Digital signage is supported by dedicated channels that reside on a web server. A signage server and media players are used to link to the content on the web server via ‘http’. Display units are housed in various high-traffic areas around the university (at UHD’s campus in downtown Houston and at the UHD Northwest campus on HWY 249).
Adding Content to UHD Digital Signage
Content creators incorporate their content in various ways. The most popular method employs power point. Users design power point slides with content and media embedded in the slides, save the slides as jpegs, and posts the slides to the web server.
PowerPoint is not the only method, since the UHD digital signage system will take multiple file formats. Video files for Digital Signage should have a High-Definition resolution of 1920 x 1080 (1080p) or 1280 x 720 (720p). Assistance in adding content to digital signage channels is available from the Video Production and Digital Signage (VPDS) department (TTLC; Rm. A717). These file formats include:
Video: .mpg, .m2v, .wmv, .mpeg, .mp4, .mov
Flash: .swf, .flv
Image: .pps, .bmp, .ppt, .gif, .mpv, .jpg, .rm, .jpeg, .rpm, .png, .pict, .dcr
Web: .asp, .aspx, .psd, .htm, .html, .mpe (internet music)
Current Display locations (by zone) - UHD System -wide Digital Signage System
The displays listed below use networked media players to distribute content. Some displays are independent (independent zone) and feed from a single media player. Other displays are grouped together (zoned together) to feed from a single media player.
All of the players on the System-wide Digital Signage system can display shared, system-wide content. Individualized and zoned content can also be displayed in various segments of the system as indicated below.
Independent zone (can display system-wide content and can display independent content)
Zoned together (can display system-wide content and can display independent content
One Main Building
| ||Local||1st Floor North|
|||Local ||3rd Floor North (advising)|
|||Local||3rd Floor North (registrar)|
|||Local||4th floor north (west hallway,library)|
|||Campus Wide||4th floor north (east elevator, library)|
|||Local ||5th Floor North (library)|
|||Local||7th Floor North|
| ||Local||8th Floor North|
|||Local||9th Floor North|
|||Local||3rd Floor South (Vertical) (student services)|
|||Local||3rd Floor South|
|||Local||3rd Floor South (admissions)|
|||Local|| 5th Floor South (library)|
|||Local||7th Floor South|
|||Local||8th Floor South (outside academic computer lab)|
|||Local||10th Floor South|
|||Local||3rd floor (near elevators)|
| ||Local||4th floor (near elevators)|
| || ||6th floor (near elevators)|
| ||Local||7th floor (near elevators)|
|||Local||7th floor (TTLC)|
| ||Local||1st floor (near atm machine)|
| ||Local||2nd floor (across from elevators)|
| ||Local||3rd floor (across from elevators)|
Shea St. Building
| ||Local||1st Floor North (near north entrance)|
| || ||1st Floor South (near elevators)|
| ||Local||2nd Floor South (near elevators)|
| || ||3rd Floor South (near elevators)|
| ||Local||1st Floor (above the vending machines)|
| || ||2nd Floor (near weight room)|
|||||3rd Floor (main entrance desk)|
| ||Local||2nd floor (waiting area for advising)|
| ||Local||3rd floor (lobby near elevators)|
| || ||3rd floor (by vending machine)|
| || ||3rd floor (by computer lab)|
Content Delivery by Location:
There are several formulas currently used for delivering digital signage content:
- The Digital Signage in the One Main, Academic, and Commerce buildings play content from the System-wide Digital
- Signage (Downtown) Channel. The content is rotating and in delivered proportional timeslots.
- The Digital Signage at the Shea Building plays content from the System-wide Digital Signage (Downtown) Channel for
- 40 minutes out of each hour and content specific to the COB for 20 minutes out of each hour.
- The Digital Signage at the Student Life Center plays content from the System-wide Digital Signage (Downtown) Channel
- for 40 minutes out of each hour and content specific to the Student Life Center for 20 minutes out of each hour.
- The Digital Signage at UHD Northwest plays content from the System-wide Digital Signage (Downtown) Channel and content
- from the System-wide Digital Signage (Downtown) Channel. The content is rotating and delivered in proportional timeslots
Department Specific Display Stations (hosted and managed locally)
Separate from the University-wide Digital Signage System The list below encompasses local UHD displays. Content is delivered from local departments or colleges.
|Library - 4th & 5th Floor||Library|||
|Sports & Fitness||Sports & Fitness||L. Morales|
Shea Street Building
S300 Financial Aid
|ELI-5th Floor||ELI||G. Kellersberger|
|Welcome Center||Welcome Center|||
Student Activities - 2nd floor
Student Activities (Planned)
|Natural Sciences - 7th & 8th Floor||Natural Sciences|||
University clients wishing to place a message on the digital signage system should contact the designated message producer in your academic or administrative division. They have been given the rights to upload content to signage channels. To display video, motion graphics or Flash files please contact VPDS Services- Albert Holden, x8213.