Bobcat Vision digital signage network increases campus awareness
Simplifying the flow of information is vital to communication and student involvement. That’s why students and staff at Georgia College & State University (GCSU) worked together to launch Bobcat Vision, the school’s first digital signage network on campus.
GCSU worked with Capital Signs to install Bobcat Vision, which consists of 16 32-inch and three 42-inch high-definition displays powered by Scala software. The screens are mounted in various campus areas, including the student activities center, classroom buildings, faculty office buildings and student union dining hall.
“With the Scala solution, GCSU’s opportunity to communicate to the student body has greatly expanded, and it will allow the Student Government Association to simplify and better package a continuous flow of information to students,” said Andy Panos, Vice President of Capital Signs.
To run the network, GCSU obtained 12 licenses for Scala Players, Designer, Content Manager and Template Composer EX module. Capital Signs designed all of the graphics and templates stored in Scala Content Manager. Scala Designer is available in the student activities center, and it is used by a designated network operator to build new templates and graphics for all users of the digital signage network.
Scala Content Manager allows student groups and campus members to add their own messaging to the templates, and it is available to all authorized students with Internet access. This gives them the ability to add messages from off-campus housing, as well as computer labs and dormitories.
“Once we really played with the software and functionality, we realized that it is extremely flexible and can be pushed as far as we want,” said Billy Grace, Bobcat Vision’s network operator. “We’re consistently finding new features and opportunities, and we know that as Bobcat Vision grows, we will continue learning how to improve the way we use it.”
Currently, Capital Signs is integrating campus RSS feeds — the same ones that appear on the GCSU Web site — into Bobcat Vision. They have also installed a rack mount Scala PC Player that will drive Bobcat Vision to GCSU’s campus cable network to reach the TVs of anyone on campus. Scala Player uses dual outputs to operate HD and SD channels of the same content. The Scala software scales the content differently for each channel to maintain correct aspect ratios.
About Georgia College & State University
Georgia College & State University is Georgia’s designated Public Liberal Arts University, located in historic Milledgeville, Ga., less than a dozen miles from the geographic center of the State. For more information, please visit http://www.gcsu.edu/.
About Capital Signs
Capital Signs is a leader in the design, fabrication, and installation of premium custom architectural and digital signage. For more than 30 years, the company has stayed on the cutting edge of compelling and creative message delivery techniques. This includes their scalable, reliable and intuitive digital signage solutions implemented in restaurants, retail stores, colleges, corporate offices, athletic arenas and airports. Capital Signs’ experience in superior system design, network hosting, content design, training and customer service has allowed them to be successful in the marketplace and to become a standard in digital signage applications. For more information, visit http://capitalsigns.com.