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Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Euroforum choose ONELAN for a centralised digital signage solution




San Lorenzo de El Escorial is a little village near Madrid. Felipe II chose it in XVI ages to build the Real Monasterio. It is considered the 8th Wonder of the World and is a World Heritage site. This building is now the Euroforum headquarters dedicated to specialized training and important business meetings.

The building was completely restored in 1991 for Miguel de Orion, to become the biggest centre for management development in Europe.

In 2011 a major modernisation programme was undertaken including the installation of
audiovisual equipment and an ambitious digital signage installation.

There were two requirements:
Firstly the updating of existing audio and projection equipment in different rooms and halls and secondly to create a dynamic comunication system in the main courtyard, reception and entrance hall, and conference rooms.

Digital Signage was chosen as it allows the centralized management of the entire network, the ability to instantly update the content and information, and the ability to integrate with other systems.

ONELAN was chosen for its stability, because it is Linux based and because it can be integrated e.g with a room booking system with Google Calendar or Outlook, or with TV channels and the ability to transmit live events with streaming.

22” flat screen monitors each driven by a ONELAN Net-top-box (NTB) are located outside each hall and show meeting information.

An additional system is installed in the reception area with a 40” monitor driven by another ONELAN NTB
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In the main courtyard there are two large format videowalls both 5 x 3 40” LCD monitors with thin border. Each videowall is run by two ONELAN NTB 5505 player, and shows four simultaneous videos, flash animation, TV images and live events from the halls.

The biggest challenge was to install digital signage system in the main courtyard whereby it is fully integrated between the stone walls of the building. RPS Audiovisual worked with architects to get the best practical solution and aesthetics. A unique metal was designed to facilitate access and maintenance.

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