New makeover for the original MCE Analytics Engine!

Our original MCE analytics engine has had a bit of a makeover! A new AngularJS webclient and updated Javascript widgets have revitalised the analytics engine. It is just as fast, just as flexible and just as easy to use. However, the new AngularJS dashboard makes it much easier to set up, configure and modify Items. The new Javascript widgets also make it easier to create your own dashboards and to display the metrics you need.

MCE widgets update is now available

New MCE widgets update is now available. Makes it even easier to build and display your own analytics

Our new MCE widgets update is now available. This lets users build their own dashboard solutions. Using the widgets, you can build your own dashboards and select the way that you want to display your data. Key features in the new widgets include:

  • New types of widget: Pie chart, Sparkline chart, Scatter chart and Gauge
  • Ability to aggregate data directly in the widget
  • Improved dashboard creation code. Easier to size the widgets how you want and edit the titles
  • Migrated the whole widget codebase to AngularJS, so, it will be much easier to extend in future
  • The MCE widgets build on the existing MCE low-code analytics platform and are designed to give users simple access to their data.

    This is an example of an iframe built using the new Gauge widget code. Electricity values are updated every 6 seconds. The widget updates every 2 minutes.

    For more information on MCE widgets

    For more information on Meniscus Calculation Engine (MCE)

    What is a widget?

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    Example of an MCE real-time widget

    This graph will update every 2 minutes.

    New Widget graphs and getting your API key

    The widgets let you easily create your own dashboards that you can configure yourselves.

    To use the widgets you will need your API key which is the first 16 characters of the email address that you used to create your account with us. Please note a couple of things.

  • THE API key is READ ONLY
  • if you make these widgets publicly available then your API key will be visible
  • If you would like to change your API key please send a mail to [email protected] and quote the e-mail address you use for your Home Energy account

    To create the widgets

    1. Go to the widget page
    2. In the “Create Widget – Enter API key” tab enter your API key
    3. Click Connect to Server
    4. In the “Create Widget – Meter Options” tab select the Items you want to display
      • For the Real time data use Electricity use – channel 1. This is the RAW data type with units of W
      • For the Half hour aggregated data for the three main channels then use Electricity use – channel 1 – HH. This is the CALC aggregated W data converted into kW
      • You can add any other Item that you want to display
    5. Select the Output type – I.e. line graph
    6. Add Item to the List
    7. In the “Create Widget – Date and Time options” tab select the time option you want. Don’t use too long a period as it will take a long long time to upload!
    8. In the “Create Widget – Update Options” tab select how often you want the widget updated – so for a two minute update enter 120 seconds

    When you are ready – select the Output HTML. This will generate the iframe code that is can be pasted into any HTML web page to generate the graph displayed.

    Create the Dashboard

    Follow these steps to create an HTML dashboard with the widgets you have created. This will give you a lot more visibility for the Home Energy platform.

  • When you have created the Output HTML that you want click the “Create Dashboard” tab
  • Click on “Add Widget” and copy the HTML iframe. This will create a new widget and you can add up to 4 different widgets on the one page and move them as you want
  • Click on “Add Header” to add a simple header to the page
  • Click on Copy HTML to create a copy of the dashboard as an HTML page. If you open this page then you can view the widgets you have created
  • For more information on the MCE widgets click here

    See an example of the MCE widget dashboard

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