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In order to successfully use SCADAWatchInfo360, it is important to understand the data sampling process that is used.

Raw SCADA data typically comes in varying time steps which can be inefficient for analysis and display at varying time scales. SCADAWatch Info360 does not store this raw data, instead it samples the raw data at varying time intervals and stores it as explained below.

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For each sample interval, the following five summary values are stored in the SCADAWatch Info360 database.

Type

Description

Open

The first value in each time interval is used to create the data series

High

The highest value in each time window is used

Low

The lowest value in each time window is used

Close

The final value in each time window is used

Average

The average value recorded in each time window is used

Generally, Close is used for viewing real-time data (to see the latest values), High and Low are used in alerts and summary analysis, and Average is used with flow and volume analysis.

Sample Windows

SCADAWatch Info360 builds sampled data tables for each sensor down to the specified minimum interval set for each sensor (e.g. 5 minutes - see Interval Setting in Server Configuration). The example tables below illustrate this process. The Open, High, Low, Close, and Average values are stored at the end of each sample interval, for each time resolution (e.g. hourly, daily, etc.). For example, the data between 0:00 - 0:05 are sampled and summarized at time 0:05.

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Graphically, a summary of the sample values can be easily seen in SCADAWatch Info360 using Candlestick or OHLC Charts in Historical Chart Configuration. These charts use vertical lines at each time step which extend from the Low to the High, with markers at the Open and Close values. The candlestick chart below shows the open and close values using the top and bottom of the thicker portion of the candlestick. When the open is less than the close (e.g. tank is filling), the candlestick is blue, while if the reverse is true (e.g. tank is draining) the candlestick is orange.

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Often, SCADA data can be prone to noise and gaps in data. SCADAWatch Info360 allows for thresholds and value mapping to be configured for each sensor individually. Refer to the Sensor Configuration page and the Sampling Logic tree for more information.