Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry
Connecting a School
The University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, one of the nation’s premier dental schools, wanted to improve its campus communication methods by establishing a connection with students, staff, faculty, patients, and visitors by using digital technology.
The idea to begin using digital signage originated from conversations with students, faculty, staff and the Department of Information Technology, with the initiative receiving support from the dental school’s dean, Dr. Patrick J. Ferrillo, Jr. Setting out to find a solution, the IT team looked for easy to use software with a user-friendly interface. During their search, they discovered many other academic institutions had worked with ConnectedSign for digital signage deployments. The school ended up deploying a digital signage project throughout its San Francisco campus. They worked with ConnectedSign to create a digital signage solution for the school that consists of a dozen 46-inch, wall-mounted LED HDTV monitors throughout the dental school’s main building and remote clinics. The signage has the ability to display messages, schedules, menus, school and community images, RSS feeds and weather. An interactive kiosk was also created to allow for a staff directory that provided directions once a staff member was selected. The kiosk also featured a list of upcoming events, static floor maps and an interactive Bing map of the surrounding area.
By rolling out the digital signage software project, the school has improved its campus communication methods with students, staff, faculty, patients and visitors. “The Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry has evolved our communication methods with digital signage,” states Raybel L. Ramos, Director of Information Technology and Telecommunications at the dental school. “By utilizing ConnectedSign’s software, and with the collaboration of many school departments including Design & Photo, Marketing & Communications and IT, we are able to better engage our school community with news and information that’s relevant to their daily lives.” Due to the effectiveness of the project, the dental school is optimistic about expanding the digital signage system to other remote clinic locations in the near future.