4 Safe Alternative Digital Displays

Last week we examined ways to stay safe using digital signage and the importance of safeguarding your employees, customers and students when businesses and schools re-open.

Over the last year, we’ve seen business requirements change to focus on displays which are safer during covid-19 times. Let’s take a look at some alternative displays which can be configured with Xibo signage.

Covid Safe Alternative Digital Displays

Tabletop Displays

As restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars reopen, reducing contact and keeping customers and staff safe will be vital. Tabletop or small integrated digital touchscreen displays are perfect for displaying menus, showcasing daily promotions, such as meal deals or drinks specials, and allowing for self service ordering.

Digital displays remove the need for printed, high touch, physical menu formats and allow for reduced verbal interaction with staff, keeping both staff and customers safe. Android rooted displays can be integrated directly with the Xibo for Android player, and with the Xibo CMS you can remotely and automatically change your content by day, hour or location.


Information kiosks in shops, healthcare centers, business and hotel receptions can reduce the amount of face-to-face contact between staff and visitors by allowing for basic information such as directions or check-in to be completed on screen.

During the covid-19 pandemic, concerns were raised over the safety of touchscreens with regards to how transmittable germs are on heavily trafficked screens. But with the correct signage encouraging users to use hand sanitiser before and after touching the screen, and regular cleaning with specialised screen disinfecting wipes, touchscreens remain a highly valuable display type.

Touchless Displays

With the concerns around touchscreens, touchless technologies activated through gestures, voice or even mobile activations, are becoming increasingly popular.

Interactivity advancements coming in Xibo version 3, will introduce a new concept called Actions which can be attached to a Layout, Region or Widget, and can be used to effect changes to the Layout. These can be triggered by Touch certainly, but also programmatically by webhook, allowing for use with touchless devices.

Hand Sanitiser Digital Signage

Recently we’ve received many queries about hand sanitiser displays. Xibo can be seamlessly connected to these displays allowing for powerful safety and informative product information to reach your audience while keeping them safe at the same time.

As businesses, hospitality and schools re-open, hand sanitizers will remain a vital part of the safeguarding process. By offering a touchless option, which also displays reassuring and positive messaging, you’ll help reduce potential anxiety felt by those returning.

Next week: Wellbeing Signage
The Covid-19 pandemic has not only had a major physical impact on the world, but, according to WHO, “the bereavement, isolation, loss of income and fear caused by the virus are triggering mental health conditions or exacerbating existing ones”. Next week we’ll take a look at how digital signage can be used to help improve mental wellbeing during these tough times.