Physical Sign Programming vs Cloud Sign Programming

You may have heard in the course of your sign purchasing experience some companies are promoting “Physical” Software while others boast a “Cloud Based” software. So, we thought we would take a moment to help inform you of the differences between these two types of technology.

First let’s go over what each of these programming types are.

Physical Based Programming: This type of sign programming is one that has the software directly installed on a computer and does not require the use of the internet to operate. This means that all content and data is stored on a physical hard drive at your location.

Cloud Based Programming: This type of sign programming operates completely on the web. All content and data are stored at a hard drive at a remote location.

DCI Programing Software

Our software utilizes a physical based programming. There are several reasons why we use this type of programming.

First is that there are no extra monthly or yearly costs needed to operate the software. Some companies charge upwards of $100/month to use their Cloud software. Over the lifetime of a led display, 10 years, this can cost the customer an extra $12,000 for the software alone.

Second, DCI software does not require the internet for programming. This again saves our customers thousands of dollars over the life of the sign. Example: Internet cost 60/month over 10 years, that’s $7,200 that could be saved.

The third reason we use physical based programming is for security reasons. Every time you place something on the internet there is a risk that it can be hacked or stolen. Hackers are constantly finding new ways to bypass systems and download information remotely. If your system is physical based like DCI’s then that eliminates the ability for a hacker to get your data from a remote location.

The fourth benefit is that physical based software can offer more powerful content creation tools for the user. Most Web based software is limited to capabilities of what their servers allow. Since they have this limitation, they minimize the amount of options a user has to create content. In contrast, physical based software is all locally based and doesn’t need to rely on server connections. This allows your computer to operate at its full capabilities and thus larger more powerful actions can be performed.

Along the same lines the fifth reason is that physical software just plainly offers more features. The ability to work with third party programs, more advanced scheduling, content tracking, and much more.

Now, there are a few benefits to using web based software such as being able to program from any computer that has a browser and automatic backups of content. But, these features can be done with physical based programming with just a few more steps. In the case of programming from any computer, you can use a remote desktop viewing software to do the same thing. As for backups, just install some auto-backup software like Ghost and your all set.

So, as you can see there are vastly greater benefits to using a physical based software over the more limited web based versions.

Here is a brief overview of the Pros and Cons of each method.

Physical Based Programming Pros Cons
  • No Extra Programming Costs
  • Doesn’t Require Internet
  • Self-Contained Data
  • Powerful Content Creation Tools
  • More Features
  • Requires a Computer
  • Manual Backups
Cloud Based Programming Pros Cons
  • Program via Browser
  • Auto Backups may be offered
  • Costs money to program
  • Requires Internet to use
  • Data is exposed to Hackers
  • Limited Content Creation Tools
  • Less Features