St. Paul’s Church uses the free (open source: free as in free speech; free as in free kittens) digital signage system called RiseVision. RiseVision’s in the so-called “cloud” and works with various Google services.
This system delivers digital sign content.
It uses four sources of up-to-date information to present an engaging display.
- St. Paul’s online Google Calendar, shown here.
- A slideshow stored in Google Apps, to which Deb Hay has access.
- A daily bible verse, provided by the ELCA in an RSS feed.
- Weather, provided by RiseVision.
If your Google account (@gmail.com or @stpauls-nbpt.org) has access to RiseVision, you can go to their web page and log in. Once you’ve logged in, you’ll see a menu offering
- Presentations — screen contents: the design of the stuff on the sign screen.
- Gadgets — the modules used to present particular information, like the calendar.
- Storage — we don’t use this.
- Displays — There’s one display for the sign in the Great Hall. If you add another sign, you add another Display.
- Schedules — Governs what Presentation appears when on a Display. We have one Presentation for general use and a second one for when 12-step groups use the Great Hall. The Schedule shows which Presentation should be used when.
- Settings — Stuff like the street address and time zone.
- Users — A list of users who can access the RiseVision service to control digital signs.
There’s online documentation for all this. The RiseVision team is making great strides improving in 2015.
How does the actual digital sign work? It’s a TV set, connected to a media player gadget. The medial player uses WiFi to connect to the building’s network, so it can access the RiseVision server. You can read about the Tronsmart Vega S89 media player used at St. Paul’s Church here. It was bought based on price. There’s a remote control for it, as of late March 2015 stored in a box in the tv closet in the library.