OnSign TV at Brasil Signage Expo

Brazil is enjoying impressive growth in Digital Signage. Only in 2012, DOOH grew 22.2% over the previous year, becoming the second fastest growing media in the whole country. Aiming this opportunity, OnSign TV has presented on its booth a number of new features that can push the digital signage solutions even further in South America and around the world.

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The show was a great opportunity to launch some of OnSign TV’s new features, which, by the way, the audience was craving to know, such as:

Management of check out lines - A small RF receiver is connected to the Android player, so customers can use a little fob to call next people in line. Perfect for the retailers who want to upgrade their managements solutions and for the stores such as supermarkets, drugstores, bakeries and others that needs fast denouements for the clients.

Face detection and audience counting - Plugging an USB webcam to your player will support face tracking and audience counting. Essential for companies that need to chart and trace their outflow. For signage operators in general that’s helpful in several issues, such as: audience and customers flow knowledge, screen and campaigns views counting, customers management, among others benefits.

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In parallel to the booth show, Ricardo Teixeira, OnSign TV VP of New Business Development, presented a lecture at the ABMOOH International Congress. The presentation aimed at showing how easy and simple digital signage is and highlighted how powerful Android players have become. Although OnSign TV is more turned to the international market, whenever possible we always want to get close to local markets which is a great opportunity to get direct in touch with brazilian and latin americans customers, so we can learn and better address the local needs.

The expo was a huge success. OnSign TV has been awarded with great feedback which we are always glad to receive. Feedback like this solidifies what we are and what we aim to be: a company that’s always looking forward to improving our services and empowering your signage operation.

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6 New Digital Signage Widgets

“A brand is the sum total of the entire customer experience”, says the well-known content marketer (Mark Burgess). If that’s true - and I strongly agree with him - it means that everything your company says and does contributes to the collection of perceptions in the mind of the consumer about your brand.

You see where I’m going, right?

The content you show on your screens and your whole digital signage strategy matters in terms of brand awareness. Trust me! That doesn’t mean you should only have content related to your business on your digital signage displays. In fact, you should always approach your digital signage content with the viewer in mind, not the business itself.

Entertainment is probably one of the best ways to hold your viewers’ attention. Once you have an engaged audience, they’ll act favorably when you tell them about your latest features/product. Ultimately, digital signage has the power to increase your customer loyalty. Again, believe me! I’ve seen that happen to some of our clients.

Based on that and thanks to our customers’ feedback, we decided to offer 6 more options of digital signage widgets to help you create more attractive content to your audience:

1 - Analog Square Clock Widget

This is an adjustable analog square clock widget with customizable dial, hands and background colors. You can either use the digital signage widget itself or combine it with other content elements on a multi-zone layout. It’ll automatically adjust to the size of your layout region.

2 - Analog Round Clock Widget

It's also an adjustable analog clock widget with customizable dial, hands and background colors. But this is a round clock instead of a square one. Plus, you can choose the dial type you want (Arabic Numerals, Roman Numeral, Strokes) and make your digital signage widget match the colors of your business brand.

3 - Facebook Page Widget

This is the first social media widget we’re launching and a feature request we used to see very often. It shows the 20 most recent posts of any Facebook Fan Page on fullscreen. Each post will be shown individually for as many seconds as you want in a rotating way.

Note that private posts won’t be displayed on your screens, only public posts.

It was specially designed to make viewers feel like they’re actually navigating facebook. The first sentence of your post will be in bold and displayed as a title. If your post has an image, it’ll also be shown on the right side of your text, as you can see below:

4 - Directory Widget

With this widget, you’ll be able to organize information through directory lists. It’s perfect for data classification and listing names, rooms, telephone numbers, etc. It makes so much easier for your viewers to find relevant info. Plus, this digital signage widget is also particularly useful for creating timetables.

It’s super simple to configure its settings as well. Just make sure you separate columns with a comma and press enter to create new lines. Also, you have the option to select one of the background themes we offer (Business, Medical, Dentist, School and Sport) or upload an image to have it as a background.

5 - Match Score Widget

How about tracking your favorite sports team while on the go? That’s exactly the objective of this digital signage widget. It shows the scoring table of any championship you wish. Just enter the match scores you want displayed and select one of our background themes: baseball, basketball, football and soccer.

You can choose a different background image as well. So, no worries if your favorite sport was not listed as one of our themes. You are always able to customize it as you imagine! Plus, you get the option to include a championship logo, which will be shown right beside your digital signage widget title.

6 - Small Weather Widgets

This is a simplified version of a digital signage weather widget. It was specially designed to fit small regions of your screen layout. It shows a three-day weather forecast for any location you choose in a rotating way. Easy as pie!

Showing the world how straightforward it can be to manage a digital signage network is part of OnSign TV’s mission, it’s in our DNA. But we also think that effective content creation shouldn’t be a problem! That’s why we’re offering you all these new digital signage widgets. We believe it’s important to have a good blend of entertainment and advertising to create compelling content for your business.

So the next couple of months are packed with more exciting digital signage widgets to keep your viewers informed and happy with what you show on your screens. We’ll release instagram widgets, twitter widgets and many others soon. Stay tuned! Until then, feel free to ask questions and send us messages through our platform or social media channels.


OnSign TV announces partnership with IAdea to offer a Digital Signage Solution on Newegg

We are very glad to collaborate with IAdea to provide our users with the MBR-1100 Digital Signage Media Player with a 1-year subscription to the OnSign TV Software through Newegg.

“With IAdea everything is ready out of the box. Customers simply power up the device and activate their OnSign TV subscription for the media player. There is no need to purchase licenses or install software separately. This tight integration makes the already easy-to-use software even simpler for the user.”, says Rex Chen, Executive VP of IAdea.

Now with the OnSign TV and IAdea bundle, it’s even easier for our clients to set up and manage a digital signage network. We are offering a full-featured digital signage solution that anyone can easily operate: a low-cost plug and play device with content ready to go.

“The reliability of IAdea media players along with the easy-of-use of the OnSign TV software, makes it a perfect combination for digital signage networks of all sizes." says Dimitri Prado, CEO and Founder of OnSign TV.

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Keeping Your Digital Signage Network Up To Date

If you have been using OnSign TV for a while, you have probably seen this message quite a few times:

Almost every week new features and improvements are released. Here at OnSign TV we have a development pipeline that ensures a constant stream of enhancements being deployed. Just yesterday, we released a new Android Digital Signage Player App version and a major server side update. As I write this, last week’s new features are being validated and once approved will be released next week.

This endless stream of updates allows us to support a larger number of devices and, more importantly, keep improving our digital signage platform to bring new features to you. It also helps us to provide you with a more stable and reliable service.

Server side improvements are easily deployed and require no action on your side. Once our software engineering team makes them, the new code is immediately available to you. Android Digital Signage Player App updates, on the other hand, require replacing the software on your device. Every time we have a new player version, the server checks your players and shows you the “New version available” message.

Technically, you do not need to update your digital signage software every time a new version comes out. On the other hand, newer versions of OnSign TV bring benefits and improvements that could enhance your digital signage network offerings and we highly recommend upgrading.

Manually updating every single device on a network is time consuming and costly, especially if your digital signage players are spread out over a large geographical area. The solution is simple: automatic upgrades.

We believe that keeping your digital signage network up to date is so important, that this ability should be a requirement from the start. When planning out your digital signage network, your software installation and hardware characteristics will determine whether automatic upgrades will work or not. There are two main types of automatic updates: Google Play Store Updates and OnSign TV Managed Updates.

1) Google Play Store Updates

If you have installed your digital signage software through the Google Play Store, you are required to update it through the Google Play App. Remote updating from the OnSign TV console is not possible if you have installed OnSign TV through the Google Play Store.

The good news is that the Google Play App can manage automatic updates and you just need to enable it. In order to do that, you should check Google’s official instructions here.

The downside of this, is that you have no control of when the Play Store decides to update your app. This could happen in the middle of an important event or be delayed by a couple of days. Anyway, you will always have the option to disable automatic updates and do it yourself through the Google Play Store whenever suits you best. If you manually installed the app from our download page, you have more options as you can read below.

2) OnSign TV Remote Updates

By default, a regular Android App cannot update itself or install other apps without user intervention due to security restrictions. If you are using our System App, you are in luck, because the System App is not a regular application.

The System App is digitally signed with the manufacturer’s system key and can perform many functions otherwise forbidden to regular apps. This means that the System App can update itself remotely without user intervention.

If your player is compatible with the System App and you are not using it, we suggest you uninstall the current OnSign TV application and replace it with the System App. If your player is not compatible with the System App, but is currently rooted, not all is lost!

OnSign TV can also remotely update a rooted device running the regular app. In order for this to work, make sure your player is correctly configured, using this guide. So, if you are running the System App or the Standard App on a rooted Android device, you have two remote update options: On Demand Updates and Automatic Updates.

- On Demand Updates

Once the player detects that an update is available, it downloads the update file and notifies the server. It then waits for a command from the server to do the actual update. All you need to do is click on the Update Software button that will appear on your Player Settings page.

When you click the button, the server immediately sends a message to the player and your digital signage software will be updated. Make sure your player is online and connected to a stable power source. A power failure during any update (manual or automatic) could require a manual reinstall!

- Automatic Updates

The other way to remotely update your devices is to check the “Update player software automatically on device initialization” option, on your Player Settings:

This option will make your player check for updates when the devices start up. If an update is available, it will automatically be applied. Please note that both of these options, On Demand Updates and Automatic Updates, are only shown if your player supports this feature.

If you have installed the Android Digital Signage Player App manually on a non-rooted device, there is no way to update it remotely. That’s why we suggest that you should first try the following options:

  • Check if your device supports the System App.
  • If not, check if your device is rooted or if it supports root.

If none of the above options are available, installing the Play Store Version with Automatic updates enabled will allow you to keep your digital signage network up to date. As always, if you have any questions or comments, we would love to hear them. In the end, it all comes down to your experience with us!


How to Properly Root your Android Digital Signage Player

In order to benefit from some advanced features that OnSign TV offers, your digital signage player needs to allow access to functions that are normally restricted to regular applications.

Rebooting, powering off, remote view and remote updates require privileges that the Android operating system does not afford to regular applications.

If you are using a professional digital signage player from IAdea, this is not an issue, as we have worked with their engineering to make sure OnSign TV is completely integrated with the Android system without the need for rooting.

Likewise, if you are running a device compatible with our System Application Version, you will also get all the advanced functionalities without the need to root your Android Digital Signage Player.

If your device does not fall into the above categories, the only way to have access to these advanced features is by rooting your digital signage player. Rooting is a process that consists in installing a software that allows privileged operations to be run by regular applications. Historically the administrative user on unix systems is called "root", hence the verb "rooting".

Most of the rooting procedures require the installation of an application that allows you to control what apps can access these privileged resources, instead of simply giving out control to anyone that requests it. SuperSU is a fairly popular rooting application with over 10 million downloads and it is the recommended root manager for OnSign TV Android Player App.

Assuming that your digital signage player is already rooted, we will guide you on how to configure it in a way to maximize security and allow for a smoother OnSign TV operation. If you are not sure if your device is rooted, you can use an app like Root Checker to validate this. If your digital signage player is not rooted, you should check if rooting is available for your device and if it does not void warranties or breaks the law in your country.

We will focus primarily on SuperSU configuration. In case you want to use an alternative application, make sure equivalent settings are used.

We will make two configuration changes:

  • Disable any visual prompt that might disrupt your content;
  • Allow these settings to persist across updates.

The most common SuperSU configuration prompts the user with a dialog box like the one shown below:

The first thing you need to do is fire up Super SU and find the entry for OnSign TV under the apps tab. If no entry is found, start up OnSign TV and click Grant once the Super SU dialog appears. Then just return to SuperSU and you'll find the OnSign TV entry. On this entry, configure settings as following:

Plus, on SuperSU global settings, remember to disable Re-authentication. This will block SuperSU from asking for permission every time OnSign TV is updated:

With these settings in place, your rooted Android Digital Signage Player will run OnSign TV smoothly and you will benefit in two ways:

  • Your digital signage network can enjoy increased health due to periodic hardware reboots;
  • You will enjoy the peace of mind that the remote view functionality brings you!

If you have any questions regarding these procedures, our tech team will be more than happy to help you. Just send us a message at support@onsign.tv.

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