Add skills to collect data in Dynamics 365 Connected Spaces Preview

You can use customizable skills in Microsoft Dynamics 365 Connected Spaces Preview to have your cameras collect physical data based on the needs of your space. You can set up a custom zone with one of three available skills:

Skill Description Examples
Area Track how your displays and areas of interest perform End caps, displays, promotions, breakrooms, lobbies
Queue Monitor queue wait time, length, and abandonment rate Queues, checkouts, returns
Entries Understand traffic patterns into your space Space entry/exit

Each gateway supports up to 7 cameras with a maximum of one skill for each camera view. Your skills can have custom names and shapes (limited to four sides).

Note

Skills don't change what your camera sees at any time. After you create a skill, the camera continues to see the entire field of view but only tracks and collects data from the skill drawing that you add.

Create a skill

Connected Spaces includes a wizard that makes it easy to set up and customize skills.

  1. On the Skills page, select Add skill.

    Add a skill command.

  2. In the Add skill wizard, select one of the three skills, and then select Next.

    Screenshot of three types of skills.

  3. Select the appropriate camera for the skill, and then select Next.

    Screenshot of Choose camera section.

    Note

    If you don't see any cameras, you need to connect your cameras to a gateway before adding skills.

  4. Draw a skill area to track customer behavior.

    Screenshot of drawing a skill zone for an Area skill.

    • For an Area skill, drag the zone endpoints to resize the polygon and move it where you want it. Use the tips on the right side of the page to learn about best practices.

    • For an Entries skill, move and extend the line to align with your space entrance. Select Flip Direction to make sure that the blue arrow points in the direction that people walk when entering the space, and the white arrow points in the direction that people walk when exiting the space. Data analytics won't work correctly if you don't have the blue and white arrows set up correctly.

    • For a Queue skill, drag the zone endpoints to resize the zone and move it where you want it.

    Tip

    If you need to start over at any point when drawing a skill zone, select Reset. See also Tips for drawing skill zones.

    When you're done drawing the skill zone, select Next.

  5. In the Add details section:

    1. Give your skill a name to easily identify it in dashboards (for example, "Aisle 3 Display").

    2. Use the Skill state slider to turn the skill on or off. The skill will not collect data if the slider is not in the Active position.

      Screenshot of Add details section.

    3. Select Next.

  6. In the Review and add section, review the skill configuration, and then select Add skill if the skill is set up the way you want. Otherwise, select Back to make changes.

    Screenshot of Review and add section.

  7. Select Done to create the skill.

    Screenshot of Finish.

Tips for drawing skill zones

If you want to see a specific section of your camera view, create the largest zone that you can, covering the specific floor area that you're interested in but not including other areas that you're not interested in. This increases the accuracy of the data collected and prevents false positives from areas you don't want to track. Be careful when placing the corners of your polygon, to make sure they're not outside the area you want to track. Also, don't drag the borders of the polygon to the edge of the camera field of view. You need to provide space for a person to be seen before they enter the zone.  

Example of a well-shaped Area skill zone

The skill zone should be big enough to accommodate three people standing along each edge and focused on the area of interest. When drawing zones on the 2D image, imagine you're drawing them as if they lie on the space floor.

Well-shaped Area skill zone.

Examples of Area skill zones that aren't well-shaped

The following examples show poorly shaped Area skill zones. In these examples, the display of interest is the It's Game Time display.

Poorly shaped Area skill zone.

Tip

For Area zones, make sure to extend the zone at least three feet (one meter) in front of the areas of interest.

Skill zone is too small.

Skill zone is too small.

Skill zone doesn't fully capture the area around the end cap.

Skill zone doesn't fully capture the area around end cap.

Skill zone is too close to the edge of the camera image and doesn't capture the right display.

Skill zone is too close to the edge of the camera image and doesn't capture the right display.

Skill zone is partially blocked, so people aren't fully visible.

Skill zone is partially blocked, so people aren't fully visible.

Example of a well-formed Entries skill line

The line should be long enough to accommodate the entire entrance. When drawing lines on the 2D image, imagine you're drawing them as if they lie on the floor.

Well-formed Entries skill line.

Examples of Entries skill lines that aren't well-formed

The following examples show poorly defined Entries skill lines.

Line doesn't cover the entire entry way on the floor.

Line doesn't cover the entire entry way on the floor.

Line is too high and doesn't cover the entirety of the door.

Line is too high and doesn't cover the entirety of the door.

Example of well-shaped Queue skill zone

The zone should be big enough to accommodate three people standing along each edge and focused on the area of interest. When drawing zones on a 2D image, imagine you're drawing them as if they lie on the floor.

Well-shaped Queue skill zone.

Examples of Queue skill zones that aren't well-shaped

The following examples show poorly defined Queue skill zones.

Queue defined is too thin.

Queue defined is too thin.

Queue is extended too long.

Queue is extended too long.

Manage your skills

Use the Skills page to view all the skills created for your space.

Screenshot of skills page showing multiple skills.

Select a column title to sort on a column.

Edit a skill

  1. On the Skills page, select the More options button (...), and then select Edit.

    Screenshot showing Actions column and Edit command.

  2. In the Edit skill pane on the right side of the screen, make any changes, and then select Save.

    Screenshot of Edit skill pane.

Delete a skill

  1. On the Skills page, select the More options button (...), and then select Delete.

    Screenshot showing Actions column and Edit command again.

    Note

    Deleting a skill will permanently remove it from Azure Stack Edge and the Connected Spaces Preview web app, and cannot be recovered. All collected data will remain in the dashboards. If you're unsure about deleting a skill, change the skill status to Inactive instead.

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