Chapter 11. Parking and Paging

Table of Contents

The [general] section
The [featuremap] Section
The [applicationmap] Section
Application Map Grouping
Parking Lots
Overhead and “Underchin” Paging (a.k.a. Public Address)
Places to Send Your Pages
External paging
Set paging
Multicast paging via the MulticastRTP channel
VoIP paging adaptors
Combination paging
Bringing it all together
Zone Paging

I don’t believe in angels, no. But I do have a wee parking angel. It’s on my dashboard and you wind it up. The wings flap and it’s supposed to give you a parking space. It’s worked so far.

Billy Connolly

This chapter will focus on two important aspects of a PBX system: parking calls to allow them to be answered from a location different from where they were originally answered, and paging, which allows the announcement of who the call is for and how it can be retrieved.

In Asterisk, these two functionalities are exclusive to one another, and can be used independently of one another. Some businesses that contain large warehouses, or have employees who move around the office a lot and don’t necessarily sit at a desk all day, utilize the paging and parking functionality of their systems to direct calls around the office. In this chapter we’ll show you how to use both parking and paging in the traditional setting, along with a couple of more modern takes on this commonly used functionality.