ALERT 3.6 revision1, whats new

cdThe revision 1 of ALERT 3.6 version integrates many software improvements and optimizations, correcting a few defects present in the previous versions: optimization of the display, redundancy, links with data servers This version also proposes interesting new functionalities


AlertMobile functionality enables very simple managing of supervision applications embedded in Windows Mobile compatible mobile phones. Optimizing data exchanges with mobile phones, this option enables use of SMS for transmission of animation dynamic data on screens. This solution consequently offers advantages in terms of simplicity (a simple GSM modem is needed), security (no intrusiol), covering and battery life.

The mobile phone operator can control his application via different supervision screens described in XML file. Each screen can display the status of a functional sub-system of the application. The screen updating requests are transmitted by SMS, WIFI or 3G to ALERT w(ich transmits back the requested data coming from supervised applications (via DDE, OPC, mediators, message processor, ). In the same way, the operator can trigger commands remotely or adjust parameters.

GSM modems management

The GSM modems management has been modified. The configuration of the operator supplying the SIM card integrated in the modem is now made at the concerned communication port level. It simplifies the configuration of the calling numbers for sending of SMS (one selects the operator corresponding to the called number and no more to the used modem). Managing of several GSM modems with different subscriptions is now also possible.

The functionalities of the GSM driver have been extended: possibility to demand an acknowledgement for the sent SMS (with call acknowledgement option on receipt of acknowledgement of receipt).

Operator import

The import function has been improved. It is now possible to import variables and operator files. Each imperted property can be defined by one or several columns of the import file.

The import commands are directly accessible from the supervision and on-call management tree.

Dynamic import filters

The dynamic import concept enables definition of supervision conditions of the alarms in ALERT: no need to previously define a list of variables to supervise. The configuration of the dynamic import is limited to the definition of the criteria of the dynamic creation of the alarms.

These criteria are determined by the configuration of import filters defining the conditions and properties of the alarms created dynamically from expressions defining properties associated with the supervision data (type, category, priority, terms, localization ). This enables, for instance, validation of alarm creation according to its priority and localization. It is thus also possible to define the transmitted message by concatenation of terms associated with this alarm and the group to call according to the localization of the alarm. This functionality has been integrated to several interface modules with supervision data: message processor, OPC AE and certain mediators (Citect, Wizcon).

External files saving

ALERT enables saving of the whole configuration data, with all the attached configuration and saving files (logs, histories ).

The possibility to save additional files external to ALERT proper configuration (files attached to supervision, Jericho or NetSentinel configuration ) existed in the previous versions but has been extended in this version. The interface is more ergonomic and it is possible to automatically restore the external files at their original places, without additional copy.

Derogation and mask programming

It is now possible to program an on-call derogation period in advance (cancel of calls for a group or call forward to a team explicitly designated) or alarm mask by defining a date or beginning and end hour for the derogation or mask period.

Manual scripts

The message processor scripts can now be manually triggered on request (menu command) to execute certain treatments (alarm test, operator file importation ).

Polling option according to the on-call status of the station

In normal redundant mode, the two stations permanently supervise their own supervision data (redundant database or even database). In certain case, it is useful (or more efficient) to limit the links to the active station. A new option allows supervision links only with the active station.

Forcing of variable type

A variable type (character or numeric chain) was automatically determined by the type of reference value used to evaluate the event condition. If this value was numeric (beginning by a numeric character), the value was numeric type declared.

This automatic designation, which was most of the time useful, was sometime incoherent. To avoid such incoherence, the variable type is now configurable (numeric by default).

Client functionalities extension

So as to guarantee a better compatibility in service or terminal server mode, the client/server functionalities of the software have been extended. The following functionalities are now accessible from client stations: current call follow-up, call acknowledgement, control of the links with supervision.