Who Needs Departures And Track Assignments When You Can Get IP Addresses?

December 11, 2019 by Dave Haynes

UPDATE – The service provider says this screen was intentional and the board was being tested, with a launch day set for Dec. 18. (see comments below)

This is bad on an epic level – a big direct view LED in the main rail station in Rotterdam.  

The big screen (photo provided by a reader) should be showing Dutch train schedules. It is instead showing diagnostics, including the IP address on the station’s network for the media player.

Shot taken Monday morning.

  1. Their CMS should include a triggered notification allowing them to immediately be notified of this mishap and have the player be rebooted immediately.

  2. Marty Durksen says:

    Simple fix, just have a piece of code that forces a black screen until the system confirms that the CMS is running and correct content is playing. Every DS installation should have this.

  3. Neil Bron Chatwood says:

    At first glance I thought the screens were showing some low-level information about the boards. After zooming in, the screen on the right appears to show diagnostics/stats regarding the unit driving the content. Perhaps a remote engineer logged in and forget to flip back over to content? Either way, I hope the vendor learns something from it!

    It’s a shame it wasn’t a Windows desktop so people could blame the O/S instead! 😉

  4. Fred Inklaar says:

    This would just be internal testing. This board is scheduled to go live the 18th of December, one week from now. More info (in Dutch) on the roll out of these screens at the ProRail site: https://www.prorail.nl/nieuws/rotterdam-centraal-krijgt-mega-reisinformatiescherm

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