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Software Monitors Critical Systems

Eaton Corp. has announced the availability of Foreseer 5.0, giving users the ability to proactively monitor critical power, environmental, safety and security systems from hundreds of manufacturers to identify dangerous trends and prevent future failures. Foreseer 5.0 is a combination of software technology, data acquisition strategies and professional services that provide a window into the operational state of enterprise-wide facilities infrastructure equipment.

Foreseer 5.0 supports Eaton's Power Xpert Reporting software that aggregates power and energy data into standard report formats. It also features enhanced WebView tools with automatic scaling and filtering capabilities, as well as a new Web browser portal widget that uses HTML iFrame technology. The new Foreseer browser widget embeds multiple iFrame objects on a single WebView page, allowing users to conveniently add several media streams for continuous monitoring on a single Foreseer screen. Typical iFrame objects could include Webcams overlooking mission-critical equipment such as generators, switchgear or control panels, media streams of weather forecasts, news and audio feeds, or system alerts.

"Foreseer simplifies critical facilities equipment management and delivers business intelligence based on trending information analysis, which helps expedite decision-making," said Marcus Maxwell, product manager, Eaton software and meter products. "With Foreseer, our customers can see the solution before the problem."

Users have the option to tailor Foreseer to a wide range of organizations accommodating single locations with thousands of data inputs or widespread global enterprises with hundreds of remote locations. Foreseer connects equipment and users anywhere in the world through an intuitive graphical interface, Web access, multiple views from global to individual components, multi-level alarm thresholds and complete asset management.

Additional benefits of Foreseer 5.0 include:

  • Dependable trend analysis and forecasting tools allow for proactive management and monitoring, as well as the creation of performance reports.
  • Extensive, multi-vendor device-driven library interfaces with most major manufacturers of power and environmental equipment, as well as subsystems such as fire, security, fuel and building controls.
  • Customizable graphic user interface (GUI) accurately depicts individual sites, allowing for personalized views based on individual preferences.
  • Web browser access allows users to gain a remote, customizable view of critical facilities from anywhere in the world.
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