Future Trending Apps – hit the road running


System: Automated Logic

All beta sites must be running WebCTRL 4.1b, 5.2 or 5.5

Version 5.6 will bring multiple browser compatibility (no more Internet Explorer only!) to WebCTRL.  As part of this effort, ALC has decided to rework the Trend Applet to solve several problems that Java applets cause and to improve the experience for our users.  The full replacement is hoped to ship with WebCTRL 5.6 (although it is possible it will ship as a separate patch after the 5.6 release).  However, we want to get feedback from you about several aspects of this new trend replacement.  Therefore, we are releasing an early preview of the trend applet replacement as on add-on here as we complete phases of development.

To try out this add-on, install it (ask your local field office) and then browse (using Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, or Chrome) to <webctrl server>/tar .  Use the tree on the left to select a graph.  Also note that moving the cursor over the graph causes controls to appear at the top of the graph, including a help button.  When the replacement is included into WebCTRL, it will be integrated into the product, so things like the tree control will not be present.  This control only exists to give you some way to select what trends to view.  Controls on the graph, such as help, are intended to be part of the final feature.

For each phase, we are interested in receiving specific areas of feedback (although all feedback is welcome) to help us improve the feature. Please provide feedback by adding comments to this add-on.

Hold the music! These sensors will rock…in Beta – to be continued

System: Automated Logic

All beta sites must be running WebCTRL 5.5

The new ZS Sensors will offer the ability to provide multiple sensing technologies in a single housing. In addition to sensing temperature the sensors will have options for sensing humidity, CO2 and VOC(Volatile Organic Compounds). Any of the sensor models (Base, Plus, Pro or Pro-F) can be ordered to support a mix of up to 3 sensing elements. Note: temperature is always included and CO2 and VOC are mutually exclusive.

In addition to combination sensing, the new ZS Sensors offer more flexible setpoint adjust, support for up to 5 sensors of any variety per control program, and up to 15 sensors on a single Rnet. They are all dip switch addressable. More data than ever before is available to be displayed on the sensors. The sensors now support the ability to force the zone into an unoccupied state for energy savings and much more.

All beta sites must be running WebCTRL 5.5.

List of use cases/scenarios that we need to test during the beta period:

      Rnet network with at least 2 Pro or Pro-F sensors
      Rnet network with 5 total sensors
      Rnet network with 10 total sensors
      Sensors on modules running under MS/TP networks
      Pro sensors configured with:

        · Multiple items in Home screen rotation
        · Varying Setpoint Adjust configurations
        · Support for Force Unoccupied
        · More than 5 items on Info and Diagnostics screens
        · Use of Alarm designation
        · Use of Maintenance designation
        · Setpoint adjust inhibit
        · Schedule MB with Allow Continuous Override enabled
        · Schedule MB with Allow TLO Set During Occupied enabled
          · Pro-F Sensor with mode and fan control
          The ZS Zone Sensor beta product is scheduled to be ready for ordering the week of August 20th, and the test period will last approximately 90 days.

Jump to It!

System: Automated Logic

WebCTRL, 4.1b and 5 or later

Have a fairly large system and wish there was a faster way to navigate? Jump to It!

“JumpTo” allows you to search for locations in WebCTRL (based off of display names) and click on a link to navigate there.  This can be very handy in big systems.  It provides search results as you type.

Hopefully this needs little explanation.  Type search words and JumpTo will search as you type.  If you use multiple words it will only find locations that contain ALL of the words.  It is NOT case sensitive.  The “Clear” button just removes all search terms.

There is a “Rebuild Cache” link on the far right that will reload the internal search cache in the event that you change a display name.  This will likely be removed in a future release.

It is best used by launching the JumpTo window (http://yourserver/jumpto) and letting JumpTo launch WebCTRL.  While you can link to JumpTo from a WebCTRL graphic, if you do so, it will launch a new WebCTRL window when you navigate.  JumpTo will only launch a new window the first time, however, and will re-use that window for any subsequent jump.

This is still considered Beta quality.  Please let us know if you would like to try it out.

Mulligan – need a second chance? If not now, chances are someday you will….your database that is.

System: Automated Logic

WebCTRL, 3.0, 4.1b and 5 or later

Mulligan is a local and remote backup solution for WebCTRL servers.

Once the proper configuration files are in place, Mulligan can be run manually by either double-clicking on mulligan.exe or calling it from the command line. It may also be run on a schedule using Task Scheduler.

Mulligan stops the WebCTRL service, backs up one one or more directories (such as the system folder and a database backup folder), and then restarts the WebCTRL service. Should any errors be encountered along the way it also notifies predefined recipients via email and/or (in verbose mode) by message box.

NOTE:  For WebCTRL servers running databases that do not reside in the webroot, database backup utilities should be run to a Mulligan target directory and they too will be backed up.


  • Email notifications
  • Remote backup via FTP
  • Local (or network) backup
  • Encrypted xml configuration and licensing files
  • Command line or configuration file driven parameters with reasonable default values

Why call it Mulligan?  Good backups mean that when the worst happens, we get another shot.

Mulligan is currently in beta.  Comments, bug reports, and ideas for improvments are always welcome!