4SITE - Site Infrastructure Monitoring Systems

The 4Site Infrastructure Monitoring System is designed to monitor the status of remote field equipment. The software has the capability to alert nominated staff to servicing and other maintenance issues when certain alarms or conditions occur, allowing for a more efficient and reliable system for operation. It is compatible with many legacy and current field Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems, but uses a common web interface for ordinary viewing.

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4Site display field infrastructure data to standard Internet, smartphone and tablet browsers. It uses ordinary data connectivity to connect to remote field devices by any available telecommunications network. By using the best of public Internet technologies in a private operational network, new productivity tools and service options can be offered as they mature in the public environment.

Real-time data is collected from field devices via an IP data service.  The system then stores the data into a large data base and processes the data for display via a web server for the Internet or an Intranet.  The output can also be used by specialised 4Site Mobile software on smartphone and tablet devices.

In operation, legacy SCADA systems are not modified, but rather a specific software driver is developed by 4Tel staff to provide a common interface to a 4Site server. This approach is inherently scalable because even though a field network may comprise thousands of devices and many SCADA networks, only one driver is required for a given device type or network to present an appropriate interface to 4Site.  By using an ordinary browser to display data, SCADA settings and output can be more widely used by a work force or management.

4Site uses automated email, text messaging and the extensible mark-up language (XML) data standard for external communications, so that all the collected data and alarms can be sent to staff or other computers. 4Site data can also be used for back-end office processing and maintenance planning.

Benefits

By providing a common web-based view of field data to all authorised staff, otherwise difficult to access log files and reports can assist maintenance staff to more quickly remotely diagnose faults and trends.  This increases staff productivity, and reduces travel time to remote sites for maintenance fault-finding.

Also, many field devices have no local storage for status of alarm indications.  So real-time reporting to a central server allows historical data files on a device to be created for subsequent analysis.  This data allows structured maintenance to be based on data trends rather than simply one-off alarms.  Again, significant productivity gains in staff time are possible.

Other Users

4Site Infrastructure Monitoring Systems are currently deployed by John Holland Rail for field infrastructure monitoring across the NSW Country Rail Network and by the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) across some of the Australian Defined Interstate Rail Network.  The system is proven to be able to manage many thousands of devices, allowing companies and staff to remotely monitor and manage equipment for effective and efficient use. 

4Site features:

  • Provides a consistent view to all field devices and SCADA networks
  • Uses a browser for webpage display
  • Reduces training needs because most staff can use a web browser
  • Allows alarms and condition reports to be automatically sent to specific users
  • Removes need to replace SCADA or field equipment to obtain modern functionality
  • Allows all collected data and alarms to be stored for data-mining

4Tel Infrastructure Monitoring System products include:

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4SITE-WEB - For Site Internet and Intranets

4Site-WEB4Site Web allows both field and office staff to access field equipment operating data in real time to improve fault and investigation activities.  It uses any browser to provide a common web interface to display the data and logs from any connected legacy and current field SCADA systems to allow a common ‘front-end’ to view equipment status.  

The system allows users to view historical logs, search dates or periods, view configuration data, view measured performance data and export data. 

4SITE-WEB features:

  • Provides a consistent view to all similar function devices
  • Uses a browser for ease of use
  • Reduces training needs as common web interfaces used
  • Interfaces to legacy devices and SCADA networks via software drivers
  • Allows all collected data and alarms to be stored for data mining

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4SITE MOBILE - For Site Smartphones and Tablets

4Site Mobile allows both field and office staff to access field equipment operating data in real time to improve fault and investigation activities via their smartphone or tablet.   It uses any smartphone or Tablet browser to provide a common web interface to display the data and logs from any connected legacy and current field SCADA systems to allow a common ‘front-end’ to view equipment status.  

The system comprises a web browser on an internet-enabled mobile device, the 4Site application program running on a web server, and a number of device drivers used to collect and process the field data for presentation to the web interface.  The system allows the complexity of the many underlying systems to be simplified into one common interface. 

4SITE-MOBILE features:

  • Provides a consistent view to all similar function devices
  • Uses a mobile browser for ease of use
  • Reduces training needs as common web interfaces used
  • Interfaces to legacy devices and SCADA networks via software drivers
  • Allows all collected data, logs and alarms to be viewed
  • Uses a 4Site server as the host processor

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4SITE-LXM - For Level Crossing Monitoring

The 4SITE-LXM is software designed to manage remote location CERBERUS level crossing monitoring systems.  It uses a 4Site system server and an optimised web interface configuration to connect to CERBERUS devices.  Maintenance staff can then monitor all connected level crossings over an Intranet to complement the wider signaling telemetry monitoring environment.

All collected level crossing data is stored and processed for internet/intranet web-based displays for staff. Automated reporting is also available so that certain alarm conditions can be immediately dispatched by email or SMS text messages.

4SITE-LXM features:

  • Can monitor all CERBERUS data
  • Can monitor any level crossing with the development of a suitable software driver
  • Use any browser to view Level Crossing data
  • Allows real-time always-on monitoring of data if IP communications are used
  • Automatic alarm reporting
  • The 4Site server as the host processor

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