How much does it cost?

Our pricing is dependent on the number of Items set up in the system. The more Items you have then the lower the average cost becomes. Please contact us for more information on pricing

What is the default file format for importing data?

Our policy is to accept proprietary data formats that we are provided with. We will then create the Import modules required to convert this into our internal format.

Our standard data input is a semi colon delimited text file with no header of column names. First column is the unique identifier, the second is the local date and time of the value and the third is the value.

What is the Unique Identifier?

Each Raw Item into which you want to load data must have a unique identifier or itemAlias set. For automated systems, such as the Home Energy Monitoring system, Meniscus generates the unique identifier and sends it to the user at registration. For other systems the unique identifier is determined by the user and we automatically allocate this when the first set of data is processed.

Are all your dashboard solutions mobile/tablet friendly?

A number of our dashboards are developed using Silverlight. Unfortunately this platform is now not supported in Chrome and Firefox and cannot be run on tablets and mobiles.

We are in the process of migrating these dashboards to a tablet friendly format which will run on all browsers and this work should be complete by early 2016.

How complex can ‘complex’ calculations get?

There are a number of ‘levels’ of calculation complexity.

The first level uses the original syntax and is easy to use and is suitable for most applications. This syntax is suitable for probably 80% of calculations. No knowledge of programming is required. Multiple levels of nested of Boolean functions (IF, AND, OR) are supported and all calculations can reference other calculations. There are a broad range of custom commands for delivering specific results. Calculation lengths can easily get up to 500+ characters.

The second level is for users that want to integrate C# code directly into the equation. Each equation is parsed by the engine and only valid expressions are accepted. This requires programming knowledge but can deliver very complex calculations.

The third level of calculation requires the development of a Custom Calculation that is assigned to a particular Item but is developed in code on our server. This can be anything and therefore we are confident in saying that we have the capability to deliver ANY calculation users require.

What is the difference between an Entity and an Item

An Entity is the ‘Thing’ that you are monitoring e.g. an electricity meter, a car telematics system or a sensor.

An Entity comprises a number of Items. Some Items hold the underlying data from the Entity and these are RAW Items. Some Items hold the calculated data for the Entity and these are the CALC Items.

So each Entity must be unique and each Entity will have a number of Items associated to it.

Is there a trade off between customisation and the number if Entities I have set up?

Yes there is. Where the number of Entities is less than about 10,000 then the user has much greater flexibility to customise each instance of an Entity. This system is slower but there is more flexibility to change the structure.

Where the number of Entities is greater than ~ 10,000 then there is less opportunity to customise each Entity but the system is much quicker.

Do I need to be a developer to use MAP?

No. We have developed MAP so that anyone can use it. If you want to implement more complex calculations then having some knowledge of programming is an advantage but not a necessity.

How fast is MAP?

This is really hard to state but the version of MAP for large numbers of Entities will readily import up to 2 billion data points per hour and calculate some 0.75 billion points per hour. These are bulk rates where data is imported and calculated in one go.

Real Time rates, where data is calculated as soon as new data is received, are about 4-5 times slower.

These figures are based on a 7 year old ‘standard’ Poweredge 2500 Dell server with one processor but running with a solid state hard drive.

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