We are happy to announce the release of Mobile Data Bridge, a major update to the Urban Airship audience management toolset.
The two main features of Mobile Data Bridge are Named Users and Tag Groups. Named Users are a system for mapping customer-chosen IDs to channels. Named Users supersede aliases, our previous CRM-mapping standard.
Like aliases, Named Users represent users, i.e., devices. You may associate multiple Channel IDs with a single Named User ID, and when you push to a Named User ID we will send to each device associated with that ID.
Named Users also support many new operations:
|Send rich content and push notifications||Yes||Yes|
|Query current status with lookup and listing||No||Yes|
Managing tags on Named Users is done using the second Mobile Data Bridge component, Tag Groups.
are configurable namespaces for tags. They can essentially be thought of as tag folders, allowing you
to classify metadata into different groups depending on the source of attribution. For example, if you have
a CRM database and you would like to tag a user as
frequent-buyer based on information accumulated by
this database, you could place the
frequent-buyer tag in the
crm Tag Group on that user's device.
This is a major improvement to our existing tag system because device-generated and server-generated metadata
will not interfere with one another. Tag Groups work with Named Users to make integrating your various
backend databases with Urban Airship a breeze.
This is a major release that gives you a higher level of control when managing your audience. We strongly encourage all customers to read the Mobile Data Bridge Primer before attempting to implement these features. Once you understand some of the basic concepts, visit our Settings Menu Guide for information on configuring Named Users and Tag Groups, or take a look at the new Named Users API.
Example: This customer has two Tag Groups configured: One tied to a loyalty program database and one tied to their CRM database.