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Rise Vision, Inc., (Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada), a provider of a web-based content management system for the control of digital signage networks, has announced that Villanova University (Villanova, Pa.) has expanded its on-campus use of the Rise Display Network to create a fully networked, campus-wide information system.
Villanova uses the Rise Display Network digital signage content management system on 15 LCD screens campus-wide, with plans to add another 30 screens. In addition to displaying information about campus events, schedules, and emergency notifications, Villanova also sells advertising to local merchants that accept the school's Wildcard debit card.
Villanova has a reputation for high-tech leadership, earning recognition from PC Magazine and Princeton Review as one of the top 20 "Most Wired Colleges in the Nation." It was an early adopter of digital signage by installing an LCD display in its Business School's Applied Finance Lab. Villanova has added 14 screens in other buildings to create a fully networked, campus-wide information system.
"We wanted to introduce a better method for disseminating information throughout the University," says Michael Hoffberg, digital signage project manager for Villanova's University Information Technologies, Strategic Planning department. "The Rise Display Network offers us an elegant, eye-catching, and affordable way to convey up-to-date information—events, special activities, schedules, and emergency notifications—to students, staff and faculty."
The Rise Display Network gives university administrators complete control over the composition and timing of all content. Distributing information via digital signage enables the university to limit paper postings, and is intended to cut down on the volume of emails sent to the Villanova community. "There's a big payoff," says Hoffberg. "It's an effective, low-maintenance system that does not impact heavily on our limited staffing resources."