New Features to SCADAWatch version 4.5

With the release of SCADAWatch version 4.5, dozens of new features will enable an enhanced working environment for viewing and analyzing data.

The following is a brief summary of what is new in version 4.5

Dashboard Features

  • Dashboard of pump station

    Data Source and Time Controls – The user can control the data source and time selection from the Dashboard for all contained Dashlets.

  • Design Mode toggle switch – When activated, all dashlets within a Dashboard can be directly rearranged or edited.
  • Corresponding value popup during mouse-over – When the cursor hovers over a datapoint in a Dashboard, a value label popup will appear in all other Dashlets with a value at the corresponding time.

Data Configuration

  • Support Sensor Metadata – Metadata can be associated with a sensor and accessed within Charts.
  • Bulk data export – Sensor data can be exported to Excel from a single sensor or group at a specified sample interval and time bounds.
  • Database backup and validation – During configuration, SCADAWatch can locally backup and/or validate the database.
  • Database access to Views (virtual tables) – In addition to accessing standard database tables for sensor data, SCADAWatch can access Views which are virtual tables that apply stored queries to assemble a dynamic set of desired data.
  • Tank Curve Import using CSV – Tank curve data can directly import CSV data.
  • Display Last Sampling Date for Sensors – The Sensor Data Configuration page shows most recent sampling date for each sensor.
  • Clone Objects from Navigation window – Saved objects in the Navigation window can be cloned to create new objects with the same attributes.

Map Features

  • Several added features in the SCADAWatch Map

    Several added features in the SCADAWatch Map

    Table of Contents Window – The Table of Contents window is a map layer legend which can turn on/off and reorder layers.

  • Shapefile Visibility Limit – Shapefiles can be set to be visible only at specified zoom extents by setting the visibility limit in the System Setting window.
  • Sensor Clustering – Sensors located close together will automatically cluster together based on a zoom-sensitive distance apart on the screen.
  • “Locate me” button on map – A button is added to the zoom tools in the map interface which zooms to the user’s current location. Note: this feature requires that the user has enabled GPS location in the web browser.

Sensor Features

  • Virtual Sensors – Any new sensor can be treated as a virtual sensor which can output pre-processed data (e.g. outputting nominal pump speed ratio rather than raw RPM data).
  • Value Mapping options – value lookup tables can be enabled for both sensors and virtual sensors. This enables flexible handling of text input data as well as treatment of missing data values.
  • New sensor categories – twelve new sensor types are allowed for configuration.

Dashlet features

  • Upload unique icons – Unique icons can be uploaded for each Dashlet and will appear in Dashlet title bar as well as within Dashboards.
  • Easy access to Dashlet controls – When a Dashboard is in Design Mode, any Dashlet settings can be accessed directly using the edit button.
  • Reference Dashlets – Multiple sources of data can be plotted in a single Dashlet by associating saved reference Dashlets in the Edit Dashlet window.

Chart Features

  • Four default Chart layouts

    Four default Chart layouts

    Set data point limit for charts – Users can adjust the max chart data point limit so that more data points can be loaded to a chart at once if desired. Note that higher numbers of points will result in longer loading times.

  • Use dynamic start date for functions – Functions performed on the previous N values will apply a dynamic start date so that the beginning N values are not null.
  • Default Chart Layouts – Four pre-designed chart layouts are provided for default layout options, including a layout for tanks, flow meters, pressure sensors, and pump/valve setting charts.

Other Features

  • Contact group organization for alerts – Alert messages can be sent to saved contact groups which can contain both emails and SMS.
  • SMS Support for Alert Generation – Multiple SMS carriers can be configured for SCADAWatch to send direct SMS alerts to a cell phone.
  • Alert Emails with Embedded Dashboard – Alert emails can be sent with a snapshot of an associated Dashboard to give the user a quick summary of relevant information.
  • Analytical Functions window lists available sensors – The Analytical Functions window includes a dropdown list of available sensors while applying functions.
  • Mass Balance Snapshot Time Selection – Mass Balance Snapshots can be viewed using the standard real-time mode or as a historic snapshot by selecting a date and time.
  • SCADAWatch Agent – Data-intensive processes such as running mass balance can be performed remotely on another computer using SCADAWatch Agent.
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    About Nathan Gerdts

    Nathan is a Client Service Manager and has helped utilities with training, implementation, and data review.
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