Feature Release: Webview 3.0
Coming November 28, 2016

The Webview interface has been completely redesigned to make it more user-friendly, intuitive and organized. Over the years we have added many new features, but we haven’t taken the time to lay out all of the pages taking account for all the new features, that is the main focus of Webview 3. Most of the information is still in the same general place, but the new pages are laid out in sections that make it more intuitive and allows for future updates without affecting the overall look and feel.

We will have some review / training sessions during the week before and during the week of the release.
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We hope that you’ll find these updates to be intuitive and easy to use. Please send comments and any issues to us using the Help / Request support option in the top menu.

Along with this reorganization there are some changes that we’d like to point out:

Feature Release
August 15, 2016

A new schedule system has been added to Webview. This new system introduces the ability to create re-usable schedules and associate them with multiple devices or email reports, rather than having to create a new schedule for each. This will streamline the device setup process and allow changes to schedules to affect multiple devices or email reports. One exceptionally useful way to take advantage of this new systems versatility can be demonstrated with assets requiring seasonal schedule changes. For example a schedule with a name such as “propane seasonal” could be created and applied to a large number of devices. When the season changes and requires the schedule to change, the schedule itself could be updated and would, as a result, update the schedule on all of the assets on which the “propane seasonal” schedule was initially assigned.

Devices can be broken down into four distinct groups:

  • Dial-up and Satellite Gateways

  • Cellular Monitors

  • Ethernet and Cellular Gateways

  • Encompass Gateways

Because different devices and reports have different schedule capabilities, schedules can only be assigned to like devices. For example, a schedule created for a cellular monitor can be applied to other cellular monitors, but could not be assigned to an encompass gateway.

Currently the Schedule Manager can be accessed on the Gateway Setup page or on the Email Report Management page by either adding a new report or editing an existing report.

The process for creating and editing schedules on the Gateway Setup and Email Report Management pages is identical. Locate the “Schedule” drop-down field. This is where an existing schedule can be selected and applied to the device or report. Hovering over the clock icon to the right of each schedule in the drop-down field will show a preview of the schedule. The Schedule Manager can be opened by clicking the icon beside the “Schedule” drop-down field. A pop-up window for Schedule Management will appear.

The “Show Disabled Schedules” checkbox is displayed in the top-right corner. Disabled schedules will be hidden unless this box is checked.

  1. Status Column: This shows the “Enabled” or “Disabled” status. Disabled schedules cannot be applied to any devices or email reports unless their status is changed to “Enabled”.

  2. Label Column: This shows the label, or name, of the schedule. The label should accurately describe the schedule. A combination of the Label and Type columns should be enough to easily identify the schedule.

  3. Type Column: This shows the type of schedule. The possible schedule types are Interval, Custom, Window, and Monthly, though the types available vary based on the group the device belongs to.

  4. Used By Column: This shows how many devices or email reports are currently using the schedule. If a number is present, clicking on it will open a pop-up window which displays the path to the devices or email reports that are using the schedule, their serial numbers, and the object type.

  5. Details Column: Hovering over the clock icon will show a preview of the schedule.

  6. Edit Column: Though this column does not have a name, an icon is present. When clicked, this icon opens the Schedule Editor so the schedule can be modified.

A new schedule can be created by clicking the “Add Schedule” button. This will open the Schedule Editor.

The label is the name of the schedule and should accurately describe it, such as “Daily 8 A.M.” or “Mon, Wed, Fri at 8 A.M.”. The “Enabled” checkbox is checked by default. This means that the schedule can be assigned for devices within the group via the “Schedule” drop-down field once the schedule has been created. Disabled schedules cannot be assigned. They are not visible in the “Schedule” drop-down field and can only be viewed in the Schedule Editor if the “Show Disabled Schedules” checkbox is checked. Also, schedules that are in use cannot be disabled unless they are removed from all devices that they are assigned to first.

The next section displays the schedule type information. The schedule capabilities of the device determine which types will be displayed. If more than one schedule type is available the user can choose between them by clicking the tab that represents the desired schedule type.

Schedules made through the Gateway Setup page have an additional section near the bottom of the pop-up window that displays the expected monthly billing information.

When all of a schedule’s relevant fields are completed the user should click the “Save Schedule” button located at the bottom of the pop-up window. The schedule should now be selectable from the “Schedule” drop-down field if it was set to “Enabled”. All schedules created before the introduction of the Schedule Manager will be imported. Duplicate schedules will be consolidated into a single schedule.

There are four existing schedule types in this system:

These schedules can be set to specific daily times that can vary day-by-day or a recurring daily time that is consistent throughout every day of the week.

The “Start Time” field is the start of the day for reports and the “Interval” is the time between each report, which is limited by the “Max Reports” per day.

This schedule provides a simplified setup with only an interval between reports, or if more detail is needed, an advanced menu requiring an open window, close window and interval.

This schedule should be used if only one report per month is needed. The user chooses the time and day of the month for the schedule.