WaterOutlook is SCADA agnostic so we can simultaneously harvest data from different historians. The data harvesters have automatic health/integrity checking and 24/7/365 central watchdog monitoring.
When connected @historian, WaterOutlook provides a smooth contractor interface and does not interfere with PLC coding control. The historians do not need to be internal and data from external providers like Regional Councils, Central Government Agencies and consultants can be integrated into WaterOutlook. Data can be harvested from multiple SCADA historians simultaneously and can trace more than one PLC tag to single WaterOutlook parameters. The WaterOutlook system time synchs data using a "first value bias, time weighted average" time series analysis. As well as harvesting new information from SCADA equipment, WaterOutlook also collects decommissioned historical data from an historian to ensure legacy data is included in the data repository.
Manual data collection and entry accounts for 75-80% of compliance data but less than 0.1% of data volume. Data can be entered via a web portal using a browser or via any iPhone, iPad, Android or Windows 8(+) mobile device. WaterOutlook automatically analyses data "on entry" to a set of user configurable "Policies".
Exceptions are immediately sent by email to users associated with that alert. All data has a "sanity" check (e.g. it is impossible to have a pH of 76.8) with the user alerted that the data they are trying to enter is outside what is reasonably accepted and they can correct it. All changes are audited and tracked. Web portal and mobile applications are provided to allow both internal and external agencies to upload data directly from the field.
Water Outlook Mobile
Field data can be uploaded via iPhone, iPad, Android Device or Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5/8.0/8.1 (or newer) or Windows 8.0/8.1 (or newer) tablet. The key information that allows compatibility with contemporary data audit standards also accompanies data upload via mobile device:
- the data e.g. pH = 7.68
- time of entry (and time of upload into the central repository if data saved while device was not connected to the web)
- user Information – who entered the data
- location of data entry (if the device GPS is enabled)
- FULL audit information if entry is edited
The WaterOutlook Mobile App deploys QR Code and NFC technology to allow quick navigation for the user. For data entry it is now a matter of the user either running QR Code or swiping the phone over a NFC tag and the WaterOutlook app will be driven to the entry location.
The LabOnline system is easily user configurable and meets the requirements of International Accreditation New Zealand (IANZ) Labs. LabOnline comprises of two components:
- Integration of WaterOutlook with External Lab systems such as Lab-Pro 2000, WinLims, QLims and others
- WaterOutlook LabOnline Software which is integrated with WaterOutlook and designed specifically for small Council-size laboratories
LabOnline is fully integrated with the WaterOutlook web portal and WaterOutlook Mobile to enable sample data to be input while in the field or office. LabOnline streamlines the process from sample taking right through to complete analysis, certification and final reporting. Each step is tracked in real time and shows work in progress, which assists with work flow management and eliminates the need to chase up sample status.
The WaterOutlook Mobile App QR Code/NFC quick entry can be configured for LabOnline samples. The WaterOutlook Mobile App can also read and record the receiving Lab Barcode information allowing simple and effective linking of information in WaterOutlook and the analytical lab system.
WaterOutlook's Sample Scheduling is user configurable allowing users to define sampling frequency by:
- Dynamic sample scheduling via Report - looks at previous sampling to determine future sampling
- Day of the week – scheduling a sample on a particular day of the week
- Sample month – specifying a month which a sample must be taken
- Periodic Sampling – setting the maximum days between samples
All WaterOutlook reports are user configurable. Any data stored on WaterOutlook can be imported directly into an Excel report and published either as an Excel file or as a PDF document. This eliminates barriers to accessing data and makes it easier to compile information from across data sources. Any combination or permutation of data within the WaterOutlook system can be compiled into a report. Any Excel legacy reports can also be linked and redeployed within the system.