Using Grafana with Screenly

Grafana is an amazing data visualization tool that can be displayed on Screenly digital signage.

Grafana brands itself as ‘the open platform for beautiful analytics and monitoring.’ Grafana lives up to its claim. With Grafana, you can gather data from 51 data sources, and you can display this data on 1,392 pre-configured dashboards. Important data sources and applications that are compatible with Grafana include Graphite, Elasticsearch, Cloudwatch, InfluxDB, Prometheus, and Hosted Metrics.

Grafana supports a variety of data visualizations, including heat maps, histograms, bar graphs, and geo-maps. When your data falls above or below a certain threshold, you can receive a timely alert via channels such as Slack and Pagerduty. Grafana is also open source, so it’s entirely free to use. Grafana open source developer community is quite active. The Grafana developer community regularly adds features and quickly fixes any bugs in the software.

With Screenly, you can easily display your Grafana dashboards on your digital signs. The ability to display your data is essential, as great dashboards are only useful if your team can see the dashboards and take action on the data. Displaying Grafana dashboards on your digital displays ensures that your entire team has access to your real-time company metrics. You can find our Grafana support announcement on our blog.

Remote teams can also take advantage of Grafana and digital signs to share company metrics with team members. Even though remote teams will not be able to gather around a large display screen in a central office, teams can still view the same real-time company data on a digital sign. Remote organizations can achieve this functionality by providing each team member with a desktop display screen such as the Raspberry Pi Touch Display. In fact, Screenly’s team is entirely remote and located around the world. Each team member keeps a desktop digital signage display on their work desk with a playlist of real-time Grafana dashboards.

Setting up Grafana with Screenly

To display your Grafana dashboards on your Screenly digital signs, you must take a few additional steps. These extra steps come from the need to authenticate your digital signage with Grafana. In short, you will need to use Authorization header. You can find a detailed support article on how to log in to Grafana with Screenly here.

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