INTEGRATION OPTIONS

INTEGRATE YOUR DATA WITH CAROUSEL
There are many ways to integrate your data with Carousel. With RSS and iCal, the Carousel server will reach out to your servers to
download the data, and format for display. If you need to push data at Carousel, CAP or the REST API is a great option.

RSS FEEDS

ICAL FEEDS

CAP

REST API

RSS FEEDS

Consume RSS feeds with media extensions. This is a great option for lists of things or even single pieces of data.
There are filtering and sorting options specifically for RSS feeds.
Use this for list-based data
  • Create a new RSS bulletin
  • Type in the URL to your feed
  • Set the feed properties
  • Use the #hashtags# to define where the data from your RSS feed will go.
    Make sure to expand the 'Dynamic Fields List' under the content tab
  • Carousel will download, render, and publish the content every 15 minutes
Pro Tip: Use a service like zapier to convert data into an RSS feed. We use it all the time!

ICAL FEEDS

Consume a calendar in iCal format. This is great for showing time-based things like events.
There are filtering and sorting options specifically for iCal feeds.
Use this for time-based data
  • Create a new Event Schedule bulletin
  • Type in the URL to your iCal feed
  • Set the feed properties
  • Use the #hashtags# to define where the data from your calendar feed will go
    Make sure to expand the 'Dynamic Fields List' under the content tab
  • Carousel will download, render, and publish the content every 15 minutes
Pro Tip: Google Calendar has an iCal feed.

CAP

Receive Common Alerting Protocol commands via HTTP POSTs. Carousel will parse the command, replace text placeholders,
and turn on tagged bulletins. Great for integrating with emergency systems.
Use this for emergency messages triggered from other systems
  • Go to Main Menu -> Configure -> System
  • Set your CAP Token for security
  • Create and tag alert bulletin(s)
  • Test CAP using the specified tag from Carousel
  • Use the URL as the HTTP POST endpoint in your emergency system
Pro Tip: Check out this knowledge base article about CAP.

REST API

Our entire web user interface is build exclusively on our own REST API. You can do everything with this API!
It's a great option if you want to push data into Carousel.
Use this for pushing data at Carousel or
if you need super responsive content changes
Pro Tip: Check out this awesome PHP Package that we made for the Carousel API.

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