Voyent Alert 1.5 New Features and Improvements
Public Alert Portal
A new Public Alert Portal feature is now available. This feature provides a way for communities to host a webpage on their own website that will display any active alerts in their region that have an “Entire Region” zone defined. This page has public-access and does not require a user to be registered to the Voyent Alert! system to view the alerts.
Region Administrators can enable the Public Alert Portal by selecting the Region Details menu-item and then the Public Alert Portal tab.
If a region has the Public Alert Portal enabled, a link to its hosting web page will be included in the footer of any social media posts made from an Alert so social media users can easily view the Public Alert Portal web page.
To generate the HTML snippet required for the Public Portal, first check the box to Enable the Public Alert Portal.
Enter the full path to the page on your region’s website that will be hosting the portal. (Example www.your-town.com/page.html). Then press the Generate button.
The HTML code snippet will be generated. The public portal snippet is an iframe that you can place on your web page. It includes an exclusive token that will be used to fetch the active alerts in your region. Copy the snippet then paste it into your web page source code.
When your web page is published it will display an iframe with a map of your region as well as a list of any active Entire Region alerts. Viewers can click any alert in the list to get a detailed view.
Viewers can click the link at the bottom of the list to be taken to the Voyent Alert registration page.
Template / Alert Editor
New “Placeholder Variables” feature. While editing templates it is now possible to add “Placeholder” variables to the zone notification text to represent sections of text that must later be inserted by the administrator when an alert is being created from the template. This is useful when creating templates that use standard language but require alert-specific sections to be completed for each specific alert activation. For example, you may have a meeting reminder template where the date-time and location of the meeting are both defined as Placeholders that must be filled in when the alert is activated.
Placeholders in the Template Editor
Placeholders are shown in ((red)) and can be found within the Description, Instructions and Additional Information sections of a template. To create placeholders in a template, type a word, use your cursor to highlight the word, then press the ((Placeholder)) control. Alternatively, you can press the ((Placeholder)) control first which will place (()) in the input area. Any typing done within (()) will become a placeholder.
Placeholders in the Alert Editor
From within the alert editor, placeholders can be used to place information such as time, date and location. Click on any placeholder within the alert editor to launch the Placeholder dialogue. Enter the new text here. All instances of that particular Placeholder will be replaced by the new text.
Any text added in the alert editor via the Placeholder will appear within a green box. This helps the admin to identify which words were placed. The green box will not appear in the alert itself.
The Template / Alert Editor now supports a “Print View” to show the information for all zones in the alert in one long vertically stacked document, suitable for printing. When editing alerts, the Print View is accessible in the Preview mode, when editing templates it is always accessible.
Revise Alert Improvement
When revising an active alert that has a scheduled end-time the end-time is now preserved and can be retained or changed as required as part of the alert revision process.
Refreshed Sample Templates
The complete set of built-in Sample templates have been updated to provide more reference templates types, featuring text optimized for clarity and brevity and with a more consistent tone throughout. These templates also leverage the new Placeholder variables where appropriate.