Main Drivers

The main drivers we had in mind while building MONICA is that it has to be:

  • Standardized – using only standardized and open protocols. No proprietary things inside.
  • Modular – all features are implemented as modules, following SOA principles.
  • Easy to integrate – standardization and modularization make integration extremely easy.
  • Scalable – great performance no matter if 10 or 1000 instruments are monitored.
Great Overall Security

Great Overall Security

MONICA implements an user management system that can be used solely as an integral part of MONICA or can be integrated with your existing LDAP system. It’s really up to you.

Beside user management, security is gained by using secured protocols for communication with external modules. The entire communication goes over HTTPS. This also makes it firewall friendly.

Another aspect of security is “token management” which prevents simultaneous configuration and control of the same system by multiple users.

All of the mentioned aspects bring great level of overall security.

Great Overall Security
Powerful Rules and Alarming

Powerful Rules and Alarming

Anything can be a rule in MONICA. Since the decision making process is based on an extremely powerful rule engine, an operator can define different actions and conditions in a very convenient and easy way. Only a few minutes are needed to make the system rule based on the operator’s idea – choose the devices, make a logical condition, do a click – and there you are.

Alarming in MONICA relies on the described rule engine. It has never been easier to define conditions which trigger various actions, e.g. switching to a new uplink chain, or turning on the light and buzzer, or maybe just sending an SMS or e-mail to an operator as a warning of an alarm.

An extremely powerful and intuitive rule and alarm definition was never easier!

Powerful Rules and Alarming
Easy Drivers Plug-in

Easy Drivers Plug-in

One of the main requirements for MONICA is to be able to add a new instrument driver to the system in the easiest possible way. This is why this became one of the biggest advantages of MONICA.

In order to add a new driver, operator has to draw the instrument symbol in any open source SVG drawing tool and write a simple XML file to map it to the MONICA driver protocol. No coding, no recompiling – just an XML and its done!

It’s easy, it follows the plug-in and plug-out concept, and this is exactly the reason why our library of drivers is constantly growing.

Easy Drivers Plug-in
Extensive Logging Mechanism

Extensive Logging Mechanism

Logging of system-wide events is one of the main features an M&C system must support. On the other hand, sometimes it’s hard to see a single event through the whole forest of events. A system which helps in avoiding this trap is a winning system!

This is why MONICA allows configuring the logging rate per instrument or per parameter. You could log critical parameters more often, and the ones less important only occasionally.

The logging story doesn’t stop here. The logging mechanism could be one of several – regular DB, round-robin DB, syslog protocol, to a remote file, etc.

Extensive Logging Mechanism
Future Ready Schema Presentation

Future Ready Schema Presentation

Smart people often say “what you see is what you get”. This is exactly the reason why we pay special care to the presentation layer on our MONICA system.

It is a first system of a kind compliant with HTML5 technology. But we didn’t stop there – we thought about the strong and emerging mobile market. So we based our schema on SVG technology.

What does all of this mean? Well, it means that you can take any of the existing (free) SVG editors, draw your schema, give it to us, and we can make an M&C system around it. And thanks to the benefits of SVG technology, the schema automatically resizes for different screen sizes – it can be projected on a big screen in a Network Operation Center or on a small screen of your mobile device.

Be fast, be proactive, draw the schema you want on your own, and we’ll do the rest!

Future Ready Schema Presentation

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