Reference14r2:Concept App Connect

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The Connect app is a microblogging tool, which can be used for organization internal collaboration and is part of the App Service Messages.

Applies To

  • innovaphone PBX from version 14r2


  • Read zone-wide threads
  • Post
  • Pin important posts
  • Search
  • Like posts
  • Follow (users, channels, hashtags or whole threads)
  • Create channels or hashtags
  • Direct/Group/Company wide messaging
  • Tag users, groups or address the whole company
  • Write private messages
  • Personalize your "HOME" area
  • E-Mail notifications
  • Tooltips


  • innovaphone AppPlatform with a running Messages app and valid ntp settings
  • innovaphone myApps
  • Connect app license for each PBX user, who should use connect



This App is the microblogging user interface, which can be used by App Objects of the PBX and is provided by the messages app service.

Technical Overview

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Connect App UI concepts

The Connect UI consists of two major parts. On the left side there is the main navigation, which covers the search, channel selection and the feed. On the right is the stream. The stream can either show the content of a channel, or a single discussion, entered from the search or the feed.

The Stream

The middle part of the UI is the main message stream. It displays the messages from the selected channel or from a specific discussion. It is used to post messages. When messages are posted tags are assigned automatically so that the message fits to the selected channel or the message is added to the selected discussion. Unread messages are marked. A click from the user is needed to mark a message as read. A message marked as read in the context of one channel, it appears as read in all matching channels.

The display of messages is organized in discussions. Initially, only the first message of a discussion is displayed. By click on the respective control, the discussion is expanded, so that all messages of the discussion are displayed.

Messages within a discussion are always displayed in their chronological order.

Messages can be posted as response to other messages. When a response is posted it is always displayed at the end of the discussion, even if it was a response to an early message of the discussion. To identfy to which message the response was posted, a control is provided at a displayed message to hide all messages of the discussion except the messages to which this message was a response.


In the top right corner is a question mark (?) visible. If clicked, question marks appear all over the UI. If you click on one of them, a tooltip with an explanation appears of what these sections are for.

To deactivate the tooltips, just click on the question mark in the upper right corner again.

Technical Concept

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Each App within the PBX defines a zone within messages, named as the App Object. This way, each App has its private zone within Messages, so that a channel maybe defined especially for messages from this App. The access to these zones is defined by the access to the Apps. In addition, subzones to these zones may be defined. These subzones can be configured within the Messages App. For each subzone, it can be defined separately which users or groups of users have access. The groups defined in the PBX are used for this purpose.


Tags can be attached to messages for search and filter purposes. The user can assign tags in the form of hashtags within the message text. Tags are valid across zones. There are mechanisms to filter messages based on tags

Direct/Group Messages

To address a user directly, simply write a message a add an @<username>. You will also get a list of users you can address to select from, after just writing an @. If you've selected the user, just press enter. After the message is sent, the user will get a notification in his feed, and by clicking on that, connect will directly jump to that specific message.
Important:So that a user can be tagged, the user has to open the Connect app at least once.

To address a whole group of users, you have to write @@ and then select the listed group. The list of groups is the list of groups, which exist inside the PBX. The groups need the "active" option activated in the users' configuration, so it can be addressed.
After sending the message, all users who are members of the tagged group, will get a notification in their feed inside Connect.


For a message user notifications may be set. These notifications are used to display these messages in the notifications area of the messages UI and E-Mail notifications are created for the notifications. The can add notifications within the message text with an @<user-id> notation.


User can add likes to messages. The likes are displayed in the notification area of the UI

E-Mail Notifications

An email connector can be configured within the messages app, which is used to send emails to notify a user of a new message. There are several conditions under which a notification is sent:

If a user is notified within the message with @<user> an email notification is sent as well
A message posted as reply to a message from the user results in a email notification. This happens for any posts to a discussion, the user has posted to regardless if the reply was to a message of the user directly or any other message of the discussion

Full text search

For all words in the message bodies, an index is built, so that words or sequences of words may be found efficiently.

For a search for multiple words, two modes are implemented. If the search entry is set in quotes, the exact sequence of the word must appear in the message for a message otherwise just all the words must be present.


PBX Manager Plugin

  • open the PBX Manager plugin for the Messages app
  • click on "add App"
  • select "Connect"
  • enter an appropriate (Long)Name and SIP name ("Connect" and "connect" for example)
  • choose the config templates, which should distribute the app to the user
  • click on "OK"

The app object is now created in the PBX and automatically connected to the Messages app instance.

Connect Administration

A user who has access to the admin mode of connect has the ability to set additional options in the burger menu.

To get the admin access mode, a user simply needs to get the connect~admin app granted in the user object.

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Groups can be defined in the PBX, which can then be used in connect to address multiple users at once. You must use @@<groupname> to do this. The user receiving such a message must be an active member of this group.


An administrator can define a zone that is only visible to a certain number of people. A good example of such a zone would be Human Resources or Management.

To create it, open Access Rights in the burger menu and click the + button. Configure a name and SIPid for this zone. While the name can be chosen freely, the SIPid must have a specific syntax. The SIPid must start with the Connect object name, followed by a question mark and then a short identifier.
So for a "Human Ressources" Zone, the syntax could be: connect?human-ressources
Please note that the normal rules for SIPid's apply here. A simple rule of thumb is to use only A-Z, a-z, 0-9, and . (period) and - (hyphen). However, the name must not start with a . (dot). Although it is not strictly required, we recommend not using uppercase letters.

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After creating a zone, you can assign the zone to users or groups.

E-Mail configuration

For Connect to send E-Mails to tagged users/groups, you have to enter valid smtp settings here.


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Client: this entry will create a clickable link in the received mail, where after clicking, myApps will automatically open the conversation in the connect app

App URL: This will create a web link, which jump to the conversation in your default browser


App Service Log

  • App WebSocket
  • Database

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