Create and configure Room Schedule card with Microsoft Outlook Calendar
This article provides the instructions to create a Room Schedule card for Microsoft Outlook Calendar users in the Appspace console.
The Room Schedule card is supported on iOS, Android, Chrome OS, and Crestron based devices only.
In order to use the room booking service with our Room Schedule card, you must do the following:
Configure your calendar data providers with a service account. We currently support the following two calendar data providers:
Microsoft Outlook Calendar (this article). With MS Outlook, we have two configuration options (explained later):
- Use a booking account with global administrator privileges to book all meeting rooms in the organization.
- Use a booking account with limited administrator privileges to implement the booking functionality on specific rooms only.
Create the Room Schedule card.
Create a playlist channel and add the Room Schedule card to it.
Assign the playlist channel to a registered device (tablet) installed with the Appspace App.
Book a room directly on the tablet or via your email calendar.
When the Room Schedule card is configured and displayed on a tablet outside the respective meeting room, the following features will be available to you:
- Room information – the room name and status indicating if the room is available, offline, or occupied is displayed.
- Meeting information – details of current meeting and upcoming meetings for the day.
- Booking functions -
- Book now – ability to book 30 minutes, 1 hour, or 1.5 hours from the current time, based on room availability.
- Book in advance – book future time slots (on the same day only) or up to 7 days in advance, based on room availability.
- Check in - option to check in to a meeting from 10 minutes before until 10 minutes after the start of the meeting.
- Extend meeting - extend current meeting by 30 minutes, 1 hour, or 1.5 hours.
- End meeting - end current meeting, and make the room available.
If you are a user looking for information on booking a room via our card or the calendar, please refer to Manage meeting room scheduling.
A supported device. Check out the Appspace Supported Cards table to view compatibility: Compatible operating systems and devices
Appspace App 1.28 and above, installed and registered on a supported device. Click here for instructions: Register a device
A Microsoft Outlook Calendar booking account, resources, and delegation access, configured by your Office 365 Administrator.
Microsoft Outlook. With MS Outlook, select one of the configuration options below:
- Configure Microsoft Outlook Calendar meeting room booking service with global administrator privileges.
- Configure Microsoft Outlook Calendar meeting room booking service with limited administrator privileges.
Content Administrator or Account Owner role in Appspace to create and configure the Room Schedule card.
It is recommended that the device clock is set to automatically retrieve time from a Network Time Protocol (NTP) server with the correct time zone, in order for it to sync correctly with the calendar provider.
Appspace Cloud servers retrieve time from a NTP server by default. If an Appspace on-prem server is used, configure the on-prem server to retrieve time from an NTP server with the correct time zone.
If using an Appspace on-prem deployment, configure the on-prem server and network to allow constant access to https://*.cloud.appspace.com and its subdomains, to ensure each device is able to attain new authorization tokens from the calendar provider on a regular basis via Appspace API services.
Create and configure Room Schedule card
To create and configure the Room Schedule card, please follow the instructions below:
Log in to Appspace Cloud at https://cloud.appspace.com with your Appspace credentials.
Click the Quick Actions menu, and select Create Card to create the room schedule card.
Select the Room Schedule Card.
Select the Outlook Calendar data provider, and click Connect.
Enter in your Microsoft Outlook service account credentials for meeting room bookings to authenticate the Room Schedule Card.
Please contact your Administrator for credentials. Some large organizations may have one account for each room.
Once authentication is successful, assign a room to the card by selecting one of the two options provided.
Automatic room assignment from a player property – this option allows you to use the same card (with the defined configuration and branding themes) for multiple rooms.
You must then add a player property (card.room.roomid = <resource id>) to each device and ensure it points to the desired meeting room. (One specific tablet for each meeting room.)
Device 1 player property for Meeting Room 1: card.room.roomid = email@example.com
Device 2 player property for Meeting Room 2: card.room.roomid = firstname.lastname@example.org
The resource id is the email alias obtained from the Office 365 Calendar Resources page for each physical meeting room configured; refer to B. Configure Office 365 resources.
Click here for instructions to Add a device property. You will need Network Administrator or Account Owner privileges to add a property.
Manually selecting by room name – this option allows you to assign one room directly to this card.
If this manual option is selected, while the device is also configured with a player property for automatic room assignment, then the manual assignment of the room takes precedence.
Configure the booking options that will be available to the user, by checking the Enable bookings check box, to display the following Booking Options:
- Allow naming of meetings.
- Allow users to end meetings.
- Allow users to extend meetings.
- Enable advanced booking.
- Enable time slot availability on front page.
- Enable meeting check-in.
- Allow 7 days advance booking.
In the Styling section, check the Show upcoming meetings checkbox to display upcoming meetings of the day. To display the time in 24 hour format, check the 24 hour clock checkbox.
You may further customize the Room Schedule card, by the following options:
- Room Name
- Room Label
- Background color or media
- Background Mask Color
- Available State Color
- Occupied State Color
You may set an image or a video as the background media.
The Room Name and Room Label may be manually added via the following device properties:
Name Device Property Value Room Name card.room.roomname <Alphanumeric and special characters> Room Label card.room.label.room <Alphanumeric and special characters>
The preview pane displays the card. Click the Card Configuration icon to preview the Occupied or Offline status, change the room, or to log out from the card.
The booking status of the meeting room is only a preview and is not indicative of the real status in this preview.
Enter in the card Title, and click Save.
Optionally, you may enter in details for the Article, Caption, Content Tags, and add a Custom Thumbnail for the card.
Please leave the Expires on field blank. Do NOT enter an expiry date.
Click the Quick Actions menu, and select Create Channel to create a playlist channel. Enter in the Playlist channel name.
Click ADD CONTENT, and select the Room Schedule card from the Library. Click Add once done.
We recommend setting the Content Duration of the card to 30-minute intervals, (current default is 8 seconds) so that the card does not refresh while you are updating the booking details.
Click the Apply button to save the settings.
You will need Network Administrator or Account Owner privileges to perform the steps below.
Go to the Appspace menu, and select Devices.
Select the name link of the device that will be used for the Meeting Room.
At this point, the device (tablet) should have already been registered as per the prerequisite stated above.
In the Device Information page, click the Settings tab, and select Admin assigns a single channel option from the Channel selection mode drop-down menu.
Navigate back to the Overview tab, and click the Select channel button, and select the Meeting Room playlist channel created earlier.
Click Save. The meeting room booking service can now be viewed on the device.
Refer here for the booking guide: Manage meeting room scheduling.