Trimble has introduced a Geographic Information System
Asset maintenance inspection
Trimble has introduced a Geographic Information System (GIS)-based office and handheld asset maintenance inspection solution for utilities. The solution is comprised of two new products: the Trimble UtilityCenter Field Inspector software for handhelds and the Trimble UtilityCenter Maintenance-2 module. In combination with Trimble Mapping and GIS rugged handheld computers with integrated Global Positioning System (GPS) technology, the software offers electric, gas, water, and wastewater utilities of all sizes a scalable and easy-to-deploy field solution for improving asset maintenance inspection operations.
Wonderware Information Server 3.1 software has been released with enhanced Web-based, enterprise-level reporting capabilities and support for Microsoft SharePoint 2007 and Windows Vista. It offers an easy-to-use solution for Web-based reporting and analysis of real-time operations information for the manufacturing and infrastructure industries. The new version features enhanced dashboard support with the ability to add custom filters that provide real-time visibility into detailed equipment operations. It also offers a simplified installation procedure for the embedded Microsoft SharePoint 2007 technology, as well as tighter integration with Wonderware ActiveFactory for creating and publishing query reports.
Wonderware, a business unit of Invensys
Lake Forest, CA
Workflow process management
GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms, a unit of GE Enterprise Solutions, has announced the availability of Proficy®
GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms
Urban drainage modeling, design
MWH Soft has announced the availability of the V8 Generation of its InfoSWMM for ArcGIS. The full-featured urban drainage network analysis and design program addresses all operations of a typical sewer system — from analysis and design to management functions such as water quality assessment, pollution prediction, sediment transport, urban flooding, real-time control and record keeping. This latest version features an intuitive, time-saving user interface; impressive graphics; greatly accelerated creation of better, more accurate models; and more advanced design analysis capabilities. The software is also fully compatible with the latest release of EPA SWMM5 (5.0.016).
Licensed radio for rugged terrains
FreeWave Technologies has announced the availability of the LRS455, its newest licensed radio offering the lowest power consumption, transmission range and receiver sensitivity available in the market. Due to superior RF propagation characteristics (430-470 MHz at 2 watts), the LRS455 is ideal for rugged and heavily treed terrain applications in oil and gas, water/wastewater, electric and municipality markets. It offers a faster data rate and more noise immunity than similar products and is perfectly suited for long-distance SCADA applications located within rough terrain or heavy tree coverage.
Twenty First Century Communications has announced the addition of Outage Text Messaging to its High Volume Call Answering (HVCA) service. With the new feature, utility customers can request updates on the restoration process via text messages to their mobile phones. Benefits include increased customer satisfaction and convenience; text messages often get through even when cell networks are down or saturated; no Short Code is required by the utility; and little or no development or IT resources are required of the utility.
Twenty First Century Communications
Systems & Software has released enQuesta 4 ERP, which offers utilities the ability to manage their business with a complete suite of core finance, plant accounting and human resource modules. These include general ledger, budgeting, purchasing and asset inventory, receivables and payables, payroll, and compatible unit-based work order management and job costing solution.
Systems & Software Inc.
Software for water system operations
The Hach Water Information Management Solution™ (Hach WIMS™) is powerful, scalable water-industry-
Chart recorder with EtherNet/IP
Eurotherm has adopted EtherNet/IP as the communications protocol for its 6000 series Paperless Graphic
Elster has introduced its SmartMeter™ AMR-enabled products to the North American market. Elster recently acquired the SmartMeter product portfolio from Severn Trent Services, a member of the Severn Trent Plc group of companies. The SmartMeter features a fluidic oscillator solid state design, containing no moving parts to deliver higher accuracy throughout the flow range, greater reliability and advanced intelligent metering features such as tariffs and event monitoring to residential metering applications.
Infor Public Sector announced Hansen8.2, a government-specific software solution that provides greater access to relevant information across the entire agency, simplifies activities to increase user productivity, and adds several new features that improve citizen interaction. It also provides more robust billing capabilities across departments, adding new functionalities and streamlining account set up and rules.
Infor Public Sector
Energy consumption, cost management
Pumping costs account for a high proportion of a water utility’s operating budget, so it’s important that energy
Bentley Systems, Incorporated
NEXGEN Asset Management is Web-based software that integrates an advanced CMMS with Asset
Nexgen Asset Management
Operational intelligence software for mobile phones
Transpara Corporation’s Visual KPI solution has been optimized for the Palm® Pre™ phone, providing users with on-demand operations, financial and infrastructure data via the new phone’s Palm webOS™-based browser. Visual KPI uses Web technology to make key data available on any wireless device, generating graphics, scorecards and trends optimized for the specific device. It ensures decisionmakers stay in direct and immediate contact with on-demand, role-based information required for them to take action.
Automated source water monitoring
YSI automated vertical profiling systems provide important water quality data before water reaches the plant. The profiler’s real-time data can be used to manage draw from the water column, providing the ability to avoid high algae concentrations, turbidity, and low dissolved oxygen and optimize usage of treatment chemicals, filters, and aerators. The profiler can be buoy-based or mounted to a fixed platform near the intake. Water quality data can be integrated into a plant’s SCADA system for real-time alerts.
YSI Integrated Systems & Services
Emerson introduces the 475 Field Communicator, which extends beyond device configuration functionality to provide advanced device diagnostic and troubleshooting capabilities in the
Emerson Process Management
Mobile access authorization
Videx has announced CyberKey® Blue, a rechargeable key that uses Bluetooth® technology, providing a unique and flexible access solution for water districts with mobile employees, service
The Wonderware DAServer Toolkit 3.0gives customers and partners the capability to create, test and deliver custom interfaces to equipment with unparalleled ease of use. It enables users to develop customized connectivity solutions for Wonderware System Platform for instances where there is not a pre-existing protocol interface. The toolkit is typically used by system providers that need to connect to proprietary devices when integrating new solutions with System Platform. System Platform provides a single, scalable software platform for the SCADA, supervisory HMI, MES and EMI software solutions needs of industrial automation and information personnel.
Lake Forest, CA