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Concept

If you want a solution to manage your incoming calls, and have your customer(s) wait on the line while an agent picks up the call, you need to create a Calling Queue entry, this will permit you to have many calls in hold, queued calls in First In, First Out order until agents become available.

Queues consist of:

Agents are the people (or person) that answer call(s) that have been placed into a specific Queue. An agent logs in indicating that s/he is now ready to take calls. Transfers an inbound call to a queue, which is then in turn transfered to an available agent.

The members in the queue can be static or dynamic. The Static Members are those that are always connected to the queue, on the other hand the Dynamic members are those that need to log in to the queue in order to take calls.

Log in or log out to the queue as Dynamic Member


If you want get access to your Call queue ,dial *11, at the prompt, dial the queue ID, and password if you set one. e.g. If I want log in to the "call queue 1" I dial *11 >> Option 1 >> Password (optional).

If you want to log out from the call queue, dial *12, at the prompt, dial queue ID. e.g. If I want to log out to the "call queue 1" I dial *12 >> Option 1.

Configuration

Go in to your Customer Portal >> DID Numbers >> Calling Queues

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And then go to "Create New Call Queue"

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Now you are going to start a new configuration:


Queue Information

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Queue Options


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      -Yes: Callers can join a queue with no members or only unavailable members.
      -Strict: Callers cannot join a queue with no members or only unavailable members.
      -No: Callers cannot join a queue with no members.
      -Yes: Callers are sent to the failover when there are no members. 
      -Strict: Callers are sent to failover if there are members but non of theme is available. 
      -No: Callers will remain in the queue even if there are no members.

Calls are distributed among the members handling a queue with one of several strategies, defined in queues.conf

   -Ringall:: ring all available channels until one answers.
   -Leastrecent:: ring interface which was least recently called by this queue
   -Fewestcalls:: ring the one with fewest completed calls from this queue
   -Random:: ring random interface
   -Round Robin Memory:: round robin with memory, remember where we left off last ring pass
Note: Currently only a device with the SIP protocol is able to report his status as 'in use'.

Announcements and Fail Over


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Periodic Voice Announcements


Voice Announcement: This is an optional setting, you can choose which recording will be played to the callers of this queue.

Frequency of announcement: Select the periodic interval to play the recording to the callers.


Periodic Hold Position, Estimated Hold-time announcements and Thank you for your patience announcement.


Announce Position frequency: This setting let you know how often to make any periodic announcement. Optional setting.

Announce Round Seconds: Here you can choose if you want to announce the number of seconds or round to minute. If you want to announce seconds, select the amount to round.

If Announce position is enabled, do you also want to report estimated hold-time?: Either yes, no or only once. Hold time will be announced as the estimated time, or less than 2 minutes when appropriate.

Thank you for your patience: This is an optional setting. Your callers will hear "Thank you for your patience", after announcing the Queue Position and Estimated Hold time left.

Fail Over Destinations


Here you can choose the destination for the follow failover options:

We are finished now click on the Save Queue.


Static Members

Static Members are the predefined and permanently assigned members responsible for answering incoming calls to a queue. You can add as many members as you wish to any given queue.


Advantages

The advantage of the static members is that your members do not have to login or logout from the queue using the *11 and *12 commands. The only thing your members have to do is register or unregister their accounts from the VoIP.ms servers.


Disadvantages

One of disadvantages of the static members is that your members are unable to log out of the queue, they are permanently assigned instead. Other disadvantage is that your members need to use their account or sub account to be in the queue, this could mean that they wouldn't be able to change devices and log into the queue, they would have to use their assigned device.

Add an Static Member


First you need to access the Calling Queue page that is under the DID Numbers menu in your Customer Portal.


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From there, you need only to click on the link Edit Static Members, that bring you to the next screen:


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To add a new static member, you need only to fill the follow information:


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Description: Here you can assign a description to easily identify each member of the queue.

Account: Here you select the account or subaccount that is going to be assigned as a member for this queue.

Priority: This value can be equal or greater than zero. Available members with lower priority will get the calls first. You can have more than one member with the same priority.

How to use your Queue

Once you have created a Queue, you can assign it to many DID numbers as you want without needing to create it again. You need to go to your Customer Portal >> DID Numbers >> Manage DID(s). And from there you can route the DID numbers to go directly to the Queue, using an IVR, through a time condition or even as a failover option for your DID number.

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