ASK THE BOARD: Outdoor Hardware Improvements

What improvements have you seen in hardware that have made it easier to install, operate and maintain displays in outdoor locations?
This week’s question is answered by members of the DSE Advisory Board

Read the Answer by Doug Anderson

“There are a few improvements, namely, heavier, stronger case materials along with recessed and watertight sealed connector compartments. This makes mounting outdoors easier, and tougher screens are less prone to scratching.”
Senior Director – Digital Strategy and Innovation
LA Metro Transit

Read the Answer by Floyd Appleman

“Outdoor menu boards have been a challenging space for us the last few years. Reliability in the harsher climates has tested even the most robust equipment. The media player we had survived the heat…”
Manager, Technology Development – The Wendy’s Company

Read the Answer by Jesse Breidinger

“The improvements that I’ve seen made in terms of outdoor hardware relate to my experience with concession digital menu boards within NFL stadiums. In the past, outdoor displays required large external boxes to protect the screens from the elements including weather and extreme temperatures.”
Senior Customer Marketing Manager – The Coca-Cola Company

Read the Answer by Algernon Callier

“I would say the main improvements I’ve seen in hardware are in three areas…”
VP | Strategic Innovation & Emerging Technology
Universal Parks & Resorts

Read the Answer by Penny Carter

“When dealing with outdoor display locations, it is important to understand the two basic types of installations. The first, one that I have not dealt with, are backlit LED screens housed within an enclosure.”
Digital Signage Lead – Lockheed Martin

Read the Answer by Lawrence Chang

“While we’re not much involved with outdoor signage, we’ve seen tremendous strides in many facets of outdoor installations. LED technology enabled displays to handle bright and sunny environments, where their brightness helped alleviate the lack of visibility.”
Director, IT – Calgary TELUS Convention Centre

Read the Answer by Jorge de la Parra

“There are a few improvements of note: On the display side, the monitors require less environmental support such as heating and cooling. They still require it (especially in distinct geographical regions with harsh weather conditions), but they are becoming more self-sufficient.”
Director, Business Consulting Services – Jack In The Box

Read the Answer by Dominic DeSieno

“A big improvement in hardware that I’ve seen is the advancement in OPS players. These players are designed to slide into an expansion slot built in to the monitor. Once the player is inside the monitor…”
Digital Signage Technical Lead, Corporate Video Services Team
Wells Fargo

Read the Answer by Len Dudis

“I’m a huge fan of the new all-in-one fully encased all-weather displays. They are certainly not for every application, but they do simplify the process for those areas where they make sense. I have seen vast improvements in quality and brightness over the past few years…”
CIO – Grupo Vidanta

Read the Answer by Michael Dwyer

“In the restaurant space, drive-through menu solutions have been more of a focus for us. What we are seeing and hearing is that the brightness of the screens is improving, making them easier to read.”
Senior Marketing Manager, Digital – Subway

Read the Answer by Adam Feldman

“There have been improvements to hardware that better prepare displays for the outdoors. It comes in the form of better cooling and circulation for the display, possibly dipping the displays to better protect against moisture.”
Executive Director, Audio Visual Systems and Digital Media Distribution – MGM Resorts International

Read the Answer by Paul Fleuranges

“I think the advancements recently announced in the SoC vertical, as well as all the different flavors of Raspberry Pi, are helping to move the needle to more nimble display options for indoor and especially outdoor displays.”
Vice President, Corporate Communications – New York City Transit Authority

Read the Answer by Mark Geiger

“I have seen many improvements over the years, and it will get better with time. One of the many improvements in outdoor LED displays is the front access panels that utilize magnets. This has made installation and maintenance much easier.”
Advertising Sales Manager of Products and Services
Georgia World Congress Center

Read the Answer by Joshua Goodwin

“Advancements in technology are making our lives easier and more efficient every day. When it comes to outdoor digital signage, this is also the case. One of the most relevant advances in outdoor digital displays is “High Bright” technology.”
Digital Media Specialist – Eileen Fisher, Inc.

Read the Answer by Spencer Graham

“More than eight years ago, we installed two outdoor monitors as part of our initial roll-out of 10 digital signs on our three Morgantown campuses at West Virginia University. Digital signage was still in the “toddler stage…”
Manager of Operations, Information Stations, Interactive Video, Network & Web ServicesWest Virginia University

Read the Answer by Jerry Harris

“The latest improvements to outdoor displays are wide ranging from the modular fabrication to being lightweight and easy to service. Lightweight outdoor display fabrication requires less structural/robust mounting hardware.”
Senior Director, Exhibits Graphics & AV Services – Georgia Aquarium

Read the Answer by Thomas Kunka

“Of the 350+ digital signs comprising our campus network, a grand total of zero are outdoor. I would suspect that campus environments, particularly those in non-optimal climates, have fewer opportunities to deploy outdoor digital signage.”
Senior Application Specialist – University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Read the Answer by Terry McFarland

“I remember the days when you had to invite construction crews and/or consultants to the meeting about installing an outdoor screen. This was so because you had to deal with buying or developing enclosures…”
Manager, Disney Information Design & Experience
Walt Disney Parks & Resorts

Read the Answer by Jennifer Merrill

“Projection mapping onto buildings has been a huge improvement to typical permanent digital installations.”
Program Manager – Amazon

Read the Answer by Jim Riley

“The technological advances for hardware as they relate to outdoor signage have created additional options and formats along with allowing the operational side to be very user-friendly. Examples of these options include a variety of outdoor digital signage displays…”
Director of Marketing – Columbus Blue Jackets

Read the Answer by Wayne Rorex

“The biggest improvement we have seen is in the quality and availability of the newer, versatile, vandal-resistant enclosures. The harmful elements that our displays are exposed to are more likely human than nature.”
Management Analyst – City of Los Angeles

Read the Answer by David Saleme

“Several areas of improvement in hardware have made it easier to install, operate and maintain outdoor digital displays. Wireless connectivity, for example, has allowed for the placement and management of signs in locations where data runs…”
Manager, Business Development – Columbus Regional Airport Authority

Read the Answer by Allegra Sandelli

“While I don’t have any personal experience with outdoor installs at TD Bank, I was able to turn to my trusted digital partner for his perspective on improvements in hardware for outdoor installs.”
Senior Vice President, Marketing
TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®

Read the Answer by Ralph Schorbach

“Content is king, but it always seems to go back to hardware. This month’s question revolves around hardware and how hardware improvements make installation, operation and maintenance for displays in outdoor locations easier.”
IT Manager – Fairplex

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