The Raspberry Pi is perhaps one of the most versatile pieces of hardware an installer could carry in his tool box. That’s because it can do pretty much anything – whether it’s monitoring the temperature, controlling the lights or acting as a media server for digital signage. Now, not only can installers use the Raspberry Pi 3 for their digital signage applications, as the capability has now been brought to the smaller, more affordable Raspberry Pi Zero W.
Raspberry Digital Signage is an operating system designed for digital signage installations on the Raspberry Pi. It displays a full-screen browser view restricted to a specified resource. That can be a web page from the Internet, local area network or internal sources. The only way to escape this single view, is to reboot the machine – meaning it’s an OS ideal for digital signage applications.
The latest update of the Raspberry Digital Signage OS brings support for the Raspberry Pi Zero W, which launched earlier this year. This device is the size of a stick of RAM, and features everything from a micro SD card slot, to an HDMI output, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and a whole array of GPIO pins.
The benefits of using the Raspberry Pi for digital signage applications are plentiful. That’s because the system can easily be adapted and tweaked to fit the user’s requirements. It’s also incredibly affordable, costing around £10 for each Raspberry Pi Zero W.
Alongside support for the Raspberry Pi Zero W, Raspberry Digital Signage 9.0 comes with Chromium v.56, which features advanced HTML5 capabilities, Adobe Flash support, and H264/AVC video acceleration.
While the Raspberry Pi Zero W may not support 4K video, which is supported by dedicated digital signage servers, it is capable of displaying a variety of advertising resources, booking site, queue or timetable management web application or web presentations made with Google Slides.