VDV Startup Guide

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VDV Startup Guide

This is an simple startup guide for Vista Data Vision. Here below we go through the basic functions and configurations after VDV installation

Need Help?

Vista Data Vision has a powerful Help File for each Application. In the Menu bar you will find the Help in each application (db.robot, db.data.browser and db.webbrowser). When configuring VDV you will find the Help Icon at the bottom. Clicking this icon will open the Help File for that Item. If you have some questions or problems please feel free to contact us.

 

01 How Vista Data Vision works


When starting VDV always start by running db.robot.c which will also start the MySQL database.

Vista Data Vision (VDV) consists of three applications. These applications are db.robot.c, db.data.browser and db.web.browser.

db.robot.c is a database application, specially made to copy data automatically from .DAT text data files into MySQL database as well as to build all associated tables and to do all book keeping of relations and tags.  Also, db.robot.c handles Alarm service, Reports, Validation and other services.  Db.robot.c utilizes advanced methods for database maintenance, import of modified data and will cope with changing data structure of .DAT files and relocation.

db.robot.c constantly monitors data files retrieved by Data Collection Application and copy all new data into its database without delay.  User can give each and every variable a new descriptive name and associate each variable with a unit for calculations and reports. Also, db.robot.c will allow users to import older data kept in data files and to import modified data in order to add or overwrite data in database with the modified values.  Once data is in the database, it can be accessed using db.data.browser and db.web.browser.  Experienced users can use SQL commands to read data directly from the database into other applications.

db.data.browser is a general and flexible data browser, where user can build display pages with up to 6 graphs and incorporate up to 50 variables into each graph.  Therefore, a single page can display everything from a single graph with a single variable up to 6 graphs with 50 variables each, or 300 variables total.  The graphs can include any variable from any location.  Using innovative command buttons, user can easily travel through time and choose any length of period for display.

db.web.browser is a database web browser, allowing web users to do most of the work handled by db.data.browser through web interface and much more. This application includes everything needed to start web service. Its displays can be configured in any language like English, German and Spanish. Users outside the local network can access the data, as soon as the web server is published to the world wide web. An easy way to start web access to VDV is to use the IIS (Internet Information Server) web server which is built into most of Microsoft’s operating systems. Service providers will use the build-in access control to give access to the data, so each user will only have access to the his data and not to data belonging to others.

02 Register, Import and Graph the data


You have successfully installed Vista Data Vision. Here are some useful instructions and tricks on how to get started using Vista Data Vision. If you have any questions or problems during the configurations of VDV please feel free to contact us.
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02.1 Register the software


After the install it is necessary to register db.robot, db.data.browser and db.web.browser. To do so go to Help > Register Product on each application and put in User, Company and Product key.

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Note: If there is no internet connection select phone activation and send the authorization codes to Vista and get back activation codes to register and activate each application.

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02.2 Import the sensor Data File


In this chapter we are going to import our sensor data file and create few Graphs. If you have data from other datalogger then Campbell SCI you need to take close look at step number 2 regarding the VDV File Converter.

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02.2.1 Open db.robot.c (c:/Vista Data Vision/db.robot.c/db.robot.c.exe)


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02.2.2 VDV File Converter | If you have data file not from Campbell SCI dataloggers


The VDV File Converter opens doors to import data from almost any source storing data in delimited text file. This includes data from most data logging systems, data from spreadsheet origin and data found in manually maintained data sheets. The VDV File Converter also supports data forwarded from remote dataloggers via FTP transmissions.

VDV File Converter will continuously monitor the selected data files and convert new data to a vdv compatible file.

The VDV File Converter allows you to convert both a single data file or a folder of incremental data files (commonly found when data loggers use ftp to send data).

See a Video here on how VDV File Converter works (This video is not from the newest version but it shows the basic functions).

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02.2.3 If you have a Campbell SCI .dat file add the file


Go to Edit menu and click Add Site. Locate the File, name it and click next.

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Click Select File and locate your .dat file. Give the new Site a Name and an Owner. With Owner you can filter your data files later.

Click Next

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Here is a list of all parameters in the Data File. If needed give each parameter a Alias Name.

Click the Select button to select a unit for each parameter. If you have many parameters with the same unit click Select Units Quickly at the bottom. There you can select multiple parameters by holding down ctrl button or using shift.

Click Next.

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Finally we have an overview for the Station we are about to import. Review the configuration and click Finish

Click Next.

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02.2.4 Real time graphs


Open db.data.browser (C:/Vista Data Vision/db.data.browser/db.data.browser.exe)

Note: Enterprise version has Page setup in the web interface also

Go to Edit menu and click Page Setup. Locate the File, name it and click next.

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In Vista Data Vision data is categorized into Sites and Pages where each Site can contain many pages.

Locate the Site we just Imported, Click New Page and name your Page. Finally Click New Graph.

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Name your Graph and double click on the Variable you want to add to the Graph or use the Arrows.

There are a lot of configurations that can be done on each Graph, here is an example of what we did.

In Variable Setup tab we changed the Color of the Line and the Width to 3

In Y-Axis:Left we set the Scale To Manual and set Lower Limit to 0 and Upper Limit to 360 so our Wind Direction Graph will always have a fixed Axis.

Go to the Help file to read about each configuration.
Help menu » Help. In the Help File open
Page Setup » Graphs

Click Save.

Create couple real time graphs and Click View » Graphs 

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On the Left hand side select our Site and Our new Graphs will show up.

  • Click on the Graph to Enlarge it.
  • Change the Scale at the top
  • Scroll Back and Forth in the data (arrows right next to the Scale).

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03 Basic Configurations


In this Chapter we are going to point out how and where to do most of VDV Configurations. We will not go into any details however in the Help File there are a detailed instructions on each item.

03.1 Web Server


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Configuration of the Web Server can be a bit tricky, please read over the instructions well and if you need any help contact us.

Note: To be able to view the VDV web on the internet the computer running IIS must have a fixed IP address that is open to the internet. Contact your system administrator or your Internet Service Provider for information on how to acquire a fixed IP address and how to configure the computer and firewall to be able to view the VDV web on the internet.

The easiest way to set up a Web Server is to use the built-in IIS web server of Windows OS called IIS (Internet Information Services).

Open db.web.browser and open the Help File (Help menu » Help). First open Configuration » Web Server Installationto make sure IIS is enabled on your server.

Next, depending on your Operating System, go over the Step-by-Step instructions for IIS under the Configuration part.

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03.2 Mail Server


Before VDV can send out emails you need to Configure your Mail Server. This is done in db.robot.c under Edit menu Mail Server Setup.

Click the Help Icon at the bottom to read in more detail how to configure the Mail Server.

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03.3 Alarms


Alarms in VDV are a very powerful feature that will simplify the operation of a network of dataloggers. Alarms have twofold purpose:

  • VDV will monitor all new data entered into the datatbase and send out alarms as email and/or SMS Text Message if a value of a variable cross pre-defined limits.
  • VDV will send out an Alarm if data is not being updated on a regular basis. E.g. VDV will send out an Alarm if no new data has arrived for the last 6 hours indicating some communication error between the station and server.

Alarms are configured in db.robot.c under Edit menu » Alarm Site Setup

Data Update Monitoring is configured in db.robot.c under Edit menu » Data Update Monitor.

Read the Help File for more Information on how to configure the Alarms (Help File » Toolkits » Alarm Toolkit)

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03.4 Reports


The Report Toolkit allows users to create Report summaries. Select variables to include in the Report and generate it automatically and sent to a group of contacts. The Reports can be generated as a delimited text file document or as a Microsoft Word document.

Open db.robot.c and navigate to Edit> Sumamry Report Setup and create a new report.

Depending on your toolkits you will see different options at the bottom of Edit menu in db.robot.c.

Read the Help File for more Information on how to configure the Reports (Help File » Toolkits » Report Toolkit)

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04 Useful things to look at after basic configuration


04.1 Create a new user


This feature is only for Professional and License above. If you are running a Trial Version and would like to try out the Professional or Enterprise Version please contact us for an Evaluation License.

You may create unlimited number of users and give them access to specific data and functions.

Take a look at this video to see how it works. (This is a video from older version but it shows basic functions well)

db.web.browser Help File » Access Control » New User

Note: This feature is also available in Enterprise Version under Configuration>User Setup.

 

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04.2 Virtual Variables


Virtual Variables are used to create new calculated variables that are a mathematical function of one or more measured variables. Virtual Variables are useful to rescale as well as to calculate results that were not calculated in the datalogger. Easily create an equation using variables from different Sites(dataloggers).

You can add Virtual Variables to Graphs and in Reports and Monitor them for Alarms.

db.data.browser Help File » Details » Virtual Variable

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04.3 Alarm Limits on Graph


Simple is to display the Alarm Limit for Variables. The Alarm Limits are shown as horizontal lines on the graph, lowlow & highhigh are red and low&high are yellow. Only one variable on the graph can have this option selected.

In Graph Setup, check the Show Alarm Limit in the Variable Setup tab.

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04.4 Contacts


In Vista Data Vision you can create Contacts and group them into Contact Groups. You use these Contact Groups when configuring the Alarms and Reports. VDV will send Alarm Notification and Reports to the Contacts.

Open db.robot.c » Edit menu » Contact Setup

For Professional Licence and above open Web Interface » Configurations » Contact Setup

db.robot.c Help File » Toolkits » General Configuration » Contact Setup

 

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04.5 Customize Layout


This feature is only for Professional License and above. If you are running a Trial Version and would like to try out the Professional or Enterprise Version please contact us for an Evaluation License.

With Vista Data Vision it is simple to customize the layout. You can change the login page and add your text and header. Once logged in you can change the Logo that appears in the top-left corner to your company logo.

Try it our yourself

Open db.web.browser » Web Site Setup » Login Page Setup // Change Web Page Logo

db.web.browser Help File » Web Page Setup

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04.6 Different Languages


The Language of Vista Data Vision web site can be changed from English into any other Language. Built in Languages are Spanish, German and English. Simple is to add a New Language and translate the web page to a other language..

In the Professional Version you can select which language each User has.

In the Professional Version you can select which language each User has.

Open db.web.browser » Web Site Setup » Languages

db.web.browser Help File » Language

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04.7 Real Time Display


This feature is only for Professional License and above. If you are running a Trial Version and would like to try out the Professional or Enterprise Version please contact us for an Evaluation License.

Real Time Display (RTD) is used to give users a clear overview of all data on a single page or multilevel pages. Latest data can be viewed on numerical indicators and as trend lines on graphs. Furthermore, Alarm Status and Data Update Monitoring of each variable may be indicated by background color.

Take a look at this video to see how it works. (This video is form earlier version but it shows the basic functions well)

db.web.browser Help File » Real Time Display

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