Displays, Education

How to get started with school cafeteria digital signage

The user guide comprehensively steps you through the process of naming and organising your content into specific folders and sub-folders, which are named to match your choice of content template and which zone you want that content to appear in.

The templates themselves are split into three categories: landscape, portrait and number calling – the latter used to process a queue of orders. You can then show individual templates on a schedule or select a series of templates to cycle through, with a set interval between each template.

Text can also be displayed easily, with various options available for bringing it on-screen (for example, by sliding or scrolling it into view).

Go self-service

Congestion is a problem in even the best-run cafeteria, which is where technology can help reduce delays and ease the flow of students from the queue to lunch tables. Point-of-Sale (PoS) systems and self-service vending machines are two such examples. Here, All-in-One (AiO) PCs with touchscreens can provide both children and staff with a user-friendly, efficient frontend. But don’t assume that any AiO model will suffice.

Firstly, any touchscreen device in this scenario needs to be business-grade, designed to withstand the rigours of daily use in a restaurant setting. Secondly, the AiO you choose should be capable of being mounted on a wall for both easy access and to keep it out of the way.

There are a number of different models available including those with a fan-less design, robust construction and 15.6-inch 10-point touch panel, LED-backlit display. How robust is this ‘robust construction’? Rigorous testing by ASUS – including vibration, drop, temperature and humidity tests – ensure that the systems will survive the demanding environment of a busy cafeteria.

You should look for a system that offers industry standard connections, including COM, USB 3.1, VGA and HDMI, so it can connect seamlessly to other commercial devices, including PoS and payment systems and also self-service vending machines.

For some schools having signage such as this might sound impossible, however, it is very easy to get set up without having to spend a lot.

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