WHAT IS A DIGITAL DIRECTORY?
A digital directory also referred to as an electronic directory, is composed of a touchscreen or passive display, and a media player loaded with digital signage software. Digital directories display wayfinding information, news, local whether, announcements and events. Touchscreen directories are versatile and can hold many pages of information. A digital directory with a non-touch display, lists a single page with a list of tenants along with various other types of information.
A BETTER APPROACH TO HOSPITAL WAYFINDING
More and more hospitals are incorporating digital directory systems into their visitor wayfinding strategy. Healthcare complexes are large spaces that can be difficult to navigate for those unfamiliar with the facility A digital wayfinding system can assist both patients and visitors in finding their destination. A digital system typically utilizes 2D or 3D maps and highlighted paths to figure out how to get where they need to go. A visitor can even scan a map’s QR code with their mobile device and take the information with them.
DIGITAL DIRECTORIES ARE WORTH THE COST
In today’s world, the public is now used to receiving most information in digital format. Individuals now expect that information will be available on some form of a digital display screen when visiting office buildings, medical centers, government buildings and university campuses. The cost of purchasing and installing a digital directory is comparatively small when taking into account the ease of updating the potentially large amount of valuable information delivered to the user.
HOW TO SELECT A DIGITAL DIRECTORY VENDOR
Most property managers will search for a digital directory company by using Google to find a company that sells digital directories. They will find only a few established companies is this industry. EDC will be one of them. That’s because we’re a company with more than 20 years of experience and thousands of satisfied customers. Our small group of competitors will generally provide similar computer hardware and software to operate the digital directory. But there are some key differences. For instance, the directories generally need to be housed in a secure metal enclosure and engineered for easy access to the equipment for servicing. EDC designs and manufactures its own enclosures using commercial grade stainless steel and aluminum. Some of our competitors take shortcuts in this area due to the higher cost. Please note some other points to look out for when shopping for a directory.