The NETx BMS Platform provides a sophisticated web based user interface for managing the BMS functions – the Web Manager. The Web Manager can be accessed by any client with a web browser. To avoid a malicious use of this web interface TLS secured https and user authentication is available. After entering username and password, the Web Manager provides multiple so called Web Manager Apps. Within the current version, the following apps are available:
The dashboard is the entry point of the Web Manager. Here it is possible to navigate to the other apps. In addition, the users, groups and their access rights can be managed within the dashboard.
Within the alarm app, alarms as well as their conditions and actions can be created and managed. To get an overview of alarm states, all currently configured alarms can be visualized within an alarm list. The alarm list is divided into the new list, old list and the history. The presentation of these lists follows the standard VDI/VDE 3699.
Within the scheduler, time based as well as so called conditional events can be defined. A time based event can be a simple timer, a start-stop event or a cyclic event. A condition event triggers an action whenever a dedicated condition is fulfilled. All events can be presented in a list view called event program. Time based events can also be visualized within a calendar view.
A trend has the aim to store past values of a data point. The NETx BMS Platform stores these historical values within the SQL database. The trending app is responsible for creating and managing these trends. In addition to store all data point changes, other storing schemes like change of value (COV), sampling, ... are possible too. To analyse these historical values and to present them to the user, trending charts and tables are available. For a deeper analysis, different trends can be combined within a single chart. Comparing values of the same trend for different time periods is also possible.
Within this app, the visualizations projects are managed, the available devices are configured, the current connections can be monitored and the available visualization users can be managed. In addition, visualization configurations can be defined. A configuration contains dedicated parameters that influence the behavior of the visualization runtime (e.g. how alarm notifications are handled) and the user access rights.
Using the reporting app, reports that show trending and historical data point values are managed. Based on predefined report templates, alarm and trending reports as well as reports for showing DALI testing results can be generated. In addition, so called report instances can be configured that can be triggered by the Scheduler to generate reports in a periodical interval. A sophisticated report designer is also included for generating your own report designs and templates.
Monitoring the current state of your system is of utmost importance. Therefore, the Web Manager includes a Diagnosis app which can be used to check and observe the system behavior. The gateway manager shows the connection state of all router and interfaces used to access the building automation system. The embedded Item Tree can be used to take look at the current data point values and their properties. For analyzing problem and unexpected behavior, the log files for the Core Server and other system components can be displayed and downloaded.
The explorer is a master app which combines the functionality of all other apps. Within the master app, all available events (alarms, time based events, actions, conditions, ...) can be managed within a single place. In addition, advanced functions like export/import are available too.
Implementing BMS functions for large building automation projects with lots of data points can be a time consuming task. To speed up the integration process, templates can be used. A template is a generic definition which contains variables. A template does not provide a dedicated function but it can be used to generate several instances in an automatic way. During the instantiation of a template, an Excel list that contains the values for the template variables has to be provided. For each list entry, a definition is created where the variable values are substituted. Using this concept, it is possible to create hundreds or even thousands of alarms, time based events, trends, ... with just a few clicks.
The shutter control app provides the management user interface for the NETx Shutter Control system. Within this app, the user gets an overview of all managed blinds and their states. In addition, it is possible to change configuration parameters like threshold values.