Environmental and security monitoring system with flexible alarm
United States Patent
Douglass et al.
(10) Patent N0.: US 7,009,510 B1
(45) Date of Patent: Mar. 7, 2006
(54) ENVIRONMENTALAND SECURITY
MONITORING SYSTEM WITH FLEXIBLE
(75) Inventors: Robert J. Douglass, BoothWyn, PA
6,389,464 B1 * 5/2002 Krishnamurthy et a1. 709/220
6,643,355 B1 * 11/2003 Tsumpes .................... .. 379/45
6,661,340 B1 * 12/2003 Saylor et al. .. .... .. 340/517
6,703,930 B1 * 3/2004 Skinner ............... .. 340/539.11
FOREIGN PATENT DOCUMENTS
405092458 A * 4/1993
ASSIgIIee: PhOIlEtiCS, IIlC., Aston, Z Environment and Equipment Monitoring Appli patent is extended or adjusted under 35 ances, “Monitoring Appliances”.
U.S.C. 154(b) by 34 days.
(21) Appl. N0.: 10/222,484
Primary Examiner—Daryl C. Pope
(22) Filed; Aug 12, 2002 (74)Attorney, Agent, or Firm—Fay, Sharpe, Fagan, Minnich
& McKee, LLP
(51) Int. C].
6088 1/00 (2006.01) (57) ABSTRACT
(52) US. Cl. .................... .. 340/531; 340/506; 340/505;
340/517; 340/520; 340/521; 340/3'1; 340/541; A monitoring system includes a host having a plurality of
379/39; 379/40;379/41; 379/42; 379/43; sensor inputs for connection to sensors. A converter is
_ _ _ 379/44; 379/51; 709/206
(58) Field of Classi?cation Search .............. .. 340/531, designed to receive input signals from the sensor input and to Convert the input Signals from the Sensors into digital
340/506> 505> 517> 520> 521> 31> 541; 379/39_44> signals. A processing system is con?gured to receive the
I I 379/51‘; 709/206 digital signals and to generate alarm signals in response to
See apphcatlon ?le for Complete Search hlstory- selected ones of the received digital signals. An internally
References Clted integrated voice/data modem is in operative association With the processing system. A phone connector is placed in
US. PATENT DOCUMENTS
4,558,181 A 12/1985 Blanchard et al.
4,688,183 A 8/1987 Carll et al.
5,061,916 A 10/1991 French et al.
5,745,268 A 4/1998 Eastvold et al.
5,892,442 A 4/1999 OZery
5,943,394 A * 8/1999 Ader et al. ................. .. 379/40
6,078,649 A * 6/2000 Small et al. . 379/39
6,215,404 B1 * 4/2001 Morales .................... .. 340/577
6,259,956 B1 7/2001 Myers et al.
6,281,790 B1 8/2001 Kimmel et al.
6,304,797 B1 10/2001 Shusterman
6,362,747 B1 * 3/2002 Parker ................... .. 340/691.6 operative association With the voice/data modem, to act as a port for transmission of the alarms to an external telephone network. A netWork connector is in operative association
With the processing system and is designed to receive data in the form of alarms from the processing system and to act as a port for transmission of the alarm data to data netWork.
The alarms are deliverable over phone lines as voice alarms, pager alarms and fax alarms, and are deliverable over a public or private netWork as e-mail alarms, SNMP trap alarms, and Web page alarms. Remote status inquiries may be made via voice call and tWo-Way e-mail operations.
16 Claims, 14 Drawing Sheets
WATER ON THE
TWO-WAY E-MAIL POWER SWITCHING
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3/2004 Fowler et al.
1 1/ 2001
Iwasaki et al. ........... .. 340/531
Swieboda et al. ........ .. 340/501
Cunningham et al. 700/304
Cho ......................... .. 709/200
Sherwin et al. ........... .. 705/412
Primm et al.
Childers et al.
11/2002 Childers et al.
11/2003 Faulkner et al.
8/2004 Fowler et al.
8/2004 Fowler et al.
NetB0tZ—Intelligent Monitoring of Critical Assets.
* cited by examiner
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Numeric UnitlD: 888-555-4477 __118
Dial OutAttempt: 10
Alpha Page Speed: 1200
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Current time at Host: 12/17/2001 8:54:50 AM
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Name: AC Power l/—184
188 \Type: lntemal Power Sensor (analog)
‘\Status: Normal Value: 115.9
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264\~~|P Address: 10 .1 .2 .200 _ Depends on: none ' [5|
Last Response: Never
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ABC 3nd Floor
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Available Classes Selected Classes
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MONITORING SYSTEM WITH FLEXIBLE
ALARM NOTIFICATION AND STATUS
2 mation by voice, pager and fax, and also by e-mail and
SNMP over a TCP/IP computer netWork. Existing devices also do not permit status reports via a voice call and/or tWo-Way e-mail. Also not provided in existing systems is a computer monitoring and interface program Which permits for simple interface betWeen the user and device. This invention is directed to the art of monitoring, and more particularly to monitoring devices Which provide ?ex ible alarm noti?cation and status information related to environmental and security conditions.
INCORPORATION BY REFERENCE sensor inputs for connection to sensors. A converter is designed to receive input signals from the sensor input and
Apatent to Kimmell, US. Pat. No. 6,281,790 teaches the use of Wireless LAN, the Internet, or other Ethernet netWork to convert the input signals from the sensors into digital signals. A processing system is con?gured to receive the digital signals and to generate alarm signals in response to to connect remote sensors to a monitoring site for the
15 purpose of intrusion/?re detection. Disclosed is the use of a selected ones of the received digital signals. An internally
Host computer Which can divert information to a User via a integrated voice/data modem is in operative association With cellular telephone netWork and/or paging service in real the processing system. A phone connector is placed in time.
US. Pat. No. 6,259,956 to Myers et al. is directed to a remote monitoring system for an unattended robot liquid operative association With the voice/data modem, to act as a
20 port for transmission of the alarms to an external telephone netWork. A netWork connector is in operative association storage and dispensing site. Provided is a means Which
With the processing system and is designed to receive data automatically monitors and manages ?uid dispensing trans actions at remote ?uid storage and dispensing sites via the in the form of alarms from the processing system and to act as a port for transmission of the alarm data to data netWork.
Internet. Also disclosed is the use of LAN, e-mail, or fax to
25 The alarms are deliverable over phone lines as voice alarms, notify personnel at remote site of equipment failures.
US. Pat. No. 5,892,442 to OZery describes a reporting alarm system Which utiliZes a tWo-Way paging device to pager alarms and fax alarms, and are deliverable over a public or private netWork as e-mail alarms, SNMP trap alarms, and Web page alarms. Remote status inquiries may communicate betWeen a centraliZing sensor station and a security monitoring center.
30 be made via voice call and tWo-Way e-mail operations.
Eastvold, US. Pat. No. 5,745,268, teaches using e-mail to notify remote service personnel of the need for service of
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS any of a plurality of electrical devices connected to a local monitoring system.
US. Pat. No. 4,558,181 to Blanchard et al., is directed to
FIG. 1 depicts a front plan vieW of a Host device according to the concepts of the present application;
French, US. Pat. No. 5,061,916, discloses a system and
35 method Which reports alarms or other conditions of a building automation system to a remote location. The system
FIG. 2 is a block diagram of a node device used in association With the Host device;
FIG. 3 depicts a poWer providing/monitoring device; collects data, assembles it into a graphic display, and then initiates a facsimile transmission of the graphic display to a
FIG. 4 sets forth a block diagram depicting the Host remote location.
FIG. 5 sets forth a local and enterprise-Wide exemplary system Where a Host and Nodes monitor a variety of tained device monitors a selected local area for occurrence functions; of any one of a plurality of preselected conditions. The
FIGS. 6A—6S are a series of screen displays illustrating device includes a connector, connecting the device to local, standard telephone lines, a sound synthesiZers, a successive dialing system for dialing successively a repeatable series of
45 operation of the present invention; and
FIG. 7 is ?oWchart for IP alarm generation. preselected telephone numbers in response to an occurrence of one of monitored conditions. The sound synthesiZer Will
PREFERRED EMBODIMENT place a sound voice message on the telephone lines Whereby
50 the termination is responsive to a call back from the device. understanding the folloWing discussion.
This patent together With US. Pat. Nos. 6,281,790; 6,259,
The de?nitions listed beloW are provided to assist in
956; 5,892,442; 5,745,268; and 5,061,916 are incorporated by reference herein as background information to illustrate
DNS Server: The DNS server is used to translate site names into actual numeric netWork addresses
Enable Microphone Listen-In: Enabling this feature alloWs the type of devices and systems to Which the present invention is directed.
55 users to listen through a microphone on the front panel of the unit When dialing the unit in Voice mode. Disabling
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION this feature prevents the microphone from being accessed during a telephone call.
From the patents described above, it is apparent efforts have been made to describe security and/or environmental
60 monitoring systems Which send and receive data in a variety of formats including e-mail, faxes, and phone messaging.
HoWever, these systems require extensive, in?exible, and complicated setup procedures. The references do not appear
65 to provide for an integrated modem/voice interface and data netWork interface, Which permits reporting of alarm infor
Enterprise Name: An Enterprise name appears at the top level of a Host’s softWare screen Whenever a user logs on to the Host. It provides identi?cation consistency among multiple users and alloWs for future Enterprise features.
Enable RAS Command: Setting this to “Y” Will enable a
Remote NetWork Access during a dial-up connection.
Enable 2-Way E-mail Command: Setting this to “Y” Will enable the 2-Way e-mail feature. With this feature enabled
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4 the User can send commands to the Host via e-mail and receive responses back. Set this to “N” to disable this feature.
Enable Web Command: Setting this to “Y” will enable the web page feature of the Host. This is set to “N” if you do not want the unit to produce a web page.
Enable Web Password Command: Setting this to “Y” supplies several hours of power if the utility power source has been interrupted. As previously mentioned, the status of battery backup 32 is relayed via battery alarm indicator 24.
Turning to FIG. 2, illustrated is a Node 40 which includes additional environmental sensor input connectors 42a—42n, microphone 44 and external microphone jack 46 of Node 40 requires a valid user-name and password to be entered in order to view the web page. are used to detect sound level alarms similar to that as shown in connection with Host 10. Node 40 also includes an
Ethernet port connection 48 as well as a serial port connec a gateway to communicate beyond the LAN identi?ed by connected to two different networks and can move TCP/IP associated LED power indicator lamp (such as an LED) 52 gives a User the capability to easily verify Node 40 is being data from one to the other. If a TCP/IP network has more than one LAN or if a connection is being made to the
Internet, you will need to know the IP address of the gateway that will transfer TCP/IP data in and out of your supplied with sufficient power.
FIG. 3 depicts a power control unit 54 having a plurality of power inlets 55a—55n. The power control unit (sometimes called PowerGate) 54 remotely controls power supplied to other networking equipment and includes a serial cable 56, does not require a gateway setting.
Mask: This is the subnet mask which distinguishes the portion of the IP address that is the network ID from the portion that is the station ID.
Node IP Address: This is the IP address assigned to the Host on the network. This address is provided by the user or the such as a DB9 serial port. Through interconnection of the
Host and/or Node and power control unit 54, remote reboo ting of critical equipment via e-mail, touchtone phone, or through events which occur in the network is possible.
FIG. 4, is a diagram of an embodiment of Host 10 with connectivity to public telephone network 60 and a private network administrator. It is formatted as a standard dotted
25 network and/or public Internet 62. As can be seen, a plurality decimal number.
Node Name: This name will appear in the Host’s software of external sensors 64a—64n connect to an external input connector 66, such as a ribbon connector or other appropri display. In systems with many Nodes, the Name is useful for identifying one node from another. ate connector, which is in-turn connected to internal con nectors 20a—20n. Data signals from this interface are passed
Parent Host IP Address: This is the IP address of the Host
30 to an A-D converter 68, which also receives data signals that a Node is associated with.
Password: This is the password which protects access to the local con?guration parameters. The default password in a from internal sensors 69 designed to detect power failure, sound levels, internal temperature, humidity, air ?ow and battery backup levels, among others. The data signals new unit is “ims4k”. received by the A-D converter 68 are then scanned by a
RAS IP: This is the IP address assigned to the remote
35 processor 70, such as a 8031 microprocessor, or other computer calling in to the Host. appropriate processing device. The current value and present
Subnet Mask: This is the subnet mask which distinguishes the portion of the IP address that is the network ID from the portion that is the station ID.
Referring now to the drawings wherein the showings are for the purpose of illustrating a preferred embodiment of the
40 invention only and not for the purpose of limiting same, FIG.
1 depicts a portable, self contained monitoring device (also status for each of the external and internal sensors are transmitted in an ongoing manner to processor 70 which transmits the signals to a second processor 72, which is ’486 microprocessor or other appropriate processing device.
When a sensor data signal is beyond its programmed range, an alert is generated and a noti?cation process is undertaken. Particularly, processor 72 issues alarm signals to referred to as a Host) 10 constructed in accordance with an embodiment of the present application.
45 at least one of an internal Voice/Data modem and/or network connection 14. The Voice/Data modem con?gures the data
Host 10 includes an input port 12, such as DB9 serial port, through which data is transmitted for initial Host setup. A signals for transmission to the public telephone network 60, via internal phone interface 16, as a voice call message, network port 14, such as an Ethernet port, connects Host 10 to a network such as a local area network (LAN) or wide area network ATelephone jack 16 connects the Host to a telephone network such as a public data network, or cellular phone type network. Environmental sensor input pager message and/or fax message. Additionally or in the alternative, the data from processor 72 is transmitted via network connection 14 to the private network and/or Internet network 62. The data sent to the private network and/or
Internet may be sent via a web page, e-mail, SNMP trap, connectors 20a—20n are designed as a plurality of input connectors which support sensors of Host 10, and in one embodiment are RJ45 type connectors. LEDs 22a—22n are associated with each of the sensor input connectors to show
55 real-time alarm status of the environmental inputs.
Battery alarm indicator 24 provides the status of an voice over Internet (VoIP) calls, or other appropriate data format.
It is to be appreciated from the discussion related to FIGS.
1—4, the speci?cally recited connectors, ports, processors and other elements and their arrangements are examples of one embodiment of the Host 10. It is to be appreciated that internal battery backup system, and an AC power alarm 26
60 other arrangements may also be used which will fall within the concepts of the present application. For example, in FIG. unit 10 is connected. This AC input is received through an
AC connector such as one located on the back of Host unit
10 (not shown). An internal microphone 28 gives the unit the capability of performing sound level alarming and remote listening for sensor information. Amicrophone input jack 30
4 whereas multiple processors are used, a single processor unit may also be implemented.
FIG. 5 is an enterprise-wide monitoring system 80 which incorporates the Host 10, and a plurality of Nodes 40a, 40b, attaches a remote microphone (not shown) for sound level alarming and remote listening. Battery backup 32 of Host 10
40c, where the interconnection between Host 10 and the external telephone network 60 and the connection to the private network and/or public Internet 62 is depicted. Nodes
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40a, 40b and 40c are connected to different areas of a business, home or other location. In this design, Host 10 is in communication With a home of?ce location 82 Which through a Wide area netWork 84 further intercon nects With Nodes 40a, 40b, and 40c. Node 40a is located at a sales of?ce 83 and is interconnected Within the sales of?ce systems such as to monitor environmental conditions. Node
40b is connected to a manufacturing plant 84, and Node 40c to a distribution Warehouse 86. While the individual nodes are connected to the computer system or operating system of
10 the system device (Unit), the IP address (Type IP) and status
(Status) of the Host and all associated Nodes. Thus, the example shoWn beloW indicates that this system includes a
Host named—IMS-4000 monitor—and a node named—NY_Node—. The IP address for these units are displayed as Well as their present Status.
Enterprise Status a speci?c location, they also have access to the WAN via connections 88a, 88b and 88c.
FIG. 5 emphasiZes the expandability of the present system controlled by Host 10. System 80 provides a stand-alone
Ok infrastructure monitoring system Which includes an inte grated voice/data modem, an internal UPS ?ash-disk stor
Option 2 displays the netWork con?guration for the Host age, and Web server, in a ?exible, simple to con?gure design. as Well as a Web server, Remote Access Server (RAS), and tWo-Way e-mail settings. The details of tWo-Way e-mail Will designed as a user-friendly interface giving a User the ability to customiZe system operation. In one embodiment, the control program is embodied as a WindoWs type interface,
20 be described in greater detail in folloWing sections of the although it is understood other formats may also be used.
The program permits a User to con?gure the system, revieW historical events, determine the status of all monitored
NetWork and Option Con?guration netWork devices, and create and maintain alarms schedules,
25 among numerous other functions, and the is a multi-User netWork-based application. By this arrangement, Whether access is made to the system from a LAN or via a remote dial-in access port, the User has the same visual layout.
Through the embedded Web server, it is possible to easily
30 obtain status information, historical data, etc., through a Web browser or via a Web-enabled Wireless device.
FIGS. 6A—6S illustrate the process How of the interface
Web Server Security
Remote Access Server
RAS II’ Port Address
TWO-Way E-mail Responder
Enabled control program, as a user con?gures a Host and Node,
Where an initial step is to locally con?gure the Host and
The serial port of Host 10 provides a path by Which con?guration settings and security options are transmitted to Selection of Option 3 alloWs the setting of all pertinent netWork settings listed under Option 2, including the Physi may be used to perform the setup con?guration, Where in
40 one embodiment, the serial port is a male DTE, and therefore a null modem cable design may be used. Terminal commu cal Address, IP Address, Subnet Mask, Default GateWay, and
DNS Server. Option 4 alloWs for the con?guration and/or recon?guration of the Enterprise Name. The User is permit nication settings may be set to 9600 baud, no parity, eight data bits, one stop bit. In one embodiment, to implement the con?guration of Host 10 the terminal of the computer or other system being used is connected to serial port 12 by
45 ted, by selection of Option 5, to con?gure the Web server, and When Web security (e.g., Web Server Security) is pressing the (return) button, prompting display of a menu
(1-E) to guide the User through the Host con?guration process, such as displayed beloW:
. Display Enterprise status
50 is listed beloW:
Con?gure Web Server
1. Enable/Disable Web Server
2. Enable/Disable Web PassWord Security
. Display NetWork and Option con?guration
. Con?gure NetWork settings
. Con?gure Enterprise Name
. Con?gure Web Server
3. Return to main menu
Returning to Menu 1-E, selection of Option 6 alloWs for con?guration of a RAS (Remote Access Server). This option is set to provide remote access to the netWork via a dial-up
. Con?gure Remote Access Server
. Enable TWo-Way E-mail Responder
. Enable Microphone Listen-In
. Enable default Master Administrator Account (tempo rarily)
10. Enable data modem
55 connection to the Host. A sample RAS menu is shoWn beloW:
Con?gure Remote Access Server
1. Enable/Disable RAS Support
2. RAS IP address
3. Return to main menu
A. Change Admin PassWord
B. Reset To Factory Defaults
C. Display Statistics
Once the correct passWord is entered, one of Options 1-E
The enablement and/or disablement of the tWo-Way e-mail feature is accomplished via Option 7, and the moni toring of on-site sound through either the built-in or an external microphone is selected via Option 8.
Option 9 provides an Enable default Master Administrator
Account (temporarily). This setting is commonly used in the are selected. If Option 1 is selected, a User sees the name of event that no Master Administrator accounts can be accessed
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(e.g., the passWord(s) Were forgotten). Enabling this feature temporarily loads the default Master Administrator account
(username: admin, passWord: ABCD), and this temporary account Will unload if any one of the folloWing occurs: (1)
Any of the Master Administrator accounts is edited, (2) A
-continued neW Master Administrator account is created, or (3) The system reboots.
Inbound modem communications are disabled via Option
10, While still alloWing outbound data connections for faX, alpha page and voice communications. This feature is pro
10 vided for systems Which cannot have a device With a modem
DSP proc starts 1 1
Option 4 resets the Node to factory default settings, and all programming and netWork settings Will be deleted.
Option 5 permits rebooting of the system, Wherein a reboot connected to the netWork.
OptionApermits the changing of the Local Con?guration passWord, Option B alloWs the User to reset all settings to their default values, and Option C is selected to display statistics. Option D saves all changes and reboots the sys
15 tem, as a reboot is required for changes to take effect, and
Option E saves all changes and logouts, but the changes Will not be activated until the system reboots.
Avg Pkt RTT (ms)
Input Prog timeout
IP proc starts
0 is used for neW NetWork settings to take effect. Selection of
Option 6 Will result in a logout Without rebooting.
Once con?guration of the Host and/or Node has been completed and the interface softWare installed, system con
?guration is undertaken. Particularly, upon the initial opera tion of the control or interface softWare (i.e., as depicted by
FIGS. 6A—6S), an Enterprise Group is generated including
FolloWing the con?guration of the Host as described, a
Node Within the system may be con?gured through its serial port. Adumb terminal or terminal emulation softWare is used to undertake the con?gurations. Further, in this embodiment
20 a Host or Hosts, and a Node or Nodes connected to the
Hosts, and all associated environmental sensors. It is to be understood that a system may eXist entirely of a single Host.
The User logs onto the interface softWare by a variety of the port is a male DTE so a DB9 female-female null modem knoWn techniques, including clicking on a Host softWare cable may be used. Terminal communication settings may be
25 set to 9600 baud, no parity, 8 data bits, 1 stop bit. Once the icon installed on a User’s screen. Selecting the Host soft
Ware icon Will display a console screen 100 of FIG. 6A,
User has connected their terminal from the computer or including a menu having Enterprise button 101 Which, When other data device to the Node, depressing the “return” key selected, permits the User to enter a neW Enterprise name. In displays a menu to guide a User through the Node setup this eXample, the Enterprise name is “NeW Enterprise operation, as beloW:
1. Display NetWork con?guration
. Con?gure NetWork settings
. Display statistics
To add a con?gured Host to the Enterprise Group, the
User inputs the Host IP address and, thereafter, their User name and PassWord. Once this information has been entered,
. Reset to factory defaults connection to the Host is initiated. This connection Will take
35 place via a connection or other appropriate communication
Selection of Option 1 displays NetWork Con?guration netWork. If a Host Was previously connected to the Enter prise Group, connection is made simply by entering the
Username and PassWord. settings such as shoWn beloW:
NetWork Con?guration 40
Once the Host has been incorporated Within the NeW
Enterprise Group, properties or parameters for the Host—as
Parent Host IP Address
Node IP Address
48‘h Floor Chicago related the overall system—are entered. To begin the process of entering parameters, the Host name (i.e., “HOST”) 103 is selected from the hierarchical tree, Which provides for a display of Unit Properties screen 104 of FIG. 6B. Selection
45 of System Info tab 106 provides a Unit Name area 108 for input of the location of the HOST, a Description area 110 for entry of the name of the HOST (e.g., HOST XYZ) and a
Location area 112 Which describes the geographic location
Selection of Option 2 permits programming of the net
Work settings. It is to be appreciated that a Node must have netWork visibility of its associated Host 10 for proper operation. NetWork changes may be designed to take effect upon rebooting of the node.
“Auto-Connect on Startup” boX 113 if it desired that the softWare connect automatically With Host 10 during startup.
NeXt, shoWn in FIG. 6C, the Dial-out Settings tab 114 is selected for further input of properties. At this screen, the telephone number of the Host in the Numeric Unit ID ?eld
116 is entered. The Numeric Unit ID Will appear on alarm
Option 3 displays operating statistics of the Node, Which may be useful for troubleshooting. A sample of Which is shoWn beloW: messages delivered to numeric pagers and faX machines.
The User is further provided With an opportunity to select a custom voice message to identify the Host by clicking on
60 an arroW in the custom voice ?eld 118 and selecting a voice
?le from displayed options. Custom voice messages can be recorded and uploaded to a Host on the custom voice
4 manager screen Which Will be described at a later point in this application. The Host custom voice message is the ?rst message spoken during a voice call, and describes the name and location of the Host.
The number of times the system is to attempt to call a contact is entered in Dial-Out Attempt ?eld 118. NeXt, the
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