Setting Alarms

The ADMIN tab allows the user to activate alarms that notify the project user(s) any time that a certain parameter crosses a user-specified threshold.

  1. Access this feature by going to ADMIN | Alarms.

Accessing the administrator alarm feature

 

  1. Expand the Alarms section by clicking on the gray bar (if it is not already showing).  Click ADD ALARM.

Expanded alarms section

 

  1. The Add New Alarm feature contains several user-personalized options.
    1. General Info- This allows the user to input a name and description for the alarm, and contains the enable/disable option for the alarm.
      • The Multi-Trigger option can be checked to send an email periodically throughout the alarm’s duration or unchecked to send an email only once when the alarm is activated.

Add New Alarm- General Info

 

    1. Trigger Conditions- The trigger condition(s) for the alarm can be entered in this section. Multiple triggers can be submitted for the same alarm. Included in the trigger condition(s) are:
      • The data logger associated with the alarm.
      • The parameter associated with the data logger.
      • The threshold (greater than, less than, etc.) that activates the alarm according to a user-specified number.
      • The data time frame in which the alarm can be triggered.

In this example, the user has set an alarm that is triggered when the temperature is greater than 30 degrees Celsius AND the dissolved oxygen concentration drops below 6.5 mg/L for all readings in the last 10 minutes.

 

    1. Trigger Action- The trigger action(s) for the alarm is optional and allows the user to specify who will be notified, via email, when the alarm is triggered.
      • The Recipient Type can either be individual emails that are entered in the Recipients box or a user-generated group. A Group can either be selected from previously created groups, or a new group can be added.
      • The Message gives the group or individuals a summary of what the alarm means, and will be included with the email each time an alarm is triggered.
        • The message box can be expanded by clicking on the diagonal lines in the lower right hand corner of the box and dragging them outward.

In the example above, the user would have to create a new group. Each time the alarm was triggered, the message, and the current parameter values that triggered the alarm will be included within the email.

 

    1. Reset Conditions- The condition(s) required to reset the alarm can be entered in this section. Resetting the alarm is required for it to be triggered in the future, so ensure that the reset conditions match what will occur in the field.
      • The reset parameters are the same as the trigger parameters.

In this example, the user has set an alarm that is reset when the temperature is less than 30 degrees Celsius AND the dissolved oxygen concentration rises above 6.5 mg/L for all readings in the last 10 minutes.

 

    1. Reset Action- The reset action(s), similar to the trigger action(s), notifies individual(s) via email when the alarm has been reset.
      • The conditions for the email are exactly as described for the trigger action(s).

Each time the alarm was reset the message and the current parameter values that reset the alarm will be included within the email.

 

  1. Ensure to click Save at the bottom right hand corner before exiting or closing the Add New Alarm tab.