What are Beacons?

Update: Starting March 1st, Beacon content will expire after 30 days and accounts may only store a maximum of 1,000 Beacons. To maintain this limit, older Beacons will be removed periodically.

Beacons allow for universal integration with any external system. They are a codeless way to receive custom formatted webhook or e-mailed information, and create rules to automatically perform functions within Statuscast based upon the payload. Beacons allow you to automate actions such as creating and updating incidents, or assigning it to a team or user anytime that beacon receives a ping from a third party source. You define the rules that StatusCast will follow when certain conditions are met based on information gathered from what was sent by the third party source.

Beacon Setup

To get started please go to Settings > Settings > Beacons and click on the CREATE BEACON button. Then a setup walkthrough will show to help you set the beacon type, provider and other settings.

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There are three types of beacons that can be setup:

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Beacon TypeDefinition
Third Party Status PageBeacon to pull in status information from a third party status page.
Uptime Monitoring ServiceBeacon to pull in uptime information from a monitoring service
Application Performance ServiceBeacon to pull in performance information from a application performance service.

Once you submit the walkthrough you will be taken to the beacon configuration area, which is made up of several sections. The most important sections, for the purposes of this article, are the General and the Rules section. Note: Here you can also see historical information about the beacon and incidents related to it.