Are you worried about whether your classroom touchscreen will work correctly when you get back for the start of term?

Interactive touchscreens can be a great tool for the classroom but, unfortunately, they can become a constantly source of frustration for teachers if they are not set up correctly. So, we have come up with a few tips and tricks to help ease your frustration with your classroom interactive touchscreen.

 

My screen won’t calibrate properly!

Most modern interactive touchscreens do not need calibration, unlike older interactive whiteboards. The great thing about touchscreens is that they should be ‘plug and play’ so you should just be able to plug your laptop into the screen and go. However, we found that a lot of Teachers have had issues with the calibration so we thought we would help.

This issue is most likely caused by the wrong aspect ratio setting. If your screen looks distorted or you have black lines around the edge, the aspect ratio is definitely set incorrectly on your PC or laptop. This is a really simple fix. We have an easy-to-follow video tutorial on how to change the aspect ratio on our Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htYWocfvDG8

If this still doesn’t resolve your issue, we would recommend you contact your screen manufacturer, most of them will offer support over the phone. Alternatively, your I.T. department should be able to help with this.

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The touch isn’t working!

Sometimes, you might find that the touch is either not smooth or you touch in one corner and it recognised the touch in another. Issues with the touch could be a few different things, but there are a few easy things to try first before writing off your screen.

If you try and draw a straight line but the line then has gaps in, this could be that the screen needs a good clean. Most screens in classrooms are infrared touch so you will need to make sure the inside of the frame of the screen is perfectly clean. Also, ensure the screen is clean as finger marks can often disrupt the touch signal. However, to clean your screen, do not use normal polish. Only use screen cleaner on your interactive screen.

If you touch in one corner and the screen registers the touch somewhere else, make sure you have nothing stuck to the frame of the screen. This can cause interference. We have a useful video to help with intermittent touch issues on our Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79hKzOnzI_s

You may also need to update the touch drivers on your PC. We have made a helpful video about how to update these on our Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKHiF8rokEk

If you have no touch at all on the screen, this could be the signal from the laptop. Touch is carried from the laptop/PC via the Touch USB cable. Please ensure this is plugged into the correct Touch USB slot on the screen. One other thing to check is, if the screen has built-in Android, switch to this and see if you can use the touch. If the touch is fine on the Android, this means the issue is definitely a cable/setting issue on the PC. If you have no touch on the Android, contact your I.T. provider or manufacturer as this could be a fault.

 

I have no sound!

This can sometimes be as simple as a setting on your PC/laptop as some can default to the internal PC speakers. It is very simple to fix this issue. We have created a step-by-step video about how to change the setting on our Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUpi3I21BHk

If this still doesn’t fix your sound issue, it could be an issue with the speakers. If your screen has built-in Android, switch to this and see if you have sound. If not, it could be an issue with your speakers. To test this, plug in some headphones into the slot on the screen (not the laptop). If you have sound out of the headphones then the speakers may have gone and you may want to discuss this with your I.T. department.

 

I want to be able to freeze the screen and work on my PC independently!

Most modern interactive touchscreens will have a ‘freeze’ function which enables you to freeze the image you have on the screen whilst you work on your PC/ laptop. We would recommend you refer to your screen guide or online resources for instructions on how to do this.

 

I want to share what I have on my tablet onto the screen!

Some interactive touchscreens now have screen mirroring/sharing apps pre-loaded so that you can share your tablet onto the screen. Our screens come with this capability but we would recommend you refer to your screen guide to see if you can do this.

So, there it is! Our list of tips and tricks to help you with your interactive touchscreen in your classroom. We hope this article has helped to fix any issues you are having with your screen so you can make the most out of your classroom technology.

 

Darwen based Alpha Digital Networks has donated an interactive touchscreen to Blackburn Youth Zone to help with events and clubs. The AlphaInteractive touchscreen has been installed in the Recreation Area at Blackburn Youth Zone and will be used by children and patrons using the facilities.

Based at Arkwright Court, Alpha Digital has been delivering innovative technological solutions to the education and corporate sectors for over ten years. Alpha Digital manufactures, installs and maintains audio-visual and digital signage solutions, including hardware and content.

Blackburn Youth Zone and Alpha have a strong partnership, which has grown over the last few months as they have worked on various projects together. Alpha has loaned Blackburn Youth Zone interactive touchscreens and freestanding digital posters for events including the Blackburn Beer Festival and the Alpha Innov8 Day. The team at Alpha Digital Networks decided to support the work that Blackburn Youth Zone does for young people by donating an interactive touchscreen for them to use permanently. Alpha aims to work closely with the local community, to help improve outcomes for young people.

Interactive touchscreens can improve learning outcomes for children and encourages participation, which has been shown to give a feeling of empowerment. The touchscreen can be used to access learning resources online, apps for entertainment and education and for playing HD videos. The screen will allow Blackburn Youth Zone to present information in different ways to suit different learning styles and improve digital literacy skills.  Toughened glass on the screen also means that the technology is accessible to anyone and is durable when it is needed.

The screen was installed by Alpha’s AV Engineer, Jason Dullenty, and Apprentice Engineer, Jack Lawson. The team at Blackburn Youth Zone are very happy with the new addition to their facilities. Mel Thomas from Blackburn Youth Zone said, “it’s already being put to great use and engaging young people.”

Joe Makepeace, Managing Director of Alpha Digital Networks, said “We are very proud to have donated this AlphaInteractive touchscreen to Blackburn Youth Zone. We hope that the equipment will empower the children and staff to learn new skills and provide entertainment that is accessible to all. We have worked very closely with Blackburn Youth Zone on numerous projects and we are please to have helped the young people in the community.”

Alpha is determined to continue their work with the local community so that everyone has access to their technology.

Alpha Digital Networks are very proud to have been shortlisted for the ‘Small Business of the Year’ category of the Hive Business Awards.

Alpha has seen significant growth over the last two years, gaining new contracts to provide their AV solutions to businesses across the UK. They have recently manufactured and installed digital signage, LED displays and interactive touch screens at Blackburn Rovers FC, VPZ stores throughout the UK, Allen’s Fried Chicken, Cheltenham and Carlisle racecourses, and AS Systems.

Based at Arkwright Court in Darwen, Alpha Digital has been delivering innovative technological solutions to the education and corporate sectors for ten years. Catering for a diverse range of clients, over 65% of the firm’s business comes from repeat orders and referrals. Alpha Digital manufactures, installs and maintains audio-visual and digital signage solutions, including providing hardware and content.

The final winners will be revealed at an awards ceremony held at the stunning King George’s Hall, on the 27th June.

A tech day hosted by Darwen-based AV technology specialist, Alpha Digital Networks PLC, at Blackburn Youth Zone on 21 March attracted business leaders from across the region keen to explore the latest AV digital signage and attend seminars on how to communicate with customers through video and photography.

 

The “Alpha Innov8 Day” also raised funds for Blackburn Youth Zone based at Jubilee Street through a charity raffle and was visited by former MP for Blackburn, Rt Hon Jack Straw.

 

Featuring slots from keynote speakers, Rob Hallam at BigTank Productions and Jak Spedding Photography, three sessions were held throughout the day. Topics included: “Communicating with your customer through video” and “How to create compelling digital signage content” hosted by Joe Makepeace of Alpha Digital Networks.

 

The event is set to occur quarterly, with Alpha Digital organising educational workshops for businesses on a range of technology topics

 

Speaking of the initiative, Joe Makepeace, general manager at Alpha Digital Networks, said: “It was great to be able to help local businesses to experience the latest advanced digital signage.  We’re planning to build on this success and host future events at the centre to help businesses to understand how to use interactive technology to engage their customers and drive sales.

 

“We’re delighted to be able to draw attention to the great work that Blackburn Youth Zone does in our community and we look forward to collaborating and helping to raise more funds for them in the future.”

 

Based at Arkwright Court, Alpha Digital has been delivering innovative technological solutions to the education and corporate sectors for ten years. Catering for a diverse range of clients, over 65% of the firm’s business comes from repeat orders and referrals.  Alpha Digital manufactures, installs and maintains audio-visual and digital signage solutions, including providing hardware and content.

 

For more information, call us on 03300 020120 or email info@adnplc.com.

Alpha Digital Networks PLC has been celebrating International Women’s Day and believes that gender is no barrier when recruiting talented individuals into the tech industry. This has played a big part in the rapid growth of the Darwen based AV company, which has recently attracted business wins from Blackburn Rovers and The Jockey Club.

 

The firm, which manufactures, installs and maintains audio-visual and digital signage solutions across a wide range of corporate and commercial sectors, has a 50/50 gender split to its workforce, which includes employing women in operations, sales, accountancy and marketing roles.

 

Based at Arkwright Court, the firm was established in 2009 and operates in a traditionally male-dominated sector, providing cutting-edge interactive AV signage systems to engage customers and drive sales.

 

Speaking of Alpha Digital’s approach to equality, Joe Makepeace, general manager, says: “We pride ourselves on employing the best people for the job, regardless of their gender.  In the past, women often had to outperform their male colleagues to be seen as equal, but these days the barriers to equality are coming down.

 

“This is a great company to work for and we’re benefiting from the fact that more women are becoming interested in tech and engineering careers.  The AV industry is an exciting place to work, with constantly evolving interactive and digital technology that feeds into every aspect of our daily lives.”

We are excited to invite local businesses to learn about digital technology and content at our Alpha Innov8 Day.

Alpha Digital Networks PLC are teaming up with Blackburn Youth Zone to host our Alpha Innov8 Day on 21st March 2019.

As businesses, we’re all looking to enhance processes, increase the efficiency of marketing efforts and find ways in which we can use technology to provide us with an edge in the marketplace.

The Alpha Innov8 Day offers businesses the chance to learn about how to create compelling digital content and how to deploy this effectively using interactive technology.

 

Book your ticket here!

 

The day will be split into three sessions. In each sessions, you will have the chance to take part in three workshops as follows:

1. ‘Communicating with your Customers Through Video’ with Rob Hallam of BigTank Productions (10am, 12pm) OR ‘The Power of Commercial Photography’ with Jak Spedding of Jak Spedding Photography (2pm)

2. ‘Delivering Compelling Digital Signage’ with Joe Makepeace of Alpha Digital Networks PLC

3. ‘Using Interactive Technology to Boost Engagement’ with Alpha Staff

 

Refreshments donated by Blackburn Youth Zone and Egg Free Cake Box will be available.

We will also be running a raffle for attendees with prizes donated by local businesses. All proceeds will go to Blackburn Youth Zone.

 

DATE: 21st March 2019

VENUE: Blackburn Youth Zone, Jubilee Street, Blackburn, BB1 1EP

TIMES: Sessions start at 10am, 12pm, 2pm. During each session, you will take part in the three workshops listed above.

To reserve your place, please book a ticket on Eventbrite or email Anna.Bottomley@adnplc.com.

There is a lot more to purchasing an interactive touch screen for the office than just buying the largest panel that will fit. We will talk you through the things you should think about when wanting to invest in an interactive touch screen for your office.

Using interactive digital tools in the office can help staff collaborate effectively and this has become a hot topic in most companies. The interactive nature of this technology also allows the movement of digital data between staff and locations, meaning businesses can work as effectively as possible.

Choosing the right interactive solution, either replacing a projector or non-interactive screen, can be daunting. This can especially be the case if using this sort of technology is new to you and the business. You might also have reservations about the true cost of these solutions but this article aims to answer some questions you may have about choosing your own interactive touch screen.

 

The Right Screen for the Right Room

Choosing the correct or ideal location for your interactive screen is one of the most important parts to integrating the technology.

Interactive screens now coming in a range of sizes and prices, so choosing the location for your screen is more about meeting the needs of the user than putting it somewhere just for status.

Regardless of the screen size, the display needs to work for the size of the room it’s in. You might want to put screens in a few rooms of different sizes and shapes so it is important to choose a solution where each screen works with the same software and in the same way so that there is no confusion.

It is important that you think about how people will use the screen. If it will be used mainly for presentations or large meetings, then a larger screen in a larger room will work well. However, if you have small teams who have small meetings in huddle spaces, small screens will work perfectly.

 

Connectivity

At Alpha Digital Networks, we believe that simplicity and ease of use is an integral part of delivering a smooth interactive technology experience. An interactive touch screen that needed calibration, driver updates and a long user manual would not be suitable for the modern office environment.

Users was to connect technology quickly and simply so that they can get on with the job at hand. They want to be able to collaborate with colleagues easily and seamlessly. Connection needs to work instantly, without the need to having to find special cables, pens or remote controls.

An interactive touch screen that can offer connection with a standard Windows or Android interface is what is needed. This will work every time with no additional set up time.

For even more flexibility, wireless connectivity would give you the opportunity to add multiple participants, making sharing resources easy. Interactivity is the main reason why you are investing in these screens, so this means that the screen will get used and doesn’t end up just becoming an expensive display screen stuck in the corner of the room.

 

Touch Options 

Interactive touch screen technology has become a part of our everyday lives, from smartphones to touchscreens in retail spaces. We are all becoming used to intuitive and easy-to-use technology.

Also, with touch capabilities now available on the standard Windows OS, users can annotate directly on the popular software packages, such as Word, Powerpoint and Excel. Therefore, even with the entry level technology now available, this touch experience is available so your interactive display in the office shouldn’t need special software installed. This make the integration easy and smooth.

 

Bring Your Own Device

In many businesses now, staff are issued with a laptop or smartphone to use for work purposes. However, as these tools might not suit all staff, BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) has become more popular.

Traditionally, allowing staff to bring in different devices would have been an IT nightmare. However, with the diverse compatibility of interactive touch screens, you can simply plug most devices in and instantly get to work. This flexibility is a huge benefit to companies.

 

Reducing Travel Costs 

Traditionally, meetings had to take place face-to-face. However, interactive touch screens can integrate seamlessly with your video conferencing system, meaning you can have meetings with colleagues from anywhere. This reduces travel costs and also your carbon footprint.

Therefore, choosing an interactive touch screen that can integrate with your video conferencing system is vital to ensuring that collaborative working with colleagues is  successful in your business.

 

ROI

Finally, there is the consideration of the true cost of ownership. Purchasing the cheapest solutions is not always the most cost effective in the long run. The screen you purchase is a considerable investment in your company’s collaborative future and work ethic.

You will want a screen that is high-quality so that it doesn’t fail when your staff need it most. Also, quality but simplicity will give you a good return on investment as your staff will get good use out of it. Staff will simply not use a solution that is difficult to use, fails them or generally does not make them more productive.

 

That is why our AlphaInteractive 4K touch screen displays are perfect for the office. They have great picture resolution, have Android OS as standard with the option of adding Windows 10, and have software that allows staff to use on-screen tools to enhance their work performance.

If you would like more information about our 4K AlphaInteractive touch screens, call us on 03300 020120 or email info@adnplc.com. We also offer free, no-obligation demonstrations if you would like to see the screens in action.

Many schools and businesses are still using projectors in their premises. It might seem a daunting prospect for them to upgrade to an interactive touchscreen. However, the benefits of interactive touchscreens for the classroom or boardroom far outweigh the price implications.

Interactive touch screens have become a major part of our everyday lives. Both the education and commercial sector are taking advantage in this technology to improve collaboration and engagement in lessons and meetings.

You might be wondering why they have become so popular. Lets have a look at the benefits of interactive touchscreens.

 

Interactive screens last longer than projectors

One of the main benefits of interactive touch screens is the expected lifespan. Our AlphaInteractive touch screens typically last around 60,000-80,000 hours of continuous use. However, projectors tend to last around 5 years with you having to change the bulb. Bulbs can often cost as much as the projector system. Our AlphaInteractive touch screens also come with a 5 year on-site warranty as standard. This means that you can have peace of mind that your screen will stand the test of time.

 

Easy to use

People of all ages can use interactive touch screens, it even comes naturally for most. We have found that even those who struggle with computers and using a mouse find it very instinctive to use their finger to swipe and touch the screens. We pride ourselves on our screen’s quality and ease of use. Our screen panels are ultra-smooth, making it easy for anyone to control effectively. Interactive touch screens are also easy to connect and sync your resources with. Simply plug in a laptop and away you go, meaning you don’t have to wait around for an IT Technician to help upload your content. Interactive touch screens have Android or in-built Windows operating systems so that you have the flexibility to instantly integrate your content.

 

No more calibration

Traditionally, projectors and older interactive whiteboards needed to be calibrated every day. However, interactive touch screens are self-calibrating so you just need to switch it on and away you go.

 

Picture quality

We all remember the rigmarole of having to close all the blinds when using the projector in class but then you couldn’t see the notes you were writing because the lights were off. With interactive touch screens, the anti-glare glass means that you can keep the blinds open even on a sunny day and still have fantastic, bright picture quality. Our AlphaInteractive screens are also 4K so that you can get the best quality picture to display your content.

 

Accessibility

Touch screens can add huge value to the lives of those with physical limitations. Using interactive touchscreens can help them to operate the device, instead of using more difficult mouse and keyboard systems. Our AlphaInteractive touch screens also have toughened glass so that they can be hit with great force but no damage will be inflicted. Our screens have been developed for schools environments so we made sure they are fairly indestructible. Alpha Digital Networks has supplied our screens to special schools throughout the UK with great success. We can also provide wall mounts and trolleys that can move up and down to make the screen accessible to everyone.

 

Alpha Digital Networks manufactures, supplies, installs and maintains 4K interactive touchscreens and other AV equipment for the education, retail and commercial sectors. You can see our full product range here. If you would like to chat about how our interactive touch screens can improve engagement and collaboration, please contact us on 03300020120 or email info@adnplc.com.

Digital Advertising trends are constantly transforming and shifting. However, every so often, it is a good idea to take a step back and look at the trends to inform your advertising for the future.

A decade ago, the pure idea of outdoor digital signage would have been novel. The panels full of LEDs were much more flexible and energy efficient than bulb systems. However, no one estimated just how much they would be integrated into advertising strategies. We now know that outdoor digital signage and the value it provides is here to stay.

It is everywhere

As with most technology, the longer it has been around, the further it moves along the price curve. Lower prices allow you to take advantage of digital signage’s flexibility and great return on investment possibilities.

Digital signage is a great tool for small businesses to create affordable advertising. The cost of digital signage can be small when compared to traditional advertising. Digital signage also gives you control over content creation, timing and enables you to react to the market. For example, if the weather changes, you can advertise products to suit at the click of a button.

For businesses of all sizes, digital signage advertising will become even more affordable with a greater return on investment. Also, many advertising companies offer an online buying experience so that advertisers can choose a space on digital billboards anywhere, irrespective of their location. This can give extra options to advertisers, making it easier to reach their audience.

Tech giants can help DOOH

The industry association OAAA said that the top 10 OOH (Out-Of-Home) advertisers in 2017 were McDonald’s Restaurant, Apple, Geico, American Express, Google, Amazon, Coca-Cola, HBO, Verizon and Chevrolet. Two standouts on this list are technology companies Apple and Amazon.

Digital signage is a natural choice for businesses whose bottom line depends on technology. Digital signage can be tailored to the needs of tech companies that want showcase their latest products and services. We believe that, as the technology continues to grow, so will the use of DOOH (Digital-Out-Of-Home) because of the benefits to businesses of all sizes.

Personalisation is becoming more common

Digital signage and online apps can be used together to enables audiences to interact and engage with the signage itself. You can also increase the personalisation of the content. User preferences can be stored and integrated into the experience.

In terms of customers who opt in to retailer apps, digital signage can  be used to advertise specials that are relevant to them and their buying pattern when they get close to the store. Speciality items tailored to your audience’s buying patterns can be shown across your digital signage network from outdoor screens to the indoor store screens.

The millennial

According to Forbes, Millennials will make up 33 percent of the workforce by 2020, and 75 percent by 2025. If you think about these statistics with the desire of millennials to rely on social media sharing, it’s easy to see the potential benefits of digital advertising and signage. A 2012 AIMIA, Inc. survey found that millennials’ affinity for and with technology is reshaping retail environments. We now have product information, prices and reviews at our fingertips. Powered with this, millennials are leaning towards companies that offer convenience at the best price.

It is inevitable that technology and the economy will continue to grow with and complement each other. Digital advertising trends show that digital signage is growing to fill this need in the ever-changing retail sector.

 

Thinking about investing in digital signage?

Alpha Digital Networks offers end-to-end digital signage solutions. We manufacture, supply, install and maintain high-quality interactive digital signage solutions for the retail, commercial and education sectors. Our in-house digital content team can look after your content to ensure your message can be heard loud and clear by your audience. As we manufacture the hardware too, we can ensure nothing is lost translation and your project can be fulfilled to your specifications. You can view our products here.

If you would like to speak to our team about your project, please call us on 03300 020120 or email on info@adnplc.com.

 

Compelling outdoor retail digital signage needs to be taken seriously as part of your brand marketing data research.

Firstly, you must try to understand who your target customer is and how your brand interacts with them. Although digital signage for retail enables you to deliver dynamic content, you must personalise and customise it to boost engagement. You can read some key statistics driving the growth of digital signage here.

We have put together this short checklist of things to think about when you are setting up your digital signage for retail.

Consider Your Audience 

Prior to setting up your digital signage in your retail space, you must understand who will interact with the screens and content.

When examining your audience, you must think about their gender, age, income, lifestyle, political views and hobbies. The more information you gather and analyse can drastically affect of number of customers who engage with your signage so it is very important to really think about these things. With all this information, you can then create a ‘customer persona’ and you can use this to inform and tailor your content.

Outline the Goals of Retail Digital Signage

The first thing to consider, is if you are going to use your retail digital signage to appeal to existing customers or draw in new clients. Another thing to think about is if you want to sell products or services instantly or showcase the benefits of your product and increase brand awareness. In fact, 84% of UK retailers believe digital signage creates significant brand awareness.

To make an informed decision about these goals, you will have to know:

– Your customer buying cycle of your product or service
– The time of your offer (will it be instant or are you planning something for a longer run?)

The objectives of your retail digital signage should be based on your product concept.

These objectives can also be more specific. For example, a café might want to increase sales of tea so they could showcase an offer at the point-of-sale to influence customer behaviour.

Content is King

Digital signage software for retail is very flexible and allows you to showcase information in dynamic, interactive ways with results you can track..

Digital signage gives you the flexibility to tailor your content to suit your customers and goals. With traditional posters, you would have to design them, print them, distribute them and then spend time putting them up. Now, with digital signage, you can update the screens instantly, or on a timer, from one location.

Therefore, you can utilise your time more effectively by thinking about what would appeal to your target audience. Whether it is images, videos, text, interactive content or wayfinding, you can use digital signage to engage and inform.

Retail Digital Signage

Alpha Digital Networks manufactures, supplies, installs and maintains digital signage solutions, including hardware and content. As we are an end-to-end solution provider, we can give you peace of mind that there will be no miscommunication so your digital signage solution will work for your budget and needs. Our dedicated content team can understand your vision and fulfil your brief. Coupled with our own hardware, we provide you with the perfect solution.

For more information about what we offer, please contact us on 03300 020120 or email us at info@adnplc.com.