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New school installs ONELAN digital signage network

Ian McMurray 7 July 2010
New school installs ONELAN digital signage network

ONELAN has installed a digital signage network at the Castle View Enterprise Academy in Sunderland, England.

The network features 11 ONELAN Net-Top-Boxes, comprising one NTB 610 publisher and 10 NTB 510 subscribers. One of the key aspects of the project, according to ONELAN, is the installation of two OmniServers. With the OmniServers, staff not only have an ‘off air’ recording solution but also the ability to link into the digital signage network. This provide the screens with live TV feeds for news and educational TV channels across the network infrastructure without the need to run additional RF cabling, thereby keeping additional costs to a minimum.

Castle View Enterprise Academy was established in September 2009 as one of five schools in Sunderland as part of the ‘Building Schools for the Future’ project. The City of Sunderland Council (co-sponsor) and Northumbrian Water, the Academy’s lead sponsor, invested £17 million to build an Academy that specialises in business, enterprise and ICT. 

The Academy had a wide range of requirements from their ONELAN digital signage system including a cost-effective means of delivering information to visitors, students and staff; provision of live TV across the IP network for both broadcast material and local events within the school; recording to provide video on demand resources for learning; a video on demand library; and the ability for teachers to create online learning resources.

Castle View wanted to use the digital signage to display a range of information including adverts for school clubs, results of House competitions, birthday messages, display of televisions channels during breaks and lunches, behavioural league tables and event details.

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