Mail to signage - a simple way to upload content to the screens
Many other signage solutions offer a simple “mail to signage” feature to allow content to be pushed to screens super-easily. This doesn’t require any CMS-related skills or knowledge from the user side. There are many such situations when olny parts of the screen or only certain screens have to be updated by less skilled personnel (receptionists etc.)
The feature works like this:
- the system has a pre-configured mail account on a standard POP3 or IMAP mail server, which is checked regularly (check interval configurable)
- the system has an access list (acl) containing sender e-mail addresses from which it accepts messages, the rest are automatically purged and/or forwarded from the inbox to some other inbox or address
- whenever a message comes in and passes the acl, it is being processed against some rules. For example if it has attached a jpg or a ppt or a video file it takes actions accordingly. JPG and video files taken as they are, PPTs are rendered for a series a JPGs for each page,
- the system has a pre-configured layout with a dedicated region which accepts the contents prepared as above. This new region type has some preconfigured defaults like JPG still duration, video loop bit, e-mail subject text pattern match (to differentiate between multiple zones) and so on.
- the system logs the mail to signage events so that it is retrievable later, if inapropriate content has been pushed out, what e-mail address sent what content to which screens (in case of abuse from the personnel). It also logs if any messages came in which don’t pass the acl.