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.

Requirements

  • 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.

Layout Options

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.

Mode Description Notes
 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. Generate an embedded URL for use in an IFrame from your digital signage source to integrate with Solstice.
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. Generate an embedded URL for use in an IFrame from your digital signage source to integrate with Solstice.

Here are a couple common examples of how to find the embedded URL that will display successfully in an IFrame for digital signage on Solstice in the footer and overlay modes described above:

  • Google Slides - When publishing the Google Slides presentation to the web, select the Embed option. This creates HTML code with the presentation URL within an IFrame. Copy the URL from this code to enter in the Solstice digital signage configuration.
  • YouTube - View the Embed code for a video from sharing options. Copy the embed URL from the "src" attribute to enter in the Solstice digital signage configuration. Add URL parameters as needed. Turning on autoplay and loop options and turning off controls is recommended for digital signage. Find more parameters details in Google documentation.

    The following URL shows an embed link with the parameters noted above, as well as an optional playlist parameter to play more than one YouTube video:

    https://www.youtube.com/embed/<VIDEO_ID>?playlist=<VIDEO_ID>,<Additional_VIDEO_IDs>&loop=1&autoplay=1&controls=0

Video Formats and Dimensions

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
  • VP8
  • VP9

The Solstice welcome screen measures 1920x1080 pixels at 1080p and 3840x2160 at 4K. Custom welcome screen background images should be uploaded as .png or .jpg files. Refer to the Solstice welcome screen pixel maps listed below to ensure Solstice elements do not overlap important aspects of custom background images or digital signage.

See Solstice 1080p welcome screen pixel mapClosed

See Solstice 4K welcome screen pixel mapClosed

Check out How to Customize the Solstice Welcome Screen for more ways to update information and display options on the Solstice Pod's welcome screen.

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:

Scheme Description
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.

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