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Inspiration for Busyligt use

kuando Busylight is not only successful when integrating with different Unified Communication platforms. Our customers have found many ways to use them for various alternative purposes. Check out the case stories and be inspired!

Innovative overview at the University of Copenhagen

Busylights as visual indicators at exams

The University of Copenhagen had challenges when scheduling exams in their exam-facilities. 10 rooms, over 500 students at a time and a long series of exams to conduct. To be able to stick to the different rules and criteria for each exam, it was only possible to hold one exam per room. But a higher volume, especially in busy seasons, had to be possible. Here they thought of kuando Busylight. An innovative way of creating overview of students.

Copenhagen University Busylights

Step 1: Testing the setup

They started off with 100 kuando Busylights in 2 exam rooms. They used the .Net SDK and made a push and pull from their own client to the platform for them to sync real-time. Students already checked into the client, so they knew the system. New to them was only the colored lamps on the tables. The kuando Busylights were setup to show for example:

  • if students were logged in
  • if their exam was a closed book or open book
  • if they had computer problems
  • if they had called IT support

Step 2: Full satisfaction and full-scale implementation

Are the University satisfied with their idea and solution? The clear answer from one of the university’s Product Owners is: “Yes. It has given us the overview that was missing.” Therefore, in 2018 they invested in 440 more Busylights and implemented it full-scale in all 10 exam rooms. The students value the clear settings, the administration utilize the exam-facilities with much better scheduling, and it makes the job much easier for IT support and invigilators.

There are plenty of ways to use the Busylight, it is all about getting the right creative idea like the University of Copenhagen did. If you have one, you are welcome to contact us, and we will help you onwards.

Maybe, you are ready to give it a try and develop yourself?

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A recommendable development project

Custom code for Busylight

A Tech. Solutions Architect did a project where he developed code for kuando Busylight and compared it to a similar product. The result? Acknowledgement of Plenom’s top notch service and a recommendation for our kuando Busylight.

Chris Norman, a Technical Solutions Architect, did a development project with the kuando Busylight in the Omega model. With the right set up and the USB API, he developed a node module using node-js. He wanted to make the Busylight change color according to his call status with the Webex Room Kit Mini, both in Raspberry PI and on Mac via XAPI over WebSocket. Using the HID module, he sent commands to his Omega Busylight!

“Plenom have been phenomenal in helping me get setup with the right info and also
releasing the USB API to help develop a node module.”

He made four different presence states;

  1. Flashing Red – Do not disturb
  2. Red – On a Call
  3. Blue – Room occupied based on people count
  4. Green – available and empty

Results: fun and recommended

Chris Norman says it best himself:

“Busylight is a fun low cost project that can get you started with developing with Cisco Video Endpoints and it has potential for huddle spaces with Webex Room Kits. […] The Busylight took next to no time to get up and running with some initial code on my MAC, using a Pi always takes a bit more time. Thanks to the libraries already available on Github it really is a simple project that you could integrate into all sorts of stuff.”

If you’re interested and want to know more, read his 3 blogs documenting the full process!

Project Busylight Part 1: Setup

Project Busylight Part 2: Nodejs code

Project Busylight Part 3: Final thoughts

Inspired to try yourself?

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Case stories

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Do you want to develop yourself?

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Do you want to develop yourself?

We will be happy to help you.

Request the USB API here
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Plenom is a danish design and engineering company manufacturing kuando solutions to help employees working in open plan offices. We have invented the Busylight in 2003, sold globally since 2006, and we are manufacturing acoustic sound panels for noise reduction.
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