LightSpeed Vision Displays
Displays are records to identify each physical device that should show content from the CMS. Each Display Client application registered with the server creates a unique display record when registered. Display records can be assigned a default layout, have a Schedule of Layouts and are used for status monitoring and access control. The main area for Displays is the Display Administration page accessed from the Navigation Bar by clicking on "Displays > Displays".
The display administration table gives an easy to understand overview of each display registered in the CMS.
- Row Color - The status of the Display. Red = currently downloading content, Yellow = content to be downloaded, Green = up to date
- ID - The internal ID for the Display.
- Licence - Shows whether the Display has been granted a licence with the CMS. This prevents unauthorized displays being added to the CMS.
- Display - A unique name for the Display. This will be set during the staging process, but can be changed later.
- Default Layout - The default Layout that will play when there are no other Layouts scheduled or when all scheduled Layouts are invalid.
- Interleave Default - Shows whether the default Layout will play when there are other Layouts scheduled.
- Email Alert - Shows whether an email alert will be sent went a Display is no longer active.
- Logged In - Shows whether the Display has logged in recently.
- Last Accessed - The date/time of last access.
- IP Address - The IP address the Display had the last time it reported its status through the "Media Inventory" status call.
- Mac Address - The Mac Address of the Display (if the client software is capable of sending it).
Displays can have a number of actions performed against them:
- Schedule Now
- A quick shortcut to scheduling a Layout from the current time for a particular duration.
- Media Inventory
- View the required media inventory and the current status of each item as reported by the display during the last check in.
- Default Layout
- A quick shortcut to updating the default Layout.
- The Display Edit form for adjusting all options available on the display.
Clicking on the "Edit" button of the Display Action Menu loads its editing window. You can then proceed to change the settings for the chosen Display including changing the Display Name, Interleave Default settings and the Default Layout.
When you schedule new content, or change existing content, it is helpful to know that the displays have updated with the new information. In Vision, the device will connect in to the server periodically and update itself on the media items that they have stored locally. Media Inventory allows you to look at a glance to check if your updates were pulled by the device yet.
On the Display Administration page, you'll see a column status. The status light can be one of either green, yellow or red. When you make a change that affects the output of the server to a given devices (for example if you modify a layout scheduled on that device, schedule a new layout or change the default layout), the status light immediately goes yellow. That signifies that as far as the server is aware, there are updates pending for that device and it has not received them yet. The device will connect to the server on a schedule and will read the new information that is available. If there are new files to download (for example if you modified a layout or scheduled something completely new), the status light will turn red while the files are being downloaded. Once the device is satisfied that all files have been downloaded, it will send an inventory of all the files it has active in its cache back to the server, and the server will change the status light to green.
If you are curious to see what files the client is actively monitoring, you can click the "Media Inventory" button and a window will appear showing the status of each file, along with the last time the device checked in.
NOTE: what you will not see is files that the client needs to download, but that it is unaware of at the present time. For example, if you schedule a new layout and immediately go to the Media Inventory before the client has connected to the server, you'll see the status light is yellow, but the content of the media inventory will not show the new files that are required. Once the device connects, those new files will be included in the inventory automatically.
Display Groups help to easily schedule layouts and campaigns to multiple displays at once:
- Group Member - Click on Group Members to load the Manage Membership form for editing. All of the Displays on the system will be shown. You can then assign or remove group members either by dragging and dropping or double clicking the name of the Display.
- Adding a Group - In the Navigation Bar, click the "Displays > Display Groups" to go to the Display Groups page. To add a group click on the "Add Group" button found at the top right of the Displays list.
- Edit a Group - To edit a group, click on the edit button on the row belonging to the group you wish to edit.
- Delete a Group - To delete a group, click on the delete button on the row belonging to the group you wish to delete.
Display clients collect statistics for Layouts and Media shown and their play duration. These statistics can be viewed in the Displays section using the Statistics sub menu. A specific display can be viewed across a date range.
- Layouts Shown - All Layouts shown in the range selected.
- Library Media Shown - All Media shown in the range selected.
- Media on Layouts Shown - All Layouts shown with a breakdown of the associated Media on those Layouts.