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HOWTO: Set up Widgets and Dashboard

Last Updated: Feb 01, 2015 08:32PM CET
Note: It is advised start generating widgets after two weeks receiving data.

The Widgets and the Dashboard, are suitable to have a look about what is happening and in order to control all the data that we are receiving.
First of all, we have to define our own Widgets. Then, we will configure our own Dashboard. Each user, have their own Dashboard.
To know the types of Dashboards of DEXCell Energy Manager, click Here.

In order to create a Widget, you have to go to your Dashboard and click on the '+' button. In the following image, you can see  a list of the existing Widgets (if there are), and also you can create a new one.



First of all, choose the widget that you want to add on your Dashboard and click "next":



Fill the form and click on “Finish”. This process is done with each of the Widgets you want to add to your Dashboard.
 


Common set up parameters are: 
  • Name: Widget name. This is useful to identify  each of the Widgets created. It has to be unique.
  • Parameter: type of widget (for example,  temperature)
  • Group: you have to indicate which group is acting on the Widget
In each of the Widgets, it will appear the date.
  
Below you can find an example for each available widget type:  


Last reading


 

This widget displays the latest reading for a device specific parameter. You can use any device or 
group and either basic or calculated parameters. It also shows the maximum and minimum within a 
period.

The configuration of this widget is the following:

Pie Chart

 


 
This widget displays as a pie chart on the distribution of a parameter between different nodes of a group. 
For example, when using the "hourly electrical  energy", the pie chart shows the proportion of 
consumption that each device is within the group in the last hour. If you select a weekly service will be 
on the consumption of the last week.  
 
In the event that in a group, a device has set as a total, remainder (total consumption minus 
consumption of other devices) will be calculated. When you configure a  pie widget, calculated 
parameters can only be selected (with sampling period hourly, daily, weekly or monthly) and groups with 
data on these parameters. 

The configuration of this widget is the following:

Bar chart

  
           
    
        
 
 Bar shows historical parameter data during the specified period. The bars show the value of the parameter 
in the last, seven, or 28 days, and the dot represents the same value during the day, seven, or 28 days 
earlier. This is useful for viewing the change compared with the same type of day or time for this parameter 
in an earlier period. For example, you can see if a day is consumed more or less than the above, or if, 
during this month, in general, you are achieving savings from the previous month. 28 days are used instead 
of a calendar month to match the weekends.
  
You can view any parameter of any device or group, but we recommend only using calculated parameters, 
as the chart has a limited number of items to display. 

The configuration of this widget is the following:

Line chart

 
     
This widget displays as a line the values of a device specific parameter. The dotted line represents the 
early period for the same device  and parameters. The operation is similar to the Bar Widget, and we 
recommend its use to show parameters that are specific and not cumulative value (temperature, voltage, 
current, power factor). 

The configuration of this widget is the following:

Benchmarking

  
   
 

This Widget allows benchmarking of devices that are part of a group for a specified parameter. It also 
shows the median of the group. If one of the devices in the group is marked as "total" is not displayed in the 
comparison.  
 
You can only select groups and parameters defined in the group. If any group is displayed, remember to 
define a new service in the "Groups” tab in each location.

The configuration of this widget is the following:


 

Gauge

    
 
 
 
 
    
The Gauge widget lets you quickly see the parameter  value for a device in relation to a maximum. The minimum and maximum values could be set manually or automatically. So, you can indicate which are the min and max values or let DEXCell EM calculate the maximum taking the maximum period of the selected period. For example if you select 28 days, it will show the last value on a scale from 0 to maximum value in the last 28 days.

This widget have 3 different zones represented with 3 colors (green, orange and red) depending if you are closer to the maximum or the minimum values. You can also, set the thresholds for this 3 zones . 


The configuration of this widget is the following:
 
 

Weather forecast

 

The Forecast Widget lets us know in advance the maximum and minimum temperatures for today and tomorrow, which help us to manage the HVAC system correctly. To set it up properly, simply select the widget type "Prediction" and enter your zip code, accompanied by the country. 

The configuration of this widget is the following:
 

Temperature

The Temperature Widget lets us know the temperature in real time. Moreover, we can see the minimum and the maximum of a period which you select.

The configuration of this widget is the following:
 


 

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