Neon Server Applications Software

Model 2303A

  • Overview

    The Neon Server Applications software is the server-based suite of software that is part of an overall Neon system. This suite of software provides centralised data capture and management for remote field based Neon data loggers and RTU units.
    Received data can be viewed on the Neon Web user interface in near real time from any browser or can be disseminated to third party storage or data visualisation systems via several different reporting and interface mechanisms.

    The Neon system also can issue control commands based on pre- set algorithms and issue alarms and notifications via several mediums. Alarm set points can be set up on the Neon data logger/ RTU units as well as the Neon central server and alarm notifications can be sent via several methods including email and SMS text messages. Alarm triggers can initiate physical actions in the field such as turning pumps on and off or activating other control functions based on the internal program within the Neon data logger/ RTU.

    The Neon system has fully bi directional communications between the Neon data logger/ RTU units and the central Neon server. This allows for remote diagnosis, remote programming and remote firmware updating for complete remote operation of the remote equipment and this minimises costly site visits. Neon data logger/ RTU units can be configured to read sensors, log data internally to local memory and push data to the central Neon server at user settable intervals such as once a minute, every few minutes, every hour, once a day.

    The Neon Server Applications software is offered as either a hosted service for a subscription fee, managed by Unidata, or customers can purchase a Neon Server Applications Server License and run the software on their own server.

    Suitable for:

    • -Remote data monitoring and acquisition
    • -Environmental compliance reporting
    • -Metering for utilities
    • -Asset monitoring
    • -Modbus TCP
    • -Industrial Measurement

    Features:

    • -Low communications overhead
    • -Scaleable architecture
    • -Software can be installed on
    • -Windows 2008/2012 server
    • -Physical servers or virtual servers
    • -Scalable server platforms depending on number of loggers / RTUs required
    • -View data from any browser on the internet
    • -Reconfigure Neon remote loggers on-line
    • -Diagnose and reset Neon remote loggers on-line
    • -Upload new logger schemes on-line
    • -Automated FTP/ Web Services/email reports
    • -Data exchange with established third party systems, including Hydstra and Aquarius
    • -Automated email and SMS alarm notifications
    • -True IP services/guaranteed data delivery system
    • -Industry standard Microsoft .net architecture
    • -SQL database: SQL express, SQL standard or SQL enterprise
    Software Architecture

    The Neon Server Applications software is based on industry standard platforms and technologies, including Windows Server Operating Systems, Microsoft SQL, the .NET framework and IP networks.
    The software suite encompasses two major components: the Neon Communications Server and the Neon Web Application. The Neon Communications Server handles all communication protocols with the Neon data loggers and RTU units. This includes receiving and storing log data, processing commands and controlling alarms. The Neon Web Application provides the Web user interface, contains the reporting engine plus various data exchange interfaces.

    Server Platform Software Requirements

    Microsoft Windows 2008 R2 Server or 2012 Server
    Microsoft SQL Server 2008 or later, Express, Standard or Enterprise editions
    Neon Server Application Software
    This software is used to provide communicate between the server and on site loggers. Main functions include:
    1. Retrieving data from the loggers and storing the data on the server
    2. Managing logger configuration
    3. Uploading new programs and logger schemes to the loggers
    4. Displaying retrieved data in real time
    5. Sending automated data reports to external systems
    6. Sending alarm messages via SMS or Email

    User Interface

    The application software has the Neon Web user interface that can be accessed from anywhere on the Internet using a standard web browser.

    Logger / RTU Communications

    Cellular (2G/3G/4G LTE)
    Satellite (Globalstar, Inmarsat, Iridium)
    Lora radio

    Logger Capacity

    The application software is able to handle at least 5000 loggers, assuming that the communication parameters have been appropriately configured.

    User Capacity

    There is no specific limit to how many users can be configured but the concurrent usage is dependent on server hardware and internet bandwidth capability.

    Logger configuration

    All configuration and operating parameters of the loggers can be remotely managed via the application software. Users do not have to visit loggers on location to change their operating parameters.

    Logger Network Configuration

    The application software can group loggers and display data according to an unlimited number of geographic areas and locations.

    Data Display

    Retrieved logger data can be viewed in real time, via the following methods:
    1. Charting
    2. Data Table
    3. Excel Export
    4. Weather Stations
    5. Schematic diagrams

    Network Map Display

    Geographic areas, locations and loggers can be assigned a Latitude and Longitude and then displayed on a geographic map.

    Logger Network Status

    The application software can display the status of each location in the network and indicate if the logger is inactive, operating normally or has an alarm condition.
    This status is also displayed on the Network Map.

    Alarm Configuration and Notification

    Logger alarms conditions can be configured via the software application and can notify users of active alarms via the following methods:
    1. Web site on screen display
    2. Email
    3. SMS

    Automated Data Reporting

    Automated data reports can be configured to export logger data from the Neon server to an external system. Reporting formats include, among others:
    1. CSV files, delivered via FTP, email or web service
    2. Hydstra files, delivered via FTP
    3. Aquarius interface, import and export, compatible with Aquarius 3.X and NG versions

    Photographs and Video Capture

    The Neon system can automatically capture regular photographs and video from the field using the appropriate logger adaptors. These photographs and videos can then be viewed via the Neon Web user interface or delivered to an external system as JPEG or MPEG files.

    User Security

    The application software can handle any number of security access profiles, which can be configured according to access requirements. These access profiles can control which logger or group of loggers a user can access. System administrators can create users and assign the appropriate security access profile to them.

    Software Demonstration

    You can trial the Neon system on the Neon Website Demo page.

    Neon System screenshots

  • Specifications

    Unidata Hosted

    Unidata hosts the Neon Applications Software on our secure Neon 1 Server and Neon 2 Servers located in a secure data processing centre. A fee for service applies per connected Neon Remote Terminal or Neon Remote Module.

    Client Server

    Clients can purchase their own server hardware and a Neon Applications Software License to run on their own server.
    The server size can be scaled according to the number of connected Neon Remote Terminals or Neon Remote Modules ( NRT/NRM).
    Low end is up to 50 NRT/ NRMs; Mid range is 51 to 200 NRT/ NRMs and High end is 200+ NRT/NRMs.

    Basic Server Specifications
    • -CPU: Intel Core i5/i7 (low end), Intel entry Xeon 3400 series (mid end), Intel Xeon 5500/7500 series (high end)
    • -DRAM: 4GBytes (low to mid end) / 8GBytes (high end)
    • -Hard Disk: 150 GByte SATA II (low end), 300GByte SATA II (dual drives) (mid range) and 500 GByte SCSI (multiple drives) (high end)
    • -OS: Microsoft Windows 2008 R2 Server or 2012 Server, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 or later, Express, Standard or Enterprise editions;
      SQL Database License which can be scaled to either SQL Express, SQL Standard or SQL Enterprise

    Alternatively, it may be simpler to set up an instance of Windows 2008 Server on a virtual server.

  • Ordering

    ModelDescription
    2301AData Services Initial Subscription Setup Fee
    2301A-01Neon Data Service Fee (1-50 NRT) per unit/day
    2301A-02Neon Data Service Fee (51-100 NRT) per unit/day
    2301A-10Neon Data Service Fee Metering, per unit/day
    2302ANeon Server Software License (incl 5 NAL)
    2302A-10Additional 10 NRT Access License (NAL)
    2302A-20Additional 20 NRT Access License (NAL)
    2302A-50Additional 50 NRT Access License (NAL)

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  • Documents

    Brochures
    2302A Neon Server Application Software
    Manuals
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    Application Notes
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