WILDCARDING

For most applications, individual buttons on a Rangecast player will be dedicated to individual broadcast channels.  But there are times when it's useful to pool content from related agencies, and have a single control button for controlling on/off selection of the set of channels as a single block.

For example, in trunked radio systems, a city may have dozens of tactical channels available for fireground operations.  Giving each tactical channel its own button on a primary monitoring page can be unwieldy, and pooling all these channels together into a single button can make for easier management and practical use.

In the page shown here, the top row of buttons has pooled content from many channels - e.g. all traffic (fire and police) from each of Middlesex and Suffolk counties;


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Row 1 - Pooled content from throughout counties:  Each button presents fire traffic from all towns within a particular Massachusetts county

Row 2 - Pooled content from individual cities: 
Fire traffic from each of the 7 largest towns in Middlesex County (with all traffic from each town presented through a single button, regardless of whether it's a dispatch or fireground tactical channel);

Row 3
- Individual broadcast channels: Each individual broadcast channel from fire departments in two towns (Cambridge and Somerville) in this county

Of course, if too much content is pooled together into a single control button, the quantity of content is too large for practical use.  But judicious use of wildcarding, especially with low-traffic broadcast channels, makes it pratical to access a large amount of content through a simplified user interface.

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This demonstration player features public safety communications from Massachusetts, delayed by one hour..