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SmartSign Lite

SmartSign Lite

SmartSign Lite Is Available To Purchase Now!

SmartSign Lite is a simple studio signage solution designed to run on a Raspberry Pi 3 mini computer board. SmartSign Lite is a screen based signage system which allows you to define a grid and then assign different tiles to grid positions.

Applications include:

  • Studio Clock & Tally Display
  • Mic Live Warnings
  • On Air Control
  • Studio Switcher Control
  • Reception Displays
  • Door Entry Management

Because you design the layout, you can control the application!

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SmartSign Lite is built around a grid of tiles. You define the grid you want then layout the tiles that you want SmartSign Lite to display.

The tiles available in SmartSign Lite include:

  • SmartText Tiles - Provides tiles that react and interact with the real world via the Raspberry Pi's built in hardware inputs and outputs. You can make Smart tiles react to a hardware event (like 'light up' when you turn the microphones on) or send a hardware output when a user clicks on a tile with the mouse or touchscreen (like triggering a door release or controlling a 'studio switcher'). SmartText tiles can change colour and text in response to hardware or user input.
  • Analogue Clock Tiles - Place a traditional analogue clock on screen complete with sweeping second hand! 
  • Digital Clock Tile - Provides a NTP driven digital clock complete with circular second 'ticks'. N.B. Requires a network connection and time source.
  • Date/Time Tile - Just want to show the date and time as text, no problem.
  • Plain Text Tile - Add your own labels and notices.
  • Images Tile - Display a single image or a carousel of images from a folder.

Setting up SmartSign Lite is really simple using the built in sign editor grid.

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Tiles can be re-sized and moved around the grid as required. You can also edit the details for each tile to ensure it is displaying what you want.

 

Because SmartSign is Raspberry Pi based, it could be a large sign on your wall.

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Or a small touch interface for studio warnings or controlling equipment.

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SmartSign Lite is compatible with Raspberry Pi model 3 running Windows IOT edition. 

SMARTSIGN LITE - Package Options

SmartSign Starter Package - Pi & Software (screen)

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This package provides everything you need to setup your SmartScreen Lite system except the actual screen meaning you can use a screen of any type or size that you like. Want a monster 60" clock, no problem, just add it to this package.

Package Contents

  • SmartSign Lite software
  • Raspberry Pi 3 Model B
  • 16GB MicroSD card pre-loaded with Windows IoT & SmartSign
  • Official power supply
  • Official ABS Pi 3 case
  • 10 way ribbon cable (individual pins) - for connecting to your hardware inputs & outputs

Just add an HDMI compatible screen and you are ready to go. 

Please note you will need a standard keyboard and mouse to configure your SmartSign.

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SmartSign 21" Screen Package

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This complete package includes everything you need to add a 21.5" SmartSign to your studio. Everything is pre-configured and it includes all the cables and connectors that you will need.

Package Contents

  • SmartSign Lite software
  • 21.5" Wide LCD screen (make and model may vary)
  • Raspberry Pi 3 Model B
  • 16GB MicroSD card pre-loaded with Windows IoT & SmartSign
  • Official power supply
  • Official ABS Pi 3 case
  • 10 way ribbon cable (individual pins) - for connecting to your hardware inputs & outputs
  • 1m HDMI cable

All you need to do is choose where to put your sign. The screen can also be wall mounted using a standard VESA compatible mount. Please note you will need a standard keyboard and mouse to configure your SmartSign.

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SmartSign 7" Touchscreen Package

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This package offers something a little different. Using the official Raspberry Pi 7" Touchscreen and enclosure, you can create a small, desktop SmartSign that you can interact with by touching Tiles on the screen. These can be programmed to switch or pulse hardware outputs for use in a variety of situations. Used includes 'Meeting in progress' signs by doors, studio switching interfaces, entrance control systems and more - plus all the standard SmartSign stuff!

Package Contents

  • SmartSign Lite software
  • Official 7" Touchscreen
  • 7" Touch screen enclosure
  • Raspberry Pi 3 Model B
  • 16GB MicroSD card pre-loaded with Windows IoT & SmartSign
  • Official power supply
  • 10 way ribbon cable (individual pins) - for connecting to your hardware inputs & outputs

This flexible option provides two way interaction adding a new dimension to your SmartSign system. Please note you will need a standard keyboard and mouse to configure your SmartSign.

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Physical Specification
Power Input:
40cm Sign:
5-7V DC
500mA max
Input Connector: 4 way screw terminal block
Control Inputs: 2 x pull-down to 0V
Perspex Sign Dimensions: Single: 20cm (W) x 8cm (H)

Setting Up SmartSign In 6 Easy Steps

Start with an empty grid
Add the Tile type that you want.
Change the Tile size and position.
Edit the Tile settings to alter it's look and behaviour
Add more Tiles to complete your SmartSign
Add more Tiles to complete your SmartSign
Press the Go button to start your SmartSign

SmartSign Working With Broadcast Radio Hardware Service

SmartSign Lite also works with the Broadcast Radio Hardware Service to allow you to virtualise hardware triggers using your network. The Broadcast Radio Hardware Service (BRHS) works with all fifth generation Broadcast Radio software to allow you to use your existing local or wide area network to share hardware or IP events between software. This means you can have a single hardware I/O device servicing software all across your radio station or group. 

For example, you can have a single hardware input that triggers SmartDisplay tiles on multiple SmartSigns in your station using your existing network infrastructure, and because SmartSign can also share hardware inputs via the BRHS, it means that you could put a SmartSign in your studio that also triggers a second SmartSign outside of your studio door and the only connection the second SmartSign will need is a network connection - wired or even wireless!

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This opens many potential possibilities. Contact our team today to see how SmartSign could be used in your station.

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Resources

SmartSign Lite Quick Guide

Quick Guide

Download - File size: 545KB

SmartSign GPIO Pinouts

SmartSign GPIO Pinouts for Raspberry Pi 3

Download - File size: 244KB

SmartSign Lite Device Portal

Download our guide to using your SmartSign Lite Raspberry Pi Device Portal

Download - File size: 789KB

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