Release Announcement
PI Vision 2017 is released
Starting with PI Vision 2017, OSIsoft is embarking on creating a unified visualization infrastructure to support customer needs for the enterprise and their wider community ecosystem. PI Coresight has been renamed to PI Vision to better capture the direction of our visualization strategy. PI Vision represents the start of a new path and the next phase of OSIsoft visualization to deliver a unified, powerful, extensible experience. We have one vision for visualization, and that is PI Vision.

PI Vision is the culmination of several years of customer research around what customers need: a seamless, integrated, mobile visualization experience. Engineering is fundamentally taking a different approach so that it’s not one tool for this, another for that. The change will seem small now, but when we look back 5 years from now, we will see that this is the point at which we diverged from separate individual tools to an integrated visualization infrastructure.

With PI Vision 2017, you can access and visualize PI System data using a web browser.  The browser based display editor allows rich graphic displays or quick ad-hoc investigation.  Displays are easily and securely shared with other users and can be viewed on large screens or small mobile devices.  Some of the key new features of this version are:
  • Collection – There is no need to update displays when equipment is added or removed from service.  A collection of symbols automatically reflects the AF asset structure for similar assets.  For example, a radial gauge and a trend chart configured to show data about a single wind turbine can be converted to a collection to automatically replicate the symbols and show the information for all turbines in a wind farm.  If a wind turbine is added or removed from the asset structure at a later time the display will automatically reflect the change.  A collection is one or more symbols that are repeated and dynamically updated based on defined asset search criteria.
  • Reference (Pinned) Events – Easily define one or more events to be “pinned” to an event comparison display that can be used as a standard of comparison.  This is often called a golden event or golden batch.  Pinned events are saved with an Event Comparison display so when the display is opened, these events will always be included for comparison purposes.  Pinned events are shown in both the Events pane and the Gantt pane.
  • Asset comparison table – The asset comparison table makes it easy compare measurements from multiple pieces of equipment in a table format.  Start by adding the measurements of interest from a given asset, like the temperature, pressure, and level from a tank, then simply drag additional assets onto the table.  Each new asset will add a row to the table and automatically populate the columns with the same measurements.
  • Drill-in navigation – Use contextual navigation to “drill-in” and open a display in the right context.  For example, starting from a display that shows an overview of all my trucks a user can double click a piece of data “truck1” and be brought to a common detail display that will automatically have the data for truck1.  Any symbol can be configured to navigate to a linked display or other hyperlink.  Contextual navigation allows the current time context as well as the current asset context of the original display to be passed to the destination display.  Either of these options (time and/or asset context) can be turned on or off as desired.
  • Graphics Library – The ability to draw from a library of graphics that represent common industrial equipment can enrich any display and help associate data to the process with which it is associated.  PI Vision 2017 includes an extensive library of industrial graphic images and icons.
  • Enhanced Display Utility – The PI Vision 2017 Display Utility now supports bulk and multi-select operations such as, multiple display deletion, reassignment of display ownership for multiple displays and removal/assignment of share privileges to an AF Identity for multiple displays.
  • Role-Based User Access – It is now possible to assign users two different levels of functionality.  Based on access settings users are assigned to either a “Publisher” or “Explorer” role. Publishers have full access to PI Vision 2017 functionality/features. Explorers are no-save users. They can still manipulate existing displays and create ad-hoc displays for investigation, but cannot save displays
PI Vision 2017 also includes new Community Technology Preview (CTP) features. These features are still undergoing performance and security configuration assessments prior to full release. These features are disabled by default. Refer to the PI Vision Installation and Administration Guide to learn more about the requirements and to evaluate whether enabling these features is a good fit for your security configuration:
  • XY Plot – The XY Plot enables two or more pieces of correlated data to be plotted relative to each other.  This is particularly useful for things like comparing actual pump performance to a static performance curve, or speed to efficiency.  The XY Plot symbol plots data items against each other in one or more series to allow the identification of correlations in process data or changes in process.
  • Event table – The event table makes it easy to see the important events related to your system.  Similar to an alarm panel used for a control system, the event table can give a user a list of important events so they can quickly focus on areas that need attention.  Using a user-defined search criteria, the event table dynamically updates with events.  The event table also has the option to allow a user to acknowledge an event, by clicking a button on the table, or to automatically navigate to an event detail view for more specific information about a single event.
PI Vision continues to include custom extension creation as a Community Technology Preview in PI Vision 2017. In this version, files and variables were renamed to a more generic convention. Custom symbols created for previous versions of PI Vision must be updated for use in PI Vision 2017. Please refer to the PI Vision 2017 Custom Extension Creation document for instructions on how to update custom symbols.


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