The BoringBot is a service that connects your on-premise Milestone XProtect video management system to Teams, giving you an always-on, on-the-go ability to monitor and manage Milestone XProtect via The Boring Toolbox.
What is Microsoft Teams?
Here is how Microsoft describes itself, "Microsoft Teams is the ultimate messaging app for your organization—a workspace for real-time collaboration and communication, meetings, file and app sharing, and even the occasional emoji! All in one place, all in the open, all accessible to everyone."
Why Microsoft Teams?
If you are reading this article, you probably already use Teams every minute of every day, so why not monitor and manage your mission-critical video management system from the same place? By using Teams to receive live monitoring notifications, scheduled reports, and query XProtect for status information, we (Milestone admins) can now work together to fight fires without copying/pasting or emailing.
What can you do with the BoringBot?
Collaborate on health monitoring events
The Live Monitoring service of the Boring Toolbox is critical in ensuring your video is there when you need it most. We spent a lot of time perfecting our email notifications and brought that same mindset to our Teams Live Monitoring notifications. Learn more about what you can monitor with Live Monitoring and Teams.
Receive your Milestone audit reports wherever you are
The customizable Boring Toolbox reports can be scheduled to arrive in your Teams channel as opposed to an email or a network share. This allows you to access and review the reports wherever you are and collaborate on the results. Learn more about The Boring Toolbox's powerful reporting.
Monitor multiple XProtect management servers in the same space
Monitoring the health of multiple management servers can be challenging, but with the Boring Toolbox and BoringBot, you can now monitor all of your management servers in one place, your Teams channel.
Get the status of your XProtect servers in a flash with commands
Commands in Teams allow a user to execute actions in the app. Here is what you can do in BoringBot.
- This command is only used the first time you connect the Boring Server to the BoringBot. This command creates an entry in the BoringBot with your XProtect management server name and GUID.
- This command disconnects the Boring Server from the BoringBot. This command will delete the server name and GUID record from the BoringBot.
- Lists all the Boring Servers connected to the BoringBot
- This command allows you to select a management server, search for a specific camera by name or IP address and request a particular camera's status in real-time. The camera status can then be shared on the Teams channel if desired.
- vms-status [server-name]
- Request the status of all connected XProtect management servers or only a specific one by adding the server name after the command.
- This command includes the below information:
- Cameras not providing video
- Recording server offline
- Cameras in maintenance mode
- Recording servers in maintenance mode
Start using the BoringBot
The BoringBot is easy to add to your workspace and get started. Here are easy step-by-step instructions.
The BoringBot for Teams app is free with your subscription to the Boring app service. For more information about the Boring app service, please contact us here.
What data does BoringBot collect?