How to Use Digital University Signs
Higher education signage is a common installation on campus grounds and within campus buildings and on campus grounds. From school, building, and classroom identification plaques to emergency exit signs and cafeteria menu boards, there is hardly any area of the school that isn't populated with some type of display. For key applications, however, electronic screens offer superior information, content, and messaging capacities. In fact, universities are quite adept at combining architectural heritage and cultural history with modern technologies and commercial markets. To this end, take a look at how dynamic solutions can improve information and messaging applications.
Common Education Applications
- Wayfinding: This is the most common application. There are a number of different ways that these displays can help freshmen, prospective students, and visitors navigate the campus grounds and buildings. Electronic screens and software systems can use multiple map displays, auto-stereoscopic 3D technology, pathdrawing functionality, and interactive information services to provide superior campus wayfinding. Meanwhile, building directories, ADA signage, and information kiosks improve building wayfinding resources.
- Student Services and Community-Building: Another common use of digital university signs is event listings and promotional assistance for student organizations. Dynamic displays in key common areas and building lobbies can help student organizations promote their events and increase their profile in the local community. Likewise, select outdoor marquees can boost community involvement and attendance at various school events. Taken as a whole, electronic displays and event listings add to the sense of belonging and togetherness that continues to define alumni spirit generations later.
- Revenue Streams: Well-run universities are no stranger to extra revenue streams. Tuition is only one piece of the puzzle for funding school operations. Digital university signs that create an additional revenue stream include advertising displays and donor walls that consistently boost recruitment of university donors. Needless to say, revenue streams are likely to be used in very different ways. Some universities may use ad displays as only one part of a campus-wide, site-based system that improves student services. The ad revenue is then used to cover the costs of the dynamic information and messaging system. Other universities may focus almost exclusively on digital advertising when implementing their electronic displays. These universities then use the ad revenue to fund other aspects of school operations.
- Campus Safety/Emergency Response: In typical last-but-not-least fashion, digital university signs are commonly used in combination with security monitoring services to increase campus safety and emergency response. Interactive touch screens and kiosks can act as a deterrent and improve response scenarios for individual students walking alone after sunset or for campus-wide emergencies that require a lockdown or evacuation.
Products and Services for Digital University Signs
FWi is tops in the game when it comes to dynamic display solutions for universities. It starts with our Content Manager and Content Player which comprise our industry-leading iDS® software solution. Combined with our Wayfinding, Readerboard, Donor Wall, Building Directory, Emergency Messaging, Event List, Ad Tracker, and/or Bookfinder applications, our software packages will include all the capabilities needed to manage university solutions.
Equally important is our years of experience with and concentrated focus on the education market. We've completed complex signage projects for both smaller schools and large university systems. As such, we offer competitive rates for both limited software licenses and unlimited site-based software licensing agreements. And with the impeccable services offered by our project managers, architects, and installation team, implementation is a hassle-free process.
If you have questions about how our software can fit your institution's needs or would like to set up a time to demo our software, please feel free to Contact Us.