Creating a Real Time Display

To create a Real Time Display (RTD) in the VDV web interference go to Setup > Real Time Display.

Create New RTD

Then click the button in top-right corner to create a new RTD.

You must give the new RTD an name and assign it to a specific owner.

Then you choose a background photo for your RTD by clicking Choose file.

Sometimes it is good to edit the photo in Paint or Photoshop before uploading it as a background to a RTD.

It is possible to change the background photo afterwards either for a new photo or changed version of the original photo.

NOTE: The photo that is chosen can not be scaled afterwards so choose a photo that is fitting for the screen solution that will be used (Normal size for 24" screen 1500 x 1000 px).

After creating a new RTD you will see your RTD on the left side and on the right side you have the Setup Menu. In the Setup Menu five different sub-menus.

The following directions show what can be done in each menu. It is important to note that each element can be fully edited to look as you wish and the specific designs shown in these directions are only examples.

General Menu

In the General menu you can:

  • Change the RTD name, owner and image.
  • Configure various colors and design options for each elements.
  • Choose to show popup graphs when datagroups are clicked.
  • Chose between various color schemes.
  • Chose if timestamps, name, variables or unit should be displayed.
  • Change the time format of timestamps.

Data Group Menu

In the Data Groups menu you can insert Data Groups and pointers to your RTD. The look of the datagroups can be modified in the general settings. 

Add Data Groups by clicking the Plus Icon in the Data Groups menu.

After clicking the plus sign give the data group a name.

Optional - You can add a link to a specific page in Historical Data by choosing the desired site and page and then click add to add the link. Then when using the RTD a user is by clicking the name of the Data Group transferred to the Historical Data Page of the chosen page, but clicking on the variable value will display a popup graph of that variable (which is the case by default even though the page link is not set)

Then click Save.

 After clicking save you can proceed to pick the variables to be displayed in the Data Group. This is done by clicking Add/Edit: Variables 

By navigating to the desired site you can choose the Variables to be displayed in the Data Groups by clicking the arrows. For each variable it is also possible to choose a new name in the Variables: Name field. Then click Save.

After clicking save click add and then click on the desired position where you would like the Data Group to be placed. The location can be adjusted by changing the values of X and Y.

A pointer can be added by clicking Add under Pointer then clicking inside the Datagroup and then clicking on the desired location of the pointer.

Indicator Menu

In the Indicators menu you can add:

An Alarm Table which provides an overview of ongoing alarms on a chosen site. 

A Compass showing wind direction.


A Graph showing the historical value of your data.

A Displacement graph/SAA graph

Numeric indicator which can like all elements in the RTD be edited in terms of border color, background color and font.

Timestamp which is useful to put in the corner of a RTD as it makes it possible to remove it from the datagroups themselves.

 Text indicator which can contain just a simple text or even a link to a specific website.

To add a link to a website enter <a href="" target="_blank">VDV Homepage</a> 

into the text field replacing with the url of the desired website and replacing VDV Homepage with the text you would like to have displayed.

The Navigation menu

In the navigation menu it is possible to add buttons that lead to other RTDs.

This can be useful to when a project has a number of RTDs or a close-up of a specific site is needed.

Picture Menu

In the Picture menu you can add a camera icon which when clicked shows an image. 

This can useful to show on ground conditions, maps or any other relevant information in the form of an image.

For a real time experience the icon can also be linked to a webcam showing the most recent images.