As a completely new concept, we started with a research phase, identifying suitable hardware and software solutions that could support a real-time tablet-based headrest. Working closely with leading technology suppliers in Europe, we personally sourced and designed prototypes from Belgium to begin testing the tablet-based headrest, ensuring it had the capability to connect via 4G to upload media remotely.
We also began working in-house on the software development side to support the headrest tablets. This involved building a robust software program that incorporated App development and API development that would integrate into the backend web-based admin panel, enabling targeted media to be sent to display screens in real time to any selected vehicle.
The final phase was to carry out stringent testing to ensure what worked in theory delivered out ‘in the wild’. This included us physically testing the tablet headrests on the road, assessing their functionality from a hardware and software perspective to deliver the best results for Blueline Group operators, their future advertisers and the end user.
Initial testing highlighted a number of troubleshooting issues including poor signal, even in static conditions. Not deterred, we continued testing the device in the field, working closely with Blueline Group to make sure we reached even the furthest corners of their service area to make sure any teething problems were resolved before the system went live.