Digital signage is a great option for communicating information through text, images and video.
What is Digital Signage
Digital Signage is essentially any display that broadcasts information. It could be a small screen that provides company employees with information about meetings or a large-scale LED display in Times Square advertising a product.
At LAVA, we focus on tablet-based digital signage that can be used in permanent installations. Most Android tablets are between 7 and 13 inches so they are ideally suited for use in areas where you don’t have the room to install a large TV or monitor.
This page will provide an overview of the different options available for digital signage. Should your digital signage be interactive? Should you go with Wi-Fi or Ethernet? How do you wish to power your digital signage setup and more…
How LAVA Can Help
LAVA SimulChargeTM adapters provide simultaneous power and data to compatible mobile devices. This ensures the mobile device’s battery doesn’t die out while it is in use. Our Enterprise adapters are also designed to never draw power from the tablet. So, in the event of a blackout, the tablet’s battery won’t be drained by the adapter.
LAVA Enterprise SimulChargeTM adapters are divided into two main categories: our entry-level n Series adapters, which feature Docking Detect for a reliable connection, and our top-tier e Series adapters with RBM technology, which includes advanced features, such as Battery Modulation and Network Recovery.
n Series SimulChargeTM adapters
Featuring Docking Detect
SimulChargeTM adapters come in various port configurations, including options for Ethernet and multiple USB-A ports for peripherals.
Wireless vs. Wired Network Connection
LAVA SimulChargeTM Ethernet adapters come with a 10/100-capable wired network connection. It offers a better solution than Wi-Fi, which is vital if you need to update your signage's content over the network.
- Available in all Android tablets
- No cables needed
- Easy to set up
- Doesn't need to be near router/network switch
- Wi-Fi signal could be weak depending on where tablet is installed
- Connecting through Wi-Fi is less secure than using a cable
- Too many devices connecting wirelessly can bog down network
- Faster and more reliable than Wi-Fi
- Many commercial buildings already have Ethernet as part of infrastructure
- Easy to set up
RBM's Network Recovery (found in e Series adapters) adds reliability
- Automatically recovers a wired network connection if it unexpectedly drops out
- Requires an adapter as tablet won’t have Ethernet out of the box
- Ethernet cables required
USB-A Ports for Peripherals
It isn't usually necessary to add peripherals to your digital signage setup, unless it is serving a secondary purpose as a tablet kiosk. However, if you don't wish to update the tablet's content over the internet, you could do it manually. You could save the updated content to the tablet's storage via a USB memory stick you can plug into the SimulChargeTM adapter.
USB-A Port Configuration Options for LAVA Adapters
For most permanent applications, LAVA recommends using wired setups. Find out more about the benefits of wired setups here.
Powering Your Digital Signage
LAVA SimulChargeTM adapters are available in three different power options: Power over Ethernet (PoE) , 9-36VDC power and 5VDC power.
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Interactive or Non-Interactive?
Interactivity isn’t a prerequisite for digital signage, but it can be a useful feature, depending on your situation.
Interactive digital signage lets consumers physically engage with the display’s content to created a personalized advertising experience.
Non-interactive digital signage is more akin to traditional advertising, such as a billboard. It transmits the advertisements in a fixed sequence whether people are watching the display or not.
Are you protected from Battery Swelling/Bloating?
Battery swelling or bloating is where a lithium-ion battery literally expands from overcharging. It arises when the tablet is connected to power 24/7. It can damage both the battery and mobile device, requiring you to replace it. When a mobile device is left connected to power, it can continue to trickle charge after the lithiumion battery hits full capacity. This can lead to battery damage in the long-term.
If you are using an RBM-equipped adapter with your tablet-based digital signage, then you can take advantage of its overcharge protection feature, Battery Modulation :
How do you plan to mount your digital signage?
Housing your digital signage in an enclosure offers greater protection for the tablet. It also provides you with better security for permanent installations as you can lock the tablet and adapter in place. Many enclosures can also be mounted on a wall.
At LAVA, we build enclosures from the electronics up, integrating everything. They are built to the specifications of the tablet and are designed to house it seamlessly with the SimulChargeTM adapter.
We can build custom enclosures for customers on request but we also offer one off-the-shelf enclosure. The M8 nP2UE was built to be used with the eight-inch Lenovo Tab M8 HD (TB-8505F). It has an integrated nLTS-P2UE adapter, which features PoE, Ethernet and two USB-A ports for peripherals. The enclosure also has VESA mounting holes, so it can easily be attached to a wall, door or wherever you need it.
How to Build a Digital Display
A Guide to Digital Signage
The world of digital signage can be confusing, trust us, we know. LAVA products have been used in various signage applications, such as in-store retail displays, information kiosks and patient door displays in hospitals. That is why we have put together a simple guide to help people navigate through all the questions that they face while trying to set up their digital displays. This guide covers topics such as what type of screen to use, where to install it, how to update the content, and more!