Create attractive digital signage layouts and engage your audience across your entire estate with no per screen costs. The Planet eSign client/application comes bundled with the Planet eStream Digital Signage module and is offered on an unlimited screen basis. All you need is a screen and a signage player to get your digital signage up and running.
Planet eSign supports signage players running Windows, Linux or Chrome operating systems. We can supply you with our turnkey Windows signage players, click here for signage player options and pricing.
Alternatively, you can opt to supply your own signage player hardware or re-purpose existing hardware, please find more details on supported signage players and installation instructions here
Planet eSign has the feature set and merits of a standalone digital signage system, but is more powerful because you have the benefit of Planet eStream’s Media Library enabling you to easily select media assets from your Planet eStream archive and drop them straight into your signage designs. This provides powerful tools and great workflow to manage your signage.
In this video, we show you how simple it is to create engaging digital signage with Planet eSign.
The Planet eSign Screen Designer is an intuitive HTML5 interface and simplifies the creation of engaging signage screens. Users can call upon many different media types to help them create professional looking screen designs. Within the designer, users create ‘content panels’ and then select the type of content they wish to display, they can then preview their design in browser.
Planet eSign supports the following content:
"Both Planet eStream and eSign are now integral to our daily life in school, they have both proved to be excellent, reliable and innovative products that have allowed us to extend our capabilities. The software is always intuitive and attractive to use, and has never let us down. " Stuart Davidson – Heworth Grange Comprehensive and Arts College
Incorporating IPTV feeds within your Planet eStream Digital Signage is simple. Using hardware encoders and multicast technology, free to air television channels are encoded in real time and streamed over your local network as IPTV streams. These streams can then be included as part of any digital signage screen design.
Additional hardware is required, see a full range of compatible IPTV streaming devices here.
Twitter is one of the easiest and most popular ways people use to communicate and it is therefore a common mechanism for schools, colleges and universities to showcase news and achievement. With over 300 million active users, Twitter is also a great marketing tool for all organisations. Planet eSign has fantastic twitter integrations, you can display tweets, twitter pictures and also live twitter feeds which can be filtered by hash tag and users ID’s, perfect for events!
Planet eStream users who take advantage of both live streaming and digital signage, can combine both technologies, and stream school events live to their digital signage screens with ease. The system can also be setup to override displays with any new live broadcasts, this is great for high profile events or messaging from senior management.
"Planet eSign is used daily to provide vital information to our school community. We have found that students really enjoy seeing themselves and their peers on the televisions, it is a great way to grab the attention of the students and to keep them informed of current affairs. We also use eSign to publish our daily lunch menu, the location of our daily clubs, and as a way for the Head Teacher to address the school. The use of Twitter Feeds have also had a dramatic impact with teachers tweeting the latest scores of sporting events, and the Head Teacher tweeting latest school news, these forms of communication have revolutionised the way live news is output throughout the school, everyone feels more informed. " Gildredge House School
Screen designs can be distributed to individual digital signage displays or groups of displays called zones. Schedules for screens and zones can be created to program your designs to appear on certain dates and times for an allotted period of time. Schedules can also be ranked in order of importance in a ranked structure to allow the staggered distribution of your content. This functionality removes administrative overhead for digital signage and completely transforms and automates your signage system provision.
Digital signage administrators can control user access to the digital signage area of Planet eStream. This is a great way to lighten the administration workload, whilst providing departments and users with a vehicle to distribute their own messages easily. Users can be granted access to individual screens or to groups of screens, there is also the ability to enable users to update specific elements of the screen, like message feeds via a separate console.
"We now have almost 20 signage players which are being managed through a combination of central (Marketing) and local content editors." College of West Anglia
"eSign currently runs over 30 screens throughout the University and the Hive (library). Multiple departments manage their own content throughout the University showing contents ranging from still slides, photos and videos of the campus." University of Worcester
Many signage systems only enable you to create one screen design per display; with Planet eSign, you can use the ‘screen loops’ feature to create a ‘playlist’ of different screen designs to increase engagement with your audience.
Planet eSign includes a powerful mechanism that enables users to monitor what content their screens are displaying remotely.
Calendar information can be dynamically updated with integration for both iSams, Microsoft Exchange and Google Calendars.
Planet eSign is available as a module of the Planet eStream solution. Subscription to this module includes a licence for an unlimited number of screens allowing you to grow your digital signage provision without being stung with increased licence charges.
"We also used the signage as part of a charity fundraising initiative on Valentine’s Day. Students paid £1 to display a message to their loved one on screens around campus, which was donated to charity. The initiative was managed by a student team, under staff supervision, which raised money for charity and also helped students develop valuable digital skills and experience. " Neil Spaxman, Information Learning Technology & Web Manager, Kirklees College