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4.1: Alarms: Recent Events and System Status

Alarms: Recent Events and System Status

DECK Alarms are a powerful tool to help you stay on top of your system performance, whether you are monitoring one system only, or a multitude of projects.

The versatile DECK Alarms interface includes a wide range of alarm type options:

  • Monthly Performance Alarm
  • Irradiance to kWh Alarm
  • Weather Alarm
  • Device Reporting Alarm
  • Inverter Fault Code Alarm
  • Relative Performance Alarm
  • String Performance Alarm

As with Analytics, you can choose between system-specific page views, or page views that encompass your entire system portfolio. System Alarms page views can be accessed from the System Navigation titles:

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Global Alarms can be accessed from the Global Views drop-down menu, found in the top black stripe on each page (as seen in bottom example below):

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In both Alarms page views, you will see the same 3 navigation titles to access Alarms tools: “Recent Events,” “System Status,” and “+Create Alarm.”

  • Recent Events shows alarms that have been triggered over a user-defined historical period. If you access Recent Events from System Navigation, you will only see recent alarm events for that system; if you access Recent Events from Global Navigation, you will see recent alarm events for all monitored systems. 
  • System Status simply lists all active alarms (not to be confused with all triggered alarms). If you access System Status from System Navigation, you will only see active alarms for that system only; if you access System Status from Global Navigation, you will see all active alarms for all monitored systems.
  • +Create Alarms gives you the opportunity to create new alarms. Alarms must be associated with individual systems, so accessing +Create Alarms from the Global Alarms page views will prompt a location drop-down menu that will allow you to choose one system from your full system portfolio.

 

Alarms: Recent Events

The Recent Events page view shows recently triggered alarm events, beginning with the most recent event. Note that alarms will be listed here even if the associated data point has returned to normal reporting (alarm is no longer triggered). Alarms that have never been triggered will not appear on this page view. In cases where an alarm has been raised more than once, you will only see one notification in this list… this feature avoids clutter from multiple notifications for the same alarm.

A complete history of each alarm’s trigger events can be found by navigating to the alarm Home Page. Clicking on the alarm name under “Alarms” will take you to that alarm’s Home Page (see Section 4.2).

The example below shows the Recent Events page view in Global Alarms:

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The Recent Events page view displays 8 pieces of information for each alarm event:

  • Status: A red icon here indicates that the alarm is currently raised and not resolved. A green checkmark icon here indicates that the alarm has been resolved (i.e. data reporting has resumed, or reporting data has returned to your user-defined acceptable range, etc).
  • Count: See the total number of times this alarm has been raised over the lifetime of the alarm. 
  • Raised At: See the most recent date and time when the listed alarm event was raised.
  • Alarms: See the name of the alarm that has been raised in this alarm event. Clicking on the alarm name here will navigate you to that alarm’s Home Page.
  • Device: See the hardware device in your system associated with the listed alarm event (where applicable).
  • Location: Link to the System Overview page for the system associated with the triggered alarm event (Global Alarms page view only).
  • Notifications: This column provides a quick link to control all notification emails associated with the alarm that has been triggered. Note that the notifications control here will affect all email notifications associated with this alram (in cases where there are more than one designated notification recipients).
  • Subscribe: This column provides a quick link to control notification emails associated with the triggered alarm for yourself only. A highlighted envelope indicates that you will receive email notifications; a grayed-out envelope indicates that you will not receive notifications.

 

Alarms: System Status

Your System Status page view is an opportunity to see all active alarms listed. Note that all active alarms will appear on this page, regardless of their current (or historical) trigger status.
If you access the System Status page view using System Navigation, you will see a complete list of active alarms for that system only. If you access the System Status page view from Global Navigation, you will see a complete list of active alarms for all systems (Global System Status page view shown below).

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The System Status page view displays 7 pieces of information for each alarm event:

  • Status: A red icon here indicates that the alarm is currently raised and not resolved. A green checkmark icon here indicates that the alarm has been resolved (i.e. data reporting has resumed, or reporting data has returned to your user-defined acceptable range, etc).
  • Count: See the total number of times this alarm has been raised over the lifetime of the alarm. 
  • Raised At: See the most recent date and time when the listed alarm was triggered (if applicable).
  • Alarms: See the name of the alarm that has been raised in this alarm event. Clicking on the alarm name here will navigate you to that alarm’s Home Page.
  • Device: See the hardware device associated with the listed alarm (where applicable).
  • Notifications: This column provides a quick link to control all notification emails associated with the alarm that has been triggered. Note that the notifications control here will affect all email notifications associated with this alram (in cases where there are more than one designated notification recipients).
  • Subscribe: This column provides a quick link to control notification emails associated with the triggered alarm for yourself only. A highlighted envelope indicates that you will receive email notifications; a grayed-out envelope indicates that you will not receive notifications.
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