X2O Provides Inspiration
Gail Chiasson, North American Editor
The Xpresenter digital signage platform of X2O Media, Montreal-based provider of software, network management, and content services for professional digital signage applications, is being used by Inspiration Ministries in The City of Light, a global mission outreach and media training center located on 93 acres in Lancaster County, South Carolina.
Inspiration Ministries is using its digital signage network in a wide variety of ways, from improving internal communications and administrative efficiency, to providing visitors with detailed information on the organization.
The City of Light is a multi-year $150 million project that replaces several of Inspiration Ministries’ separate facilities scattered across Charlotte. To better communicate with staff and campus guests, Inspiration Ministries required a state-of-the-art digital signage network that could support a wide variety of applications, including interactive displays, while being easy for multiple users to update. To meet these needs, the organization chose X2O Media’s Xpresenter digital signage platform.
“Implementing this emerging technology on such a broad scale in a matter of a few months was very challenging,” says Cecil Elmore, CIO of Inspiration Ministries. “X2O Media proved to be an exceptional partner. Its contributions were central to the overall communications and messaging plans of Inspiration Ministries. David Wilkins (X2O president and CEO) and his team went above and beyond the call of duty, and we highly recommend them.”
Julie Bridges, senior project manager, says that Inspiration Ministries, has embraced technology to better spread its message.
“Utilizing digital signage has proven to be invaluable in achieving our goals,” says Bridges. “X2O worked closely with our graphics team to create a consistent look and feel for each screen, and developed multiple web control screens to manage more efficiently the workflow of different applications, such as our Call Center and bookstore.”
To increase efficiency in the WorldReach Ministry Headquarters, Xpresenter links with Microsoft Outlook, allowing meeting room updates to be automatically displayed, while screens in the prayer room and call center allow employees to see and track prayer times and what prayer requests are coming in. Xpresenter provides Inspiration Ministries with a simple and convenient way to communicate with employees and display employee news such as new hires and promotions. It also provides a way to send alerts in the event of an emergency on campus.
In the International Welcome and Prayer Center, a donor display scrolls the names of those who have contributed to The City of Light project. Interactive touch-screens in the Center are used to disseminate detailed information about Inspiration Ministries to visitors, featuring rich content such as footage from Inspiration Ministries’ newly launched television network, Halogen. For The City of Light’s bookstore, displays provide information on products for sale, while in the café menu screens show prices for coffee and food, in addition to specials and promotional items.
Inspiration Ministries is the parent company to The Inspiration Networks, available in more than 1 billion homes worldwide through its various distribution platforms, including an Internet broadband site and three satellite and cable TV networks: INSP – The Inspiration Network; i-Lifetv – Inspirational Life Television ; and INI – Inspiration Network International. The Inspiration Networks also operate Inspiration Video On Demand; and Inspiration Global, providing broadband video content in French, Italian, German, and Spanish.