Hello everybody welcome to next edition of Alert Find nuggets, in today's nugget I’m going to demonstrate how to compose a notification with Geofence recipients
Now Geofencing isn’t like other notification you typically create where you know the audience you’re gonna be sending it to. It’s not like selecting a group or individually users, you’re sending it to a defined area on a map - that’s what we call the Geofence.
Everybody who is within the Geofence area will receive that notification whether you know if they are or not.
That could be very crucial when you have an emergency- maybe a weather emergency, maybe it’s a water main outage, maybe it’s something worse than that- but if these people are within the defined area they’ll receive that notification.
Now you can create a notification with Geofencing in the User Interface or via the App and you can use notification templates, or you can do it dynamically.
But the first step is to get the GPS coordinates into the AF solution and there’s lots of ways to do that. It’s possible to import that from a source file, or we can integrate with a system record through one of our connectors, but the most common method is to use AlertFind application by itself cause within the app there’s a GPS check-in option.
Right now, that’s a manual process so the person who has the app running, simply does to the gps check-in and says “here i am” and will record it’s GPS coordinates.
In the very near future, AF is going to enjoy an updated version that does this automatically, so people won’t have to remember to do the check-in manually, and that’s going to be great for everybody.
Once the information is in AF though, that’s where the magic happens.
Right now we are looking at Alertfind on my computer screen.
Let’s see how to create a notification using the advance composition screen. After you log in to AlertFind, you’re going to navigate up to the Compose (advance) option on the upper left, and click it.
Now, you already know this screen, but what we want to do is click on Select Recipient: and focus on just the recipients and we’re are going to see the usual tabs, users, Broadcast Groups, Escalation Groups, and Smart Groups. But what i really want to show you is the Map Selector Tab.
Now the map will show a default location, you just need to type in here the city you want the map to show, let’s type San Diego, and there we have the map of San Diego.
Let’s zoom and then lets click over the map to choose the area, as you can see we use polygons so you can modify and re-define as exactly you want it.
Lets then click on add polygon and here it added the selected polygon.
If i highlight it and click on View details, it shows it’s empty and that’s because there are no GPS registered users inside that polygon.
Lets create another geofence area, and add it to the recipients list. Now let's open this new new polygon and now you can see 1 user, that’s because this user had register their devices through the AF App.
Now lets click on Save. Now I can add a subject, the message content and the responses.
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