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Send push notifications to different user groups

The procedure for sending push notifications to different user groups is explained below. In this example, a user group consists of several terminal devices (smartphones) registered to a WebFront.

Setup

User groups for push notifications are implemented in IP-Symcon via separate WebFronts or WebFront visualizations.

In order to be able to set up more than one WebFront, an IP-Symcon Professional or IP-Symcon Unlimited version is required.

How an additional WebFront can be set up can be seen under "Set up additional WebFront".
These WebFronts can then be set up separately according to personal needs.

In order to be able to use the same instances in different WebFronts, Links are required. See "Use links" for an example.

Registration in the user groups

As described above, user groups are implemented via WebFronts. It is sufficient to register once in the respective WebFront with the app on the smartphone that is to be registered. This automatically adds the device to the respective user group. From this point on, the smartphone app automatically receives every push notification. In this way, the smartphone can be registered with any number of user groups.

Logging into the respective WebFront via the mobile phone browser does not result in an entry in the user group.

Logout from a user group

Logout from individual user group:
In the WebFront visualization, the registered devices can be managed in the "Notifications" tab. This means that a single smartphone can be deregistered from a user group.

Logout from all user groups:
If a smartphone is to be deregistered from all user groups, this can be done via the "Notification Control" core instance.
All mobile devices that are registered in a WebFront can be seen in the configuration tab. Is the device deleted here, the smartphone is logged off from all user groups.

Sending push notifications

A push notification can be created with WFC_PushNotification. This needs the ObjectID of the respective WebFront to which the push notification is to be sent. All smartphones registered on this WebFront then receive the notification via the app.

Tips & Tricks

If a password is set up for the respective WebFront via the "Security" tab, it is easy to prevent "accidentally" registering for a user group.

Application Examples

A household with multiple WebFronts.

  • A WebFront for administrators: Only administrators are in this user group and are notified of supposed system problems.
  • A WebFront for a single family member: Includes personal interests and sends messages that only interest that person.
  • A WebFront for all family members: The refrigerator reports "The milk is empty, someone has to go shopping", The weather module reports "It's about to rain" or a burglar alarm.
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