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Intelligent Devices
Intelligent NETworks
Device Manager
User Guide
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Copyright 2011, Intelligent Devices, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Table of Contents
TABLE OF CONTENTS
INTRODUCING INTELLIGENT NETworks Device Manager
File
AutoStart
Log On
Log Off
Change Password
Timeout
Large Toolbar Icons
Language
Exit
Operations
Sign Control
Drum Sign Control
Preview
Sign Library
Sign Message Queue Control
Schedules
Day Plans and Schedules
Edit Central Schedule
User Comments
View Map (BMP Based Maps)
View Map (GIS Based Maps)
Controller Upload and Download
Refresh From Central Database
Refresh From Controller
Save to Central Database
Update to Controller
Editing Data
Status
Parking Aggregate Status
Parking Dashboard
Run
Maintenance
Size Operator Log
Bulk Operations
Diagnostic Tests
Bulk Operations
Brightness Control
Devices
Brightness Mode
Light Output
Photocell Level
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Brightness Level
Manual Brightness Level
Brightness Values Error
Brightness Table
Sign Summary
Message Defaults
Time
Sign Status
Sign Configuration
Diagnostics
Pixels
Sign Information
Manual Poll
Error Logs
Event Groups and Events
Event Group
Rows Allocated
Rows Used
Mode
Value
Monitor this Object
Log this Object
Record This Event
View Entries From
View Entries To
Digital Aux I/O
Administration
Scenarios and Amber Alerts
Amber Alert
Scenarios
Standard Operating Procedures
Configure
Alarm Thresholds
Block Builder
Cold Start
Device Groups Configuration
Device Type Log Data
Drum Sign Configuration
FormBuilder
Groups (Device/Operator Security)
Intersections
Sensors
GIS Map Links
GIS Zoom Settings
Layer Characteristics
Log Device Polling
Real-time Polling
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Refresh Server Polling
Sensors
SMTP Server
Sign Library Configuration
Word Checker Settings
Language Settings
Parking
Standard Operating Procedures
Operators
Add Operator
Delete Operator
Access Levels
Profiles
Currently Logged on Users
Edit Master Fonts
Device Security
Database
Devices
Device Types
Connections
Window
Help
Search
About Intelligent NETworks Device Manager
MAPS
Map Management
Icon Management
Adding a New Icon
Deleting an Icon
Editing an Icon
Link Icon to Device Type
Set Up and Configure BITMAP Maps
Load a map
Place Icon on Map
Save Device Icon Position
Remove Device Icon
Status
Sign Control
Zoom Area
Editing an Existing Map
Deleting a Map
Set Up and Configure GIS Maps
Placing Icons on Maps
UPDATING INTELLIGENT NETworks Device Manager
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INTRODUCING INTELLIGENT NETWORKS
DEVICE MANAGER
Intelligent NETworks Device Manager is a Windows Based software program that
allows you to easily communicate with and operate any NTCIP devices. This software
can be run under Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows NT and Windows XP.
Device Manager can manage many devices from one or more remote computers, or a
laptop can be temporarily connected to a device and used to operate that device using
Device Manager. While it is possible to use more than one computer to operate more
than one device, remember that a device can only be connected to one computer at a
time. Device Manager software can simultaneously communicate with more than one
device.
Device Manager can:
Check which message is currently displayed on a sign;
Retrieve a list of all the messages that are stored in the sign controller;
Check the time and date on the sign controller;
Check the battery voltage and illumination levels of the sign;
Edit messages or make new messages to display on a sign;
Update schedules for displaying messages.
This manual is separated into multiple sections that correspond with how Device Manager is divided. These sections (Operations, Maintenance, and Administration) are
broken down for various access levels. Basic access includes operations, and more
advanced features and configurations are found within the administration section.
Please note that not all sections and all forms will be available based on individual
configuration and user account controls.
FILE
The File menu consists of the following options:
l AutoStart
l Log On
l Log Off
l Change Password
l Timeout
l
l
l
l
Extended Logging
Large Toolbar Icons
Language
Exit
AutoStart
This allows you to set the system so that the default map is automatically loaded when
the system starts up.
If the AutoStart option is not on and you select it from the menu, the following message
will be displayed:
If you want the AutoStart option to be activated, click on Yes. If not, click on No.
If the AutoStart option is on and you select it from the menu, the following message
will be displayed:
If you want to turn the AutoStart feature off, click on Yes. If not, click on No.
Log On
Use the Log On screen to enter a user and password to access the Device Manager
software.
User is the name used to log on to the system. The name that is entered can be up to
10 characters in length and can consist of alpha and/or numeric characters. Note that
the name is case sensitive.
The password is unique to a user. It can be up to 10 characters in length and can consist of alpha and/or numeric characters. The password is case sensitive. Please make
a note of the password for each user.
Press enter or click on the OK button when the required information has been entered.
If a valid user and password is entered, the Log On window will close and the Main
Menu will be enabled.
If an invalid user or password is entered, a message will be displayed advising you of
the fact and allowing you to rectify and continue.
Only one user can be logged on at any one time. To log on as a different user, first log
off as the current user and then log on again using another user name.
Log Off
Use the Log Off option to log off from the system. This function will not close the software. To close the software, select the Exit option.
If there is no activity for a specified period of time (as specified from File > Timeout), a
warning will display that the user will be logged off.
To remain logged on, click on the ‘Stay Logged On’ before the time indicated has
elapsed.
Change Password
Use this utility to change passwords. The user is displayed for reference purposes. To
change the password, first enter the old password. If your entry for old password is
invalid, the following message will be displayed:
Correct the old password and then enter the new password in both the password field
and the confirm field. Click Change to update the user record with the new password.
If the old password is correct and the new password matches the confirm field, a mes-
sage will be displayed advising that the password change was successful. The new
password will be effective immediately. Make a note of the new password.
If the same password is not entered in the password and confirm field, a message
advising that the passwords do not match will be displayed. The Change Password
form will open again. Re-enter the same password information into both fields and
click the Change button to update the user record with the new password.
Timeout
Enter the number of minutes of inactivity that should pass before the timeout warning
window is displayed. The value entered here can be between 5 and 600 minutes.
Note that the default is 10 minutes and this value will automatically be entered when
this option is selected from the File menu.
Extended Logging
Extended Logging controls the amount and type of detail that is included in the log
files. For standard operation, extended logging should not be turned on. It should only
be turned on if additional detail is required in the log file for diagnostic purposes.
If Extended Logging is not selected, when the menu option is clicked, the following
window will open:
Click the Yes button if extended logging should be activated or click No to leave
extended logging inactive.
If Extended Logging is already selected, when the menu option is clicked, the following window will open:
Click the Yes button to turn extended Logging off or click No to leave Extended Logging active.
Large Toolbar Icons
This option controls the size of the icons that will display on the left had side of your
display. If there is a check mark next to this item in the menu list, then icons will be displayed in the larger format. If not, the icons that are displayed will be smaller.
Language
This option toggles the languages that will be displayed for Device Manager if it is
setup with more than one language. Choose the desired language here, then exit and
restart the software for the changes to take place. To set up and manage languages,
go to the Administration > Configure > Language Settings. Detailed instructions can
be found later in this manual.
Exit
Select this option to exit Device Manager and close the software. To leave the system
open for later, select the Log Off option. If the system is connected to a device at the
time you Exit, that connection will automatically be closed.
OPERATIONS
The Operations menu consists of the following options:
l Sign Control
l Sign Message Queue Control
l Schedules
l User Comments
l View Map
l Camera Control*
l Camera Browser*
l Scenarios and Amber Alerts
l Controller Upload Download
l Status
l Parking Aggregate Status
l Parking Dashboard
l Run
* Note that this option will only be displayed if the Camera Control module is
included in the Device Manager system purchased.
Sign Control
The Sign Control form is used to interact with all the signs that are connected. Select
the Sign Control option and the following window will be displayed.
What is this feature used for?
Sign Control is used for sending new messages to a sign, viewing the currently displayed message, and changing the messages it can send. It can
also send one message to multiple signs, list all the messages lined up for a
sign, and blanking the sign.
The left side of the form is the device list that displays a list of all the devices in the
database. Select the sign to which Device Manager should connect. The current data
for the sign selected will be displayed in the fields. All the available pre-programmed
or changeable messages will be displayed, depending on which message type is
selected. To display all the pre-programmed messages, select pre-programmed Message Type. To view the changeable messages, select changeable Message Type.
Both the changeable and pre-programmed messages are stored on the sign controller. Device Manager allows you to display the pre-programmed messages on the
sign from the computer, but the pre-programmed messages cannot be edited in any
way. The changeable messages are also stored on the sign controller. Use Device
Manager to check the contents of these messages, change them, and download them
to the sign for future or current display. To do this, establish a connection with the sign.
Ensure that the correct sign is highlighted in the device list and then click on the Connect button - the small red button at the top-right corner of the form. Once a connection
is established, the red button will change to green. Once you are done working with
the sign, click on the green button to close the connection.
Message Type
There are different types of messages that can be sent to, stored on and/or displayed
on a sign. Use Device Manager to display pre-programmed messages on the sign and
create, edit, or display changeable messages.
The other NTCIP Message Types, namely Other, Volatile, Current Buffer or Schedule
can be added to the database as valid options once they are supported by the sign
and the software.
Connect/Disconnect (red/green light)
This button is used to establish a connection with the selected device. Red indicates
that there is no active connection with a device. Green indicates that the software is
connected to the selected device.
To send or receive data to or from a device, select the required device and click on the
red button to establish a connection. The system will remain connected to that device
until the green button is clicked at which point the button will revert to red.
The connection will automatically be closed if you are logged off due to inactivity, you
shut the application down, or you log off.
Pre-Programmed Messages
Pre programmed messages are messages that are ‘hard-coded’ into the sign and controller software. Using Device Manager, they can be viewed, and displayed on the
sign (using the Display Only button), but they cannot be changed. A new pre- programmed message cannot be added nor can an existing pre-programmed message
be deleted.
Changeable Messages
Changeable Messages can be changed using Device Manager. They can be edited
or deleted and new messages can be added (space permitting). They can be previewed using Device Manager and they can be sent to the sign for display. Use the
Send Only button to send these messages to the sign. Use the Send and Display button to send the message to the sign and display it upon reception. Drum signs do not
support changeable messages, so Sign Control only displays permanent messages
when a drum sign is selected.
Device Messages
This is a list of all the messages that exist in the database for the selected device. To
see the messages that are stored in the sign, highlight the number of the message and
click on Retrieve Selected Msg. The message as it is stored in the sign controller will
be displayed in the Device Messages window.
Make sure that the sign is connected before clicking on the Retrieve Current Msg button. If the Connect/Disconnect button is green, then the sign is connected to the software. If the button is red, then a connection needs to be established by clicking on the
red button.
Use the Bulk Operations feature to retrieve all the changeable messages from a sign.
This feature can be found in the Maintenance submenu.
Beacons
This box, if checked, will enable or disable the beacons. These are the flashing lights
attached to the signs, although not all signs support beacons. If the beacons are enabled, they will appear as “ON” in the beacon column in the Sign Control screen.
Duration
The duration indicates for how long the message will be displayed. When the end of
the duration period is reached, the End Duration Message will be displayed. To specify an End Duration Message select Maintenance from the Main menu. Choose Sign
Summary from the Maintenance menu and then click on the Message Defaults tab.
Priority
The Message Priority is the priority that is assigned to a message when it is sent to the
sign. Activation Priority is the priority that is assigned when a message is activated on
a sign. If the message that is being activated has an Activation Priority that is greater
than or equal to the Message Priority of the message that is currently being displayed
on the sign, the activation will be successful. If the Activation Priority of the message
being activated is lower than the Message Priority of the message currently being displayed, the activation will be rejected, and Device Manager will display a message to
that effect. In this case, if the operator has the correct access level, the activation can
be forced (i.e. the message being activated will override the currently displayed message, regardless of the Message Priority of that message).
Save
Save will save the currently selected message in the database.
Word Checker
Word Checker will ensure no inappropriate messages are added to the sign. You may
override this precaution by ticking the “Override Word Checker” box. There are two
kinds of word checking: checking for inappropriate words or using ONLY approved
words in messages. To configure what kind of word checking Sign Control uses, go to
Administration > Configure > Word Checker Settings. This is also covered later in the
manual under the Administration section.
For instructions on how to use the Multi Sign feature, click here.
Retrieve Current Msg
To retrieve a message from the sign, click on the Connect button to connect to the
sign. Then click on Retrieve Current Msg to “get” the message that is currently stored
as the highlighted message number in the sign controller. Make sure that you are connected to the sign before retrieving the current message.
Send a Changeable Message to the Sign
To send a Changeable Message to the sign, select the device by clicking on the drop
down list box and highlighting the required sign. Then, select Changeable Message
type by clicking on the Changeable button.
All the available Changeable Messages for that device will be displayed in the message window. Highlight the message to be sent to the sign. The message itself and its
display information (Duration and Priority) will be displayed in the fields below the
message list.
To send the message to the sign (and not display it) click Send Only. To send the message to the sign and display it, click Send and Display.
Make sure that you are connected to the sign before attempting to send a message to
the sign. If the Connect/Disconnect button is green then a connection exists. If the
button displays red, a connection needs to be established by clicking on the red button.
WARNING: Be cautious when using the display only option. The message
number that is highlighted in the Device Messages list will be the message
that is displayed on the sign. This may not be the same message on the sign
– in other words, the text of the message that you see in the window may not
be the same as the text of the message that is loaded on the sign controller.
To avoid this happening, highlight the number of the message to be displayed on the sign. Click on the Retrieve Selected Msg button. The text of
that message as it is loaded on the sign controller will then be displayed in
Device Manager. If the text is OK, click on the Display Only button and that
message will be displayed. If the text of the message is incorrect, edit that
message, and then Send and Display that message. Alternatively, select
another message and check if the content of that message is correct and then
display that message.
Add a New Message/Editing an Existing Message
To add a new message, position the cursor on an empty line in the message list.
Then click the New Message button. To edit a message that already exists, highlight
that message in the Device Messages list, and click on the Edit Message button. The
Sign
Message
Edit
window
will
open.
Font
The Fonts that can be used on the sign will be displayed in the first drop down menu.
Click on the drop down list box and select the required font. To change the default
font, go to the Maintenance menu, navigate to the Sign Summary, and then to Message Defaults Tab.
Advanced
Clicking the Advanced button will allow access to advanced message features. This
function inserts tags that control how pages will appear and how they will be displayed. The tags that can be inserted are:
Description
New line
New Page
Line Justification
Page Justification
Flash On/Off and Timer
Page On/Off and Timer
Tag
[nlx]
[np]
[jlx]
[jpx]
[fltxoy] and [/fl]
[ptxoy]
Background Color
Foreground Color
Manufacturer Specific
Tags
Fields
[cbx]
[cfx]
[msx,y]and [/msx,y]
Font
Moving Text
[fox]
[mvtdw,s,r,text]
[fx,y]
x and y values
x is the font spacing value
x is the type of justification
x is the type of justification
x is the flash on time
y is the flash off time
x is the page on time
y is the page off time
x identifies the color
x identifies the color
x is the Manufacturer number
y is a manufacturer specific value.
x is the field identifier
y is the number of characters in that field
x indicates the font ID
t is the type of movement
d is the direction of the movement
w is the width of the window in which the
text is to be moved
r is the time between two steps
text is the text that is to be moved
For more about tags, please read the NTCIP 1203 document which explains these
tags in great detail. A copy of this document can be found on the NTCIP website,
ntcip.org.
Line
Each line of a message can have its justification specified. It can be Left, Center, Right
or Full justified. Click on the button that corresponds to the required justification. To
change justification for any particular line, ensure that the cursor is positioned in front
of the first character in the line. If the line justification is set in any other position in the
line, that justification will be ignored.
To set the Default Line Justification, select Maintenance from the Main Menu, then
Sign Summary and then click on the Message Defaults Tab.
Page
A different page justification can be specified for each page of a message. The text
can either be Top, Middle or Bottom justified. The justification tag will be inserted
exactly where the cursor is positioned and will be effective for the entire page.
To set the Default Page Justification, select Sign Summary from the Maintenance
Menu and then click on the Message Defaults Tab.
Start (Stop) Flash / Timer
You can specify that text should flash when it is displayed. You can either use the
default flash on and off times, or you can specify different flash on and off times.
Flash Selected Text using the default flash on and flash off times
This option will cause the text positioned between the flash tags to flash according to
the flash on and flash off times that are specified as the default times on the Message
Defaults tab located under Maintenance>Sign Summary> Message Defaults.
Position the cursor in the MULTI Msg field immediately before the start of the text that
you want to flash, and then press the Start Flash button. This will insert the start flash
tag [fl] and change the Start Flash button to Stop Flash. Move the cursor to the end of
the text that must flash and click the Stop Flash button. This will insert the stop flash
tag [/fl] and change the Stop Flash button back to Start Flash. Using this option makes
no reference to the Flash On and Flash Off times indicated in these fields on this form.
Flash Selected Text using defined flash on and flash off times
This option will cause the text positioned between the flash tags that are inserted to
flash according to the flash on and flash off times that are specified in the Flash On
and Flash Off fields located on this form. The default values for Flash on and Flash Off
are ignored.
Enter the required value in the Flash On and Flash Off fields in tenths of a second.
(See the full description below for further information about the values for these fields.)
Then position the cursor in the MULTI Msg field immediately before the text that is
required to flash. Click on the Timer button and the flash tag will be inserted, displaying the details of the on and off times (e.g. [flt4o2] will flash on for 4 seconds and
off for 2). Move the cursor to the end of the text that must flash and click the Stop Flash
button. This will insert the stop flash tag and change the Stop Flash button back to
Start Flash.
Flash On
This value specifies the number of seconds that selected text should be illuminated
while in flash mode. This value is entered in tenths of a second.
The table below provides some examples of the entry required in this field:
No of Seconds to be Displayed
1
2.5
Entry for Flash On
10
25
4
6
40
60
The default value for this field is entered on the Message Defaults Tab.
Flash Off
This value specifies the number of seconds that selected text should not be illuminated while in flash mode. This value is entered in tenths of a second. The table
below provides some examples of the entry required in this field:
No of Seconds not to be Displayed
8
3
Entry for Flash Off
80
30
The default value for this field is entered on the Message Defaults Tab.
New Page
Click on this button to insert the new page tag [np]. The page count located at the top
right hand corner of the window will be updated to reflect the page addition.
Displaying a page for the default length of time
The default time for Page On and Page Off is specified on the Message Defaults tab
located under Maintenance, Sign Summary. To display a page using these defaults,
click the New Page button and then type the text for the new page in the MULTI Msg
window.
Displaying a page using defined Page On and Page Off times
To display a page for a specified length of time (other than the default time), enter the
required values in tenths of a second, in the Page On and Page Off fields. Then click
on the Timer button and the new page tag will be inserted with the specified page on
and page off times. Type the text for the new page.
Page On
This value specifies the number of seconds for which a page of a message should be
displayed. The page will remain displayed for the number of seconds entered here.
Once that number of seconds has passed, the next page of the message will be displayed or the end duration message will be displayed.
Each page of a multi page message can have a different Page On time specified. This
value is entered in tenths of a second. The table below provides some examples of
the entry required in this field:
No of Seconds to be Displayed
4
6
Entry for Page On
40
60
The default value for this field is entered on the Message Defaults Tab, under the Sign
Summary option.
Page Off
This value specifies the number of seconds that a page of the message should be
blank. The page will remain blank for the number of seconds that you enter here.
Once that number of seconds has passed, the next page of the message will be displayed or the end duration message will be displayed.
Each page of a multi page message can have a different Page Off time specified.
This value is entered in tenths of a second. The table below provides some examples
of the entry required in this field:
No of Seconds not to be Displayed
2
3.5
5
Entry for Page Off
20
35
50
The default value for this field is entered on the Message Defaults Tab, under the Sign
Summary option.
Start (Stop) Manufacturer Specific (MS)
Each Sign Manufacturer can implement specific fields for inclusion in a message. The
X value of the tag will define the Manufacturer (NEMA will assign the actual number)
and the Y value will indicate the specific field that is to be included in the message.
The Manufacturer of your sign should provide these values if they are available. Enter
the X and Y value and then click on the Start MS button. When you are done entering
the Manufacturer Specific fields, click on the Stop MS button.
BG (Background) Color
This tag indicates the background color of the message. This represents the color of
the pixels that are off when the message is displayed. The default value for this field is
entered on the Message Defaults Tab, under the Sign Summary option. Typically, the
background color is black and the text is whatever color the sign supports – usually
amber or green. On signs that support it, you can specify that the background color is
the color of the sign (amber or green) and that the text is black, to create a reverse
image message. However, this combination of background and foreground color
renders the text almost illegible and we strongly advise against doing it.
The BG Color tag must be inserted before any text or graphics are inserted on the
page.
FG (Foreground) Color
This tag indicates the foreground color of the message. This represents the color of
the pixels that are on when the message is displayed. The default value for this field is
entered on the Message Defaults Tab, under the Sign Summary option. The BG Color
tag must be inserted before the text or graphic that is to be displayed in the specified
color.
Color
Enter the number correlating to the required color before clicking either the BG Color
button or the FG Color button. The full range of permitted values is listed below but in
the majority of cases, the sign will support only one color and that is the only color that
should be specified.
0 Black
5 Blue
1 Red
6 Magenta
2 Yellow
7 White
3 Green
8 Orange
4 Cyan
9 Amber
MULTI Msg
This field displays the text as it will appear in the message. As text is entered, it will be
displayed in the window below, indicating how it will look on the sign.
To go to a new line, hit Enter. The text will be continuously typed in the MULTI Msg
field (with the required ‘tags’ inserted) but will be moved to the next line in the window
below. Set new justification options for each line, by clicking on the required line justification button.
To add a new page, click on the New Page button. The text will be continuously typed
in the MULTI Msg field (with the required ‘tags’ inserted), but the display window will
display only what is typed on the new page. Set a new page justification option for
each new page of a message by clicking on the required page justification button. A
new page can be inserted by pressing the Enter key when the number of lines on a
page reaches its maximum.
New Line
Click on this button to start a new line on the current page. Alternatively, you can press
the Enter key to move to the next line. The line justification that is applied to the new
line will be as specified in the Line field above.
For information on moving text, click here.
Field
The drop down list box contains all the fields that are available for displaying on a
sign. The field values are obtained from a source other than Device Manager itself –
for example time and date information will be retrieved from the computer, temperature
information will be obtained from an attached weather station.
Values for the fields will only be available to you if you have the necessary input
source. All the available fields are:
12 hour time
24 hour time
Temperature °C
Temperature °F
Speed km/h
Speed mph
Day of week
Day of month
Month of year
2 digit year
4 digit year
To enter a field, click on the drop down list box and then highlight the required field.
Depending on the field that you select, either the actual value (for example the date
and time fields, which are retrieved from your computer) or sample data (for example
speed, which requires external sources) will be displayed in the correct position in the
message preview window. This is so you can preview the message and see how it
would appear with the data included.
For information on preview, click here.
For information on the Sign Library, click here.
Drum Sign Control
The Sign Control form changes slightly when a drum sign is selected. Drum sign messages are not changeable so only permanent messages are displayed. When a message is selected in the “Device Messages” field, the Message Picture appears left of
the “Device Messages” field.
Preview
To Preview a particular message, highlight that message in the Device Messages list
and then click on the Preview button.
This displays the message exactly as it will appear on the sign. All pages of the message will be displayed, including any flashing or moving text options.
Sign Library
The Library function allows messages to be constructed using pre-prepared text. This
eliminates spelling mistakes and is an easy method for an operator to create a message for display. Terminology remains consistent and standard use of terms can be
guaranteed.
To create a Library message, highlight the number of the message that you want to
create in the Device Message List on the Sign Control Form. The following window
will open:
Select the message that to be displayed on the sign and click on the “Done Selecting”
button. The Library window will close and the selected message will be displayed in
the Sign Control Message window. This message can then be saved and displayed as
required. The libraries field can be edited and configured through the “Configure Sign
Libraries” option under “Administration.”
Sign Message Queue Control
This function allows a queue of messages to be created for a sign. Messages can be
“stacked” one on top of the other and the message with the highest priority at the top of
the stack will be displayed. When messages are added to the queue, they will be
“stacked” and then displayed, based on their priority.
What is this feature used for?
Message Queue will give an overview of all messages pending for all signs
controlled by Device Manager. It lists all devices and what messages are
currently being displayed. It also lists what messages are PENDING and
upcoming. It uses the priority system to determine order of messages. If you
want to see what all your signs say, or what message is coming up for a
sign, use the Message Queue.
The Sign Message Queue Control window will display all the signs that are connected to the system and the status of their message queues, if they have been activated. Device Manager supports a One-Deep Message Queue option in which only
the current message is on displayed on the queue, and after the message duration
time runs out, the sign becomes blank. This option can be configured from the Administration > Configure > System Configuration menu.
Device
This field indicates the name of the sign.
Msg Pos
Short for Message Position, this indicates the numerical sequence of each message
for each sign. “Current” indicates the message that is currently being displayed. Any
other messages that are queued for display are then listed in the sequence of their
priority, indicating the sequence in which they will be displayed.
Type and No
This indicates the type of message (changeable or permanent) and the message
number that is in the queue.
Message Text
This displays the text as it is will display on the sign. [Blank] indicates that the sign will
be blanked when that message is displayed.
Priority
Each message that is sent to the queue will have a priority attached to it. This is used
to determine the order in which messages should be displayed. The available priority
values are: low, regular, high and emergency.
A message with a priority of Emergency will be displayed before a message that has a
priority of high, regular or low.
A message with priority of High will be displayed before a message that has a priority
of regular or low, but only after any Emergency messages have reached the end of
their display period.
A message with priority of Regular will be displayed before a message that has a priority of low, but only after any Emergency and High priority messages have reached the
end of their display period.
A message with priority of Low will only be displayed if there are not messages with a
priority of Emergency, High or Regular in the message queue for that sign.
If two messages with the same priority are added to the message queue, a dialog box
will appear asking for confirmation on which message should be displayed. Using the
System Configuration (under Administration > Configure > System Configuration), you
may change how conflicts are settled.
If a message with a lower priority is sent to the sign, the following message window
will open, advising you that the message that you sent will not be immediately displayed but will be queued for display according to its priority.
If there are pre-set rules for the resolution of Message Queue Conflicts (as set in the
System Configuration section), these rules will be applied if you click the Auto
Resolve button. If there are no such rules, you can click on the required resolution
option in the settings box and then click OK to apply the selection.
End Time
This indicates the date and time that the message will stop displaying.
Duration
This indicates the display time that was sent when the message was added to the
queue.
Time Remaining
This indicates the amount of time that remains for the message to be displayed. As
soon as the message is close to expiring, the system will alert you to the fact. Click on
the Expiring Message button to view a list of messages that will soon be expiring.
Highlight the message that is soon to expire and you will be able to take one of 3
actions:
Extend Duration for 10 minutesDisplay message for an additional 10 minutes
Remove message from the QueueDelete the message from the queue immediately
IgnoreLeave the duration as is
Once you have made your selection, click on the Change Queue button to bring close
the Expiration warning window and bring effect to the change that you selected.
If you don’t want to silence the warning alert, click on Close and the messages that
are due to expire will be displayed until their duration is ended.
Message Source
This indicates the operator ID of the operator that added the message to the queue
and the mechanism that they used to do it.
Beacon On
This indicates whether or not the beacons on the sign (if there are any) have been activated by the message.
Datetime Stamp
This is the date and time that the message was added to the queue.
The Sign Message Queue Status
This indicates the current status of each sign in the queue list. To see the status of a
particular sign, highlight that sign in the message list and that sign’s status will be displayed in the status box shown below:
Device: The name of the device highlighted in the list
Use Queue: Indicates whether or not this device is being controlled by the queue
Queue Status: If the device is being controlled by the queue, this indicates the current
status of the queue for that device.
Process Time: This indicates how often the message queue process will query the
sign for its current information, thus checking that the sign is displaying the correct
message. Any changes that are made to the queue by an operator will be processed
immediately but the system will still check the sign at this set interval to check what is
being displayed.
This Status window is also used to edit the details for any device. Make any changes
that are required and click on the Save button to bring those changes into effect.
Message Queue Management
The function buttons on the right hand side of the Message Queue Control Window
allow you to navigate through the queue and manage the queue.
The up and down arrows allow you to move a message up or down in the
message queue, within its priority group. To do this, you must highlight the
message and then click on the up or down arrow until the message is in its
correct new position. You will not be able to move a message out of its priority level group using the arrows.
The right arrow allows you to remove the highlighted message from the
queue. The display button allows you to view the highlighted message on
your screen.
Refresh Message Queue allows you to refresh the display after changes
have been made.
Clear Message Queue gives you the option to clear all the messages that
are in the queue for a sign. Highlight the sign that you want to clear and click
on this button.
Message Queue Activity Log will display the activity log for the current session of NTCIP Server.
If the system is alerting you that a message is about to expire, the Expiring
Messages button will be flashing. Click on it to display a window that will list
all the messages that are due to expire. The default threshold for expiring messages is
10 minutes.
Expiring Messages
Highlight the message that is soon to expire and you will be able to take one of 3
actions:
Extend Duration for 10 minutes: Display message for an additional 10 minutes
Remove message from the Queue: Delete the message from the queue immediately
Ignore: Leave the duration as is
Once you have made your selection, click on the Change Queue button to bring close
the Expiration warning window and bring effect to the change that you selected.
If you don’t want to silence the warning alert, click on Close and the messages that
are due to expire will be displayed until their duration is ended.
WARNING: To be able to use the queue, it must be enabled in three (3) places: once
under Administration, Configure, and then Cold Start. The screen will look similar to
the following. Click this button “START Message Queue Process” to begin using the
queue.
And twice in the Queue Control form (clicking on Sign Control and then Message
Queue). These settings are unique per device. These are labeled Use Queue (radio
button set to “Yes”) and Queue Status (radio button set to “Started”).
Schedules
This function allows schedules that should be activated on the signs at particular intervals to be implemented. Use the Quick Scheduler to put together less detailed schedules quickly.
What is this feature used for?
Use Scheduler to implement a schedule, create a day plan, generate schedules for that day plan and indicate any events and actions that should occur.
These are generally used for a single action (like sending a message to a
sign) to happen at a specific time. The information for the schedule is saved to
the device.
The Central Schedule option allows you to specify multiple system actions that should
occur at specific times. Central Schedule is a completely different tool that is detailed
in the next section.
Edit Sign Schedule
This Menu selection will open the Sign Schedule editing screens so that you can
create, edit and select messages for display.
Quick Schedule
The Quick Scheduler allows the creation of a simple schedule that can be downloaded to a Device and activated as required.
To create a quick schedule, first select the device on which the schedule should run.
Then select the Schedule Number of the schedule that you are creating. Enter the
Time at which the schedule should commence and indicate by checking the applicable check box the Days on which the schedule should run.
Once this is done, indicate which message is to be displayed by the schedule. Select
the Message Type and all the available messages of that type on the selected device
will be displayed in the Device Messages window. Highlight the required message
and it will be displayed in the Action Message Number: Message window, allowing
you to verify that the correct message has been selected.
Click on Save to save the schedule to the database and then Update Sign to send the
updated schedule to the sign. This will not cause the schedule to run; it will merely
update the sign controller with information about the schedule. To make the schedule
run, click the ACTIVATE Schedule tab (the third tab) in the dialog box
Detailed Schedule
Detailed Schedule allows for the creation of a much more complex schedule, utilizing
day plans, events and actions. Full details of this function are provided below with a
step by step example. The detailed schedule function can be accessed by clicking the
“DETAILED Schedule” tab.
Day Plans
Schedules reference Day Plans which indicate which event should occur and at what
time.
Day Plans
Select an available Day Plan from the drop down list box.
Day Plan Event Number
This indicates the Day Plan Event Number that is to be scheduled for a specific day
plan number.
Day Plan Event Time
This indicates the time that the scheduled day plan event should occur.
Day Plan Action
Select the action that is to be taken by the scheduled day plan at the scheduled time.
Schedules
Defines the schedule number, the day plan that is linked to the schedule and the
date(s) on which the schedule should run.
Schedule Number
Select a number from the list of available schedule numbers.
Day Plan Number
This references the number of the day plan that is to be run by the schedule.
Months
Specify by clicking on the applicable checkboxes which months of the year the schedule is to be run. To run a schedule every month of the year, click on the Set All button
to automatically check all months.
Days of Week
You can specify which particular day or days of the week that a schedule should run.
To run a schedule every day of the week, click the Set All button to check all the
boxes.
Days
Indicates specific dates on which a schedule should run. Note that if you have specified that a schedule is to run on specific days of the week, you must also check the
days on which it should run. You can click the Set All button in this instance to set all
days. Even though all days are checked, the schedule will only run on the Days of
The Week checked above.
Events and Actions
Indicates what action should take place for each event.
Display Message Actions
The number of the action is specified here and should be unique for each action that
is specified for each day plan.
Memory Type
Select the type of message that is to be displayed.
Message Number
Enter the number of the actual message that is to be displayed. Ensure that the contents of the message are correct before specifying a particular message here. To do
this, open Sign Control. Select your sign and highlight the required message. Click on
the Get Message from Sign button and preview that message to ensure that the contents of that message are correct.
Message CRC
The message CRC number is a verification number Device Manger uses to make
sure your message is one you want. After making sure that the message indicated in
Message Number is the correct one, click on the Refresh CRC from Sign button so
that the CRC that is saved on the sign with that message is retrieved and stored with
the schedule. This will ensure that the specified message will not be displayed if it is
changed. Each time a message is changed, the CRC changes, so the CRC effectively
“stamps” and labels a message as a particular version of that message. If the schedule encounters a message CRC that is different to the one that is stored here, that
action will be ignored and the message will not be displayed.
For an example on how to set up a day plans and schedules example, click here.
ACTIVATE Schedule
The ACTIVATE Schedule tab allows the schedule function on the device to be activated so that any and all applicable schedules on that device will be activated. When
the schedule function is activated, it will continue to process and display all the schedules until another message is sent to the sign. As soon as another message is
received (including blanking the sign) none of the schedules will activate. To start
schedules again, the ACTIVATE Schedule tab should be opened and schedules reactivated.
Enter the required duration (Forever if schedules are to be run continuously until
another message is received), and select the required priority. Then click on Activate.
Remember that all the schedules that are saved in the sign controller for the selected
device will be activated so it is extremely important that you check the contents of
each schedule before activating any schedule.
Day Plans and Schedules
This function specifies certain messages that are to be displayed at certain times on
specific days. The simplest way to describe how this works is to work though an example.
Connect to the sign before sending data to the sign. To connect to the sign, select the
required sign from the devices list and click on the Connect button.
Assume that Changeable Message 1 is to be displayed at 6am and Changeable Message 2 at 6pm every weekday of the year, In addition, Changeable Message 2 should
be displayed all weekend (from 6pm on Friday until 6am on Monday).
To achieve this, a schedule that will be tied to a specific day plan that will activate two
separate events must be set up.
Set up Schedule 1 to action Day Plan 1 every month (all months checked), Monday
through Friday (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday checked) every
day of the month (all days checked).
Save this schedule to the database by clicking on the Save button and update the
sign by clicking on the Update Sign button.
Once this is done, click on the Day Plans tab to set up Day Plan 1, which is tied to
Schedule 1 created in the preceding step.
Select Day Plan Number 1, and select Day Plan Event Number 1. This Day Plan
event is to occur at 6am so the Day Plan Event Time should be set at Hour 6 and Minute 0.
Select Day Plan Action 1 which will be set up on the Events and Actions tab to display
Changeable Message 1.
Save the Day Plan to the Database (click Save) and update the sign (click Update
Sign) and then select the Events and Actions tab.
Select Display Message Actions 1 to display Changeable Message 1.
WARNING: It is important that you check the content of the message that
you specify here before you create the schedule. To do this, open Sign
Control, select the sign and highlight the required message (in this case
Changeable Message 1). Then click on the Retrieve Selected Msg button
and preview the message.
Note
Each message has a CRC number allocated to it when that message is first created
and every time that it is changed. This is a calculated value that indicates the current
version of this message. When a message is specified for an action, first get the CRC
for that message from the sign. That CRC number will then be stored together with the
message number in the database and on the sign. When a schedule is run, if a message that is specified in the schedule has a CRC different to the one that was saved at
the time the schedule was created, that message will not be displayed and the action
will be ignored. This eliminates the probability that another operator could change a
message that is allocated to a schedule, causing an incorrect message to be displayed.
Before clicking on Save to save this action to the database and Update Sign to save
this information on the sign, click on the Refresh so that the current version of that message is allocated to the action.
Repeat the previous two steps to create a day plan event for displaying changeable
message 2 at 6pm.
Now set up Day Plan Event Number 2, which will activate Day Plan Action 2 at 6 p.m.
Note that the Day Plan Event Time is in military time format – 6pm is 18h00.
Once this is saved to the database and the sign is updated, click on the Events and
Actions tab to set up Day Plan Action 2 which will activate Changeable Message 2.
Here you can see that Message Action 2 has been set up to display Changeable Message 2. Once again, remember to check the contents of changeable message 2 before
adding it to the day plan, and retrieve the CRC from the sign for that message before
updating the sign and saving the information to the database.
As far as the displaying of Changeable Message 2 on the weekend is concerned,
remember that Changeable Message 2 has been set to display at 6pm on Friday. No
other action has been specified to take place until 6am on Monday morning. So, no further action has to be taken to keep Changeable Message 2 displaying all weekend.
Central Schedule
This option opens a menu that contains a set of utilities that allow you to configure and
manage multiple actions to occur at specified times.
What is this feature used for?
Central Schedule triggers a collection of actions that will run at various points
in time as configured. Use this feature to make multiple actions happen at one
time, with a large range of possible action to happen at once.
WARNING: Central Scheduling saves the schedule to the database. It runs
the schedule from the server, rather than the device. Therefore, if the server is
down, the schedule will not run. The Quick and Detailed Schedules from the
section before are device regulated.
The available options are:
Edit Central Schedule
Start Central Schedule
Stop Central Schedule
Refresh Central Schedule
WARNING: Make sure to enable Central Scheduling! This can be found in
the Administration menu, go to Configure, then Cold Start. A green light will
be found in the central server process window if the Central Scheduling is
enabled. Secondly, after setting up the schedule, click enabled in the radio
box on the form. Finally, start the central schedule under the operations
menu.
Edit Central Schedule
The Central Schedule contains a set of actions that have been scheduled to be activated at certain times with specific rules for each action.
Schedule Name
This is the name of the schedule as it will appear in the list for selection. Make
the name as meaningful as possible so that the purpose of the schedule can
easily be determined just by looking at its name.
Description
This is a lengthier description that allows you to more fully describe the purpose
of the schedule.
Enabled
This indicates if the schedule is currently enabled or not.
Start Mode
This indicates the action that should be taken when the schedule is started. If
“No Resync” is checked, when the schedule starts, it will run from that point in
time, performing the specified actions in sequence according to their set parameters.
If the “Resync over 24 hrs” option is checked, when the schedule is started, it will
“step back” 24 hours and perform all the actions that should have occurred over
the previous 24 hours. For example, if a schedule is created that it supposed to
perform some action in the morning and the evening and you start the schedule
at midday, the schedule will “rewind” and run the evening schedule and the
morning schedule to catch up.
AT : (Time)
This indicates the time at which the schedule should be activated.
Days
This indicates the days on which the schedule should be activated. Click on the
Advanced button to open the fields that allow you to select specific days of the
week, days of the months or months.
Activity Log
This will show the most recent activity that was performed by the schedule.
Advanced
Clicking this button opens the fields that allow you to set specific times for the
schedule by selecting specific days of the week and/or month.
Actions and Parameter Values for ….
This displays the log that is created for each entry in the schedule. It displays the
actions as well as the parameters as they have been set for that schedule.
Action
There are several options available here and depending on the selection you
make, certain parameters will be required. Click New Instance to open the following windows. The available options are:
Activate a Camera Preset
If you have cameras attached to the system, you will be able to action a particular set of parameters for that camera by activating a set preset. This would be
useful, say, for moving a camera to point in a certain direction at a set time every
day.
Activate a Manual Poll
Use this action to poll a specific sign or a group of sign as part of the schedule.
This will log to the database all the communications for the device
.
Activate a Message
This action allows you to activate a message that is already stored on a sign. It
will NOT download messages to a sign. If the message in the database is different from what is stored on the sign, the activation will fail.
Activate a Scenario and Activate a Standard Operating Procedure
This option allows you to use the schedule to activate either a Scenario or a
Standard Operating Procedure, depending on the action selected. A scenario is
a sequenced list of events, and a SOP is a list of contacts and other information
in the event of an emergency. They are listed as separate events, but lead to the
same form:
Activate an ASC Timing Plan
This option allows you to use the schedule activate a specific timing plan to a
specific device (an intersection traffic light, for example). ASC stands for actuated signal controller.
Blank Sign
This action allows you to use a schedule to blank a single or a group of signs.
The settings below illustrate the settings for blanking all devices on the system.
Download and Activate a Changeable Message
Use this action to select a particular message to be downloaded and activated to
a single sign or a group of signs.
Download New Event Logs and Append to EventLog Table
This allows you to schedule events logs for specific devices to be downloaded
and added to the event log for that device. You can view these logs by selecting
Event Logs from the Maintenance menu. This will only work if event logging is
supported by the device you are selecting.
Run a Report
This option allows you to schedule a report to run. When you select to add a
report to a schedule, the Access database will be opened so that the report can
be processed.
Unconfirmed Incident
This allows you to schedule a possible incident to occur if an event is scheduled
that may require action from the devices.
Set Object
This command will force a object to a particular value at a particular time.
In the example below, LED lights for the wired parking sensors are turned
off for 8 hours when the schedule triggers at night. Select the Device Type,
and then select the object. To turn LED lights off for a parking sensor in
this example, the object idiBayCtlZoneLowPowerTimeRemaining.0 is set
in minutes to 480, or for 8 hours.
Edit Parameter Values
Click this button if you want to change the parameters that have been set for an
action that is already listed in the schedule. Highlight the action in the action list
and click this button to open the window that will allow you to amend the parameters.
New Instance
Use this button to create a new instance of an action. First select the action from
the Action drop down list and then click on the New Instance button to open a
window that will allow you to enter the required parameters for that action.
Refresh Parameters
If you have made changes to a schedule that you have not yet saved and you
want to revert back to the schedule as it was before you made those changes,
click on thus button. It will retrieve the schedule from the database and will not
contain any of the changes that you have made.
Delete Parameters
Use this button if you want to delete the parameters that have been set for an
instance of an action. Highlight the action in the list and then click Delete Parameters to remove the parameters for that action.
Save Schedule
Once you have made the required entries in your schedule, click on the Save
Schedule button to affect those changes.
Refresh Central Schedule
Use this to update the central schedule with changes that have been made to a
schedule. This will cause the central schedule to update itself based on the
changes that you have made.
Remove Schedule
If you wish to completely remove a schedule from the list of schedules, highlight
that schedule in the list and click on the Remove Schedule button. A confirmation box will appear to make sure no accidental removals happen.
Start Central Schedule
This will start the central schedule if it has been stopped.
Stop Central Schedule
This will stop the central schedule if it has been started and it is not required that it run
any more.
User Comments
To add a particular note to a specific event, click on the Operator Comments option in
the Operations menu. The following window will open, allowing you to enter a comment for a particular event.
Select the required operator(s) from the drop down list box. If the date of the event for
which a comment is to be added is known, enter that date in start date and end date. If
the exact date is not known, enter a range of dates in Start Date and End Date so that
all the events that were logged between those dates will be displayed in the list so
that the required event can be selected. Use the Source Filter to select the type of Log
Entry. If you select General Activity, all the log entries for the selected Operator(s)
between the specified Start and End date will be displayed in the Log Entries list. If
you select Devices Only, a list of devices will be displayed so that you can further
select the device(s) for which entries should be displayed. If you select Error Logs,
only the error log entries will be displayed. For Error Log entries, you can further select
particular devices.
Depending on your selections, the Log Entries will be displayed, detailing the origin,
the applicable device, details of the log entry (message text), the date of the entry and
the operator. Locate the event for which you want to add a comment. Highlight that
event and then enter the required comment in the Comment field. Click on Save and
the comment that you entered will be added to the log file and will appear on the Log
Entries list immediately.
View Map (BMP Based Maps)
When Device Manager is installed, the required maps and the devices that are connected to Device Manager will be set up so that each of the devices can be accessed
from a map.
Each device is represented by an icon. Click on the icon to see which device it represents. To see the message that is currently displayed on that device, right click the
mouse and select Preview Message. Connection will automatically be established
with the device and a small preview window will open and the message that is currently on the device will be displayed. If that window is left open when Maps is closed,
the next time that Maps is opened, that window will be displayed and Device Manager
will automatically connect to the device and retrieve the current message. If all the
device preview message windows are left open, you will be able to check at a glance
at which messages are running on all the connected devices.
To view the status of a device, position the cursor on the icon of that device and right
click the mouse. Click on the (Device) Status menu item to open the Status window.
If the device is a sign, you will also be able to open the Sign Control window from the
Map. To do this, right click the mouse and select Sign Control from the menu.
If the Status window is too small (or too big), you can toggle the size of it by clicking on
Toggle Size. The largest size will be the size that is defined when the Icon is placed
on the Map by the Administrator. You can also double click the icon to toggle the size.
If the Sign Status window that is open is blocking some other icons on the map, you
can move the Sign Status window. To do this, click on the window and drag it to its
new location. You will notice that the window is “rubber banded” to its original location
–meaning a line points to the original location- so that you can determine the exact
location for the device when looking at its status.
WARNING: If you can’t move the signs around, check the small thumbtack
icon next to the X. The thumbtack will hold the icon in place to prevent accidental movement. Clicking will enable or disable this feature.
If you want to see a message on a sign, but do not necessarily want to open the status
window, position the cursor on the icon for that sign. The Tool Tip that is displayed will
include the name of the device as well as the text of the message that is currently
being displayed on that sign.
View Map (GIS Based Maps)
The devices that are placed on a GIS Map are located using latitude and longitude
measurements. This means that if you zoom or pan the map, the devices will be
moved and positioned according to their latitude and longitude positions.
The map that will open when you first select View Map will be the last map that was
accessed by Device Manager. You can select another map for viewing by clicking on
the Map Views drop down list and highlighting the map that you wish to access.
When you zoom in on a map, the detail level of the map itself will increase, as will the
level of detail on the icons for the devices. To zoom in to an area, click the Zoom In button and then, holding the left mouse button down “draw” a box around the area that
you want to look at, and release the mouse button. The map and the device icons will
be repositioned and resized, still correctly reflecting the correct geographical position
of the devices.
To zoom out to get a wider view of the map area, click on the Zoom Out button and
then click the left mouse button anywhere on the map. The map will zoom out one
level (the actual details levels are set by the administrator) with each click on the
mouse. The device icons will be repositioned and resized with each level.
To pan to another area of a map, click on the Pan Icon. The cursor will change to look
like a hand. Position the cursor on the map, and, holding down the left mouse button,
move the map east, west, north or south. The map will relocate, and the devices will
remain located in the actual geographical positions. Note that while you are actually
moving the map, parts of the screen will appear blank, As soon as you release the
mouse map, the entire screen will be redrawn with the new view area displayed.
To get back to the original map and display, click on the Full Extent button. This will
revert the map to its original saved zoom level and icon display.
Controller Upload and Download
What is this feature used for?
Controller Upload and Download is a spreadsheet listing of multiple values
that are saved in both the device and the database. By interacting with these
values, many NTCIP devices can be talked to and modified. This is a powerful tool that can customize features in devices, change timing plans on traffic controllers, and change nearly any value in a device that is NTCIP
compliant.
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Monitor Status and health of all connected devices.
Synchronize the time so that coordination runs properly.
Upload data out of the controller to Device Manager.
Download data from Device Manager to the controller.
The layout of the Controller Upload Download form will depend on the type of controller that is in use. These displays are formatted to simulate the look and feel of the
type of controller in use, and what is displayed is completely customizable.
While the layout of the forms might be different for each type of controller, the data
entry and functionality remains the same for all of the controllers.
There are three tables that Upload/Download will access. The screen that pops up
when started is the display table. It draws the values it shows from the underlying database. The yellow squares indicate the values are corresponding to the database’s
values. The database tables are used to be a backup, so any changes should be
saved to the database in case of a device failure.
The opening screen with database values in yellow appears below:
If you hover over a cell, the OID and OID number will pop up in a tool tip.
Changing a value will not automatically save it to the database. Rather, it will appear
like the following in the table, where the changed value appears as a green color.
After a value is changed in the display, it must be saved or updated. To send it to the
device, make sure the cell is selected and choose the “Send Selected” button under
Send to Controller. To save that value to the database, click Save [This Page] under
Save to Central Database.
Note that the values in the database may not always match the values the device has.
To update the display with what the controller (or device) has saved, click Get [All
Pages]. This will ensure that the values in the tables match the values in the device
itself. A cell that has been updated to the new device number will appear either yellow
or blue: yellow if the values in the database match the values in the device, or blue if
the value is different. The blue cell value is the device’s number.
Refresh From Central Database
The data for each controller that is connected to Device Manager will be stored in the
database. To retrieve the database values for a controller, select the required Device
Type and the actual device and then click on one of the refresh from database buttons.
A page is the complete table in the tab you are currently viewing for the device. All
pages will retrieve all information from all tabs/pages.
Get [This Page] – This will retrieve only the data for the current page from the database.
Get [All Pages] – This will retrieve all the data for all the pages from the database.
Refresh From Controller
If you want to retrieve the data that is actually in the controller, select the required
Device Type and the actual device and then click on one of the refresh from controller
buttons.
Get [Selected] – This will retrieve the selected cells from the controller. Note that more
than once cell can be selected.
Get [This Page] –This will retrieve all the data for the current page from the controller.
Get [All Pages] – This will retrieve all the data for all the pages from the controller.
Save to Central Database
If you want to update the database with the values that are currently displayed (either
the values have changed manually in the displayed tables or the values that are coming from the device), select one of the Save to Central Database options. This is a
good way to provide a backup of values in case of a device failure.
Send [This Page] –This will save the data on the currently displayed page to the database.
Send [All Pages] –This will save all the pages for the selected device to the database.
Update to Controller
If you want to update the controller with the values that are currently displayed (either
the values have changed or you have retrieved them from the database and want to
update the controller), select one of the Update to Controller options.
Send [Selected] – Only the selected cells will be sent to the device.
Send [This Page] – Only the data from the current page will be saved to the controller.
Send [All Pages] – All the data from all the pages will be saved to the controller.
Editing Data
There are several types of data that can be edited. The options are selection data,
numbers, and enumerated values. To edit any field, position the cursor on that field
and double click the left mouse button. Depending on the type of data that is contained in that field, one of the following data entry windows will open, allowing you to
edit the value(s) in that field. Alternatively, if a cell is selected, and it is a numerical
type, typing the number you want changed and pressing enter will alter the number
and move to the right adjacent cell.
Checkbox Input – check the selections you need by
clicking the appropriate selections. In this example,
March, April, November, and December will be
selected for the schedule. Press OK when done.
Numerical Input – these fields will typically require the input
of a numeric value, representing for example, the number of
seconds, number of cars, free plan number etc.
Enter the required value in the field and click the OK button.
Enumerated Input – these fields will have a specific range of
values that can be selected. The input window will list the
available options and allow you to choose the required value.
An important thing to note when modifying values is that each choice for a cell is tailored to the type of data needed for that device. So if a cell requires an integer, it will
pop up a numerical input field and only allow a numerical value to be entered. These
selections can be changed and configured, so the pop up window may look different.
An important thing to note when modifying values is that each choice for a cell is tailored to the type of data needed for that device. So if a cell requires an integer, it will
pop up a numerical input field and only allow a numerical value to be entered.
The Save Values to… will allow you to take the
values on the displayed screen and send them to
another controller or device.
Status
This option will open a window that displays the current status of all the devices that
are connected to Device Manager. This is an extremely important form as it allows you
to monitor the health and status of the system as a whole from one form rather than
having to open individual forms to check individual devices. Using this form, you can
easily get an overview of the system, depending on which option you select.
What is this feature used for?
Status is an incredibly powerful tool that can access the logs of devices,
check on the health of the system, and generate statistical values of errors,
time-outs, and more.
The main screen looks like this when any groups of devices are selected:
Highlight a particular device to open a screen that shows the details for that device.
You will be able to select the type of information that you want to view, the date range
for that data and how you want the data grouped.
If you select Device Logs (the first radio button after you click on the device), the following data will be returned for the selected device:
The variables that will be displayed in the device log are completely configurable and
are dependant on the type of device connected. They can be found in the top row of
the table, and will always include the following:
Log Time – the date and time of the entry for the log. Note that each new line is
an entry to the log.
Error Message – the error messages will be displayed here in red.
Other messages that may be included but are optional may include:
Message – the current message on a sign at the log time
MessageOwner – the owner of the message
MessageRunTimePriority – the priority of the message
MessageTimeRemaining – length of time remaining for the message to be up
StatDoorOPen – whether the door on the device is open or closed
LineVolts – the voltage reading at time of polling on device
Advanced Tip: To add or remove columns in this table, navigate to
Administration > Configure > Device Type Log Data. Details on how to
do this can be found in the Administration section of this manual.
If you select Online History, the following data will be returned for the selected device.
This option will display details of the selected device as far as its on-line status is concerned.
The columns that appear may include (depending on your configuration):
Log Time
Online
Marginal
Offline
If you select Comm Stats, the following information will be returned (if available) for
the selected sign:
Potential columns for this window would include:
Log Time
No error
SNMP error
Time Out
Comm Channel
Other Err
Dyn Error
STMP Errs
Dyn Time Out
Dyn Comm Channel
Dyn Other Error
If you position your cursor in area with the cells and values and right click the mouse,
the following options will become available to you:
Status: Will cause a manual poll to be performed.
Dial To Connect: Will dial to connect to the selected device.
Go Offline: Will make the selected device go offline.
Enable Polling: Will enable the polling option for the selected device.
Sign Control: Will open the Sign Control window for the selected device.
Pixel Test: Will open the Sign Summary window for the selected device and will
display the pixels data for that device.
Parking Aggregate Status
What is this feature used for?
Parking Aggregate Status is used to quickly view parking data that is broken
into sections to make it easy to read. You can view disabled (or not), open,
closed, and reserved lots, as well as total failures.
The screen above should show as follows: on the left, you can view each part of the
tree and all their respective nodes. Parents are the sum of the children, so the higher
up in the tree you view, the more totals you view. On the right side of the window, you
can filter the results under Display Options. The checkmark indicates the total will
include that category.
By clicking Advanced >> you can get more detailed information, including a breakdown of the categories and percentages, the device it is associated with, and log
durations. To make sure your information is up to date, press Refresh Aggregate
Values. The Advanced >> button will change to a Totals >> button.
Your individual setup may also include several parents and nodes. To view the children of a node, click the plus sign on the right hand window. This will open up the
subcategories for that node.
Parking Dashboard
Parking Dashboard is a graphical representation of parking and related data. It displays
an overview of the parking system and the system health. It is particularly useful when
parking is measured by individual bay sensors. The statistics will show information with
different graphs for different purposes.
Occupancy overviews will show the status of the bays, whether they are available or
occupied. Right click on the graph to choose which data group you want displayed.
You can shift and control click to select various options.
The bar graph will show one specific set of data, while pie charts are used as overviews. 24 hr will display a line graph which will display occupancy over time, plotted
over the last 24 hours.
System Heath will show communication statistics- most recent errors in comparison
with non errors. Sensor health will show communication failures and sensor failures.
To configure Parking Dashboard, double click anywhere on the form to choose which
options you want available.
Run
What is this feature used for?
Run is a list of applications, Excel documents, and databases that can be
created. It can be a useful quick list of programs used in traffic management
for easy access.
This option opens a window that allows you to select an application to run from a list
of available applications.
To add an application, enter the name, description, and select an icon. Then click on
the “Browse” button to navigate to that application. For example, to open an Excel
spreadsheet, enter the name of the spreadsheet in the Name Field and then browse to
its location:
Click Save to add the application or shortcut to the list. Once the shortcut is saved into
the list, click on Run Application to run the highlighted application.
This utility can be used to open other programs, documents or databases.
Advanced Tip:
By linking into a document (say a spreadsheet that contains a report log), an
Operator has a quick way to access that spreadsheet from Device Manager
and can add information to the document. It’s also a convenient place to
store a list of all traffic management programs frequently used.
MAINTENANCE
The Maintenance menu consists of the following options:
l Size Event Log
l Bulk Operations
l Brightness Control
l Sign Summary
l Error Logs
Size Operator Log
This screen indicates the current capacity and usage of the Event Log.
The Current Log capacity used indicates, as a percentage, the number of entries that
have already been included in the log file. To change the number of entries that can
be stored in the log file, enter the required value in the Maximum Entries in Log field
and click on the Resize button. The file size will be changed and the Current Log
capacity used will be recalculated.
Bulk Operations
The Bulk Operations window contains further information about the sign to which the
system is connected and provides for diagnostic checks of the sign as well as bulk
transfers of data to or from the database and sign. A connection must be established
with the sign before data can be sent to or retrieved from the sign. To connect to the
sign, select the required sign from the device list and click on the connect button- the
small red or green light to the right of the drop down box. Red indicates no connection
is established and clicking on it will result in an attempt to connect.
To display information about the sign, select the tab that contains the information to be
viewed, and click on the Refresh button on that tab. Note that each tab has its own
Refresh button. Each time the device is changed or another tab is selected, a refresh
must be performed.
Diagnostic Tests
What is this feature used for?
There are two sections diagnostic tests can be run in. The first is in Bulk
Operations. This check is a quick test than can be done on a routine basis
that checks multiple items. The sign summary option is for more detailed
issues.
This utility provides a comprehensive check of all the subsystems on the sign. Check
the box next to each test that is to be performed and click the Run Diagnostics button.
A green check mark will be displayed if the test was successful and a red X will be displayed if the test failed. The test results will only be displayed once all the selected
tests have been completed.
If a test fails when the Bulk Diagnostic Test is performed, further details for each test
can be obtained by selecting the following options:
Test
Pixels
Fans
Power Supplies
Door Status
Temperature
Detailed Diagnostics located at:
Sign Summary/Pixels
Sign Summary/Sign
Status
Sign Summary/Sign
Status
Sign Summary/Sign
Status
Sign Summary/Sign
Test
Line Volts
Controller Error
Detailed Diagnostics located at:
Status
Sign Summary/Sign
Status
Sign Summary/Diagnostics
Bulk Operations
This tab contains utilities that will allow you perform bulk downloads to and from the
sign.
What is this feature used for?
Bulk Operations provides a quick and efficient way to download data back
and forth from the sign to the database. This is very useful in terms of keeping
the database current or replacing default values on a new sign.
To retrieve the information from the sign, check the check boxes for the information
that is to be retrieved and then click on the Refresh button. Save that information to the
database by clicking on the Save button. To update the sign controller with the information, click on the Update Sign button.
If a sign is selected and then Update Sign is clicked, the information that is currently
stored in the database will be sent to the sign.
It is recommend that the information on the signs and the information in your database
are synchronized on a regular basis as part of the routine housekeeping of the signs
controlled by Device Manger. To do this, select a sign and then click on the Refresh
button. This will cause all the selected information (as indicated by the check boxes
selected) to be uploaded from the sign so that it can then be saved to the database by
clicking on Save.
To update a sign with information that is stored on the database, check the applicable
check boxes and then click on the Update Sign button.
Brightness Control
What is this feature used for?
Brightness control allows for the detecting and changing of the brightness on a
sign, either by using photocell levels or manually adjusting the brightness. Photocell levels will detect the light outside and adjust the sign automatically.
A connection to the sign must be established before data is sent to or retrieved from
the sign. To connect to the sign, select the required sign from the device list and click
on the Connect button.
Devices
The list of signs to which Device Manager can connect is displayed when you click on
the drop down list box for the Device field. Select the required sign by highlighting that
sign in the list.
Brightness Mode
There are two ways in which you can control the brightness of the sign. It can be done
manually or by using photocells. Use the manual setting if your device does not support photocell and light detection.
Light Output
This indicates the current output of the brightness of the lamps on the sign. Its value
ranges from 0 (darkest) to 65535 (brightest). This is a read only field that cannot be
edited.
Photocell Level
This indicates the level of ambient light as a value ranging from 0 (darkest) to the maximum photocell level.
Brightness Level
This indicates the current level of brightness that is being used by the sign.
Manual Brightness Level
If you have elected to control the sign brightness manually, the actual brightness level
is entered here. To check what the actual level is at any time, click on the Refresh button. If you then decide to edit the Manual Brightness, move the slider and click Update
Sign. The new level will take effect immediately. This setting can be used in two scenarios: one, that the sign doesn’t support light sensors so brightness is set here; and
two, that the sign DOES support photocells, but the user determines a manual override is necessary.
Brightness Values Error
The value in this field indicates the error (if any) that was encountered when the brightness table was SET. It is a read only field that cannot be edited. The valid values for
this field are:
1 Other
2 None
3 Photocell Gap
4 Negative Slope
5 Too Many Levels
6 Invalid Data
Brightness Control Advanced
Brightness Table
If the brightness level on the sign is controlled using photocell readings, a table that
indicates the brightness level that should be used for the various photocell readings
must be created. Click on the << Advanced >> option to access the Brightness Control
Table.
The Row indicates the row number in the table. The Brightness is the level of illumination the sign will use. The Going Down and Going Up values determine the
brightness value. If the Photocell Level reads in between the Going Up and Going
Down, then using the table it will display a certain brightness.
So, in the above table, if it’s very bright outside, and the photocell is reading a value of
1000, then Device Manager would access the following table and read line 4, and display a value of 16384.
If you want to start this table from scratch, click a empty line, type the brightness
number, the going up/down values, and click Add Line. Add each entry until they are
completed. To know the maximum number of lines or the maximum photo cell level,
consult your device’s manufacturer, as these are specific to the devices. To edit a line,
click the line in the table and make the changes in the text boxes. Click Apply Edit to
change the values. Click and line and then Delete Line to remove a line from the
table.
Remember to click Update Sign to send this data to the sign! You can also click Save
to save the table you built to the database.
WARNING: These values should only be changed if you fully
understand the effect that those changes will have on the
brightness of the sign.
Sign Summary
Sign Summary contains several tabs that provide information and current system
defaults for signs that Device Manager accesses.
A connection must be established to the sign before data is sent to or retrieved from a
sign. To connect to the sign, select the required sign from the device list and click on
the red (connect) button. If the button displays green, Device Manager is already connected to a sign.
To display information about the sign, select the tab that contains the required information, and click on the Refresh button on that tab. Note that each tab has its own
Refresh button and each time the device is changed or another tab is selected, the
refresh button must be clicked to retrieve data.
Topics covered in Sign Summary are divided by tab. Choose the tab you wish to know
more information about:
See " Message Defaults" on page 86
See "Time" on page 91
See " Sign Status" on page 94
See " Sign Configuration" on page 97
See " Diagnostics" on page 101
See " Pixels" on page 104
See " Sign Information" on page 106
See " Manual Poll" on page 107
Sign Summary
Sign Summary contains several tabs that provide information and current system
defaults for signs that Device Manager accesses.
A connection must be established to the sign before data is sent to or retrieved from a
sign. To connect to the sign, select the required sign from the device list and click on
the red (connect) button. If the button displays green, Device Manager is already connected to a sign.
To display information about the sign, select the tab that contains the required information, and click on the Refresh button on that tab. Note that each tab has its own
Refresh button and each time the device is changed or another tab is selected, the
refresh button must be clicked to retrieve data.
Message Defaults
The Message Defaults Tab contains details of the default messages to be used by the
sign under certain specific instances. In addition, it contains the defaults that the system is to use when a new message is created.
Short Power Recovery Message
Enter the Memory Type and Message Number of the message that should be displayed after the sign has recovered from a short power loss. Choose Memory Type
from the drop down list box and then enter the number of the actual message that
should be displayed.
The length of time that determines a short power loss is indicated in the Short Power
Loss (sec) field on this same form.
Long Power Recovery Message
Enter the Memory Type and the Message Number of the message that should be displayed after the sign has recovered from a long power loss. Choose Memory Type
from the drop down list box and then enter the number of the actual message that
should be displayed.
Reset
Enter the Memory Type and the Message Number of the message that should be displayed after the sign is reset. Choose Memory Type from the drop down list box and
then enter the number of the actual message that should be displayed.
Communications Loss
Enter the Memory Type and the Message Number of the message that should be displayed after a loss of communications to the sign. Choose Memory Type from the drop
down list box and then enter the number of the actual message that should be displayed.
Power Loss
Enter the Memory Type and the Message Number of the message that should be displayed after a loss of power to the sign. Choose Memory Type from the drop down list
box and then enter the number of the actual message that should be displayed.
End Duration Message
Enter the Memory Type and the Message Number of the message that should be displayed when the currently displayed message has reached the end of its display
period. Choose Memory Type from the drop down list box and then enter the number
of the actual message that should be displayed.
Time Comm Loss (min)
Enter the number of minutes that should pass before a communications loss is considered to have occurred.
Short Power Loss (sec)
Enter the number of seconds that should pass before a short power loss is considered
to have occurred.
Background Color
The default color that is to be used for the background of any new message that you
create is entered here. For most signs, the background will be black and the foreground will be amber.
Foreground Color
The default color that is to be used for the foreground of any new message that you
create is entered here. For most signs, the background will be black and the foreground will be amber.
Default Flash On
If a message is going to make use of the flash mode, the default for the length of time
for the flash on position will be entered here. This value is entered in tenths of a second. The table below provides some examples of the entry required in this field:
No of Seconds to be Displayed
1
2.5
4
6
Entry for Flash On
10
25
40
60
This default value can be changed when a message is added or edited.
Default Flash Off
If the message is going to make use of the flash mode, the default for the length of time
for the flash off position will be entered here. This value is entered in tenths of a second. The table below provides some examples of the entry required in this field:
No of Seconds to be Off
1
2.5
4
6
Entry for Flash Off
10
25
40
60
This default value can be changed when a message is added or edited.
Default Font
The font that you use most often when creating new messages should be entered
here. This will set the font automatically when a new message is created or an existing message is edited.
Default Line Justification
When a message is created, there are four line justification options can be chosen:
Other, Left, Center, Right and Full. The one that is used most often should be entered
here and will be the default line justification option when an existing message is
edited or a new message is created.
Left: All text entered will be aligned along the left-hand margin.
Center: All text entered will be positioned in the center of the line.
Right: All text entered will be aligned along the right hand margin.
Full: All text entered will be aligned along both the left and right hand margins.
Default Page Justification
When you create a message, there are four page justification options that you can
choose: Other, Top, Middle and Bottom. Specify the one that you use most often and
that will be the automatically selected page justification option when an existing message is edited or a new message is created.
Top: All lines will be positioned starting from the top most line of the sign.
Middle: All lines will be positioned in the center of the sign.
Bottom: All lines will be positioned to the bottom of the sign.
Default Page On Time
Specify the default number of seconds for which a new page of a message is to be displayed. This value is entered in tenths of a second.
The table below provides some examples of the entry required in this field:
No of Seconds to be Displayed
1
2.5
4
6
Entry for Page On
10
25
40
60
This value for can be different for each page of a new message. Enter the most commonly used page on time here so that it does not have to be re-entered each time a
new page of a message is added.
Default Page Off Time
Specify the default number of seconds for which a new page of a message is to be off.
This value is entered in tenths of a second. The table below provides some examples
of the entry required in this field:
No of Seconds to be Off
1
2.5
4
6
Entry for Page Off
10
25
40
60
This value can be different for each page of a new message. Enter the most commonly used page off time here so that it does not have to be re-entered each time a
new page of a message is added.
Sign Summary
Sign Summary contains several tabs that provide information and current system
defaults for signs that Device Manager accesses.
A connection must be established to the sign before data is sent to or retrieved from a
sign. To connect to the sign, select the required sign from the device list and click on
the red (connect) button. If the button displays green, Device Manager is already connected to a sign.
To display information about the sign, select the tab that contains the required information, and click on the Refresh button on that tab. Note that each tab has its own
Refresh button and each time the device is changed or another tab is selected, the
refresh button must be clicked to retrieve data.
Time
The values that are stored in the Time fields are only of consequence if you are using
scheduling in the sign, displaying time on the sign or using event logging in the sign.
Connection to the sign must be established before data is sent to or retrieved from the
sign. Select the required sign from the Devices list and click on the Connect button. If
the button displays green, Device Manager is already connected to a sign.
Local Device Time
This field represents the time at the device. It is calculated using the values in Global
Time and Time Zone.
Global Time
Global Time is Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). This value, together with the Time Zone
information is used to calculate the Local Device Time. A simpler way of handling this
time calculation would be to set the Global Time to the local time and set Time Zone
to 0.
Day Light Saving
If the sign is positioned at a location that adheres to Daylight Saving Time, enable
Day Light Saving. This will automatically cause the clock to change when daylight saving comes into effect, and then change back to standard time when Daylight Saving is
no longer in effect.
Time Zone
Local Time is calculated using Global Time (Greenwich Mean Time) and adjusting it
by the value in Time Zone. As detailed above, this value can be set to 0 if you set
Global Time to the Local Time. Enter the time zone in this box (as defined by the difference from GMT time).
Sign Summary
Sign Summary contains several tabs that provide information and current system
defaults for signs that Device Manager accesses.
A connection must be established to the sign before data is sent to or retrieved from a
sign. To connect to the sign, select the required sign from the device list and click on
the red (connect) button. If the button displays green, Device Manager is already connected to a sign.
To display information about the sign, select the tab that contains the required information, and click on the Refresh button on that tab. Note that each tab has its own
Refresh button and each time the device is changed or another tab is selected, the
refresh button must be clicked to retrieve data.
Sign Status
Establish a connection to the sign before sending or retrieving data from the sign.
Select the required sign from the devices list and click on the Connect button. If the button displays green, Device Manager is already connected to a sign.
Door Open
This is a read only value that indicates if any of the doors on the sign are open. If
‘closed’ is reported, it means that all the doors are closed. If ‘open’ is reported, you will
need to physically locate which door is open and close it.
Fan Failure
This indicates which fan (if any) has failed. If a fan has failed, the status will be displayed as failed. Click on the drop down list box to display details of exactly how
many and which fans have failed so that the necessary action can be taken to rectify
the problem.
Fan Test Activation
This function activates a fan test. Click on the drop down list to select the activate test
option. Then click on the Update Sign button to start the fan test. Any errors encountered during the test will be reported in the Fan Failure field.
Sign Volts
This is a read only field that indicates the voltage of the power supply or batteries that
supply power to the sign. It will only display a value if this object is supported by the
sign. If it is not supported by the sign, it will display ‘not supported’.
Line Volts
This is a read only field that indicates the voltage of the main incoming power supply
line to the sign. It will only display a value if this object is supported by the sign. If it is
not supported by the sign, it will display ‘not supported’.
Power Source
This is a read only field that will indicate the source of power currently utilized by the
sign. The valid options for this field are:
Power Shutdown
No Sign Power
AC Line
Generator
Solar
Battery
A value of ‘Other’ indicates that the sign is currently powered by a method other than
those listed above.
Minimum Cabinet Temperature (Cabinet Min)
This read only field indicates the minimum temperature within the sign control cabinet,
measured in degrees Celsius. If the control cabinet has only one temperature sensor
installed, the value received from that sensor will be returned in both the minimum and
maximum cabinet temperature fields. If the control cabinet has more than one temperature sensor installed, the lowest cabinet temperature reported by the sensors will
be displayed here.
Maximum Cabinet Temperature (Cabinet Max)
This read only field indicates the maximum temperature within the sign control cabinet, measured in degrees Celsius. If the control cabinet has only one temperature sensor installed, the value received from that sensor will be returned in both the minimum
and maximum cabinet temperature fields. If the control cabinet has more than one temperature sensor installed, the highest cabinet temperature reported by the sensors will
be displayed here.
Minimum Ambient Temperature (Ambient Min)
This read only field indicates the minimum temperature recorded in the immediate
vicinity of the sign. If the sign has only one ambient temperature sensor installed, the
value received from that sensor will be returned in both the minimum and maximum
ambient temperature fields. If the sign has more than one temperature sensor
installed, the lowest ambient temperature reported by the sensors will be displayed
here.
Maximum Ambient Temperature (Ambient Max)
This read only field indicates the maximum temperature recorded in the immediate
vicinity of the sign. If the sign has only one ambient temperature sensor installed, the
value received from that sensor will be returned in both the minimum and maximum
ambient temperature fields. If the sign has more than one temperature sensor
installed, the highest ambient temperature reported by the sensors will be displayed
here.
Sign Housing Minimum Temperature (Sign Housing Min)
This read only field indicates the minimum temperature recorded in the sign housing.
If the sign has only one sign housing temperature sensor installed, the value received
from that sensor will be returned in both the minimum and maximum sign housing temperature fields. If the sign has more than one temperature sensor installed, the lowest
sign housing temperature reported by the sensors will be displayed here.
Sign Housing Maximum Temperature (Sign Housing Max)
This read only field indicates the minimum temperature recorded in the sign housing.
If the sign has only one sign housing temperature sensor installed, the value received
from that sensor will be returned in both the minimum and maximum sign housing temperature fields. If the sign has more than one temperature sensor installed, the highest
sign housing temperature reported by the sensors will be displayed here.
Sign Summary
Sign Summary contains several tabs that provide information and current system
defaults for signs that Device Manager accesses.
A connection must be established to the sign before data is sent to or retrieved from a
sign. To connect to the sign, select the required sign from the device list and click on
the red (connect) button. If the button displays green, Device Manager is already connected to a sign.
To display information about the sign, select the tab that contains the required information, and click on the Refresh button on that tab. Note that each tab has its own
Refresh button and each time the device is changed or another tab is selected, the
refresh button must be clicked to retrieve data.
Sign Configuration
Establish a connection to the sign before sending data to or retrieving data from the
sign. Select the required sign from the devices list and click on the Connect button. If
the button displays green, Device Manager is already connected to a sign.
Sign Type
This indicates the type of sign. It is a read only field that cannot be edited. The valid
values for this field are:
l Other
l Blank Out Sign (bos)
l Changeable Message Sign (cms)
l Variable Message Sign with character matrix setup (vmsChar)
l Variable Message Sign with line matrix setup (vmsLine)
l Variable Message Sign with full matrix setup (vmsFull)
l Portable Other
l Portable Blank Out Sign (portableBOS)
l Portable Changeable Message Sign (portableCMS)
l Portable Variable Message Sign with character matrix setup (portableVMSChar)
l Portable Variable Message Sign with line matrix setup (portableVMSLine)
l Portable Variable Message Sign with full matrix setup (portableVMSFull)
Beacon Type
This indicates the configuration of the type, numbers and flashing patterns of beacons
on a sign. It is a read only field that cannot be edited. The valid values for this field are:
l Other
l None
l One Beacon flashing
l Two Beacons – synchronized flashing
l Two Beacons – opposing flashing
l Four Beacons – synchronized flashing
l Four Beacons – alternate rows flashing
l Four Beacons – alternate column flashing
l Four Beacons – alternate diagonal flashing
l Four Beacons – no synchronized flashing
l One Beacon – strobe light
l Two Beacons – strobe light
l Four Beacons – strobe light
Sign Access
This indicates the method of access to the sign. It is a read only value that cannot be
edited. The valid methods are:
l Other
l Walk In access
l Rear access
l Front access
Sign Height
The height of the sign indicated in millimeters. This information is stored in the sign
controller and cannot be edited.
Sign Width
The width of the sign indicated in millimeters. This information is stored in the sign controller and cannot be edited.
Horizontal Border
This is the minimum border distance in millimeters that exits on the left and right hand
sides of the sign. It is a read only field that cannot be edited.
Vertical Border
This is the minimum border distance in millimeters that exists on the top and bottom of
the sign. It is a read only field that cannot be edited.
Legend
This indicates if a legend is shown on the sign. It is a read only field that cannot be
edited. The valid values for this field are:
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l No Legend
l Legend Exists
Sign Technology
This indicates the utilized technology in a bitmap format. This is a read only field that
cannot be edited. The valid values for this field are:
l Other
l LED
l Flip Disk
l Fiber Optics
l Shuttered
l Lamp
l Drum
Character Height in Pixels
This indicates the height of a single character in pixels. A value of zero (0) indicates a
variable character height. This is a read only field that cannot be edited.
Character Width in Pixels
This indicates the width of a single character in pixels. The value zero (0) indicates a
variable character width. This is a read only field that cannot be edited.
Sign Height in Pixels
This field indicates the number of rows of pixels for the entire sign. This is a read only
field that cannot be edited.
Sign Width in Pixels
This field indicates the number of rows of pixels for the entire sign. This is a read only
field that cannot be edited.
Vertical Pitch
This field indicates the vertical distance from the center of one pixel to the center of the
neighboring pixel in millimeters. This is a read only field that cannot be edited.
Horizontal Pitch
This field indicates the horizontal distance from the center of one pixel to the center of
the neighboring pixel in millimeters. This is a read only field that cannot be edited.
Sign Summary
Sign Summary contains several tabs that provide information and current system
defaults for signs that Device Manager accesses.
A connection must be established to the sign before data is sent to or retrieved from a
sign. To connect to the sign, select the required sign from the device list and click on
the red (connect) button. If the button displays green, Device Manager is already connected to a sign.
To display information about the sign, select the tab that contains the required information, and click on the Refresh button on that tab. Note that each tab has its own
Refresh button and each time the device is changed or another tab is selected, the
refresh button must be clicked to retrieve data.
Diagnostics
Establish a connection to the sign before data is sent to or retrieved from the sign. To
connect to the sign, select the required sign from the devices list and click on the Connect button. If the button displays green, Device Manager is already connected to a
sign.
Control Mode
This field indicates the selected control mode of the sign. Do not change this value
unless you are fully aware of the implications of that change. The available Control
Modes are:
l Other
l Local
l External
Central
l Central Override
l Simulation
SW Reset
This provides a software interface that will initiate a controller reset. The valid values
for this field are ‘No reset’ or ‘Reset’. Once the controller has been reset, this field will
be changed to No Reset.
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Message Table Source
This field indicates the message number that is used to generate the currently displayed message. This is a read only field that cannot be edited.
Message Requestor
This field stores a copy of the value in the Activate Message field. If the current message was not activated, then this field will display a value of 0.
Memory Management
This field indicates the status of the sign’s memory. It is a read-write field and the valid
values are:
l Other
l Normal
l Clear Changeable Messages
l Clear Volatile Messages
Short Error Status
This indicates a summary of errors that exist. It is a read only field and the valid values
are:
1 Other error
2 Communications error
4 Power error
8 Attached device error
16 Lamp error
32 Pixel error
64 Photocell error
128 Message error
256 Controller error
512 Temperature warning
1024 Fan error
Controller Error
The value in this field indicates a specific error with the controller. This is a read only
field and the valid value are:
l Other controller error
l PROM error
l Program/processor error
l RAM error
Syntax Error
This error code identifies the first detected syntax error within a MULTI message. It is a
read only field and the valid values are:
l Other
l None
l Unsupported tag
l Unsupported tag value
l Text too big
l Font not defined
l Character not defined
l Field device does not exist
l Field device error
l Flash region error
l Tag conflict
l Too many pages
Syntax Error Position
This indicates the offset from the first character of the MULTI message where the syntax error has occurred.
Other Error Description
This indicates any Device Manager specific error messages.
Sign Summary
Sign Summary contains several tabs that provide information and current system
defaults for signs that Device Manager accesses.
A connection must be established to the sign before data is sent to or retrieved from a
sign. To connect to the sign, select the required sign from the device list and click on
the red (connect) button. If the button displays green, Device Manager is already connected to a sign.
To display information about the sign, select the tab that contains the required information, and click on the Refresh button on that tab. Note that each tab has its own
Refresh button and each time the device is changed or another tab is selected, the
refresh button must be clicked to retrieve data.
Pixels
Pixel status on the sign can be determined in one of two ways by the controller. In the
first instance, the controller will detect failed pixels when a message is displayed in
the normal manner on the sign. The second method involves running a pixel failure
test on the sign. The first method happens automatically and requires no operator intervention. The second method requires that you indicate to the controller that it should
perform a pixel test.
Establish a connection to the sign that data is sent to or retrieved from. To connect to
the sign, select the required sign from the devices list and click on the Connect button.
If the button displays green, Device Manager is already connected to a sign.
Pixel Fail Type
This indicates which type of pixel failure reporting is to be viewed. If those pixels that
are indicated as failed in the normal displaying of a message are to be viewed, click
the Message Display button and then click the Refresh button. The failed pixels will
be reported in the table displayed on the form.
To view the results of an actual pixel test, click on the Pixel Test button. You will have
to actively perform a pixel test before any values will be returned.
Row
This indicates the number of the row in the table.
X Position (X Pos)
This indicates the X location of the failed pixel. This is the horizontal direction and is
counted from the left-most pixel of the sign.
Y Position (Y pos)
This indicates the Y location of the failed pixel. This is the vertical direction and is
counted from the top most pixels of the sign.
Stuck
This indicates if the indicated pixel is stuck on or stuck off.
Color
This indicates a color failure in a pixel on multi-colored signs.
Electrical
This indicates if the fault reported is of an electrical nature.
Mechanical
This indicates if the fault reported is of a mechanical nature.
Sign Summary
Sign Summary contains several tabs that provide information and current system
defaults for signs that Device Manager accesses.
A connection must be established to the sign before data is sent to or retrieved from a
sign. To connect to the sign, select the required sign from the device list and click on
the red (connect) button. If the button displays green, Device Manager is already connected to a sign.
To display information about the sign, select the tab that contains the required information, and click on the Refresh button on that tab. Note that each tab has its own
Refresh button and each time the device is changed or another tab is selected, the
refresh button must be clicked to retrieve data.
Sign Information
This will display information about the make and model of the device and details of
the version of the hardware and software that is installed in the device.
To view the details from the device, click on the Refresh button. This will retrieve the
data from the device and display it here. If you want to Save the retrieved data to the
database, click on the Save button.
Sign Summary
Sign Summary contains several tabs that provide information and current system
defaults for signs that Device Manager accesses.
A connection must be established to the sign before data is sent to or retrieved from a
sign. To connect to the sign, select the required sign from the device list and click on
the red (connect) button. If the button displays green, Device Manager is already connected to a sign.
To display information about the sign, select the tab that contains the required information, and click on the Refresh button on that tab. Note that each tab has its own
Refresh button and each time the device is changed or another tab is selected, the
refresh button must be clicked to retrieve data.
Manual Poll
This is a utility that forces a polling of the selected device for maintenance purposes.
The values that will be polled are setup using Configure Logs in Maps. To poll the
device, make sure the sign is connected, select the device type (your configuration
may appear as a drop-down menu instead) and select the device. Click Refresh to
poll the device and retrieve the values desired.
Error Logs
Error Logs allows you to set up thresholds in each device so that errors can be logged
based on those thresholds.
Event Groups and Events
Event Group
An Event Group is a description of a group of similar occurrences within a sign, i.e.:
monitoring different types of temperature within a sign would be “grouped” together in
a temperature group of events.
Rows Allocated
This indicates the numbers of rows in the event log that are allocated for each event
group.
Rows Used
This indicates the number of rows that have been used in the event log for each event
group. It is a read only value.
Mode
When monitoring an object, the sign controller will write an entry in its log for which
value you have chosen. You are given 6 choices:
Other: Other
Changes: When the value of the object being monitored changes
Greater Than: When the value of the object being monitored exceeds the compare
value for the specified time
Less Than: When the value of the object being monitored is less than the compare
value for the specified time
In Between: When the value of the object being monitored falls outside the predefined
range
Periodic: Every “x” number of seconds defined by the value stored in the value/time
box
Value
State a specific value that will trigger an event. For example, if the temperature of the
control cabinet is being monitored and an entry is to be created when the temperature
exceeds 20 degrees Celsius, enter 20 in the compare value field.
Monitor this Object
Specify here the object in the event you wish to monitor.
Log this Object
Specify a value to be recorded when the criteria for the event are met.
Record This Event
Check this box to make this event active.
Clear Event Logs
Use this option to clear the event logs that have been created. You can select a specific Event Group or you can clear all event groups from the log.
To clear a specific Event Group, click on the drop down list box for Event Groups and
select the required Event Group. Under Device Action, select the date before which
you want the entries deleted by clicking on the drop down list box and selecting the
required date from the calendar that opens. Then check the “Clear Event Log Entries
for the Selected Event Group Only” check box. As soon as you check that check box,
a message will be displayed, requesting confirmation of your action:
If you are sure that you have made the correct selections, click on Yes to proceed and
the Event Log will be cleared as requested. If you need to amend your selections,
click on No to return to the Clear Event Log screen so that you can make the necessary changes. For clearing multiple groups, use the “Clear All Log entries for all
Event Groups” checkbox.
View Recorded Events
View Entries From
Specify a date and time to view log entries recorded during that time period.
View Entries To
Specify a date and time to view log entries recorded during that time period.
Digital Aux I/O
In this screen, select a device and then choose the line you wish to change. Clicking
toggles the line, which will then change the color of the Status column. The drop down
box will display a log, showing the latest message. Once changes are made, send it to
the sign by pressing "Update Sign." Refresh Values will pull the values the device has
saved.
ADMINISTRATION
The Administration menu consists of the following options:
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Icon Management*
Link Icon to Device Type*
Place Icon on Map*
Scenarios and Amber Alerts
Configure
o Alarm Thresholds
o Alarm Priority Responses
o BlockBuilder
o Cold Start
o Device Groups Configuration
o Device Type Log Data
o Drum Sign Configuration
o Form Builder
o GIS Zoom Settings
o Layer Groups
o Layers
o Log Device Polling
o Real-time Polling
n Polling
n STMP Polling
o Refresh Server Polling
o SMTP Server
o Sign Library
o Word Checker Settings
o Language Settings
o Standard Operating Procedures
o System Configuration
Operators
o Add
o Delete
o Access Levels
o Profiles
o Currently Logged on Users
Edit Master Fonts
Device Security
Database
o Devices
o Device Types
o Connections
* See Maps
Scenarios and Amber Alerts
What is this feature used for?
Scenarios and Amber Alerts provide the functionality that enables the logical
grouping of messages that should be displayed on devices under certain
given circumstances.
If the Camera module is included in Intelligent NETworks Device Manager, this function will also allow the positioning of those cameras at certain given positions, based
on the circumstance. This is an effective and accurate way to implement incident management. The pre-prepared messages for amber alerts and scenarios ensure that the
correct message is displayed on the applicable sign at the required time.
The ultimate effectiveness of this function depends on the attention to detail and the
extent to which the messages and camera positions are created for each type of scenario.
Amber Alert
The Amber Alert system was started in 1996 in Texas when broadcasters and the
local police there teamed together to create a system to assist in finding abducted children. Since then the system has grown nationwide.
The US Department of Justice, in an effort to create a uniform, interoperable network
of plans across the country, has recommended that the following criteria be taken into
account when issuing an amber alert.
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The abduction has been confirmed by law enforcement.
There is a risk of serious bodily injury or death.
There is sufficient descriptive information about the suspect and/or the vehicle
involved in the abduction.
The child is 17 years old or younger.
It is also recommended that as part of the Amber Alert, details of the child’s name and
other critical data elements (including the Child Abduction flag) be entered into the
National Crime Information Center (NCIC). This step automatically takes the search
for an abducted child from a local, state or regional level to a national level.
Creating an Amber Alert
1. Select Scenarios and Amber Alerts from the Administration Menu. The following
window will open.
2. Expand Scenarios and Amber Alerts to display all that have already been created.
3. Highlight Amber Alerts and then right click the mouse. From the menu that is displayed, select New and from the menu that is then displayed, select Amber Alert. A
New Amber Alert will be added. Rename the Amber Alert that you have created. As
soon as you press Enter to update the name, the following window will open:
4. Select the Device Types for which the Amber Alert is being created. A list of all the
available devices will be displayed. Click on the check box next to each sign on which
the amber alert is to be displayed.
WARNING: Note that if you are creating an Amber Alert that is to be sent out
to a range of different signs (portable trailers, overheads etc), Device Manager will automatically limit the text of the message so that it will fit the smallest sign configuration.
In this example, only one sign is selected. Up to 3 lines of text and approximately 15
characters per line (depending on the font) can be entered for displaying on this sign.
You will notice that 3 lines of text are available for input. Device Manager will prohibit
you from typing text into the line fields when the maximum number of characters that
will display on the sign has been reached.
In this example, two signs have been selected. The one sign allows up to 3 lines of
text and approximately 15 characters per line (depending on the font) and the second
one allows 2 lines of text and approximately 20 characters (depending on the font).
You will notice that only 2 lines of text are available for input. Device Manager will prohibit you from typing text into the line fields when approximately 15 characters have
been entered as this is the maximum that will display on the 3 by 15 size sign.
2. Select the Message Action which will determine if the Amber Alert Message is to
replace the existing messages that are being displayed on the signs or if the Amber
Alert Message is to be added onto (appended to) the current message that is being displayed.
3. Change the Activation Details if required.
4. There are two ways to create a new message. You can type the message yourself
by clicking the “Allow manual text input on pages” check box. You will be limited to
entering the number of lines and characters that will display on the smallest sign
included in the sign selection.
Alternatively, leave that check box unchecked and you can build the message by
selecting options from the drop down list boxes that are provided.
To use this feature, make a selection in one of the drop-down boxes.
Select the Vehicle Make, Vehicle Color, or Special Phrase from the drop down
list of available options. Once clicked, the text is “held” on the cursor, so you
must now drag it to a text box that is available. Click again to drop the text into
the field in which you want it to display. You do NOT need to press and hold the
mouse button to drag the word over. Clicking it once in the drop down will be
enough. You can add more than one word or phrase to a line of a page if the
number of characters allows it.
WARNING: If you place too many characters in a field, only those characters of the word or phrase that will be displayed on the sign will appear
in the field. For example, if you tried to add “AMBER Alert” to a short sign
in one line, the text field (and therefore the sign) will read “AMBER Al”
and truncate the message.
To remove one or more word or phrases, you must click the clear button next to
the line that is to be cleared. This will clear everything from the field so corrections can be made.
If the vehicle make, vehicle color, or special phrase that you want to use is not in
the drop down list, you can add it to the list provided you have the required
access to do this. Select the first option in the drop-down menu. It will say something like Add Make…
A popup box will appear, asking for your input as to what needs to be added.
Click OK to add the selection to the drop down menu.
5.Preview the message that you have created by clicking on the Preview Amber
Alert Message button.
6.Click on Close to close the preview window and then click on Save and Exit to
return to the Scenarios and Amber Alerts control page.
To send the Amber Alert, click on the Activate button. The message will be sent out to
all the devices that are listed in the top right hand window.
When the Amber Alert is activated, the details of the Activation process will be displayed, verifying the success of the activation on each device.
See " Scenarios" on page 122
Scenarios
A Scenario is a pre-programmed message that is sent to a specific group of devices. If
the Camera Control Module is included with Device Manager, camera positions can
also be pre-programmed and activated as part of a Scenario.
Scenarios are setup up by an Administrator user, but other users may implement
them. Scenarios are available under both the Operations and the Administrative
menus. This feature ensures that the correct action is taken at the correct time to provide accurate and successful incident management.
A scenario consists of four elements
Scenario Group: A group of scenarios.
Scenario Sign Group: The group of signs on which the scenario is to be activated.
Scenario Camera Group: The cameras allocated to each Scenario Group.
Device: The specific device and message that is to be activated.
To create a Scenario, highlight Scenario in the list and right click the mouse. Select
New to start creating a new Scenario Group. Choose Scenario Group from the menu
and a new directory will be added to the list. Rename the directory, indicating which
type of scenario messages are contained in this group. Once the name is correct, highlight that directory and right click the mouse once again, to create a new Scenario
Sign Group. Rename the Scenario Sign Group, indicating the specific type of messages that are contained in the group.
As soon as Enter is pressed after renaming the Scenario Sign Group, the following
window will open:
Enter the description of that Sign Group. The description should accurately describe
the group of signs on which the messages are to be displayed. Choose the Activation
Priority for that sign group. Unlike Amber Alert messages, informative messages do
not necessarily need to have an Activation Priority of Emergency. Indicate whether the
scenario should override all priority and CRC errors. Click on Save to create the Sign
Group.
Once the Sign Group has been created, the signs and the message that should be
included when the Scenario is activated need to be defined. Right click on the Scenario Sign Group and select New and then Device. This will allow devices to be allocated to the Scenario.
Click on Save to add the device to the Scenario Sign Group. Repeat this process for
each of the devices that are to be included in the Scenario Sign Group.
All the devices that have been added to the Scenario Sign Group will be displayed in
the upper right hand window when the sign group is highlighted in the display tree.
This will allow a quick verification of the sign group.
WARNING: It is highly recommended you verify the Scenario before activating it, especially if this is the first time the Scenario is being run. This will
step through the Scenario without actually activating it, making sure the signs
are connected and the retrieving the selected message.
To deactivate the scenario, click the Deactivate Scenario button. This will clear all
messages that are currently in the queue as well as removing any currently displayed
messages.
The Use Default Times checkbox will use the settings you specified when adding
devices to the Sign Group. Unchecking that box will allow the neighboring “Activation
Length” to be enabled, where a new time can be specified that will override the old
times.
Standard Operating Procedures
Device Manager can be configured so that in the event of an incident (here an activation of a Scenario), a Standard Operating Procedure can be activated to provide
instructions to the operator regarding the necessary action required for that specific
incident. Smart tags can be attached to the instructions so that critical contact information need only be maintained in one location, therefore ensuring that the most up to
date information is displayed. To set up standard operating procedures, open Scenarios and Amber Alerts.
To add a Standard Operating Procedure for a Scenario, highlight that Scenario and
right click the mouse. A menu will be opened. Select New and from the menu that is
then displayed, select Standard Operating Procedure. The Standard Operating Procedure will be displayed with the Scenario for which it was created. For more information on how to configure a Standard Operating Procedure, see “Standard Operating
Procedures” under Administration, Configuration.
When an operator activates a Scenario or Amber Alert that has a Standard Operating
Procedure included, the following window will open:
The Procedures and Procedure Notification details will be listed so that the Operator
can follow the procedures. The Operator can type details of the steps that were completed in the Current Operator Response field. Once all the procedures and notifications have been completed, the Operator should check the Closed Status button.
When the Operator exits the Standard Operating Procedure by clicking on the Close
button, the details of the transactions that were completed will be saved to the database.
See "Scenarios and Amber Alerts" on page 115
Configure
The Configure section is where you edit and manage some of the features in Device
Manager to accommodate your unique requirements.
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Alarm Priority Responses
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Block Builder
Cold Start
Device Groups Configuration
Device Type Log Data
Drum Sign Configuration
Form Builder
Groups
Intersections
Sensors
GIS Map Links
GIS Zoom Settings
GPS Trails
Layer Groups
Layers
Log Device Polling
Real-time Polling
Refresh Server Polling
SMTP Server
Sign Library
Word Checker Settings
Language Settings
Parking
o Aggregates
o Signs
o Sign Details
o Tags
Standard Operating Procedure
System Configuration
Alarm Thresholds
What is this feature used for?
You can identify and specify the conditions under which devices should
report alarm situations. The Alarm Thresholds function (Administration> Configure >Alarm Thresholds) is where you set the parameters for each device
and the conditions under which that device should report an alarm.
Mask Alarm
Alarms will typically trigger each time a device is polled. In some instances, this will
become an annoyance and you might want to suppress the alarm for a period of time.
If an alarm is masked, it will alarm the first time it is triggered and then not until it is
unmasked or the mask expires.
By User
The User that last masked or unmasked the highlighted alarm will be displayed here.
Date and Now
The date from which the alarm should be masked is selected here. To set
the date to the current computer date, click on Now. Otherwise enter the
required date.
Mask Until
You can select to mask an alarm for specific periods of time. The alarm
state for the device will not be reported while the alarm is in mask status.
You can select one of three options for the duration of a mask.
None: The Alarm will be triggered each time the device is polled
Forever: The Alarm will be triggered the first time but not again until the
mask is removed.
Specify: The Alarm will trigger the first time the alarm condition is met, and
then not again until after the specified date and time. The date and time is
selected from the drop down list box that will appear only after “Specify” is
clicked.
Mask All
Click this button if you want all the Alarms to be masked. This would typically be used on a holiday when it is known that there will be no one available to respond to the alarm.
Unmask All
Click this button to remove any and all masks from the listed alarms.
Alarm Threshold Information
This is where you enter/edit the information for each alarm threshold for the devices.
Description
Enter the name of the alarm. Make the name as descriptive as possible so that it
is obvious what the alarm is for when it is displayed. This is a free format field.
Device Types
Select the Device Type from the drop down list box. All the Device Types that
are installed on Device Manager will be shown so that you can make your selection.
Devices
Select the device for which you are setting up an alarm. Only the devices of the
selected Device Type will be available for selection. You can also select “All
Devices for Type” to select an entire subgroup of devices.
Object
All the available objects for the selected device will be displayed. The selection
made here will be the item you want to trigger the alarm. For example, if you
wanted to create an alarm that triggers when the door is open on the device,
select DmsStatDoorOpen.0 in this instance.
Instance
If there is more than one instance of the object, select the required instance here.
Data Type
This will display the type of data that the object contains.
OID Description and OID
The description and number of the OID will be displayed here for verification purposes.
Alarm Priority
This is where you select/edit the priority level for each alarm. Select the required
Alarm Priority level from the drop down list box- Low, Regular, High, or Emergency
depending on the circumstances.
Alarm Priority Response by Authority Level (1-5)
This is a predefined field using the Alarm Priority Responses form. Device Manager will automatically fill out this field using the priority and each priority has a
set definition. To change any of the Alarm Priority Response values, select
Administration, Configure, Alarm Priority Responses.
Tru Color
This indicates the color that will be displayed when the device is in an alarm state.
Click the “…” next to the currently displayed color to change.
Log Trigger
There are two triggers in this particular field. The first set- the selections not in parenthesis-are the logging options. This will make an entry in the log when alarms go off,
alarms are reset, both, or neither. Secondly, you can choose the event- whether the
alarm event should trigger, the reset event should trigger, neither, or both. Select the
event choice by the parenthesis it is in.
Log Alarms (Alarm and Reset Events)
Log Alarms (Alarm Events Only)
Log Alarms and Reset (Alarm and Reset Events)
Log Alarms and Reset (Alarm Events Only)
No Logs (Alarm and Reset Events)
No Logs (Alarm Events Only)
For example, if you had a door alarm and wanted to log each time that door opened
(the alarm) and it closed (the reset) and wanted the event to trigger, select Log Alarms
and Reset (Alarm and Reset Events).
Email Alert List
Open this list to specify an email alert list to notify people when this alarm triggers.
The following window will open. Type the email addresses required and press Add.
Acceptance Required
If this box is checked, the device will display in an alarm state until a user with the correct level of authority accepts (acknowledges) that alarm.
Compare
If you are generating an alarm for an OID that can be compared to a set value or range
of values, you can specify the type of comparison and the values for that comparison
here. The types of comparison that can be performed are:
None: No comparison will be made.
> than: The OID value should be greater than the value entered in First Value.
< than: The OID value should be less than the value entered in First Value.
= to: The OID value should be equal to the value entered in First Value.
Between range: The OID value should be between the value entered in First value
and The value entered in Second value
Outside Range: The OID value should fall outside the values entered in First Value
and Second value.
First Value
This is the first and only value that will be used if the OID value is being compared to a
single value. Alternatively, this is the first value used in a range.
Second Value
This is the second value that will be used if the OID is being compared to a
range of values.
Binary
These fields can be used instead of the Compare section described above. By referring to the manufacturers’ specifications for a Device’s NTCIP objects, it is possible to
use the binary value to define the threshold.
Select AND or OR depending on how you want the constant added to the original
binary value for the object in question.
Constant
A decimal value that will be converted to a binary number to be used with And or
Or to determine the threshold.
Scaling Type and Scale
NTCIP values are often reported in measurements that are not easily understood. For
example, battery voltage is reported in hundredths of a volt. The more meaningful
value for a user would be whole volts. You can specify here the scale that is to be
used to adjust the NTCIP value to a more understandable value for the end user. In
this case, the scale type would be multiply and the scale would be .01 to bring the
returned OID value into whole volts for displaying on the grid. The valid options for
scaling are:
ENUM – use this to change the value of an index number, like 1, to a
word or phrase. For example, if the value the OID is 0, but really means
OPEN, type “0=OPEN”
NTCIPDATE – this translates the NTCIP value into an easily readable
date format. Once selected, no further actions are required. The alarm
threshold being configured will need to be for an NTCIP date-type value
(for example, globalTime.0).
FORMULA – to change a value using a formula, select this option and
type the formula in the adjacent text box.
MULTPLY – enter the number to multiply by in the text box.
DIVIDE – enter the number to divide by in the text box
Sequential
This field is not in use at this time.
Display Result
This drop down list allows for three choices:
NoneSelect this value (the default) if the results should
be displayed in their native NTCIP format.
Decimal (2 positions)Select this option to convert an
NTCIP numeric value to a 2 digit decimal value.
English FormatSelect this option to display words / messages without the tags. For example, a message from a
sign in NTCIP format would be: TEST[nl]SIGN 1[nl]. In
English Format, the same sign would be displayed:
TEST SIGN 1
Alarm Priority Responses
There are four levels of alarm priority that can be allocated to each alarm condition
created. Alarm Thresholds are created navigating to Administration> Configure>
Alarm Threshold. You can specify up to 5 authority level responses for each alarm
priority. For each of these levels, you can specify if the sound should be on and which
of the 5 authority levels should have access to view and acknowledge the alarm.
Alarm Priority
Select one of the following four alarm priorities:
Low
Regular
High
Emergency
Response By Authority Level (1-5)
Sound On
Check this box if you want the alarm to include sound. If you do not want the alarm to
make sound, leave the box unchecked.
View
Check the authority level(s) that should have access to view the alarm for the selected
priority level.
Acknowledge
Check the authority level(s) that should have access to acknowledge the alarm for the
selected priority level.
Once you have set the parameters for each priority level, click on Save to update the
database.
Block Builder
The Block Builder is primarily used with traffic control devices. To view/edit/add
blocks, select a device type from the “Device Types” combo box and choose an
object, instance, and data type for the object. This will display the Base OID and OID
for the selected Object.
After adding a brief description of the object, click the “Add Object to List” button to add
the created object to the table. To edit the block’s specific details, click the “Block
Details” tab. This allows the user to change the byte counts for the block, as well as
add descriptions for individual bytes.
Cold Start
This is where you set the timeout period for a “Cold Start” of the NTCIP Server. If the
system is inactive for a period longer than the timeout set here, when you next log on to
the system, you will be prompted to start the Message Queue and the Central Schedule.
Cold Start Timeout
Indicate here the length of time that should elapse before the Message Queue and
Central Schedule time out.
Message Queue and Central Schedule
If these buttons indicate START then the Message Queue and/or the Central Schedule has been stopped and you will need to click on these buttons to start them. If the
buttons indicate STOP, then you would need to click the relevant button to stop the
Message Queue and/or the Central Schedule.
Device Groups Configuration
This feature allows the user to logically group devices. Typical use would be, in larger
systems, to group devices by area. In this way, signal controllers could be grouped by
arterial, or signs and cameras could be grouped by county.
To add a structure, plan out the number of groups and organization of groups. Anexample would include all Variable Message Signs in one group, all cameras in a second
group, all sensors in a third and so on. Right click the white window on the left to add a
new Group. Groups can hold either other groups or devices. Right click to rename a
selected group, if needed. Use the window to the right to select devices that are listed
in the database and press the arrow to add it to a selected group.Remember to Save
Configuration
The tree structure works as follow:
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Right clicking in the device groups structure allows you to add, delete, and rename
group (deleting the root node clears the field of everything but keeps the root)
The configuration that the user saves from this form will be same configuration used
for Sign Control, Icon Management, Placing Icons on Maps, and more.
Device Type Log Data
Each device that is placed on the map can have its log configured so that specific information is displayed on the grid for that device when the grid is displayed on the map.
To set the required variables for the grid display, click on the Configure icon in the
upper taskbar.
The following screen will open:
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This screen allows you to select the actual device for which you are configuring a grid.
Then you can select the actual objects that you want to include in the grid display and
the map. Once that is done, you will then open the window that will allow you to format
the grid.
Select the Device Type
All the available Device Types will be listed in the Device Type drop down list.
Click on the drop down list button to open the list and then highlight the required
Device Type to select it.
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Select the Actual Device
Once you have selected the Device Type, the heading for the Device selection
list box will reflect the choice you made. On the screen above, Portable Sign
Device Type was selected and the heading for the drop down list box is Portable
Sign. The list will be populated with all the devices of the selected type that have
been included in Device Manager. Highlight the required device and all the
objects for the device will be made available for selection.
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Select the Objects to be Logged
All the Objects from the MIB for the selected device will be available for logging
and including as part of the current status grid that can be displayed on the
map. Click on the Object drop-down list box and select an object by highlighting
it in the list. Then click on the Add Objects to List button. The highlighted object
will then be included in the List of Log Objects for the Device below.
Select the required object by clicking on the drop down list box and highlighting the
required object.
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Repeat this process until all the required objects have been selected and added
to the Database table.
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Once you have populated the Object list with all the Objects that you might want
to include in the grid, click on the Configure Grid button.
When you click on the Configure Grid button, the following window will open:
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The default size for the grid is 2 rows and 2 columns. To increase the
size of the grid, click on the scroll buttons until the required number of
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rows and columns is displayed. You will notice that the actual grid display changes as you increase or decrease the number of rows and columns.
Select the background color for the fields when they are displayed in
the grid on the map. The available choices are cyan, green, yellow
and white.
Enter the correct title for the columns and the correct names for each of
the rows.
Advanced Tip: The width of the display fields in the grid is determined by the
number of characters in the column title and the longest row name. If the column
name is not wide enough to show all values, you can widen the column by entering leading and trailing characters in the column name. A space cannot be
entered as the first leading character as it will be ignored when the column is
sized. Use a dash (-), underscore (_) or period (.) as the first character (and the
last character to ensure balance in the name). After the first character, enter as
many spaces as required to get the field width correct. To center the column title
split the number of spaces required so that an equal number of spaces is added
before the actual title and after the actual title, and then add the same first character at the end of the field name as you added at the start. An example would be
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Position the cursor anywhere in the columns and then enter the
title for the column in the Columns heading field.
Position the cursor anywhere in a row and then enter the name
for the row in the Row headings field.
Once again, the actual grid display will update as you enter the names in
the heading fields.
Alarm Threshold for Selected Row
This information is used to specify the values that determine alarm conditions. The data displayed here is entered using the Alarm Threshold
functions (Go to administration, Configure, Alarm Thresholds), and is displayed here for information purposes only.
o Scaling for Selected Row
NTCIP values are often reported in measurements that are not easily
understood. For example, battery voltage is reported in hundredths of a
volt. The more meaningful value for a user would be whole volts. You
can specify here the scale that is to be used to adjust the NTCIP value to
a more understandable value for the User. In this case, the scale value
would be .01 to bring the returned OID value into whole volts for displaying on the grid.
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Once all the information has been entered, click on Save Grid Configuration to
update the database. The following message will be displayed, verifying that the
grid configuration has been saved.
Repeat the process for each device for which you want a grid display on the
map.
When all the grids have been configured, click on the Close button to return to the
Device Configure Screen. Here you will be able to test each grid. You can test the grid
using the database values for the fields by clicking on Show Grid (Database).
Drum Sign Configuration
In this form, a user can change the name of drum sign messages and set a picture to
be associated with a drum sign message. To change the message name, click the
current message name under the “Name” column in the table and type in the new
name. To set the picture, click the “…” on the right side of the table and select a path
for the picture. To automatically configure message names and pictures from another
sign, select the sign in the combo box and press the “Copy Messages From” button to
load the names and pictures on the drum sign. Press the save button to save the information to the database.
FormBuilder
This option is an advanced feature that allows you to customize the look and contents
of the forms that are used when the Controller Upload Download utility is accessed.
This facility is used to extract and/or save data to and from the database and any
devices.
Once you open this configuration option, the following window should appear:
This screen will help you configure the different tabs that appear in Controller
Upload/Download. Having properly configured tabs will assure easy access to data in
a way that makes sense to the reviewer.
Once you click over to Page Details, the following window will appear:
These are the rows that will appear within the tabs in Controller Upload/ Download.
Here you can edit the rows that already appear within a tab, add new rows, or delete
existing rows.
Under Selected Page, choose the page you wish to add, edit, or delete rows. A listing
of all rows under that page will appear. Clicking on a specific row will allow you to edit
the settings for that particular value. You can configure the row name, how it is displayed, what object it is linked to, and the description. Click Apply Changes to save
your edits or to add that row.
Make sure to save your work and send it to the database by pressing Update Database Table.
Groups (Device/Operator Security)
The purpose of this feature is to allow multi-jurisdictional control. Each group of
devices is assigned operators, with accessing parameters. This will, for example,
allow the operator in two jurisdictions to control their own signs, and view the signs in
the adjacent jurisdiction.
Under Administration > Configure > Groups, you can set access options for each user
by access groups, which are sets of devices .
To achieve this setup, first you would add devices to a group. To do this, click on the
required devices in the Devices List and drag it to the group to which it should be
added. To create a new group, right click the mouse when the cursor is in the left hand
display window and you will be presented with three options:
New Group
This will create a completely new group. Name the group as meaningfully as
possible so that you can easily identify the group when you need to add users or
devices to that group.
Edit Group
This will allow you to edit the name of the group that is currently selected –
either by the group name being highlighted in the list or one of the devices or
users in that group being highlighted.
Remove
This will allow you to remove the highlighted Group, Device or User.
Once you have created your new group or highlighted the group that you want to edit,
click on the Devices tab and then click on the device that is to be added to the group
and drag it across to the group.
To add users to the group, click on the Users Tab and highlight the user that you want
to add to the group. Then click on the type of access that the user is to have – readwrite, read only or not accessible. The user name will change to the color associated
with each level – red for read write, blue for read only and gray for not accessible.
Intersections
This option allows you to customize the look and feel of your intersection displays.
You can define how the display should look on the map, depending on the level of
detail that is selected for the map.
Device Types
Select the Device Type you want to configure. Only the Device Types that are currently defined in Device Manager will be available for selection.
Settings by...
Choose to either use the default settings for all intersections or select settings for that
device or device type only. If default settings are chosen, those settings will override
any settings made per device or per device type.
Settings Specified by..
Once a selection of the Settings by... field is made, select whether to specify settings
by the device type or device.
Devices for the Selected Device Type
Each Device of the selected Device Type will be displayed here so that you can
select the one that is to be configured.
Zoom
Each zoom level can have a different display configured. Click on the zoom level for
which a display is to be configured. The current setting for that intersection and that
zoom level will be displayed. Different detail level will display depending on how the
map is that is specified for the same intersection.
The zoom levels can be configured under the Administration > Configure > GIS Zoom
Settings if using a GIS Map.
From here, bitmaps can be added to display a background image, and the individual
controls can be added using the drop down arrows. Controls and images may be
moved by clicking and dragging on the right most box, but the exact location can also
be specified under the Top / Left / Height / Width text boxes. If the control has an
object associated with it, select it using the Objects drop down. The OID will then be
displayed.
The picture below illustrates the same intersection at Zoom Level 4.
Sensors
Sensors are typically used to create charts and graphs for traffic flow based on values
from a radar sensor out in the field. Congestion is calculated using speed and volume
using radar devices. This information is then displayed in Map View for operators.
To start, choose your device type and choose the settings desired. Click OK to proceed. Once you have selected the Device Type and Settings, the lower portion of the
window will appear, allowing you to further customize the data, appearance, and creation of graphs made for sensors. There are two parts to this form: sensor configuration, which edits a configuration and creates a new profile, and trace detail,
which modifies the individual variables and lines that appear.
Sensor Configuration
Title: create a new title for this particular configuration or edit an existing
one
Pixels: define the size of the chart in pixels
X-Axis: choose if the axis is visible and whether it reads left to right
X Bounds: define the upper and lower bounds for the x axis
Number of Ticks: defines the number of ticks
Duration Seconds: configures how long it will be in seconds
Grid Lines: toggle the display of increment markers on the graph
Trace Detail
Name: create a new title for the trace or variable
Objects: choose the associated object that will be tracked on the graph
Trace Bounds: define the upper and lower bounds for this trace
OID Instances: choose the instances you wish to track
Visibility: toggle whether each of these objects should be visible in the
chart
Y Labels: configure the appearance of y-axis labels
Color: configure the color of the line that will appear for this trace
Aggregation: configure how the aggregation will calculate
Multiplier: use this to convert NTCIP values to something more manageable
GIS Map Links
GIS Map Links sets up and modifies lines on a GIS map that indicate data. Typically,
this is used for showing traffic congestion in a simple, easy to read format that displays
in Map View. The lines indicate level of congestion based on the alarm status of a
device.
To start, you must define your alarm thresholds under the Administration > Configure >
Alarm Thresholds menu. Select the device that will be checking the traffic flow, which
is typically a radar measuring speed of cars on the road. Create separate thresholds
for each alarm. For example, one alarm would trigger when the speed object was 0-10
miles per hour on the road and display a red line on the highway. The next alarm
created would be 11-20 MPH and show an orange line, 21-30 MPH yellow, and 30+
MPH a green line. This will depend on the road and the typical speeds traveled, so calibrate to specific needs. The “Tru Color” setting from the alarms will be the color displayed on the map. Create your alarms with the setting No Logs (Alarm Events Only)
under Log Trigger in the Alarms form, as typically the alarm will not need to be logged.
After the alarms have been created, then select Administration > Configure > GIS Map
Links. The following window will appear.
A final note: to work properly, GIS Map Links requires at least two alarms to work, as
otherwise the link will only display one color.
GIS Zoom Settings
This form allows the user to change the distance of the view for different zoom levels
for GIS map displays that support zooming and panning. Pick a device type in the
“Device Types” combo box to view the current zoom settings. Adjust the sliders on the
blue line to change the size of the display for each different zoom size. Clicking
“Restore” will reset the values to the current database values. Click “Save” when finished to save the changes made to the database.
GPS Trails
If you have a GPS device located in the field, this setting will help you manage where
these devices are located by displaying a line on the map using latitude and longitude
values. Attached to a sign, a GPS trail can keep track of where a portable sign is
moved to. Configure the device to be log polled, as the trail will point to where it was
last polled.
At the top portion of the screen, all trails that have been configured will be displayed.
Add a new device by choosing the Device Type and Device and selecting New.
Create your trail parameters for how you want the GPS Trail to look, including the
shape, the color, size, and opacity. The Trail Period specifies how long you want the
line. Make sure to press “Save” once configured.
Layer Groups
This form allows the user to add or rename the groups used in the Layers form. To add
a new group, select “New Layer Group…” in the Layer Groups combo box, then type
in the name of the new layer group. Clicking “Save” will save the new layer group to
the database. To rename a group, select the group in the drop down box and rename
it, then click “Save” to save the changes to the database.
Layers
The layers form allows the user to customize the different layers displayed on GIS
maps. The table displays details for each different group. To edit the details, select a
layer group from the table and edit the fields in the “Layer Details” field. To add a new
layer, click the “New Layer” button.
Layer Characteristics
Layer Group: Click to choose a layer name for the currently selected layer.
Field Name: Click to choose a field name for the currently selected layer.
Load Order: Click the up or down arrow to rearrange the load order. This
will change the priority of the layer and move it up or down in the table.
Symbol Characteristics
Symbol Type: Click to choose a symbol type for the selected layer.
Style: Click to choose the style for the symbols.
Size: Changes the size of the symbols on the GIS map.
Color: Pick the color for the layer and the outline of the layer on the map.
Shape (miles)
From: Choose the closest distance at which the selected layer can be
seen. Enter a value, in miles.
To: Choose the farthest distance at which the selected layer can be seen.
Name (miles)
From: Choose the closest distance at which the layer’s label can be seen.
To: Choose the farthest distance at which the layer’s label can be seen.
Label
Font: Change the font for the labels that are displayed on the map
Color: Change the color of the text on labels that are displayed on the map
Duplicates: Choose to allow or disallow duplicate labels.
Position: Choose variable or fixed from the drop down menu. Then check
the box to change the position of the label relative to the symbol on the
map.
Log Device Polling
This function is used to set up the polling frequencies for all the devices that are configured on Device Manager. When the polling parameters are configured using this
option, typically, one central Device Manager will poll the devices and then store the
polled data in its database that can then be accessed by other Device Manager systems.
When you open the form, all the devices that have been configured for scheduled polling are listed with the parameters that have been specified for their polling.
Device Type
Once you click a row to edit the device’s polling, the device type will appear here. To
view only that device type, click FILTER by Selected Device Type.
Device Poll Frequency
This entry indicates the frequency at which the device should be polled. You can enter
seconds, minutes and/or hours.
Update Time Frequency
This indicates how often you want to poll the device to update the time.
Communications – Statistics Period
This indicates how often you want to poll the device to check the communications
stats.
Communications – Idle Time
This is used only for dial up devices. The device will disconnect after it has been idle
for the duration entered here.
Time Zone
This is where you can enter the time zone in hours. A negative number is west of GMT
and a positive number is east of GMT. Make sure to select East (E) or West (W) in the
box to the right.
Daylight Saving Enabled
Check to set daylight savings in the device.
Real Time – Counts
Marginal Count: This indicates how may times the device should “miss”
being polled before it is changed from being on-line to being in a”marginal”
state.
Marginal Poll Skip: This indicates the number of polling cycles should be
skipped before Device Manager polls the device again.
Offline Count: This indicates the number of polls that should be missed
before the device is changed from its current status to being offline.
Make sure that the Marginal Count is always less than the Offline Count, so that the
device will go into a marginal state before it goes to an offline state.
Marginal State Triggers Maintenance Event: if this box is checked, once the device is
in a marginal state as defined above, this will put the event into Intelligent Maintenance automatically.
Real Time – Poll Persistence
This is an advanced setting for use in master-slave traffic controllers with low build settings on secondary circuits. The values entered should remain all zeroes, unless you
consult the Device Manufacturer and are advised otherwise.
All Device Type Groups
Use these settings to change all configurations for every device within the device type.
Click Save All when you have changed values to this table.
Remove Row
Highlight the row in the table that is not required and click on the Remove Row button.
Save Row
If you have added a row or made changes to an existing row, click on the Save row
button to save the changes to the database.
Refresh Server Polling
This function will restart the polling frequency using the value stored in Device Poll
Frequency for each device.
Real-time Polling
There are two types of polling that can be configured. Polling and STMP Polling. Polling is used for standard NTCIP objects and STMP Polling is used for Dynamic
Objects. You should only use STMP polling if you have been advised to do so by your
System Administrator.
Polling
This function is used when second-by- second polling is required, as might be the
case when traffic controllers are being monitored. Once configured, real-time polling is
used to monitor devices in “real time” and raise events on the client. These “events’
can be monitored using the Map View option. Since these events are viewed as they
occur, they are not logged.
To configure the real-time logging, select Administration. Configure, Real-time Polling,
Polling.
The following window will open:
Filter – Device Type/Device
This is where you either select a device to edit its polling parameter or you
select to add a device for polling.
To select and edit an existing device, click on the Device Type drop down list
box and then click the device from the drop down list. The information for that
device will be displayed in the Selected Row detail so that you can edit it. Information about each setting is detailed below. Once you have edited the information, click on the Save Row button to update the record.
To add a new device for polling, click on the Device Type drop down list. Then
check the “by Selected Device Type” box. All available devices of the selected
type will be available for selection from the Device drop down list. Select the
required device, enter the required parameters in the data boxes below and
then click on the Save Row button to add the information to the system.
Objects, the OID and Description
The objects and identifiers that are available for selection are those that are set
up for the selected device. Select the required object by clicking on the drop
down list box. Verify you have selected the object you want by checking the
OID number and the description, which will be displayed after you have made
your selection.
Poll Frequency
This indicates the number of seconds that should elapse before the device is
polled again.
Enabled
This indicates whether or not the device will be polled. A check in the box indicates that the device will be polled. No check indicates that the device will not
be polled.
Leave Connected
This indicates whether or not the device should remain connected between
polls. If the box is checked, the device will remain connected. If the box is not
checked, the device will not remain connected between polls.
Protocol
This should remain at Normal for all protocols other than STMP. See the section on STMP polling for more information on dynamic polling.
Row Detail – New Row
Clicking this button will create a “blank” record so that the relevant information
for the new record can be entered. Once you have entered the required information, click on Save Row to update the Real-time Polling table.
Row Detail – Remove Row
Clicking this button will remove the row that is currently highlighted in the
table. Make sure that you have the correct row highlighted before you click this
button.
Save Row
Clicking this button will update the table with the information that you have
entered.
Filtered group
This option allows you to set the values for leaving the device connected and
the poll frequency for all the devices in the filtered group. Filtering is done by
either the checkboxes “By selected Device Type” or “by Selected Device”, and
so all the objects that meet the selection criteria will be displayed on the grid.
You can then check the Enabled – True box in the Filtered Group options, and
then any entry that you make in the Leave Connected and Poll Frequency
fields will be applied to all the devices in the grid.
Enabled
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True indicates that the values entered in Leave
Connected in Poll Frequency will be applied to
all devices in the group selected. The devices
selected will be displayed in the grid above, so
any values entered for Leave Connected and Poll
Frequency will be applied to all the devices in the
grid above.
False indicates that the devices in the grid are
being update individually and none of the values
in Leave Connected and Poll Frequency are to
be applied to all the devices.
Leave Connected: If the selected devices are to be left connected between polls, check the True radio button. If the
devices are to disconnect between polls, click the False radio
button.
Poll Frequency: Indicate the number of seconds that should
elapse between polls for all filtered devices.
Refresh Server Polling
This function will restart the polling frequency using the value stored in Device
Poll Frequency for each device.
Save All
Click this button to save any changes that you have made.
Refresh Server Polling
This function will restart the polling frequency using the value stored in Device Poll
Frequency for each device.
Sensors
Sensors are typically used to create charts and graphs for traffic flow based on values
from a radar sensor out in the field. Congestion is calculated using speed and volume
using radar devices. This information is then displayed in Map View for operators.
To start, choose your device type and choose the settings desired. Click OK to proceed. Once you have selected the Device Type and Settings, the lower portion of the
window will appear, allowing you to further customize the data, appearance, and creation of graphs made for sensors. There are two parts to this form: sensor configuration, which edits a configuration and creates a new profile, and trace detail,
which modifies the individual variables and lines that appear.
Sensor Configuration
Title: create a new title for this particular configuration or edit an existing
one
Pixels: define the size of the chart in pixels
X-Axis: choose if the axis is visible and whether it reads left to right
X Bounds: define the upper and lower bounds for the x axis
Number of Ticks: defines the number of ticks
Duration Seconds: configures how long it will be in seconds
Grid Lines: toggle the display of increment markers on the graph
Trace Detail
Name: create a new title for the trace or variable
Objects: choose the associated object that will be tracked on the graph
Trace Bounds: define the upper and lower bounds for this trace
OID Instances: choose the instances you wish to track
Visibility: toggle whether each of these objects should be visible in the
chart
Y Labels: configure the appearance of y-axis labels
Color: configure the color of the line that will appear for this trace
Aggregation: configure how the aggregation will calculate
Multiplier: use this to convert NTCIP values to something more manageable
SMTP Server
The SMTP Server Configuration option allows the user to set the SMTP Server IP
Address and an outgoing email address to which the Alarm Engine will send alarm
messages if the threshold is violated. After completing the fields, pressing “OK” will
save the information to the database.
Sign Library Configuration
This form allows you to configure sign libraries that are used in the sign library form
accessible through Sign Control. This configuration form lets you add and remove
entire libraries, create and edit messages, and add these messages to libraries. It also
allows the user to assign signs to libraries, so only the messages that a sign is
assigned to, will appear while viewing the sign's library. There are two different types of
libraries. A “Library” can hold other libraries and message libraries. However, a “Message Library” can only hold messages.
Word Checker Settings
Device Manager can be configured to perform some word checking so that only
approved words are used, or that non-approved words are not used when a user
creates a new message. To do this, select Word Checker Settings from the Configure
option from the Administration Menu. The following window will be displayed:
Category Option
The Word Checker allows for two separate sets of words. One set is a list of approved
words and the other is a list of disapproved words. The list of words that will be
checked when new messages are created will depend on Word Checker Settings.
Device Manager will do one of three things:
l Allow any word to be inserted in a message;
l Only allow words from the approved list to be inserted in a new message; or
l Check that no words from the disapproved list are inserted in a new message.
When a new message is created, an error message will display if the selected condition for the use of the word is not met.
If you want to see the words that are approved for use in a new message, click the
Approved Words button. If you want to look at the list of disapproved words, check that
button. If you have permission to add new words to either of these lists, you will be able
to add them from this screen.
If you are adding words to a list for the first time (in other words, the list is empty and
you are adding the first word to the list), you should type the required word in the Word
field and click on Save. If you are adding a new word to an existing list, click on New
and then enter the new word in the Word field and click on Save Word.
Word Editor
The word that is displayed in this field can be removed from the list or edited.
To remove a word from the list, highlight that word and then click on the Remove button. The word will immediately be removed from the list.
To edit an existing word in the list, highlight the word in the list. It will then be displayed
in the Word field. Make the required change to the word and then click on the Save
Word button which will be activated as soon as the word is amended. The list will be
updated immediately.
Word
The currently highlighted word will be displayed in this field so that it can be edited. If a
new word is to be added to a list, this field will be blanked so that the new word can be
typed in it. To add a new word, click on New, type the word in the Word field and click
on Save Word to update the list.
When adding words, make sure that the length of the word is suitable for the devices on
which it will be displayed. If the word needs to be abbreviated to fit a line on a sign,
enter the abbreviated word.
Word Checker Settings
This is where you specify which list(s) are to be checked when a new message is
created. If you do not want any checking of words, leave both boxes unchecked. If you
want the user to use only words that are in the Approved Words list, only check the
Check Approved Words checkbox. If you only want to check that the user does not use
any disapproved words, check only the Check Disapproved Words check box. If you
want to ensure that the user uses only words from the Approved list and no words from
the disapproved list, check both boxes.
The word checker can be overridden when a message is crated, if the user has the
authority and access to the “Override Word Checker” check box on the Sign Control
screen.
Language Settings
Under Language Settings you can add new languages and configure names and
descriptions of forms and elements used in Device Manager.
Remember, to toggle between languages that have been set up, go to File > Languages and select the required language. A restart may be required after a new language has been added for it to show up in the File menu.
Parking
Under the Administration > Configure > Parking there are four sections to set up when
configuring a parking system: Aggregates, Signs, Sign Details, and Tags.
Aggregates
This will configure the form from Operations called Parking Aggregate Status. Parking
Aggregate Status is a quick reference for each piece of the system how many bays are
occupied, vacant, or in a failure or error state.
To begin the configuration, start with the top node of the tree. Clicking on a node from
the left side of the form will display its current settings on the right. Use a right click on
the left side of the form to create, rename, or delete nodes in the tree. The optimal setup
for this goes aggregates (the largest parent) then aggregate bay sensors (medium) then
the individual bay sensors.
Create your aggregates in a way that will make sense to your users. For example, you
could set up a master aggregate of all lots, and then more aggregates under that like
north lots and south lots, and then an aggregate bay sensor of North Lot 1. Finally,
under N01, you would have your individual bay sensors. This way you could view availability for all your lots, your north and south lots separately, and your individual bay sensors.
Each bay sensor must be associated with a device in a one-to-one relationship. Aggregates and aggregate bay sensors are NOT associated with a device.
Now, once you have set up all your nodes, you can choose your individual settings for
each level of the tree based on your needs. For each level, choose your settings from
the right hand side of the menu. Type the name, the type, and the devices it should
associate with (if it is a bay sensor and not an aggregate). You can even set up aggregate bay sensors and bay sensors with different log durations. Map view can be associated with a bay sensor.
Reload will reload the form. Clicking Save will save your current configuration to the
database. Refresh parking engine tells the system you are finished making changes
and will implements your new changes.
Signs
This form will help you set up the signs that are associated with parking. Once you click
through Administration > Configure > Parking > Signs, the following window will
appear:
You will see a list of all signs in the system and their details. Designate when a sign is
used for parking by using the drop down beneath Parking Sign and selecting true. You
can also view the name of the sign, the minimum and maximum refresh rates, and the
message slot. Minimum refresh is the amount of time that will pass before the parking
message on the sign is changed. This means that even if the parking data changes in
between the last activation and this time period (in seconds) it will not activate a new
message until that time has passed.
Maximum refresh is how long it takes before it will send the same data and message to
the sign. This is also helpful for the duration of the message that appears on the sign.
This is a good fail-safe mechanism: if a sign continues to display data for a long time, it
could be old data that is no longer true. Using a maximum refresh will keep this from
happening. The message slot is the changeable message slot that the parking message is sent to on the sign.
Pressing Reload will load the form again with data from the database.
Parking sign details.
To configure details for a sign, right click on the sign name in the left hand side of the
form. Make a new section. From here, you can click and drag your tags into the
required fields. All messages are in NTCIP MUTLI format. The key tag will determine
which messages will be displayed for that section. To add a tag to a message, drag the
required tag and drop it into the message field.
Deciphering tags: the tags will contain several parts. First it will say MS29, which identifies it as Intelligent Devices, Inc. The first number is the tag used for parking. The second number will be the tag’s ID and the fourth number is the number of characters it will
display. If you specify two characters it can display numbers up to 99. However, if you
specify four characters and the data is a single digit it will display with spaces, for example [ 2].
Tags
This section will allow you to configure the tags we just used to drop into signs. The
window should look something like this:
A tag is actually a combination of two things: status and number. Click New Tag to
start. Title the name of your new tag and choose the aggregate under Selected Tag.
Tags have a one to one relationship with aggregates, which we configured in a previous section. Every tag you create needs an associated aggregate, but not all aggregates will be associated with tags. The number the tag will show is the sum of the
numbers in the aggregate, with provisions. These options are listed under Status,
Mode, and Disabled. To setup those options, click the checkboxes next to the options
you want.
Under Thresholds, you can specify your Not Full, Full, and Failure thresholds.
Specify the Full Threshold. When the lot’s number of available bays passes this
mark, the tag will consider the lot full.
When the lot’s number of available bays passes the not full threshold, the tag will consider the lot not full.
Failure means when this number is reached, the tag is considered to be in a failed
state.
State should be left in auto most of the times, but if you want to close a section of parking, click closed or reserved.
Remember to click Save Tag once you have made all your changes. You can use
Remove Tag to delete an old tag.
Standard Operating Procedures
This is where Device Manager can be configured so that in the event of an incident, a
Standard Operating Procedure can be activated to provide instructions to the operator
regarding the necessary action required for that specific incident. Smart tags can be
attached to the instructions so that critical contact information need only be maintained
in one location, therefore ensuring that the most up to date information is displayed.
Name
Enter the Name of the procedure that is to be implemented for a Scenario.
Description
Enter a description of the current Standard Operating Procedure.
Action
This field indicates the details for the procedure that is selected.
Priority
Each Standard Operating Procedure that is added to the system can a have priority
attached to it, indicating the importance of the action that is to be taken. Select the
desired priority in the “Priority” combo box.
Mode
Each Standard Operating Procedure is allocated a Mode that indicates the whether
the Standard Operating Procedure is Advisory, Mandatory or Informative.
Notifications
This list contains details of the people or agencies that have to be notified as part of
the Standard Operating Procedure.
Access those contacts that have already been added to the system by clicking on the
drop down list box on the “New Contact” field. To add a new contact, enter the Contact
Title, Contact Name and Phone Number in the appropriate fields and then click on the
Save Notification button. Details for that contact will be added.
To add a contact to the Notify List, highlight the Contact in the Notifications drop down
list box and then click the mouse anywhere on the Notify form. The details for that contact will be displayed in the notify list. If you select and add a contact to the list in error,
highlight the incorrect contact in the Notify list and press the Delete key to remove the
details from the notify list.
Add as many Notifications as are required, and then click on the Close button.
System Configuration
Select this option to customize or view various options for your system.
Status
This section indicates the current state of four parts of the system – The Data Manager,
The Server, the Message Queue and the Central Schedule.
Predefined Values
This form allows the user to change the default preset values for the following four different settings: Pixel Test Wait Time, Line Volts Minimum, Line Volts Maximum, and
Intra Server Time out. To change the values, select a setting in the tree view menu,
change the value, and press “Save” to save the changes made to the database.
Deprecated Objects
If using an older version of NTCIP, select which deprecated objects you wish to enable here. When finished, press Save.
Message Queue
This section contains the rules that you want to apply to your message queue.
Message Queue Configuration
If you want the system to automatically resolve any conflicts in the message
queue, click the check box.
If you want the system to use Maximum Priority when activating all messages,
click the check box.
If you want the Message Queue to be displayed even when it is empty, click the
check box.
Place new Message
Indicate here if you want any new message that is added to the queue to be
placed at the start of the queue or at the end of the queue, based on the rules for
the queue.
On Message Queue Conflict
This allows you to set the amount of time that a conflict warning message should
display.
Expiring Message
This allows you to specify the number of minutes by which a message display
can be extended
Warning Type
You should check the radio button to indicate what kind of warning you want to
appear when a message it soon to expire. You can check:
None: No warning message is to display
In-line: Display the warning on the Message Control Window
Pop Up: Display a pop up message on the screen
Both: Display both the pop up and the in-line warning
Sound File on Expiring and Sound File on Timer
If a message is expiring, you can choose to have a sound played to warn the
operator. Click on the … button to navigate to the .wav files that you have on
your system so that you can chose the sound that should be played.
Message Source
This allows you to select to send the message source to the device when a message is displayed. If so, then you can further chose the OID that should be sent.
Message Queue Advanced Settings:
This form allows the user configure the message queue to be one message deep. A
one-deep queue contains only contains current message. When it expires, the queue
blanks the sign. If “One-Deep Message Queue” is enabled, the user can enable a setting that allows a lower priority message to override a higher priority message in the
queue.
Main Menus
This section allows you to specify the order in which the menu items for the menu that
is displayed on the left hand side of the screen should be displayed for the Operations
Level, the Maintenance Level and The Administration level.
If the Load Button box is checked, that Menu Item will be displayed for the selected
level of user. The Button Tool Tip field contains the wording that will be displayed
when the cursor is moved over the icon on the menu bar. The Order indicates the
order in which the menu items will be displayed.
You can change the tool tip by editing the Button Tool Tip field and pressing save.
You can also edit the order in the same way. Pressing refresh will reload the field and
update the screen.
Enumerations
This allows you to change the descriptions for the values that are contained in the
device database. To change a description, choose the required Master Table and then
select the Object. The current values and descriptions for that object will be displayed.
Highlight the one that you want to change and enter the new description in the Details
Description field. Click on save to update the table.
Databases
This section displays information about the database. Select a database to view the
information about it. Database properties are only editable if the database is not connected to Device Manager.
Custom Error Messages
This form allows the user to create and assign customized error messages to errors in
Device Manager. Select a message from the table and type the desired message in
the “Custom Error Messages” field. Press the save button to save the changes made
to the database.
Parking Defaults
This form allows the user to change the default message for parking systems.
User Map Association
This form allows the user to enable and disable User Map Associations.
Operators
There are 5 levels of operators that can be set up in the system – Operations, Maintenance, Administration, Senior Operator and Senior Administrator. Each user will be
linked to one of these levels that will control the forms and functions that the users can
access and use.
Only users that have access to this menu item and all the controls on this form will be
able to Add or Delete Operators.
To view all the current users, select Operations, Maintenance, Administration, Senior
Operator or Senior Administrator from the drop down list box. The currently selected
level will display all users in that level on the left-hand window. On the right are all
other users.
Add Operator
To add a new user, select the required level from the drop down list box. Click on the
New button. Enter the Name for the new user. It can be up to 10 characters in length,
can consist of alpha and numeric characters, and is case sensitive.
Enter a password in the Password field. It can be up to 10 characters in length and
can consist of alpha and/or numeric characters. The password is case sensitive. Reenter the password in the Confirm field. If the same password is not entered in both
the Password and Confirm fields, a message will be displayed advising that the passwords do not match. Click OK on that message and re-enter the password so that both
the Password field and the Confirm field contain the same data. Click on Add to save
the new User.
Note: Make a note of the Password. Passwords are stored on the system in an
encrypted format so there is no way to retrieve a password if it is forgotten.
Delete Operator
Only an operator with Administration Status can delete an Operator. Select the operator level for the operator that is to be deleted, by clicking on the drop down list box.
Highlight the operator’s name in the Current Users list and then click the Remove button.
The last remaining Administration Level user cannot be deleted from the system.
Access Levels
The purpose of Access Levels is to allow very fine control of the functionality and
usability allowed to each level of user. Each level of user can have accessibility set for
each button/control on each form.
Under the Administration > Operator option, various access levels for each of the
users that have access to the system can be set. The features and forms that a particular user can access are set based upon the Access Level that is allocated for each
user.
Each user is allocated an access level when their details are added to the system. Up
to five levels are provided for – Operations, Maintenance, Administration, Senior Operations, and Senior Administration.
Every form in the system has various controls on it. You can specify which controls
should be accessible by which level of user.
To do this, click on the Forms drop down list box and highlight the form for which
access levels are to be set. Each control that is available on the form will be listed in
the Control Name list. The Description field provides a brief description of the function
of the control.
Each level can have one of three types of access allocated – read write, read only or
not accessible. Read write allows the operator full access to the field or control function, read only allows limited access (can only view the field or control function) and
not accessible renders that field or control completely inaccessible to that level of operator. This means that this part of the program may not even be seen by the end user.
To edit the access levels for a particular control or field, highlight that control or field in
the list and its details will be displayed in the edit fields below the data window. Select
the applicable access requirement for each Level and click on the Apply button.
Changing Access to Menu Items:
You can set the access levels for menu items in a similar manner to setting access levels on forms. Using the same window, select MDI from the drop-down, short for multiple document interface. This will change the access to the menu bar options. The
following screen will appear:
The menu items will be displayed and you can set the access levels for each level of
user. Note that read-write will provide full access to the menu, read only will gray the
menu item so that it can be viewed but is not actionable, while not accessible will
cause the menu item to ‘disappear’ completely and will not be shown at all to the end
user.
Profiles
The Profile function serves two main purposes. The first is to ensure that each and
every form and control in Device Manager is included in the database so that Access
Levels can be correctly set for them. The second is to allow you to create and save different profiles. This feature would be used if you wanted to experiment with empowering users by giving them more authority. If you save the current profile before making
those changes, you can easily revert to it if and when you decide that the experiment
was unsuccessful. Alternatively, if you request Intelligent Devices, Inc to create a specific set of Access Levels, that set of Access Levels can be sent to you as a Saved profile and can be applied to your database by selecting it and making it the current
profile.
Save Current Profile As...
Each level of user can be assigned differing levels of access to each and every aspect
of Device Manager, as described in the Access Level section above. This allows the
look and feel and authority for each level to be customized for your installation. Once
you have set the Access Levels, you can save that group of settings into a Profile for
future use. To do this, click on the Save Current Profile As… button. The following window will open requesting you to enter a name for the profile:
Name the profile in such a way that you can easily recognize the authority levels that it
represents. Click on OK to save the Profile.
Select Profile and make Current
This function is used to change the current profile. If you have set Access Levels that
are not working to your satisfaction, you can revert to a previously saved profile. This
allows you to easily recover from experiments that go wrong. Also, you would use this
option to install a profile that is acquired from another source, for example if you had
Intelligent Devices, Inc create a customized profile for you.
To select a particular profile, highlight the name of the profile in the profiles list and
click on the Select profile and Make Current button. A window will open asking you to
verify that you are sure that this is the action that you wish to take:
Click OK to use the selected profile.
Verify Profile
This option will scan though Device Manager and make sure that the Access Level
form contains all the forms and controls so that the Access Level settings are correct.
Delete Profile
This option allows you to delete an unused Profile. Highlight the Profile that is no
longer required and click the Delete Profile button. The following window will open
asking you to verify your action:
Click OK to delete the selected Profile or Cancel to retain the Profile.
Currently Logged on Users
This option allows you to view all the Users that are logged on to your system. The following window will open when you select this option:
All the Users, their IP address and the time that they logged on will be displayed.
Shutdown Selected Clients
If you need to shut down a client for any reason, for example, to do some software
maintenance, check the User(s) and then click on the Shutdown selected Clients button. This will force a Log Off for the selected user. A window will display on their
screen advising them that they are about to be logged off, and then they will be logged
off.
Edit Master Fonts
This utility allows editing of the existing fonts or the creation of new fonts for the signs.
Editor
To edit any selected font, manipulate the pixels into their desired format by clicking on
them in the display box in the left hand side of the form. This allows you to customize
any character in any set of fonts.
Devices
Select the device for which fonts and characters are to be edited or created. The red
button indicates the device is not connected. Click the red button to connect to the
device. A green circle indicates that the device is connected. Click the green button to
disconnect.
Character
This box contains information specific to the actual character that is displayed.
Index
This is an automatically generated field that uniquely identifies the character within
the font.
Number
This field indicates the binary value associated with this character of this font. It is a
read only field that cannot be edited.
Width
This field indicates the character’s width in pixels. A value of 0 will invalidate the
entire font.
Jump To
Type in a specific number and click the Jump To button to go to a specific character.
Previous
Use this button to scroll to the previous character within the selected font.
Next
Use this button to scroll to the next character within the selected font.
Name
This field indicates the name of the font.
Index
This field indicates the Index Number for the font specified. Select the required value
from the drop down list that is attached to this field.
Version ID
Each font that is downloaded to a sign has a unique ID. This ID is calculated using the
CRC-16 algorithm.
Number
This field indicates a unique, user specified number for a particular Font. This is the
number that should be used when a particular Font is specified when a new message
is created.
Height
This field indicates the height of the font in pixels. Setting this value to 0 (zero) invalidates the entire font.
Character Spacing
This field indicates the default horizontal spacing (in pixels) between each of the characters within the font. It only applies to Full Matrix and Line Matrix signs.
Line Spacing
This field indicates the default vertical spacing (in pixels) between each of the lines
within the font. It is only applicable to Full Matrix signs.
Send to Sign
This will send the current character configuration to the sign, allowing it to be used by
the sign.
Get from Sign
This gets the configuration of the specific character from the sign. This will then display on the screen, erasing all previous changes that were not saved to the database.
Device Security
WARNING: Using this feature without fully understanding the consequences of the changes you make could result in communication with
any or all of your devices being permanently disabled.
NTCIP communication provides for a password to be created to control who has
access to NTCIP Devices. This password is referred to as the Community Name. The
default community name is public. The “public” community name can only be changed
using a “Super Password”. The default “Super Password” is administrator.
All your devices must have the same Community Name. If you change it for one
device, you must change it for all devices and any new devices that are connected
must be also be updated as soon as they are connected. This is not an insignificant
challenge and we recommend that you do not make any changes to either the User
Community Name (Password) or the Administrator Community name (Super Password) unless you are absolutely sure of what you are doing and the advantages of
restricting unauthorized access to your devices far outweigh the disadvantages of
ensuring that the changes to Community Names are administered correctly.
Effectively, if a transaction is sent to a device with the incorrect Community Name, the
transaction is “silently discarded”. The device appears to be broken and the transaction is ignored. No error message is returned advising you of this status.
Database
The database contains details of the devices that are installed on Device Manager.
You should only make changes to the database if you are fully aware of the consequences of the changes.
When you select the Database option from the Administration menu, the following 3
options will be available for selection:
Devices
Device Types
Connections
Devices
When Devices is selected, an overview window will open listing all the devices that
have already been added to the system:
New Devices can be added, existing device information can be edited and devices
that are no longer required can be deleted. You may also refresh the list or jump to
Overview Connections.
Creating a New Device
Before you create a new device, ensure that the device type and connection for that
new device are already included in the system. If they are, continue with the Add
Device function. If not, add the device type and the connection information so that the
required options are presented when the new device is added. To create a new
device, click on Add Device:
Device Name
Enter the name of the device as it should appear in Device Manager. Make the name
as meaningful as possible to make identifying the device easier.
Description
This is a free format field that allows you to enter more specific details about the
device.
Device Type
Select the applicable Device Type from the drop down list box. If the Device Type that
is required is not listed, you must add a Device Type (see below).
Classification
Choose the categories the device falls into. You can select more than one classification.
Connection
Select the applicable connection from the drop down list box. If the connection that is
required is not listed, you must add connection details as described below.
Device Address (Drop Address and Master Address)
Each device will have a unique NTCIP address allocated to it. The Device Address
will identify the specific device that Device Manager is communicating with, particularly when the devices are installed in parallel on the same communication line.
You should not change this information.
Click on Save to record the details for the device and save it to the database.
Editing an Existing Device
To edit any information for a particular device, highlight that device in the Overview
List and then click on the Edit Device button. The Enter/Edit Device window will open,
allowing you to make the required changes. Once the changes have been made, click
on the Save button to update the database and close the Edit window.
Deleting a Device
If Device Manager is no longer required to connect to a device that is contained in the
device list, delete that device. Highlight the device in the Overview List and then click
on Edit button. The details for that device will then be displayed. If you are sure that
the correct device has been selected for deletion, click on the Delete Button.
Device Types
Each device that is created is based on a specific device type. Each device type is
created using the Device Type form. To access device types, select Device Type from
the Database option on the Administration Menu. To add a new device type, select the
Add New Device Type from the Device Type drop down list box. A blank form will
open, allowing you to enter the required details. To edit an existing device type, select
that device type from the Device Type drop down list box. Details for that device type
will be displayed so that you can edit them as required. Click on Save when you have
added/edited the device type information.
Device Type Name
The Device Type Name is the descriptive name of the device type that will appear in
all drop down list boxes when a Device Type is required. The name should be as
descriptive as possible to make sure choosing a device type is easy for the users.
Description
The Device Type Description is used to describe the type of device.
Master Table
Each Device Type that is in the Device Type file must have a Master Table selected.
A new Device Type record cannot be added without a Master Table being selected for
that Device. Open the drop down list box to select the required Master Table.
Icon Name
When you add a device to a map, that device should have an icon that will graphically
represent the device. To add an icon to a device, click on the Icon Detail button to
open the fields that allow you to choose an icon to the device.
The icon name should indicate the type of device.
Icon File name
This displays the location of the icon file that is going to be used for the device. To add
a New Icon, click on New in the Icon Names Drop Down list. The detail window will
automatically open, allowing you to enter the Icon Name and navigate to the actual
icon that is to be used.
Click on Browse to navigate to the icon that you want to use. Click on Open to select
the icon. The actual icon will then be displayed so that you can verify that the correct
file has been selected. If you enter the File Name manually, you can check and see
that you have entered the correct file name and path by clicking on the Test Icon Button. This will check your entry and display the icon for verification.
Once you have the correct information, click on Save Icon to save the icon to the
device type.
Once all the information for the device type has been entered, click on Save to add the
Device Type information to the database.
Delete Device Type
To delete an existing device type, select that device type from the drop down list box
and click on Delete. All details for that device type will be removed from the database.
Connections
Each device type has specific connection information allocated to it. If the connection
type that is required does not appear when the drop down list box on the device type
form is clicked, a new connection type must be created here. Existing connection information can be edited and deleted. To open the Connections window, go to Administration, then Database, and then select connections. The following window will open
listing all the available connections.
To add a new connection, click on the Add Connection button and a blank form will
open allowing you to enter the required information. To edit an existing connection,
highlight the connection on this form and then click on the Edit Connection button. The
Connection window will open allowing you to edit the information for that connection.
To delete a connection, highlight that connection and then click on the Edit Connection button. Ensure that the correct connection has been selected and then click on
the Delete button to remove the connection.
Connection Name
The Connection Name is used to describe the connection that is being specified.
Description
The Connection Description is used to provide further information about the connection. This is not a mandatory field.
Connection Type
There are several different types of connection that can be established. The valid Connection Types are listed below. Certain parameters will have to be entered, depending on the selection made from the Connection Type drop down list.
Connection Type
PMPP Serial
Parameters
Serial Port Number
Baud Rate
Data Bits
Stop Bits
Parity
PMPP Dial Up
Values
Com 1
Com 2
Com 3
Com 4
1200
2400
4800
9600
19200
38400
57600
115200
Eight
Seven
1 stop bit
1.5 stop bits
2 stop bits
None
Odd
Even
Mark
Space
Modem
Telephone Number
PPP Serial
Serial Modem Name
User Name
Password
PPP Dial Up
Modem Name
Telephone Number
User Name
Password
Ethernet
Server Port Number
Server IP Address
PMPP Modem Array
Modem
Telephone Number
Transport Type
The three valid options for Transport Type are Null, TCP/IP and UDP/IP.
For PMPP Serial and PMPP Dial Up, at this time, only a Transport Type of Null is supported and no further details are required here. For PPP Serial and Dial UP, only
TCP/IP and UDP/IP are valid for Transport Type.
If either TCP/IP or UDP/IP is selected, some additional information will have to be
entered. The information that has to be entered will depend on whether the connection
is to be configured for a client or a server. If client, enter the Server Port Number and
the Server IP address. If the connection is configured for server, enter only the Server
Port Number.
Connection Timeout
The value entered here indicates the number of seconds that should pass before a
connection attempt should be timed out if it is unsuccessful.
Wait for Connection
This value indicates the how long Device Manager must wait for the connection to
establish before it stops trying to connect.
Client/Server
This indicates how the software must connect. If the software is the server, check the
Server option. If the software is going to connect to another computer that is the server,
check the Client option.
Default Response Time
This indicates the maximum amount of time that Device Manager should wait for a
response when a packet of information is sent out.
Default Retry Count
If a response is not received within the Default Response Time, the value entered
here will indicate how many attempts must be made before the system reports a nonresponse.
CDPD Mode
This indicates if the connection is to be made using a CDPD Modem.
Required Parameters for Connection Type
Depending on the Connection Type selected, further parameters will have to be
entered. Only those fields that are required for the Connection Type selected will be
made available for input. Fields that are not required will remain grayed and can be
ignored.
Serial Port Number
Enter the number of the serial port to which the device is to be connected.
The valid options for this field will be displayed when you show the drop
down list.
Baud Rate
The Baud Rate for the data transmission must be selected. The valid
options will be displayed in the drop down list box. These values are 1200,
2400, 4800, 9600, 19200, 38400, 57600 or 115200 bits per second.
Data Bits
The valid options for the Data Bits parameter are seven and eight.
Stop Bits
The valid options for Stop Bits are 1, 1.5 and 2.
Parity
The valid options for Parity are None, Odd, Even, Mark and Space.
Modem
The valid options for Modem will be displayed in the drop down list box.
Press the “Select TAPI Device” button to display a list of valid modems on
your system.
Modem Name
Select the required modem from the drop down list box.
Telephone Number
Enter the telephone number for the connection. Check with your System
Administrator if any special values are required for the telephone number.
Server Port Number
The server port number can be any value from 1 through 64000. Check
with your System Administrator to see which is the correct value for your
system. The default value for SNMP systems should be port 161.
Server IP Address
The IP Address of the Server on which the Device is located can be
entered as a standard IP address (e.g. 1.1.1.1) or as a web address (e.g.
intelligentdevicesinc.com).
User Name
If a User Name is required when logging on to the server, enter that user
name here.
Password
If a Password is required when logging on to the server, enter that password here.
WINDOW
This menu option lists all the windows that are currently open. The active window is
the one that has a check mark next to it.
HELP
The Help menu accesses the help file and provides details about the version of
Device Manager that is running. The help file is accessible from each field in Device
Manager.
Search
This will open the help file, enabling the utility to search for help on a specific topic.
About Intelligent NETworks Device Manager
Clicking on About Intelligent NETworks Device Manager will open the following window that will detail the current version that is installed.
The System Info button will display the following window, providing a summary of system details. This may be required for diagnostic purposes.
MAPS
The Map utility provides a pictorial representation of the position of the connected
devices. Not only does it visually represent the position of the devices, but it also
allows the status of each device to be checked, as well as the messages that are currently running on the signs to be viewed. There are two kinds of maps that can be
used: bitmap files or GIS Map Files. Bitmap Map files are static picture files that can
not be zoomed or panned. The GIS Maps can be panned and zoomed and are provided to a level that is covered by Intelligent NETworks Device Manager’s license to
distribute royalty free data. The procedures that should be followed for managing the
maps will depend on the type of maps your system uses.
Map Management
The basic steps in setting maps are as follows:
l Create the required Icons – see Icon Management below.
l Allocate icons to each device that is to be shown on the map – see Link Icon
to Device Type below.
l Configure the Maps. – see either How to Set Up and Configure Bitmap Maps
or How to Set Up and Configure GIS Maps, depending on which type of
maps your system uses.
l Place the icons on the map and save them in the correct position.
l Set the display options for the preview window.
Icon Management
This utility manages the icons that are to be used in the map system. The system is
installed with standard icons, but these can be customized to suit your needs. You can
use any .ico file (size 32x32). To access the icon information, click on Icon Management from the Administration menu. The following form will open, allowing you to
add new or delete or edit existing icons.
Adding a New Icon
To add a new icon, select Add a New Icon from the Icon Names drop down list box.
Enter the name that is to be used by the Map system to identify the icon. Then, either
enter the full path and file name of the icon file, or click browse to locate the icon file. If
you click browse, the following window will open, allowing you to navigate to the correct location.
Highlight the icon that to be used and then click on the Open button to select that icon
and close the browse window. The selected icon will be displayed on the form so that
you can check that the correct one has been selected. If you enter the file and path
name of the .ico file manually (without using the browse button), check that the correct
information has been entered by clicking on the Test Icon button.
Once the required information has been added, click on Add New to add the information to the system.
Deleting an Icon
To delete an icon, select the icon that is to be deleted from the Select Icon drop down
list box. Make sure that it is the icon that is to be deleted and click on the Remove button.
Note that an icon that is still being used by the system cannot be deleted.
Editing an Icon
To change the picture that is being used for an icon, click on that icon from the Select
Icon drop down list box. The current icon will be displayed. Browse to the new .ico file
that is to be used and select that file. Click on the Update button and then the new picture will be used. An icon file that is already being used cannot be allocated to another
device. This prevents any confusion about what the icon actually represents when it is
displayed on a map.
Link Icon to Device Type
Once all the icons have been added to the system (as described above), each device
must be linked to a particular icon. To do this, select Link Icon to Device Type from the
Administration menu.
All available device types will be displayed in the drop down menu. These device
types should be set up, but if not, use Administration > Database > Device Types.
Choose your device type that you want linked to an icon here.
Click on the Icons drop down list box and all the available icons will be displayed.
Select the one that is to be used for the selected device type. That icon will display
next to the field so that you can verify that it is the correct one. Click on the Link to Icon
button to complete the process.
Note that an icon cannot be allocated to more than one device type. This ensures that
there is no confusion when the icons are placed on a map.
To allocate Error Icons, Click on the Comm Error and Threshold Alarm drop down list
boxes and select the required Icon. The selected icon will display next to the field.
Once you are sure that the correct icon has been selected, click on Update to save the
icon files.
Set Up and Configure BITMAP Maps
There are several steps involved in the setting up and configuration of your maps. The
following step by step guide will step you through all the necessary procedures for BITMAP maps so that you can successfully create your maps and icons so that you can
monitor and control all your devices.
Load a map
Device Manager should have been supplied with the maps that you require. If this is
not the case, please contact Intelligent Devices, Inc at (770) 831 3370. Maps are supplied in bitmap (.bmp) format and should be located in the Maps Directory.
To load a map, select Map Management from the Administration menu. The following
window will open:
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Select (Add a New Map) from the Maps drop down list box.
Enter the name of the map.
Enter a brief description of the map.
Click on Browse to open a window that will allow you to navigate to the directory that contains the map bitmap files. Select the required bitmap file.
The selected map will then be visible in the display area of the window.
If you have other maps to load, repeat the above steps until all the required maps have
been loaded.
If you want one map to "zoom" to another map that has more detail, proceed as follows:
l Select the map from which you want to zoom by clicking on the Maps drop
down list box.
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Check the Set Zoom Co-Ordinates check box. This will enable the Zoom function and a “tool” will be opened on the map.
Position and size the cursor that appears on the map until it is in the right
place and is the correct size.
o To position the cursor, move your mouse into the icon and when the
cursor changes to a cross-hair hold the left button on the mouse down
and drag the icon to the required position.
o To resize the zoom area, click the left button on the mouse on any of
the four corners and drag the corner until the zoom area is the correct
size.
Select the map to which the zoom area should connect by clicking on the
Zoom To drop down list box and highlighting the name of the map to which
the original map should zoom.
Click on Save to save the zoom details.
Note:
1:You cannot zoom from a map to itself.
2:You can only specify one zoom area per map.
To remove a zoom area, click on the Remove button.
To change the zoom area, click on New Zoom Area and the details for the old zoom
area will be deleted and you can specify the new details as described above.
Click on the Close button once the maps have been correctly set up.
Place Icon on Map
If you are using bitmap maps, when icons are placed on the map, they become and
integral part of the map and will always remain in the position in which they are
placed.
Each device that is controlled by Device Manager can be displayed on a map. To do
this, first allocate an icon to each device (as described above). The available icons
are displayed along the bottom of the map. The drop down list boxes attached to each
icon will list all the devices that have been added to the system. The devices that are
grayed in that list have already been positioned on the map. Those that are not grayed
have not yet been positioned on the map.
Note that only one instance of each device can be positioned on the map. If you
attempt to position that device a second time, an error message will be displayed:
You will be able to see which devices have already been permanently placed on the
map, which are temporarily on the map and which have not yet been placed on the
map.
The Device Icons Displayed window lists the description of each device that has
been saved as an icon on this map. If you select a device in this list, that device’s icon
will flash on the map so that you can see its physical location on the map. The Device
Icons Temporarily Displayed is a list of those icons that have been added to the
map but have not yet been saved as a permanent part of the map. Any devices that
are not in either of these lists but do appear when the list box attached to the icons is
clicked have not been added to the map.
To add a device to the map, click on the drop down list box attached to the required
Devices Icon. Highlight the name of the actual device from the drop down list box and
release the mouse button. You will only be able to select a device that has not already
been placed on the map. The list will close and the cursor will change to a square with
a cross inside. Drag this square to the point on the map where the device is to be
located and click the left mouse button. The icon will be displayed and the description
of the device will be added to the Device Icons Temporarily Displayed window.
Repeat these steps for each device that is to be placed on the map.
When all the icons are in the correct position, save the devices to the map so that the
next time the map is accessed, the icons remain correctly positioned. To save a
device to the map, click on the device and then click on the Save button on the Task
bar.
To set the required parameters for each device, position the cursor on the device and
click the right mouse button. The following menu will be displayed:
Save Device Icon Position
Remove Device Icon
Display Object
Status
Save Device Icon Position
There are two ways in which an icon can be saved to a map.
1. Select the icon by clicking the left mouse button while the cursor is positioned on the icon. Then click on the Save button on the task bar. Notice that
the description for that device moves from the Device Icons Temporarily Displayed window to the Device Icons Displayed window.
2. If the icon has been saved in a position and it is moved to another position,
the new position can be saved by clicking the left mouse button while the cursor is positioned on the icon. Click the right mouse button to open the Device
Icon menu. Select Save Device Icon Position.
Remove Device Icon
Icons can be removed from a map in one of two ways.
1. Select the icon by clicking the left mouse button while the cursor is positioned on the icon. Click the right mouse button to open the menu. Select
Remove Device Icon.
2. Select the icon by clicking the left mouse button while the cursor is positioned on the icon. Then click on the Remove button on the task bar.
Notice that the icon is erased from the map and the description for that icon is removed
from the Device Icons Displayed window.
Display Object
This menu item opens another menu that allows you to set the parameters for displaying the device on the map. Selecting this menu item will display the following
items:
Polling Rate
Sign Zoom
Save Object Position
Type of Display
Polling Rate
The polling rate setting indicates the frequency at which Device Manager should connect to the device (when the Run View window is open) and display the current message.
The polling rate is entered in minutes. A value of 0 (zero) will indicate that this device
is not to be polled automatically.
Sign Zoom
Sign zoom indicates the size of the Run View window that is to be displayed when Preview Message is selected for the device. The smaller the value, the smaller the window.
Save Object Position
When the Preview Message function is selected from a map for a device, the window
that is opened to display the current message can be positioned and saved to that position. This is so that each time the preview message function is activated the window
displays in the same place on the map.
To position a preview window, right click the mouse on a device and select the preview message option. When the Preview window opens, click on it and drag it to the
required position. When it is in the correct position, right click the mouse on the device
again, and select Save Object Position. This will permanently position the window at
the specified position each time the map is opened. To move the window, click on the
window and move it to the new position and then select Save Object Position as
described above.
Type of Display
Grid
Grid (hide)
Grid (alarm)
Sign View
Sign View and Grid
Device
Status
Sign Control
Brightness Control
Device Status
Scheduler
Status
This option allows you to view the message that is currently being displayed on that
sign. As soon as this option is selected, Device Manager will connect to the device
and display the message that is currently being displayed on the sign. The display will
be updated each time the sign is polled. The polling intervals are determined by the
value in the Polling Rate field that is defined when the device is placed on the map
(see Place Icon on map).
Sign Control
This opens the sign control window so that you connect/disconnect and perform any of
the sign control functions – send and display message, blank sign etc. Full details of
the Sign Control form are contained in the Operations section of this User Guide.
Task Bar
The task bar contains several buttons that facilitate the selection of a map, navigation
through the maps and control over polling of the devices.
Maps: Select the required Map for display from the drop down list.
Back: Revert to the previous map (only available if another map
has been opened.
Next: Proceed to the next map if more than one map has been
opened.
Suspend temporarily: stop the automatic polling of devices.
Help Access: help.
Close: Close the map
There are several functions that can be performed for a sign from a map. To access
these functions, highlight the icon that represents the sign that is to be worked with
and click the right-hand mouse button. Select device from the menu and then select
one of the following options:
Status
Sign Control
Zoom Area
If a zoom area has been specified for the current map, when the cursor is dragged
over that area, the cursor will display as a magnifying glass. If the mouse is double
clicked while the magnifying glass is displaying, the specified zoom map will be
opened. To get back to the original map, click on the back button on the task bar.
Editing an Existing Map
To edit the information that is stored for an existing map, select that map from the Maps
drop down list.
Edit the data that is to be changed by clicking the cursor in the field that is to be
changed and entering the required information. As soon any information is edited, the
Update button will be activated. When the correction or addition is completed, click on
the Update button to update and save the map information. To point the map to a different bitmap file, either click on the browse button and locate the file or enter the full
path and file name in the Map File Name field. Once again, click on Update to update
the map information.
Deleting a Map
To delete a map, select that map from the Maps drop down list and click on the
Remove button. That map and all its information will be removed from the system.
Set Up and Configure GIS Maps
There are several steps involved in the setting up and configuration of your maps. The
following step by step guide for GIS maps will step you through all the necessary procedures so that you can successfully create your maps and icons so that you can monitor and control all your devices.
Adding a New Map View
1.Open Map Management.
2.Click on the Map Views drop down list and select (create a New Map
View). The following Full Extent map will be opened.
3.Enter the name of the map view in the Map View Name field. Enter a
description of the map view in the description field. The name entered in
the Map View Name field is the name that will be displayed in the drop
down list when the Map Views list box is opened. Make the name as
descriptive as possible so that it is obvious which area the map covers.
4.Target the area for the map view by positioning your cursor on the map
around the area that is to constitute this map view. Hold down the left
mouse button and drag the cursor to define an area. Release the mouse
button and the map will zoom in, displaying only the selected area.
Repeat this procedure until the map only displays the required area and the level of
detail is sufficient.
5.Once you are satisfied with the view that you have zoomed to, click on
the Save View button to save the map View and make it accessible from
the Map Views drop down list.
6.The map view that is used in GIS mapping is interactive and can be
panned and zoomed.
To reposition the map, click on the Pan button. Your cursor will change to a
“hand”. Use that hand to grab the map and move it so that the new area that you
want to view is exposed.
Initially a blank area of the map window will display, but once you release the
mouse button, the map will be filled in and will now represent a “new” area.
If you want to save this as the new area for this Map View, click on Save. If you
want to revert back to the original area for this map view, click on the Full Extent
button.
The colors that are used in the map view are user defined. To see what the colors on your map view represent, click on the Layers button.
You can select which of these layers is to be displayed on the current map view.
To display a layer, make sure that the check box next to that layer name is
checked. The following is a map with all layers selected:
The following is the same map with Rivers and Lakes and Urban Areas unchecked:
Removing a Map View
If you have a map view that you no longer use, you can remove that map view.
To do this, click on the Map Views drop down list box and select the Map View
that should be deleted. Click on Remove View and the following message will
be displayed:
Click OK to continue with the removal of the Map View or Cancel to retain the
Map View.
Placing Icons on Maps
When icons are placed on GIS maps, they are geo-located, using latitude and longitude values. This means that when the map is panned or zoomed, the icons will relocate as the view of the map changes, and will always be displayed in the correct
geographical location.
To set up your map, select Place Icon on Map from the Administration menu. The following window will open:
Make sure that you have the required map selected. If the required map is not the one
that is displayed, click on the drop down list box next to maps on the upper task bar
and select the required map.
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Each device type that has been created will be displayed along the lower
task bar.
Click the drop down list box attached to each device type to view a list of all
the available devices of that type.
Highlight the device that you want to add to the map.
The cursor will immediately change to a square the size of the icon. Move
the cursor to the required position on the map and click the left mouse button.
The actual icon representing the selected device will then be displayed in
the selected position.
You will see that the descriptive name of the device is now displayed in the
Device Icons Temporarily Displayed List. This indicates that the icon has not
been saved to its permanent position and if you close the Place Icons on
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Maps window, that icon will be removed from the map and you will have to
place it again when you re-open Place Icons on Map.
If you are sure that this is the correct position, click on the icon with the left
mouse button, and then click on the Save button on the upper taskbar.
If you save the device icon to a permanent position as described above, you
will be able to move it to another location if required. To do this, click on the
icon with the left mouse button and move the icon to the new location. If you
are sure the new location is correct, click on the icon again with the left
mouse button and click on the Save button. The icon will then be permanently saved in its new position on the map.
l Repeat the above steps for each device that is to be displayed on the
map.
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attempt to place a device that has already been placed, you will be
advised of this fact.
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For each device that is placed on the map, there are some configurable
options that you need to set. To view these options, click on a device and
then right click the mouse.
Each device type will have its own particular set of options. The following table
will illustrate which options are available for which device type:
Device Type
Intersection/
Sensor
Menu
Save Icon Position
Sub Menu
Sub Menu
Sub Menu
Remove Icon
Display Object
Polling Rate
Save Object Position
Type of Grid Display
Standard
Hide
Alarm
Status
Camera
Save Icon Position
Remove Icon
Camera Control
Sign (Portable,
Overhead,
VSL
etc)
Save Icon Position
Remove Icon
Display Object
Polling Rate
Sign Zoom
Save Object Position
Type of Display
Sign View
Sign View Only
Sign View and Grid
Grid
Standard
Hide
Alarm
Status
Weather
Save Icon Position
Remove Icon
Display Object
Polling Rate
Save Object Position
Type of Display
Weather
View
Weather Only
Weather and Grid
Grid
Standard
Hide
Alarm
Weather Status
Save Icon Position
This allows you to save the current position of the icon on the map. It has the
same effect as clicking the Save button on the upper task bar. You will only
need to use this if you move the icon to a new position and want to save its
new location on the map.
l Remove Icon
This option will remove the icon from the map display. It will not delete the
device from the system. Use this if a device is no longer in service and it is not
required on the current map.
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The options under this menu item allow you to set several parameters that indicate
what you want displayed for each device, the frequency at which the device should be
polled and where the display for each device should be positioned on the map.
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Polling Rate
When you select the polling rate option, you will be presented with the
following window. This allows you to define the frequency at which the
selected device should be polled. The rate is entered in minutes. If 0
(zero) is entered, the device will not be included in the automatic polling
process.
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Save Object Position
This option will save the Status View window and/or grid on the map in
its current position, so that every time the map is opened, the object displays in the same place.
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Type of Display
For sign device types, the map can include a display of the actual message being displayed on the sign. You can choose to have the Sign
View open so that at any time you can see what is currently being displayed. The two options for Sign View are:
Sign View Onlyonly the sign view window will be displayed
Sign View and Grid the grid will be displayed along with the sign view.
The grid will display according to the settings you choose for the grid
display as described below (Type of Grid Display).
For Weather Device Types, you can choose to display:
Weather Only only weather information will be displayed.
Weather and Griddisplays both the weather information and the grid
which will display according to the settings you choose for the grid display as described below (Type of Grid Display).
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Type of Grid Display
For each device, you can specify what information is to be displayed on
the map at any time (see section 4 below – Configure the Log for Each
Device). This information is displayed in a grid format and the three
options that you have for displaying this grid are:
Standardthe grid will display in the saved position
Hidethe grid will remain hidden until you choose to open it
Alarmthe grid will only display if an alarm condition is received.
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Sign Zoom
This option will only be available if the device is a sign. It indicates the
size of the Preview window that will be displayed when Sign View is
selected.
Camera Control
This option will only be available if the device is a camera. Selecting this
option will cause the Camera Control Module to open so that you can edit the
settings for the selected camera.
Status
This option will open a window that will display the current status details for
the sign.
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Weather Status
This option will open a window that will display the current status details for
the weather Device.
4.Configure the log for each device
Each device that is placed on the map can have its log configured so that specific information is displayed on the grid for that device when the grid is displayed on the map.
To set the required variables for the grid display, click on the Configure icon in the
upper taskbar.
The following screen will open:
This screen allows you to select the actual device for which you are configuring a grid.
Then you can select the actual objects that you want to include in the grid display and
the map. Once that is done, you will then open the window that will allow you to format
the grid.
Select the Device Type
All the available device types will be listed at the top of the screen. Click on the radio
button next to the required device type. All the devices of that type that have been set
up in Device Manager will then be included in the drop-down list box below.
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Select the Actual Device
Once you have selected the device type, the heading for the device selection list
box will reflect the choice you made. On the screen above, Portable Sign Device
Type was selected and the heading for the drop down list box is Portable Sign.
The list will be populated with all the devices of the selected type that have been
included in Device Manager. Highlight the required device and all the objects for
the device will be made available for selection.
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Select the Objects to be Logged
All the objects from the MIB for the selected device will be available for logging and
included as part of the current status grid that can be displayed on the map. Click on
the Object drop-down list box and select an object by highlighting it in the list. Then
click on the Add Objects to List button. The highlighted object will then be included in
the List of Log Objects for the device below.
Repeat this process until all the required objects have been selected and added
to the database table.
Configure the Grid
Once you have populated the object list with all the objects that you might want to
include in the grid, click on the Configure Grid button.
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The default size for the grid is two rows and two columns. To increase
the size of the grid, click on the scroll buttons until the required number
of rows and columns is displayed. You will notice that the actual grid
display changes as you increase or decrease the number of rows and
columns.
Select the background color for the fields when they are displayed in
the grid on the map. The available choices are cyan, green, yellow
and white.
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Enter the correct title for the columns and the correct names for each of
the rows.
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Position the cursor anywhere in the columns and then enter the
title foe the column in the Columns heading field.
Position the cursor anywhere in a row and then enter the name
for the row in the Row headings field.
Note: The width of the display fields in the grid is determined by
the number of characters in the column title (for columns) and the
longest row name (for row names). If the column name is not wide
enough to facilitate the correct displaying of any of the field values
that will be displayed, you can widen the column by entering leading and trailing characters in the column name. A space cannot be
entered as the first leading character as it will be ignored when the
column is sized. Use a dash (-), underscore (_) or period (.) as the
first character (and the last character to ensure balance in the
name). After the first character, enter as many spaces as are
required to get the field width correct. To center the column title
split the number of spaces required so that an equal number of
spaces is added before the actual title and after the actual title, and
then add the same first character at the end of the field name as
you added at the start.
Once again, the actual grid display will update as you enter the names in the heading
fields.
Threshold for Selected Row
For each object that you log, you can specify values that should be used
to determine the color of the grid display on the map. For example if the
battery voltage falls below a certain value, you can specify that when any
value below the specified value is retrieved when the device is polled,
the grid for that devices should be changed so that the display for that
object is red. If the value falls between an acceptable, but low range, you
can specify that the value be displayed with a yellow background. If the
value returned is perfectly in range, the background can be green. This
allows users to quickly see if an alarm condition is reported.
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NTCIP values are often reported in measurements that are not easily
understood. For example, battery voltage is reported in hundredths of a
volt. The more meaningful value for a user would be whole volts. You
can specify here the scale that is to be used to adjust the NTCIP value to
a more understandable value for the User. In this case, the scale value
would be .01 to bring the returned OID value into whole volts for displaying on the grid.
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Once all the information has been entered, click on Save Grid Configuration to update
the database. The following message will be displayed, verifying that the grid configuration has been saved.
Repeat the process for each device for which you want a grid display on the map.
When all the grids have been configured, click on the Close button to return to the
Device Configure Screen. Here you will be able to test each grid. You can test the grid
using the database values for the fields by clicking on Show Grid (Database), or you
can use the values from the device by clicking on Show Grid (Connect).
UPDATING INTELLIGENT NETWORKS DEVICE
MANAGER
When a new version of Intelligent NETworks Device Manager has to be installed,
there are several steps that should be taken to ensure a trouble free upgrade. In most
instances, it will not be necessary for you to change your database. Special instructions will be provided should it be necessary for changes to be made to your existing
database.
To install a later version of Device Manager, you should do the following:
1.Exit Device Manager.
2.Open Task Manager (press Alt-Ctrl and Del).
Check the Processes tab to ensure that no Intelligent NETworks Processes are still
running. If any of the following processes are still running (which may be the case if
the computer is the Server for a Device Manager system or if the program was not terminated correctly), you should end them by clicking on them and selecting End Task.
IntelligentNETworksDM.exe
NTCIPDatamanager.exe
NTCIPServer.exe
NTCIPProgressStatus.exe
3.Uninstall Device Manager (using the Add/Remove Programs options from the Control panel).
4.Navigate to the directory in which Device Manager is installed (typically C:\Program Files\Intelligent NETworks Device Manager). The only files that should
remain in this directory are the directories and any .mdb files. Delete any other
files (including any .exe, .dll, .ocx, .tlb and .oca files) that are in the directory.
5.Install the new version and follow the on-screen prompts.
INDEX
A
About Intelligent Control
Acceptance Required
Access Levels
Acknowledge
Action
Actions and Parameter Values for ….
Activate a Camera Preset
Activate a Manual Poll
Activate a Scenario
Activate a Standard Operating Procedure
Activate an ASC Timing Plan
Activate Schedule
Add a New Message
Add Operator
Adding a New Icon
Administration
Alarm Priority
Alarm Priority Response
Alarm Priority Responses
Alarm Threshold Information
Alarm Thresholds
Amber Alert
AutoStart
208
132
188
135
48
48
48
49
51
51
52
38
15
187
211
113
131, 134
131
134
130
128
115
6
B
Background Color
Baud Rate
Beacon On
Beacon Type
Beacons
BG (Background) Color
Binary
Blank Sign
Brightness Control
Brightness Level Status
Brightness Mode
Brightness Table
Brightness Values Error
Bulk Operations
88
207
28
98
13
20
133
53
82
84
83
84
84
78, 80
C
Category Option
CDPD Mode
Central Schedule
Change Password
Changeable Messages
Character
Character Height In Pixels
Character Index
Character Number
Character Width
Character Width in Pixels
Clear Event Logs
Clear Message Queue
Client/Server
Cold Start
Cold Start Timeout
Color
Communications – Idle Time
Communications – Statistics Period
Communications Loss
Compare
Connect/Disconnect
Connection
Connection Description
Connection Name
Connection Type
Connections
Constant
Control Mode
Controller Error
Creating an Amber Alert
Currently Logged on Users
169
206
44
8
13
194
99
194
194
194
99
111
30
206
136
137
21, 105
161
161
88
132
12
199
204
204
204
202
133
101
102
115
193
D
Data Bits
Database
Datetime Stamp
Day Light Saving
Day Plan Action
Day Plan Event Number
Day Plan Event Time
Day Plan Number
Day Plans
Days
207
197
29
92
35
34
35
35
34, 39
36
Days of Week
Default Flash Off
Default Flash On
Default Font
Default Line Justification
Default Page Justification
Default Page Off Time
Default Page On Time
Default Response Time
Default Retry Count
Delete Device Type
Delete Operator
Delete Parameters
Delete Profile
Deleting a Device
Deleting a Map
Deleting an Icon
Description
Detailed Schedule
Device Address
Device Description
Device Menu
Device Messages
Device Name
Device Poll Frequency
Device Security
Device Type
Device Type Description
Device Type Log Data
Device Type Master Table
Device Type Name
Device Types
Devices
Diagnostic Tests
Diagnostics
Display Message Actions
Display Result
Door Open
Download and Activate a Changeable Message
Download New Event Logs and Append to EventLog Table
Duration
36
89
89
89
89
90
90
90
206
206
202
187
60
192
200
223
212
47
34
200
199
197
13
199
161
196
199
201
139
201
201
200
194, 197
78
101
37
134
94
54
55
13, 27
E
Edit Central Schedule
Edit Group
45
149
Edit Master Fonts
Edit Parameter Values
Edit Schedules
Editing an Existing Device
Editing an Icon
Editor
Electrical
Enabled
End Duration Message
End Time
Enumerations
Error Logs
Event Group
Event Groups
Events
Events and Actions
Exit
Expiring Message
Expiring Messages
Extended Logging
193
59
32
200
212
194
105
47
88
27
183
108
109
109
109
36
10
181
30
9
F
Fan Failure
Fan Test Activation
FG (Foreground) Color
Field
Filter… Device Type/Device
First Value
Flash Off
Flash On
Font
Font Character Spacing
Font Height
Font Index
Font Line Spacing
Font Name
Font Number
Foreground Color
FormBuilder
94
95
21
22
161
133
19
18
16
195
195
195
195
195
195
88
146
G
Get from Sign
Global Time
196
92
H
Help
Horizontal Border
Horizontal Pitch
208
99
100
I
Icon File name
Icon Management
Icon Name
Intelligent Control System Configuration
Intersections
202
210
202
178
151
J
Jump To
195
L
Large Toolbar Icons
Legend
Light Output Status
Line
Line Volts
Link Icon to Device Type
Local Device Time
Log Device Polling
Log Off
Log On
Log this Object
Log Trigger
Long Power Recovery Message
10
99
83
17
95
212
92
160
7
6
110
131
87
M
Main Menus
Manual Brightness Level
Manual Poll
Map Management
MAPS
Mask Alarm
Mask All
Mask Until
Maximum Ambient Temperature
Maximum Cabinet Temperature
182
84
107
210
210
129
130
129
96
95
Mechanical
Memory Management
Memory Type
Message CRC
Message Defaults
Message Number
Message Queue
Message Queue and Central Schedule
Message Queue Configuration
Message Queue Management
Message Requestor
Message Source
Message Table Source
Message Text
Message Type
Minimum Ambient Temperature
Minimum Cabinet Temperature
Mode
Modem
Modem Name
Monitor this Object
Months
Msg Pos
MULTI Msg
105
102
37
37
86
37
181
137
181
29
102
28, 182
102
26
12
96
95
110
207
207
110
35
26
21
N
New Group
New Instance
New Line
New Page
Next
Notifications
149
59
22
19
195
178
O
On Message Queue Conflict
Operators
Other Error Description
181
186
103
P
Page
Page Off
Page On
Parity
17
20
19
207
Password
Photocell Level Status
Pixel Fail Type
Pixels
Place new Message
Polling
Power Loss
Power Source
Pre-Programmed Messages
Preview Message
Previous
Priority
Procedure Properties
Profiles
208
84
104
104
181
162
88
95
12
23
195
13, 26
177
190
R
Real Time – Counts
Real Time – Poll Persistence
Realtime Polling
Record This Event
Refresh Central Schedule
Refresh Message Queue
Refresh Parameters
Refresh Server Polling
Remove Row
Remove Schedule
Required Parameters for Connection Type
Reset
Response By Authority Level (1-5)
Retrieve Current Msg
Row
Rows Allocated
Rows Used
Run
Run a Report
161
162
162
110
60
30
59
162, 165
162
60
206
88
135
14
105
109
110
76
56
S
Save Schedule
Save Selected Message
Scaling Type and Scale
Scenarios
Schedule Name
Schedule Number
Schedules
60
14
133
122
47
35
35, 39
Search
Second Value
Select Profile and make Current
Send a Changeable Message to the Sign
Send to Sign
Sequence
Sequential
Serial Port Number
Server IP Address
Server Port Number
Set up and Configure BITMAP Maps
Set up and Configure GIS Maps
Short Error Status
Short Power Loss
Short Power Recovery Message
Sign Access
Sign Configuration
Sign Control
Sign Height
Sign Height in Pixels
Sign Housing Maximum Temperature
Sign Housing Minimum Temperature
Sign Information
Sign Message Queue Control
Sign Message Queue Status
Sign Status
Sign Technology
Sign Type
Sign Volts
Sign Width
Sign Width in Pixels
Size Operator Log
Sound File on Expiring
Sound File on Timer
Standard Operating Procedures
Start (Stop) Flash / Timer
Start (Stop) MS
Start Central Schedule
Start Mode
Status
Stop Bits
Stop Central Schedule
Stuck
SW Reset
Syntax Error
Syntax Error Position
208
133
192
14
195
24
134
206
207
207
214
223
102
88
87
98
97
11
98
99
96
96
106
24
29
94
99
97
95
99
100
77
182
182
125
18
20
60
47
70, 178
207
60
105
102
103
103
T
Telephone Number
Time Comm Loss
Time Remaining
Time Zone
Timeout
Timeout ... Seconds
Transport Type
Tru Color
Type and No
207
88
27
93
9
206
205
131
26
U
Unmask All
Update Time Frequency
Updating Intelligent Control
User Comments
User Name
130
161
242
60
208
V
Value
Verify Profile
Version ID
Vertical Border
Vertical Pitch
View Entries After
View Entries Before
110
192
195
99
100
113
113
W
Wait for Connection
Warning Type
Window
Word
Word Checker
Word Checker Settings
Word Editor
206
182
208
170
14
170
170
X
X Position
105
Y
Y Position
105
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