Common to most large venues such as sports arenas and conference centers are power fluctuations. These can wreak havoc on electronic equipment. Often, a UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply) device is used to maintain a steady supply of power.
However, in some cases, this is not cost effective or convenient. This is especially true with digital signage installations. There may be hundreds of signage players spread out across the entire complex, each needing its own power source. Putting a UPS at each location is not feasible.
In an effort to address this, Noventri has released a new heavy duty power supply for the SF-100 Digital Signage Player. It reduces the risks of failures associated with large site electrical systems, and provides increased stability for your signage players. For more information on how you can get your heavy duty power supplies, please click here or contact a Noventri sales rep today!
Beta testing of the next software release is nearing completion and will be available for download shortly. Video tutorials on using the new features will be posted on our YouTube channel. Some of the highlights of the next release include :
- Page Expiration – With this feature, you can select a page in your sequence and schedule its removal when no longer needed. This automates the expiration of content such as limited time promotions, announcements, and special events.
- Export to PDF – Occasions may arise where you need to review or approve content assembled in Noventri Suite. Convert your project to PDF format for print out and distribution or save for tracking purposes.
SF-200 only features include:
- A true Alpha Dissolve Transition
- Transition Duration – This enables you to select the duration of the transitions between pages in your project sequence. Select from .25 to 5 seconds, based on your preference.
Many bugs and fixes to enhance usability, user experience and stability.
We recently spent some time with our friends at Lansdowne Resort, a vacation retreat and conference center located near Washington D.C. Lansdowne Resort has provided the perfect backdrop for US presidential visits, as well as other high level events. Bree Benson, Director of Conference Services, and Michael Murray, Event Technology Manager, describe their experience with the Noventri team during the implementation of the digital reader board and door card project.
Noventri Digital Readerboards and Digital Door Cards can pull meeting and conference room information from many event management systems and update the reader boards and door cards automatically. Some of these include The Knowland Group’s TargetNet system, Newmarket’s Delphi system, Starwood Integrated Sales and Catering (ISAC), Marriott CI\TY system, STS, HTNG based systems, and ODBC compliant systems.
Bree: Bringing Noventri on board for us, met an immediate need, which was to reduce the amount of what I would call paper signage, and improve the overall way finding of the resort.
Michael: Another way that the system from Noventri has improved our property is obviously our guests expect the best in technology coming to a resort in the DC area. Having the electronic reader boards outside of each room constantly updating and changing is obviously a much higher step up in technology and a much better image to portray overall.
Bree: What we also got in the process was the ability to add marketing content and also use the door cards themselves as artwork in a conference center that is a little bit straight forward in terms of its design. So, rather than having to go out and purchase hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of artwork, our digital door cards have really not only become a wonderful way finding, branding of the meeting space for our customer, but they are also esthetically very pleasing and then you can deliver marketing messages and customized content. So that was an unexpected win, in terms of the esthetic and the beauty of the actual product itself.
Bree: We knew that we had made the right choice when we picked Noventri and working with the team during the bid process. It became evident that there was a very deep since of commitment not only to the sales process, or qualifying our needs, understanding what it was that would work the best for us and putting all those nuts and bolts together but then also bringing the operational team along with, so that there was an understanding of the actual infrastructure and how that implementation would actually look and feel.
Michael: I really cannot say enough good about the installation process with Noventri. It was very much a concern for us going into the process because we were facing a very unique challenge of not being able to do the installation process all in one go.
Bree: The installation was amazingly smooth. Especially compared to a number of the other renovation projects that were going on at the time. So we definitely felt like we pulled the winning straw in terms of working with a partner.
Michael: The overall service level from pre-installation, planning the system out, planning the install, and providing the post install support absolutely set Noventri apart from everybody else.
Bree: They have stuck by us. It was not, the lights go on and they go off. They have been here every step of the way.
Michael: And I cannot say enough good about the support after the fact. Its been just over a year now that we have had the system in place and active. This was a crucial decision maker in deciding to go with Noventri.
Bree: There is nothing that we request that is not immediately responded to with a level of professionalism and care, which I think is unique. Especially, you know, we are almost a year after the job and the relationship is just as strong as it was when the installation and the initial bid process was happening.
Michael: We had a GMs and sales summit here at the resort where some of the properties expressed interest in the system. Some of the other properties were still using the paper system that we had been using prior to that and another property had a Legacy electronic system in place that they were interested in changing. We would not hesitate to recommend the Noventri system to any of our sister properties.
Bree: We are only as strong as our partners and our relationships with vendors so we are very tough on them but we are very loyal and they earned it, so I would one hundred percent recommend Noventri to any resort, any other property, any management company who is looking for a consistent product and team to implement this level of technology.
Flight information is essential in the hospitality and airport industries and Noventri has made digital flight information a simple solution with the Noventri Eco-Flight Board. The Eco-Flight Board is a digital signage flight information board that provides guests and travelers with updates of departure times, delays and cancellations with no required interaction for users or viewers.
Noventri Eco-Flight Board is a highly stable information board and is not a PC-based system. It is made up of an HD flat-screen with the new Noventri Eco-Series SF-200 digital signage player mounted to the back and requires only an Internet connection to provide dynamic updates of airport flight information. Eco-Flight Boards are used in airports in an array of boards to show current flight information for various
Flight cancellations and delays may seem like an inconvenience, but guests and hotels both benefit by knowing about them in advance with Eco-Flight Boards. Guests can book additional nights at the hotel once they realize their flight has been cancelled or take in a meal at the hotel restaurant if flights are delayed, thus avoiding wait time at the airport. While hotels benefit from knowing cancellation and delays in advance because they can schedule extra rotations of shuttle service for stranded travelers and they can ramp up staff for sudden weather changes and cancellations.
Optional features for the Eco-Flight Board include:
- Available Branding – so that the Eco-Flight Board reflects the look and feel of the hotel.
- Installation Services – although installation is simply hanging a screen and connecting it to the Internet, Noventri will do all the work for you, if needed.
- Local Weather – providing added information for viewers.
- In-Room Channel – a convenience for guests to check flight statuses without leaving the room.
- Three-Year Extended Warranty
“Having flight information at their fingertips for hotel guests provides a great opportunity for hotels,” says David Linetsky, President of Noventri. “This allows guests to reschedule flights and wait out delays without leaving the hotel.”
For more information contact Judy L. Hoffman at email@example.com or 301-790-0103.
In this edition of Noventri Classroom, we will take a look at using digital signage in a manufacturing environment.
When it comes to manufacturing, it is very important to have good communication with the work force. This can present a challenge at times making sure that they get the information that they need. It might be safety initiatives, HR announcements, or more importantly, production metrics and quotas. So how can you make sure this information gets to them?
In talking to different manufacturers, here are some things that they have tried. One is email. That would seem like a great way to get in touch with everybody. But the problem is you have no way to ensure that everyone has read the email, and secondly, not all those in the work force have access to email. One manufacturer told me up to forty percent of his work force did not have email access. So certainly, that is not very effective in trying to get your message out.
Another thing that is being used is information boards or bulletin boards. The problem with this is that it requires actually printing out information and you have manually tack it up to the board. And again, there is no way to ensure that everybody reads it. You also leave yourself open to the graffiti artist of the factory or some other type of tampering. At times, those boards can get cluttered and look unattractive.
This is where digital signage comes to the rescue. Well designed content placed on strategically located screens is a great way to get the attention of your work force. Also, you are able to manage your content from a remote location. That way you do not have to physically go out to each area and post new information. You can control that all from a central hub.
One of the many benefits of Noventri Digital Signage is the ability to tie in to existing database or spreadsheet. This allows you to have information updated automatically on your digital signage. Perhaps you would like to display updated metrics and production goals. You can do that without having to open up the content creation software. It can be handled automatically through your database.
Modern manufacturing is designed to be as automated as possible, and we feel that the same should be true of your digital signage. That way, you do not have to spend time managing your communications, but rather, they do the work for you.
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