Dynamic wayfinding - SECURITY screens
  • 15 Sep 2023
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Dynamic wayfinding - SECURITY screens

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Article Summary

In the previous tutorial regarding designing a Ticketing screen, we have shown how to dynamically change the text on screens. This tutorial will show how asset values, specifically custom fields assigned to displays, can also automate switching images and videos.

As before, we will use the custom fields functionality to achieve this goal. We will introduce a new versatile feature called Dynamic media, enabling the user to recall media items based on data & custom fields.

The example we will create is a Security checkpoint display template that will show if a security screening lane is open or closed. We will be using the Security custom field, which comes preconfigured in the base system.

This approach can also be used for other use cases, such as Airline counter screens and airline logos on flight lists.

Topics covered:
Dynamic media tab
Templates tab - Designer: 
  • Dynamic media driven by display custom field values

Sample screens:

Download Security Closed image

Download Security Open image


Prerequisite: Assign a Security custom field to your display(s) with values according to the default lane/counter situation; see Connect and configure DISPLAYS. 

A) Create a new item on the Dynamic media tab.

  1. Open the Dynamic Media tab on the left-hand menu.
  2. Click on the New Dynamic Media button in the bottom right-hand corner.
B) Configure new dynamic media.

Dynamic media is configured using a table. Just like in a spreadsheet or database, you can add named columns and rows. For every combination of column and row, an image or video can be uploaded.
A dynamic media item can be recalled manually by selecting row & column combinations. The row & column selection can be driven by data such as a custom field or a field in a flight record. A good example is selecting a carrier logo based on the IATA code in the flight record.
C) For our Security checkpoint display tutorial, we will start configuring a new Dynamic Media table.

  1. In the Name input box, enter the name of your new Dynamic Media.
  2. In the Type drop-down, choose a media type.
  3. Add a column by clicking on the + icon on the top.
  4. Add a row by clicking on the + icon on the left with the same names as the corresponding custom field values.
Note: Use the same row names as used for items in custom field Security to match the configuration.
D) Add media (images) to all possible combinations from the Media Library. Keep in mind that you can always upload new files to the library.

  1. Mouse over the status value in the table and the box will turn grey, and an Upload icon will appear.  Click on the Upload icon.
  2. An Upload window will appear; upload and choose the relevant media from the Media Library for each row.
  3. Click on the Save button in the lower right-hand corner.

Download Security Closed image

Download Security Open image

E) Design new content in the Templates tab - see how to do this in the Create basic STATIC content tutorial.
F) Add Dynamic Media to your template.

  1. Click on the Media icon on the top menu and select Dynamic Media.
  2. Place the element on the canvas; configure the Position and Size of the element.
  3. Under Dynamic Media, choose Dynamic Media (e.g., SECURITY) from the first drop-down on the right-hand menu.
  4. Configure your Dynamic Media (see next).
G) Configure the Dynamic Media element.
  1. Under Dynamic Media on the left-hand side, select Manual from the Column drop-down (on the right-hand side) as a value.
  2. Select status from the Variable Selector drop-down
  3. Select Data Source from the Row drop-down under Column ID.
  4. Click on the Edit Row Data Source button.
  5. Drag and drop the custom field Security from the right-hand list.
  6. Click on the OK button in the lower right-hand corner to confirm the settings.
H) Preview the designed content with assigned display configuration to see specific custom field values chosen in your display's configuration on the Displays tab.
  1. Click on the Preview icon on the top menu.
  2. Click on Select Display Configuration to choose the display where the content will be assigned and see how the dynamic text will be shown.
  3. Click on the OK button to close the window.

I) Click on the Save & Publish button in the lower right-hand corner when your content design is final. Now it is ready to be assigned and shown on your display.
J) Switch between your security checkpoints closed and open state by changing the Security custom field value in the detail of your display on the Displays tab.
  1. Click on the Displays tab under Device Management on the left-hand menu.
  2. Under Content Assignment, assign your Security Content by clicking on the Assign button.
  3. Under Asset Values, select a value from the Security drop-down to trigger the media change on your display.
  4. Click on the Save button on the lower right-hand corner to save.
  5. Open your SimpleVUE media player to see the content changes when switching the Security custom field values. 

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