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Digital Signage at UMKC

Overview

Information Services has signed a campus-wide agreement with Rise Vision to provide a flexible, easy-to-use platform for departments to manage their visual communications. Whether you have an existing signage system to replace or are thinking about purchasing new digital signage, take a look at the bundled set of services and associated costs listed below.

What is Digital Signage?

Digital signage is a way of electronically displaying information in public spaces on campus. A digital sign consists of a display device, a wall mounted LCD screen, and a computer that will play back content. Rise Vision provides 300+ easily customizable templates to fit a variety of needs. These templates fit use cases such as Collegiate Sports, Sharing Health Information, Alumni Career Highlights, Severe Weather Warnings, and more. Rise Vision does have some limited interactive capabilities so that a viewer can actively select information on the display. However, this requires a custom website specifically tailored to deliver the information as well as a touch display.



Digital signage reduces clutter and improves the viewer experience with a consistent and targeted visual communication. Departments are able to showcase campus services, upcoming events, accomplishments, activities, and more.


Costs

Information Services has streamlined the process for acquiring digital signage on campus. Departments simply request a consultation with IS to outline their new signage needs and IS will manage the design and installation aspects of the project going forward (initial project costs are funded by the unit). Once the new system is up and running, it is enrolled in the IS Signage Support Program where ongoing support, maintenance, and equipment lifecycle are covered by IS. See below for what is included for a typical system enrolled in the Signage Support Program.


Standard Pricing for a New Rise Vision System

  • One-time costs to buy a new PC and Display - ~$1675
    • PC - $800
    • 42" Display - $875
      • Costs are adjusted for larger displays or touch displays
  • The annual cost for the same system would be - ~$890
    • Costs are adjusted for larger displays or touch displays
    • These fees include the following from Information Services:
      • Software License
      • Initial training on software from IS
      • Ongoing software support from IS
      • Dedicated content player PC
        • With warranty and built-in life cycle replacement as part of the annual fee
        • Operating system and image support and maintenance for the personal computer
      • (1) Display
        • With built-in life cycle replacement as part of the annual fee
        • Options for larger monitors, multiple monitor, or touchscreens setups are available
      • Complete hardware/software support and maintenance for the monitor and related equipment

Signage Content

  • Each division/unit is responsible for creating and maintaining their own content.
  • UMKC has access to a number of free data feeds/subscriptions that clients can use.
  • Some feeds and subscriptions are not free. If a unit chooses to purchase these feeds, the costs would be applied to their annual fee.
  • When warranted, UMKC leadership may utilize UMKC Signage Service displays for emergency notifications.
  • UMKC Signage Service displays may receive limited standard UMKC programming from Strategic Marketing and Communications in the future as this service develops.
    • The timing/amount of programming will be reviewed prior to distribution.
  • Rise Vision is integrated with Google Accounts to store and run content for your digital signage. Once a designated Content Provider for your department is selected, an email invitation from Rise Vision will be sent with login instructions.

Getting Started

To request new digital signage or transition your current signage system, please submit a ticket to the UMKC IS Technology Support Center or email TechSupportCenter@umkc.edu. If you need a custom solution please email UMKCISProjectManagement@umkc.edu. Someone from IS will be in touch with you to start the process.


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Helpful Links

If you have questions, need to report an IT issue, request a new IT service, or require additional help please visit ithelp.umkc.edu