The Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, one of Germany’s largest universities with 35,000 students from more than 130 nations, has recently enhanced their digital signage with Tint Technologies’ sustainable electronic paper displays. The ePaper signs have been installed across the campus to offer a seamless experience for all students and staff.
ePaper signage offers significantly lower maintenance costs when compared to LCD displays, as the energy costs of ePaper signage are ca €2.56 per display when compared to €51.19 for a typical 20 W LCD display (calculated based on the European Union average 29.2 c€/kWh). Thus, using ePaper signage instead of LCDs will save about €5000 per year for an installation with 100 displays.
The 13.3-inch ePaper signs enable the university to update signage daily as lecture schedules are changed, offering students the most up-to-date information without the waste and time of swapping paper signage.
The university has implemented middleware that acts as a link between their calendar system and the API of the Content Management System (CMS) of the ePaper signs. The CMS makes it possible to easily monitor and configure all signs via a single Web interface, while the middleware renders images based on the schedules and uploads the contents to the ePaper signs. This solution gives freedom to the university in terms of what and how is displayed on the signs and makes it possible to base the design on their own templates.