How to Use Scheduled Automations
Made to Streamline Device Management Processes
Prey Automations is now available in beta version for our Enterprise customers. This new capability allows managers to schedule Prey actions on their devices, such as the lock, alert, and alarm, to be executed on specific days, hours, and date ranges. For example, a curfew lock can be set from Monday to Friday at 6 pm to deter out-of-hours device usage.
How Do Automations Work?
Automations was designed to save you time by streamlining actions you would otherwise have to execute manually. By setting up automation rules you can trust that an event will trigger an action.
The following list of events is available (with certain limitations for operating systems).
Exact time: Set an action with a specific date and execution time. Available for: Android, iOS, Windows, MacOS, and Ubuntu.
Repeat time: Set up an action to be executed on specific days and hours, recurrently or in a date range. Available for: Android, iOS, Windows, MacOS, and Ubuntu.
Low battery: Activate a reaction when the device’s OS detects that the battery’s ́power level is low. Available for: Android, iOS, Windows, MacOS, and Ubuntu.
Hardware changes: Trigger a response when Prey detects a change of hardware in a device. Hardware changes are any hardware component changes that occur since the last connection with Prey, specifically, System, Motherboard, CPU, RAM or Network Interfaces. Available for: Android, Windows, MacOS, and Ubuntu.
Stop Charging: Detect when a device has been unplugged from its power source and react to it. Available for: Android, Windows, MacOS, and Ubuntu.
Start Charging: Detect when a device has been plugged from its power source and react to it. Available for: Android, Windows, MacOS, and Ubuntu.
How to Create Automations
On the left side of the menu in your Control Panel, you will find a button for automations. Click on the button and you will be asked to create your first automation.
On the left hand side of your Automations section you will notice that you have no active automations. In the center of the screen you will see the section to create your automations.
The first thing you want to do is introduce the name for your automation, you want to make sure you are able to identify each one, since we are confident you will be creating plenty of these.
Now, we can move on to selecting the event you want to take place in order for the action to be triggered.
Once you select an event, you will have the option to add a time rule, which is completely optional. Time rules come in handy when you want your automations to be recurring events.
From-To, allows you to pick a specific time frame in which you want your events to take place.
Days and time, allow you to set up your automations in specific days of the week, with or without time ranges, and with or without an end date.
Keep in mind that we do have events for exact time and repeat time to be used in the case that time is the only factor you want to take into consideration when setting up automation rules.
2. Once you have selected the conditioning event for your trigger, you can go ahead and select the action you want to be executed. For now, you can only select one action at a time. And we do want you to keep in mind that the message action is not available for iOS, due to operating system limitations.
If you need to change an action selected, you can do so, simply by clicking on another action.
These actions have specific configurations that you can custom based on your needs. For example, you can write the message you want to send out and select the alarm sound you would like to be activated.
3. Now that you have selected the event and the action that will be triggered, you will have to pick the devices to which these rules will apply.
Once the devices have been added, they will be shown in the right hand table where you will be able to remove them by clicking on the remove button and they will automatically become available in the left hand table.
Now to wrap up this step, you will have to save this automation.
Once all the steps are done you will see a screen confirming the set up for your automation. The state column lets you know if your device has received the automation rule or if it is waiting for connection. You will also be able to see any errors that occur during the attempt to connect.
Set Up a New Automation
Once your first automation rule has been completed, you can add others. Go ahead and click on the add icon on the upper right hand of the menu to begin the process.
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