A smart platform for smart monitors: LG webOS

11-12-2018

The solution that was specifically created to “bring life” to LG monitors represents the beating heart of digital signage systems in the business environment.

When talking about digital signage today, the monitor is never a completely independent element, a purely peripheral viewing device – rather it becomes an “actor” that plays its own technological and strategic role within the installation. This is where LG Business Solutions’ webOS platform comes on the scene, created to give rise to personalized applications based on the multiple and multi-faceted needs of the professional market.

LG webOS, in conjunction with the latest generation Smart LG monitors accompanied by SoC (System on Chip), is able to offer advanced graphic performance and eliminate the need of external peripheral devices such as PCs or media players. Essentially, the monitor becomes a smart device equipped with wireless connection, making digital communication even more effective and interactive.

Why rely on webOS
The application is advantageous for both integrators as well as end users. Let’s start with developers: since webOS is a web-based open source platform, it is possible to easily develop dynamic content using the most common programming languages (HTML, Javascript and CSS) and a wide range of sensors such as NFC, barcode readers, touch, beacon, etc. On the security end, webOS supports the HTTPS protocol and proxy servers, guaranteeing reliable communication between the monitor and web/data server while preventing undesired access to the corporate network.

When thinking of the end user, on the other hand, the trump card is above all its ease of content management, made possible thanks to an intuitive graphic interface that allows even non-experts to work quickly. The Group Manager function lets users group multiple monitors together to comfortably manage widespread communication campaigns without the need for PCs or dedicated software. Control Manager – an integrated web monitoring program – instead allows for controlling the state of monitors in real time.

Limitless digital signage
In essence, what does webOS bring in terms of effectiveness and interactivity? The answer ranges from the possibility of simultaneously playing multiple videos (using the Multiple Video Tags feature) to the availability of CSS animations and on to IP Streaming: in fact, webOS supports various streaming protocols such as RTSP/RTP/HLS and UDP Multicast. Finally, multiple monitors can be paired together in synchronized content playback to create a multi-screen scenario. Of course, all of this comes without the need for additional management devices. The integrated CMS (Content Management System), in fact, allows for creating, modifying and managing content whether it is loaded into the monitor or if it comes from external memory (USB).

It is also possible to set not just the sequence of displaying content, but also details such as the frequency and time for displaying each individual piece of content. Compatible with various series of monitors (OLED, Ultra Stretch, Ultra HD, Video Wall, Full HD, High Brightness and Touch models) and featuring increased retro-compatibility, LG webOS essentially offers “turnkey” digital signage.

webOS at work
After a lot of theory, here is a concrete example of what it means to create digital signage solutions with webOS that was gathered at LG’s stand at ISE 2018.

 

What are you waiting for? Download LG’s presentation and discover all the smart features of webOS.

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