Event logging and analytics for External Communication(RS-232)

With OptiSigns, you can enable tracking of the data communication between the digital signage player and external devices through external communication (RS232). The feature is available for customers on the Enterprise plan. 

Once it is enabled, it will keep track of the inbound/outbound event data that was sent between the digital signage player and external devices. For example, if you are using IoT sensors, the feature can track the serial command that was sent from your sensors, and you can analyze the data to monitor and further optimize your IoT sensors usage. Or you can track the RS232 commands(power on/off, mute/unmute, etc) that were sent to your TVs and use it as proof of your compliance. 

Prerequisite:

To use this feature, you will need to confirm in advance that the connection between your digital signage player and external devices is working properly. 

The external communication(RS-232) should be configured and tested. Depending on your use case, you can follow below-listed documents.

Note: To test and confirm your external communication(RS-232) connection and configuraiton are set up properly, you can use the "Trigger Event Viewer" from the side menu of OptiSigns player.

It can show the events received from external devices/sensors, and also you can use it to test and send commands out to external devices.

Let's jump in and get started:

1. Setup: Enable RS232 logging

If you are on the Enterprise plan and interested in this feature, please contact support@optisigns.com

Once the feature is made available, you can go to settings, under Advanced →External Communications(RS232) you will see the setup(Analytics) page available.

You can also use this link: https://app.optisigns.com/app/s/external-coms

Click "Analytics", you will be able to enable the RS232 logging here.

By default, event data will be logged in real time. If the internet is disconnected, data will be saved locally and will be synced to the server automatically when the device comes back online.

If for some reason, you don't want real-time data (i.e. to reduce network usage during the time, or if you do "drive-by" data collection once in a while). You can uncheck the Real-time option and select an upload interval of your choice.

2. Enable data collection on IoT sensors add-on

If you are using IoT sensors, you can set it up to collect the event data within the IoT Sensor Add-on. Simply tick the "Send Data" checkbox, and it will start to track the event data. 

3. Data collection with advanced scheduling

If you are using advanced scheduling to control you TV or other devices supporting RS232, the event data collection is enabled by default if you choose the "RS232 Commands" type.

You can configure and send multiple commands together, the commands will be sent to the target device one after another with small latency. If the target devices are responding with confirmation, the response will be logged as well.

Please note, if you are sending multiple commands together, please check the target device specification, the target device may take longer time to execute the commands, in this case, please send the command separately on its own, otherwise the following commands may not be executed and you will not see the response from the logging. 

4. Export Data: Schedule data export & download data

You can configure OptiSigns to regularly export your raw data.

Here you can control the frequency of the data export, the time window of the data export, and the recipients of the data exports. Also, if you have your own AWS S3 buckets available, you can also configure your AWS S3 as the destination of the data export, it is easier for you to automate and connect it to your analytics process.

Here's how a data export looks like:

You can also go to the report history tab and download the historical data export.

Summary:

The RS-232 logging and analytics will collect the event data and make it available to customers. The data is available in JSON format, you can automate the data export and build your data pipeline to process the data for further analysis. 

That's all!

 

If you have any additional questions, concerns, or any feedback about OptiSigns, feel free to reach out to our support team at support@optisigns.com