Digital Signage Template
Solstice’s digital signage feature gives you the ability to extend HTML-based signage to Solstice displays when they are not being used for wireless collaboration. This feature allows you to add signage feeds to your Solstice-enabled meeting rooms, huddle rooms, and transitional spaces without the additional cost or complexity of deploying dedicated signage hardware.
When enabled, Digital Signage in Solstice defaults to Mersive's Solstice Pod information feed at https://digitalsignage.mersive.com. URL-based digital signage feeds such as Appspace, Carousel, 22Miles, Screenfeed, and Google Slides + Sites, as well as custom static welcome screens available at a web URL, are also supported.
Certain individual feeds, even from supported sources, may not work with Solstice. If the URL you are attempting to run is resource intensive, stability and performance can be negatively affected. However, Solstice version 4.4 and later will cache up to 1 GB of content.
- Solstice Pods with Enterprise Edition Licenses
- Solstice version 4.0 or later (both Pods and Dashboard)
- Source URL content must be compatible with Android WebView.
- Chrome browser and Android Webview are similar in many ways, but Android WebView will lack some advanced browser features and behaves best with less resource-intensive feeds.
- Test your URL in Solstice and verify that it is playing well on a single display before rolling out to other Solstice Pods and/or leaving signage enabled on the Pod.
Some signage layout modes will render the source content in an HTML IFrame. The Solstice Platform supports three layout options: Full Screen, Footer Only, and Footer + Overlay. The digital signage source content is rendered differently depending on your layout choice.
|Full Screen||Signage content is displayed in full screen mode on the Solstice display. No Solstice connection information is shown — users must know Solstice display name in order to connect.||Source URL is rendered as a full-screen web page.|
|Footer Only||Only the Solstice welcome screen footer that displays the Pod's display name and/or IP address is shown over the signage content.||Source URL is rendered within an IFrame, so content must be embedded in an IFrame within the website used for the source URL.|
|Footer + Overlay||The Solstice welcome screen footer and a sidebar overlay are shown on top of digital signage to provide users with full connection instructions and/or room calendar information.||Source URL is rendered within an IFrame, so content must be embedded in an IFrame within the website used for the source URL.|
Video content is supported if it is in one of the following formats and configured to auto-start. The maximum video quality is 1080p at 60 frames per second and up to 20 Mbps.
- H.264 Baseline Profile Level 3
Supported Authentication Methods
Some signage systems provide mechanisms to identify the device with which it is communicating. This can be helpful to tailor content to groups of devices, to prevent unauthorized access to the feed content, and for analytics.
The Solstice digital signage playback supports the following authentication methods:
|Open||The signage URL is not protected by an authentication scheme. The content will load in any network-connected browser for any user.|
|URL-Based||The signage URL is protected by a URL-based parameter. In this case, the content will only load when the URL parameter is provided.|
|Cookie or Local Storage||The signage URL will load an initial page that presents a unique identifier for the Pod. The signage administrator will record the code and enter it into the signage provider's device-management console. After this process is completed, a cookie or other browser-based persistent mechanism, like local storage, is utilized to store the identification information.|
|MAC Address||Primarily relevant to an on-premises signage system, the administrator will configure the Pod MAC address as part of the device configuration in the management console. This process may be automated by the signage system; however, the signage server and Solstice Pod must typically be on the same VLAN.|
- In Solstice Cloud, go to the left sidebar navigation panel and click Manage > Templates > Digital Signage.
- Click Create New Digital Signage Template.
- Enter the Template Name. For example, you could name the template by location (London Office) or descriptively (Mountain Theme).
- Click Save.
You can also start by duplicating an existing template and making changes to it. Click on the three dots to the far right of the name of the template you want to start with, then choose Duplicate Template.
- Select the Enable Digital Signage checkbox. This activates the other options.
- In the Source URL field, enter the URL of the digital signage feed or source content.
- In Start After, select the amount of time after which you want the digital signage feed to start playing.
- To the right of the thumbnail preview, select a digital signage display mode. The thumbnail preview will demonstrate a preview of how the digital signage feed will appear on the Solstice display.
- Full Screen: Signage content is displayed full screen on the Solstice display. No Solstice connection information is shown — users must know Solstice display name or IP address in order to connect.
- Footer Only: Only the Solstice welcome screen footer is shown over the signage content. Users familiar with Solstice will be able to see the Solstice display name and/or IP address in the footer area in order to connect and share content (requires the source URL to be viewable within an IFrame).
- Footer + Overlay: The Solstice welcome screen footer and sidebar overlay are shown on top of digital signage to provide users with full connection instructions and/or room calendar information.
Some signage providers require you to register your signage endpoints. Please refer to your signage content providers instructions to complete this process as needed.
- In the left sidebar menu of the Solstice Cloud portal, click Manage > Pods.
The Pod Template Assignments table displays. This table is used to apply templates across your deployment. You can apply a template to multiple Pods at once.
- Select the checkboxes of the Pods you want to apply the template to. You can select each Pod's checkbox individually, or select the checkbox in the header row of the table to select all Pods you have access to in the table.
- For each template you want to apply, go to the corresponding template type column (e.g., Welcome Screen). You can view a different group of template columns by selecting the group name in the upper right-hand corner of the table.
You can use the filters from the categories you have created to sort Pods in your deployment and make applying templates across your deployment easier. Filters allow you to apply templates by criteria such as location or campus, depending on the categories you have created and assigned to Pods.
- Click the corresponding drop-down for one of the checked Pods in the table, then select the name of the created template. This will apply the template to all of the checked Pods.
- A pop-up will ask you to confirm the changes. Click Confirm. A green notification that the template was applied then displays.
- As changes are being applied, a loading icon will appear next to the Pod, and the pending changes icon will appear next to the template(s) being applied. Once the changes are applied, the Pod's normal status will resume.
- If a template you applied has any unique settings that need to be applied each Pod individually, a sliding pop-up will appear prompting you to enter the needed information. Once you are done with all of the settings screens, click Save & Close.
If a Pod is offline, any changes made will be applied when the Pod is back online.