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Digital Signage

Digital signs are now available throughout campus, providing active content about campus events and activities, helpful information about campus services, and much more.Digital Sign Located in The Public Affairs Center

Locations

Signs are currently located in UHB, PAC, SLB, and TRAC.

Sign Content

To submit content to display on the signs, please complete the Sign Content Request Form. Any faculty, staff, or student can submit content.  Content should be submitted a week in advance in any one of the following formats:

  • Image file (sized 1070 x 776)
  • Single slide PowerPoint presentation
  • Video (mp4 format), 30 seconds or less

The Campus Relations Department has designed a template for easily adding content. You can open this template in Photoshop and edit the text box/images, etc, as desired.

Training

Training is available for anyone interested in developing content for the signs. Please contact Kara McElwrath for training.

Best Practices

Designing content

We encourage those with limited experience with graphic design to take advantage of the templates being designed by the Campus Relations Department.  They will allow you to simply drop your content into a pre-designed format.

If you have already created a publication, for example a flyer in Word or Publisher, it needs to be converted to an image format (jpg, for example) and sized to 1070 x 766. Please visit the Media Lab (lower level of Brookens Library) for assistance.

Appropriate content for signage

Examples of appropriate content for the signs includes (but is not limited to):

  • Announcements for upcoming campus events/activities
  • Photographs or short videos showcasing campus events/activities
  • Information about campus services or resources

Requesting Four Winds Interactive Digital Sign

To request an interactive digital sign for your department please review the following information regarding the costs for acquiring, installing, and maintaing interactive digital signs. If you would like to request one, after reviewing the information, please submit a ticket to the Technology Support Center by emailing techsupport@uis.edu.

There are two types of cost, the onetime purchase of necessary items and the ongoing yearly cost of licenses and software support.

  • ONETIME COSTS
    • Hardware: Display/screen/TV this cost will vary based on the size of the screen and whether it is a touch screen or not.  The current screens on campus are 46” touch and with the mounting bracket cost $3089 each.  The display will need a PC to function on the network and ITS will provide that PC.
    • Software: The Content Player license is most economically purchased as a perpetual license, this onetime cost is $1950.  This license allows the departments content to be displayed on their screen along with any of the other screens on campus.
  • ONGOING COSTS
    • There are two ongoing costs associated with the Four Winds Interactive digital signage, the annual subscription fee and the annual software maintenance fee.  The two fees total $471 currently, these cost could increase in the future.  The subscription fee is $120 and the software maintenance fee is $351.

Total first year cost for department interested in a digital sign would be $5510, the yearly cost after would be $471.

[Note: Prices are subject to change.]