The BroadSign Administrator is the user interface for managing a network of BroadSign Players. Its main functions include uploading Ad Copies, booking advertising Campaigns, monitoring network health and reporting Campaign performance. In order to perform these functions, you must login to the BroadSign Server with your user name and password.
Supported Operating Systems
The BroadSign Administrator can be installed on following versions of Windows (either 32 or 64 bit):
- Microsoft Windows XP Professional (SP2+)
- Microsoft Windows XP Embedded (SP2+)
- Microsoft Windows Server 2003
- Microsoft Windows Vista Business
- Microsoft Windows Vista Enterprise
- Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate
- Microsoft Windows 7 Professional
- Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise
- Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
- Microsoft Windows 8 Pro
- Microsoft Windows 8 Enterprise
The BroadSign Administrator is also compatible with the “Home” versions of Windows, however, please make sure you are compliant with Microsoft’s licensing terms when using these operating systems for commercial purposes.
Third Party Plugins
The BroadSign Administrator is compatible with the following third-party plugins:
- Adobe Flash ActiveX
- Internet Explorer
- Microsoft Silverlight
- Windows Media Player
The Menu bar contains six top-level menus, each containing multiple options.
The Action menu contains the options to connect or disconnect from the BroadSign Server, and to exit the application.
The Edit menu contains options to launch the Find dialog, which contains search options to locate any resource in the network, to view the Contact Book and to view the general usage options.
The Reports menu contains the options to generate the Network Status Report, Bandwidth Report Domain Quota Report, Scheduling Report and Inventory Report.
The View menu is where the display mode for the Content pane is set. Icon View displays each resource with a large icon and its name. List and Table View display one resource per row with each column representing a property of that resource. For more information about the Content Pane, please consult the navigation section. The View Menu also contains the option to refresh the Content pane to reflect any changes that have occurred since its contents were listed.
The Window menu contains the options to show the Transfer Manager, the dashboard, the Tree pane, or inactive resources.
Finally, the Help menu contains the option to see an electronic version of this manual.
The BroadSign Administrator’s interface is made up of five main sections: the Tree Pane, the Content Pane, the Menu Bar, the Tool Bar, and the Status Bar.
When the Administrator is first started, the Menu Bar, Tool Bar and Status Bar are all presented. Once you log into a Server, the Administrator will create the Tree Pane and Content Pane.
The BroadSign Administrator Interface
The Tree pane, also known as the Sidebar, contains a hierarchical breakdown of the elements that make up the network. It is the application’s main navigation interface.
The Content pane works hand in hand with the Tree pane. When an item is selected in the Tree pane, the Content pane displays its contents. For example, selecting the Users icon in the Tree pane lists all the users in the Content pane. The List and Table viewing modes provide the most advanced functionality by allowing the Content Pane to be customized by right-clicking on the column header and selecting which properties you would like to see for that resource type. Columns can be resized by dragging their left and right boundaries in the column header. Columns can also be re-ordered by dragging and dropping their column headers before or after other columns. Lastly, the Content Pane can be sorted in ascending or descending order of any property by clicking on the column header. All settings made with regards to which properties to display, column size and order are retained and automatically restored on subsequent invocations of the Broadsign Administrator.
The menu bar is located at the top of the application. It is in the menu bar that you find options that are global, i.e. not context specific. Each menu and menu item found in the menu bar is discussed in details in the Global Menus section.
The Toolbar contains shortcuts to often used Menu bar options. They are the options to connect and disconnect from the server, as well as the options to bring up the Find and Contact Book dialogs.
The Status bar prints messages pertaining to the task being performed. For example, when selecting the Disconnect menu option in the Actions menu, the Status bar displays a short description of what that menu action will do, as well as which keyboard shortcut is associated to that action.
The search feature in the BroadSign Administrator is used to locate specific resources in large networks according to their names, Resource IDs, or other criteria.
Searching for Resources
To search for resources by their Resource Id or by keyword, simply type the resource ID or keyword(s) into the search box that can be found in the top-right of the application. The results of your search will be shown in a new window in the content pane area.
Please note that keyword search will identify keywords in resource names that are separated by common word delimiters such as space, underscore, etc. To perform a full text search within unseparated words, please select the advanced search dialog by clicking the magnifier icon and selecting the resource type you wish to search in. Then, select the “contains” option to search within words. You can also select “starts with” which will match the beginning of words with the specified string.
Certain types of searches can have additional criteria associated to them. For example, when searching amongst Campaigns, criteria can be set to display all Campaigns active between specific Start and End Dates. In the case of Player or Edge Server searches, criteria can be used to conduct a search by MAC address or public IP address; moreover, specific User names can be used as criteria in any User searches. Registrations can be found by MAC address and Ad Copies by their external Id.
In the results window that appears after a search is performed, you can right-click on any resource and select the “Show Resource” option. This will highlight the resource in the Tree Pane, as well as the resource itself in the Content Pane.
Within the Edit menu of the BroadSign Administrator there are two sections for options: Domain Options and Options for the application as a whole.
By selecting Edit, then Edit Domain you can see the General and Settings buttons.
The General button contains the domain name you are currently logged into and a Network tab to specify the default network operator contact information that will be displayed in the headers of some reports.
The Monitoring tab contains the domain level thresholds applied to incidents. Any Thresholds set in this tab will be applied to all resources in your domain. Please consult the Incident Thresholds section of the Administrator manual for more information on this topic.
The Contacts tab holds the domain level contacts that will receive all the e-mail notifications every time an incident or other event occurs on the network. Please consult the Email Notification section for more information on how the BroadSign Suite alerts you via emails.
The Impressions tab holds the default domain-wide value for how many impressions per hour each site generates. This value, as well as any custom impression values specified on individual Day Parts are used to determine the total impressions a Campaign will generate.
The Underestimate Margin tab controls how aggressively you would like to underestimate repetitions. When estimating repetitions, the BroadSign suite will evaluate exactly how many times a Campaign will play under ideal conditions. However, network operators may choose to reduce this number somewhat before transmitting it to clients. The Underestimate Margin allows you to specify by what percentage you would like to underestimate Campaign repetitions.
By selecting Edit, then Options you can find the Administrator’s application properties under the following tabs:
- BroadSign Administrator Options
|Connection||Timeout Period settings, Certificates, and Server Port settings (always 10799).|
|Proxy||To enable a SOCKS5 or HTTP proxy server for the Administrator, configure its hostname, port, username and password here.|
|Defaults||Options for showing the Login Dialog and Transfer Dialog as well as automatic Criteria assignment when new Ad Copies are imported.|
|Campaigns & Events||Various preferences for Campaign settings and Wizard options.|
|Cache||Local Ad Copy cache size, in memory resource cache size and ability to clear the local database cache on the next login.|
|Orders||Advanced Order Wizard Options.|
The following Campaign options are recommended as they are the most commonly used:
- Targeting by Display Unit Criteria
- Targeting by Frame Criteria
- Targeting by network branch
- Time range
The BroadSign Administrator provides a dashboard that gives network operators a concise and continuously updated overview of the status their network.
Showing the Dashboard
The dashboard can be shown and hidden by checking the “Show Dashboard” option in the main Window menu. The dashboard is a dockable widget area that can be moved around the BroadSign Administrator’s window, or undocked for viewing in a separate window.
By right-clicking on the dashboard area and toggling the “Large Widgets” option, you can select whether you wish to view the dashboard widgets in their small or large size.
Adding/Removing Dashboard Widgets
You can add and remove widgets from the dashboard by right-clicking on the dashboard and selecting “Add/Remove Widgets”. You will be presented with a widget selector that describes each widget. Clicking on a widget in the selector will toggle it as enabled or disabled. Once your selection is complete, click close on the selector and your selected widgets will load in the dashboard.
Domain Bandwidth Widget
The domain bandwidth widget shows the total bandwidth consumed by your domain over the last three months. This includes all Player bandwidth, edge server bandwidth and user bandwidth. It automatically refreshes itself every 15 minutes. Clicking on the widget will summon the bandwidth report for more details.
Network Health Widget (Bar and Pie chart)
The network health widget is available as a bar graph or as a pie chart. It provides a quick overview of the general health of your network. The health of your network is determined by how many open incidents there are per Player, as well as the incident thresholds you have configured. It automatically refreshes itself every minute. Clicking on the widget summons the network health report for more details.
Network Status (Bar and Pie Chart)
The network status widget is available as a bar graph or as a pie chart. It provides a quick overview of the connectivity status of your Players. It automatically refreshes itself every minute. Clicking on the widget will summon the network status report for more details.
Recent Ad Copies Widget
The recent ad copies widget lists the most recently uploaded Ad Copies in your domain. It automatically refreshes itself every 5 minutes. Clicking on an Ad Copy’s name will find that Ad Copy and show it in the content pane.
Recent Incidents Widget
The recent incidents widget displays the most recently reported incidents in your domain. It automatically refreshes itself every minute. Clicking on an incident will summon the Service Panel for the Player or Edge Server that generated it.
Recent Campaigns Widget
The recent Campaigns widget lists the most recently created Campaigns in your domain. It automatically refreshes itself every 5 minutes. Clicking on a Campaign’s name will find that Campaign and show it in the content pane.