Address Books and Entries

Address Books are special containers in the portal that allow users to maintain a list of contacts to which a particular device can message or otherwise send status information. Address Books are specialized features supported by specific device types and manufacturers (NAL Shout, for example), and will be unavailable as a feature set for unsupported devices. Maintaining Address Books is important for Asset managers that wish to control the communications between devices, set up contact approvals, and manage outbound information flow from their devices.

Address Books themselves have no attributes or features except for their names and the ability to be assigned to and made available to devices that can access them.

Users can create as many Address Books containing as many entries as they wish, whether to have a custom Address Book for each device, or to apply specific contact privileges to different devices and operators.

Address Book Entries

Address Book Entries are the individual contact files that are stored in Address Books. Their attributes are the container Address Book, their NAL Shout short code (a number 0-99), NAL Shout contact group name, and the Name, Email address, Phone Number, and Location of the contact.

Creating Address Books and Address Book Entries

  1. Open the Add Item (+ sign) Module
  2. Select Add Address Book from the list (you must have at least one Address Book before you can make Address Book Entries)
  3. Name the Address Book and click Create Address Book
  4. Open the Add Item (+ sign) Module
  5. Select Add Address Book Entry from the list
  6. Select the Address Book to which the entry will be added from the drop-down menu
  7. Assign the NAL Shout Short Code (must be different from other entries in the same Address Book)
  8. Fill in remaining fields and click Create Address Book entry

Managing and Deleting Address Books and Entries

  1. Open the Manage Module
  2. Select Address Books or Address Book Entries
  3. Make any desired changes from the interface

The Manage Module content for Address Books and Address Book Entries also gives users the ability to Add Address Books, Add Entries to existing Address Books, edit existing Address Books and Entries, or delete existing Address Books and Entries. From the Manage Address Books page, users have buttons to edit the Address Book name (green button, far left), Add Entries to the Address Book (+ button on right, and Delete the Address Book (red button on the right). From the Manage Address Book Entries page, users can edit or delete individual Address Book Entries using the green edit button on the left of each line or the red delete button on the right of each line.