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networked monitors?

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Posted 03 July 2010 - 09:20 PM

Bear with me, ill try to explain what im trying to figure out.
I work in an establishment ( a casino) that has monitors placed all around the property.
At the managers desk in one department there is a workstation where the can control what appears on each monitor in their area through a very primitive/simple GUI. i assume each monitor has a specific IP address on the network.

A specific department wants to do is create a program that will run on their workstation that they can send to monitors of their choice.
the key is that once the "output" is determined at the workstation and it is "sent" to the choice monitor(s) the control screen will be minimized in order to be able to use that workstation for other things

The question is:
How is something like this implemented?
how should the program be written...as a web page/script?
...an .exe that resides on the main server somehow?

Yes, we could ask the IT department, but they arent very personable/helpful and this is an "extra" program that will help only one department, IT isnt interested other than doing enough to get what we have " developed" working, its up to us to figure it out. ( these guys still run IE 6 on the network)
We have the ok to do this, just need to know exactly what we need to make it work.

Thanks for any information, hope i explained it enough and it makes sense.

Edited by BNDAZ, 04 July 2010 - 05:26 PM.

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Posted 11 July 2010 - 07:42 PM

There isn't quite enough info here to present a usable reply. It sounds like your "remote monitors" are probably digital signage systems. Unfortunately there is very little standardization in how to "talk to" these devices. Some are just MPEG receivers, some are effectively web browser based, and many use some kind of proprietary control. Most are not designed to run programs themselves, other than simple "slideshow" or looping video presentations, while others are fairly sophisticated touchscreen computers in their own right. If you can get additional information on the monitor systems you might find someone here that can help you out (I'm not a software guy, so I'm probably not it.) If the monitor itself looks like one of the popular TV brands look behind it for a smallish box feeding it video and with an Ethernet connection. That would be the brains. Make and model if you can.

Good luck !

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