Departments in Arts & Sciences are increasingly interested in installing and using digital announcement monitors. Used well, monitors provide an effective alternative to bulletin boards, as a means to highlight courses, programs, and events. These guidelines provide for a process to ensure that monitors are appropriately located; that graphics and programming used in announcement display provide consistent content, graphics, and management across departments; that plans are in place for ongoing monitor management and maintenance; and that monitors are properly equipped to serve emergency management needs.
Guidelines for New Digital Display Message Monitors
- Location of any digital display device in hallways and lobbies must be approved in advance by the A&S Director of Space Management. Digital display installations will be evaluated based location visibility and traffic, proximity to other displays, and suitability of space for mounting a display.
- Monitor specification to be approved by A&S Computing to provide clean look and high quality: monitors intended for signage use, no logo, no sound bar, minimal clean bezel.
- Mounting hardware to be approved by A&S Computing for appropriate function and clean and tidy aesthetic.
- Each display to be controlled by a Raspberry Pi unit which meets the current security requirements of A&S Computer Services.
- Content for the signs to be managed through the Drupal website managed by the A&S Digital Communications office. This website establishes a consistent look and feel across departments. It also provides a way to display the University’s Alertus emergency alert information to each sign when an alert is activated.
- Proposals must provide a long-term plan for how to keep the display data current for review and approval by A&S Communications. Include the names of the individuals responsible for maintaining the sign and the content.