Here’s something you don’t see everyday – a free enterprise grade software solution! Xibo is an application that was started in 2004 as a University project by James Packer, but which lives on a decade later as an Open Source project with thousands of installs all over the world. So if you need digital or neon signage for your school, business, restaurant, or whatever – Xibo probably has you covered.
Here’s a little video demonstrating a single screen Xibo instance deployed in a school:
And here’s an explanation of how that sign plays into an entire network of digital signage present within that school:
Xibo is avaialable for Windows, Linux and Android. The Android version is a paid app, while the others are completely free.
The software comes in two parts. A server, and a client. The server is responsible for configuring the network of displays and telling them what content to play, and when. The client software controls each display and reports back to the server with stats about what it has done.
In order to actually run the server you do need to have PHP and Apache installed on your machine, so here’s an installation guide to help with that.
There’s also a client and a server install guide, as well as a user manual to help get things started.
Know of any other cheap or free methods of displaying digital signage? Let us know in the comments!