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Spok Messenger Gateways: Austco

Austco Gateways are defined as sources of events or messages from Austco systems.

An Austco port must be configured before you can create the Austco gateway. For information about configuring an Austco port, please refer to Austco Ports. The Austco Gateway can be accessed by choosing Interfaces > Austco.

 

A description of the fields is shown below:

Name

The name that appears in the gateway port list.

Type

The Austco protocol that is to be used for the port. Type can be PRI, 900, MK1, or MK2 series protocol. The PRI and 900 Austco protocols generate messages, and the others generate events.

Repeater ID

Allows you to restrict which calls are used. Only calls from this repeater are processed.

CallPoints

Events of specified type at a specific location that active and rese.

Port

Refers to the physical connection that this gateway utilizes. If no port appears in this list, you need to configure at least one port to use the Austco protocol.

Baud

Sets the communications rate for serial communications.

Data

Sets the number of data bits for serial communication.

Parity

Sets the type of parity for serial communication.

Stop

Sets the number of stop bits for serial communication.

Page resets

When an alarm is reset, a message is sent to the specified recipient.

Gateway enabled

Determines whether or not the gateway is functional. It is convenient to disable this setting to temporarily stop messaging to the Austco device.

Allow alarm to be cleared by message receiver

When set, this option allows the message receiver to cancel the alarm.

 

Adding an Austco Gateway

  1. Choose Interfaces > Austco. The Austco screen displays.
  2. Click New. The fields become editable.
  3. In the Name field, enter a name for the gateway.
  4. From the Type list box, select the Austco protocol type that should be used on the port. The type can be PRI, 900, MK1, or MK2 series protocol. The PRI and 900 Austco protocols generate messages, and the other generate events.
  5. NOTE: The screen is updated to show the fields required for each type.
  6. In the Repeater ID field (MK II only), enter the repeater ID. The repeater is used to amplify the delivery of a message, such as a page.
  7. Configure the CallPoints (MKI, MK I Custom, or MK II only). The CallPoints are events of specific type at a specific location that activate and reset.
  • Click Add. The Austco CallPoint screen displays. This screen allows a protocol specific CallPoint identifier to be assigned a call type, and location.
  • From the ID list box and field, select the protocol specific CallPoint identifier.
  • From the Recipient list box, select a recipient to receive the alarm message.
  • From the Call Type list box, choose the desired call type for this CallPoint.
  • Enter a location in the Location field. You can click Browse to search for a location.
  • Choose the Enabled option to enable this CallPoint. If this option is not selected, the CallPoint cannot be used.

  1. If you want to add many similar CallPoints at once, click Next (New) button. A new CallPoint is added with the selected details. The ID is automatically incremented for each new CallPoint, alternating between Help and Emergency call IDs. The ID becomes disabled, but shows the ID of the CallPoint that is added with the next press of the Next.
  2. Click OK to save the CallPoint and close the dialog.
  1. From the Port list box, select the port used by this gateway as a physical connection. At least one Austco port must be configured to be able to use the Austco Protocol. 
  2. The Baud, Data, Parity, and Stop list boxes are populated with default values. The defaults can be changed if needed.
  3. Select the Page resets option (MK I and MK II only) to ensure that when an alarm is reset, a message is sent to the specified recipient.
  4. The Gateway enabled option determines whether or not the gateway is functional. It is convenient to disable this setting to temporarily stop messaging to the device.
  5. Select the Allow alarm to be cleared by message receiver option to allow the message receiver to cancel the event.
  6. Click Save to save the gateway.
  7. Click Close to close the dialog.

 

Editing an Austco Gateway

An existing Austco Gateway can be edited.

  1. Choose Interfaces > Austco. The Austco Gateways dialog displays.
  2. Select the gateway to be edited from the list on the left.
  3. Change the desired information.
  4. Click Save. The changes to the gateway are saved.

Deleting an Austco Gateway

An existing Austco Gateway can be deleted.

  1. Choose Interfaces > Austco. The Austco Gateways dialog displays.
  2. Select the gateway to be deleted from the list.
  3. Click Delete or press the delete key on the keyboard. The gateway is deleted.