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Xavier U Controls Arena Signage on the Run

A year after implementing an extensive high-definition video system in its arena, Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH has begun using a remote access application on mobile devices to show off the signage to potential sponsors and event producers. The result: more sponsorship sales and events.

Xavier has a suite of digital displays in Cintas Center, including four video screens in the center, four full-motion scoring displays, LED ring and ribbon displays, and an endzone video screen. The images on all of those are controlled through VisionSOFT, an application put out by ANC Sports, which provides a way to control media across digital signage in sports facilities.

The institution wanted an efficient way to demonstrate the digital signage functionality while walking around the arena with prospective customers. It chose LogMeIn Ignition, a remote access utility that allows the user to control PCs, Macs, and servers from an Apple iOS or Google Android device. Now, users can log into and control the applications residing on their main systems from their mobile devices.

According to a statement from LogMeIn, the Cintas Center has added 20 more events to the schedule this year than it had last year. A video demonstration of the set-up shows a staff person using a Motorola XOOM tablet to control the signage, which can be done from anywhere in the arena. "We're using this a lot with client meetings to show them different content as we're walking around with them," said Chris Schaaf, senior assistant technical director in video production for the center. "It's a "pretty cool way to drive our board," he added.

About the Author

Dian Schaffhauser is a former senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal, Campus Technology and Spaces4Learning.

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