MobiLock Presentation mode for Digital Signage Kiosks

MobiLock Presentation mode is a Android specific feature on top of MobiLock Content Management add-on, that lets you easily turn your MobiLock managed devices into Digital Signage Kiosks or use your content as screensavers.

Digital Signage Kiosks are a great way to engage visitors in malls, airports and various public places. Android tablets are frequently used devices to set up Digital Signage Kiosks because of the low cost and durability. However setting them up, locking them in a Kiosk mode, and controlling the content for signage is easier said than done.

MobiLock Presentation mode helps you precisely solve this problem on your MobiLock managed devices. While MobiLock helps you setup the devices a single purpose Kiosk, by using MobiLock Presentation mode feature you can easily publish, update the content of digital signage.

In this document we will see how to create a presentation and use it for Digital signage or as screensaver.

Before You Begin

  1. Make sure you have an active subscription to MobiLock Content Management (MCM).
  2. You have uploaded some content to your Content Management. For this demo we will use couple of image files (jpg, gif) and a video file (mp4)
  3. Make sure to update your Android devices to FileDock version 1.5.0 and MobiLock version 3.7.0 .
MobiLock Presentations is a part of MobiLock Content Management which is paid add-on service post the free trial period.

Video Tutorial

Using the video below you can quickly acquaint yourself on how to use MobiLock Presentations.

Steps On Dashboard

Creating a Presentation

  1. Sign In to Dashboard.
  2. Navigate to Content Management > Content section to make sure that you have some content uploaded. For this demo you can upload some images (jpg, gif)  and a video (mp4).
  3. Now navigate to Content Management > Presentation section. This section displays all your current presentations and the publish information.
  4. Click on CREATE PRESENTATION to create your first presentation.
  5. Give a name for your presentation and click SAVE.
  6. You will see a Presentation creator window which has two panels,
    1. Content Panel - This panel displays all the content that you have uploaded in a tree format, so that you can choose the files and move to the Presentation Panel.
    2. Presentation Panel - This panel displays all the current files that are part of presentation and some additional properties that can be set for the presentation.
    3. Currently we support jpg, jpeg, png, gif and mp4 file formats only to be a part of presentation.
  7. Start moving the files from the Content panel to the Presentation panel. You can use the arrows next to the file to move. For files that are not supported you would see a red exclamation mark.
  8. Once the files are moved to Presentation panel, you can set the order by clicking on each file and then moving them up or down.
  9. Click on the Properties tab to see some additional properties of presentation these are,
    1. Enforce Landscape mode - Instructs that the presentation should be forced in landscape mode.
    2. Use as Screensaver - Instructs that this presentations can be used as screensaver.
    3. Loop Continuously -Feature applicable when the presentation is used for digital signage. When this flag is set, the collection of files will loop without user-interaction. If disabled, then after every loop will show a Play button and waits for user/visitor interaction to start the presentation.
    4. Interval Time - Lets you choose an interval between the videos and images. In case of a video, the last frame of the video stays on the screen for the selected time.
  10. Once you have made all the required changes, click on UPDATE to save the presentation.

Publishing a Presentation

  1. Sign In to Dashboard.
  2. Navigate to Content > Presentations screen to see all your presentations.
  3. Click on the 3 dots action menu to see the following options,
    1. Edit - Use this option to edit this presentation.
    2. Publish - Use this option to publish this presentation to devices or device groups.
    3. UnPublish - Use this option to un-publish this presentation to devices or device groups.
    4. Delete - Use this option to delete the presentation.
  4. To publish the presentation click on the Publish option and select the Device Groups or Devices where you want to publish.

Using Presentation for Digital Signage

  1. Sign In to Dashboard
  2. Create or Edit an existing Device Profile
  3. In the Select Apps section, enable FileDock application.
  4. Navigate to Optional Settings section and make the following changes,
    1. Single App Mode - In this section, set FileDock to be the application that runs always.
    2. Display Settings - In this section, set the screen timeout settings to Keep Screen Always On.
  5. Click on UPDATE PROFILE to save the device profile.
  6. Now you can add this edited/profile to a Device Group to which the presentation is published as described Publishing a Presentation section.
  7. Once you publish a presentation, on all the devices where FileDock is running as default application, it will start downloading the files in background and while the files are being downloaded the presentation start live-streaming.

Using Presentation as Screensavers

  1. Sign In to Dashboard
  2. Create or Edit an existing Device Profile
  3. In the Select Apps section, enable FileDock application.
  4. Navigate to Optional Settings > Display Settings section and choose a suitable screen timeout value after which you want the device to start showing the presentation.
  5. Click on UPDATE PROFILE to save the device profile.
  6. Now you can add this edited/profile to a Device Group to which the presentation is published as described in Publishing a Presentation section.
  7. Once you publish a presentation, on all the devices where FileDock is enabled, after the selected idle time the files as a part of presentation will start displaying.

Points to Remember

  1. When the Presentation is set as a screensaver, FileDock does not use the system screen saver feature as Android does not have a straightforward feature to do so. Instead it is the FileDock app that wakes up the screen and displays images.
  2. Both Digital Signage and Screensaver consume considerable battery power and internet bandwidth.
  3. Although these features can be used on Android devices, it is suggested to use them on devices with good screen resolution and screens optimized for digital signage kiosks.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Sometimes the videos in my presentation are skipped or receive an error while played?

Answer: We use Android Exoplayer API to render the videos and images. Sometimes if the devices do not have the required codecs then this might be the issue. FileDock automatically skips a file that it cannot render or if it receives an error for a file.

Question: Although I have published the presentation, it is not shown on the device OR I see a continuous loader on the screen?

Answer: Make sure that the devices have stable internet connection so that the files can be downloaded and streamed.


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