BG-Engineering supplies hardware and software to, among others, Rijkswaterstaat (the executive agency of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management in the Netherlands), in which they can keep track of how the spreader has driven and how much salt has been sprinkled in winter. This can be kept very accurately via GPS systems. By means of their reports and dashboard it gives you direct insight into the salt stocks, breakdowns, repairs and the financial situation. The development of a completely new dashboard was underway, with the design and construction of the front end being outsourced. The Werkkamer had given me the assignment to take care of the design and technical realisation of the front-end of the application.
To the left and right of the screen, sidebar menus have been developed with fold-out tabs in which configurations and tables have been placed to configure the dashboard, including spreading action error messages, adjustment points, ride playback controls and filter options. A scrolling playback bar has been developed under the map that allows the user to ‘scroll’ somewhere in the timeline to see, for example, where the spreading action went wrong. Below that, the spreaders are indicated in small blocks with colors that indicate the status of the spreader. In addition, there are two fold-out buttons on the right and left with which you can switch locations and open a table to see the details of the ride data.