Extending Mass Notification with Singlewire InformaCast Plugins

Plugins are a way of further expanding the number of people reached with InformaCast broadcasts. Once you configure a plugin, select it from the list of endpoints when creating recipient groups, extending the reach of your notifications. Depending on the plugin you have, you can send broadcasts to email accounts and Twitter (among others) or initiate broadcasts when an email containing certain text is received to your network and trigger contact closures with broadcasts (or vice versa).

InformaCast’s plugins are bundled with the InformaCast Virtual Appliance and accessible for your configuration based upon your license key.

After you have configured InformaCast's telephony, recipient groups, and messages you can configure plugins and them to desired recipient groups, extending the reach of your notifications.

Learn more about the plugins available with InformaCast by expanding the categories on the left.

CallAware

The CallAware plugin is primarily used to detect when a 911 call has been dialed, which then triggers an InformaCast broadcast. It can also be used to detect calls to numbers other than 911, monitor calls that have been detected, and record those calls.

Note: Use of this plugin is included with a license for InformaCast Advanced Notification.

Legacy Paging Interface (LPI)

Singlewire’s Legacy Paging Interface (LPI) plugin acts as a liaison between your existing paging system and InformaCast. With the LPI plugin, you create a definition of your existing paging system, which is stored as a paging device. Each paging device may have one or more paging zones (i.e. group of speakers) associated with it, and each paging zone can be accessed via a single or multiple dual-tone multi-frequency (DTMF) tone(s). Once you’ve defined your paging device(s), the LPI plugin creates a software “model” of an IP speaker for each defined paging zone and assigns it a specified MAC address. The IP speakers register with InformaCast and play its broadcasts.

Note: Use of this plugin is included with a license for InformaCast Advanced Notification.

Night Bell (Loud Ringer)

The Night Bell plugin monitors specific directory numbers (DNs) and, when a call comes in on a monitored DN, the plugin triggers an InformaCast broadcast that will repeat until the call is answered or the DN returns to an idle state; as long as a call is ringing, InformaCast is broadcasting.

For example, a call comes in to your central reception desk late at night, but your attendant is away, possibly checking the security of the building. Since the DN at the central reception desk has been configured with the Night Bell plugin, an InformaCast broadcast of a tone begins repeating through your overhead IP speakers. The attendant hears the tone, returns to the desk to answer the call or remotely dials into that DN, and the broadcast ceases.

Note: Use of this plugin is included with a license for InformaCast Advanced Notification.

InformaCast Mobile

As a way of further expanding the number of people reached with InformaCast broadcasts, the InformaCast Mobile plugin acts as a liaison between InformaCast and InformaCast Mobile: you can trigger InformaCast broadcasts to InformaCast recipient groups by sending an InformaCast Mobile notification to InformaCast Mobile’s distribution lists and you can trigger InformaCast Mobile notifications to InformaCast Mobile distribution lists by sending an InformaCast broadcast to InformaCast’s recipient groups.

InformaCast Mobile is a cloud-based service that allows you to send images, text, and pre-recorded audio notifications to mobile devices running our iOS and Android App, SMS, phone calls and email.

Note: Note: InformaCast Mobile is delivered by Singlewire Software as Software as a Service with an annual subscription for a specified number of users.

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SchoolMessenger Notification

The SchoolMessenger plugin allows you to include SchoolMessenger notifications as part of an InformaCast broadcast. Once you have an active account on the SchoolMessenger hosted service, you can configure InformaCast to treat SchoolMessenger contacts as new recipients that can be assigned to a recipient group just as you would a phone or a speaker.

Note: This plugin is not one of InformaCast’s included plugins; you must have a license that includes its functionality.

Inbound CAP (Common Alerting Protocol)

To dynamically poll RSS feeds from public safety organizations such as the National Weather Service and U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, filter for specific data within the message (including geographic location), and send an emergency notification to a group of recipients.

Note: Use of this plugin is included with a license for InformaCast Advanced Notification.

Inbound Email

To monitor for email sent with specific wording to a specific account and when alert is triggered, InformaCast will generate a broadcast to defined recipient groups.

Note: Use of this plugin is included with a license for InformaCast Advanced Notification.

Inbound RSS

To select RSS feeds, link them to a specific InformaCast broadcast and recipient group, and trigger broadcasts based on new feed information.

Note: Use of this plugin is included with a license for InformaCast Advanced Notification.

Islamic Prayer Times

To calculate Islamic prayer times for locations around the world and create InformaCast scheduled broadcasts corresponding to those times. Once you have created locations based on latitude and longitude, you can assign the recipients and message that will be tied to a scheduled broadcast.

Note: Use of this plugin is included with a license for InformaCast Advanced Notification.

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Outbound Email

To send email notifications from InformaCast to any email address or distribution list established within an organization. Text from the InformaCast message will appear in the subject and body of an email, and an audio file can be attached as well.

Note: Use of this plugin is included with a license for InformaCast Advanced Notification.

Conference Call

To automatically initiate a conference call session with a pre- determined group of phones, allowing participants to listen to the broadcasted message before accepting the conference call request.

Note: Use of this plugin is included with a license for InformaCast Advanced Notification.

Twitter

To automatically post to your organization’s Twitter account for others to see. When setting up a message group in InformaCast, you can see and choose your Twitter account from a list of all recipients.

Note: Use of this plugin is included with a license for InformaCast Advanced Notification.

Wordpress

To send text broadcasts from InformaCast to instances of WordPress. You can configure InformaCast to treat the destination WordPress instance as a new recipient that can be assigned to a recipient group just as you would a phone or a speaker.

Note: Use of this plugin is included with a license for InformaCast Advanced Notification.

M2M (Machine-to-Machine)

To take advantage of an IP Contact Closure to look for triggered events like a Button Push or a Dry Contact being activated as well as having the ability to send a Relay Output to activate a device like a Bell or Strobe Light.

Note: Use of this plugin is included with a license for InformaCast Advanced Notification.

Jabber IM

To send InformaCast text and/or audio broadcasts using a Jabber IM account specified on the InformaCast server to a list of users associated with the Jabber IM account.

Note: Use of this plugin is included with a license for InformaCast Advanced Notification.

Quick URL

To send the text contained in the InformaCast Short Text and Long Text fields to a designated URL. The Quick URL plugin can also be used to trigger a URL or other network resource (such as a QuickPage’s URL) that does not require text input.

Note: Use of this plugin is included with a license for InformaCast Advanced Notification.

Script Plugin

To build custom integrations using Java and/or JavaScript programming languages between InformaCast and any system that can be integrated via the network with an API capable of performing HTTP GET, and HTTP POST requests.

Note: Use of this plugin is included with a license for InformaCast Advanced Notification.

Microsoft Lync™ for Windows

To send the InformaCast message’s Short Text field (and optionally, the message’s audio file) as an instant message to recipient groups via the MS Lync IM clients installed on desktops, mobile phones and/or tablets. Note: After the release of InformaCast 11.0.1, Singlewire will be disconintuing development and support of the Lync plugin.

Note: Use of this plugin is included with a license for InformaCast Advanced Notification.

 

Additional Technology Partners

IP Speakers
IP SPEAKERS
& CLOCKS
Panic Buttons
PANIC
BUTTONS
Contact Closures
CONTACT CLOSURES
& GATEWAYS
Zone Controllers
ZONE
CONTROLLERS
Digital Signage
DIGITAL
SIGNAGE
Mass Notification
3RD PARTY
MASS NOTIFICATION