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Lab Availability Ticker

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89
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Description: A live constantly updating display that users can see when entering AT that shows available machines on each floor (and each room). It would be nice for it to graphically show this but a simple news type ticker would work fine. Note that the Main Library has something like this displaying machine availability on the concourse displays.

Deliverables: 1) An infrastructure to automatically collate current login status and room bookings from AT lab machines and room booking application.
2) A web display (possibly via OneLAN) and/or RSS feed and/or XML data to list floors/rooms in AT with number of available machines in each.

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Customer: Teaching Committee (Director of Teaching)

Case statement: Lab availability is sometimes an issue, especially at peak times (early afternoon), due to teaching scheduled during the day. This is as a result of the centralisation of teaching; the rooms in AT have to be seen to be used, as there is pressure on room bookings throughout the university at peak times. It would be useful for lab and machine availability to be advertised though a "ticker", possibly as part of room bookings.

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Resources: Not counting effort to develop may require some kind of display hardware - such as the OneLAN boxes or cheaper alternative since these aren't on all floors.

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Dependencies: Access to data from room booking application. Some kind of display mechanism.

Chris notes this that we will need to consider how the system would cope with
machines sleeping, as hopefully sometime next summer all DICE desktops
will be asleep whenever they're not needed.

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