Finder Hardware Overview
Finder is a space-booking and wayfinding tool that helps employees easily connect with their workplace community. It combines an intuitive touch interface with a seamless at-a-glance view of the workplace, making it easy to book rooms and desks ad hoc, locate assigned desks (with search functionality coming soon), and wayfind via maps.
This interactive, web-based experience runs on modern web browsers, and supports multi-touch gestures including pan, pinch-zoom, rotate, and tap. Your hardware needs to be able to run modern web browsers and also support multi-touch.
Note: If deploying a read-only view, then your hardware does not need to support touch.
There are four main components needed to run Finder successfully. From these components, you must order the appropriate hardware needed for your Finder deployment. Please read the following descriptions carefully as your hardware needs will vary depending on your organization’s specific needs and the hardware you choose to use for Finder.
Touch-enabled Display - This is the physical display Finder lives on.
Recommended Horizontal (width) range for visibility and usability: 24”- 50”.
Recommended Portrait (length) maximum: 55”.
Media Player (Computer Module) - This powers the the content on the page and enables touch capabilities for the display.
Each display must have a media player to function properly.
It’s important to note, some displays have media players built into the device itself (e.g., iPad Pro). However, some do not. Please check with your display provider to find out if the media player is included or not.
Digital Signage Service - This provides remote media player management.
Though it’s possible to manually deploy content to your media players without a digital signage service, it’s recommended that you use a service to manage content remotely—especially if you plan to have more than 5 Finders.
Finder View [Actual Content] - This is where it gets good. This is the actual content displayed on the touch screen. Finder Views can be run on any modern web browser, and works best on the latest versions of Chrome.
After creating Finder Views, you can deploy these views via their unique URL.
There are two ways to deploy Finder Views. Both ways require copying and pasting URLs.
Note: Using a URL modifying service such as bitly.com is strongly recommended.
If you are using a digital signage service (also known as a remote management service) as recommended above, simply copy and paste the URL into the digital signage service to deploy Finder.
If you are not using a digital signage service, manually type the forwarding URL at each device you’d like to deploy Finder on.
If you’re not sure where to start when it comes to hardware, we recommend a couple of options that Meridian offers that work with Finder. These options include products with built in media players and other variations without the media player if you already have your own. Contact Meridian directly to purchase your Finder hardware at [email protected]
If you choose to not use Meridian, just make sure your hardware matches the specifications above.