Department Groups

The Department page of the Add/Edit Group dialog box (or the corresponding fields in the data-loading template) lets you specify the group type (Ordinary, Department, or Subdepartment) and enter a telephony PIN or Cost Center ID for accounting purposes.

The Member Of list shows all parent groups to which the current group is a member.
Table 1. Group department fields

Field

Maximum Length

Description

Group Type

n/a

Select a group type:

  • Ordinary – a group whose members are NOT considered members of a parent department. Examples of ordinary groups include administrative groups, groups with dynamic membership, role-based groups, and bed/room groups. Users in an Ordinary group are not identified with the first name and department when a voice command is used.

  • Department – a group that corresponds to a department within the organization using the Vocera system. By designating a group as a department, you provide accounting features and speech recognition enhancements that are not available to other Vocera groups. For example, you can differentiate users by specifying their department in voice commands.

    If you select Department, the PIN for Long Distance Calls and Cost Center fields become editable.

  • Subdepartment – a subgroup of a department group. Members of a subdepartment are also considered members of a parent department. A subdepartment should be directly contained within an existing department or another subdepartment.

PIN for Long Distance Calls

50

Optionally specify a value in the PIN for Long Distance Calls field.

A telephony PIN authorizes members of a Vocera department to make phone calls and allows an organization to charge departments for those calls.

A PIN template can include digits, special characters, and PIN macros.

Use this field only if you are working with a department group.

Cost Center

100

Optionally specify a value in the Cost Center field.

A Cost Center ID enables Vocera to track system usage by department and potentially allows an organization to charge its departments for relative usage.

Use this field only if you are working with a department group.

You can also specify a group as a department or subdepartment on the main Departments page that you access through the navigation bar in the Administration Console.