ScreenCloud Transport App Guide

Want to display the latest transport schedules in your local area right to your digital screens? Transport App is here for you.

Dec 2018

ScreenCloud Transport App Guide

What’s more useful to customers than keeping them updated on catching their next ride? Forget shuffling in their pocket for their smartphone and trying to Google travel schedules for the local area. Using digital signage screens you can easily bring live transport updates to your customers.

The ScreenCloud Transport App lets you display multiple real time transport schedules for buses, trains, underground subways, trams, ferries, and more in your local area. You can view a full list of coverage information here.

Transport app provides you with transport options available within over half a mile of your chosen location. Helping customers to stay more in tune with their travels, especially in use-cases such as:

  • Using screens in your University reception letting students know when their next train or bus is scheduled to run
  • In your hotel lobby, letting guests discover the best mode of transport to see the city
  • At your conference, sharing travel schedules to attendees for once the event is finished
  • In your office to help staff members get home faster, or to catch a ride for their next meeting

Here’s how it works:

1. Select and Install ScreenCloud’s Transport app

1.1 - Get started on using the app by clicking here and selecting “Get App”. This option will prompt you to either log into your existing ScreenCloud account, or sign up for our 14-day free trial in order to use the Transport app and other available apps within our App Store.

1.2 - Once you’re logged in, you can select “Add this app” from the top right-hand corner.

2. Configure the app

2.1 -  Next, select “Configure” to open the transport design panel to begin pulling in transport data for your location and setting up the appearance of how your app will show on screen.

2.2 - Next you’ll see the transport data configuration panel open in another screen, allowing you to build your transport app.

i) Location - Enter the address or post-code of your location to find nearby transport options. You can also select a location by moving the location marker available in the configuration panel. To view a list of all the locations the app supports, please click here.

ii) Range - This allows you to select how far from your location you want to collate transport information for, the default will be set to 100 meters. Please note, the minimum distance is 10 meters and the maximum is 1000 meters (over a half-mile of transport data available).

iii) Means of transport - Once your location and range is set, you will be provided with a list of the available live transport data for the specific location you have chosen. Select the modes of transport you wish to display on screen by clicking the checkmark boxes available.

The app will display the closest transport data available to your location and within the radius chosen. For example, if you’re trying to find the nearest bus and train stations for a post code in the United Kingdom (e.g. EC4A 3AF), the app will pull in more than one method of travel if there are multiple stations/routes available within the range you have selected.

Here’s an example of how that might work:

If you were entering a post code for Holborn in London (EC4A 3AF) you’ll see below that there are two different directions someone could travel from using that bus station. transport app will show both of these routes (i.e. Stop L/Route 8 departs in one direction, while Stop K/Route 8 departs in the opposite direction).

iv) Appearance - You can select between a “dark” or “light” theme for your transport app.

v) Transportation Speed - Set the speed of Transportation to fast, medium, or slow to scroll between pages of content. For example, if you’re showing a lengthy transport schedule, the content will scroll through to display all of the data if it overflows the screen width/height. This will be set at default to fast (20 seconds).

2.3 -  Once you’ve finished editing your Transport app it’s important to select “Save” to return to the preview panel. Once you’ve saved your Transport app you will see a green checkmark next to “Configure”.

3. Preview your Transport app

3.1 - To preview your Transport app, select “Preview App”. This will open a new window where you can see what your transport schedule will look like on screen.

3.2 - If you need to make any changes click “Close Preview” then “Configure” to reopen the transport app builder tool. Once you’ve made any further changes, click “Save Changes” and return to open the preview.

4. Add Transport app to your playlist

4.1 - Once you’re happy with your transport set up, click “Add App” and give your transport app a name. This will help you to spot it later in your content library, particularly if you are planning to use more than one app within your playlist.

4.2 - Select “Finished” and your Transport app will now be listed within your Content Library.

Please Note, If you want to edit your Transport app at any time, you can simply hover over the app in the content library and choose “Edit This App”.
4.3 - Next, select the playlist you wish to add this to and drag and drop the transport app from the right-hand side to the playlist of your choosing.

4.4 - Here, you can also change the duration that your Transport app is shown for, currently set as 2:00 for two-minutes.

Frequently asked questions:

Will the app update when there are delays or weather inclement?

The app will update in consideration of service disruptions for any cities that support real-time updates. You can refer to a full list of cities that support this for their local transports by clicking here.

Is there anyway to show the time in 24-hour format (i.e. 1:00pm) instead of arrival time?

The app currently is designed to run on exact due time only. Our team will also be making updates and enhancements for the app in the near future, we recommend reaching out to support@screencloud.io if you have any suggestions or feedback.

Can I use this app as a ticker-tape for transport times?

You can use the app in a ticker-tape zone. Currently, it will display the main station first and then will scroll through all of the routes that pass through the station. In addition, it will also display the two nearest departure times.

For further questions, please contact support@screen.cloud with details.

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