The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) in the US has selected Allied Telesis to design, deploy and support a new digital signage solution for its light rail platforms across Santa Clara County.

VTA noted that its facilities are widely deployed and require a scalable solution that allows central network and content management.

Under the deal, the new content management system (CMS) from Allied Telesis will be installed at VTA’s data centre.

“The latest solution that we developed for VTA incorporated products from a variety of leading technology vendors.”

According to VTA, the 30 real-time information (RTI) signs went into service in mid-December and are serving passengers well.

In order to upgrade the ridership experience and improve communications with its customers, VTA decided to replace existing, older LED displays on light rail platforms that were capable of only showing the next-arriving train with 42in ruggedised video monitors.

With the new digital display devices, VTA will be able to share real-time arrival information, emergency announcements, informational slides and advertisements.

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Allied Telesis chief application architect Mark Brûlé said: “The latest solution that we developed for VTA incorporated products from a variety of leading technology vendors.

“The CMS was installed in an Allied Telesis EtherGRID-DC deployment in VTA’s data centre, as well as EtherGRID-Mini solutions, at each sign to cache content and drive the display.”

The major VTA digital signage solution hardware includes EtherGRID-DC, EtherGRID-Mini and AT-IE200-6GP.

EtherGRID configuration is an 8RU rack-mountable solution that provides a fully redundant, resilient and scalable computing platform, EtherGRID-Mini is a fanless, ruggedised equipment used for harsh deployment environments.

The Allied Telesis IE200 Series Gigabit industrial ethernet PoE+ switch is a cost-effective solution that meets the high-reliability requirements demanded by industrial applications.

By using Allied’s full-featured CMS, VTA is able to schedule content for display on the signs, manage the network that delivers that content using the Allied Telesis AlliedWare Plus Operating System and Allied Telesis Management Framework (AMF), and get real-time information on the status of each device in the system.

Emergency updates can also quickly be delivered to the necessary signage to react to developing situations.