2- The Application Generator - What is Insight IVR?Insight IVR is a powerful software that allows companies to turn their vision of an interactive call flow into reality. The software consists of two main parts:- The Call Handling Engine -- The Application Generator -Insight IVR is built on a software platform that has been developed over the last 20 years. The product has been proven around the world to be flexible, robust, and reliable.
3The diagram above depicts Insight’s typical network topography The diagram above depicts Insight’s typical network topography. The IVR system is connected to a telephone network through which it can send and receive calls. Since Insight now supports direct VoIP connectivity, your system can also be stationed anywhere with an Internet connection. For example, a call originating from India can terminate directly via IP to an IVR Server in the United States.
4The Call Handling Engine PEC has always prided itself on its robust call handling engine. The engine has been installed in over 10,000 locations throughout the world and has handled tens of billions of calls since its inception in 1984.The call handling engine is built upon Intel Dialogic’s voice processing technology, which guarantees robustness and reliability regardless of call volume.View live call activityView the status of any line in real-timeChange the status of any line in real-time
5The Call Handling Engine Viewing the Line Status The Call Handling Engine indicates to you the current status of each line using different colors to represent each state.With one quick glance, you will easily know which lines are in each state.WHITE indicates an inactive state or a transitional state – such as dialing out.BLUE indicates a state of playing a file to a caller.PINK indicates a state of receiving digits (DTMF) from a caller.GREEN indicates a state of two lines being patched.RED indicates a state of message recording.
6The Call Handling Engine Individual Port Settings The Call Handling Engine allows you to control the settings of any line/port by simply clicking the right button on your mouse. The different settings a line can be set to are:Enabled makes the port activeDisabled makes the port inactiveInbound sets the port to only accept incoming calls.Outbound sets the port to only make outgoing calls.Disconnect cuts off any call in progress and clears the port.Busy Out sets the port to a busy state so no new call can come in or go out.
7The Call Handling Engine System Properties Insight IVR is one of the only packages designed to support almost every phone network in the world. It supports analog, T1, E1, R2MF, H323, SIP, and SS7 protocols.Trunk Type lets you choose from different telecom protocol types that are provided by service provider.Signaling lets you choose from the different telecom signaling types available throughout the world.Media Resource lets you choose the different functionalities of a selected line/protocol like voice, fax, conferencing.
8The Call Handling Engine The Advantages Handles both TDM and VoIP without the need for a gatewayHandles up to 4 million calls per day on a single system“Pay as you grow” allows you to start with 4 ports and scale up to 480 ports as your business growsHandles up to 100 different applications on a single systemEvery Call is Answered ImmediatelyPort settings can be changed on the flyOn-screen Call statisticsRemote Diagnostics and support
9The Application Generator Insight IVR allows you to easily design and customize interactive telephone applications using a simple drag and drop interface.Start out with a call flow sketch on paper and within minutes you can build a fully functional application that your clients can call into.
10The Application Generator Insight Fast Build Kit This Insight "Fast Build Kit" is designed to help you meet deadlines. The Insight Drag and Drop development facilities provide full featured icons which can be moved and connected to a free form call flow. Do you want to play a file? Get a record from a database? Call out to a customer? No problem!
11The Application Generator System Features Text to SpeechSpeech RecognitionTouch Tone DetectionDatabase InteractionVoice MessagingCall TransferringVoice ToFax ToOutdialRead/Write Text FileLaunch Program
12System Features Text to Speech Text to Speech is an extremely easy feature to use.Simply type any text into a field and Insight IVR will speak the text to the caller.vbvbvbbEliminates the need to record promptsAllows for quick, on-the-fly changes to a scriptHigh-quality, Professional Sounding Voice
13System Features Speech Recognition Insight IVR’s Speech Recognition feature makes customer interaction with your system quick, convenient, and simple.Insight’s Speech Recognition module recognizes words, names, spoken letters, and numbers.Callers can spell names, order products, enter account numbers and zip codes, all without entering a single touch tone on their phone.
14System Features Touch Tone Detection (Get DTMF) The most common method through which Insight communicates with a customers is through Touch Tone. Customers can choose from a list of selections, enter account numbers, enter their security code, etc, all through the numeric keypad on their phones.Insight allows you to specify the number of digits to expect and the maximum amount of time to wait in between digits to make the call flow as seamless as possible.
15System Features Database Interaction Many IVR applications require database interactivity. Insight provides interaction with multiple databases such as Microsoft Access, Microsoft Excel, dBase, FoxPro, SQL Server, Oracle, MySQL, Informix, Text Files and many others. It is also ODBC compliant.Insight IVR can perform all the standard database actions such as Reading, Writing, and Querying.
16System Features Voice Messaging Insight IVR provides voice messaging capabilities whereby callers can access the IVR system, leave messages, retrieve messages, and review messages. Each message is individually dated and time stamped and kept in the order they were received.There is no limit to how long a message can be, and as soon as the message is left, it is available for your IVR application to access.
17System Features Call Transferring Insight IVR allows you to transfer callers dynamically to other telephone lines. Callers can be transferred with a blind transfer (unconditionally) or with a supervised transfer (monitor the call status before transferring).Insight also supports call patching, whereby multiple callers can be connected together into the same conversation.
18System Features Voice To Email Insight IVR can take a voice message and deliver it to any specified address.This feature allows subscribers to listen to messages on their computers and then archive the messages appropriately on their own computer.Since the message is sent via standard , the can be opened from any Internet terminal in the world which gives subscribers mobility and flexibility.
19System Features Fax To Email Insight IVR can receive and send faxes. When Insight receives a fax, it can deliver it to any specified address.This feature allows subscribers to view their faxes on their computers and then archive the faxes appropriately on their own computer.Since the fax is sent via standard , your subscribers can take their virtual fax machine with them anywhere in the world.
20System FeaturesIVR can be used to send s dynamically, with or without attachment files.For example, if your IVR application is designed to take orders for Auto Parts, the feature of Insight can automatically the order information to the manufacturer so that they can drop ship the item to that customer.
21System Features Outdial Capability Insight IVR allows you to dynamically call out to customers & clients.Based on the status of the call, whether it be busy, no answer, connect, answering machine, fax machine, or operator intercept, Insight allows you to choose what action to perform.
22System Features Read/Write Text File Insight IVR allows you to read and write to both text and CSV files. This Read feature allows you to dynamically read any information from a text file into your application. This feature is often used for data that is constantly changing. The Write feature is usually used to keep a call log or an event log of caller activity.
23System Features Launch Program Insight IVR allows you to run another program or call the dispatch function of a DLL file from within IVR. This feature can be used in several practical ways including running Notepad, virus scan, disk defragmenter, disk backup, file compression (ZIP) or any other program.
24System Requirements Windows 2000 Pro / XP Pro / 2003 Server Pentium III 1 GHz or Higher128 Megabytes of RAM.20 GB Hard DriveCD-ROM Drive.Network CardModemDatabase software (if application requires)Intel Dialogic Boards or HMP FirmwareInsight IVR Software
25Some Industries that Use Insight IVR Information Provider CompanyHuman Resources DepartmentHelp Desk ApplicationsCable TV CompanyRetail BusinessOrder Entry ApplicationsInsurance CompanyHealthcare IndustryTelecommunication CompaniesTransportation IndustryUtility CompaniesSchools, Colleges & UniversitiesFinancial InstitutionsFinancial Services CompanyEntertainment Industry
27The Application Generator Sample IVR This Application welcomes each caller and asks him to choose whether he wants to listen to his horoscope or wants to talk to static operator or wants to talk to available Live Operator. If User chooses to listen to his horoscope he will be asked to choose his sun sign and based on his sun sign selection a horoscope will be played to him. If user selects to talk to operator,his call will be transferred to operator or if he chooses to talk to live agent he is connected to outside live agent. In every case incoming call is logged in Database with its starting and ending time.
28Real World Applications QuizMusic MessagingSpeech RecognitionPollingDebit Card PlatformZee Business BaazigarVoice MessagingAutomatic Payment ReminderVirtual Calling CardCustomer Service
29Real World Applications Quiz Customer ApplicationA Quiz game show was required based on the concept of famous television game show “WHO WANTS TO BE MILLIONAIRE” for PSTN Network.The Insight SolutionThe caller calls into a specified “quiz” number. Caller is asked different questions one by one. Then the caller is informed of his score (achieved from correct answers) at the end of each call, along with his cumulative score over a period. The aim of the quiz is to reward the caller who gets most questions right. The quiz contains questions on topics like Movies, Sports and General Knowledge. The questions are of varying toughness. Points are awarded to customers according to the difficulty level of the question.
30Real World Applications Music Messaging Customer ApplicationA unique song dedication service was required where a person can send a desired song to another person with his personalized voice message.The Insight SolutionCaller calls a predefined number which then takes him through an interactive voice response system (IVRS). He then selects from various song categories such as English songs / Arabic songs / Hindi Songs and then from various sub categories such as Band songs / Modern songs / Film songs etc. IVR then one by one plays the various songs under the selected song category. Once the caller selects the desired song, he is prompted to record his personalized message. Caller then enters his phone number, destination number and specific date & time when he wants to send the song. Selected song along with message will be played to destination number on desired date and time.
31Real World Applications Railways Speech Recognition Customer ApplicationRailway handles two kinds of enquiries viz., arrival/Departure Enquiry and Reservation Status Enquiry. Earlier Both Arrival/Departure Enquiry and Reservation Status Enquiry were handled manually. An application was required to automate it.The Insight SolutionIVR asks caller whether he wants to enquire Arrival/Departure status or Reservation Status. In case of reservation status, the call is handled by Reservation Status Enquiry IVR. If caller opts for the Arrival / Departure Enquiry then the caller is asked whether he knows the Train Number or he knows the Train Name. In case caller opts for the Train Number option, he is asked to enter the Train Number from touch tone phone and is informed of arrival/departure status of entered train number. If caller opts for the Train Name option then the caller is asked to say the “Train Name” and either “Arriving”, if he wants to know the arrival details of the Train or “Departing”, if he wants to know the departure details of the Train. The caller’s speech is recognized and the caller is informed of corresponding train details from database.
32Real World Applications Polling Customer ApplicationAn application was required for opinion polls where callers can leave their opinion about a particular question with limited number of options available as possible opinion so that a general public opinion can be known.The Insight SolutionIVR asks every caller a question with limited number of options as its answer. Caller selects an option by pressing a key from his touch tone phone and register his vote about the subject of opinion poll. His vote is logged in the database. He can further be asked to record his opinion on poll subject. Finally after allowed time for poll expires, all votes are counted from database and depending on maximum entries for a particular option, a general public opinion can be declared as the result of opinion poll.
33Real World Applications Debit Card Platform Customer ApplicationAn application was required to provide functionality of debit card which can be used by customers for shopping or any such purpose where he needs to carry cash otherwise.The Insight SolutionEvery Customer is provided with a unique card number. An account is maintained for every card number. When a customer uses it, he is authenticated through his unique card number and his account balance is checked so as to validate him for transaction he is willing to commit. If all is validated, then his account is debited of the money and the money is transferred to other account (where money is expected to be transferred).
34Real World Applications Business Master Customer ApplicationAn application was required to register the callers and decide the level of their IQ based on the correctness of answers given by him to the questions as asked to him.The Insight SolutionIVR asks caller about his personal information like age, sex, education, employment, income, telephone number and asks caller to record his name and address. Then IVR asks caller some random general knowledge questions one by one and keeps count of his score based on number correct answers given. At the end of the call, caller is informed of his score and his IQ level is decided accordingly. If his IQ matches the minimal criteria for entering next higher round, he is given a unique registration number for further communication.
35Real World Applications Voice Messaging Customer ApplicationA unique message dedication service was required where a person can send a personalized voice message to another person for desired at a desired date and time .The Insight SolutionCaller calls a predefined number which then takes him through an interactive voice response system (IVRS). There he is prompted to record his personalized message. Caller then enters his phone number, destination number and specific date & time when he wants to send the message. Message will be played to destination number on desired date and time and caller will be sent a confirmatory SMS on his mobile of delivered message.
36Real World Applications Automatic Payment Reminder Customer ApplicationAn application was required which can automatically remind users of their pending bill payments as their due date approaches.The Insight SolutionIVR Picks a Telephone number from the Database whose payment is due. System dials that number and if connected plays the pre recorded message that your bill payment is due…Please pay the amount early to avoid disconnection. System tries all numbers a specified number of times until the call made to them is successful.
37Real World Applications Customer Service Application Customer ApplicationAn application was required to service the valid accountholders regarding their queries and alert them if they are approaching their account expiry. Account Holder should be given assistance even in night when no Customer Service Representative is available.The Insight SolutionIVR works differently according to day and night. During day hours, if an account holder calls in with his query, he is authenticated through his account numbers. If authenticated, he is reminded of approaching expiry of his account if time left in expiration is less than 3 months and then he is connected to his particular service representative for his Query. If his account has already expired then he is connected to operator to renew his account. During night hours, if an account holder calls in, he is asked to record his query with his account number. The technical representative is immediately alerted of the message on his mobile/pager. Technical representative can also call into the system to listen to all the recorded messages and service them accordingly.