Auto Linking

Automatic linking allows you to set up data bindings quickly and easily, if your data-backend is consistent enough to allow it.

Before the system can function, you need to upload a text/CSV file containing all of the valid points that ARDI could connect to.

This is usually done by exporting a list from your SCADA system or historian.

You can upload/check on this list from the Auto-Linking Options page under Administration.

How It Works - An Example

1) You ask to auto-link the data on your asset. In this case, it's a temperature sensor with the following properties…

PropertyValue
TemperatureUnknown
ERNTMP-124

2) ARDI searches for a similar asset that has already been linked to live information. In this case, it finds a temperature sensor called TMP-293.

3) ARDI grabs the properties and data bindings for the asset.

PropertyValueBound To
Temperature24.9 DegreesPI Server - Sensors/TMP-293/Temperature
ERNTMP-293Not Bound

5) It looks for any properties that appear in your data bindings - in this case, the ERN (TMP-293) has been found in the data binding for Temperature.

6) ARDI goes back to the original asset (TMP-124) and checks to ensure that it has the same property - in this case, it does.

7) ARDI suggests the new address, substituting TMP-124 for TMP-295.

8) If you've uploaded a set of valid addresses (via Administration | Auto Linking Options), the address will be validated against the list to ensure that the point ARDI has assumed actually exists. This is highly recommended, as it helps avoid problems caused by inconsistent data backends.