DDS 3.6 - Effective Device Data Reports
The Data Distribution System’s (DDS) main responsibility is providing Lido/mPilot and Lido/eRouteManual with data and navigation charts. However, once the data is on the device, administrators need a way to keep track of the device's status. This is where the updated Device Report comes into play.
Introducing: DDS 3.6
Based on your feedback given during the Lido User Conference 2018, we recently introduced DDS 3.6 which most notably features improvements to device tracking. As a first step for these changes, we have made improvements “behind the scenes” that will greatly improve browsing and export performance for airlines with large amounts of devices. Searching for devices and navigating the Device Report module will now be faster than ever. On top of these performance changes, we have revamped the interface to make it more efficient and user-friendly.
Easy Access to Important Information
The main goal of the Device Report is to answer the question: “Are my pilots’ devices equipped with the latest data and ready to fly?”. The new device summary answers this question at a glance, showing how many devices in total have valid and expired data, or “no status” for devices that have not yet sent a report. Clicking the corresponding buttons will quick-filter the device list for the specific entries. This makes it easy to find for instance all expired devices with the simple click of a button.
Another change is the way in which device information is displayed. Information needed on a regular basis can now be found directly in the list. Each entry corresponds to one device, and shows important fields such as data status, expiration and version. Similar to previous DDS versions, entries are by default grouped together based on email address. This makes it easy to find all devices that belong to a specific user. Many airlines use the additional information field to add notes to registrations, for instance tail number. Because of this, DDS now supports grouping by other parameters, which can be used to easily identify all devices belonging to a certain aircraft.
If a deeper analysis of a device is needed, the inspection panel contains detailed information about different data types and their expiration just like in previous DDS versions. To match all the changes in the report, the excel export has been updated to include all information available in the interface.
While the information of the device report is powerful on its own, when paired together with other EFB information the true value is achieved. Our next steps will include stronger integration and application interfaces so that the device report data can be easily integrated into EFB management software or other solutions to give a full device status overview.