Four Winds Digital Signage

Last Updated: 07/06/2017

Overview

CU Boulder has a campus wide agreement with Four Winds Interactive (FWi) to provide their digital signage software. This enables campus departments to implement digital signage for the cost of the related hardware and infrastructure (see below).  The Office of Information Technology has purchased this software to encourage usage and standardization across campus departments.  

What is Digital Signage?

Digital signage is a way of electronically displaying information in public spaces. A digital sign consists of a display, typically a wall mounted LCD screen, and a small format computer or similar device to play back content. There are many variations of the set up including projection devices, or kiosk style signage. 

  • Most digital signage is considered static, meaning there is no interactive manipulation or customization of the content by the viewer.
  • Interactive signage allows the user to actively select information of interest to be displayed, such as a touchscreen in an office building lobby that allows you to look up the location of a department or employee office.
  • Due to the amount of time the displays are active, robust commercial grade displays designed for such use are strongly recommended over consumer market screens.

More information on digital signage can be found on the Four Winds Interactive website.

Features

  • Local or remote (for fee) server hosting options; you can host your own content, or pay to have FWi host for you
  • Scheduling of content to reflect daily activities, notices, and events
  • The latest release of software supports content types including:
    • Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, and Excel files
    • Images (JPEG, PNG, BMP, GIF, TIF, or TIFF)
    • Video (WMV, MPG, MPEG, MP4, or AVI)
    • Adobe Flash
    • PDF
    • RSS (Typically scrolling news content)
    • Text
    • HTML
    • Live Data (XLS, XLSX, DTA, XML, or NSS)
    • Way finding (Mapping from start to destination)
    • Weather
    • Live TV (CableTV tuner required)
    • Date/Time
    • Microsoft Bing Maps

Cost

FWi Digital Signage software is provided as a common good to the campus.  Departments will need to pay for the display itself, a content player (typically a small computer), and any infrastructure needed, such as a power outlet and network jack, plus having the screen physically installed.

If you choose to use FWi’s content hosting or their design and administrative services, please contact Four Winds Interactive directly for their current support rates.

Who can get it

Faculty, staff or student employees for university use.

How to get it

Contact the IT Service Center for assistance.

How to get support

If you choose to use Four Winds Interactive content hosting or their design and administrative services, please contact Four Winds Interactive directly for their current support rates.

Contact the IT Service Center at 303-735-4357 (5-HELP from any campus phone) or help@colorado.edu for additional assistance.

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