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Communication technologies have continually advanced over the last few decades. From pagers to mobile phones, email to the PDA, there are now numerous ways of communicating with people.
However, most communications technology is inter-personal, either an address or number is required to contact somebody. For large organisations these can be effective methods of passing on information – as long as you know everybody’s contact details.
Difficulties in getting the message across
However, in many institutions knowing everybody’s contact details is just not possible. Hospitals, schools, colleges, religious buildings and other large public buildings are often in need of passing important and emergency information and traditionally there has never really been an effective method of doing so.
Notice boards are effective but require somebody to post the information up manually. There is also no guarantee the information will stay up, or not get buried beneath newer messages.
PA speaker systems such as Tannoy can also be used be these can only reach people who are on site at the time. Latecomers may not receive the information, neither will anybody working in a noisy environment.
Outdoor Digital Signage
For providing real time information, outdoor digital signage has no competition. Using an outdoor display (or a standard device in an outdoor LCD enclosure) has so many advantages over other communication methods.
Messages can be uploaded to an outdoor display in real time and from a central location. This means that in times of emergency or when time-sensitive information has to be relayed it can be done so – instantly.
Another benefit of using outdoor displays is that the screens can ne networked together so the entire site or campus can be covered by the same content management.
Many public buildings are now being equipped with outdoor digital signage, especially college campuses following emergency situations where lives could have been saved if information was provided when people arrived on campus.
One of the downsides of outdoor digital signage is the initial investment of purchasing of the outdoor screens. However, as previously mentioned many institutions in need of outdoor displays for providing information are using standard display devices and housing them in outdoor LCD enclosures.
These provide all the weatherproof, anti-vandal and temperature controls to allow the use of LCD (and plasma) screens in outdoor locations.