FF-Automation’s AutoLog ControlMan is ultra modern and cost effective solution for remote supervision and control. It is suitable for remote monitoring and controlling almost anything: machines, devices, processes, pipelines, tanks, street lights, pumps, valves, real estates, unmanned stations, cold rooms, cargoes, environment, flood etc. If you have many targets which are hard to reach and you want to have a way to monitor and control them, then AutoLog -ControlMan is most likely what you are searching for - and most likely it's more!
Wireless supervision and control service via GSM and Internet
AutoLog ControlMan is complete solution which includes both AutoLog GSM-RTU units and hosted Internet application service. GSM-RTUs are installed along the remote targets to perform measurement and control tasks. GSM-RTUs are communicating wirelessly using GSM/GPRS network. ControlMan web service is used with normal web browser through Internet - anywhere, anytime!
Centralized architecture - global data collection & sharing
Today’s trend for global companies is to use centralized Internet server databases and web based application interfaces. This way the information is shared to everybody regardless of the physical location.
AutoLog ControlMan integrates easily with other systems and databases. Open standard interfaces and mainstream technology guarantees long term and cost effective solution. New features are constantly included to the service to follow today's and future needs.
Global Networks - ready to use without investments
AutoLog ControlMan uses existing and global communication solutions. Measurement data is send wirelessly via existing and almost global GSM and Internet networks. Users log in to service through Internet network. No network investment costs!
System uses local GSM operators to minimize the communication costs. GSM communication uses Internet between local GSM operator and ControlMan server.
Hosted Service- Cost efficient and care-free solution !
AutoLog ControlMan is hosted Internet "control room" service for remote target supervision and control. Server is hosted (24/7/365) by Verio(*), which is awarded as most reliable Internet hosting company in 2010. Customer doesn't need own server PC or maintenance personnel. Existing PCs can be used to connect to server application without any software installations. User just needs user name and password to log in to service through web browser.
(*) ControlMan can be hosted also by other hosting companies or it can run on customer’s own server.
Graphical User Interface (GUI) views
System includes lots of technology, but normal user doesn’t need to know or care about this. User just wants to see the status of their remote targets as easily and illustratively as possible. ControlMan gives versatile Graphical User Interface including dynamic maps, measurement trends, alarms views, animated process views, reports etc. Views can be designed according to application specifications.
User can log in to the system from any PC with Internet access using web browser. User doesn’t need to install any software for using Controlman.
On dynamic map view user can see the target site locations and alarm information. Clicking the object on the map opens site views for further analysis. On the rights there is example of dynamic process view which gives immediate information of the process status. User can for example click the valve symbol to set new setpoint which is automatically send to control unit.
Measurements are stored to database. This data can be analysed in many ways, e.g. using cumulative bargraph- and trends views. These views give the ability to see the process history and to detect e.g. the symptoms of some problems before its too late.
From alarm view user can see active alarms. Alarms can be acknowledged. On the right there is example of a week control program. Control unit has own clock & calendar, so week programs can be loaded to control unit’s memory. Targets can be controlled according to defined times and days according to this program.
An example of XY -control curve. E.g. building heaters / air conditioners can be controlled according to outside temperature. On the right there is an example of parameter setting view for alarm limits and PID control units.
Process view, from where user can control valves and see tanks surface levels and flow rates.
Controlman setup information, control unit definitions, users, user groups, measurement history etc. are stored in Controman server’s SQL database. ControlMan server database can be connected to other systems using standard ODBC interface and SQL queries. If needed user can upload measurement history from server database to own PC for offline analysis.
GSM control units communicate wirelessly through GSM network to local GSM operator access point. GPRS communication from operator’s access point to ControlMan server is using Internet IP network. Virtual Private Network (VPN) can be used if local GSM operator supports it, but in most cases its not needed.
Major part of typical communication is logged measurement data which is transferred using GPRS packet data. GSM/SMS messages can be used for sending alarms, controls, report queries etc. SMS message communication allows also direct communication between control units and between control unit and GSM phone. Serviceman can for example send direct control or setup command to control unit from GSM phone using SMS message.
GSM control unit can be controlled also using free call controls. Control unit can identify incoming phone number and make defined controls.
The system uses global communication networks and it operates on hosted servers, so it can be expanded unlimitedly.
Control units can be programmed remotely through GSM network. ConrolMan application pages can be maintained remotely through Internet network.
Normally graphical user interface views are browsed with desktop PC’s Internet browser, but ControlMan pages can be designed to be used also with small resolution mobile phones. Mobile phone’s Internet browser should have Flash support.
Trouble Ticket System
Alarms and other work orders can be forwarded to Trouble Ticket – system. System sends the work order to free service man’s gsm phone or e-mail. Service man can send work status and work time reports back to the system. Trouble Ticket system gives standard procedures for fast system maintenance operations. Work reports can be used many ways e.g. billing service work, detecting the cause of failures, knowing the spare part needs etc.
AutoLog GSM-Control Units
AutoLog ControlMan is complete solution. It is not only supervision software, it includes also AutoLog GSM control units. Control units are installed along with monitored targets.
Inputs & Outputs (I/O)
In typical application control units are connected to targets to measure different kinds of analog values, like temperatures, pressures, surface levels, voltages, currents etc. and digital ON/OFF status informations. Control units have also digital and analog outputs.
GSM control units have selectable analog input modules for all standard measurement ranges (0-20mA, 4-20mA, 0-5V, Pt100, RMS Voltage, RMS Current etc.) so almost any sensor in the market can be connected to control unit. In addition control units have free serial port which supports Modbus RTU protocol, so it can communicate directly with other control units, SCADA systems or intelligent meters / actuators etc.
Control program (Application program)
Target applications can be controlled automatically using the control unit’s control program or manually from the Controlman’s Web interface or control unit’s from panel HMI. Normally control unit can handle all the needed automation tasks so no other automation devices are needed.
One typical task for control unit in many applications is to log measurement data into its memory. Control unit is capable of storing for example 16 measurements with time-stamp in one minute periods for 7 days. Stored log can be send to ControlMan server using GPRS data transfer. This allows that control unit doesn’t need to be on-line all the time in order to send measurement data to server. This is important especially in low power applications.
Control unit can generate alarms when a measurent goes bellow / above defined alarm limit or e.g. by combining many conditions (diagnostic alarms). Alarm is time critical information and it can be send immediately to server, from where it can be forwarded as text GSM/SMS message or e-mail to defined (on-duty) service man.
Control unit has many other useful features like:
More info can be found form AutoLog GSM-RTU pages!
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Distributors and System integrators
FF-Automation can make very beneficial agreements with distributors and system integrators.
For example Finnish company C2 Information Systems started by marketing and distributing ControlMan system to street light control and energy saving projects. Now they are comissioning and maintaining ControlMan projects independently. Over 20 cities are using ControlMan for controlling street lights.
If you have special knowledge from some business area we can give you exclusive user right for this business sector. You can use ControlMan also as general solution for remote conrol and monitoring projects.
Picture: Street Light control, Tank monitoring, Low power Pipeline monitoring.
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Benefits of ControlMan
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