Sending and Receiving Numeric Pages

If the Vocera Telephony Solution Software is installed on your system, you can use a voice command to send a numeric page. You can send and receive pages using names or directly to phone or pagers number.

Vocera sends the recipient's pager a call-back number that allows that person to return a call directly to your Vocera device.

You can send a page to anyone in the Vocera system by using his or her name. For example, if Dr. Randolph is a Vocera user, personal contact (or buddy), or person in the address book, you can speak the command “Page Dr. Randolph” to send a numeric page.

Additional voice commands let you use a Vocera device to send a numeric page to any arbitrary number. If you dial full 7- or 10-digit numbers to send a page in your environment, issue the command, “Page an outside number.” When the Genie prompts you for the number of the pager, say the area code and the phone number, even when calling a local number. If the area code matches your local area code or a toll-free area code set up by your system administrator, the call will be considered local.

Some environments provide a paging service that allows employees to send internal pages using only a few digits, similar to the way they call internal extensions. Vocera lets you send pages to these numbers directly. For example, to send a page to the internal number 3964, you speak the command “Page number 3964.”

The Genie understands common variations of numbers. For example, “four one zero zero,” “four one oh oh,” and “forty one hundred” are all recognized as acceptable variations of 4100. The Genie does not recognize commands to dial letters (for example, 1 – 800 – VOC – ERA1).

The following table summarizes the voice commands you use to send a numeric page:

Action Recommended Voice Commands Version

Send a page to a Vocera user, buddy, or address book entry

Page Tom Mailer.


Send a page to a Vocera group

Page Tech Support.

Vocera 4.1 GA or later

Send a page to an outside number

Page an outside number.

Send a page to an internal number Page number 3964.  

When you send someone a page, Vocera dials the pager number, pauses briefly, and then passes the pager the telephone number of the Vocera system as well as your extension. The pager displays the Vocera system number and the extension.

Note: By default, the extension is your Vocera extension, a virtual extension that the Vocera administrator assigns to you to enable the callback feature. You do not have to learn the Vocera extension; it is for internal purposes only. If you have not been assigned a Vocera extension, your desk extension is used instead.

The person who is paged returns the call by dialing the Vocera system number and then entering your extension at the system's Genie prompt. Vocera then automatically connects the return call directly to your Vocera device, not to your extension.

Vocera requires you to have separate permissions to call toll and toll-free phone numbers. You need one or both of these permissions to send a page to names in your buddy list. You do not need any special permissions to page a Vocera user or a person in the system address book.

You also need permission to have a pager number. If you have a pager number, use the following voice commands to specify whether you want Vocera users to be able to send you pages:

Action Recommended Voice Commands Alternative Forms
Allow Vocera users to send you numeric pages * Enable pages.  
Stop receiving numeric pages from Vocera users * Disable pages.  

In addition to using the voice commands to send pages, the Genie may ask if you want to send a page to someone who is unavailable. For example, when you call a user who is not on the system, and that person has a pager number, the Genie asks you if you want to send that person a page. If you say no, the Genie then asks if you want to leave a message.