Aspect 3.0 - What's New!

Products: Aspect-Matrix MAX, Aspect-Nexus/Facility/Enterprise (64-bit), Aspect-Studio, Aspect-eSC MAX

Building upon the features and enhancements with the release of Aspect 2.0, American Auto-Matrix has been hard at work to deliver a new and improved version to our award-winning building automation front end solution.

With version 3.0, American Auto-Matrix has again raised the technological bar, improving upon our HTML5 implementation in v2.0 by developing a new HTML5-based dashboard into the already robust system.

This new capability allows users to view and modify information including trends, setpoints, schedules and more from their Building Automation System on the fly with their iOS and Android web-enabled smart devices, as well as from any browser. Site dashboards are easily user-customizable, allowing equipment, schedules, trends and more to be added as favorites for quick access.

Once deployed these projects can be modified and expanded via browser for fast and convenient system changes without needing a dedicated software application. Aspect 3.0 also incorporates enhancements including embedded scheduling tools, pre-configured application templates, a new push notification system, professional embedded graphics library, and much more!

What's New in 3.0

New Dashboard Interface
  • HTML5 interface requires no additional plugins. Works with any standard web browser on your Windows or MAC computer as well as Android, Apple and any other mobile device with a web browser

  • Enhanced context sensitivity allows you to quickly jump from a point or controllers to graphics and trends quickly. This requires no additional work to engineer from the preconfigured templates

  • Any point, controller, trend, or graphic can be selected as a favorite for quick access from the main page. These favorites are specific for a given login allowing each user to select the information that they find most important

HTML5 Graphics & Controller Templates
  • Created for AAM controllers configured for standard applications like VAV, packaged rooftop, fan coil units, and heat pumps

  • During discovery, Aspect automatically selects the appropriate controller template to use

  • Completely customizable to meet your specific needs

Enhanced Trending
  • Trend chart are automatically created for every controller added to the system

  • Trends can also be created on the fly right from the web interface and saved for later use

  • Easy access to export the data in CSV format for advanced analysis

Integrated Local Scheduling
  • Built-in option that doesn't rely on Internet connections to services like Google Calendar or iCal

  • Seamless integration to equipment control strategies

  • Embedded solution provides an additional solution to schedule building occupancy

  • Online Configuration - Edit map properties without redeployment
  • Context-aware Interface - Jump from an alarm entry right to the device in alarm in one click
  • Enhanced Notifications Services - Send notications to mobile and desktop platforms via Pushover service
  • Productivity Enhancements - Reduce project engineering time with improved Aspect-Studio tools

FAQs

Is Aspect 3.0 compatible with all Aspect hardware platforms?
The Aspect 3.0 release is only available for 64-bit Nexus/Facility/Enterprise and Matrix MAX (Matrix MAX / eSC-MAX) platforms. Aspect-Enterprise installations installed before 2012 are 32-bit based but can be converted to a 64-bit by contacting American Auto-Matrix for new VM image. Legacy Aspect-Matrix and Aspect-Facility (pre-2012) products are not able to support the new Aspect 3.0 features. However, Aspect 3.0 devices can still communicate with the older 2.x hardware for remote networks.

Does the new HTML5 interface replace the older “Automagic” interface?
No - the Automagic interface is still available. The new HTML5 interface is primarily targeted at more devices with larger screens.

How much project engineering is required to enable the new HTML interface?
Existing Map-based projects will be automatically upgraded during deployment allowing users to immediately take advantage of many of the new features.

New features for the HTML interface, such as schedules and graphics, can be created after upgrading to Aspect 3.0 and applied to the existing project.

Will my existing Java applications be converted to HTML graphics?
No. The HTML graphics are substantially different content than the Java graphics and it is not possible to automatically convert to the new format. Any Java applet content will continue to function and can still be edited with Aspect-Studio 3.0.

Where is the Aspect-Matrix MAX installer package?
Aspect devices are now updated using a single installer bundle for all supported platforms.

Aspect 3.0 is a game changer.
American Auto-Matrix has built on their Map technology in such a way that so much of the work is now being done for you!

The new dashboard built by the Map is sleek, easy to use, and most important, mobile friendly! It gives us the ability to set customized dashboards that allow users to quickly view the equipment and data that is most important to them. Aspect 3.0 is a solution that all levels of end users will feel comfortable using on a daily basis.

Chris Ruth
Chris RuthBuilding Automation Specialist - Integrated Facility Services

Upgrade Notes

Upgrade files can be found on the Dealer Toolbox under Product Support>Software Updates.

Due to the amount of new features and resolutions contained within v3.0, the full list of release notes as well as the Aspect 3.0 Migration Guide that includes the above FAQs as well as an Upgrade Checklist can be found on the Dealer Toolbox under Product Support>Products>Documentation

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