The Gefen Digital Signage Creator (DSC) product provides infinite possibilities to digital signage designers. Based on an SVG (Scaled Vector Graphics) design and web template concepts, this compact product is limited only by the creativity and imagination of its user. The Digital Signage Director (DSD) software that comes with the DSC unit is flexible, easy to use, and allows control over every aspect of the player's behavior. Importable content includes not only simple video and audio files, but RSS feeds for news, weather, public announcements and live video streams. Scheduling of playlists and management of all the timing functions are also included with native support for iCal.
The unit's built-in web server grants direct access to any licensed user for the manipulation of each individual feature and advanced configurations. Output resolutions are supported up to 720p (1280x720) with both VGA and HDMI outputs. Two channel analog audio is also supported for connection to an external amplified audio device. The sleek form factor will allow placement of each unit behind the display or concealed nearby.
An integrated USB 2.0 port can be utilized for additional storage space or the usage of interactive touch screens and mice. By attaching a USB flash drive or external HDD the available storage is enlarged automatically by the operating system. Scheduling updates can be automatically enabled, allowing the unit to pull a new schedule from a LAN or WAN source at specified intervals for a completely maintenance-free solution. Simply create a new schedule and upload it to the location that each unit will search for when looking for updates. Advanced functions are available, such as RS-232 control of external devices and multi-screen video wall distribution.
How It Works
Connecting the Gefen Digital Signage Creator to a network is as simple as plugging in an Ethernet cable. The integrated Bonjour service automatically configures the DSC to work on any network. Once a unit is configured it will become accessible to any locally networked PC running the Digital Signage Director (DSD) software. The DSD softare runs on Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7. The DSD software opens an entire world of possibilities to the end user, where a completely blank canvas can be created to suit the needs of the digital signage professional.
Creative users will be able to harness the advanced scheduling and content management to design a maintenance-free solution. Once the desired content is created, content can be published to each DSC unit in either a push or pull type scenario.
The small size of the DSC product makes for easy installation, either hidden or mounted to a display. Simply connect the DSC product to a display and to the network, create and publish content, then benefit from years of reliable playback.