Digital Signage, Brief Glossary of FWi/Digital Signage Terminology

This article provides a brief glossary of FWi and general digital signage terminology.

Glossary of FWi/Digital Signage Terminology

Digital Signage Network: 

A collection of digital signs under the scope of responsibility of a a given organization. This responsibility can be defined in terms of content creation/management, player management, installation. and/or content management systems.

Content Manager Desktop:

Content Manager Desktop (CMD) is the client application used to build and deploy digital signs.

For more information visit the FWi Community site page: Content Manager Desktop :: Network Overview

Content Players:

Defined in the FWi Content Manager Network Overview, players represent the individual computing devices that display digital signage content. Digital signage players the FWi Content Player software which runs on several platforms, however only the Windows-client is licensed by the digital signage service and the Urbana campus.

For more information visit the FWi Community site page: Content Players

Network Overview:

The interface pane in FWI Content Manager that organizes manages signs, scheduled templates, scheduled content, playlists, and channels.

For more information visit the FWi Community site page: Content Manager Desktop :: Network Overview

Locations:

Within the FWi Content Manager Network Overview, Locations are used to organize digital signs by physical location, organization, sign type, or other logical criteria.

For more information visit the FWi Community site page: Content Manager Desktop :: Locations

Templates:

Templates are used to divide a digital signage screen into distinct regions used to display content or as design elements.

For more visit the FWi Community site pages: 

Regions:

A region is an area on a template where content is played and interactivity is defined. Regions can have size, shape, locations; background image or color (with opacity); and can be layered in relation to other regions.

For more information visit the FWi Community site page: Content Manager Desktop :: Regions

Timeline:

The Timeline View helps a user visualize the scheduling of content and templates. The view displays horizontal bars that line up with the templates, regions, and content items of the Network Overview. A purple bar indicates the scheduling for a template, yellow indicates the scheduling for a region or individual content item, and blue indicates the scheduling of a category. Solid bars display when an item is set to play all day, every day with no end date. Bars with breaks indicate special scheduling.

For more information visit the FWi Community site page: Content Manager Desktop :: Timeline View

Preview Pane:

Allows a sign developer to see a working version of their digital sign in FWi Content Manager without having to deploy it to an active player.

For more information visit the FWi Community site page: Content Manager Desktop :: Preview Pane

RS232 Control:

RS-232 is a communications protocol that allows computers to talk to many devices. Enabling control of the display monitor requires establishing the RS-232 connection and programming the control functions. With the proper components and configuration, FWi Content Player has the ability to control the display monitor via an RS-232 connection, allowing the player to turn the monitor on / off, set the volume, set the video input, and issue an automatic adjust command, all accomplished with real-time controls or as functions of signage content.

For more information visit the FWi Community site page: RS-232 Overview





Keywords:Digital Signage, Signage, FWi, Four Winds Interactive   Doc ID:80780
Owner:Thomas K.Group:University of Illinois Technology Services
Created:2018-03-12 10:22 CDTUpdated:2018-03-12 10:49 CDT
Sites:University of Illinois Technology Services
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