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Application and Data Server (ADS) and Extended Application and Data Server (ADX) Catalog Page

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The Application and Data Server (ADS) and Extended Application and Data Server (ADX) are optional components of the Metasys system that manage the collection and presentation of large amounts of trend data, event messages, operator transactions, and system configuration data. The ADS is an entry-level server that runs on personal computers and supports up to five concurrent users. The ADX is a larger scale system that runs on a server operating system to provide extended historical archiving and reporting capabilities. The ADX is offered in several models to support up to 10, 25, 50, or 100 concurrent users. As Site Director, the ADS/ADX provides secure communication to a network of NAE, NIE, NCE, SNE and SNC series engines.

At release 12.0.50, Metasys for Validated Environments (MVE) supports both Metasys User Interface (UI) and Site Management Portal (SMP).

The ADS/ADX supports robust features that continue to position the Metasys system as the leading building automation system in the industry, including:

  • Use fault detection to identify and lists building system-related faults in order of severity to help you quickly fix issues and avoid equipment issues, energy waste, and comfort complaints.
  • Fault triage is an additional component to fault detection that helps less experienced operators with guided assistance to independently resolve issues. It provides operators with fault duration, occurrence information, and corrective action recommendations to improve fault prioritization.
  • Building Network tree allows for faster delivery of the Metasys User Interface (UI) by enabling its deployment prior to the spaces and equipment configuration process. It also provides a familiar navigation experience for Metasys operators who have previous experience using the All Items tree of the Site Management Portal.
  • Use Advanced Search and Reporting in the Metasys UI to find and report on operational data and make bulk commands to restore order more quickly. The Advanced Search and Reporting feature provides the ability to quickly search Metasys objects by Building Network, equipment, equipment type, or space.
  • Use Custom Dashboards to create dashboards that provide the most relevant and critical information to Metasys operators for enhanced productivity and create an experience that mimics users operational styles for ease of use.
  • Graphics Custom Behaviors provide the flexibility to use custom symbols that are required for their individual building or campus needs or their local standards.
  • Use trend widget updates to identify patterns including outliers, using an intuitive candlestick chart that displays min, max, and averages.
  • Cyber Health Dashboard provides a centralized view of potential security-related issues or system issues which are detectable by an ADS/ADX, but which may not surface as part of general system alarms.
  • User Management facilitates the creation and management of users and their roles, category-based permissions, and privileges.
  • Historical data management, including an ODBC-compliant database package for storage of trend data, event messages, operator transactions, and system configuration data.

Metasys UI and Site Management Portal UI (SMP) of the ADS/ADX provides a flexible system to change the online configuration of the Metasys system, optimize control strategies, and perform administrative tasks. The ADS/ADX includes an Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) compliant database package for secure storage of historical and configuration data.

Note: For non-MVE sites at Release 12.0 or later, SMP requires a license. The license is available only to existing Metasys customers. On MVE sites, SMP is available without a license.

The ADS and ADX support virtual environments, including VMware® and Microsoft® Hyper-V™. Refer to the Network and IT Guidance Technical Bulletin (LIT-12011279) for more information.

The Metasys system can communicate with cloud-based applications easily and securely. To make this connection, the Metasys system requires minor programming and setup by Johnson Controls. When you are connected, you can access multiple cloud-based applications and features. To learn more, visit the Building Management page located on the Johnson Controls® website.

Figure 1. Metasys UI

For the ADX, the Metasys Advanced Reporting System reports on the system configuration and system behavior, including reports that provide performance and diagnostic information.