The world is moving fast and scoreboards and signs are keeping pace. No longer content to just advertise or notify about static events, the signage industry is going digital. Digital signage is more effective, more timely, and capable of producing better revenue than traditional signs and billboards. The need to be able to update content- whether it's a price per gallon, construction information, or the hours of the local barber- is crucial to meet demands.
LED signs and scoreboards must be placed in areas according to the viewer's needs though, and these areas may not always be ideal to provide communications to the sign to get the updates delivered in a timely manner. Running cable to a sign is cost-prohibitive and most standard local area technologies such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or Zigbee don't provide the range necessary to effectively communicate. Cellular solutions are ideal for providing connectivity to remote locations, but monthly service plans eat into the bottom line.
The solution is custom designed radios for both embedded and packaged installations, which are capable of greater ranges while providing the necessary throughput and latency required by some sign applications. Laird RAMP ISM (Range-Amplified MultiPoint) radios are available for both embedded applications and as stand-alone RS-232 and RS-485 bridge solutions. RAMP modules are designed to provide a wireless serial bridge with data rate throughputs from 9600bps to greater than 230,000bps and ranges from one mile to more than 10 miles.
RAMP ISM modules and packaged radios are fully certified, so they can be installed without the need for costly spectrum analysis. They are also easy to configure using either an AT command interface or our RAMP Configuration tool available for Windows. Laird RAMP radios allow companies to quickly and cost-effectively replace existing cellular or cabled solutions.