TPS Detailed Features

Multi-user networked operation: TPS can monitor and exchange data across the Internet or a corporate local area network, i.e. Intranet. A front-end data server, either running TPS or another application, provides data to one or more PCs running TPS. Each PC runs TPS as a complete system allowing it to fully function on only one PC if desired and making all network nodes interchangeable.

Ethernet, serial, disk or custom I/O: Data can be  input to TPS using TCPIP or UDP network protocols, serial RS232 or direct from disk either PC resident or accessible across the network. Custom I/O driver software can also be hooked into TPS via the Application Programmers Interface (API) providing support for applications such as analogue or digital data acquisition.

Frame synchronisation: Any data frames or packets of fixed or variable length and starting with a synchronisation bit pattern can be processed by TPS. TPS will immediately lock-on to the first synch found and resynchronise thereafter whenever corrupt data is encountered without losing any packets.

Data extraction and full decommutation: By specification of the byte index and an optional bit mask, TPS can extract, in real-time, any parameter from 1 bit to 8 bytes for numeric parameters and text strings of any length. The parameters can be single sampled, super or sub-commutated.

Data record and playback: All telemetry data can be recorded to disk in either raw binary, compressed or ASCII format. Data recorded by TPS or any other application can be replayed  at any playback speed - real-time, fast forward, slow motion or single frame step mode. Packets streams can also be filtered so that only selected packets are processed.

Text and graphical displays: Parameters can be displayed numerically or graphically in real-time. Display formats available include decimal, hexadecimal, octal, binary, fixed or floating point scientific numbers and character text. Any parameter can be plotted against any other parameter and multiple plots and numeric displays can be freely mixed on a single display page. Each TPS network station can display up to 1024 parameters per page with 10,000 pages per station.

On-line configuration: All TPS displays can be configured on-line or off-line. The on-line configuration supports drag and drop of all display ports. Double clicking the mouse over a display port brings up a full menu of all display options.

Engineering units conversion: All parameters can be converted to engineering units using a wide range of mathematical functions plus standard polynomial, bit-mask and byte-swap operations.

Alarm limit checking: Displayed parameters can be monitored such that if a parameter falls inside or outside of a user specified range, the user has the choice of sounding an alarm, blinking the display, pausing the data flow and logging the parameter to disk.

Parameter recording: Parameters can be recorded to disk in a tabular form, readable with a simple text editor and suitable for import into a spreadsheet for detailed analysis.

Self-test data generation: For the complete autonomous testing of a TPS system, TPS can generate its own telemetry data and transmit it to other TPS stations on the network.

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