Energy Consumption View


The Niagara Energy Consumption View Template shows current energy consumption, power, cost, and weather with a 5-day forecast. Choose different points you want displayed on the analytic graphs, such as Power, KwH, Frequency, etc. Add a cost profile in the view settings to show how much equipment is costing the client. The template also includes PX View, Alarm View and a Free Weather Service which can be used on any project. Also check out our widgets.

This view helping manage energy, analyze, and optimize the operation of facilities. It is an energy benchmarking and analysis tool, developed as integrated solution for any type of building. It enables the user to collect and manage all aspects of energy data and view on screen. In the settings you can adjust to show any time/value data. Set the energy benchmarks and detect low energy-efficiency areas by comparing consumptions against similar periods. Get an overview of the energy and associated costs for different zones, buildings, or time periods.


Comparison Line Chart

Compare 2 series of data. E.g. comparing consumptions against similar periods for temperature and power. Choose any data set to compare.

Weather Data

Display crucial weather data information including a 5-days forecast. Add up to 2 sensor values which can be any numeric ord. Values update in real-time.

Cost Profile

The pie chart shows an hourly cost profile.

Benchmark Analysis Chart

See if the equipment is perforing well against benchmarks. Change the view to Today, yesterday, this week periods.

How to Use

1. Copy Files to Station Directory

After downloading all the files, copy all files to an accessible station directory. E.g. Create a folder named EnergyTemplate.

2. Add Licensing Service

Templates must be licensed, but you manage your own licenses. Licenses are bound to the stations host Id. You will be provided access to the Software and Licensing Portal where you can manage your own licenses. Here you can add, update, or delete licenses as needed.

There are few ways to get a license file:

1. Add our licensing module to your station services. This module automatically retrieves the license from our servers and saves it to your stations shared folder directory.

2. Alternatively, Login to the Software and Licensing Portal (link provided in Order Confirmation) and add your host id's as needed. Copy the license file to the stations shared directory.

Make sure the station user has access to WLicenseService in the user management and category service section.

Finally, in the service properties make sure the Enable Template Support option is set to true.

Verify you are always using the latest version of the licensing service. You can check and download the latest version from the Software Portal.

3. Add Weather Service

The Open Weather Service is included in this template. You will need to sign up for a free api key from Open Weather Service.

4. Site Structure

For this dashboard you will have your site structure as follows (although not required). This template uses 3 points per device. e.g. Power, Consumption, and Frequency. However you can use similar points, but just remember to change the names in the view settings (see below).

Each point should have a numeric history taken every 15 minutes (recommended).

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5. View Settings

You must go into view settings and set up all the appropriate settings for this view.

Additionally, you should go into General Settings to setup colors, themes, and the home ord. The home ord is the ord to show when a user logs into the system.

For the home ord and alarm view to appear, you must tick the box "show on menu" for the home ord when setting up the navigation views.

Also, the navigation settings which tells the system which view to show on the template and whether or not to show it on the menu.

6. Setup the Navigation Menu

Log into the station (as a super-user) with your favourite browser and go to index.html page. Click on Settings.

As the super-user you will go through your stations configuration and apply views to each asset. Additionally, set each asset to either show/hide on the navigation menu. When a user logs on only those assets will appear in the menu with their respective views.

There are also settings to change theme colors, home link, and title.

For the home ord and alarm view to appear, you must tick the box "show on menu" for the home ord when setting up the navigation views.

7. Setup a Nav File

A nav file is included in your download. Set this for each user in the normal Niagara way. When a user logs-in they will be directed to the location in the nav file. The template will automatically go the the home ord you set up earlier. Verify the folder below exists, modify as required.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>
<nav version='1.0'>
<node name='Home' ord='file:^EnergyTemplate/index.html%7Cview:web:FileDownloadView'
      icon='module://icons/x16/home.png' />

8. Setting Up Users

Additionally you can set users so only super-users can see the settings menu. This is done using the stations user administration in the normal way.

1. Set up a role that has the following access. See Operator Example.

2. In the user service, set the role to the role created above. Additionally, set the nav file to the one created in step 4.

3. Set the appropriate permissions in the Category Browser. See example.

Optional (Hyperlink Widget)

The FREE Hyperlink Widget is included in this template allows you to navigate to a station ord, hyperlink, or external hyperlink. If you set the Ord binding, then the ord value is displayed as the link, which updates in real-time.

Alternatively, set the hyperlink text value and this value will be displayed as the link. When combined with our dashboard templates, your PX pages can easily navigate to other dashboard links.

This widget can be used for any px page on any project. The standard Niagara widgets don't allow this level of flexilibity for navigation.

Upcoming Developments

There is a new feature underway at the moment which will show energy analytics and allow the user more control over the data they want to display.

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