To implement the lift-and-learn solution you will need:
- OnSign TV Windows player
- Nexmosphere Controller
- Nexmosphere Antenna Driver
- Nexmosphere Antenna
- One, or more compatible RFID tags
1 - Hardware Setup
Before configuring the software, let's make sure you have your hardware set.
- Connect the Antenna to an XR Receiver
- Connect the XR receiver to the Nexmosphere Controller
- Connect the Nexmosphere Controller to your PC (serial port, or USB)
*Depending on the Nexmosphere Controller you can have multiple XR Receivers connected to it.
2 - USB-to-Serial Port Setup
If using a Nexmosphere USB Controller (e.g. XN-185), you will need to check the serial port number assigned to your device.
- Go to Windows Device manager and look for "Prolific USB-to-Serial Comm Port".
- On the example below, COM3 has been assigned.
3 - Install the OnSign TV "Serial Trigger Adapter" module
The Serial Trigger is an additional OnSign TV Module that will read the events sent from the Nexmosphere Controller and trigger the associated content at the OnSign TV player.
- Start this process with the Nexmosphere connected to your PC and make sure you know the Com Port associated to your device
- Download the Serial Trigger Adapter
- Install the Serial Trigger Adapter on the player
- Start the Serial Trigger Adapter application
- Right click on the systray icon to configure the Serial port number
IMPORTANT: Make sure you CLOSE any other serial terminal application (e.g.PuTTY) before starting the OnSign TV Serial Trigger Adapter otherwise there will be a port conflict.
4 - Test your setting using the Serial Trigger Adapter log
To make sure all is running fine, right click the "Serial Trigger Adapar" icon on the windows SysTray and click on "View log".
With the log opened, slowly approach and remove an RFID tag to the Antenna and you will see the respective events and triggers shown in the log(see sample image below).
5 - Understanding the Nexmosphere XD Receiver LED status
The XD lights can be very useful for debugging your hardware:
- WHITE LED ON indicates the device is working, but no tag is present.
- NO LED indicates a Tag is detected and present
- A blinking Red LED indicates an error (e.g. If two antennas are too close and are interfering to each other)
6 - Configure the Serial Trigger Adapter to trigger campaigns
The triggers are configured by editing a config file. Right click the Serial Trigger Adapter icon on the windows systray bar and select "Open Settings".
Edit the trigger and content settings and save the file. The changes will be immediately applied.
The config file follows this format:
[trigger NAME] input=EVENT action=/trigger/PATTERN debounce=5
- trigger NAME can be any identifier
- EVENT is the event sent by the Nexmosphere module
- PATTERN is the "Keyboard" pattern configured to trigger the interactive content at the specific OnSign TV player ( more details will be provided below).
In our example we have a TAG that generates the following events:
XR[PU008] - TAG 008 added
XR[PB008] - TAG 008 removed
We will configure a trigger with pattern 1234
# Example of trigger configuration [trigger 8] input=XR[PB008] action=/trigger/1234 debounce=5
5- Configure OnSign TV
Make sure you are running OnSign TV Windows Player version 8.0.0 or newer.
On the player settings page, enable "Local Web API"
You will need to configure the campaign(s) that will be triggered as interactivity campaigns on the player.
- Go to the player page -> select "interactivity"
- Click +Add Interaction
- Create a KEYBOARD rule matching the pattern previously configured on the Serial Adapter Settings
Although his rule is currently being configured as a "Keyboard" rule, on future player versions, this will be called Local Web API
Wait until the player synchronization is finished and you now you should be able to trigger campaigns using the Nexmosphere sensors.
6 - Additional Debugging Tools (Optional)
You can also use a standard Serial Port Terminal such as putty https://www.putty.org/ to make sure the Nexmosphere commands are being correctly sent to your Player.
- Make sure no other software is using the serial port and make sure the OnSign TV Serial Trigger Adapter is running!
- Download and install PuTTY
- Configure it to the appropriate serial port using 115200 8N1 as settings:
Once the serial port is configured and connected, approach and remove tags from the antenna and the serial port should start reading the sensor information similar to the image below: