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Monday, 26 July 2010

Highbury College chooses ONELAN for High Impact Communication

Highbury College have selected ONELAN digital signage to improve College communications across their multi-site campus.

As part of Highbury College’s multi-million pound and multi-campus redevelopment programme the College sought a better way to communicate with its stakeholders in a modern and more efficient manner. Digital signage and in particular the ONELAN system offered this solution.

Highbury College wanted to display dynamic content, e.g live student timetable information from the student management information system that would provide useful and up to date information for students that changed automatically. As a multi-site organisation, Highbury wanted to ensure that consistent messages were published centrally to all sites. The digital signage system also needed to show RSS feeds with live content incorporating college news and events.

Highbury have installed five ONELAN Net Top Boxes (NTB) 615, four NTB 610s (one running as a publisher) and one NTB 510S.

All the NTBs are located in Data Server rooms around the college with signals distributed via Smart-E Cat5 solutions. While the NTB’s are spread across three campuses in Portsmouth, they are all working off the central publisher located at their main site.

As part of their digital signage network, Highbury also have ONELAN’s Data Collection Engine (DCE), a framework of software functionality that provides connections between a wide variety of customer data sources to ONELAN’s NTBs. At Highbury, the DCE shows Live Timetable around the college showing all lectures starting in the next 1/2hour in an “Airport” style layout with room, description, time, and lecturer information. For each different area, relevant information is displayed.

The system also enables the College to stream live TV to the student recreation areas and the College gym. The management of this can then be devolved to various College staff, with the Head of IT assured that they can only control areas of the system that they have been delegated to control.

The system is so flexible that various departments in the College can access and contribute to it. The Print Centre has overall responsibility, however a number of other departments are contributors.

“The ONELAN digital signage system is feature rich, extremely flexible and at the same time easy to use. We regularly have positive feedback from staff, students and visitors. Students really see the benefit of being able to see live timetable information. The College is also working on a number of other exciting projects to use the DCE to display other useful information such as student and staff profiles, environmental information and other information.” Paul Rolfe, Head of IT & Library Services.

About Highbury College
Highbury College has over 45 years teaching and learning experience, and takes pride in its commitment to equality and diversity, supporting students of all abilities from all backgrounds. The College provides a vast range of courses in and around Portsmouth, from first-step courses to university-level qualifications, specialised services for business and education in the community. Student success rates place Highbury in the top 10% of general further education colleges in England and the overall top-performing college in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Lord-Lieutenant of Oxfordshire presents Queen’s Award to ONELAN

Having won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2010 in the Innovation category, digital signage firm ONELAN received a visit from the Queen's representative The Lord-Lieutenant of Oxfordshire, Tim Stevenson, accompanied by two of his cadets, Tim Nye and Jonathon Holroyd.

Following a tour of the premises and a short presentation from David Dalzell, ONELAN’s Founder and Managing Director, the Lord-Lieutenant enjoyed a buffet lunch provided by local company Absolute Delights with ONELAN staff, the Mayor of Henley Councillor Mrs Jennifer Wood and the Vice Chairman of South Oxfordshire District Council Councillor Felix Bloomfield.

The award takes pride of place in the company’s already considerable array of awards.

In 2009, despite a challenging economic climate, the company saw sales growth of over 19%, representing a 27% increase in unit sales and continued profitable growth for the fifth consecutive year. Exports were largely responsible, with sales turnover up from 18% to 30% as ONELAN continues to extend its global reach.

Having established itself as a leading provider of Digital Signage to the Education sector, the company has continued to expand its product portfolio to address markets such as Retail and Health that require Enterprise Class solutions.

Innovative enterprise products that have been developed include the Digital Signage Manager, designed to remotely monitor and manage networks of Net-Top-Boxes e.g. in a large retail shopping mall. Another product is the ONELAN Data Collection Engine (DCE) - a solution for capturing, collating and re-purposing data held in customer IT systems for display on a ONELAN Digital Signage system in graphical form for example in a university or library. Also, the ONELAN IPTV Omni-Server is a single box streaming solution for networked delivery and storage of video content via Ethernet networks e.g. in shopping malls, large corporates or universities.

Monday, 12 July 2010

Up to the minute” Hotel reduces print costs with ONELAN Digital Signage

The Runnymede hotel wanted a facility to communicate information to guests effectively. Approximately 200 guests pass through the hotel daily.

Project objectives
Runnymede chose digital signage as it is contemporary and gives guests the impression of an ‘up to the minute’ hotel. In addition they were keen to reduce costs of printing of brochures and flyers that are used around the hotel. Digital signage can also be updated instantly, while a brochure reprint takes time.

They chose ONELAN digital signage for its ease of use and Ad Hoc capability. The hotel has 25 ONELAN Net-Top-Boxes installed. The Ad-Hoc capability is a simple facility for local changes and input of messages, announcements, visual paging, table data, TV selection and layout changes.

How the digital signage is being used
50” screens in the reception areas around the hotel show live TV and advertisements relating to activities within the hotel e.g availability of last minute space in the hotel’s beauty salon. Both are changed on a regular basis and eventually the aim is also to show videos of what’s on in the hotel. The digital signage also displays a RSS ticker feed showing up to date travel information and conditions around Heathrow and major road networks.

There is also a 63” screen for special events e.g weddings. This can show photographs of the wedding itself and the reception, during the wedding reception at the hotel. As the digital signage is instantly updateable, this can be achieved with ease.

In addition to the large screens in the reception areas, there are small 10” screens outside each meeting room, that are updated for each new client using the rooms to show company information and videos.

‘The ONELAN Digital Signage solution is perfect for our needs as it is very user friendly, easy to use and easy to update very quickly.’
Andrew Duggan, Runnymede Hotel

Monday, 5 July 2010

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

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