Digital signage is helping children heal at the Walt Disney Pavilion at Florida Hospital for Children in Orlando, Fla., according to an announcement from BTX Technologies, a value-added distributor and manufacturer of interface, integration, and system products.

BTX supplied 30 HD digital signage players from Gefen LLC to the Pavilion to drive content aimed at helping to create a stress-free and emotionally healing environment with nature footage to displays on three themed hospital floors.

A highlight of the Walt Disney Pavilion is the Disney-themed lobby featuring popular characters from "The Lion King," "The Jungle Book" and "The Little Mermaid." The themes are also reflected in three of the pavilion's floors, which offer savanna, jungle and ocean themes. In addition to distinct lighting, color and even smell, each floor features 10 flat-panel monitors in its hallways, each playing HD nature footage that corresponds to its theme. Content is driven to the displays using the Gefen HD players purchased from BTX.

Gefen's HD player can play back multiple HD A/V formats, allowing for connections to all standard displays. The HDMI output supports video content up to 1080p full HD, and the VGA cable supports video content up to 1280 by 1024. The player also features a ministereo analog output in case audio needs to be routed to an external audio amplifier or listening device.

The included Gefen DSP Server Pro software suite provides all the tools needed to create playlists and schedules properly, as well as manage all the devices in a digital signage application. Content can also be scheduled and updated over an external USB drive. This is an important feature for the Florida Hospital for Children, as the hospital does not use a server to manage the Gefen players.

"The themed displays have proven to be a very popular attraction. The nature content provides a welcome distraction for families placed in a very stressful, and often painful, situation. It is gratifying to see them walk down the halls and be calmed by the atmosphere we have created," said Tim Burrill, vice president of construction for Florida Hospital for Children. "With Gefen's HD Digital Signage Players, we've been able to accomplish this without adding to the busy schedules of hospital staff. And if we ever do experience any issues, it's reassuring to know that we can count on support from BTX."

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