We recently made several software enhancements to our viewLinc Enterprise Server software for continuous monitoring of controlled environments. If you are already familiar with viewLinc, here is an overview of new the features that have improved the usability of the software. At the bottom of this page, you can find some common questions on upgrading viewLinc to include VaiNet technology.
As you know, we’ve all been awaiting the release of the Vaisala viewLinc monitoring system with the viewLinc Enterprise Server software and our proprietary wireless LoRa® technology VaiNet.
Today we performed a real-world test of the new system, installing it at a large distribution center in the US. Here are our observations:
We were able to install the software and configure the AP10 and RFL100’s with minimal assistance. The software is intuitive and fun to work with. Our goal of making the system simple to install was definitely met.
The AP10 was placed in the front office and several RFL100’s in the distribution center at 100, 150, and 200 meter distances from the AP10. We had no issue with signal strength at any of those distances. We decided to push it even further and moved a RFL100 as far as we could go which was approximately 250 meters (800 ft) from the AP10. The equipment communicated perfectly. Keep in mind that these are state of the art distribution centers with racking, conveyor belts, multi-story robotics, and vast amounts of RF technology in operation. We found this truly remarkable!
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This particular distribution center has been testing systems from other vendors, including wireless equipment, and had yet to experience anything as reliable as VaiNet devices. For example, they have one vendor’s (not Vaisala) base-station and wireless logger under test and were having serious issues getting the signal through a single wall at a distance of 50 ft/15 m.
Today’s visit has proven to us and the folks at the distribution center that this product is a true game changer in wireless monitoring technology.
NOTE: Thank you to Sales Manager Keith Loftin for sharing this experience with us!
Here is a short list of some improvements to viewLinc:
Tours: Upon first login for both users and administrators, the software walks you through setup steps. Tours are available on demand thereafter. Watch a short video “Tour of the Tours.”
Remote alarm notifications: New alarm templates simplify the configuration and management of all alarms in your system.
Simplified access control: For greater control over user access to the system.
Verified site security: viewLinc uses TLS encryption to ensure that your system is secure.Expanded email support: viewLinc includes support for both IMAP and POP3 email settings.
Enhanced graphing options: Users can create data trends with up to 16 Locations and 4 measurement values. Earlier versions of viewLinc had up to two parameters.
Remote alarm notifications: Users won’t miss notifications because they can configure system alarms to include distribution to members of the viewLinc Administrators group. The system allows you to escalate alarm functions to align with your personnel hours and process risk levels.
Easy to install and deploy: When an Administrators group member logs in for the first time, the Getting Started tab in the Overview window displays links to online Help in three categories, Setup - Learn - Use.
RFL100 wireless data loggers and AP10 access points: When new wireless loggers are recognized on your network, you are notified on the viewLinc desktop automatically.
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Here are some common questions we get on installing the Vaisala viewLinc monitoring system and updating an existing viewLinc system to the latest version.
VaiNet Technology Application Note
Only the latest version: viewLinc 5.0. Enterprise Server Software.
Please see the viewLinc 5.0 data sheet
Yes, upgrading to viewLinc 5.0 would be similar to any upgrade you may have done in past, say from viewLinc 3.6 to version 4.3. See viewLinc 5.0 data sheet for server requirements.
Yes, you can create a standalone system at your facility on an independent laptop or desktop computer for a Proof of Concept study. In addition, you can contact sales to get a tour of the software interface in real-time at our own testing facilities.
To learn more, contact your local sales representative.
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