Introduce Yourself!

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Let’s get to know each other a little better. Don’t be shy, we are a very friendly community and would like you to feel as welcome as possible. You can answer any of the following questions, although these are optional. A quick “Hello!” is just fine.

What’s your name?

Tell us a little about your Company

What brought you to Rise Vision?

What does your setup look like? (We love photos!)

Tell us a little more about yourself! What are your hobbies? What do you love most?

And remember...

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Hello, my name is Robert. :)

We're a multi-site theater venue operator in Charlotte, NC. We have six theaters in three campuses and use Rise Vision to show promotional videos, provide dynamic way finding, list upcoming events in our community spaces (dance studios, classrooms, etc) and display bar menus.  Every aspect of our digital signage setup is done in house. Installing the displays, managing the players, scheduling and creating content; everything.

We were attracted to Rise Vision because it was built on and tightly integrated into the Google Cloud. Google's systems are considered some of the most well engineered and robust. I was tasked with selection of the platform and knew from day one that operating servers and "heavy infrastructure" wasn't going to be an option for us. 

Our setups are quite varied. Everything from standalone displays with embedded players to players connected into a modulated cable TV headend going out to 20+ displays using centralized display control. 

Me? I'm actually a theater guy by day and manage the backstage operations in our largest space (think Broadway shows, resident Symphony and Opera, well known music acts and stand up comedians). This Digital Signage thing is just a small part of my job. We live near a lot of great hiking and breweries and I tend to partake in both activities as often as possible. :) 
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I am curious to see some signs in the field, and the dynamic way finder sounds cool. Are your signs interactive, or do you have dynamic maps that are different for each location? Your stuff, man!
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Sure!

Here's two of our bread and butter presentations that get used a LOT!



Modulated digital signage head end. The rest of the gear in the picture is part of the system but not for digital signage. The NUCs are clamped to rack shelves w/ their PSUs. Running 24/7 since Aug of 2014. 


Two of the bar menus in action. These are LG displays with Chromeboxes behind them. We use similar displays in another space but with modulated video feeding the displays due to the quantity (10) of displays.


Not digital signage at all but my job (what we do here). :) 


Oh and just for fun a selfie with the box a 90" TV comes in. :) 
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Here's another setup. Similar presentation as the last one with scrolling event information from our booking system. If it shows nothing or "#N/A" that's because every event has already past its start time for the day. http://preview.risevision.com/Viewer.html?type=presentation&id=e3360b65-11d1-45bb-a13d-34f145832d66&showui=false

We use this presentation on 3-4 displays throughout the campus. Here's a 70" display that we built into a wall over the stairs that lead from a lobby of a theater into a common area that connects other spaces in the campus. Sorry the lighting is a little low. There wasn't a show so the lights are in an "econ" setting. 



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Very cool! There are all kinds of things (performances, classes, shows) going on there. Is that big theater the Belk?
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Thanks! Yeah the picture above with the audience standing is the Belk but we actually have six theaters under management plus community spaces, offices and such. All arts related. It's a lot. :) 
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What’s your name? Thomas Pitts

Tell us a little about your Company: I am a teacher in a Primary school in the UK. I teach all the children from 5 to 11 Computing skills - including digital literacy, programming and computer science - as well as the odd bit of maths and science. I also run the school's website (www.gomersalstmarys.co.uk) and have fallen into the role of the geek in residence! There are around 230 children in school and 30 or so staff.

What brought you to Rise Vision? We installed a screen in our entrance hall in order to share some of the many photos that we take of things going on in school. Originally just a rolling PowerPoint, I soon had the idea to take things further and use it to share information with parents, families, children and visitors to our school. I looked at a few options, but soon had a recommendation from one of my Twitter network about Rise Vision. The screen is now a talking point with people as it still shares photos from school events, but is also used to remind people about after school clubs, dinner menu choices, who is allowed to play football today (strange, I know) and even saying happy birthday to children and staff each day!

What does your setup look like? (We love photos!) That's simple, a dedicated Windows 8 laptop to a screen using a HDMI cable.

Tell us a little more about yourself! What are your hobbies? What do you love most? I love teaching! I also geocache (I am Grubbly of Flash and Grubbly) and play music - I play percussion in Grange Moor Brass Band and conduct the Morley And District Concert Band. Technology is something that has grabbed me for a large part of my life. I'm reworking my own personal website at the moment and have my fingers in many things. CSS isn't something I'm great at, but I'm working on that.

So far, I love the community here at Rise Vision, having had a good deal of support from the company and other people too - which I really appreciate.

Think that's everything!
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I have not heard of it - I'll add it to my list of things to explore! Thanks.
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Geocaching! My brother and I used to do a lot of that a few years ago. I thought it was kind of a sketchy hobby at first because the first time we went, we ended up at a shack up in the mountains in East Tennessee. There were fences and dogs barking, and it really felt like we were unwelcome. We also couldn't find the capsule with the visitor log in it. We learned after we got home that the lat/lon format our GPS was using had commas instead of decimals. So we were about 30 miles away from where the actual location was.
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Cachers get everywhere...!
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Since people are sharing photos, I thought I'd take one of our humble setup. The screen is linked to the laptop using a HDMI cable and the laptop is wirelessly linked to the school's network.
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You may not manage as many displays as we do, but you do have to manage 5 to 11 year olds. I am sure that is way more difficult!
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What’s your name? Scott ONeal

Tell us a little about your Company: I am a IT Specialist at the University at Tennessee at Martin. I fix computers/copiers for the whole campus. In my spare time I code and work on digital signage. I also own Scott's Digital Signage. www.scottsdigitalsignage.com

What brought you to Rise Vision? My boss. Rise just happen to be one of the many we looked at and this was the one I picked to use.

What does your setup look like? (We love photos!) Well the university has three signs on a pilot program. The pilot is doing great but the university is undergoing changes that we have put a lot of things on hold. On the Scotts digital Signage Side, its mostly programming. I do widgets, apps, and other fun things. I do have signs out and do manage them to bring in money, but i rather work on the backend (coding) of things. Oh and lots of customer support. I do my best to answer questions.

Tell us a little more about yourself! What are your hobbies? What do you love most? I love fixing things IT related. My job requires it and I love doing it. I like a challenge and that's probably why I like fixing things. Free time I code. I don't love it and I would never take a job as a coder, but I like to play and see what I can do. It's a hobby for me I guess. :)

Anyway love using the platform. Thanks
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Thanks for sharing William! Happy to have you.

How long have you been coding for?
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I have coded on and off for 10 years. In the past 5 i have become more serious about it. Plus I'm debating on job changes so the coding experience will help. 
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What’s your name?

Stephen Garrett

Tell us a little about your Company

I work with Wendi in the weather division at TAP Publishing in Crossville, Tennessee. We have over a hundred weather display systems scattered up and down the east coast and as far west as Texas. Wendi knows the exact numbers because she is in charge of keeping them all up and running. They are in places like Welcome Centers, Rest Areas, Golf Courses, Emergency Response Centers, and lots of other places. They currently run on custom software developed in house, but our customers are wanting more digital signage capabilities so I have been working to bring our weather into Rise Vision. So far we have one customer that is using a Rise Vision based WDS(Weather Display System) and we are hoping to have more very soon.

What brought you to Rise Vision?

Wendi did.

What does your setup look like? (We love photos!)

We have been looking at using Chrome Boxes ever since the announcement Google made about them being perfect for digital signage......but since that hasn't turned out to be the case, we will probably end up using NUC's running Linux. Our old systems run Debian, but Wendi has been setting up an image that uses Ubuntu for the new systems.

I just realized we don't have many pictures of our systems on site, but here are some crappy pictures we do have..



Tell us a little more about yourself! What are your hobbies? What do you love most?

I used to be a special effects artist before going back to school for computer science. Now I write software for a living. I am really interested in using web technologies for real time interaction. I have been having a lot of fun writing our Rise Vision interface to update our new WDS's. The ability to update our boxes almost instantaneously with Rise Vision is going to be a huge selling point.

I like Arduinos and writing music sequencers with Javascript, and I recently bought a 42 year old camera that uses 35mm film. 
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Music sequencers with Javascript? That sounds cool.
For some reason something like .midi comes to mind. I am probably wrong haha.
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That is exactly right! Now that chrome can handle midi input, there's no telling what kind of things people will be coming up with.

http://45.55.74.55/7R4CK3R/slider.html

This is a very simple test I did with Tone.js (generates audio with Javascript) and Pixi.js (canvas animation library.) Slide the sliders to change the tones. I think all the notes are in the key of C minor.
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Nice!
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What’s your name?

Wendi Borden

Tell us a little about your Company

I work for WeatherTAP (a division of TAP Publishing Company) in Crossville, Tennessee. WeatherTAP has brought real-time weather to the web since 1998! About 5 years ago, we were asked to build out public displays for Welcome Centers and Rest Areas. From there, we branched out into Public Safety, Utility Centers, Golf Courses, and anywhere that has an interest in keeping an eye on the weather. We have around 130 units out in the field, stretching up and down the East coast and as far West as Texas. I'm the IT/tech support person for our project, shipping out new systems and keeping all of our hardware up and running. Stephen is our main developer; he's created several custom widgets for us to use within Rise Vision!

Feel free to check us out and have a 2-week free trial! We have a fresh new look coming this year. We also recently partnered with EarthCast Technologies to offer Global Weather!

http://www.weathertap.com



What brought you to Rise Vision?

Our previous signage solution was written in-house. It's a custom Debian build that connects to our servers for content. Increasingly, we had been asked to add more digital signage components and user interaction. Our current system has worked very well for us, but has some shortcomings in the user interface. (It wasn't originally designed for users!) We are a super small staff, so we searched to find a solution that would let us focus on selling the system, content, and support rather than backend development. A few years ago, I looked into many signage solutions, and Rise Vision matched our goals the best. In the past year, we’ve worked on developing a new solution with Rise Vision at the core.

What does your setup look like? (We love photos!)

We really liked the Chromebox setup, and had hopes to deploying those as our new system. We do have a lot of legacy hardware though that we are looking to repurpose. Most of those are NUCs and AOpen Digital Engines. Both have been performing well in testing. The NUCs are pretty great little devices. For display, historically we have used mostly 40” LCD and later LED consumer TVs. We have a few commercial monitors for testing.

Stephen shared a few pictures of our units in the field (wish we had more photos!), but here’s a few of our personal setup in-house for testing.. we love to tinker.



Tell us a little more about yourself! What are your hobbies? What do you love most?

I grew up with an interest in computing.. I started with a 386 when I was 13 :) I originally went to school for medical office administration, but ended up fascinated with Excel and formulas. This lead to going back to school for computer science. I like to tinker with coding or little projects where I can. I recently bought an Arduino kit sparked by a co-workers personal project building his own light saber! I’m also a mother to a precious little girl who turns one next week. She occupies most of time outside of work :)

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Nice, another Arduino user :)
I first got involved in November 2013 due to a hackathon. We used Arduino Leonardo with GSM and a humidity/temperature sensor. I still have that Arduino with me, alongside a few other prototype related hardware like Xbee.
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I've honestly no clue what I'm doing just yet, but I find it interesting. I decided to get a kit to walk me through some simple projects. Hopefully I'll have some time to start on it soon! We also have a Raspberry Pi project going on right now.. in fact it was just to the right of the pic I posted earlier. It's not Rise Vision related exactly, but it's interesting! I will eventually automate our heater on the C-band satellite on the roof :)

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When I did my first project, I found the learning curve to be steep, now it takes minutes to set up what took me hours. I still haven't gotten the grips of soldering though but it may be because I don't have any proper soldering equipment at hand. Also you may know about the Arduino IDE. I had to install Visual Studio to test out the beta Raspberry Pi Windows 10 IoT app that Scotts Digital Signage promoted here and was surprised that Visual Studio also has the Arduino IDE supported. I haven't used this before, but it looks convenient in using VS for both Rasperry Pi and Arduino https://visualstudiogallery.msdn.micr...
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Hello everyone, my name is Richard I am from Latvia (Country in EU).

Tell us a little about your Company: I established my company last year in order to deliver simple banners for Latvia's largest online price comparing service. Soon I realized it won't make me much money and the process became too tedious since not much imagination was required to build simple banners, so I decided to build something my own and so I started a digital signage project with public transportation in my region. I started to offer ad space in buses.

Alongside the public transportation project I also developed digital information boards for schools, which actually turned out more promising project than the ad spaces in public transportation since large companies don't bother for that small region I represent, and small companies in our country are not so advertising oriented.

What brought you to Rise Vision? Lots of hours of researching for the best suitable, easy and free to use digital signage platform.

What does your setup look like? (We love photos!) The setup for the public transportation consists of an AOPEN Digital Engine media player designed for harsh environments located behind the driver and connected to a 22" LCD monitor. The content is delivered though mobile internet, so with the mobile internet modem we are also able to provide free WiFi access for passengers. Currently there are 6 public buses out of 11 equipped with this system.

Unfortunately there are no photos from actual school environment, but I have some photos done in my office as samples for schools.
For school projects I use cheap media players like Pipo TV box, which handle the work just fine.

Tell us a little more about yourself! What are your hobbies? What do you love most?
I don't hold a degree in computer science, actually I am far from that. One degree I hold in Public relations and Master degree in Career counseling. Despite the lack of academic knowledge in IT there are many things I learned by my own, including graphic design and a little bit of coding websites which comes in handy for digital signage projects for schools. I like to read books and I write a blog about personal development and personal finance. Two weeks ago I became father to my first baby boy. :)

P.S. I am looking for a bus stop audiovisual announcement solution for the public transportation project which could be compatible with Rise Vision. Any suggestion or pointing out a direction would be much appreciated. Perhaps here are some coders who could help with it?
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That's fantastic!
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Hey brother! Greetings from Lithuanian here :)
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Separate topic.

Please reference the new conversation here: Looking for a bus stop audiovisual announcement solution for the public transport...
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Very cool! What's it's like maintaining digital signs on a bus? We have a hard enough time maintaining our displays and they aren't even moving.
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I guess it
is about time to let myself to introduce myself  )))

Hi, my name
is Darius and I am Lithuanian in NYC... well, technically not really. In 2008, by
the age 30, I quit my senior graphic designer job in the company I helped to
build, sold my house, my car, took my two little kids and my wife, packed
everything into 6 luggage cases, and we all moved to the US to start our lives
from a clean slate.

At the
beginning times were tough, but here we go again. Since 2009 I have been
making signs again in Stamford, CT. We are solid, one-stop-shop architectural
signage company in Fairfield county, with vast capabilities and big experience.

My responsibilities
include conceptualization, graphic design, shop-drawings for production,
digital printing, and now digital signage. I pushed for the last one myself
really hard. The owners were rather skeptical at the beginning and Rise Vision,
being relatively free, helped me to convince them to give it a shot... and it
worked! I see our company with that entire client base and our technical
capabilities positioned perfectly for digital signage because we can do much
more than just hang a TV set on a wall. We just started and I believe the
future for Acme Digital Signs looks really bright.

When I do not
work I love spending time with my family, I am all pro healthy lifestyle, and I
do like history and science materials like a lot. I enjoy watching movies,
playing airsoft, and especially exercising my 2nd amendment rights.
Thank you America!



Almost forgot... Go Red Sox! Go Patriots!
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