multi-lingual and capable of dis­playing both stored media and live media e.g RSS feeds, web pages and broadcast TV or locally streamed video. Further mem­bers of the product family cater for Enterprise network management and integration with external data sources.

ONELAN’s NTBs are now installed in a wide variety of organisations such as retail, schools, hospitals, and government buildings, as well as some well-known corporates such as Vodafone, Virgin Holidays and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

ONELAN Ltd is based in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire.

Visit www.onelandigitalsignage.com for further details.

Press Contact details:
Marion Bourne
email: marion.bourne [at] onelan.com,
phone: +44 (0) 1491 411400

Source: ONELAN