Notes from Deployment #1

  • ask in advance if there is a concierge/security manager in the apartment building
  • make arrangements before going to the apartment regarding security procedures
  • confirm with the building management about delivery hours, truck parking, etc.
  • make sure that the measurements are okay (clearances of items through doorways)
  • take into consideration height of dollys and other equipment that will help move things
  • location/distance is important and very helpful if they live nearby

Kiosk mobility
  • consider putting wheels on the kiosks for easier transportation and possible elimination of dollys
  • consider making a board with 4 wheels for each kiosk
  • boxes are too heavy: think of redesign to make them more portable. They are supposed to be portable kits
  • consider making the kiosks shorter somehow – their heights was very restricting: difficult getting them into and out of elevators, into and out of the U-Haul, etc.
  • make a really simple quick-release latch for kiosk lamp pole

Kiosk transport
  • check the weather and be prepared (e.g. umbrella, plastic rain sheets)
  • leave at least 1 hour for loading truck at 1CC. Try to have 3-4 staff members available for this procedure
  • investigate parking issues at the deployment site beforehand
  • plan in advance and try very hard to have everything packed the day before
  • adjust U-Haul mirrors, consider height of U-Haul and road restrictions (trucks prohibited on Memorial Drive, Storrow Drive, most parkways, etc.)
  • note that the blue line takes a long time during the day
  • dollys work well (but wheels on kiosks would work better)

Kiosk installation
  • make sure you are very clear when explaining about the kiosks and project
  • make sure the participant is aware that the kiosks will be deployed, and not just laptops and small MITes.
  • place kiosks with fan openings facing against the wall
  • for audio-intensive applications, remove speakers from kiosk and place on the box so the participant can adjust the volume
  • get a new drill! Have a spare, charged battery on hand
  • try to avoid putting cameras near bright light sources (e.g. lamps)
  • integrate language learning sensor mapping into House_n sensor map tool
  • do sensor install on day when you go to measure the apartment
    • bring kiosks on following visit
  • develop sensor testing application—allow installers to check if all sensors are responding
    • use to run inventory checklist for activated sensors
  • Bring software install DVD in case something is missing

First Participant Notes
  • Delay
    • Observe in video
    • Sensor activations
  • Identifying participant location
  • Kiosk noise
  • Master frame rate, check USB 1.1
  • Wheels for kiosks
  • Report HouseNOWNet issue
  • Check audio sync
  • Implement reboot on demand
  • Match speaker level
  • Align AV antennas