MobiLock Presentation mode for Digital Signage Kiosks

MobiLock Presentation mode is a Android and iOS device specific feature on top of the 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

✅ You must have a valid MobiLock Pro dashboard account.

✅ You must have an active subscription of MobiLock Content Management (MCM).

✅ Your devices must be enrolled in the dashboard.

✅ You must have created a Device profile.

✅ For Android devices, FileDock must be updated to v1.5.0 and MobiLock to v3.7.0 .

✅ For IPhone devices, MobiLock must be updated to v2.0.0.

MobiLock Presentation is a part of MobiLock Content Management which is paid add-on service post the free trial period.

Video Tutorial

Watch this video tutorial to know more on how to use MobiLock Presentations. For the purpose of demo, we have uploaded few image files and a video file.

Creating a Presentation

  1. From your dashboard, go 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).
  2. Navigate to Content Management Presentations section. This section displays all your current presentations and the publish information.
  3. Click on Create Presentation.
  4. Give a name for your presentation and click on Save.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Once the files are moved to Presentation panel, you can set the reorder by dragging the files at the appropriate position.
  8. You can set properties of your presentation from the Properties tab. The following table explains about different property attribute.

    Property

    Description

    Enforce landscape mode

    Gives you an option to keep your presentation orientation in Landscape mode.

    Use as a Screensaver

    Allows you to use this presentation as a screensaver.

    This feature is not available for iOS devices.

    Loop Continuously

    Allows you to play your presentation in a continuous loop. This feature is applicable when the presentation is used for digital signage.

    Choose an Interval Time

    Allows you to set a time duration to delay between two files. The minimum value is five seconds and maximum value is one minute.

  9. Once you have made all the required changes, click on Update to save the presentation.

Publishing a Presentation

  1. Sign in to Dashboard.
  2. Go to Content Presentations and click on the.3 dots action menu. You will see the following options to manage your presentation.
    • Edit - Use this option to edit this presentation.
    • Publish - Use this option to publish this presentation to devices or device groups.
    • UnPublish - Use this option to un-publish this presentation to devices or device groups.
    • Delete - Use this option to delete the presentation.
  3. 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

For Android devices

  1. From your dashboard, go to Device Management Device Profiles.
  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 Create Profile / 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.

For iOS devices

  1. From your dashboard, go to Device Management Device Profiles.
  2. Edit an existing device profile.
  3. Enable the MobiLock app from Select Apps tab.

  4. Click on the Restrictions tab.
  5. Under Single App Mode section, click on the Single App Mode radiobutton.
  6. Select MobiLock as the default application from the dropdown menu.

  7. After you set MobiLock as the default app, you will see different properties to customize your device for Single App mode. The following table explains these properties.
  8. From the dropdown menu, set a poll time if needed.
    On iOS 11.x devices, there is a OS level issue where the app that is set in single app mode does not receive remote pushes. Hence if you make any changes in your presentation, they would not reflect immediately on device. The Poll time helps the devices ping the server after the set period of time so that it can get new settings. This issue has been fixed in iOS 12.x and is not required.
  9. Click on Update Profile.

Using Presentation as Screensavers

This feature is not available for iOS devices.
  1. From your dashboard, go to Device Management Device Profiles.
  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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