Generic plastic placards with room numbers have been replaced by dynamic ePosters, rendering the previously bland meeting room hallways both more high tech and more functional.
“Before, there was nothing to identify the individual meetings in each room. The ePosters have removed a lot of confusion about where people are supposed to be,” said Stogowski. “We’ve also gotten a lot of positive feedback about the look – it’s very modern and refreshing to see. People really enjoy it.”
The IT team is enjoying not only having fulfilled the building manager’s requirements, but having done so in such an efficient manner – relieving them of ongoing content management responsibilities and enabling flexibility for future adaptations.
“The people in charge of the meetings have full control of the content, and they love it,” said Stogowski. “Once they became familiar with the software it was very, very simple for them to go in and make updates. For example, they change the media campaigns monthly, and meetings change all the time.”
The IT team was similarly pleased with the ease of set up and other benefits offered by the ePoster’s easy LAN connectivity and Power over Ethernet capabilities.
“The PoE was a welcome feature as we did not need an electrician to provide power,” said Stogowski, adding that they explicitly chose LAN connectivity for three reasons: first, for the PoE; second for the security of not streaming content over the Internet via their wireless network; and third for reliability, to eliminate the risk of the ePosters going down in the event the WiFi network became oversubscribed.
“And although we don’t use the touchscreen for interactive content,” he said, “it did make setup of the device a breeze.”
All told, Stogowski said, the ATA has realized a great deal of value from the ePosters, thanks to their ease and adaptability.
“We’re delivering better customer service – people can easily find where they’re going – and we also have the ability to put ads or any other content on the screens, which is a great help to the communications department,” he said. “Whatever we can imagine we can put on the screens – that provides a ton of value.”
All this, says Stogowski, has just been phase one in terms of his organization’s use of the adaptable ePosters.
“We’re already looking to the future, to putting more signs in,” he said. “We want to use them in the cafeteria to display menu content, using the timing feature to let us set up different menus for breakfast, lunch, and snacks – and once it’s scheduled it’s very hands off.”
Having seen the transformation in the meeting room halls, the organization is looking forward to the more modern look the ePosters will bring to the cafeteria. In time, Stogowski said, the menu boards will also offer some nice cost savings.
“Not only will we have cost savings on tangibles like not having to print menu signs,” he said. “We’ll also be able to more easily run daily specials, without someone having to spend half an hour writing them on a chalkboard. And the building manager is excited to gain exposure for the cafeteria by putting promotions on the meeting room signs.”
This flexibility of use points to one of the IT team’s favorite things about the new ePosters: they’re not just a meeting room sign system.
“We really love that you can just about do anything you can imagine with these; they’re not just for this one thing like others we saw,” said Stogowski. “We’ve found we get a lot of bang for our buck with these ViewSonic signs.”