i4connected Knowledgebase 5.6

Manual Counter Devices

Abstract

This article focuses on describing the Manual Counter devices and the particular settings required in order to configure them.

As opposed to the other devices available in the i4connected portal the Manual Counter devices receive their data from human users. They are abstract devices which provide data to the portal, but unlike the other devices their scope is to provide data which manually introduced by specialized personnel.

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The Manual Counter device tile

To ensure that the data can be introduced under any circumstances, the Manual Counter devices can also work offline, allowing the operators to use them in sites where network connection is unavailable.

Tip

The Manual Counter Devices main functionalities such as view, add, edit and delete are described under the Devices article.

Further on, the management of the Manual Counter devices is done inside the Counter Routes panel accessible by clicking the Counter Routes tile in the Admin section of the portal.

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The Counter Routes tile and panel

The Counter Routes panel allows the following operations:

Viewing, filtering and refreshing the Counter Routes list

The Counter Routes panel lists all the Counter Routes available in the i4connected portal.

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The Counter Routes panel

The list of Counter Routes features a simple filtering mechanism, that allows the user to easily pin-point the desired entity.

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Tip

For a detailed description of the simple filtering mechanism, please visit the Simple Filter article.

The Counter Routes list can be manually updated / reloaded by clicking the Refresh toolbar button.

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The Refresh button

Adding and editing new Counter Routes

The Counter Routes panel allows the user with possibility to create new counter list by clicking the Add toolbar button.

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The Add button

In the Add list of devices list panel the user can create a new counter list by providing the name of the new counter list, and optionally, an image.

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The Add list of devices list panel

Clicking bottom Save button will save the new empty counter list and adds it to the Counter Routes list.

Further on, all the Counter Routes can be updated by clicking on the listed item card. In this view, the user can change the Counter Route name and the associated image.

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Opening Counter Route in edit mode

Managing the Counter Lists of Devices

The Counter lists are a collection of manual counters which can be used for updating the signal values of each counter in the list, in both offline and online mode.

To manage the contents of a Counter List the user can click the Edit button of the listed entity. The List of Devices panel displays the counters inside the selected Counter List and provides the user with a set of management operations, such as:

Viewing, filtering and ordering the Devices of the Counter List

The List of Devices panel displays all the Devices of the selected Counter Route.

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The List of Devices panel

This list provides a simple filtering mechanism allowing the user to easily pin-point the desired Device.

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Filtered List of Devices

Further on, the user can adjust the order of the Devices in the list, by means of the drag and drop functionality.

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The Drag-and-Drop functionality

Adding Devices to the Counter List

It is possible to add further Devices to the currently opened list by clicking the Add counter toolbar button.

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The Add Counter button

In the Select Counter panel the user can browse through the list of i4connected Devices and select one or multiple entities. The toolbar button options also allow the user to Select All, Unselect All and even to Add new Devices.

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The Select counter panel

To add a new Device to the Counter List the user can click the Apply & Close button. To return to the List of Devices panel without making any additions, the user can click the Close button.

Removing Devices from the Counter List

The Devices available in a Counter List can be at any point removed by using the following methods:

  • To remove Devices individually the user can click on the X button displayed in front of each listed Device.

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    Remove device individually

  • To remove all the Devices from a Counter List the user can click on the Remove All toolbar button.

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    Remove all devices

Usage of Manual Counters
Abstract

Open and check out this article right now to learn all that you need to know about the i4connected Manual Counter Routes.

While adding and managing Manual Counter Devices is an administrative task which is done inside the Admin section of the portal by an administrator, the defined Manual Counters are used by specialised personnel, which in most cases are not necessarily portal administrators.

The non-admin users can operate the counters of a List of Devices if the following conditions are met:

  • the user has the ManualCounterInput role assigned;

  • the user belongs to the same Customer as the Manual Counter Device.

Tip

The Manual Counters can be also managed using the i4connected MobileApp. For more details check out the articles about the i4connected MobileApp AddOn.

One key feature of the MobileApp usage to manage Manual Counters is the ability to use them both online and offline. When online, the Manual Counters can be updated with new values while the system is connected to the network (thus, to the server). When working offline, the Manual Counter updates are stored locally until the application is connected to the network again so that value can be synchronised later on.

The Manual Counters can be used by accessing the Manual Counters tile, usually available in the Overview section of the portal.

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The Manual Counter tile and List of Devices List panel

Upon clicking the Manual Counters tile, the List of Device Lists panel is opened, displaying all the manual counter device lists created by the Administrator users.

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List of Device Lists panel

The List of Devices Lists provide the user with the following functionalities:

Tip

For a step-based tutorial please also check the Using Manual Counters article.

Viewing, filtering and refreshing the List of Devices Lists

The List of Devices Lists panel displays all the List of Devices available in the i4connected portal.

The List of Devices are displayed as cards in a scrollable list. Each List of Devices card displays the following information:

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Example of a List of Devices card

  • Name of the Counter Route

  • Username of the last person changing locked status

  • Timestamp of the last change of the locked status

To help the users to easily pin-point the Lists of Devices, this panel provides a straightforward filtering mechanism:

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Example of filtered List of Devices

  • Search by Counter Route name or a part of the name

  • Filter by locked status, using the Locked and Unlocked buttons. By default, the panel is opened with both statuses active.

The List of Devices Lists can be manually updated by means of the Refresh toolbar button.

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The Refresh button

Locking a List of Devices

The Device Lists created by the system administrators are by default saved in status unlocked. Hence, in order to be able to operate a Device List, the user is obliged to manually lock it.

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Notice that a Device List cannot be accessed (it is greyed out) unless it is locked first.

To lock a Device List the user has to click the Lock button located on the right side of the listed entity. Clicking this button will lock and download the list on the local database, allowing the user to view, update and edit the values of each Manual Counter inside it.

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The Lock List of Devices button

Operating a List of Devices

Once the Device List is locked, the user can click on it inside the List of Device Lists panel. Clicking the list card will open the Table Input panel where all the Manual Counters available in that List are displayed.

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The Table Input panel

The Table Input panel provides a simple filtering mechanism. Further on, each listed Manual Counter provides information about the number of used Signals.

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The List of Devices in the Counter Route

Clicking on a Manual Counter inside the list will open the details panel, displaying the available information for the selected manual counter.

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The Device details panel

To edit the signal values of a Manual Counter, click the Signals button of the desired counter. The panel will be expanded to display the available signals and their measurements, allowing the user to input new values.

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The Device Signal measurements

To enter a new value for the Manual Counter signal, select the date (or leave the current date and time) and input the new Signal value. To preserve the new value, click the Save value button.

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The Save value button

To remove it, click the Reset button.

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The Reset value button

Note

Any new value update will be added to the database on top of the previous one, so the user can input multiple values, one after the other.

The List of Values button opens the View Signal panel which displays the signal values along with timestamps and units

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The List of Values button and the View Signal panel

In this view the user can add new values using a similar approach as the one described for the Table Input panel. By clicking the Add signal values button, the view is expanded to display the Timestamp and Signal Value fields, along with the Reset and Add value buttons.

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The Add signal values button

Further on, the View Signal panel displays a chart where the Signal values are illustrated. The chart can be configured to display either bars or lines, by using the chart toolbar buttons.

By hovering the mouse cursor over the chart, a tooltip is displayed indicating the time stamp, the measurement name and the Signal value.

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Bar chart (left) and Line chart (right)

The List of Values displayed at the bottom of the chart provides the user with an overview upon the Signal values, the Date, the Unit Name and the Committed status.

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The List of Signal values

Any changes organised in this view can be preserved by clicking the bottom Save & Close button.

Unlocking a List of Devices

Once the device list's signals are updated, the device list must be Unlocked, using the dedicated Unlock button from the List of Device Lists panel.

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The Unlock Device List button