New features in Notifier

The IGSS Development team has made available several new features to the IGSS 11 Notifier module.

There are three released new features:

  • New Operator mode
  • Duty plan filters displayed in the Duty Plan
  • The Notifier.ActiveFilters object

New Operator Mode

A new operator mode has been introduced: Operator Mode 4.

Notifier Operator modes are used to prevent access to the Notifier module’s functionality and to remove complex features that an operator or end-user might not need and thereby simplifying the use of the Notifier module for the operator.

The new Operator Mode 4 contains the same Notifier operator rights as Operator Mode 3 but also allows an operator to select existing filters on existing duty plans. The operators may not create new filters or edit existing filters, but may change filters on existing duty plans.

Note

The selected operator mode will affect all operators of the machine and is not connected to any other IGSS user account and security setup.

If you want to define an operator mode, you must first create a new registry key called CalendarMode in the registry of the local machine. After you have created the CalendarMode registry key, you can set the value of the CalendarMode key to restrict the operator’s access to Notifier functionality.

Duty Plan filters displayed in the Duty Plan

If you attach one or more filters to a duty plan, the duty plan will display all attached filters under the assigned Notifier operators as well as indicating the presence of duty plan filters with a filter symbol in the lower right-hand corner of the duty plan.

New Notifier Status Object

A new Notifier status object has been created, called the Notifier.ActiveFilters object. The Notifier.ActiveFilters object is used to indicate whether or not there are filters assigned to any and all active duty plans in the Notifier module.

The Notifier.ActiveFilters object is a digital object with two states, two commands and two alarms. The commands are not used by IGSS. You do not need to use a digital object template to create the Notifier.ActiveFilters object unless you want to also utilize the alarm bit functionality in the object.

States
The following states are available to the Notifier.Active Filters object:

State 0: No filters are assigned to any active duty plans.

State 1: Filters (one or more) are assigned to the any active duty plans.

Free Value atom

You can enable the Free Value 1 atom to display the total number of filters assigned to all active duty plans.

Alarms

You can set up the Notifier.ActiveFilters object to trigger a digital alarm when state of the Notifier.Active object changes to the state 1 if you have based the Notifier.ActiveFilters object on a digital object template.

The alarm bit on the Notifier.ActiveFilters object must be defined for the first alarm bit (bit 0) on the Alarm In/Ack Bit tab in the digital object template.

Object Mapping

The State atom must be set to Local in the Edit Mapping tab of the Object Properties form for the Notifier.ActiveFilters object.

If the State atom is not set to Local in Edit Mapping tab, the object will not integrate correctly with Notifier module and will not be updated correctly with information from the Notifier module.

Global Area

The Notifier.ActiveFilters object must be placed in the Global area in order to be accessed from the entire configuration. If you do not create the Notifier Objects in the Global area, the Notifier Objects will not be updated.

Updates only

The new features and functionality for the Notifier module are only available for IGSS 11 after you have updated your IGSS Installation.