Working with Smart+Connected Spaces Signage
This chapter describes the content that you can access using the Cisco Smart+Connected Spaces (Smart+Connected Spaces) signage.
•Smart+Connected Emergency Notification Content
•Smart+Connected Information Signage Content
•Smart+Connected Green Advisor Content
Smart+Connected Emergency Notification Content
The Smart+Connected EN (building signage, floor signage, or conference room signage) at a particular location can be used to send messages in times of an emergency or crisis. Life-saving information such as evacuation routes, audio notifications, warnings, and instructions can be sent out to the digital signages and the Cisco IP phones. The Smart+Connected EN content instructs you on the necessary steps that you need to take in the case of an emergency. It also displays the nearest emergency exits, fire extinguishers, and so on that you need to use during crisis.
The Smart+Connected EN content also provides other useful information such as the emergency contact details.
The Smart+Connected EN is an alert or a notification. The difference between an alert and a notification is explained in the following example:
For example, if there is a fire in one of the buildings in a company, the content displayed on the digital signage in the building is an alert to warn the employees of the danger and provide exit routes. In all other buildings within the campus, the Smart+Connected EN is a notification to inform the employees about the mishap. Another example of the notification is the content displayed for a fire evacuation drill.
•Display on Signage
•Notifications on Cisco IP Phones
Figure 4-1 Smart+Connected EN Display
Display on Signage
The Smart+Connected EN content is displayed continuously and concurrently on the digital signage till it is disabled. It includes the following elements:
•Way finding floor plan with a location indicator to show where you are, and the path to the nearest exit.
•The Smart+Connected EN message is displayed at the bottom of the screen.
•The sound file associated with the visual content is also played.
The sound can be played on the digital signages only if the audio cable from the DMP has been connected to the digital signage.
If the emergency incident has been raised with an option to show the incident report, then on a touchscreen enabled digital signage, you can navigate to the incident report URL to get further information on the incident.
Note When the Smart+Connected EN is enabled for a digital signage, all other content is overridden. After the Smart+Connected EN is disabled, the digital signage display returns to its standard content.
Notifications on Cisco IP Phones
Apart from touchscreen and non touchscreen digital signages, the Smart+Connected EN content is also displayed on the Cisco IP phones, and it includes an image and an audio warning. The image file displays the emergency message text, while the sound from the audio file is played on the IP phone.
Smart+Connected Information Signage Content
The Smart+Connected IS (building signage, floor signage, or conference room signage) at a particular location is used to disseminate news and other information considered useful for consumers. For example, content that is relevant for the entire organization, such as the annual performance, the financial results, and so on, can be displayed on all three types of signage at all the locations. The events and occurrences that concern a particular building, floor, or conference room can be selectively displayed only on the signage associated with that particular location. If the employees on a particular floor are expected to attend a gathering on the same floor, the news announcing the event and requesting their presence can be displayed only on the floor signage and the conference room signage present on that floor.
The news or information that appears on the digital signage can be created by the administrator or a content author by using the rich text editor that is available within the solution. Alternatively, the content can also reside externally (in an intranet or external website).
The touchscreen and non-touchscreen signage at a location, displays the configured content only if it has been enabled for that location. The content on the digital signage changes based on the content sequence that is configured by the administrator. If multiple news stories are enabled for a location, then the content is displayed one after the other for a specified duration. The order of the appearance of the content is based on the content creation date and time.
Figure 4-2 News Display
Smart+Connected Green Advisor Content
The Smart+Connected GA is used to display the key energy usage and energy savings data for a location or building, in addition to energy performance reports,energy saving tips, green news and updates, eco-friendly practices, and so on. As an end-user accessing the data, you have increased awareness about how you can assist in reducing the overall energy usage, and hence the carbon footprint of the building.
The display can include any or all of the following main content widgets:
•How can you help
•Energy Consumption by Usage Type
•Did You Know
If the administrator has selected more than one main widget, each of them is displayed as a separate page one after another.
The following fixed content widgets are displayed on all pages:
Figure 4-3 Smart+Connected GA Display
The touchscreen and non-touchscreen signage at a location, displays the Smart+Connected GA content only if it is enabled for that location. The Smart+Connected GA content view cycles through other displays enabled for the signage by the administrator.
If the Smart+Connected GA content has multiple pages, the display cycles through all the pages in a sequence in which they have been added by the administrator before the view changes to any of the other items as configured in the content sequence.