Tutorial: Remote Cloud Updating


Remote Device Updating

Video Kiosk features a built-in Cloud Drive feature, which allows you to remotely update the media files, the playback schedule, overlays and password for a device or fleet of devices. The Cloud Drive download service supports using either Google Drive or Nextcloud to update the content folder on the Android device(s).

Alternatively, you can use third-party cloud download App like Autosync Dropbox or Autosync Google Drive. The process of configuring a third-party cloud download App would be similar to the procedures below. However, we do not provide support for configuring third-party downloading Apps and recommend you use the integrated services.

How to remotely update Video Kiosk Content

Using the built-in Cloud Drive Download service (or a third-party Cloud download App), you can remotely update the content and the control files that will be used by Video Kiosk on devices.

To set up the remote updating, you need to do the following:

  • Using the built-in Cloud Drive download service (or configure a third-party Cloud download App), create a Content folder (Cloud Source Folder) for Video Kiosk on your Cloud Service.
  • Update the Video Kiosk settings with the Cloud Source Folder location and the device’s Content folder location (Target folder). Video Kiosk uses the content folder you created when you installed Video Kiosk as the Target folder.

To update the Content Folder on the device(s), just move the files you want to update to the Cloud Source Folder on your Cloud Service and the cloud service will update each device with the new files.

How to set up the built-in Cloud Drive Download

To set up the downloading using the built-in Cloud Drive download service, follow these steps:

  1. Create a Cloud Source folder for Video Kiosk on your Cloud Service.
  2. On each Android device, configure the settings with the Cloud Source Folder location.
    Video Kiosk > Settings > Cloud Drive > Google Drive folder
    OR
    Video Kiosk > Settings > Cloud Drive > Nextcloud folder
    – Navigate into folder > Choose
  3. On each Android device, configure the settings with the device’s local Content Folder location. (This is the Content Folder you created when you installed Video Kiosk.)If you haven’t already created the Content Folder, create it and confirm the location:
    Video Kiosk > Settings > Cloud Drive >Path to local folder
    – Create Folder > Video Kiosk > Confirm
    – Tap Video Kiosk > ConfirmIf you have already created the Content Folder, confirm the location:
    Video Kiosk > Settings > Cloud Drive >Path to local folder
    – Navigate to the Video Kiosk Content Folder you created previously
    – Tap Confirm
  4. Optionally, change the Download Interval. Default is every 1 hour.
    Video Kiosk > Settings > Cloud Drive >Download Interval
  5. Enable Downloading.
    Video Kiosk > Settings > Cloud Drive > Enable downloading
  6. Verify your settings.
    Video Kiosk > Settings > Cloud Drive > Cloud drive info
    To return to the previous screen, press OK.

How to remotely download using built-in Cloud Drive download

To download to the device(s), you need to do the following:

  1. Move the files you want to update to the Cloud Source folder for Video Kiosk on your Cloud Service.

Video Kiosk will check for updates on the Cloud Service periodically, as set in the Download Interval Setting (Video Kiosk > Settings > Cloud Drive > Download interval) and update the devices with the updates you have made, as scheduled.

Please note that this feature will download from the Cloud source folder to the device(s) content folder, but not the reverse.

For example,

    • If you add an image to the source content folder on the cloud service, the content folder on all the devices will be updated with the image.
    • However, if you add an image to the content folder on one of the devices, that change will not be propagated to the Source content folder on the cloud service or to any of the other devices. Instead the locally created image file will be deleted the next time the devices are updated with the contents of the Cloud source Folder.

Ensure that you always update the content in the Cloud source folder, not the local folder on a device.

How to remotely manage Video Kiosk schedule, overlays, password files

Using the built-in Cloud Drive download service (or a third party Cloud download App), you can remotely change a device’s Video Kiosk password, the overlay displayed on a kiosk, an interactive kiosk’s hotspots and device’s playback schedule, if you are controlling the schedule using a local schedule XML file. Follow these steps:

  1. Set up Cloud Drive Download following the instructions above.
  2. Move any of the following files to the Cloud Source folder for Video Kiosk on your Cloud Service:
    • the password file
    • the overlay file
    • the overlay hotspot file
    • local XML schedule file
  1. The new files will be downloaded from the Cloud Source Folder to the Content folder on the device(s).