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. Navigate to Admin|Alarms on the WQData LIVE project page.

    Access WQData LIVE Project Alarm Menu

 

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

Select Add Alarm/Alert.

 

  1. Complete each section of the configuration menu that appears.
    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.
      • Designate the notification type as an Alert or Alarm. Aside from naming, the only defining difference between the two is the map marker effect when triggered.
      • The Multi-Trigger option can be checked to send an email continuously throughout the alarm’s active duration. Otherwise email notifications are only sent a single time when the alarm is first activated.

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.
      • The time interval over which all readings must meet the conditions to activate the alarm.

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 or text message, 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, similar to the trigger action, notifies individuals via email when the alarm has been reset.

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 lower right corner of the menu to activate the alarm. The user will then be directed to a settings overview page for the alarm where details can be modified as desired.

    Alarm Settings Overview page.

     

  2. At this time, the alarm notifications can be verified by clicking the TEST button in the lower right corner of the overview menu.

Test Alarm confirmation.

 

Alarm Test success notification.

 

Test notifications will display Test in the email subject line and have a default parameter value of 0.0

 

  1. All configured alarms and alerts, including their status and last trigger times, are listed under the Admin|Alarms/Alerts section of the project page.

    Project Alarms/Alerts summary.