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iMCA's Server Graphic User Interface (GUI) has a logical and intuitive layout and its dimensions, menus, icons and windows adapt to whatever device you wish to use for access - whether it iMCA Server on iPhone, iPAD, PC, PDA, tablet, touch screen LCD, mobile phone, iPhone, iPod Touch, etc. Because iMCA Server is entirely web based, it requires no other software components such as DLLs, ActiveX etc to function. If tailored solutions are required, iMCA can even use public information portals (meteorology for example) or RSS feeds as triggers for control and automation scenarios.

With iMCA Software, you can easily create, save and execute any number of monitoring, control or automation scenarios, and you can do this from within or around your premises, or from anywhere in the world where you can access the web.

Aspects such as ease of installation, stability, consistency of look and feel, efficiency of use and ease of learning were considerations constantly at the forefront during development of iMCA. For example, tremendous effort has gone into enabling near real time state changes of objects on the GUI when the user interacts with them without any evidence of page refresh, and close to real-time update of information on the GUI again without any evidence of page refresh, giving the impression of a persistent connection between the application and the network. In other words, iMCA Controller successfully delivers the benefits of a web-based application (such as client-independence and OS-independence) together with the behaviors and responsiveness traditionally associated with a thick-client application.

The iMCA Controller's software consists of a number of pre-configured modules needed for delivering and managing the functionality of the system:

 

High Level Architecture Conception

iMCA Software modules and administration features list

   USER/ACCESS TERMINAL MANAGER
Enable / Disable login ability for any user.
Selection of access level: Administrator, User, Guest.
Selection of available access interface options for users: PC, Mobile, Touch Screen Terminals and to system's modules iMCA, Video.
Ability to enforce user/terminal to login to PC, Mobile or Touch screen mode irrespective of access device.
Ability to grant user/access terminal "trusted" access level for skipping explicit authentication process.
Ability to set expiration date for login (from this date, login will be automatically blocked).
Password generator and messenger for sending the access details to the system, via email or SMS.
SITE MANAGER
Single click device register for devices recognized by the iMCA system. Multiple devices of the same model can be registered in the system.
Comprehensive, cross linked groups and resource allocation, all-in-one view screen report for diagnostic and analysis of system settings.
User Interface elements (Switches and Sensors) positioning editor.
Editor for automatically recognizing type of access device based on hardware signature (PC, Mobile/Handheld, Touch Screen, etc).
SMS Gateways Manager (featuring two SMS Gateways built in. Additional SMS gateways integration is available upon request).
GROUPS / ZONES:
  • Unlimited number of groups/zones.
  • Access to groups/zones based on access device: PC, Mobile/Handheld, Touch Screen (all devices or type restricted).
  • Access to groups/zone can be available to all users or individually restricted.
DEVICES:
  • Device description, functionality overview and instructions for connection.
  • Device properties, ability to dynamically add device element and ports including: Switches (relays, IR, RF, digital, etc), Sensors (State, Data, Text), Power Line Carriers (PLC) elements.
  • Device / Device elements/ports tester tool.
DEVICES' ELEMENTS/PORTS:
  • Sensors
    • virtual connection with switches from the same or different devices in the same or different physical location.
    • selection from predefined state sensor labels.
    • one click assign to the site's group/zone.
    • one click assign icon for monitoring/controlling object.
    • visibility of all access device modes.
    • visibility of all users or selected only.
  • Power / Energy Meters
    • Peak Time / Off-Peak Time (including week days)
    • Adding Tax Percent in calculations.
  • Switches.
    • virtual connection with data and state sensors from the same or different devices in the same or different physical location.
    • selection from predefined switch state labels.
    • one click assign to site's group/zone.
    • one click assign icon for monitoring/controlling object.
    • visibility and accessibility to all access device modes (PC, Mobile/Handheld/Touch Screen) or selected only.
    • visibility and accessibility to all users or selected only.
    • explicit confirmation (must confirm mode) for selected switches for manual activation.
    • static and pulse/momentary time switching modes simulator for devices where this function is not available.
    • custom image upload for Infrared type switches.
    • dim/bright functionality for supported PLC technology.
Real time Site poll calibration diagnostic tool.
Site configuration backup tool for system administrators and installers.
BOOKMARKS:
  • Unlimited number of bookmark groups.
  • Unlimited number of bookmarks for accessing favorite URLs over LAN and WAN for system administrators and installers.
ADVANCED SECURITY:
  • block access by IP addresses.
  • block access after number of unsuccessful attempts.
  • block access temporarily and permanently.
  • dedicated session expiration time pipes for not "trusted" users.
  • notification of unsuccessful logins via SMS and email.
  • notification of successful logins via SMS and email.
  • "Paranoia" option - connection to Google analytics for advanced analysis of access attempts.
LOGS:
  • Date, user, logged result, device mode, IP address
  • Self maintainable
 
   AUTOMATION MANAGER
AUTOMATION TRIGGERS (SCENARIOS) COMMON –
  • Individual scenarios enable/disable.
  • Scenario priority.
  • Scenario activation date.
  • Scenario expiration date.
  • Active periods by date "from – to", by weekday, combined.
  • Each trigger can have unlimited number of instructions supporting –
    • Individual instruction enabled/disable.
    • Test tuning mode (simulation) - execution action disabled.
    • Plain text description of configured instruction.
    • Enable/Disable email notification.
    • Enable/Disable SMS notification.
    • Smart list selection from target switches and their technology vendors, device models and element/ports, registered in the system.
    • Seamless integration of any switch (static, momentary, PLC, etc) or Sensor (temperature, humidity, state, status, information from public services like Google Weather, etc) registered into the system in automation scenarios workflow logic.
SENSOR AUTOMATION TRIGGERS (SCENARIOS) –
   Support 3 types of sensor event –
  • data value, range (above, between, below): temperature, humidity, power, etc.
  • state: on/off, high/low, open/close, etc
  • text: textual description send by connected sensor device.

   Switch activation in event –

  • data sensor reached specific value, range, state sensor.
  • state sensor changed its specified state
  • text sensor produced specified textual information.

   SMS notification in event –

  • data sensor reached specific value, range, state sensor.
  • state sensor changed its specified state
  • text sensor produced specified textual information.

Virtual connection with another sensor from the same or different devices in the same or different physical location attached as an additional condition for scenario to be executed.

TIME AUTOMATION TRIGGERS (SCENARIOS) –
   Switch activation in event –
  • exact date and time or time only.
  • sunset, sunrise or specified offset before or after sunset/sunrise.
  • randomly in specified interval.

Virtual connection with another sensor from the same or different devices in the same or different physical location attached as an additional condition for scenario to be executed.

Global Enable / Disable automation scenarios.
Email notification on automation task execution.
Customisable email subject of notification logs for convenience and email clients rule engine processing.
SMS notification on automation task execution.
Configurable automation logs retention.
Sunrise / Sunset timing based on geographical location with auto observation of Daylight Savings time.
Test Automation triggers (scenarios) tool with full textual description of events that have occurred and have not.
Internal automation log for past executed tasks with full textual description of events that have occurred and have not.
Manual and automated log clean up.
 
   VIDEO MANAGER
Video snapshots stream from motion enabled FTP or Direct "Snapshots Pull Access" cameras, video servers and DVRs (max. number is limited by power of iMCA Controller model).
Customisable snapshots poll interval refresh.
Configurable Auto maintenance / self clearance of excess volume of images from camera's directory.
Retained camera's snapshots images view list.
Each camera can be available to all or only selected device access mode - PC, Mobile/Handheld/Touch screen.
Each camera can be available to all users or individually restricted.
Automated camera's directory creation and its permission set.
Custom snapshot image file prefix.
Custom snapshot image file extension.
Local area network (LAN) camera access URL for direct access to camera's interface from snap shot image.
Wide area network (WAN/Internet) camera access URL for direct access to camera's interface from snap shot image.
Display camera's directory name.
Manual and automated log clean up.