Walkabout mode was designed to prevent distraction in situations where the driver is able to remove the blank-it motion sensor from the computer or from the dock. With the introduction of Walkabout mode, blank-it is now able to protect the driver from distraction in a wider range of environments.
When Walkabout mode is enabled, the Blank-it software will require that a Blank-it motion sensor be connected to the computer at all times. If a Blank-it motion sensor is not connected to the computer, the Blank-it software will automatically start blanking the screen, regardless of whether the computer is in motion or not. If a Blank-it motion sensor is connected to the computer, Blank-it will function as usual.
This means that if the driver attempts to bypass Blank-it by removing the Blank-it motion sensor from the computer or from the dock, the Blank-it software will activate and blank the screen until the Blank-it motion sensor is re-attached. If the driver wishes to operate their computer away from the vehicle, they can be provided with a Blank-it Walkabout USB dongle that can be attached to the computer while it is outside of the vehicle. This Walkabout dongle still acts as a motion sensor, so the computer must be immobile while it is in use.
How to enable and disable Walkabout mode:
- Press the ‘Configure’ button to open the configuration window
- Make sure you are on the ‘Application’ tab
- In the ‘Miscellaneous settings’ section, there is a check-box entitled ‘Walkabout mode’
- To enable Walkabout mode, tick this check-box. To disable Walkabout mode, un-tick this check-box
It is advised that an administrator exercise caution when enabling Blank-it Walkabout mode. If the Blank-it motion sensor is lost or destroyed, a computer in Walkabout mode will remain blanked until a new blank-it motion sensor can be connected. It is recommended that Walkabout mode is only used in situations where the Blank-it motion sensor is unable to be securely connected to the dock or to the computer.