Sensolator is an application which enables you to monitor values of counters and sensors from stationary and moving units. Moreover, the application provides the possibility to get notifications on equipment operation failures, if received values differ from the ones indicated in values range.
To adjust notifications, it is necessary to possess ‘Use unit in jobs, notifications, routes, retranslators’ right towards a unit.
In order charts to be generated, it is necessary to possess ‘Query reports or messages’ right towards a unit.
In order to view unit's unique ID, it is necessary to possess ‘Edit connectivity settings’ right towards a unit.
To send a command, it is necessary to possess the rights indicated in its properties, as well as possess 'Execute commands' right towards a unit.
Viewing custom and administrative fields is available upon possessing ‘View custom fields’ and ‘View admin fields’ rights towards a unit.
It is necessary to activate 'Notifications' billing service in order to receive e-mail or SMS warnings on changes in sensors' values.
It is necessary to activate 'Reports' billing service in order to work with reports.
There are three main elements in the application interface. To the left there is a list of available units and reports panel. Central part is occupied by a dashboard. Above the units list and dashboard, top panel is situated. See below for further information.
On the first opening of the application the list of available units and reports panel are situated to the left. Each line of the list includes unit name, its icon, and ‘View properties’ button. The list can be folded/unfolded using the corresponding button in its upper right corner. Reports panel consists of three dropdown lists (for choosing report template, element, time interval), and an 'Execute' button. The panel can be folded/unfolded using the corresponding button in its upper right corner.
Dashboard occupies most of the screen and is designed for personalized counters and sensors to be placed on it.
Top panel is a block containing the following elements:
In order a counter or a sensor to be added on the dashboard, it is necessary to click ‘View properties’ button of a corresponding unit in the units list. A unit adjustments dialog containing unique ID, latest received coordinates, as well as custom and administrative fields is opened. Below, a counter/sensor for a monitoring implementation should be chosen. Three buttons appear upon pointing cursor on it: gear-wheel (show counter/sensor properties), chart (show chart), and drawing pin (pin to dashboard/unpin from dashboard). Click drawing pin to place the window of a counter/sensor on a dashboard.
A placement of counters/sensors can be changed by dragging them to any place on a dashboard. Window sizes could also be changed by dragging its right bottom corner. Pointing by cursor on a counter/sensor, several buttons appear in the top of the window: view unit properties, view counter/sensor properties, view chart, send command — at the left; button of deleting from a dashboard — at the right.
Besides for counters/sensors, a video of a unit which you monitor can be placed on a dashboard. In order to do so, click the camera-shaped button in the top panel and indicate URL address of the monitored video.
Reports panel mentioned earlier is situated below the units list. It is similar to the monitoring system's reports panel. The main difference is that query reports and messages can be done for units and unit groups only. Moreover, you cannot create but use report templates already created in the monitoring system.
To request a report, it is necessary to choose a report template (created in the monitoring system), element (unit), and indicate time period. You can choose established day (‘Today’, ‘Yesterday’) or interval (‘Week’, ‘Month’), or indicate any other period of time (‘Custom’). Then click ‘Execute’ button.
A report is opened in an individual window on the top of a dashboard. Depending on report template settings it may contain tables, charts, and map fragments (if the corresponding flags are indicated in a report template). At the bottom there are buttons to navigate through the table pages, and buttons to work with charts. You can switch tabs clicking necessary ones in the header of a window. Moreover, here you can find the buttons for saving report in PDF or XLS formats. A report window can be folded using the corresponding button in the right corner of the header. To unfold the window, it is necessary to click the page icon to the left of ‘Execute’ button in reports panel.
All the counters/sensors have the same visualization by default. But Sensolator supports their visual customization. Click ‘Show properties’ button in a unit adjustments dialog in order to access a counter/sensor customization menu. Here you can choose any of the available templates which consider suitable for a counter/sensor. These are the following templates: counter/sensor value, counter/sensor as a dial with a pointer, as a chart, as a horizontal/vertical bar, as an on/off switch. Preview field shows how the chosen template looks like.
'Additional settings' block allows making some individual settings for every counter/sensor.
'Include unit's name': if you would like a counter/sensor window to contain a name of a unit to which such counter/sensor belongs, then you should indicate this flag. This option is available for all the templates.
'Integer values': check this box in order received values to be displayed as whole numbers (can be applied, for example, working with speed values). This option is available for such templates as 'Figures', 'Needle', 'Scale'.
'Min — max values': value range indication helps to make templates more demonstrative. For example, using 'Chart' template you receive some values (from 5 to 30). A default value range for the chart is from 0 to 100, therefore such range makes the chart too small. But, setting a corresponding value range (for example, from 0 to 30), a chart becomes more detailed. This option is applicable for 'Needle', 'Chart', and 'Scale' templates.
'Show grid': this option is used for 'Chart' templates only, and allows to hide/show horizontal and vertical lines of the grid.
You can also set any background for a counter/sensor (any graphical format is available). To do so, it is necessary to enter address of a picture in the corresponding field. This option is available for such templates as 'Figures', 'Needle', 'Scale', 'Switch'.
A 'Switch' template provides a possibility of either choosing a unique color scheme or indicating color text value (in HEX) for on/off states.
A 'Needle' template provides a possibility of setting value intervals for every section of the dial and indicating colors for such intervals.
This application enables sending commands available in Wialon. To send a command, it is necessary to click triangle-shaped button in the top of a counter/sensor. Then a window containing all available commands is opened. Choose the necessary one and click the sending command button opposite to a command's name. Confirm or cancel the action in the appeared window.
This application provides a possibility not only to implement online monitoring over counters/sensors values, but also to control changes of their values over a certain period of time (‘Today, ‘Yesterday’, ‘Week’). For this purpose charts are used. Also, in a chart window you can find notification trigger table. A chart window can be opened the following way:
Note that in the last case, a chart shows only values received during current session. And every time you refresh the page, previous values are reset and the chart starts gathering data once again.
After the first start of the application only one dashboard is available, and in the top panel you can find one navigation button. However, up to 10 separate dashboards can be used to monitor counters/sensors values. A dashboard is added using round plus-shaped button in the top panel. For convenient search through the dashboards each of them can receive a name. To name a dashboard, open it, click the button once again, and enter a name. To save it, press <Enter> on the keyboard or click any place of the application. To open any dashboard, you should click its name or use hot keys of the keyboard (digits from 1 to 9) or their combinations (<Ctrl> + left or right arrow). There is a possibility to copy any dashboard or delete unused ones. It could be done with the help of the button situated to the right of the plus-shaped one.
White is used as a default color for a dashboard background. But using the corresponding buttons in the top panel you can change the color, set any picture (indicating its URL address), or use a map (OpenStreetMap or Gurtam Maps) as a background.
Notifications allow responding dynamically to counter’s values changing. To receive notifications it is necessary to turn them on, indicate a range, and a trigger condition (‘In range’, ‘Out of range’) in the block of notifications. Then choose means of notification sending (SMS or e-mail), and depending on the means chosen, enter telephone number/e-mail address or both. This piece of information is filled in by default (data is chosen from user settings).
The alternative way to indicate telephone number or e-mail address is to click the gear-wheel shaped button in the right corner of the top panel and fill in the corresponding fields.
Notifications indicator shows whether a notification has or hasn't been received. No notifications — indicator is gray, notification received — indicator becomes red and a number of notifications is shown near it.
Moreover, there is an additional indicator on receiving notifications. This is a red outline of a corresponding counter's/sensor's window visible both on a dashboard or in a unit adjustments dialog.
To view received notifications click on the active indicator. The dialog window containing a table will be opened. These are parameters of the table: unit, sensor, time, value. Clicking on the line of a targeted unit, you open the dialog where you can find a unit values chart and also a notification trigger table.