Using PCONTACT.EXE to upload contacts for Emergency Broadcast System (EBS) for 1-800 Notify

This article shows how to use pcontact.exe to upload contacts, people whom you would like to notify with an emergency broadcast text message, phone call or email.

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STEP 1: Download the pcontact.exe and sample files from the link at the bottom of this article.

STEP 2: Unzip the downloaded file.

STEP 3: Edit the file run-pcontact-with-parameters.bat

The default contents will look like this:

Echo off
echo This batch file will start pcontact.exe
echo Your data file must be saved in Excel 97-2003 compatibility mode (.xls)
echo The first parameter is the URL to direct the PCONTACT data upload
pause
pcontact.exe https://www.1800notify.com/ac2 username password 1800-Notify-with-pin.xls
pause

Change the username and password shown after pcontact.exe to your own username and password - save your edits.

STEP 4: Edit the Excel file with the contacts following these guidelines.

- Make sure to save the file in .xls format (Excel 97-2003 format)

- Do not change the column name headers

- Do not delete or move around any of the columns. (If you don't need a column, just leave it blank.)

- Here is the content / description of each column:

Position ID - (not required) Unique identifier

Position Status - (not required) Can be used to identify the status of this contact

Last Name - (required)

First Name - (required)

Personal Contact: Personal Mobile - Mobile Phone Number used to send a text message to this contact (leave blank if texting not desired for this contact).  Required if this contact has a PIN (see below) in order to control the system.

Personal Contact: Home Phone - Voice Phone Number used to send a voice broadcast message to this contact. (leave blank if this contact does not want a voice broadcast message)

Personal Contact: Personal Email - Email address to send email broadcast message (leave blank if no email broadcast desired for this contact)

Data Control Full Description - Group membership for this contact.  Separate group names with commas (but no spaces).  Example: Group 1,Group 2,Group 3 (this would put this contact into three groups.

Pin # for 800 Notify - This is a 4 to 5 digit numeric PIN that can be used in conjunction with the contact's mobile phone to control the system.

STEP 5: Run the Batch file on a Windows computer.

Double-click or "Run as Administrator" the Batch file you edited above.

run-pcontact-with-parameters.bat

This will take the Excel file you created/edited and upload it to the Contacts tab in your 1-800 Notify account.

Notes:

1. If you upload a list of contacts, then remove a contact from the list and re-upload, that removed contact will also be DELETED from the contact list on 1-800 Notify.

2. Be careful -- whenever you upload your list of contacts, it should be the COMPLETE list.  If not, any missing contacts previously uploaded will be deleted from your account in 1-800 Notify.

 

 

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