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A Closer Look at Slover Library Interactive Displays, Part 2: Wayfinding Directories

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The interactive directories at Slover Library facilitate patron wayfinding throughout the building.  In addition, locations associated with upcoming events and computer availability will also be provided.

Objectives of Sign

These interactive directories at Slover Library will be placed on every floor to help people orient themselves and get from one location to another.  These displays, located near the elevators, should provide wayfinding, event schedules and computer availability throughout the library. 

Primary functionality:

  1. Wayfinding – Identify the major spaces on each floor of the library.
  2. Library events happening today.
  3. Where and how to search available collections on each floor.
  4. Computer availability throughout the library.

Wayfinding Screen

  A Closer Look at Slover Library Interactive Displays, Part 2: Wayfinding Directories

The primary purpose of the interactive wayfinding screen is to help people orient themselves within the library and determine their direction.  Additionally, they will provide a snapshot of current events and computer availability throughout the library.

Each sign will default to its specific floor but capable of displaying all or other floors.  For each floor, a summary of what’s on that floor will be highlighted.  Items like available collections, where to go and perform online catalog searches, and identification of all major spaces.

Today’s Events

  A Closer Look at Slover Library Interactive Displays, Part 2: Wayfinding Directories

The “Today’s Events” sections is a quick view of major events taking place today throughout the Library.  A descriptive overview, time and location of each event will be listed in chronological order.  As time passes, any occurred event will fall off the list so that only current or upcoming events are displayed. 

For any item on the list selected, the system will provide a link to the corresponding floor map to highlight its location.

Computer Availability

  A Closer Look at Slover Library Interactive Displays, Part 2: Wayfinding Directories

This interactive view should provide real-time data on available computers throughout the library.  Computer availability is maintained in real-time through SQL queries to the Comprise Technologies SAM software database.

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A Closer Look at Slover Library Interactive Displays, Part 1: SMC Wall

SMC Wall Dimensions

The SMC Wall at Slover Library in Norfolk, VA will be a multi-user, multi-touch interactive experience that will showcase artifacts from the Sargeant Memorial Collection.

The display walls will accommodate multiple users and allow patrons to explore in detail the entire inventory of the SMC memorabilia collection. The SMC wall will promote active participation with a positive learning experience that will be fun for both children and adults.

Objectives of Sign

To provide a multi-user, multi-touch interactive experience that showcases thousands of pieces of searchable artifacts which make up the Sargeant Memorial Collection and allow multiple users to interact simultaneously with the content.

The SMC artifacts will float across the wall. Artifacts are selected by a direct tap on their surface. Once an artifact is selected, it is centered and brought to the forefront. In addition, “related” artifacts will satellite around the selected artifact. For a selected artifact, you should be able to obtain all detailed information and launch Google maps if a latitude and longitude is available for the object.

The ability to search the collection by themes, sub-themes, date, and keyword will be available. A timeline function will also be available to view the artifacts in a timeline fashion.

Interaction Overview

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Once an artifact has been selected via touch on the mail wall, the artifact will be centered within your work area with related artifacts orbiting around the selected item. The most relevant tagged artifacts will orbit around the selected artifact.

The interface will transition between various modes of operation depending on the number of users. A single user operating the wall will have full control of the display and can fill it completely with a single image. Once another user comes along and touches the wall, an intelligent partitioning system creates a new workspace. Full gesturing of the selected artifact is supported, including: swipe, drag, throw, rotate, zoom in and zoom out.

Metadata available for each artifact will include: Title, Filename, Subject, Keywords, Description, Location, Photographer, Company, Copyright Holder, Date, Time Period, Type, Original Format, Original Dimensions, Digital Format, Collection, Notes and GPS Coordinates

SMC Content “Pinned” To Google Maps

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The ability to locate and view the current geographical location of an artifact will be provided by choosing the Map icon located on the selected image.

When this option is selected, another window will be displayed on the wall showing the selected image, and all other related imaged “pinned” to Google Maps. Where Google Street View is available, users can overlay historical photographs and compare it with the contemporary location.

Search Screen

Filtering a selection based on a theme, year, type or keyword will be provided by the Search icon located on each active work area.  Once the search icon is selected, a search dialog window will open providing a friendly user interface to make selections.

Timeline Screen

The ability to view the SMC artifacts in a timeline fashion will be available by choosing the Timeline icon from the work area.  Once the Timeline icon is selected, the artifacts should be displayed as icons in chronological order at the bottom of the screen. With a swipe of a finger in either direction, the timeline will go forward or backward in time.

Mobile Integration

To provide the ability to share SMC information with mobile devices, QR codes will be dynamically generated and available for display based on information stored in the content database for individual objects.

Themes

When there is no one interacting with the system, images will float across the screen in random fashion. There is no logic for which images are displayed, it is completely random.

For special occasions and events, there will also be the ability to define special thematic content when no one is interacting with the display. Examples include: Wall of Remembrance Theme, Lost Norfolk Display, and a Building Information Window.

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Digital Signage Technology For Slover Memorial Library

Slover Library

Construction of the Slover Memorial Library began in June 2012 with a scheduled opening in Winter 2014/2015. The vision of Slover is that it will blend the best of contemporary library resources and services with new and innovative space design, making it a vital center for community learning, leading edge technology and civic engagement. We have partnered with Slover to develop digital signage solutions for the new library, including:

  • A “Word Wall” in the glass forum
  • Interactive Displays with access to the Sargeant Memorial Collection’s (SMC) digital archives
  • Digital Signage with interactive wayfinding systems
  • Floor standing interactive touch tables
  • Digital media lab

Slover Digital Signage Goals

For the Slover Library, digital signage is being developed to accomplish the following:

  • Provide a more effective form of communication to the public
  • Reduce print and paper costs
  • Display and educate the public on new technologies
  • Target specific groups with relevant information
  • Provide channels for emergency notifications

Sergeant Memorial Collection

 Digital Signage Technology For Slover Memorial Library

The SMC Wall will be a multi-user, multi-touch interactive experience that will showcase artifacts from the SMC collection.

The display walls will accommodate multiple users and allow patrons to explore in detail the entire inventory of the SMC memorabilia collection.  The SMC Wall will promote active participation with a positive learning experience that will be fun for both children and adults.

Objective

To provide a multi-user, multi-touch interactive experience that showcases thousands of pieces of searchable artifacts which make up the Sergeant  Memorial Collection and allow multiply users to interact simultaneously with the content.

The SMC artifacts will float across the wall.  Artifacts are selected by a direct tap on their surface. Once an artifact is selected, it is centered and brought to the forefront.  In addition, “related” artifacts will satellite around the selected artifact.  For a selected artifact, you should be able to obtain all detailed information and launch Google maps if a latitude and longitude is available for the object.  

The ability to search the collection by themes, sub-themes, date, and keyword will be available.  A timeline function will also be available to view the artifacts in a timeline fashion.  Please see the Search function below.

Digital Sign Displays

  Digital Signage Technology For Slover Memorial LibraryThe Digital Sign Displays address three specific functional signs:

  • Interactive End Caps
  • Concierge
  • Computer Labs Status Display

The end cap digital signage will be used to provide access to the library’s online catalog system and to promote materials within the library.

The first floor concierge sign will convey to patrons schedules for the current day’s events and times along with events within the library and around town.  Special announcements and messages can also be displayed when needed.   

The computer lab digital signage will be used to inform visitors about computer availability throughout the library.   The library’s daily events will also be displayed.

Word Wall

 Digital Signage Technology For Slover Memorial Library

The word wall is a combination of flat panel displays that highlight the technology mission of the library and help define a collective experience of the Forum as a place for the entire city. 

This “video wall” was conceived to encourage the use of the library as a civic resource and reinforce the idea of the architecture as a teaching medium.

The Word Wall’s unique architecture should allow for a resolution independent environment.  You are no longer restricted to the resolution of a single source, or a single display.  Multiple displays can be used to increase the resolution of what the audience sees to exceed what any single display can accommodate.  This sign is a 5 x 3 video wall array with the purpose of communicating and promoting specific information and events to the public.

Specifically, support general awareness, share news and upcoming events, provide a platform for advertising, and help promote the Sergeant Memorial Collection. 

Sentara Healthcare’s New Interactive Touchscreen Kiosks

Overview and Video Demo of the Digital Signage Solution Used to Create Sentara’s New Hospital Lobby Kiosks

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Organization: Sentara Healthcare

Industry Sector: Healthcare

Location: Virginia Beach, Virginia

Solution: Hospital Lobby directory using custom kiosk with touchscreen technology for interactive wayfinding.