Thanksgiving with Digital Signage

Thanksgiving was yesterday. But with digital signage it can be today, tomorrow, next week or anytime throughout the year. Because a major advantage of digital signage is that you can update content, modify it or create entirely new content quickly, and push it to your displays even quicker.

This means you can interrupt your regularly scheduled program at any time with messages of appreciation for your employees, customers, and anyone else that could use a smile on a given day. Run it for a while then pick up right where you left off.

Here are some ideas that can help you say thanks with digital signage and cultivate an attitude of gratitude throughout your organization. Not just because it’s that time of year, but because honest appreciation can go a long way.

Employee spotlight – Use digital signage content to thank employees for their hard work, either with company-wide congratulations, team messaging and group photos, or by highlighting specific employees whose accomplishments were stellar.

Accentuate the positive – Highlight company achievements, i.e., big sales, awards received, goals met, new business, special events, volunteer day activities, recent hires. Use photos and videos whenever possible.

Spread the joy – Encourage employees to share what they like most about the company or their job – post the comments on a screen in the lunch room or lounge area as a happy reminder of the positives of their work.

When customers/clients say thanks – Unless you’re a charity you might not get these too often (people are forgetful), but when you do, let them shine – customer accolades are a wonderful way to make your employees feel proud of their contributions.

Inspiration station – People love inspirational quotes because the quotes can connect with anyone. On social media, for example, inspiring quotes tend to be one of the most engaging types of content. Make it relevant, and combine the quotes with beautiful images to create a pleasant atmosphere.

Be social – Post your company’s social media feeds on your digital signage. It’s ideal for increasing employee engagement and keeping everyone in the know.

Give back – Thanksgiving Day takes a huge toll on local food pantries, and right after the holiday is a great time to help restock their shelves. Digital signage is so easy to work with that on Monday morning you could have an eye-catching message on your screens announcing a post-holiday food drive. Add photos of the donated food items as they accumulate.

Have fun – Want to have an enjoyable meeting? Get together and brainstorm ways to show appreciation on your digital signage. The power of sincere thanks cannot be overestimated. Nor can the power of the right content in the right place at the right time.

May you always have plenty to be thankful for, and the digital signage to show it.

Over 10,000 LG Commercial Displays and
SAVI Canvas Software Enhance the Topgolf Experience for Millions

It was an amazing display of collaboration. And it changed the face of automated technology with one of the largest and most impactful integrations of digital signage ever: over 10,000 LG commercial displays combined with SAVI Canvas software in more than 50 Topgolf venues.

Topgolf venues feature high-tech gaming, climate-controlled hitting bays, a chef-driven menu, hand-crafted cocktails, music, corporate and social event spaces, and more. Topgolf venues entertain more than 20 million guests annually at nearly 60 locations across the U.S. and internationally.

To offer guests the ultimate sports and entertainment experience across all venues, Topgolf wanted to enhance its technology platform by transitioning from consumer televisions to durable, reliable commercial displays. The goal was to create a customizable display solution with a longer shelf life and an exceptional warranty. The displays would need to accurately and clearly present rich colors and vivid details, while splitting the screen into three sections to accommodate varying content from different sources. And the displays would need to seamlessly connect to one another for quick and easy management from a central location.

Topgolf enlisted AV control software leader SAVI Controls and commercial display technology leader LG Business Solutions USA, along with Topgolf’s longtime systems integrator Diem Digital, to create a solution called SAVI Canvas. This software was developed by SAVI Controls to run exclusively on LG’s webOS Signage platform.

SAVI Canvas combined with LG webOS Signage enables Topgolf to control, manage and deliver content to displays at each venue from their central headquarters in Dallas – all over a single network cable. This solution also meets Topgolf’s need for a tri-pane display feature, giving Topgolf the flexibility to display broadcast and satellite programs, Topgolf TV, marketing messaging, and custom content from its gaming systems, within the tri-pane solution on a single portrait display. All of which further elevates the guest experience.

Diem Digital specifically selected LG’s 55-inch 55SM5KE hybrid outdoor displays for their reliability, picture quality and customizability. Connectivity is simple with a power cable and a CAT 5 connection in the back. Because the displays are in an outdoor environment, SAVI developed new custom mounts and protective shroud enclosures which LG certified for warranty purposes, providing Topgolf improved ongoing service and support for the display hardware. All displays are monitored by a CMS app for display health status at the Dallas headquarters.

Since deploying the solution at more than 50 locations, Topgolf has seen significant benefits, heard positive feedback and achieved unprecedented innovation. The implementation of the LG displays and SAVI Canvas solution not only enabled Topgolf to manage displays remotely, but also significantly reduced the failure rate and replacement labor overhead of previous consumer displays.

Read a detailed Topgolf case study here.

Nine Reasons Your Company Should Want
Thin Clients

Thin Client endpoints deliver the performance a demanding workforce requires, along with the simplified management and built-in security ITDMs crave. They can be used with various operating systems like Windows and Linux to take advantage of whatever situation the business would like, and can be a business’s ‘window to the cloud’ to help achieve the most ROI with the lowest TCO. Let’s look at why Thin Clients might be right for you.

1) Tailored for demanding environments – Thin Clients are designed for wherever security, manageability and a streamlined user experience are crucial factors for success. Whether deployed in data-heavy healthcare and finance contexts or cost-sensitive higher education settings, Thin Clients have the inherent security to protect valuable data and simplified, centralized management to minimize potential downtime.

2) Inherent endpoint security – Thin Clients keep threats from malware and viruses at bay by preventing direct access to the data center, minimizing potential downtime due to compromising attacks and keeping work schedules on track.

3) Useful connectivity options – Thin Clients provide more ways to connect, with a wide array of ports to meet any team’s work needs or preferences, including HDMI, fast-charging USB Type-C™, Ethernet and more.

4) Stylish, differentiated form factors – The LG Thin Client portfolio embraces high quality and sharp design. And with a lineup ranging from ultra-thin, ultra-lightweight MIL-STD-810G laptops to the 38-inch class Curved UltraWideÔ All-In-One (AIO) monitor to the flexible, most compact box form, they can optimize almost any work environment.

5) Versatile deployment options – The Thin Client portfolio streamlines any IT infrastructure, no matter the scale or need. Most come equipped for 2K–4K dual-monitor resolutions, letting users take full advantage of multi-functional daisy chain configurations. From refitting the common desktop to keeping a mobile workforce connected, Thin Clients can simplify the workday.

6) High-performance display quality – LG Thin Clients support graphics-intensive applications with ease, with wider screen sizes to accommodate expanded levels of multitasking and IPS screen technology for crisp, clear images with vivid colors from virtually any viewing angle.

7) Easy on the budget – Already less expensive to deploy, integrate and manage, Thin Clients go even further by consuming less energy than traditional desktop PC setups, thanks to a minimal design and long product lifecycle.

8) Low-noise environments – LG Thin Clients are built with fanless designs that don’t add distracting office noise.

9) Fewer replaceable parts – Built with fewer breakable parts that could require maintenance or replacement over time, Thin Clients have extended product life and no fear of the obsolescence common to most IT fleets.

LG Thin Client endpoints are efficient, versatile, secure and cost-effective in virtually every deployment, and can help your company get the most from your cloud infrastructure.


LG Outdoor DVLED Gives Toronto Sports Fans a Huge View of the Big Games

There’s always a tremendous amount of fan excitement in Toronto’s Maple Leaf Square before and during hockey games; and in Jurassic Park, home to Raptors fans during basketball games. The public square has a capacity of 5,000 people, and hosts pre-game gatherings and outdoor viewings of games like season openers and playoffs for both the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Raptors.

Games going on inside the arena are displayed live on the outdoor screen for public viewing, and fans have been known to line up the night before in eager anticipation.

So, when you’ve got 5,000 energized fans outside wanting a great view of the big game inside, what’s the best way to accommodate them?

The solution is a massive new LG outdoor Direct View LED (DVLED) display. It’s now part of Maple Leaf Square, and it replaces a previous, smaller screen.

According to rAVe [PUBS], “Giving Toronto sports fans a superior viewing experience in Maple Leaf Square adjacent to the Scotiabank Arena, the new 2,200-square-foot LG DVLED display is 37 percent larger than the previous screen. The installation of the new 62-by-35-foot screen marks the expanded partnership between MLSE and LG, which have a shared mindset of elevating every game for fans. LG Electronics Canada is the exclusive Consumer Electronics Partner of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Raptors.”

rAVe adds, “The LG DVLED screen (with a 6mm pixel pitch) consists of 1,269 modules housed in 168 cabinets that make up the single screen. Each cabinet is equipped with an IP-66 rating to ensure the highest level of protection and performance in any weather, and each module features a premium-tier chipset that provides rich, saturated colors and a high level of brightness to ensure quality display even in direct sunlight.”

Fans and visitors alike have a whole lot to love. See the new LG Outdoor DVLED in action:

Cisco and LG Offer Expanded Video Conferencing and Display Solutions for Business

To address the ever-growing need for more effective business communication and information sharing, Cisco and LG are offering an expanded range of outstanding solutions for video conferencing, content delivery and presentations. These technology pairings ensure the user experience is simple, straightforward, eye-catching and engaging every time. Support is coordinated, consistent and available globally from Cisco and LG.

Cisco video conferencing solutions coupled with LG commercial displays create premium, turnkey collaboration systems scalable for small to large business environments.

The entry-level Cisco Webex Room Kit Mini video conferencing package includes camera, codec, speaker and microphones integrated into a single device for small groups of up to 5 people. Further video conferencing packages include the Webex Room Kit, Webex Room Kit Plus and Webex Room Kit Pro, to accommodate larger and deeper rooms of up to 14 people with enhanced features, flexibility and control. All products offer sophisticated camera technologies that bring speaker-tracking capabilities to every room.

System features include remote management for greater convenience and control, adaptive audio input for incoming calls, low latency detection to eliminate echo or lip sync issues, auto system and display standby mode, automatic integration and no-touch setup.

When coupled with Cisco-compatible LG displays, these kits offer outstanding, crystal-clear conferencing. Display offerings include a wide selection of series and sizes, and the visual connection is second to none. LG’s IPS panels provide true-to-life colors, deep black levels and rich color saturation for amazing contrast and color detail at virtually any viewing angle. So everyone in the meeting has the best seat in the house.

Cisco-compatible LG displays include the FHD SM5KE, SM5KD, SM5KC, SM5D and SM5C Series; 4K UHD UH5E, UH5C, UM3E, UM3C Series and LS95D; UHD Ultra Stretch BH7D; and Touch Screen TR3E and TC3D Series and TR3D Interactive Digital Boards in FHD or UHD, depending on size.