As our assignments feature is nearing open-beta, I thought I would take a shot at explaining how we have set it up to work.
We designed the system to be very flexible to be very customizable. The first step of the process is to add some assignments to the assignments tab. It can be anything, but we sort of envisioned a couple of scenarios. It could be a qualification like pump operator, a physical place like station 1, a work schedule like shift 1, or an event like ‘Pancake breakfast this Sunday’.
Once the assignment is created, you can then go to the Scheduling tab to set up when an assignment is meant to occur by clicking on the date. From there, you will get a popup asking for a name of the event. It can be the same as the assignment or different, when it will start and and, and optionally how often the event happens. If the event is recurring, you can set an end date to have it stop or have the event go into the indefinite future by leaving it blank. The last option is to add devices to the event. Just start typing the name of the device and we will give suggestions.
After the event is added, if there was assignment and devices, those devices will show as that assignment during the duration of the event unless the device is overriden inside the app.
For example, in our case of the pump operator assignment you can add events for shifts of pump operators. There could be a pump shift 1, 2 and 3, each occuring at a different time with different devices assigned. When an alarm is received a quick glance at the personnel tab can show you how many devices are currently assigned to the pump operator assignment.
That is the basic use case we have prepared for, but we are excited to hear feedback and suggestions on how to improve the usability and the use-cases everyone can come up with.