Since 1998, the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research has grown to become one of Australia’s leading adult medical research centers, where more than 450 research and trial staff work together to defeat major diseases. It is located across two new state-of-the-art research facilities co-located with the major teaching hospitals.
The Tech Decision
The infrastructure was already in place as a proprietary solution when the buildings were completed in 2013 and 2014 and Signagelive has significantly improved upon this at every level. The signage across the two state-of-the-art research buildings with multiple tenants is a vital and valuable part of our communications strategies and our brand and therefore Signagelive has provided major business benefit to the institute.
The purpose of this project was to increase platform reliability and time spent managing the system to a minimum, taking the stress away from facilities management allowing them to focus on other tasks other than just updating their internal digital signage communications.
The existing solution was at the end of life and was going out of support. The business case was that Signagelive was both the cheapest and the most functional and flexible replacement solution that we evaluated.
The BrightSign Media Players Solution
Harry Perkins uses Signagelive in conjunction with BrightSign to provide a complete signage solution across the 2 Perkins Research Institute facilities. This solution manages the creation, scheduling and delivery of content to a large number of LED screens, info boards and our large foyer banner displays.
One of Harry Perkins’ partner organizations was already using Signagelive and were very happy with every aspect of the solution. In addition Amped Digital had provided highly effective implementation and ongoing support services and the combination was highly recommended.
Given our existing inflexible proprietary signage infrastructure – where everything had to come from one manufacturer, software updates were large projects with complex firmware dependencies, and they couldn’t simply choose the best or most cost effective devices.
BrightSign media players were chosen purely due to their reliability in these fast-paced environments, the XT244 offering POE+, the ability from frame-accurate synchronisation along with full feature support from the Signagelive CMS, means from installation to content management the system is simple to manage and support.
The solution is flexible in so many ways to address the different tenant requirements. As equipment such as panels age, we have options to deploy new technology and reuse old equipment where we can – which is both cost-saving and also reduces our e-waste. Being cloud-based and having a simple licensing model means that we haven’t had to purchase on-premises software licenses and we maintain fewer virtual servers with all the associated costs and overheads such as backups, patching etc.
Signagelive has been the proverbial breath of fresh air delivering significant cost savings and reduced administration overheads, and provides a solution that is far more agile in presenting content.
Much improved communications via the greater functionality available. Our tenants adore working together with our FM team delivering more dynamic content.
Perkins benefited hugely from the skills and experience of Amped Digital. There was considerable time and effort in the analysis and design stages and we didn’t lose much time dealing with unexpected issues. Overall it was a quick and well-executed project completed ahead of schedule and within budget.
The beauty of BrightSign media players is the simplicity of setup (virtually and physically) allowing for plug and play use and rapid troubleshooting of issues – if there were any issues during the initial installation phase.