Zircon’s Real-Time Data Server Solution Helps Client Pinpoint Structural Concerns

Zircon’s Real-Time Data Server Solution Helps Client Pinpoint Structural Concerns

Zircon’s Real-Time Data Server Solution Helps Client Pinpoint Structural Concerns

Operating Systems: Linux
Languages: Javascript, Python
Methodologies: Agile, SCRUM
Frameworks: Django
Technologies: AJAX
Databases: Postgres
Zircon’s client is a world leader in the development of monitoring solutions, which include load, strain and stress measurement technologies. In preparation for a couple of future contracts our client approached Zircon to develop a real-time data server, which would collect data from a number of sensors to establish the condition of the structures being monitored.

This real-time server was to be an integral part of one of our client’s monitoring solutions; however they did not have access to the required skill resources to complete the development in house.

A key requirement was for the software to be able to support the introduction of additional sensors from a number of different suppliers and of different types.

Zircon developed a tailored, web based, real-time data server that successfully gathers data from the client’s sensors. The data is initially stored in its raw state and then put through a series of, customisable, threshold checks. When a breach is detected then either alarms are triggered and/or the data sample rate altered.

Data is presented to the end user via a web front end and the system allows an engineer to transform the gathered data into a variety of easy to read formats, such as graphs, in order to pinpoint any patterns or continuous periods of excessive stress in the data. This process allows our client’s engineers to focus their efforts on the most relevant areas. The software also allows for both event logging and user management from a single access point.

For this project an agile development methodology was agreed and a Scrum method, consisting of a mix of four and two-week Sprint cycles, employed. This enabled Zircon to be flexible in when functionality was developed and enabled the client to provide continuous feedback and introduce and modify requirements throughout the life of the project.

Zircon once again worked closely with our client to ensure that the software met the client’s expectations, with special attention given to ensuring compatibility and the ability to integrate new sensors. The system has been successfully deployed and Zircon has provided additional support to enhance the software further.

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New Web Portal Feature Satisfies Emerging Needs of Client’s End Users

New Web Portal Feature Satisfies Emerging Needs of Client’s End Users

Introduction of New Web Portal Feature Satisfies Emerging Needs of POS Device End Users

Operating Systems: Windows (XP, 7), Microsoft Windows Server 2003
Languages: C#, Javascript, VB.NET, XML
Frameworks: ASP.NET, WCF
Technologies: AJAX
Comms/Networking: HTTPS, SOAP
Software Development Tools: Visual Studio
Our client is a well-known provider of innovative and secure Point Of Sale (POS) systems. In order to support companies in possession of these systems our client offers a 24/7 helpdesk that utilised a database to track and manage maintenance of all the POS terminals currently in the field.

One of these companies expressed a desire to take complete control over the maintenance of the terminals on their premises, and as a result would require some degree of access to the maintenance information database. Our client needed a solution that would interact with the database and provide access to only the relevant information.

Knowing that they did not have access to the necessary resources in house the client approached Zircon for help with developing and implementing a solution.

Initially, Zircon took on more of a consultancy role, the client knew that they wanted a web based solution but were unsure of the best way to proceed. By working alongside the client and maintaining a clear view of the requirements it was decided that a web portal that utilised ASPX.NET, AJAX and JavaScript technologies was the best way forward.

Upon the completion of the final development and testing stages the solution went live to the client’s end user, who immediately put it to good use. With Zircon’s help, our client managed to avoid a potentially difficult situation and allowed them to continue providing a revenue earning service.

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Prototype Web-Based System Aims to Display Traffic Information to the Public

Prototype Web-Based System Aims to Display Traffic Information to the Public

Prototype Web-Based System Aims to Display Traffic Information to the Public

Operating Systems: Windows
Frameworks: ASP.NET
Technologies: AJAX
Databases: Microsoft SQL Server
As a long trusted partner of the Highways Agency, Zircon’s client have helped to deliver a number of improvement projects on the major road network in England. One of these many improvement projects required the development of a web based solution that was capable of displaying regional traffic information in an easy to read format.

Our client had been appointed the responsibility of managing the process to develop the desired solution; however, they lacked the capability to perform software development activities internally. Through communication with the client, Zircon proved that they could provide the skills and knowledge to fulfil this role and help to alleviate some of the pressure on the client’s shoulders.

The prototype developed by Zircon displays traffic information on schematic diagrams of the motorway and trunk road network via a standard web browser. The network is divided into several nodes and links, which allow users to view more detailed information on specific sections of road.

Planned incidents, such as diversions or roadworks, are displayed as icons whilst speed and journey time information is conveyed through colouring the links to reflect the comparison of incoming data against user defined thresholds. By using this method areas where journey time is out of character for that location and time of day, which will more than likely be an unplanned incident such as a collision, will be highlighted and can be addressed appropriately.

The information used to populate the generated maps was to be sourced from National Control Centre data feeds. In order to obtain this information Zircon developed a Windows service that would download information from the data feeds to be configured into a format suitable for displaying over ASPX pages.

Upon completion of the prototype development, the solution was put through an evaluation period to assess its impact on the RCC and whether it would prove useful to RCC staff. The system users reported that the prototype:

  • Increased the level of intelligence at the control centre through the ready availability of real-time traffic information
  • Improved the management of resources within the control centre
  • Made a marked improvement to road journey times and the reliability of displayed journey time information

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