Types Of Pads4 Systems
Digital Signage Standalone Installations.
You can use a laptop or desktop as the Standalone PC. It should meet the System Requirements and have a physical video connection to the display monitor.
Display Screens (Viewer)
This can be a Plasma, LCD or LED monitor. Think about the size required in relation to how far away your audience will be or from how far you want to “capture” an audience. Average screen sizes are between 30 – 50 inches. If you are using rich media, images, videos you should use high resolutions (e.g. 1920×10180). PADS software can use any of the standard resolution sizes and any custom size as well.
Digital Signage Network Installations.
This will depend on the size and critical nature of the display system.
PADS Manager/Agent/Designer PC(s)
These can run on the Pads Server or on separate PCs. So that you get a similar impression of how the content performs on the Viewer Screens it is advised that the specifications meet the System Requirements of the Viewer PCs. See Network Architecture for a typical PADS configuration. It is also advisable to have a monitor that is able to display the same resolution as the Viewers
In network configurations the location of the viewer PC is a consideration for both performance and security issues. The closer the PC is to the PC unit the less cabling is required, the image quality is not impeded and video boosters or extenders are not required. Therefore there are a few options that are available to overcome these issues. Commercial grade monitors (designed to run 24/7) like NEC or Panasonic, for example, have the ability to house PC units inside the screen unit itself. This is our preferred choice as it deals with both performance and security issues at once. Other units like Samsung have external lockable enclosures for PC units to sit in which is also very convenient. Other ways of overcoming these issues are to build lockable cupboards near the screens or put PC devises in the ceiling. The latter is not really recommended as physical access to the units is difficult and dust and heat can affect the units.
You can choose between Plasma, LCD or LED but not all of these have the same options re internal PC housing.
Size and resolution is also a matter for choice and consideration with the type of content you are going to display and how and where the displays are to be installed. Think from how far away you want the content to be seen and readable.
Your Viewers will require either a physical network Ethernet connection or a Wi-Fi configuration.