RemoteSign Overview

There are many ways that RemoteSign can be used and a number of parts that can be combined, this page gives an overview of the various items and shows some of the combination of how signs can be controlled...

There are two main types of sign:

1. RemoteSign for Windows


  • Uses the PC computer screen as its display, which is typically full color, and can be as a big as the monitor you have.
  • Full flap-board animation, including sound effects (through PC speakers)
  • Can play sound files etc. (through PC speakers)
  • Can run standalone without any external control, or it can be remotely controlled.
Ideal for large signs such as station timetables and displaying real-time German train schedules using DB

2. RemoteSign ESP



  • Tiny (21mm x 11mm or 21mm x 6mm) monochrome display (Some have the top display one color and the rest another)
  • No sound effects
  • Must be controlled remotely - ideally RemoteSign Sequencer
  • Built-in sensors allow input from layout
Ideal for platform signs inside mode train stations, etc.

There are four ways of driving a RemoteSign

1. RemoteSign Sequencer

  • Powerful scripting software to control multiple RemoteSigns

2. DB

  • Fetches and displays the real-time arrival and departure schedules for long distance trains of the Deutsche Bahn AG using data from DB Vertrieb GmbH

3. RemoteSign Windows

  • Define text to be displayed locally, or on another RemoteSign, using a WYSIWYG like screen.
  • Play sound files (.wav, .mp3)

4. Other software

  • Dedicated layout control software or software made by you or a third party.

Combining items


Single, standalone, RemoteSign

The simplest installation would be running a single copy of RemoteSign on a Windows computer.


  • It can be set up to load a sequence of files in a loop to make the screen change.
  • Times displayed can be dynamic through use of the Time Macro
  • Use the auto file load feature to load any sequence of files
  • You can also play a sound file when each file loads, so if you just want sounds, you can simply use blank screens that load each other.



Two Windows machines, each running a copy of RemoteSign


  • The content of one machine is controlled from the other remotely. 
  • The second machine can be anywhere else on the internet
  • The controlling machine can do everything that the single standalone system can do.


One windows machine, driving a tiny RemoteSign ESP display


  • The content of the RemoteSign ESP is controlled from the Windows computer.
  • The controlling machine can do everything that the single standalone system can do.
  • Sensor inputs to the three RemoteSign ESP sensors can also trigger up to six different .rsf files to be loaded on the Windows machine, resulting in new screen content.
    Sensor input can be a manual switch or even a digitally controlled accessory decoder.


RemoteSign Sequencer controlling a Windows RemoteSign

  • Complex scripting of the content of the RemoteSign is possible.
  • The RemoteSign can be on the same network or anywhere on the Internet.
  • Sensor inputs from Windows screens can also influence the content. Sensor input is a keystroke on Windows.

RemoteSign Sequencer controlling a RemoteSign ESP



  • Complex scripting of the content of the RemoteSign is possible.
  • The RemoteSign ESP can be on the same network or anywhere on the Internet.
  • Sensor inputs to the RemoteSign ESP can also trigger complex changes to be sent from the sequencer to the RemoteSign ESP.
    For example, a single sensor input can be made to step through an almost unlimited set of screens.
    Three automatic sensors are available plus the state of other pins can also be polled at 1 second intervals.
    Sensor input can be a manual switch or even a digitally controlled accessory decoder.

RemoteSign Sequencer controlling multiple RemoteSign ESPs



  • Can do everything that can be done with a single is also possible with multiple screens. 
  • Sensor inputs of any ESP screen can also influence the content of other screens.
    Sensor input can be a manual switch or even a digitally controlled accessory decoder.

RemoteSign Sequencer controlling any mixture of RemoteSigns


  • Can do everything that can be done with with multiple ESPs.
  • Sensor inputs of both ESP and Windows screens can also influence the content of any RemoteSign.
    Sensor input can be a manual switch or even a digitally controlled accessory decoder on ESP, or a keystroke on Windows.

DB train schedule program controlling Windows RemoteSign



DB train schedule program controlling RemoteSign ESP