The iVENCS Control Software is a truly open and intuitive integrated management platform. iVENCS offers robust control, monitoring and incident analysis across all safety, security and communications building subsystem.
iVENCS is provided as a number of modules. The base functionality for every system is provided by the iVENCS-CORE module, while plug-in subsystem modules then provide whatever other functions are required. Any one or more of the iVENCS Subsystem modules can be used in an iVENCS installation. Thus the same iVENCS software can provide applications as diverse as a large site PA system, an airport or railway line’s Passenger Information and Infotainment System, or a whole-site control UI for comprehensive management of a large site or sites.
Subsystem assets can be shown using graphical representations of the actual hardware located in their correct context in the UIs, or UI ‘buttons’ can be used. Each asset can be controlled and have individual faults displayed, as well as overall site and system status indications.
In addition to the main 2D / 3D UIs each subsystem will have its own dedicated operational UI, together with its own fault and alarm list, event log, and status tree displays. The subsystem UIs provide specialised controls and functions for each subsystem, such as providing PTZ camera controls or video recording controls for a CCTV system.
iVENCS can be used with either a traditional 2D control UI or using a true 3D site and building UI, or a mix of both.
The 2D UI option provides a traditional ‘flat’ or pseudo-3D display for use in simple installations. This UI can provide a ‘button’ type layout, or be used to show displays such as simple floor plans for a building, a large site map, or a railway line map.
iVENCS’ award winning and unique true 3D UI option can show an accurate fully scaled model of the whole site or building. The UI’s pan, tilt, rotate and zoom controls allow the user to move the viewpoint at will, to any part of the 3D UI, with seamless viewing from any position, and avoids the need to jump between different 2D maps and zoom levels. The 3D UI is fully interactive and the entire UI can be viewed as a single item, or individual floors can be selected.
2D and 3D UIs can be used together in one system, for instance a 2D site map or railway line map could drill-down to full 3D UIs of the system’s buildings.
iVENCS can be used with any number of workstations, and the workstations can be supplied with as many monitors as required. Typically a system will have between one and four HD resolution widescreen monitors, with more monitors enabling more subsystem UIs to be viewed and operated at once.
Both the servers and workstations run on either Windows or Linux PCs, and the system can be supplied with either dual or multiple redundant hardware. Additionally the iVENCS servers may be run virtualised in an organisation’s data centre.
For simple applications an iVENCS system can be built using a single workstation, with the server and workstation software running on a single PC. At the other end of the scale, for very large systems the modular nature of the software and XMPP inter-module IP communications enables multiple server systems to be built with an almost unlimited number of monitoring and control points.
iVENCS is designed using open-source royalty free technology and there are no ongoing ASL or third party licensing costs.
IVENCS will monitor health and status of itself and all of the subsystems using a prioritised alarm structure, with different priorities of alarms. Each alarm is configurable to any priority, and each priority of alarm has configurable banner colours, alarm symbols, and display icons, including options for audible alert or pop-up warning banners on the UI.
Active alarms are shown on an Alarm List, and there is a log of all events and alarms. All of the alarm tables have user search, sorting and filters to enable particular sets of alarms to be reviewed. The viewed alarm tables can be printed as reports or can be exported into spreadsheets.
Events and alarms are presented intuitively to the particular system operator, for example any events that prevent normal site operation can be presented to the site controller, with more detailed and lower importance events just being provided to the maintenance operator.
Faulty equipment or alarms are shown by a warning flag above the equipment in the 3D UI, to provide full visual context. Animated subsystem equipment Icons can also be used to illustrate the state of each system, such as showing doors as opened or closed, and escalators with arrows indicating the direction of movement.
An audit trail is provided for alarm reporting and response, and a context based help facility can provide guidance on appropriate operator response to alarms, alerts, and events.
iVENCS provides comprehensive user permissions configuration, where each user can have specific permissions to view and to control the subsystems and equipment in the system.
All of the functions and the UI that is shown for each operator is defined by their log on, so that each operator can have their UI tailored to their role, irrespective of which workstation they are using.
iVENCS is specifically designed to provide easy maintenance functions to the end users and local maintainers.
The main 2D or 3D UI is developed and is provided in Industry Standard AutoCAD Graphics, using AutoCAD 3DSMax. Therefore the main UI graphics files can be updated by any AutoCAD 3D design bureau, or by many end client’s themselves.
The iVENCS software also has a built in editing tool for manually or automatically re positioning and editing the subsystem equipment asset icons in the UI. The editor allows all changes to be previewed live, provides for auto-save and roll back, and records all changes.