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PressureMAP Version 28 Enhancements

This page provides a summary of the important features that were added to PressureMAP in Version 28. Some of the items listed provide new program functionality, while others are refinements of existing features. One of the noteworthy changes implemented in Version 28 is the discontinuation of program development on the SCO UNIX OS platform. Beginning with PressureMAP Version 28, all current and future development of the PressureMAP and PressureWEB applications will be done using the Linux operating system. This OS environment change brings greater flexibility and programming options for PressureMAP program development.
  • Printing PressureMAP Reports to an Email Address
    PressureMAP Version 28 offers the ability to "print" reports to an email destination(s) using the PressureMAP Browser interface. (Please note that the browser capability first needs to be enabled by System Studies' Technical Support personnel.) Previously, reports could only be printed to the PressureMAP console's screen, to a dedicated printer, or to one or more of the configured network printers. This new capability makes it possible to easily distribute important report information via email, where it can be viewed, saved and printed by the recipient.
  • Full Office List Capacity for Alarm/Report Centers
    The way the "ALL" keyword works when defining an office list for Report and Alarm Centers has been modified to permit all of the offices on a system to report to a specific Alarm or Report Center. Before, if you entered ALL in the Offices data field, the office list associated with the center would include the first 72 offices in the system, plus Office O (System). In Version 28 entering All will now add all of the offices in the system (up to 250, plus Office 0, System) to the office list.
  • Expanded PressureWEB Realtime Reading Capability
    Prior to Version 28 PressureWEB could only obtain realtime device readings from System Studies 289H/H-M LSS and uM260 Micro Monitors. PressureWEB is now able to obtain realtime device information from the following additional monitor types: System Studies Dial-a-Ducers, Chatlos L2, Chatlos L3, Teleducer 50 (L3), Hercules 740, Hercules 940, PVD 800, Sparton 5300B, Sparton 5318, and Sparton V5.
  • Menu Option to Reset 289 Phone Tables
    When a 289H LSS monitor is moved to a new PressureMAP system, the associated Phone table for the office retains the old alert phone number information in addition to the new, updated information. This results in repeated communications errors for the office until the discrepancy can be corrected by System Studies' Technical Support personnel. A new User Initiated Operations Menu option has been added to the program in Version 28 to allow the user to manually reset the Phone number table when needed.
  • Menu Option to Reset Digi PortServer
    The Linux operating system makes it possible in Version 28 for users with Network Administration privileges to remotely reset a Digi PortServer. This procedure is helpful, for example, if a PortServer is powered up and working, but one or more of the modems connected to it are inoperative. Selecting the reset option will generally re-establish modem communications without having to make a visit to the modem site.
  • Forcing User Password Change
    Option #6 of PressureMAP's User Management Screen allows the System Administrator to force an individual or all users to change their password the next time they log into the PressureMAP system. This capability streamlines the task of assigning new user logins when security issues, or other requirements, dictate.
  • Addition of Wire Center Field in Office Information Screen
    The Wire Center designation, plus the Office name, will be displayed on separate lines of the Full Report Alarm format IF the feature is enabled in the Dispatch Report Format Screen. This information is valuable to companies who use propriety software to perform alarm distribution and wish to see the associated Wire Center/Office information more clearly displayed within the body of the report.
  • Alarm Delivery Notification
    PressureMAP Version 28 provides users with the ability to choose whether or not an alarm will be sent to centers in subsequent calling time slots once it has been delivered successfully to all of the centers defined for the originating calling time period. By default, PressureMAP will stop alarm distribution if the original alarm delivery to all centers was successful. The user can request System Studies to change the default alarm distribution status, however. If so, alarm centers in later calling time slots will see the keyword SENT displayed on the alarm's status line. Also, two new notations, DELIVERED ALL CENTERS and CLR DELIVERED ALL CENTERS, have been added to Dispatch History reports to indicate the successful delivery of alarms and cleared alarms to all centers in the applicable call time slot(s).
  • Device Reading Source Identification
    PressureMAP now displays a four-letter indication of the source of a current device reading in the Dispatch Histories Display. One of five possible originating conditions will be listed in the Level data field after the star designation). The possibilities include: CALL (reading obtained from a scheduled call to the monitor), REAL (realtime reading), ALRT (reading received from an CPAMS alert), EDIT (reading was edited manually), OTHR (other/unknown reading source).
  • Alarm Center Email List
    PressureMAP Version 28 makes it possible to designate a list of email recipients for each Alarm Center. Using this capability significantly reduces the number of Alarm Centers that, otherwise, would be required to route alarms to desired recipients. Also, Version 28 email alarms now contain a hyperlink to PressureWEB in the header section. In the Full Report and Summary Report formats, the link generates a Specific Device Information display that pertains to the device in alarm. If the Alarm Center has been set up to receive alarms in the One Report format, however, the hyperlink will generate an Alarm View display for the office rather than the Specific Device Information display.
  • Key/Value (Histview) Alarm Format
    PressureMAP can now be set up to distribute raw histview-like key=value alarm data to an IP socket (IP address and port designation). This makes it possible for a user to more easily import PressureMAP alarms into an external database or other alarm management application. Two alarm formats are provided: one for device-related alarms and one for system alarms. Initial setup requires making three specific data field entries in the Alarm Center Data Entry Editor.
  • Support for MB Device Type in uM260 Micro Monitor
    PressureMAP now supports use of the MB device type (nitrogen bottle capacity by percentage) in uM260 Micro Monitors. MB device type reading capability is also supported for the uM260 in stand-alone mode.
  • uM260 Monitor Support for Relative Humidity/Temperature Sensor
    In addition to the MB Device Type, PressureMAP now supports use of Device Types JD (air temperature sensor) and RH (relative humidity sensor). These sensors are included in the System Studies Relative Humidity/Temperature Sensor (Part No. 9800-4410). Neither of these device types, however, is supported by the uM260 in stand-alone mode.
  • Four Star Alarm System Alarm for Unsuccessful Backup
    PressureMAP Version 28 now produces a four star alarm whenever an instance of Error 157 occurs. Error 157 is generated whenever PressureMAP cannot write to a backup tape, CD or other backup resource. The four star system alarm clears if no additional instances occur in a 26 hour period.
  • Viewing daily log of key alarm events.
    PressureMAP users can now view a daily log of key alarm events using the F10 screen via the clogs login. Each line in the log contains a timestamp, plus values to identify the readalarm port and a session ID for each inbound connection. It also includes some descriptive text for the logged event. Similar System Status infromation can be viewed with the clog login using the F12 screen.
  • Erasing Unrecognizable, Incomplete Alarms in Non Screen Browser Mode.
    PressureMAP systems that have the Screen Browser mode enabled (set up by the System Studies Technical Support personnel) have the ability, using the E key, to erase unrecognizable or incomplete alarms. This capability is performed from the View MAP Data Files Menu, available from User Initiated Operations Menu. There was no such "erase" editing option available for non-Browser mode systems. PressureMAP Version 28 now makes it possible to use the E erase function in the non-Browser viewing/editing mode.
  • Linux Operating System Updates via Installation Media.
    PressureMAP Version 28 has been modified to include a new option in the System Update Menu for Linux (CentOS) operating system updates. This feature has been added to make it possible for Linux PressureMAP systems to easily apply System Studies-tested and certified Linux updates, such as security patches and/or new performance capability. This new feature enables PressureMAP customers to easily update their operating system(s) via CD/DVD media rather than having to install updates directly from the Internet.
  • Network Administration Menu Option for Configuring Time Server.
    A new option under Network Administration makes it possible to use Network Time Protocol (NPT) to help synchronize the Linux system's clock with an accurate time source. With this capability you can designate a server on your network to be the local time server for all of your other devices. This makes it much easier to correlate system-related events on different systems and network components.
  • Standardized Latitude/Longitude Format.
    Latitude and longitude coordinates used in data entry are now displayed in PressureMAP and PressureWEB as decimal degrees (e.g. 36.974117), although they may actually be entered the older legacy format (N36+58.447).
  • Ability to Install Linux Device Drivers Via Supplemental Update.
    It is now possible to install various Linux device drivers for a PressureMAP system via the Supplemental Update process. Drivers are provided on a CD/DVD and can installed on the operating system using the Supplemental Updates Menu. The Supplement Update Disk will work with PressureMAP Version 28 and later, and also Version 27.01.05 Linux systems.
  • Keyword (SENT) Displayed on Dispatch Priorities Status Line.
    PressureMAP now includes the keyword SENT, when applicable, on the second line under the Condition statement in the Dispatch Priorities report. If SENT appears, this indicates that an alarm was successfully delivered to all Alarm Centers for the call time slot that was in effect when alarm delivery took place. AlarmMAP's Dispatch Histories also includes two new entries, DELIVERED ALL CENTERS and CLR DELIVERED ALL CENTERS in the Entry Type field. This information provides a record of the delivery status of the alarm associated with your view selection criteria (Task Number, Device Number, Pipe, Location, etc.).
  • PressureMAP Support for Metric uM260 Devices
    Memory limitations within the uM260 Micro Monitor preclude making firmware modifications to support programming and reading of metric devices in the uM260. Because metric reading capability is required in many telephone operating companies, however, the PressureMAP software has been modified to support pseudo-metric uM260 devices. PressureMAP allows for data entry of metric Transducer Types, programs the uM260 with equivalent non-metric devices, and converts readings, thresholds and alerts into the metric equivalents. As with other offices, metric TD types are used if the international capability is enabled and metric pressure/flow units are specified for the office standards.
  • New BackupEDGE Daily Resource Selection Options
    The System Administration's Backup Resource Menu for the BackupEDGE method now includes options to designate the number of backup slots (backup copies) that will be retained on the target backup resource. This capability applies to all backup resources except tape backup. By default one backup is made, and the succeeding daily backup over-writes the previous one. Users can now specify the number of backups (up to 50) that they would like keep on the target resource before a new one replaces the oldest one. It should noted, however, that the actual number of backup slots that can actually be used depends up the size of the PressureMAP system and the storage capability of the backup resource. A user could specify five slots, for example, but BackupEDGE may only be able to use two, three or four before it has to over-write the oldest one.
Included in the Version 28.00.05 Incremental Update
  • Set Mail Sender Name
    In order to control spam, some mail systems require email to originate from a registered user name, and will not deliver or forward email from anonymous or unknown users. Since email from PressureMAP systems always originates from either the map or root users, this security policy can interfere with the ability to deliver alarms and/or reports from PressureMAP. Consequently, a new menu option has been added to the SMPT Mail Configuration Menu to allow Network Administrators to set a sender name alias for mail that originates from PressureMAP's map and root designations. This capability, available in PressureMAP Version 28.00.05, can be implemented from the SMTP Mail Configuration Menu in Network Administration.
  • Adding BackupEDGE Resources to the Schedule
    PressureMAP System Administrators now have the ability to create up to four daily backups to different BackupEDGE device resources. This capability, first introduced in PressureMAP Version 28.00.05, provides backup selection and editing functionality for configured resources. The first backup resource designated will be performed from 23:00 to 24:00, the second backup resource designated will take place between 01:00 and 02:00, the third between 02:00 to 03:00, and the fourth between 03:00 to 04:00. Backup resource designations are made at the BackupEDGE Configured Device Resources Menu, and the ability to edit or remove a backup resource(s) is performed at the Current Backups for BackupEDGE Menu.