What, in your opinion, is the single most effective addition to your digital signage network since it launched and why?
The most effective addition to my digital signage network has been the introduction of IPTV. With limited resources, specifically personnel along with the cost for break/fix to maintain 200+ PC-based displays, the introduction of IPTV has allowed my team to manage our existing network more easily. IPTV allows for fewer PCs on our network and is only used as channels or in areas with extremely poor bandwidth. However, we can still maintain 200+ endpoints. Think of it as a cable box in your home. You have one DVR system going to multiple TVs. This allows one channel to go to many endpoints as opposed to one to one. Each set to box (STB) receives a stream via multicast from a specific PC-based channel depending on the location. When one of my end-points fails, it is simply a matter of configuring a new STB and replacing the one no longer responding. In addition, since the box does not have an operating system, the break/fix ratio has dropped significantly.