Administrators can now automatically post Google Calendar and Microsoft Outlook Calendar meeting notices and room schedules to digital media players over their StrandVision electronic sign networks.
October 17, 2012
StrandVision Digital Signage today announced that it has added a convenience feature to its digital signage software that enables administrators to post Google Calendar and Microsoft Outlook Calendar meeting notices automatically to a digital media player over their StrandVision electronic sign networks.
The feature is a configurable free option on StrandVision's Content Management System (CMS) on its cloud-based administrator portal. Once set up, the system automatically displays the event name, time and location across the designated StrandVision Digital Signage displays. The Google and Outlook Calendar feature eliminates the need for administrators to reenter meeting information that they want to display over their networks. As the meeting is added or updated in the calendar, it automatically updates the StrandVision Digital Signage server cloud, which updates the digital signage content shown on the screens.
The free digital signage feature is a valuable addition for schools and colleges, hotels, conference centers, nursing homes, clubs and associations - any organization that can use digital signs to promote its meetings or events.
"This is another great business marketing feature that was created based on customer requests," said Mike Strand, StrandVision founder and CEO. "We've added the powerful calendar capability to our electronic signage system that, like so many StrandVision options, literally requires no thought or effort once it's set up. The scheduling operator doesn't even have to think about it. For instance, a secretary or function manager at a hotel can continue to schedule rooms in Outlook or Google Calendar and the notices are automatically posted on all of the digital signage displays - no effort, no mistakes."
Set up is easy. Users simply create an RSS feed from their Outlook Calendar to StrandVision through a Google Calendar bridge. They then select the display criteria (current day, week or other parameter), and create a StrandVision Digital Signage page to display the information. The page is added to the digital signage content page rotation. The digital signage calendar is updated hourly as events are added to or removed from the Google or Outlook calendar.
The new calendar feature is free and available immediately to StrandVision electronic signage subscribers by logging in to their CMS portal at StrandVision.com .
StrandVision LLC, based in Menomonie, Wisconsin, delivers low-cost, Web-based digital signage software through a patented Software as a Service (SaaS) approach that delivers content to subscribers' LCD flat panel screens, as well as computer screens and websites. StrandVision's service distributes text and graphics pages, video content and national and local weather and news. It is ideal for many large and small business marketing applications, including medical and dental offices (patient education); banks, retailers and industrial distributors (video merchandising); education (student communication, staff and visitor information); employee break rooms (employee communication of events and benefits); nonprofit and religious organizations (member and supporter communication).
StrandVision also offers PC-2-TV.net, a fully digital, high-definition (HD) video extender to connect a computer to a television over long distances for use with digital signage and many other applications. StrandVision Digital Signage services and PC-2-TV.net are available directly from StrandVision and through registered affiliates and system integrators. Additional information about StrandVision Digital Signage is available at StrandVision.com, 715-235-7446 or by email.