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  1. voltaing
  2. PLCnext Engineer
  3. Friday, 08 May 2020

Hello everyone.

I was looking to share the state of industrial processes through whatsapp groups of maintenance teams or something similar.

To achieve this, I found some third party services like Whatsmate that can be programmed in Java, C ++, PHP and other programming languages.

I wonder if any of you have ever tried to send WhatsApp messages with PLC Next or if you have any recommendations to do so.

 

Thanks in advance.

FMA

Martin PLCnext Team Accepted Answer Pending Moderation
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Interesting question.

Of course emails and SMS's are possible, but they are starting to seem a bit old-school.

I looked into social media messaging from PLCnext a good few years ago, and at the time I think I found obstacles with pretty much every social media platform I looked at. The one that seemed to hold the most promise was Telegram. (https://core.telegram.org/). Unfortunately I didn't have time to try anything, but perhaps Telegram is worth considering as a starting point.

~ Martin.

Phoenix Contact Electronics Headquarters - PLCnext Runtime Product Management and Support

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Martin PLCnext Team Accepted Answer Pending Moderation
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Huh, well out of interest I set up a trial account on Twilio, and within a few minutes I managed to send a WhatsApp message from my AXC F 2152 to my phone. Amazing.

I just registered my phone in their "Sandbox for WhatsApp", picked a test message, then copied the resulting curl command (including the authentication token) to the PLC command line. Voila.

Some things to note:

  • You can only send WhatsApp messages using pre-approved templates, so you would need to get one or more of your own templates approved by WhatsApp.
  •  It is currently not possible to send messages to WhatsApp groups using Twilio. From their FAQ page:

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However, this looks like a neat solution.

If you end up using something like this in a real-world application, please let us know!

~ Martin.

 

Phoenix Contact Electronics Headquarters - PLCnext Runtime Product Management and Support

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voltaing Accepted Answer Pending Moderation
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Thanks for your reply. I'll let you know how it ends. ?

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