The Facilities Template

The Facilities template (facilities-template.CSV) lets you create Vocera facilities in bulk.

When you add a facility, you specify its name and a basic description only. You need to specify the users, groups, locations, contacts entries, and devices that are associated with it separately.

The following table describes the fields names, maximum length for fields names, and a brief description of the fields.


Maximum Length


Facility Name


Enter the name of the facility in the Facility Name field.

The name must start with a letter or digit. It must contain only letters, digits, spaces, apostrophes ('), underscores (_), or dashes (-). No other characters are allowed.

By default, the speech recognition system uses the name you enter to recognize facilities. If users refer to a facility by something other than the name you enter here, enter that name in the Alternate Spoken Name field.

If you change the name of a facility that has a Vocera SIP Telephony Gateway associated with it, you must set the value of the VOCERA_FACILITY environment variable on the telephony server machine to the name of the new facility.

Alternate Spoken Facility Name


Enter the Alternate Spoken Facility Name to enable Vocera to recognize variations of the exact facility name.

For example, if users commonly refer to a facility by a nickname or an acronym, enter that variation here.



Enter a description of the facility in the Description field.

Cost Center


Enter the Cost Center to specify a cost center for the facility.

Time Zone


The Time Zone specifies a time zone for the facility. By default, a facility's time zone is the Vocera Platform time zone.

Emergency Broadcast Group


Enter the Emergency Broadcast Group name to specify the name of the group that receives emergency broadcasts for this facility. If you set up an emergency broadcast group, a user can initiate an urgent broadcast by clicking the Call button twice. Everyone in the group hears the caller immediately—no speech recognition or Genie interactions are necessary.

Emergency Broadcast Group Facility


Specifies the name of the Facility for the Emergency Broadcast Group.

Initiate Emergency Broadcast Silently


Specifies whether to initiate emergency broadcasts at this facility silently, without playing a chime first. This option is available only if a group is specified in the Emergency Broadcast Group field. By default, it is unchecked.