West Chester University Sees Digital Signage as Daily and Emergency Communication Tool

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West Chester University of Pennsylvania has installed a campus-wide digital signage network that allows department heads across campus to distribute custom content to nearby screens. Additionally, WCU has integrated its emergency alert and campus text notification systems into the network’s software platform, allowing urgent messages to override content on all screens in case of emergencies.

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“After extensive review and testing, Scala software was the most suitable option for what we were looking for. It integrated well with our systems, and it was the most user friendly” said Teresa Hudson, Tech Fee Support Specialist at WCU.

West Chester University of Pennsylvania, part of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, has installed a campus-wide digital signage network that allows department heads across campus to distribute custom content to nearby screens. Additionally, WCU has integrated its emergency alert and campus text notification systems into the network’s software platform, allowing urgent messages to override content on all screens in case of emergencies.

WCU worked with audiovisual system integrator Visual Sound Inc. (Broomall, Pa.) to design and build the network. Working with Visual Sound, WCU chose Scala as its software platform because it enables departments to design and schedule their own content, and it integrates with the emergency service.

“After extensive review and testing, Scala software was the most suitable option for what we were looking for. It integrated well with our systems, and it was the most user friendly,” said Teresa Hudson, Tech Fee Support Specialist at WCU.

WCU designs and manages digital signage content and trains university personnel on how to create and upload their content using Scala Content Manager. Visual Sound supports WCU’s management of the technical aspects of the network, including the hardware.

The network currently includes 22 displays in 13 campus locations, and the project continues to expand.

For more information on West Chester University’s digital signage network, visit http://www.wcupa.edu/infoservices/informationtechnology/digitalsign/request_for_digital_display.asp

About West Chester University:
West Chester University is the fourth largest university in the Philadelphia region. It is a public institution founded in 1871 and is one of the 14 universities that comprise Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. With approximately 14,300 students, WCU is organized into five Colleges: Arts and Sciences; Business and Public Affairs; Education; Health Sciences; and Visual and Performing Arts. WCU currently offers more than 80 undergraduate and 70 master’s degree programs taught by 568 full-time and 149 part-time faculty.

About Visual Sound Inc.:
Visual Sound is a leading Audio Visual systems integrator, service provider and reseller of professional/broadcast audio, video and AV presentation technology. Founded in 1967, Visual Sound serves clients in the corporate, education, house of worship and government arenas. For customers planning special events or meetings, Visual Sound’s Rental and Staging Division is available to provide on-site production services or as-needed equipment rentals. Visual Sound is a certified WBE that is centrally located in Broomall, Pennsylvania with regional offices in Allentown, Harrisburg and Baltimore, Maryland. For more information, visit http://www.visualsound.com.

About Scala:
Driving more than 500,000 screens worldwide, Scala is a leading global provider of digital signage and advertising management solutions. Scala is the world’s first connected signage company, offering the leading platform for content creation, management and distribution in digital signage networks and the first unified platform for advertising management of both traditional and digital signage networks. The company's digital signage customers include Rabobank, IKEA, Burger King, T-Mobile, Virgin MegaStore, Warner Brothers, The Life Channel, Rikstoto, Repsol, NorgesGruppen, Audi, ECE Flatmedia, Kaufhof (Metro Group) and thousands more. Advertising management customers include CBS Outdoor, Clear Channel Outdoor and Magic Media, among others. Scala is headquartered near Philadelphia, USA, and has subsidiaries in Canada, The Netherlands, France, Norway, Germany and Japan, as well as more than 450 partners in more than 60 countries. More information is available at http://www.scala.com http://www.scala.com/.

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