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EMAIL INTERVIEW – Gajendra Ratnavel and Ken Sinclair
Ratnavel is CEO of L Squared Digital Signage, global digital
signage provider of multi-channel interactive marketing products for
small to enterprise level businesses. With a HQ in Toronto,
Canada, L Squared offers an end-to-end service
for businesses looking to adopt digital signage to promote, engage or
educate colleagues and/or end users. The company was founded by
Gajendra in 2005. In the years since, it has
grown to become a global player in multi-channel interactive marketing
products for several verticals.
Gajendra is a Computer Engineering graduate at University of Waterloo. His expertise includes business strategy, end-to-end technical project management, computer science, digital networks, display advertising, and software development.
Inside schools and universities there’s lots of amazing new automation and digital signage technologies which help to offer a cutting edge education through new operations and forms of communication.
the second of our series of interviews
with L Squared CEO, Gajendra
Ratnavel, we discuss his thoughts on the impact of digital signage on
facilitating the spread of information and ideas around campus. Also his vision of future automated
buildings technology in North America.
Sinclair: “You work with various schools and universities across North America, why is digital signage and automation technologies suited to the education sector?”
know, it’s pretty cool when I take a step back and think about what new
technologies like ours brings to Education. We work with lots of
fantastic educational institutions, many of which have been around for
a long time and look, architecturally, pretty conservative and
traditional on the outside. On the inside of schools and universities,
however, there’s lots of amazing new automation and digital signage
technologies which help to offer a cutting edge education through new
operations and forms of communication.”
Sinclair: “Can you tell our readers about a project within Education which you feel highlights the need for automated building solutions?”
Ratnavel: “Sure. Let’s see.. Well, one project with which I was personally heavily involved – and really enjoyed -was with McMaster University up here in sunny Ontario. It was a super project to work on and the team there are just fantastic. Nevertheless, the challenges were significant when we were first brought in.
“The university had several different legacy digital signage systems that spanned a few departments on campus. They found that the separate unconnected signage was no longer sufficient in terms of the number of screens and the centralised management of them for such campus-wide communications as Frosh welcome messages, announcements or weather alerts.
“The project included the installation of screens in 20 additional campus buildings. No small task – but McMaster is, after all, one of the largest universities in North America both in terms of the number of students and the share size of the lovely campuses. L Squared built a robust cloud based Digital Signage network which offers emergency messaging on the Digital Signage screens as well as many of the computers used on campus. It was a big success and we hope it continues to offer value to the university for years to come.”
Sinclair: So you feel that Digital Signage software and hardware is finally sophisticated and cheap enough to offer a more seamless experience similar to that which, say, phones have offered through apps for many years?”
Ratnavel: Absolutely. In terms of
software, there are some great tools
out there now. Our new Hub software provides an easy-to-use software
with lots of widgets which our customers use to present targeted and
engaging information. The hardware is now so reliable and robust
that companies like ours can offer super competitive warranties too.
Sinclair: “So you think that the future for automation technologies with schools is bright?”
First interview in series Why is Digital Signage Important to Building Automation?
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