I’ve noticed a few times recently that the only updates on the MHV twitter from the space probe have been that the space is closed (Opened x days ago), so while people are remembering to turn it to zero upon leaving, when the space opens up either they’re not resetting it, or it’s not resetting properly.
I’m not the sort to show up to a space like this and start ripping out all of your tried and true infrastructure, nor would I be willing to modify what’s already there, however I do intend to build a drop-in replacement that, if everyone’s happy with, may someday be able to replace or supplement the current implementation.
I thought I’d look through the forum first, and post this as something of a “Notice of intent” and RFC before I get too bogged down in it, to hear your opinions and also to see if anyone’s got the details of the current probe (The last I can find is from 2015).
I’d be more than happy to do the whole thing from scratch, but I’d like to do it from an educated perspective nonetheless.
I also understand that I am a rather new member to MHV, and may be overstepping my bounds somewhat. If so I’d be more than receptive to someone tapping my shoulder/sending me a private message (Or just publicly ridiculing me, whatever floats your boat) and telling me to get in line.
As for the probe itself, I think (in addition to what’s already there) something as simple as a movement sensor in the main entrance, and sensors in the workshop/clean room that check if any lights are on or not, would be sufficient at resolving the current issues.
If all three are dark and without movement for a few hours, announce the space as closed. If movement is detected in the main lobby when the space is marked as closed, have an audio cue request that if the visitor intends on staying for any significant length of time, to specify so with the space probe, otherwise (If someone’s just grabbing something and leaving) to dismiss the probe.
Additionally, an audible announcement when the last specified time is about to run out, to ask if any key holder plans on staying much longer, and if so to enter this into the space probe so an update can be issued. If no update is made, and movement isn’t being detected, issue an automatic “Space closed” notification regardless of anyone actually remembering to turn it off.
This last one might be a bit cheeky, but if there’s movement in the space, lights on, and the person inside hasn’t manually dismissed the space probe, issue a tweet something along the lines of “I think there’s someone in the space but they haven’t marked it as open. Check the calendar/forum for announcements”
(A twitter-based security system is probably the least professional thing I’ve ever in all seriousness suggested implementing personally, however it wouldn’t be the strangest thing I’ve ever seen others implement)