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Riding the New Wave of Outdoor Digital Signage Solutions

Jari Haiston in Blogs on January 08, 2024

About Jari Haiston

Jari Haiston is part of the growing digital marketing team at Symmetry Electronics. Jari comes from a background in technical writing and event coordination. In her current role, she specializes in content creation and social media management. Jari's focus as a writer is to create interesting content that is accessible to any audience.
Symmetry Electronics defines the new wave of trending outdoor signage solutions.

Since the beginning of billboards, outdoor digital signage has been a powerful way to attract and engage customers. Driven by ongoing technological developments and evolving customer expectations, the future of outdoor digital signage is experiencing significant advancements, innovations, and developments. It’s a versatile and powerful tool to convey information to a wide audience.

A stroll through somewhere like Times Square or Las Vegas Blvd. reveals that there are some imminent transformations on the horizon for outdoor digital signage. The era of basic billboards has given way to a new landscape that is marked by sophisticated and engaging displays. It’s becoming increasingly evident that organizations are being compelled to embrace cutting-edge technology if they want to stand out from the crowd and create a memorable impression.

What is the Purpose of Outdoor Digital Signage?

The purpose of outdoor digital signage is to deliver dynamic and engaging content to a target audience in outdoor or public spaces. Outdoor displays are designed to withstand the elements and deliver high-quality images in any lighting condition. This technology utilizes electronic displays, such as LED or LCD screens, to showcase information, advertisements, or other multimedia content in various outdoor environments. It’s expected that the global outdoor digital signage market size will reach $14.31 billion by 2030.

The key purposes of outdoor digital signage include:

  • Advertising and Marketing: Outdoor digital signage provides a platform for businesses to promote products, services, and brand messages to a broader audience in high-traffic areas.
  • Information Dissemination: It serves as a tool for disseminating real-time information, news, weather updates, event schedules, and other relevant content to the public.
  • Enhanced Communication: Outdoor digital signage enhances communication in public spaces, helping organizations and authorities convey important messages, alerts, or announcements effectively.
  • Wayfinding and Navigation: It aids in guiding people through outdoor spaces, such as campuses, malls, and transportation hubs, by displaying maps, directions, and points of interest.
  • Entertainment: Outdoor digital signage can be used for entertainment purposes, displaying engaging content such as videos, interactive games, and live streams to captivate the audience.
  • Brand Visibility: Businesses use outdoor digital signage to increase their visibility and reinforce brand awareness, especially in high-visibility locations.
  • Flexibility and Interactivity: Digital signage allows for real-time content updates and interactivity, enabling businesses and organizations to adapt their messages quickly and engage the audience more effectively.
  • Revenue Generation: In some cases, outdoor digital signage can generate revenue through advertising partnerships or by promoting third-party content and events.
  • Attracting Attention: The dynamic nature of digital displays makes them more attention-grabbing than traditional static signage, helping to capture the interest of passersby.

4 New Digital Displays of the Future

Almost as if out of a scene from the Jetsons’, the new wave of outdoor digital signage solutions are set to redefine public communications. The convergence of immersive technologies like augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) is set to transform static displays into immersive experiences. Imagine a world where passersby can interact with engineering models in 3D or explore complex structures through holographic projections.

Here are four new types of displays that mark a new era of outdoor digital signage experiences:

1. 3D Digital Electronic Billboards

These are billboards that use advanced technology to create three-dimensional illusions that leap out at viewers. They can display hyper-realistic images, animations, or videos.

2. Interactive Kiosks

Interactive kiosks are touchscreen displays that offer various services, such as providing information, assisting wayfinding, or creating interactive engagements. They can also collect user feedback, data, or preferences, and tailor content accordingly.

3. Projection Mapping

This is a technique that projects images or videos onto irregular surfaces like buildings, walls, or sculptures. It can create stunning visual effects that transform the appearance and atmosphere of the environment.

4. Holographic Displays

Perhaps you’ve heard the buzz surrounding great performers ‘coming back to life’ in post-mortem holographic concerts. Elvis, Whitney Houston, and even Tupac have recently been brought back to life as holograms. This same concept is being applied in outdoor displays.

Holographic displays use light diffraction to create three-dimensional images that can be viewed without any special glasses or equipment. They can display realistic and interactive content that responds to the viewer’s position, gesture, or voice.

A building with a large three dimensional advertisement of a tiger for Samsung Galaxy.
Smiling female standing at big display with advanced digital technology. Young woman touching with finger sensitive screen of interactive kiosk for find information while standing on street in evening.
Festival of the Lights in Osaka. The winter illumination events, 3D projection mapping on Osaka City Central Public Hall. Osaka, Japan
A  holographic generation of Tupac Shakur on a stage.

The Technology Enabling the New Wave of Outdoor Digital Displays

Smart displays equipped with AI algorithms can analyze real-time data, allowing for dynamic content adaptation based on environmental conditions, audience demographics, and user behavior. This not only enhances user engagement but also opens up new possibilities for targeted engineering content delivery.

The advent of 5G networks and the Internet of Things (IoT) will empower engineers to create outdoor digital signage that is seamlessly connected to smart city infrastructure. These displays can communicate with sensors, collect valuable data, and contribute to urban planning by providing real-time insights into crowd dynamics, traffic flow, and environmental conditions.

Energy-efficient LED displays, coupled with sustainable materials, will play a crucial role in minimizing the ecological footprint of these installations. Solar-powered displays and energy-harvesting technologies are also on the horizon.


In conclusion, as the future of outdoor digital signage unfolds, organizations can confidently navigate the waves of innovation with Symmetry Electronics as their trusted ally. With a focus on engineering excellence, cutting-edge components, and a commitment to sustainability, Symmetry paves the way for organizations to create outdoor digital displays that not only meet but exceed the expectations of the tech-savvy audience. The future is now, and Symmetry Electronics is here to empower organizations to ride the new wave of outdoor digital signage solutions.

If you're an engineering professional or enthusiast interested in staying up to date on the industry's latest trends, advances, and developments, Symmetry Electronics is your go-to connection for innovation. For the latest updates and insights into the industry's cutting-edge developments, follow Symmetry Electronics on LinkedIn!


Jari Haiston in Blogs on January 08, 2024

About Jari Haiston

Jari Haiston is part of the growing digital marketing team at Symmetry Electronics. Jari comes from a background in technical writing and event coordination. In her current role, she specializes in content creation and social media management. Jari's focus as a writer is to create interesting content that is accessible to any audience.


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