Create incredible Digital Signage with Planet eStream

Digital Signage

Planet eSign is a full digital signage platform available as a module of the Planet eStream solution. This simple to use and scalable signage system enables the delivery of media rich screen designs with video, live streams, Twitter feeds, calendar information and much, much more across your estate. Everything is controlled centrally and can be managed from anywhere, with a flexible permissions structure that makes it easy to empower designated users to design, edit and control specific display screens. With Planet eSign, you can keep control of your overall branding and look and feel for your signage screens, whilst simultaneously encouraging key stakeholders to get involved and create content panels with their own messaging.

Planet eSign

Create attractive digital signage layouts and engage your audience across your entire estate with no per screen costs. The Planet eSign client/application comes bundled with the Planet eStream Digital Signage module and is offered on an unlimited screen basis. All you need is a screen and a signage player to get your digital signage up and running.

Planet eSign supports signage players running Windows, Linux or Chrome operating systems. We can supply you with our turnkey Windows signage players, click here for signage player options and pricing.

Alternatively, you can opt to supply your own signage player hardware or re-purpose existing hardware, please find more details on supported signage players and installation instructions here

Signage Player Icons

Planet eSign has the feature set and merits of a standalone digital signage system, but is more powerful because you have the benefit of Planet eStream’s Media Library enabling you to easily select media assets from your Planet eStream archive and drop them straight into your signage designs. This provides powerful tools and great workflow to manage your signage.

Create your very own media library with Planet eStream
Planet eSign User Interface
  • Planet eStream Screen Designer
  • Planet eStream Signage Dashboard
  • Planet eStream Signage Players Page
Quick Look

In this video, we show you how simple it is to create engaging digital signage with Planet eSign.

Creating your Digital Signage with the Planet eStream Screen Designer

The Planet eSign Screen Designer is an intuitive HTML5 interface and simplifies the creation of engaging signage screens. Users can call upon many different media types to help them create professional looking screen designs. Within the designer, users create ‘content panels’ and then select the type of content they wish to display, they can then preview their design in browser.


Planet eSign supports the following content:

  • Video content from Planet eStream
  • RSS feeds
  • Twitter feeds, Twitter pictures and Live Twitter feeds
  • Slide shows
  • Free Text
  • Photosets
  • Graphics and logos
  • Background images and videos
  • Live streams
  • Weather
  • Message pools
  • QR codes
  • Web pages
  • Calendar information
  • Clocks
MLS
Display a slideshow of book covers and titles from your MLS Reading Cloud, Eclipse or Junior Librarian on digital signage screens powered by Planet eSign. Options available include Top Ten, Book of the Week and New Resources.
iSams
iSAMs users can pull data from their iSAMs calendar and bulletins directly into their digital signage screens powered by Planet eSign.

"Both Planet eStream and eSign are now integral to our daily life in school, they have both proved to be excellent, reliable and innovative products that have allowed us to extend our capabilities. The software is always intuitive and attractive to use, and has never let us down. " Stuart Davidson – Heworth Grange Comprehensive and Arts College

Adding Live TV Feeds to Planet eStream Digital Signage

Incorporating IPTV feeds within your Planet eStream Digital Signage is simple. Using hardware encoders and multicast technology, free to air television channels are encoded in real time and streamed over your local network as IPTV streams. These streams can then be included as part of any digital signage screen design.


Additional hardware is required, see a full range of compatible IPTV streaming devices here.

adding Live TV Feeds to Planet eStream Digital Signage

Twitter Integration

Twitter is one of the easiest and most popular ways people use to communicate and it is therefore a common mechanism for schools, colleges and universities to showcase news and achievement. With over 300 million active users, Twitter is also a great marketing tool for all organisations. Planet eSign has fantastic twitter integrations, you can display tweets, twitter pictures and also live twitter feeds which can be filtered by hash tag and users ID’s, perfect for events!

Twitter Integration

Live Broadcast to Your Digital Signage

Planet eStream users who take advantage of both live streaming and digital signage, can combine both technologies, and stream school events live to their digital signage screens with ease. The system can also be setup to override displays with any new live broadcasts, this is great for high profile events or messaging from senior management.

live broadcast to your digital signage

"Planet eSign is used daily to provide vital information to our school community. We have found that students really enjoy seeing themselves and their peers on the televisions, it is a great way to grab the attention of the students and to keep them informed of current affairs. We also use eSign to publish our daily lunch menu, the location of our daily clubs, and as a way for the Head Teacher to address the school. The use of Twitter Feeds have also had a dramatic impact with teachers tweeting the latest scores of sporting events, and the Head Teacher tweeting latest school news, these forms of communication have revolutionised the way live news is output throughout the school, everyone feels more informed. " Gildredge House School

Simplifying Signage and Message Distribution

Managing your Displays

Screen designs can be distributed to individual digital signage displays or groups of displays called zones. Schedules for screens and zones can be created to program your designs to appear on certain dates and times for an allotted period of time. Schedules can also be ranked in order of importance in a ranked structure to allow the staggered distribution of your content. This functionality removes administrative overhead for digital signage and completely transforms and automates your signage system provision.


Flexible Management

Digital signage administrators can control user access to the digital signage area of Planet eStream. This is a great way to lighten the administration workload, whilst providing departments and users with a vehicle to distribute their own messages easily. Users can be granted access to individual screens or to groups of screens, there is also the ability to enable users to update specific elements of the screen, like message feeds via a separate console.

Planet eSign can manage any number of displays

"We now have almost 20 signage players which are being managed through a combination of central (Marketing) and local content editors." College of West Anglia

"eSign currently runs over 30 screens throughout the University and the Hive (library). Multiple departments manage their own content throughout the University showing contents ranging from still slides, photos and videos of the campus." University of Worcester

Screen Loops

Many signage systems only enable you to create one screen design per display; with Planet eSign, you can use the ‘screen loops’ feature to create a ‘playlist’ of different screen designs to increase engagement with your audience.

Screen Monitoring

Planet eSign includes a powerful mechanism that enables users to monitor what content their screens are displaying remotely.

Calendar Integration

Calendar information can be dynamically updated with integration for both iSams, Microsoft Exchange and Google Calendars.

No Per Screen Licence Fee

Planet eSign is available as a module of the Planet eStream solution. Subscription to this module includes a licence for an unlimited number of screens allowing you to grow your digital signage provision without being stung with increased licence charges.

"We also used the signage as part of a charity fundraising initiative on Valentine’s Day. Students paid £1 to display a message to their loved one on screens around campus, which was donated to charity. The initiative was managed by a student team, under staff supervision, which raised money for charity and also helped students develop valuable digital skills and experience. " Neil Spaxman, Information Learning Technology & Web Manager, Kirklees College

Planet estream digital signage in use at Kirklees college