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.
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.
– 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
Published on January 6, 2020 [Updated April 16, 2020]
Contrail® 8 is here! — OneRain Incorporated is pleased to announce a major new software release for its flagship platform.
In keeping pace with the ever-changing technologies, advances in security, and evolving requirements of their clients, OneRain announced the release of Contrail® 8—the next generation of their flagship software suite for real-time environmental monitoring.
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.
Contrail 8 features include the latest base operating system and core libraries, updated Web design with modern framework, and all-new widgets and graphing features. The release of Contrail 8 comes with a bevy of new features and improvements.
Latest Operating System
Contrail 8 runs on the newly released major version of Enterprise Linux operating system, CentOS 8. CentOS 8 incorporates important advancements in security hardening and optimized performance. It’s one of the most robust operating systems available, where the reliability and stability of systems is key. With this new operating system, Contrail utilizes all of the latest versions of PHP, MySQL, Python, Perl, etc.
A new front-end framework uses modern libraries and updated visualization that optimizes for mobile devices.
New Graphing Features
New graphing enhancements to easily visualize the data that is important, including historical mode, data quality values, easier axis scaling.
Lots of New 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, Google Drive for embedding documents, YouTube, Dark Sky, Twitter, Earth Networks, and National Weather Service (NWS), and more…
New Data Formats
Contrail is now able to collect new and expanded data formats and offers seamless integration for sending SHEF data to the National Weather Service and others.
Create New Alert Rules for Contrail Camera
Add Rules to be notified of image latency, and more! An email 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 a image data exceeds certain thresholds.
All-New “Help” Website
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 can be found at help.onerain.com, includes Knowledge Base, Articles, Glossary, FAQs, and the opportunity to Chat with our Contrail Support team.
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.
New collector and services managers allow for more easily configuring, including easily switching data collection and services between instances of Contrail instances for faster disaster recovery. Users can add notes to any alarm rule to document with additional information. Updated search allows users to quickly get to the information more easily. Enhanced support tools allow for the Contrail team to more easily diagnose and troubleshoot any issues with the software. Additional software configuration options for base station owners.
UPGRADING TO CONTRAIL 8
Contrail 8 is considered a major operating system and application upgrade from Contrail 6, which will now be placed into Long-term Support (LTS). This software upgrade is available to all OneRain-hosted Contrail Web and Contrail Server users as well as licensed on-premise Contrail Base Station users current with standard maintenance.
This upgrade is automatic for Contrail Shared Web and Contrail Cloud Server instances—there’s no need for these customers to take action to receive the update.
For agencies that are running licensed on-premise Contrail Base Station, OneRain’s Contrail Support team will work directly with the agency’s IT department to provision a new server to facilitate the upgrade and migration from existing servers, and enable the running of systems in parallel for a period during the transition.
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 software and services deliver mission critical information to serve clients responsible for flood early warning, dam safety and reservoir operations, water resources, stormwater and wastewater management. For more information, visit www.onerain.com or call 800-758-RAIN (7246).
Davis Instruments Corporation, a leading developer and manufacturer of precision weather, marine, and environmental instrumentation, joins the AE Monitoring family of companies.
Boston, MA – July 31, 2019. Union Park Capital, a Boston based private equity firm focused on lower middle-market industrial technology investments, today announced the acquisition of Davis Instruments Corporation (“Davis”), based in Hayward, CA. For over 50 years, Davis has been recognized as a leader in developing and manufacturing precision weather, marine and environmental instrumentation. With customers across the global, Davis has become the trusted brand for meteorologists, educators, farmers, students, and discerning hobbyists. The business will join Union Park’s Advanced Environmental Monitoring platform (“AE Monitoring”), and will partner with the current businesses within the AE Monitoring family, including OneRain, High Sierra, Vieux & Associates, FTS, and Lambrecht Meteo. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
“We are delighted to have Davis join the AE Monitoring family. Davis has a strong product offering and history of excellent customer service,” says Peter McGuire, Partner & Co-Founder at Union Park Capital. Davis is the world leader in weather stations for agriculture and discerning hobbyists. “The value of their product is unmatched within the customer applications they target,” said Peter.
“We are very excited for Davis to join the Advanced Environmental Monitoring family,” says Jim Acquistapace, former owner of Davis Instruments. “Becoming part of a larger platform will allow the business to take advantage of collaborations with AE Monitoring’s other companies in meteorology, hydrology, and broader environmental monitoring parameters. Davis has best in class product development, world class manufacturing, and a broad set of potential applications and end markets to take its products. As a part of the AE Monitoring family, I am excited to see Davis continue to grow and innovate across these large global market opportunities.”
About Davis Instruments Corporation Davis Instruments was founded in 1963 and has become recognized throughout the world for manufacturing affordable, precision weather and marine instruments to meet the needs of value-minded professionals and consumers who demand the best. From the sleek, full-featured Vantage Vue to the customizable, industrial-grade Vantage Pro2 to the market leading Windex Wind Vane, Davis Instruments has engineered products for meteorologists, educators, farmers, students, and discerning hobbyists. For more information, visit www.davisinstruments.com.
About Advanced Environmental Monitoring Holdings
Advanced Environmental Monitoring Holdings (AE Monitoring) was formed by Union Park Capital in 2018 to create a family of companies focused on monitoring of critical environmental parameters, including meteorology, hydrology, air, and soil. Social demands for environmental responsibility continue to increase, leading to growing initiatives and regulations for the development of environmental friendly industries, increased focus on disaster prevention and extreme weather (floods, hurricanes, droughts, thunderstorms, etc.), and advances in technology enabling real-time, more accurate monitoring in hazardous applications and environments. For more information, visit www.aemonitoring.com.
About Union Park Capital
Union Park Capital is a private equity firm solely focused on lower middle-market industrial technology companies. Union Park takes a long-term perspective to help stakeholders build value over time and drives value creation through profitably growing a business, not financial engineering. Union Park Capital is based in Boston, MA, and has extensive investments and expertise in the analytical instrumentation sector. For more information, visit www.union-park.com.
FTS, a leading manufacturer of fire weather and remote environmental monitoring solutions, joins the AE Monitoring family of companies.
VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA – January 2, 2019. Union Park Capital, a Boston based private equity firm focused on lower middle-market industrial technology investments, today announced the acquisition of Forest Technology Systems, Ltd. (“FTS”), based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. FTS is a leading manufacturer of remote environmental monitoring solutions including systems, instrumentation, telemetry and software for the Hydrology, Fire Weather and Meteorology industries. The business will join Union Park’s Advanced Environmental Monitoring Holdings platform (“AE Monitoring”), which was launched in March 2018. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
“FTS is an exceptional addition to the AE Monitoring family,” says Peter McGuire, Partner & Co-Founder at Union Park Capital. FTS is the world leader in environmental monitoring solutions for predicting, preventing, and managing wildfires. FTS stations are used by all the top 50 government forest management agencies in the United States and Canada. “Their technical capabilities and deep application knowledge are unmatched,” said Peter. In addition to fire weather, FTS designs, manufactures and services sensors, dataloggers, camera systems, IoT software and mobile applications.
“Joining AE Monitoring is a great opportunity for FTS,” says FTS CEO David Reid. “Our mission will continue to be making our customers successful in their efforts to monitor, record, and analyze changes in the natural environment.” Mr. Reid will continue as CEO after the acquisition as will the entire FTS management team. “This is great news for our customers, employees and sales network. AE Monitoring provides us a platform to accelerate growth and deliver a broader solution set to our customers.”
About FTS Forest Technology Systems, Ltd. FTS was founded in 1980 with a focus on the fire weather meteorological niche. Since then, FTS has become a leading manufacturer of remote environmental monitoring systems, instrumentation and communications technology for the Hydrology, Fire Weather and Meteorology industries. FTS is the world leader in environmental monitoring solutions for fire weather. The company’s headquarters, research and design lab, and manufacturing plant are located in Victoria, British Columbia, with a branch office in Blaine, Washington. For more information, visit www.ftsinc.com.
About Advanced Environmental Monitoring Holdings Advanced Environmental Monitoring Holdings (AE Monitoring) was formed by Union Park Capital in 2018 to create a family of companies focused on monitoring of critical environmental parameters, including meteorology, hydrology, air, and soil. Social demands for environmental responsibility continue to increase, leading to growing initiatives and regulations for the development of environmentally friendly industries, increased focus on disaster prevention and extreme weather (floods, hurricanes, droughts, thunderstorms, etc.), and advances in technology enabling real-time, more accurate monitoring in hazardous applications and environments. For more information, visit www.aemonitoring.com.
About Union Park Capital Union Park Capital is a private equity firm solely focused on lower middle-market industrial technology companies. Union Park takes a long-term perspective to help stakeholders build value over time and drives value creation through profitably growing a business, not financial engineering. Union Park Capital is based in Boston, MA, and has extensive investments and expertise in the analytical instrumentation sector. For more information, visit www.union-park.com.
In the News May 2016: OneRain’s new ALERT/ALERT2 Field Decoder Solutions created quite a stir when introduced at the recent 2016 ALERT Users Group Conference—the year’s largest gathering of flood warning professionals in the U.S. OneRain’s StormLink™ IQ Receiver has the capability to receive and decode signals from 25 MHz to 1750 MHz, which covers the hydrologic radio frequency bands.
Tools for Hydrologic Field Services and Maintenance Support Programs
For those operating hydrology networks, OneRain’s Field Decoder Solutions allow in-the-field analyses of gauge data messages for trouble-shooting, verification, and optimizing gauge network performance for ALERT/ALERT2 flood early warning systems and field instrumentation maintenance operations.
The StormLink IQ Receiver is a simple low cost mobile solution for receiving and decoding field sites. The small USB-type device plugs into a laptop and, with OneRain’s Contrail® Field Decoder Software interface, users can easily change between frequencies and receive and decode ALERT2™ radio signals directly on their laptop.
The company also announced their rugged StormLink RF Receiver—a radio-based ALERT2 receiver with controls that allow users to switch frequencies and receive/decode either ALERT or ALERT2 messages. The StormLink RF Receiver will be upgradable to a 2-way transceiver which will allow it to transmit and receive ALERT or ALERT2 for testing repeaters and two-way sites such as those used by flasher or siren systems.
“Feedback has been very positive”, says James Logan, OneRain’s CEO. “OneRain has made a lot of progress developing and implementing the support for ALERT and ALERT2 with this radio technology. We plan on adding the capability to simultaneously decode multiple frequencies and multiple protocols, so an agency that is going through the transition from ALERT to ALERT2 can see all of their messages as they go through the network.”
OneRain’s Field Decoder Solutions are available in bundled software and hardware packages.
In the news February 2016: “Predicting El Niño’s flood risk: How new warning systems save lives, property”. OneRain’s Contrail® software provides the real-time monitoring and alerting for San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority’s newly launched Flood Early Warning System. Check out this great article by journalist, Lisa Krieger with the Mercury News, focused on how automated remote data systems are helping protect communities in the San Francisco Bay area.
News Source: Lisa Krieger, San Jose Mercury News
Four winters ago, as worried rescuers watched the quickly rising waters of a Peninsula creek and tried to decide whether to alert local residents, they turned to a small green plant for guidance.
“You see that shrub?” one public safety official said. “When it’s under water, we’re going to start evacuating.”
Today, that sentinel shrub has been replaced by a sophisticated network of gauges, sensors and computers that can save lives and property — not only in flood-prone Menlo Park, Palo Alto and East Palo Alto, but also in vulnerable South Bay and East Bay communities.
Counting El Niño’s raindrops in distant mountains, the new flood-prediction systems are for the first time allowing the Bay Area to anticipate disasters, not merely respond to them.
“We can ramp up, adding resources and personnel,” said Menlo Park Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman. “It becomes part of normal planning.”
A revolution in technology allows for the highly automated and near-instantaneous analysis of enormous volumes of digital information about water flow.
It works like this: Separate streams of data — collected from mountain peaks and rushing creeks — are integrated into huge databases. Computers then track rising waters and predict flood risk, based on creekbed capacity and the surrounding landscape.
As waters run high, the computers can issue an electronic flood alert to local residents downstream. For instance, mid-Peninsula residents who are registered to get an alert — by text or email — are kept informed about four different flood-prone locations along San Francisquito Creek. They will be notified nearly two hours in advance of the water overflowing its banks.
“We know what is coming down the system,” said Len Materman of San Francisquito Creek’s Joint Powers Authority, which has a newly expanded system of automated rain and creek gauges perched 2,000 feet above the vulnerable mid-Peninsula cities. “We can give people solid information for decision-making” about such things as when to sandbag, get electronics and antiques off the floor or seek higher ground.
To be sure, even the most high-tech upstream tools can’t predict flooding from surprise local sources, such as a suddenly downed tree or a blocked storm drain.
While we’ve long been able to accurately forecast flooding on major water routes like the Sacramento River, the risk along smaller urban tributaries — prone to flash floods, especially if lined with concrete — has been far tougher to predict.
Flooding is the leading cause of severe weather-related deaths in the U.S., causing 75 to 200 drownings per year. Because cars can be swept away in only 1 to 2 feet of water, about half of the drownings are vehicle-related.
In the last strong El Niño in the winter of 1997-1998, 1,700 homes were flooded on the Peninsula, and some residents had to be evacuated by boat. There also was damage in other Bay Area communities.
But history isn’t much help in predicting future risk because every storm is unique, with different rainfall patterns, experts say.
Steve Fitzgerald, president of the National Hydrologic Warning Council, has witnessed the recent and dramatic expansion of real-time, high-quality hydrologic information.
In 1983, as Hurricane Alicia bore down on his city of Houston, he was frustrated and fatigued by attempts to identify danger. Working 24 hours straight, he used a Wang computer to plot the data delivered by the county’s 12 rain gauges, imperfect devices rigged with weights and cables. Each graph took him 45 minutes to complete. Then, as rains pounded the city, the information quickly became obsolete and needed to be updated.
Now computer analyses of his county’s 150 electronic gauges and sensors take only seconds. “There has been quite a transformation,” said Fitzgerald, chief engineer of the Harris County Flood Control District.
Other cities with state-of-the-art flood prediction capabilities include Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Charlotte, North Carolina.
In the Bay Area, the newly expanded mid-Peninsula network was designed by hydrologists and data-crunchers at Berkeley-based Balance Hydrologics, using property volunteered by Stanford University, the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District and San Mateo County Parks.
The Santa Clara Valley Water District has a network of 70 stream and rain gauges throughout the county, located along Los Gatos Creek, Stevens Creek, Alamitos Creek, Uvas Creek, the Guadalupe River and other sites.
Contra Costa County has three stream gauges, 29 rain gauges and one reservoir gauge, and it just received a grant to add 10 more stream gauges. It monitors Marsh Creek in the eastern part of the county and Walnut Creek in the central part of the county.
In Alameda County, a network of about 90 rain and stream gauges collects data used to estimate potential flood conditions. In the future, the county plans to expand its network to develop a database and Web tool that can be downloaded by residents.
The magic of the new technologies is that they can identify an emerging risk miles — and hours — away. Gauges, powered by solar panels, can accurately send electronic signals to data loggers via radio, landlines, cellphones or satellites. This data is more quickly analyzed due to increased computer power. And the flood risk is instantly communicated to nearby residents.
But, Materman said, it’s not enough to just gather information: “The first half of the problem is better data. The second half is: How do the public and emergency responders use that data?”
Increasingly, residents can go online to track water levels and changes in flow rates, said Gary Kremen, a board member of the Santa Clara Valley Water District. “There is greater transparency. It is empowering.”
But how well will this all work?
This winter’s El Niño could put it to the test.
“It is a work in progress,” Materman said. “Our work is based on models. We’ll need to ‘ground truth’ it.”
It’s far better, though, than keeping a watchful eye on a shrub, he said. “But it will take a real storm to see whether it behaves like we predict it should.”
BETTER GAUGING STATIONS: Rain gauges are 10-foot-tall pipes with a funnel, bucket and tipping mechanism at the top; each tip measures 0.04 inches of rainfall. Creek gauges have a membrane that precisely measures the depth of water and converts it into a flow rate, expressed in cubic feet per second.
IMPROVED DATA TRANSMISSION: Each time the rain gauge’s lever tips, its tiny internal computer sends a high-frequency radio transmission with the tip counter numbers to a receiver or repeater, then to a computer system. In creeks, the gauges convert the water’s depth to a flow rate, then transmit signals via phone lines.
FASTER ANALYSIS: With ever-increasing computer power, software processes the many signals into a computer database, which monitors the information as it is received. It triggers a warning when certain thresholds — say, water filling 80 percent of a creek’s capacity — are reached. Because different locations have different flood risks, the warnings can be localized.
ADVANCED COMPUTER MODELING: Instant access to project data is available through a cloud-based data center and can be viewed in real time or as a graph to identify trends. Using advanced math, topographic models can predict where and when water will likely go, if flooding occurs.
CELLPHONE ALERT SYSTEMS. In 2012, a California law went into effect that allows emergency alerts to be sent to cellphones, allowing flood control agencies to send automated warnings directly to the cell towers of major U.S. carriers, which then transmit those messages by text or email to phones. Residents of some communities can also track flood risk on websites.
Full Article Source: http://www.mercurynews.com/drought/ci_29453899/predicting-el-ninos-flood-risk-how-new-warning Contact Journalist Lisa M. Krieger at 650-492-4098. Follow her at Twitter.com/LisaMKrieger and Facebook.com/LisaMKrieger.
LONGMONT, COLORADO, April 14, 2015 – OneRain Inc., a leading provider of real-time and historical hydrologic and rainfall-related data solutions and services, today announced a major new software release for its Contrail® platform that brings full capabilities and accessibility to all devices (desktop, mobile, tablet) for a rich, engaging, context-relevant user experience.
Contrail is the leading enterprise-level software platform that collects, processes and delivers real-time sensor data from local hydrometeorological networks and other external sources for Web-based dissemination, visualization, monitoring and alerting. Users can quickly see important and relevant information in charts, graphs, maps, alerts, data feeds, and reports, that is key to their effective and timely decision-making.
The new version reflects the continuing trend towards mobile accessibility and demonstrates OneRain’s continued commitment in supporting their clients who rely on timely and up-to-date information to manage their responsibilities in flood early warning and emergency management, dam safety, stormwater management and other areas of water resource management.
With the ever growing use of smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices, OneRain continues to innovate by introducing Contrail’s new adaptive, responsive and contextual design built on a single code base platform. Contrail’s new framework maintains consistent features and usability across various devices. Now users can have the same feature-rich experience with Contrail whether at their desk, home, or doing field work.
“In addition to the overall framework update, there is a continued emphasis on the user interface and data-relevant visualization that makes it easier for users to quickly understand the data and manage their hydrologic networks,” states Mike Zucosky, OneRain’s Director of Operations. “This important update to Contrail provides flexibility for future product enrichment and is based on Web standards and best practices to allow for browser compliance into the foreseeable future. We have paid special attention to the suggestions and feed-back received from our clients who tried out the beta version over the past couple of months,” adds Mr. Zucosky.
This major new release features many new enhancements designed to provide critical real-time operational analytics and present essential information quickly. Highlights of the new Contrail release are:
Adaptive and Responsive Design: Contrail’s new responsive and adaptive design is optimized to run across a broad set of devices, fluidly changing and responding to fit any screen or device size. Whether in the field, or at their desktop, users will be able to accomplish virtually all of their Contrail management tasks no matter what device they’re on – desktop, laptop, tablet, smartphone – no matter what screen size.
Dashboard Displays provide high-level data views: Users will be able to access data, in context, quickly and more comprehensively. Efficient viewing of data ensures an enhanced mobile device experience. And because it’s the the same user interface no matter what the device, users will find information and controls on the screen where they expect them.
Updated graphing and mapping interactions gets users to their data faster, saving valuable time and providing context to the data to help them understand the data more efficiently. Optimized for desktop and mobile, mapping and graphing has never looked so good.
This software update is available to all OneRain-hosted Contrail Web and Contrail Server users as well as licensed on-premise Contrail Base Station users current with standard maintenance. There’s no need for customers to take action to receive the update. This update will be performed during OneRain’s standard software maintenance and updates schedule on the second Tuesday of each month, during which Contrail Base Station software updates and operating system patches, if pending, will be deployed by OneRain personnel.
In addition to OneRain’s monthly Contrail training sessions, complimentary webinar training sessions are available to OneRain clients after this update. Please contact OneRain to arrange refresher training or if you’d just like to learn more about these recent enhancements. OneRain offers a variety of online webinar training sessions for their software and solutions. These training sessions ensure users keep current and gain the maximum value from OneRain software and products.
About OneRain IncorporatedFor more than 20 years, OneRain has been providing private and public sector clients across the United States and around the world with solutions to optimize water management, heighten regulatory compliance, achieve successful civil works, and save lives. OneRain’s innovative products and services serve our clients in Flood Early Warning and Emergency Management, Dam Safety and Reservoir Operations, Water Resource Management, Post Fire Mitigation, Floodplain Management, Urban Water Management, and Stormwater Management, and Wastewater Management.For more information, visit www.onerain.com or call 1-800-758-RAIN (7246). Contact InformationRosemarie O’Connell, Sales & Marketing, OneRain IncorporatedPhone : 303-774-2033 | E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
About OneRain Incorporated
For more than 20 years, OneRain has been providing private and public sector clients across the United States and around the world with solutions to optimize water management, heighten regulatory compliance, achieve successful civil works, and save lives. OneRain’s innovative products and services serve clients in Flood Early Warning and Emergency Management, Dam Safety and Reservoir Operations, Water Resource Management, Post Wild Fire Mitigation, Floodplain Management, Urban Water Management, and Stormwater and Wastewater Management. For more information, visit www.onerain.com or call 1-800-758-RAIN (7246).