UMN Digital Signage

 

Digital signage—also called a digital display—displays content on a screen, similar to a bulletin board. The technology gives the flexibility to easily create a dynamic playlist of content on a screen including events, marketing promotions, news, and profiles.

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Advantages to Using Digital Signage

  • Easy access - Login and create content with your University login and favorite web browser.
  • Consistent branding - Use UMN branded templates that represent your unit and the University brand guidelines, while also addressing common accessibility issues.
  • Flexible sharing - Share bulletins and images across the digital signage platform and easily access centrally shared content.
  • Multiple file and integration options - Easily display content including video and audio files, widget content such as countdown timers and weather, and integrate with other University tools like Google calendar.
  • Flexible display options - Upload content once to show up on one display or multiple displays within your department.
  • Add new players - Join the contract at any time.
  • Centrally managed - Software support, user management, device installation and security updates are centrally managed by University Relations (UR), Classroom Technology Services and Office of Information Technology.

Deciding if Carousel Cloud is Right For You

Carousel Cloud is appropriate if you need the capability to do any of the following:

  • Easily share your bulletins with other units
  • Receive sharable bulletings from other units
  • Your monitors need interactive capabilities

Carousel Cloud is not appropriate if you:

  • Use a monitor to play a TV channel

Cost

  • Annual unit share of UMN Carousel Cloud subscription - The annual rate per media player is passed onto the units, which is based on the total number of media players systemwide. The current cost is less than $200.
  • UR's contribution - UR holds the central contract for Carousel Cloud and covers the annual subscription cost.
  • Additional expenses - Units are responsible for costs associated with purchasing hardware and installation.

Contact ddsadm@umn.edu to Sign Up  for UMN Digital Signage

User Roles and Responsibilities

The UMN Digital Signage allows you the flexibility to grant three different levels of access to edit your digital display's content. Below are the different access levels for digital signage. Review them carefully and choose only the access level your user(s) need(s).

Please note:

  • Faculty, staff, and student internet IDs are acceptable users. For security purposes, departmental email addresses are not permitted to have access.
  • Request to add, remove, or change user access by emailing ddsadm@umn.edu.

Marcom Leads

Our Marcom Leads, as identified on the Unit Marcom Leads web page, are integral in ensuring the digital signage content complies with University brand standards and digital signage policies. The Marcom Lead is responsible for requesting new digital signage, including hardware and access. While they are included on the UMN Digital Signage Google Group, they have no access to the UMN Digital Signage platform. A Marcom Lead can have any of the following roles.

Digital Signage Access and Roles

ResponsibilitySignage ManagerContent ApproverContent Creator
Reviews and approves requests to add, update, or remove UMN Digital Signage users

Yes

No

No

Communicates with UMN Help Desk for technical issues resolution

Yes

No

No

Submits updates to zones or channels

Yes

No

No

Approves content created by Content Creators

No

Yes

No

Edits and publishes digital signage content

No

Yes

No

Authorized to add, edit, or delete bulletins or communal media (i.e., templates, backgrounds, pictures, videos, etc.) within assigned zones

No

Yes

No

Create digital signage content

No

Yes

Yes

Is on UMN Digital Signage Google Group

Yes

Yes

Yes

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