Digital Signage Reduces Operational Costs for Federation Council of Russia
To meet its objective of reducing operating costs, the Federation Council of Russia took a new route: digital signage. The senators and government workers of the Council traditionally received announcements, time schedules and session information through paper copies.
The information quantity of the Upper House is both very high and absolutely necessary, creating a large, labor-intensive correspondence trail. Obviously, the huge quantity of printing and the labor involved incurred immense costs. Besides the cost factor, time plays a big role, because virtually all information pieces are important and time-sensitive. The production and distribution of information on paper simply take a lot of time, resulting in outdated news items and information.
The governing body of the Council of the Federation decided to use digital signage for its communication, enabling them not only to reduce expenses associated with printing, but also to distribute information in a timely fashion.
The Council turned to Scala Certified Partner Dismart to implement its digital signage network. Dismart is a very experienced and reliable system integrator specialized in digital signage. The company is perfectly organized to offer a full range of services ranging from network delivery and installation to content development, consultation and technical support.
Dismart chose Scala 5 as the best software solution to meet the Council’s digital signage needs. The Council currently uses Scala Content Manager and Designer for content development and translations, and it uses three Scala Players to broadcast the news and information.
To capture the largest possible audience, the Council installed screens in hightraffic areas, including near elevators, in the restaurant and outside the conference hall. In total, the network consists of five 42-inch screens, with one screen in each location.
The screens provide timetable information regarding meetings and the discussion topics of the meetings, the decisions that were made during the meetings, news from the Council of the Federation, and general news items from around the country and the world. Moving forward, the Council is exploring adding an emergency alert component so that the digital network can also operate as a crisis center, providing senators and government workers with up-to-date information in case of urgent situations.
The introduction of this digital signage system at the Council of the Federation helped them save considerably on budgetary expenditures for labor and paper. In addition, the strategy had two positive effects on the Russian Parliament’s image:
It is a good example of executing a cost-effective communication policy, preserving public funds; and
The Council contributed positively to the environmental protection of the country by refusing to use paper as the main communication medium for their messages.
In the future, the Council plans to increase the number of Scala Players and screens as their communication needs grow.
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