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“I've worked with other major hardware vendors in the past, but OnLogic consistently impresses with their professionalism and expertise. I would never use a consumer grade product in a commercial digital signage installation. OnLogic builds the industrial hardware that SmarterSign clients depend on to operate effectively 24/7.”Gregg Zinn, Founder and CEO of SmarterSign, Inc.
Who is Smartersign?
Digital Signage Software Experts
SmarterSign, Inc. is a premier provider of digital signage software solutions. SmarterSign has helped companies all over the world quickly take advantage of the opportunities presented by digital signage installations. SmarterSign’s award winning SmarterSign Manager digital signage software enables business operators to take control of their communications with tools that are easy to learn, easy to deploy and easy to use.
Compact, highly reliable industrial digital signage hardware
SmarterSign software is being used all over the world for a wide range of digital signage applications. One of the markets that SmarterSign specializes in is digital menu boards for restaurants. The hardware used to run the company’s SmarterSign Player Software has to be able to stand up to constant operation in challenging food production environments. They needed compact systems that were both powerful and energy efficient and designed to offer a longer lifecycle than the one to three years of consumer hardware.
“We had been using hardware from another vendor but they were making frequent changes to the systems both internally as well as with the physical size of the enclosure,” said Gregg Zinn, Founder and CEO of SmarterSign, Inc. “We needed a consistent platform to offer with our software so that it was easy to install and simple to manage. We turned to OnLogic because of the small form factor, industrial design of their systems and haven’t looked back.”
Zinn and his team also worked with OnLogic on a project for Park ‘N Fly, providing flight information and advertising in both parking lots and on shuttle busses for air travelers. For that installation SmarterSign needed a system that offered vibration resistance, DC power and an enclosure that could be utilized in a mobile installation.
The OnLogic Solution
AG960 Intel Core i3 NUC and MC500 Intel Atom Mini-ITX PC
Due to its small size, dual display capabilities and ample graphics processing power, the AG960 Intel Core i3 NUC was chosen for the SmarterSign Standard solution. Measuring less than 4.5 in. square and less than 1.5 in. tall, the AG960 was quite literally a perfect fit for SmarterSign’s needs, able to be easily installed behind a display or tucked away out of sight.
For their Park ‘N Fly project, the Mini-ITX based MC500 was identified as the ideal system. A versatile commercial PC, the MC500 offered the flexibility to allow for installation in both parking areas and on airport shuttles.
“From the very first call it was clear that OnLogic had some real expertise in the digital signage industry,” Zinn said. “Based on the particular needs for our projects they were able to help me spec out the ideal hardware solution. All of our clients who have switched from our previous hardware solution to the OnLogic systems have been very pleased with their performance.”