Using the Raspberry Pi 3 with Concerto for Digital Signage

I was recently faced with the challenge of implementing a Digital Sign that would be displayed in 3 different locations. The challenge was not implementing the Digital Sign, it was doing so with a $150 budget excluding the price of the TVs. After days of googling and trials and failures, I came across Concerto.

Concerto is a Web-based digital signage system. Using Concerto, it's easy to engage your community with graphical, video, and textual messages. These messages can come from moderated user submissions or automatically from sources anywhere on the Web.

Digital Sign with Raspberry Pi and Concerto

Step 1: I started out by getting my Concerto Server up and running. Instead of installing this manually, I used their virtual image which can be downloaded here. To run this image you will need to install Virtual Box which can be found here.

Step 2: Boot up your virtual image running Concerto Server and you would need to get your IP address. Please refer to the following links for additional help with Concerto.

https://github.com/concerto/concerto/wiki/Installing-Concerto-2
https://github.com/concerto/concerto/wiki/Screen-Setup

Step 3: Set up your Raspberry Pi. Start out by install Raspbian, which can be found here. For instructions on installing Rasbian on SD card click here.

Step 4: Once Raspbian is installed, start up your Pi and boot into the Graphical interface. The Default browser did not render the Digital Sign Properly so I had to install another Browser. To do so, open a terminal window and run the following commands:

   sudo apt-get update 

   sudo apt-get install iceweasel

Step 5: Once Ice Weasel is installed, upen your web browser and navigate to the IP address from "Step 2" as seen below.

   http://<Concerto Server IP Address>

This is there you would log in and configure your screen for concerto. Please refer to the following link for additional information.

https://github.com/concerto/concerto/wiki/Screen-Setup

Finally once you have you screen configured, you would navigator to the link seen below to view your Digital Sign from the Raspberry Pi.

   http://<Concerto Server IP Address>/fontend/<screen number>

JaVaun Joseph

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