This article is part of a series on WideOrbit.
Tether and Futuri Mobile integrate with several automation systems, including WideOrbit. This series of articles is generally geared toward your station's IT/engineering staff, but it's a good idea for program directors to be familiar at a higher level with this information too.
There are three basic pieces to integrating WideOrbit with Futuri:
- Now Playing information - Song elements and a few select Memos will be configured to export from WideOrbit to Futuri.
- Voting session integration - WideOrbit's API has built-in integration for Tether, and we'll configure our Echo software to communicate with WideOrbit for this information.
- Music Logs- Echo will also periodically send Futuri a copy of the day's WideOrbit log. These logs are used for two primary purposes:
- Voting Sessions - Depending on the voting feature your station uses, music logs help to tell Futuri what the vote options should be (or to see what songs should be used for separation purposes).
- Instant Alerts - Users can sign up to receive alerts when their requests are about to play on your station. Futuri's system compares what your station is playing now with what's scheduled in the near future so that we can send these alerts ahead of when the request actually plays (so there's time for the user to turn on the radio).