Any Advice for Movable Displays?

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We presently use the Rise Vision platform to serve the bar menus in 3 of our 6 venues. In each of those applications, the displays are permanently affixed to the wall behind/inside the bars. However, my management has recently approached me about installing displays on our mobile bars. These are sort of kiosk style bars that have a rolling, powered, bar-back cooler behind them. They're moved around within the venue lobby depending on the type of event. 

We have plenty of WiFi service throughout the venue lobby so connectivity is not the issue. However, I'm looking for advice from anyone who has done any sort of setup (even if remotely) similar to this. I'm certainly in the position of not knowing what I don't know. :) 

Potential issues I see are:
  • Damage to displays from constant movement. We use LG LX341C commercial displays and they'd be mounted appropriately to the bar-back coolers. 
  • Displays not getting the correct content if the players have been disconnected for long periods of time.
  • Displays losing their settings if they've been powered off a long time. Settings like image, inputs, security, etc. 
I've attached two pictures of one of our present bar setups. Imagine this but without the wall and the display being somewhat lower so that the combined height of the display, mount and cooler would fit through a standard door. 





I'd appreciate any and all input. Thanks! 
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What OS will these Displays be using?
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Chrome OS. Either Asus Chromeboxes or, if testing goes well, Asus CS10 Chromebits. 
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Just yesterday I tested 48" Samsung TV built for digital signage. It has a nice option where you can save your settings to a USB stick. You can re-upload them later or use same settings on similar Samsung TV.

Buy a TV or display that was designed for digital signage, for a little bit more harsh environment than your standard living room so to say. Build or buy a sturdy stand for it.

Although RV works just fine even without internet connection, but you could try using Windows player with all the content uploaded directly to it (memory card). I did something like that with Android and it worked fine; although, I do not see it working with Spreadsheets or Google fonts this way. 

You could use a device (phone) with data plan as a hot-spot for your media players.
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Darius,

Thanks for the feedback. The LG commercial displays we use support offloading the settings to a USB stick so I'll do that to back them up and hope they're rather non-volatile.

As an aside, were you using the Samsung device with Rise Vision? How well does it work? They run Android as far as I know but I'm hesitant since I don't know how they handle software updates and such.

Thanks!
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Robert,

No, that is not a smart TV. It is Samsung TV designed for digital signage http://www.samsung.com/us/business/displays/digital-signage/LH48RMDPLGA/ZA, LG has something similar too. We are using Chromebox or Windows player with it... nothing fancy, regular stuff. That TV has some software for digital signage installed, but I have no intentions  for using it. We really liked the quality of image and some of the features.
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In our office we have 3 Samsung displays on rolling carts.  We just strapped Intel NUC media players to the back and they all run wireless so we can move them around wherever we need to.

It works really well and we haven't had any issues.
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Darius and Ryan, 

Thanks for your feedback. I think we've got a good game plan in place and it sounds like our infrastructure should work well. 
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We build high end custom double sided bespoke enclosures on feet or wheels.

We can use almost any monitor from 47" up, they're based on structural aluminum extrusions, so we can change dimensions easily to needs, and we can build them onto larger rolling structures as the customer wishes. 

This one is in our final assembly area and has two LKG47WS50 monitors driven by an Intel NUC but any player you want would fit. using one HDMI out and we use DVI out on front monitor to feed back. Rise Vision has been great in these applications, we use it in our test and demo area.

Important considerations: Use rugged commercial monitors, no sharp corners, solid construction, no exposed wires, Everything mounted and tied down, locking panels and doors, proper fans and ventilation, we usually have a UPS onboard so the unit can be moved place to place without losing power, which if you've got good WiFi is the only connection you'll need. Unplug it, roll it to next place and plug it back in.

If you build or design something yourself, do not underestimate the internal temperature issues if you enclose monitors or use in hot areas. Quiet fans moving enough air was probably our toughest development issue.

We powder paint exterior so we can match decor or brand and the panels can be wrapped as well.

Digital signs need to move off of simple wall mounts and mingle with customers, 

Good luck with your project.