StrandVision Digital Signage today announced a new digital signage utility that is designed to enable electronic sign administrators to monitor the status of their StrandVision Digital Signage networks via a desktop PC or a smartphone from anywhere and at any time.
The new notification utility employs familiar and easily understood stoplight icons to indicate overall and individual digital media player status, the company said. Green signals normal operations; yellow indicates a potential problem that usually has not yet affected signage operation; red indicates a communication or player issue that has put the digital media player in automatic recovery mode while it waits for updates.
"StrandVision Digital Signage's patented delivery system is rock solid, but occasionally there are Internet or in-building distribution, power or media player issues," StrandVision founder and CEO Mike Strand said in the announcement. "This new electronic sign dashboard provides an instant snapshot of any digital media player that may be powered down or has rebooted due to a Microsoft update. Our smartphone utility lets administrators keep an eye on things to immediately address the situation and confirm the recovery results."
The free smart phone monitoring utility is meant to be especially helpful for administrators of multiple digital signage networks, the company said. In that case, the top level stoplight indicates if there is an issue with any player in the system. Administrators are then able to drill down through the individual networks to zero in on the specific digital signage player at issue. Specific details for any electronic sign player can be seen by clicking on the appropriate stoplight.
This new capability supplements StrandVision's automatic email notification system that sends status notifications to administrators and/or designated technical staff.
"This is another example of a customer request being translated into a free digital signage feature," said Strand. "In this case, the administrator of a major Midwest hospital network mentioned that he would like to be able to remotely check on the status of their digital signage network from his phone, and we knew that others could benefit from such a smartphone notification utility."
The free StrandVision Digital Signage smartphone utility is available immediately to registered subscribers, the company said.
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