The Washington, DC-area digital signage firm Mvix has found itself in court, but in an entirely good way.
The company, which does cloud-based software, has developed a dynamic Digital Docket Display widget aimed at courthouses – showing real-time case information, including case numbers, parties involved, courtroom and time.
Docket Display Systems, says the company in a news release, are widgets that sit on the Mvix platform that pull case information from a docket database (in CSV, XML or JSON files), arrange the data in a format that is attractive and easy to read, then display the information on a digital screen. Updates made to the docket database are automatically reflected on the digital displays.
Users subscribe to the widgets on a monthly, pre display node basis.
Says the release:
Designed to empower court clerks, the intuitive docket displays can get very granular in the case information they display. In addition to names, case numbers, courtrooms and time, the docket displays can also show a description of the hearing, attorney information, building/floor, and the presiding judge. Clerks can even display custom information that’s specific to their court e.g. police officer names in traffic court.
With the digital docket displays, courts can enjoy faster throughput and more effective outcomes. The digital case information displays will reduce overall operating costs by eliminating the consumption of paper and printer supplies.
They will also increase the efficiency of court clerks by cutting down on the time and effort required to display case information. Real-time information can be rendered across a bank of docket displays, all from a centralized location. The displays can be configured to show different information relative to their location. For example, a display in the courthouse lobby can show the docket of all judges, while a display in the hallway outside a courtroom can show the docket for that specific judge.
The docket displays will also improve the court experience. When visitors can quickly find the information they need, congestion and crowding in high traffic areas will be eliminated. The digital real estate provided by the displays enables clerks to display multiple content at the same time e.g. show the docket alongside weather, news, court announcements, etc. Screens at the exit/entrance can also show traffic information. Displaying such relevant information will further improve the court experience.
In a clever twist, the Docket Display System can be mapped to emergency messaging solutions, including CAP alerts from local and national sources. That messaging can take over the displays and override current content to provide information about the emergency and instructions on what to do.
Pretty slick, and the first time I’ve bumped into something aimed squarely at courthouses, of which there are many.
Dave Haynes is the founder and editor of Sixteen:Nine, an online publication that has followed the digital signage industry for some 14 years. Dave does strategic advisory consulting work for many end-users and vendors, and also writes for many of them. He’s based near Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Canada’s east coast.