The technical secrets of strong digital signage software

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When working in an IT department, focussing on system performance is key. No need to say you need a stable digital signage software. Especially when working in complex organisations you need a system of excellent quality.

That’s why we listed 5 characteristics of a stable digital signage software. 

1. Strong digital signage software is backwards compatible

A quality digital signage software gets frequent updates, making it possible for users to get more out of their screen communication. Looking at the future and new digital signage possibilities is important of course. But that doesn’t mean you have to forget the past. 

What if you continue to use older screens or players? Will your software still work? Or will it affect your messages? We want to make sure our customers can use the equipment they want, brand new or less recent. That’s why Centoview is and will remain backwards compatible. 

2. It uses a store & forward principle: never a blank screen

A lot of basic digital signage platforms use streaming to display messages. The upside? It’s quite cheap, even free at times. The downside? Whenever you have a poor internet connection or your network struggles with downtime, your digital signage gets interrupted.

Thanks to the store and forward principle, Centoview first downloads all your content components locally (images, fonts, text, visual effects …), stores them on your players and then assembles all the pieces locally again to forward the message you created back to your screens. 

3. Good digital signage software has extensive reporting possibilities

Need to know if your players are working as they should? Just had an update and want to know if this impacted your digital signage players? You should be able to report this through the software.

Thanks to Centoview’s extensive reporting possibilities, you can verify at any given time whether a player or screen is functioning correctly. Or, if you need historical data, you can generate performance reports whenever they are needed, over any period of time. 

4. You can connect the software with your own data (xml, json, txt, api)

A good quality digital signage software can build visualisations coming from different sources. You can generate messages based on different extensions like .xml, .json, .txt, .api, etc. Think about meeting information, restaurant menus, company kpi’s and so on.

The only thing you have to do is determine what you want to visualize, coming from which data source. The development team translates this to a perfect visualisation, and the software does the rest. This is a great example of automatically transforming dry information into attractive messages.

5. The software uses a highly secure data transmission

A number one priority for every IT department is safety. That’s why Centoview first encrypts your data and then sends them to our servers through a firewall cluster. If needed, this happens through VPN for maximum security. Next, your players contact our servers to download your data, after which they are stored locally. 

Is your data flow interrupted? Centoview allows you to identify which source stopped transmitting data and caused the interruption. Next, our support team and our customer automatically gets a notification.

As a plus, Centoview proved itself to be hacking and intrusion proof, making it rock steady and very reliable. No need to worry about potential data breaches. 

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