Dante and Digital Signage on Your Campus

Note: This blog is a continuation of the ideas discussed in a recent EdTech podcast.

Over the past 10 years, Dante has become a top audio networking solution for uncompressed, multi-channel digital media networking technology. There are many Dante-enabled products available from multiple manufacturers, so you are easily able to upgrade your audio visual system over a standard IP network.

So how do you tie in your audio and digital signage applications? Many audio amps have Dante endpoints available for integration into your system. They make distributed audio and mass notification systems much easier to set up. Dante provides simplified audio solutions that are based on industry standards. With Dante, your network can be expanded and reconfigured at any time to run multiple audio channels.

One application that uses audio and digital signage is emergency notification systems. If a crisis happens, how equipped is your campus to alert staff, students, and visitors about what their next steps should be? The campus crisis could be something as simple as a snowstorm or water main break, or it could be more serious such as an active shooter. Regardless of the crisis, your institution needs to be able to communicate with the people on campus.

Setting up your institution’s emergency protocols usually involves consulting with professionals and local emergency response departments. Once your institution’s safety team has determined emergency protocols for your institution, they need the ability to spread the word across campus. Traditionally, this information has been provided via digital signage, text messages, and email. Additionally, you may want audio notifications as well.

Once your technology solutions and emergency notification system is in place, you must provide training to the staff. Training educators on technology can be difficult if they are not technologists. There are many instances where educators provide content for digital signage regarding campus activities and making technology simple and easy for the end users to use is important. Standardization of technology in classrooms can help the instructors become familiar with the equipment more quickly. Even if a few tiers of technology standards are offered, instructors will be able to identify which rooms offer which technology and can then start their classes. If their instruction requires video conferencing, then they will know which classrooms they can use to enhance the learning for the students. Using the same technology throughout campus classrooms will cut down on instructors’ frustrations and allow for classes to start on time.

Want to learn more about digital signage applications in education institutions? Listen to EdTech 48: What about Dante. In this episode, you will also learn about AptoVision BlueRiver chipsets and ADA compliance with assistive listening.

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