How To Remotely Manage Office Dashboard Screens

... and never go searching for the missing keyboard and mouse again

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Office dashboard screens are common in every workplace, whether it be an air conditioned office or a factory workshop floor, we need these dashboards to keep us informed with the average office display rotating through 6 to 8 dashboards, so why is it such a pain to manage them once you have a handful spread around the work place?

Traditionally, we’ve used some free tool or script that simply cycles through web pages in browser tabs. This works for a short period of time until you find your self constantly walking around to screens, fumbling around trying to find the keyboard and mouse that’s gone missing (again) and endlessly adding new URLs to the rotation on screens across your office, frequently having to restart the browser because the machine rebooted for whatever reason.

Sound like you? We know it all to well.. The good news is, Vue Pilot has a solution for you.
Here's how to get up and running with Vue Pilot and never again go searching for the keyboard and mouse


Step 1 - Install and activate Vue Pilot

Sign up an account and download the software from the downloads page onto your machine, activate it on your machine using your license key found on the licenses page of the dashboard.

Next, from the Vue Pilot dashboard, view the “Machines” page, from here you’ll see a listing of all your connected machines and their current status.

Managing your machines using Vue Pilot

Step 2 - Create a rotation of dashboard URLs

Create or edit a rotation that we’ll push out to our machines. Rotations are collections of URLs, displayed on the screens that we can assign to machines.

We can create separate rotations for different departments. For example, a finance dashboard rotation, or an engineering dashboard rotation etc.

You can configure the time each URL is displayed on screen for by setting the “Interval” number next to the URL, this is how many seconds we want to show the page for.

Use the “Preview” button to view the page and ensure it loads correctly. If you need to sign in to the website, you can do so here and the session will be saved and used during the rotation.

Managing your machines using Vue Pilot

Step 3 - Assign the rotation to your machines

Now, we assign our rotation to our machines. We can do this by one of two ways:

  1. Simply selecting the rotation from the rotations page or within the "displays" panel within the software on the machine itself
  2. Remotely via the dashboard by viewing the machines listing, clicking the machine name, then setting the rotation from the drop down list under the display you wish to show the rotation on.
  3. POWER TIP: Connect multiple screens to display multiple rotations at a time

Connected machines will automatically update rotation data after every cycle.
Adding a new URL via the dashboard should appear on your machines screen on the next cycle.

Managing your machines using Vue Pilot

Step 4 - Start, Stop, Pause and Hijack

Show content on any screen immediately with hijack

So now we're connected and ready to go. We can of course always control the dashboard rotation from the software running on the machine, but what can we do remotely?

Start the rotation on the machine by simply clicking the start button.
Want to pause the rotation so you can discuss a particular dashboard with your team? Simply click pause, resume the rotation cycle again by clicking start.

How about displaying some content that isn’t part of any rotation? Maybe a news article or a stock chart that you want to highlight to your team?

Take over a screen using the “Hijack” functionality, simply enter the URL you wish display and click hijack. This will display this URL in full screen over the top of your normal rotation to bring immediate attention to this content.


Step 5 - Configure Automatic Start

Alright, we're almost finished. Lastly we want to configure our dashboard machines to automatically start the software and rotation when the machine starts up.

Forget about start up scripts, simply enable Auto Run On Start and Launch On Login from the settings panel. These two settings will ensure the software starts when the machine logs in, and the rotations starts when the software opens.

Enable automatic start