If you're a company supervisor in a company with an Advanced plan, you can manage the names of available device types on the Device Management page. This page allows you to add as many device names as you need and to standardize device naming conventions for all users. If your organization does not want users to configure personal devices for security reasons, you can use the Device Management page to limit the type of configurable devices.
For example, if your company does not use email devices to send notifications, remove them from the available devices for the company. When adding a new device to their profile users will not see any email devices in the "Add Devices" drop-down list.
xMatters supports the following device types for notifications:
- Android push
- Apple push (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch; may be license-dependent)
- Chat App (Microsoft Teams and Slack)
- Voice (Phone)
- Text Phone
- Text Pager
- Voice IVR (PA systems)
Push devices cannot be added using the xMatters web user interface. Users must download and install the xMatters mobile application onto their device, and then log into it using their credentials. Once they have registered their device, they can choose a device name for it from within the mobile app. The registered device then appears on the web user interface in their list of devices.
Chat apps like Microsoft Teams and Slack must also be registered within their respective user interfaces. Users must have the xMatters bot installed in their Teams instance before they can register their Microsoft Teams account as a device. See Microsoft Teams and Slack for further instructions.
The Device Management page is accessible through the Configuration section of the Admin tab. xMatters displays a list of all device types for your company.
From the Device Management page, you can review available device types, add, edit, delete device names, and set whether or not devices are Privileged Devices.
- To add a new device type click Add and select the device type from the drop down menu.
The device types available are determined by your service providers.
- If you are adding an email device name, you can also specify a list of acceptable domains (the part of the email address following the @ symbol). If you do not specify a list of domain names for an email device name, users can use any domain name they choose.
- On the New Device Name screen enter the name and optional description. If the device name is going to be used for privileged information, select the check box beside Privileged.
- Click Save.
You can modify existing device types from the Device Management page. To modify a device type, click the name to open its settings screen. Make any required changes and click Save.
To delete device types, select the check box to the left of one or more device types then click Delete.
If the device type has associated devices, they are deleted when the device type is deleted. Confirm you want to delete the device type and all associated devices, or cancel to go back.
Company supervisors of our Advanced plan also have the option of marking device types as "privileged". Setting a device type as privileged keeps the phone number, email address, and country hidden from everyone but users with the appropriate permission settings. For example, the home phone number of a division head might be required for incident management or escalations, but shouldn't be visible to all members of the division.
When a device type is marked as privileged, the device type name is visible to all users, but other information is redacted and replaced by asterisks. Once a device type is privileged it is redacted everywhere in xMatters including user profiles, info cards, mobile apps, and exported reports. You are always able to see your own device information, even if it's marked privileged.
Here are some examples of what you'll see when devices are marked privileged.
The User Profile page:
On the user's info card of a group shift:
An export of the Who's On Call report for a group:
The Voice IVR device type is used with public address (PA) systems. PA systems are one-way voice systems that can receive notifications but cannot respond. Consider the following when working with voice notifications for PA systems:
- When a voice notification is delivered to a PA system, the greetings and response prompts are omitted from the message.
- Once a message is successfully delivered to a PA system, the escalation process is stopped. It is recommended that you add PA systems only at the end of an escalation chain.
- Messages that require a phone PIN cannot be played on PA systems.
- Voice IVR is supported for use with the Voxeo protocol provider.