Virtual Agent Hub

Virtual Agent Hub allows you to manage the connections between CXone and your voice virtual agent providers. When you add a connection to a virtual agent, you provide the information CXone needs to communicate with the provider. This is one step in the process of integrating your virtual agents into CXone.

The following image shows the main page of Virtual Agent Hub. Existing virtual agent configurations appear on the left side of the page.

A virtual agent is a software application that handles interactions with customers in place of a live human agent. They can be helpful in many kinds of situations, such as providing triage to determine the kind of information or help contacts need. Many virtual agents can provide nearly human-level comprehension and interactions.

Virtual agents use various technologies to provide these human-like interactions, such as:

Classics Inc., has decided that they would like to add self-service options to their contact center. They want to reduce the burden on their agents. Self-service options mean contacts can get answers to common questions without agent interaction. This will reduce the load of calls that their agents handle, so they will be free to focus on the complex cases.

The implementation manager, Ichabod Crane, looks at all of the natural language solutions that CXone supports. He decides to use Google Dialogflow ES. Google Dialogflow ES offers voice virtual agent solutions and has all the desired features. Using the Virtual Agent Hub, he can:

By using Virtual Agent Hub with CXone, Classics, Inc. can lighten the workload for their agents. Self-service virtual agents can provide some of the more common answers to customers. This lets agents handle the more complex questions.

Supported Virtual Agents

CXone supports virtual agents on voice channelsClosed A way for contacts to interact with agents or bots. A channel can be voice, email, chat, social media, and so on.. The supported virtual agentClosed A software application that handles customer interactions in place of a live human agent. providers are: 

Virtual Agent Provider Supports Voice * Supports Chat
Amazon Lex V1 Yes, utterance-based No
Amazon Lex V2 Yes, utterance-based No
Cognigy Yes, SIPClosed Protocol used for signaling and controlling multimedia communication sessions such as voice and video calls. backchannel No
CXone SmartAssist Powered by Amelia Yes, SIP backchannel No
Enlighten Autopilot Yes, SIP backchannel No
Google Dialogflow CX Yes, utterance-based or SIP backchannel No
Google Dialogflow ES Yes, utterance-based No
 IBM Watson Assistant Yes, SIP backchannel No
Microsoft Azure Yes, utterance-based No
Nuance Mix Yes, utterance-based No
Omilia Yes, SIP backchannel No
Custom Virtual Agent Integrations Yes, utterance-based or SIP backchannel No

* Learn more about the supported voice connection options.

CXoneBot Builder is another available virtual agent option. Using it, you can create your own virtual agents from scratch. Bot Builder is managed outside of Virtual Agent Hub.

Conversation Flow for Voice Channels

To start an interaction with a voice virtual agent, contactsClosed The person interacting with an agent, IVR, or bot in your contact center. call a phone number and reach your organization. The contact may be connected directly to the virtual agent, or they might need to choose an option in an IVRClosed Automated phone menu that allows callers to interact through voice commands, key inputs, or both, to obtain information, route an inbound voice call, or both. menu. Once the conversation with the virtual agent begins, the contact's utterancesClosed What a contact says or types. are transcribedClosed Also called STT, this process converts spoken language to text. into text so the virtual agent can analyze them. The virtual agent's responses are converted to synthesized speech using a text-to-speechClosed Allows users to enter recorded prompts as text and use a computer-generated voice to speak the content. service before being sent to the contact. Transcription and speech synthesis can happen in CXone or, in some cases, in the provider's platform.

After the conversation has started, the virtual agent analyzes the contact's utterances to understand the purpose or meaning behind what a person says. This is known as the contact's intent. When the intent is identified, the virtual agent sends an appropriate response to the contact.

Requests and responses are sent via Virtual Agent Hub and the script with each turn. This option allows for customization of the virtual agent's behavior from turn to turn. For voice virtual agents, this is the utterance-based method of connection. All text virtual agent providers use this method.

At the end of the conversation, the virtual agent sends a signal to the Studio script. It can signal that the conversation is complete, or that the contact needs to speak with a live agent. If the conversation is complete, the interaction ends. If a live agent is needed, the script makes the request. The contact is transferred to an agent when one is available.

Once the conversation is complete, post-interaction tasks can be performed, such as recording information in a CRMClosed Third-party systems that manage such things as contacts, sales information, support details, and case histories..