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Fire Department (Crazy) Idea HELP

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#1 logann2292


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Posted 14 December 2016 - 02:27 AM

Okay, this idea I have is likely a long shot, but I know if it can be done, someone here will know how. In a nutshell, I'm the tech admin at the firehouse, and at the firehouse we have a standard laptop (operates only as a MCT, or Mobile Communications Terminal) mirroring its display to a television/external monitor (well...a mix of several televisions and monitors). I want to know if, given an event occurs on the laptop, it would be possible to force the televisions/monitors to switch to the input that mirrors the laptop connected to it. 

Example: I'm watching the ball game on the television, which is being provided by my cable company on Input 1; a house fire "alert" on the laptop comes in through our internet-based dispatch, and the TV i'm watching switches to Input 2, which is the mirrored "alert" information on the laptop. 

The Laptop is a Toughbook 31. Currently, a short VGA cable connects the laptop to a powered converter with 3 ethernet outputs. Those long ethernet cables run to the same-styled powered converter mounted on the back of a television in another room, which is connected to the television via HDMI or VGA. Basically: Toughbook 31 - VGA - Convertor - Ethernet - Convertor - VGA OR HDMI - Television OR Monitor. 

The dispatch program we use is called VisualMCT by Sungard. I've included a picture below. Ignore the circles/arrows, I pulled it from a manual. The program plays a "tone" when we receive an alert, and these tones can be pulled from custom audio files. Not sure if this helps. (forgot to mention the laptop is aux-cabled to a speaker in the station so we can all hear it) Computer is Win7, but don't sweat this I can upgrade whenever. Computer monitors and TV's are relatively new. If this is only possible with a model-specific TV, I'll buy a new TV. Don't sweat the small details, just trying (for now) to figure out if this is even possible and how one would go about it. 

Thank you for your ideas, and don't be afraid to talk in complex terms, I'll be fine. Added bonus: instead of/in addition to the alert triggering a change of TV input and mirroring the laptop screen, if said TV was turned off, and could be triggered on, I'll make sure you get some sweet fire department merch or something. PS sorry if this is absolutely absurd. Don't hesitate to insult my intelligence if this is that far off the wall.mct.pngwww.lebanonvfd.org/content/links/image/mct.png

Edited by logann2292, 14 December 2016 - 02:28 AM.

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#2 Palladini


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Posted 11 January 2017 - 09:49 PM

I think the only way you could do this is have one monitor be turned to the laptop setting at all times and turned to high volume.  This may mean working another screen into the mix, maybe 2 screens  in each room a TV is in.

Edited by Palladini, 11 January 2017 - 09:51 PM.

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