What’s New in Contrail® – August 2021

Operating system updates, new map features, equation sensor, and additional file sharing options

 

Our development team’s primary focus this month was on updating the operating systems that serve the critical missions of our clients. Here are the latest Contrail updates.

Oracle Linux 8 Updates

90%+ of our production servers, including customer deployments, are now running Oracle Linux 8 operating system for enhanced system security, optimized performance, and maintainability.

Linux is one of the most stable and robust operating systems available today where the high availability, reliability, and stability of systems is key in mission critical IT environments.

New Widget: Box

The new Box Widget enables third-party cloud content management and file sharing through the Box.com service. 

The Box Widget displays embedded shared folders from Box. You can choose different Panel options – grid, list, etc.

SEE EXAMPLE→

GeoJSON Map Layers

The GeoJSON map type is now queryable with additional styling. 

GeoJSON is an open standard format for encoding and representing a variety of geographic data structures such as simple geographical features, along with their non-spatial attributes. It is based on the JSON format. The features include points, line strings, polygons, and multi-part collections of these types.

Additional features are accessible in Contrail via Map for GeoJSON layers.

New Average Value Sensor Equation

 

We’ve added a new equation type: avg_value() sensor equation

An example use case might be if you are looking for the “average temperature over 15 minutes”.

OneRain is proud to be part of the AEM family of innovators.

About Contrail

Contrail is the leading enterprise-level software platform that collects, processes and delivers real-time environmental sensor data from local hydrometeorological networks and other external sources for Web-based dissemination, visualization, monitoring and automated alerting. The software provides critical information to help users understand and manage their environmental monitoring-related missions—from flood and road weather safety, to dams, stormwater, wastewater and water resource management—and is key to effective situational awareness and timely decision-making.

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What’s New in Contrail® – July 2021

More data sources, integrations, and feature enhancements. 

 

It keeps getting better. See what the Contrail® development team has been up to this month.

Contrail integration with AEM family of products

Expanded Family of Integrations

Contrail fully supports integration with our AEM family of compatible dataloggers and software products.

Tile Widget Enhancements

 

Everybody loves Contrail Widgets. Now you can customize how they display:

Widget sensor toggle
Contrail Reports

Reports – Scheduled Query

 

Now you can create a Scheduled Query with a recurrence interval of every day, week or month. Choose the day, time, and who you’d like to receive the results.  

Lightning Weather Services Map Layer Animation

 

The ENTLN Map Layer animation can now be time-controlled. 

Lightning Weather Services in Contrail add-on provides integrated-real-time lightning data powered by Earth Networks Total Lightning Network.

Lightning weather services in Contrail

OneRain is proud to be part of the AEM family of innovators.

About Contrail

Contrail is the leading enterprise-level software platform that collects, processes and delivers real-time environmental sensor data from local hydrometeorological networks and other external sources for Web-based dissemination, visualization, monitoring and automated alerting. The software provides critical information to help users understand and manage their environmental monitoring-related missions—from flood and road weather safety, to dams, stormwater, wastewater and water resource management—and is key to effective situational awareness and timely decision-making.

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What’s New in Contrail® – June 2021

We’re always working behind the scenes.

 

See what’s new from the Contrail® development team this month. Even when you can’t see the changes, we’re constantly working to optimize the processes that keep your services running at their most efficient.

Contrail Data Agents

Additional Data Sources

 
Introducing New Data Agents and Data Collectors
  • Aquarius System: The Aquarius agent in Contrail collects real-time data from Aquarius WebPortal through an agency’s Aquarius API. An account with your agency’s Aquarius WebPortal is required to utilize this System Type.
  • HOBOlink System: The HOBOlink agent in Contrail collects real-time data your Onset HOBOlink stations via the Onset HOBOlink website at www.hobolink.com.
  • Aeris System: Retrieve data via AerisWeather (a 3rd-party paid service). The Aeris agent in Contrail collects real-time data from AerisWeather via https://www.aerisweather.com. A user account through the AerisWeather site is required in order to use this System Type.
  • IntelliSense System: The IntelliSense Data Collector pushes data to Contrail. Requires a port, IP and networking.

Behind the Scenes – Data Manager Service

We introduced a new Data Manager Service that runs in the background to more efficiently assist with deletes, copies, and other data-heavy processes.

Contrail Administration Panel

OneRain is proud to be part of the AEM family of innovators.

About Contrail

Contrail is the leading enterprise-level software platform that collects, processes and delivers real-time environmental sensor data from local hydrometeorological networks and other external sources for Web-based dissemination, visualization, monitoring and automated alerting. The software provides critical information to help users understand and manage their environmental monitoring-related missions—from flood and road weather safety, to dams, stormwater, wastewater and water resource management—and is key to effective situational awareness and timely decision-making.

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What’s New in Contrail® – May 2021

Check out the latest software updates and enhancements in Contrail.

 

We introduced cool new Map layers, new Alarm function, and made it easier to get to information from our other Contrail applications.

Additional Map Sources

Feature Server Map Types are now supported in Contrail. Feature Servers allow for a more robust and data rich integration into Contrail. This new map type integration allows for more compatibility with GIS servers and data formats within your organization. As more and more GIS data formats are being delivered via Feature Servers, this integration ensures that your data will continue to work into the future.

Additional Map sources now include ESRI ArcGIS Feature Server Map.

New Alarm Function for Invalid Data Records

Contrail Administrators can now create alarms, and receive alert notifications if desired, for invalid data records. The new alarm function:

number_of_invalid_reports(MINUTES)

returns the number of invalid reports for a Sensor over a time interval, in minutes.

Contrail Alarm Function

Contrail Cross-application Integration

 

Quickly access information from other Contrail applications. Now you can easily get to Contrail Inventory Plus, Contrail TDMA Manager, and Contrail Camera with links at Sites and Sensors.

In the example shown under “Applications”, selecting the name opens up the Contrail Inventory Plus application to the page associated with that site. 

About Contrail

Contrail is the leading enterprise-level software platform that collects, processes and delivers real-time environmental sensor data from local hydrometeorological networks and other external sources for Web-based dissemination, visualization, monitoring and automated alerting. The software provides critical information to help users understand and manage their environmental monitoring-related missions—from flood and road weather safety, to dams, stormwater, wastewater and water resource management—and is key to effective situational awareness and timely decision-making.

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OneRain is proud to be part of the AEM family of innovators.

What’s New in Contrail® – April 2021

What’s New? A New View: Cameras, Image Collection, and Artificial Intelligence

 

This month we introduced lots of new and innovative features in Contrail® Camera. Environmental hazards present a unique challenge to decision makers as they not only must confirm the conditions as quickly as possible, but as accurately as possible. Contrail Camera creates a more complete view of conditions for complete situational awareness.

Contrail software for environmental monitoring
Contrail Camera Vision License enable AI-detection and alerting

Contrail Camera – Vision License

The newest functionality: utilizing machine learning object detection to analyze images and alert on predefined criteria, allows for a complete view of both your data and your field-generated images. With the Vision license, users can turn on a machine learning model that has predefined tags for each camera location. The system will then detect objects in each image, including person, cars, trucks, etc. Contrail Enterprise users can create custom Alerts and Notifications based on AI-detected objects. These capabilities are incredibly useful for camera applications where you need to know if a car has driven into a flooded roadway, or a person is walking on a dam where they shouldn’t be, for example.

New Contrail Camera Widgets

We added two new Contrail Camera Widgets that bring additional  integrated functionality into Contrail Enterprise:

– Contrail Camera Timelapse Widget
– Contrail Camera Movie Widget

Administrators can select Timelapse period – e.g., 2 hours, 4 hours, up to 24 hours. For the Movie Widget, select the latest daily, for example. You can easily create Dashboards in Contrail to display these Widgets next to your Site and Sensor data.  

SEE EXAMPLE→

About Contrail

Contrail is the leading enterprise-level software platform that collects, processes and delivers real-time environmental sensor data from local hydrometeorological networks and other external sources for Web-based dissemination, visualization, monitoring and automated alerting. The software provides critical information to help users understand and manage their environmental monitoring-related missions—from flood and road weather safety, to dams, stormwater, wastewater and water resource management—and is key to effective situational awareness and timely decision-making.

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What’s New in Contrail® – March 2021

Our Team has been very busy working behind the scenes.

 

This month we introduced some new Widgets that allow for advanced views of sensor data to complete your decision support needs. Try them out!

Contrail software for environmental monitoring
Contrail Column Graph Widget

Column Graph and Bar Chart Widgets

 

New Column Graphs (shown left) and Bar Chart Widgets allows you to quickly compare totals across multiple Sensors or Sites. 

You can set the min and max scale and selectively turn on the Site and Sensor labels. Additional range coloring capabilities are also available.

SEE EXAMPLES →

Data Table Widget

 

The Data Table widget is ideal for time series data and allows you to look at multiple sensors on the same Table Widget. Some examples might be where you want look at all the water level totals in a watershed, or all of the sensor reports at a weather station. The data table will automatically make a row for each report and combine reports with the same date and time stamp.

 

SEE EXAMPLE→

Contrail Table Widget

Advanced Multi-graph Widgets

 

Now you can embed advanced Multi-graph Widgets within Contrail Dashboards. Get a combined view of multiple sites natively within a Dashboard.

 

SEE EXAMPLE→

About Contrail

Contrail is the leading enterprise-level software platform that collects, processes and delivers real-time environmental sensor data from local hydrometeorological networks and other external sources for Web-based dissemination, visualization, monitoring and automated alerting. The software provides critical information to help users understand and manage their environmental monitoring-related missions—from flood and road weather safety, to dams, stormwater, wastewater and water resource management—and is key to effective situational awareness and timely decision-making.

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What’s New in Contrail® – February 2021

Here’s a summary of just some of the latest software updates and enhancements in Contrail that we thought you’d like to hear about.

Davis WeatherLink Sensors in Contrail

New Data Agent: Davis Instruments WeatherLink


Got Davis Weather Stations in your region? Whether you own a Davis Weather Station or know of other Stations in your area, you can now bring in data, display, and alarm on Davis sensors in Contrail. Contact us for more information.


SEE EXAMPLE →

New Map Widget

 

A new easy option when you’re building Dashboards in Contrail. The Map widget embeds the pan and zoom Map page cleanly on a Dashboard, eliminating the need for a iframe widget. Administrators can choose and control which Basemap should be displayed so that it replaces the user’s default.

 

SEE EXAMPLE →

Integration with High Sierra Electronics’ new Remote Erosion Monitoring System

 

Just launched! Contrail is the data collection and monitoring platform for High Sierra Electronics’ new Remote Erosion Monitoring System (REMS) for earthen levees and dams.

 

READ MORE →

New Add-on: Lightning Weather Services

Now you can complete your severe weather picture! This new add-on module in Contrail enables multi-hazard alerts, lightning map layers, table and graph data displays, dangerous lightning storm indicators, and more, with integrated lightning data from Earth Networks.

 

PRODUCT INFO →

OneRain is proud to be part of the AEM family of innovators.

About Contrail

Contrail is the leading enterprise-level software platform that collects, processes and delivers real-time environmental sensor data from local hydrometeorological networks and other external sources for Web-based dissemination, visualization, monitoring and automated alerting. The software provides critical information to help users understand and manage their environmental monitoring-related missions—from flood and road weather safety, to dams, stormwater, wastewater and water resource management—and is key to effective situational awareness and timely decision-making.

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Introducing Lightning Weather Services in Contrail®

Introducing Lightning Weather Services in Contrail

 

Longmont, CO, January 26, 2021 — In partnership with their sister company, Earth Networks, OneRain Incorporated is pleased to announce the availability of Lightning Weather Services in their flagship environmental monitoring software, Contrail®.

The new add-on functionality in Contrail facilitates storm tracking and the dissemination of custom alerts and automated early warnings for lightning alongside other meteorological and hydrological conditions. The Lightning Weather Services can identify, track, and warn about thunderstorms miles and hours away.

Multi-hazard early warning is possible. Dangerous lightning storms may produce heavy rainfall that triggers flash flooding and rising water levels. With the new integrated Lightning Weather Services in Contrail and the ability to include and visualize sensor data alerts from other environmental monitoring networks, public safety and emergency management officials can quickly make informed decisions and respond proactively to help keep the public aware and out of harm’s way.

“It’s another step in our mission to help keep people safe and protect property from severe weather, hydrologic flood risks, wildfire potential, and other weather-related hazards,” said OneRain’s general manager, Mike Zucosky.

Display showing EN Total Lightning Network in Contrail
OneRain’s Contrail software map display showing integrated Earth Networks Total Lightning Network (ENTLN)

Unified Monitoring Enables Multi-hazard Early Warning
As part of a unified monitoring system, which continuously collects and disseminates real-time rainfall, streamflow, water level, and other hydrometeorological data for alerting and warning, Contrail users benefit from additional map layers and sensor data from Earth Networks Total Lightning Network for making timely and well-informed decisions. Aggregated data from multiple sensor sources broadens real visibility and situational awareness.

Earth Networks proprietary sensor technology used by their global Total Lightning Network, detects both in-cloud and cloud-to-ground strikes and significantly improves severe weather warning times by up to 30 minutes or more. A recently released Earth Networks 2020 U.S. Lightning Report shows a total of 441,211,344 total lightning pulses were detected in the continental U.S. during 2020. According to the report, Texas led all states in the total number of pulses at more than 63.6 million. Then Florida, Oklahoma, and Kansas.

To learn more or request information about Lightning Weather Services in Contrail, contact OneRain Incorporated.

 

 

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OneRain and Earth Networks are part of Advanced Environmental Monitoring – a family of innovators focused on monitoring critical environmental parameters. Learn more at aemonitoring.com

About OneRain Incorporated

Since 1992, OneRain has been providing solutions that optimize water management, heighten regulatory compliance, achieve successful civil works, and save lives. Headquartered in Longmont, Colorado, OneRain’s expertise encompasses the best environmental monitoring and water-related software and technologies, from gauging, telemetry, and remote sensing, to visualization, analysis, notification, and control. OneRain specializes in Flood Warning, Dam & Levee Safety, Reservoir Operations, Road Weather, Post-Wildfire, Irrigation and Drought Monitoring, serving local, state, and federal government agencies across the United States and around the world. For more information, visit onerain.com or call 800-758-RAIN (7246).

 

About Earth Networks

Earth Networks helps organizations mitigate financial, operational and human risk by providing environmental intelligence from the world’s largest hyperlocal weather network. Schools, airports, sports teams, utilities and government agencies rely on our early warning solutions to safeguard lives, prepare for weather events and optimize operations. Companies across all industries use our weather data to automate decisions regarding risk management, business continuity, and asset protection. For more information, visit earthnetworks.com or call 877-882-1397.

Contrail Software Updates in 2020 – A Year in Review

While 2020 has brought many challenges and changes in the way we all workwhat hasn’t changed is OneRain’s mission and commitment to the clients we serve.

Since January 2020, when OneRain first announced a major new software release and upgrade for our environmental monitoring Contrail® software suite, OneRain’s team of developers has been working hard all year to bring you a host of new features, functionality, and enhancements in our next generation Contrail® 8 platform. Upgrading to Contrail 8 was a big and important step for our customers. It means new capabilities, enhanced security, new features, add-ons, resources, and so much more.

While it’s been an unprecedented and challenging year, 2020 has been action-packed for us here at OneRain. In this article, we take a look back at the top Contrail 8 releases of 2020. And, as we look forward to 2021, we continue to be at the forefront of developing and innovating exciting new products and technologies to support the ever-changing needs of our real-time environmental monitoring clients. 

Contrail® 8 Update

As of December 7, 2020, OneRain is happy to announce that all versions of Contrail running around the world have been upgraded from Contrail 6 to the latest Contrail 8 version. The upgrade sets our partner agencies up for a sustainable software environment for years to come and is included in the annual support and maintenance of Contrail. In addition to updates in security, the upgrade includes a new modern front-end framework and updated visualization that optimizes for mobile devices.

Contrail software for environmental monitoring

Contrail New Features Added in 2020

Graphing

New graphing enhancements were added including historical comparison mode, data quality values, and axis configuration options. The historical comparison mode allows users to compare a time series to another while overlaid on the same graph and x axis. For example, a user could compare May 2020’s data to the previous May’s data, enabling the user to see trends in the data and respond accordingly. In addition, the user is also able to configure the axes to meet their needs, instead of defaulting to auto scaling the axes. 

Contrail Graphing Features

Map

The map module also received more data-centric features, including map statics, historical data, and camera image visualization. Once a sensor has been selected, new toggles appear allowing the user to show data statistics and historical data instead of the current data values. The statics section will show the average, minimum, and maximum of the sensor data selected over selectable time ranges. For example, the user is able to quickly see important summary information for maximum water level or temperature over that time range. In addition, the user can also go into historical mode, and view data on the map from a previous date and time. This feature is great to replay an event across the area.

Alarms

One of the most popular modules in the software also received some minor features, including the ability to send data in the alarm delivery from other sensors. Previously Contrail was only able to include data from that rule’s sensor. Now, the administrator can show current readings from other sensors that might be relevant to that alarm. Other features include the ability to copy groups and a quick reset button for alarms.

Data Formats

New data formats added in 2020 include: Earth Networks Weather Observations, Davis Instruments, FTS 360, Aeris, Lambrecht Ser[LOG], StormLink® LoRaWAN, ASCII EMIT, HOBOLink, ALERT2 Binary,and Intellisense RAFFARV5.

Data Overlays – Lightning Data

System administrators have the ability to overlay lightning, radar, and other storm-related data on the map. In addition, system administrators can add asset rings to visualize lightning relative to high-value locations. From there, rules can be written to notify contacts in the event of electrical activity in the area. We’ll be providing more information in the coming months about this new offering.

Widgets

Several new widgets for Contrail Dashboards have been added, including Wind Speed, Wind Direction, Wind Rose, Wind Direction Distribution, Contrail Camera Image browser for easily viewing previous images, Contrail Files, Google Drive and Microsoft for embedding documents, YouTube, Twitter, Earth Networks, and National Weather Service (NWS), and more.

Contrail Wind Widgets

Contrail Camera

Add Rules to be notified of image latency, and more! An e-mail alert can be generated if Contrail Camera has not received an image in a predetermined amount of time. Additionally, Contrail Camera can alarm on certain image metrics of interest over particular time periods, including if duplicate images are received, a camera is over reporting, or if image data exceeds certain thresholds.

Data Annotations

Users can easily add more information within their data with data annotations. Contrail now includes annotations for documenting any additional information the system administrator would like to show: marking the start/end of a historical event, noting an instrumentation change, or indicating the beginning of a procedural change.

Contrail Services

New Collector and Services Manager allow for more easily configuring, including easily switching data collection and services between instances of Contrail instances for faster disaster recovery. In addition, enhanced support tools allow for the Contrail team to more easily diagnose and troubleshoot any issues with the software.

Contrail Software Localization

While the functionality of adapting the software for localization and data formats was implemented in 2019, Spanish, German, and French have now been added in as localization options in Contrail. New language support will be able to be added at any point.

Contrail Search

Improved and updated Search allows users to quickly get to the information more easily.

Contrail Help

An all new “Help” website has been created to make it easier to find the relevant information for general users and system administrators. The website, found at help.onerain.com, includes Knowledge Base, Articles, Glossary, FAQs, and provides the opportunity to Chat with our Contrail Support team during normal business hours.

About Contrail

Contrail is the leading enterprise-level software platform that collects, processes and delivers real-time environmental sensor data from local hydrometeorological networks and other external sources for Web-based dissemination, visualization, monitoring and automated alerting. The software provides critical information to help users understand and manage their environmental monitoring-related missions—from flood and road weather safety, to dams, stormwater, wastewater and water resource management—and is key to effective situational awareness and timely decision-making.

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New Release of OneRain’s Contrail Field Decoder Software

LONGMONT, CO, May 19, 2020 – OneRain is happy to announce the immediate availability of Contrail® Field Decoder Software release version 1.5.1159 used with our StormLink® IQ Decoder and StormLink® RF Receiver in-the-field products.

Contrail Field Decoder Software
Contrail® Field Decoder Software enables field staff to readily test, trouble-shoot, and verify that gauge sites and configurations are correct in an ALERT/ALERT2 hydrologic warning network.

Optimum network design and the peak performance of gauging stations are critical for the reliable delivery of data in real-time flood warning monitoring systems.

OneRain’s Field Decoder Solutions enable best field practices and testing techniques with the ability to receive and decode ALERT/ALERT2 radio communication signals at a site directly into a laptop. Field staff can readily test, trouble-shoot, and verify that gauge sites and configurations are correct.

What’s new

– Added security with support for decoding encrypted ALERT2 messages

– High data throughput with added support for decoding FEC modes 1 and 2

– Lower IP data usage with configurable IND1.1 Binary output

 

 

Compatible with all ALERT2 products, including High Sierra Electronics‘ transmitters and repeaters. The same OneRain-developed features are available in the HSE Model 1012 ALERT2 Decoder.

 
New encryption tab in the user interface
New collector output protocols

 

How to upgrade

This software update is available to licensed Contrail Field Decoder users whose annual standard software maintenance and technical support is active.  To update:

  1. Go to Settings > About > Check for Updates
  2. You’ll be prompted that updates are available. Click the text next to the Check for updates button to go to the Download page and follow the steps to install the latest version.

As long as your license key is under active maintenance and support, you can run the latest version.