February 21, 2018 | by Michael Fisher | Engineering + Technology

NRG recently released versions 3.2 and 3.3 of the SymphoniePRO Desktop Application in fairly quick succession, and this announcement summarizes the highlights of these two releases combined.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Export channel configuration
  • Faster file import via command line
  • Ability to include battery voltage information in Measurements export
  • Export interval configuration

Export Channel Configuration

New as of version 3.2 is a feature allowing a sensor history entry in the Timeline tab of SymphoniePRO Desktop to be assigned an “export channel” different from its native channel number assignment. This functionality is useful in the event that an input channel is damaged on the data logger (e.g., from lightning) and the user wants a replacement sensor on a new channel to appear as the original channel in their exported data, for consistency. Please contact our technical services team for instructions on how to access this feature. 

Faster File Import via Command Line

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Also new in v.3.2 is the ability for SymphoniePRO Desktop to handle wildcard characters in command line arguments. Users who prefer to automate their data processing for greater efficiency can create scripts to run SymphoniePRO Desktop via their PC’s command line. This allows data to be processed automatically and unattended by the user, getting it into a readily usable format more quickly. This recent change to support wildcard characters means the application will recognize both character wildcards (“?”) as well as string wildcards (“*”), making it easier for users to script the import of multiple *.RLD files, and importantly, this method results in a drastic improvement in import speed! 

Including Battery Voltage in Measurements Export

Users familiar with previous Symphonie series data loggers and our Symphonie Data Retriever (SDR) software may know that SDR included battery voltage information along with the rest of the measurements. SymphoniePRO by default includes battery voltage information in the Diagnostics export. This update, available in version 3.3, makes it possible to include battery voltage statistics in the Measurements export through the use of an NRG Export Configuraiton (*.NEC) file.

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Export Interval Configuration

Also new in version 3.3 is the ability to configure the averaging interval for an export from SymphoniePRO Desktop. This means data collected with one averaging interval on the data logger can be adjusted to a different interval by the desktop software. Like the diagnostic data feature described above, this is also achieved by using NRG Export Configuration (*.NEC) functionality. Allowed export interval values are 2, 5, 10, 15, 30, and 60 minutes, and the export interval must be larger than, as well as divisible by, the original data collection interval. Most commonly, we see users collecting wind data at 10 minutes and solar users collecting data at 1 or 5 minutes, wanting to export in hourly average format. 

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1-min data as collected by logger (left) vs. hourly data as exported by SPD (right)

As always, please contact our team with feedback, requests, or questions related to the SymphoniePRO platform. We welcome your input and look forward to continuing to improve your experience.

Click HERE to download SymphoniePRO Desktop Application V. 3.3.

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Michael Fisher

As the product manager for wind and solar resource assessment products, Michael Fisher leads a team steeped in industry experience. He spends his time thinking about how NRG can advance the state-of-the-art and improve the lives of our customers. With a background in both business and engineering, Michael writes about product updates and industry trends.

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