Environmental Science Division (EVS)a Division of Argonne National Laboratory
 

Box Digital Display Platform

The Box Digital Display Platform is an information kiosk which provides non-linear interactive content operating from a stand-alone computer used to inform the public about cultural resources.

Federal agencies are required to manage the cultural resources under their jurisdiction for the benefit of the general public. It can be a challenge to communicate cultural resource information at an installation to the public due to limited access at most federal installations. In 2014, EVS researchers developed an electronic display system that provided a compelling way to inform the public about the cultural resources found at the U.S. Army's Dugway Proving Ground.

The Box Digital Display Platform is a portable electronic display system which employs informational videos combined with non-linear interactive content to convey information on a topic. The platform operates on a small, self-contained computer system that connects to a display via an HDMI cable. The platform uses web-based open source technology which allows the content to be republished as a web site or on a mobile device. Because the system does not connect to the Internet, cybersecurity concerns are reduced, and unplanned automatic updates are avoided, thus limiting maintenance costs. The system is easily upgraded when needed.

Most cultural resources mitigations include written reports, high-quality photographs, maps and drawings, and, in some cases, interviews and informational videos. The system also supports the use of 3D visualizations. The Box Digital Display Platform was designed to accommodate all these types of information, leveraging existing data to bring new life to the material already held at the facility.

3D Model created to illustrate a cultural resource at Dugway Proving Ground.
3D Model created to illustrate a cultural resource at Dugway Proving Ground. [Source: Argonne National Laboratory]
The computer used with the platform is small and portable.
The computer used with the platform is small and portable. [Source: Argonne National Laboratory]

Additional Information

photo of Dan O’Rourke
Principal Cultural Resources Specialist
Capabilities: Expertise in cultural assessments, surveys, and mitigation and in developing formal agreements and management plans for federal agencies.