Upgrades to Operator Interface used to report pump efficiency measurements

Our web and software developer, Andrew Foster, ensures that our software is kept up to date, usable, accessible, and adheres to current security standards. Here he talks about some recent mobile developments

When it comes to being up to date, usable, accessible, and secure, our websites and systems are no exception. And while our existing Operator Interface covers all the bases as far as security goes, as part of our continuous improvement initiatives we decided it was time to upgrade the user interface (UI).

The upgrades to our UI aim to better meet the demands of modern technology and the way people tend to work on the go, while also enabling us to be quicker and smarter in the way we deliver data to our clients. Reporting on the measurement of pump efficiency will only benefit as a result.

Mobile optimised

Mobile internet use surpassed that of the desktop two years ago, so it is vital our web applications are optimised for smaller screens. The next version of our Operator Interface is based on the Bootstrap CSS framework. This will allow page elements to rearrange and resize automatically depending on the device being used. This means that a mobile user, tablet user and desktop user will all be viewing exactly the same site, but the layout will be optimised for their particular screen. For example,
an engineer at their desk can view their station information on a single page, while a manager (who’s away from the office) can log in via their smartphone and get a quick overview of how the station is performing.

True real-time data

With our exiting Operator Interface information is refreshed every minute. However, the upgraded version communicates directly with the HMI (using better-than-industry-standard SHA256 encryption) and is to the second. Pump pressures, flow, power and efficiency are updated asynchronously, so there’s no need to reload the page to view the latest figures.

Entire site optimisation

The UI isn’t the only part that’s been overhauled. We’ve also rewritten the back end code to speed load times for every page and to improve reporting tools. Data sets can be downloaded and imported into any spreadsheet program, and custom reports can be produced in the browser.

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