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Transpara, Smart Signal Partner to Deliver Mobile Monitoring

Transpara Corporation has announced a technology partnership with SmartSignal Corporation, which enables joint customers to access critical performance-monitoring data and key performance indicators (KPIs) on any mobile device. Transpara’s Visual KPI operations intelligence software delivers on-demand, business-critical data about process manufacturing and utility operations to any handheld or desktop browser: SmartPhones, PDAs and Blackberry devices. Connecting Visual KPI to the SmartSignal Solution enables customers such as KeySpan Corporation and Allegheny Energy, Inc. to further extend the ROI on their SmartSignal investments by giving them access to dynamic watchlists and real-time predictive analytics on any mobile device.

"One of our biggest challenges has been to present information from new technology systems without taking our operators, technicians, mechanics, foremen and engineers out of the field to look at it," said John Ragone, automation manager, Electric Production Department of KeySpan Corporation. "What if, for example, we were talking about personal health instead of a turbine: heart rate, temperature and blood pressure would be monitored and available to a team of specialists. No matter where these specialists were, they would have the ability to monitor hundreds of patients’ data simultaneously and collaborate with the rest of the health team to provide the best possible recommendations in real-time, if a patient were to deviate from expected baselines. The same benefits can be applied to the plant floor."

With Visual KPI, users can easily create and customize composite KPIs and scorecards using data from any combination of existing systems – including OSIsoft’s PI System, SQL Server, Oracle, OLE DB and Web Services – and publish them for instant use by anyone in the organization or supply chain, from plant floor managers to executives. By delivering actionable, decision-support information directly to the responsible user, Visual KPI offers real-time insight into organizational performance, increasing uptime and lowering business risk.

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