Reflections on the Long-term Use of an Experimental Public Display System

Sarah Clinch, Nigel Davies, Adrian Friday, Christos Efstratiou

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    Abstract

    In this paper we reflect on our long-term experiences of developing, deploying and supporting an experimental digital signage system. Existing public display systems almost always feature a single point of control that is responsible for scheduling content for presentation on the network and provide sophisticated mechanisms for controlling play-out timing and relative ordering. Our experiences suggest that such complex feature-sets are unnecessary in many cases and may be counter productive in signage systems. We describe an alternative, simpler paradigm for encouraging widespread use of signage systems based on shared 'content channels' between content providers and display owners. Our system has been in continuous use for approximately 3 years. We reflect and draw lessons from how our user community has adopted and used the resulting public display network. We believe that these reflections will be of benefit to future developers of ubiquitous display networks.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 13th International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing
    Place of PublicationNew York, NY, USA
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
    Pages133-142
    Number of pages10
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2011

    Publication series

    NameUbicomp '11
    PublisherACM

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