Broomfield, Colo. — Innovyze released V6.0 Generation of SCADAWatch, a network data management and business analytics and optimization solution for water and sewer systems. SCADAWatch equips utilities with the first-ever scalable framework for proactively viewing, sharing and analyzing water and sewer operational information, key performance indicator (KPI) measures and hydraulic and water quality data, in motion and with historical trending. Results are presented on a real-time business dashboard over a standard Internet connection. The solution automatically generates comprehensive, high-fidelity performance reports to help utilities develop the best course of action based on specific performance objectives. Overall performance of all critical assets can be displayed both in real time and on a periodic basis (hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, seasonal or year-to-year overview).
SCADA systems give utilities real-time information about the status of their water and sewer networks, including Web-based trending and alarm and event aggregation. While most systems are optimized to provide fast, reliable data directly to the control room, they cannot deliver at the analytics level needed for decision support and business process optimization. To create these day-to-day business analytics, utility operators must manually extract, piece together, comprehend and analyze static data from disparate systems.
Using SCADAWatch, operators can eliminate these complex offline analyses challenges through a smarter use of sensors and telemetry already embedded in network and plant assets. The software consolidates all this data in one central place, provides users with a complete overview of the performance and cost of their operating systems and assets, and lets them optimize business processes using advanced predictive and operational analytics. This approach provides better leverage without impacting existing systems.
SCADAWatch greatly extends the power of water utility operators and asset managers to support business process management using advanced self-adaptive processes and fully-customizable real-time business dashboards to gain an accurate view of real-time business performance. It enables water utilities to save time by monitoring their asset performance — and every factor from uptime to analytics — 24/7. They can instantly see where improvements could be made; react faster to important events (e.g., critical weather, leaks, breaks, overflows) to mitigate customer service and environmental issues; identify opportunities to drive operational efficiencies as they happen; monitor compliance with state and federal regulations; and anticipate equipment failures before they take place.
Users can also gain high visibility of past asset performance for historical comparison. For example, operators can determine non-revenue water for the overall system or by pressure zone; summarize daily, weekly, monthly, seasonal and annual water consumption; determine maximum, minimum and average pressures; and extract other business performance indicators — all with the click of a mouse. They can also use both historical and current flow monitoring data to predict and prevent sewer overflows and spills. These capabilities bring business intelligence into the interaction processes of the control room, automate and help optimize business performance, reduce operational costs and risk, and improve business responsiveness.
Other important analytics include a powerful Biz Block that can perform simple and complex mathematical operations on SCADA and sensor data, create information-rich dashboards and generate reports on the results. It also encapsulates business specific calculations in a modular fashion with complete data-driven workflow diagrams. This can, for example, enable users to quickly and accurately calculate the specific capacity of a well to help determine its design pumping rate or maximum yield.
The software’s open API allows third-party field applications to seamlessly communicate with SCADAWatch, providing just-in-time data for improved planning and enabling end-to-end sharing of critical information needed to effectively solve day-to-day operational and maintenance problems. Employees from all departments can create and use role-based dashboards to gain the operational visibility they need to do their jobs more effectively. Multiple dashboards can be displayed simultaneously; shared with any user in the organization; and linked with mobile devices such as iPads, iPhones, and Android-based devices. Users can also graphically select any number of meters for further analysis; display meter readings directly on the map, not solely in dashboards; and directly connect with any sensor linkage to pictures, pdfs, videos, and more.
Designed to drive maximum value while minimizing implementation cost, SCADAWatch is extremely easy to learn and use, the company said. It quickly integrates with existing SCADA systems and other enterprise applications, supports all sensor categories along with virtual sensors which can output pre-processed data, and can be configured and running in seconds.
It can also be fully configured to suit individual utility departments’ needs. Users can share an external dashboard link on social media with a single URL, instantly generating a clear picture of all underperforming assets and recommended remedial actions to any mobile device. Enhanced dashboards for user-selected KPIs and graphing and reporting capabilities allow users to continuously see how their water and sewer networks are performing at a glance, spotting trends and analyzing, predicting and managing impending operational events with greater confidence.
V6.0 features a new aesthetic look and feel with a completely redesigned user interface based on flat design concept with responsive layout, allowing users to concentrate on content without distraction. A new historical and event management tool allows users to compare and analyze current readings against historical data being collected, such as sewer overflow/spills events and current flow monitoring data. This can help in decision-making for possible actions with O&M activities as well as in tracking consent decree and sewer rehabilitation and capacity relief projects, to ensure money is being spent in the right place.
V6.0 can now support iframe dashlet using external resource like Power BI, video, website, weather or image as dashlet data source. It can directly link and display data from virtually any standard database (Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL, OLE DB, PI System, Wonderware, iHistorian, Sybase, ODBC, Firebird, Informix, etc.) and can import sensor data using CSV, XML, JSON or REST API. V6 also features additional general usability improvements and can now support all modern browsers include Chrome, Firefox, IE 9.0 and above, Safari and Microsoft Edge.
“By giving users near real-time Web-based views of asset performance and costs, SCADAWatch opens new doors to business process optimization and proactive decision making for water and wastewater utilities worldwide,” said Paul F. Boulos, Ph.D., BCEEM, Hon.D.WRE, Dist.D.NE, Dist.M.ASCE, NAE, President, COO and Chief Innovation Officer of Innovyze. “It delivers major innovations in real-time network monitoring and business analytics, greatly extending the power of big data to effectively support mission-critical network performance monitoring and management applications. This new release gives utilities deep, comprehensive insight into the health and operations of their water and sewer infrastructures and enables them to use that information to optimize business performance. It’s a must-have for improving not only the operational efficiency of water and sewer systems, but business responsiveness, customer service, environmental protection, and the bottom line.”
Upgrade to SCADAWatch V6.0 is now available worldwide by subscription. Subscription members can immediately download the new version free of charge directly from www.innovyze.com.