Going to deploy 81 new displays, any advice?

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We are gearing up to purchase and deploy 81 displays (will all be in one location). We are going to use Chromebox PCs connected with HDMI to TVs and connected over wifi to our Cisco APs.

Any advice from someone who has done a smilarly large deployment? Any best practices, or tricks to keep me from losing track of everything with a project of this scale?

Thanks in advance. 
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Wow! That's quite a project!

Something that may be helpful is to label each media player with it's display ID, and come up with a naming convention on the Rise Vision platform that really describes where each player is located. Keeping track of players is going to be key.
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Our plant is laid out with each pillar having a number and letter, so I was thinking this might be best for labeling. Most displays will be mounted directly to the pillars. In addition to the "pole" number I was going to put the name of the manufacturing data that it's going to be displaying, so they're both easy to find geographically, and logically (if someone requests a change to a specific manufacturing workcell's display)
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Awesome! I take it you will be using Chrome Device Management (which by the way is perfect for what you are doing).

What I would do is setup an Organizational Unit (OU) that is used for signage only. Then, set up a policy for that OU per the instructions here, http://help.risevision.com/#/user/player/chrome-app/configure-kiosk-mode.  

Any device you enroll and assign to that OU will automatically have the Rise Vision Chrome App installed and configured to run on start up! 

Let us know how the rollout goes. 
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Woof, I was not planning on using Chrome Device Management, I looked into it initially, but isn't it $50 per device per year? This would make the project SO much smoother if I could do it. 

I'm currently running about 10 displays that are not connected to chrome device management, but setting them up individually is a chore. 
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I think I found the pricing... $150 per device, one time fee? That doesn't seem expensive for a system that actual people use, but for digital signage it seems excessive. That would effectively double the cost of the chromebox hardware. I'll probably just hire an intern to set them all up :)
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I don't see a way to auto start a Chrome App Player without Device Management. What will you do if the power to your building goes out? In that scenario, wouldn't you have to go to each device and manually start the RV Chrome App?
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We use single app kiosk mode. So the chromebox is setup to run risevision as a kiosk app. https://support.google.com/chromebook/answer/3134673?hl=en 

You have to press a weird key combo during the setup like ctrl+alt+k and it lets you 'set' the chromebox to kiosk mode. If you don't do this before the initial setup, you have to wipe the OS and start over. 

It actually works really well, it's just tedious to setup, because you have to enable kiosk mode, and install the risevision app. And then if you need to get it out of kiosk mode, you have to do a system restore on the chromebox. They recover from power outages/reboots without any issues.
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Interesting, I tried using that key combo a few days ago with no success. I'll try on a wiped device. Thanks and good luck on your rollout!