Mipela GeoSolutions are releasing the latest product versions for X-Info Connect and X-Info WebConnect in April, 2022.
Version 6.4 of X-Info Connect and X-Info WebConnect will include some exciting new features such as:
Save Draft Activity
This feature allows any global capture activity to be saved during the capture process so users can return to the capture later. A draft version of the activity will be saved in the current state and stored in a folder under the main activity.
Users simply click on the draft version to resume data capturing.
Note: This is only available in X-Info Connect Client (desktop application).
Export Data to an Esri REST Service
A new OutConn type has been added to the export function to allow data and geometry (points, lines and polygons) to be exported to an Esri REST Service.
Create and Send Bulk Emails in WebConnect
This feature was released for X-Info Connect in v6.3 and will be available in X-Info WebConnect version 6.4.
The bulk email activity enables workflow from start to finish to search and select one or many contacts, review and edit details that have been predefined for an email, using a rich text editor and preview the details before sending or saving. A configurable communication is created that records the email.
Enhanced Map Performance
Improvements developed in map functions and rendering of layers from this version and previous versions have enhanced the performance and usability of the map with a map activity or layout.
Version 6.3 of X-Info Connect and X-Info WebConnect will become available from 10 January 2022. Here’s what’s included:
Units for the Measure Distance in a map function can be configured, either as a default setting or changed by Users within the map user interface. A range of metric and imperial units are available for distance and area.
The address search tool within a map provides the ability to find a location by a coordinate value. The coordinates are required to be in latitude/longitude format, separated by a comma, eg. -27.4521, 153.0375. When a match is found the location will be displayed in the map.
Label style configuration in a map has been enhanced with highlighting to display clear, distinguishable labels. A highlight colour can be selected for the label definition of any spatial dataset.
Search activities in X-Info WebConnect have been enhanced to include navigation configuration which allows finding specific data within search results. The navigation setting allows a field to be defined for express searching of data explicit to the search results.
A new InConn type has been added to the import function to allow ESRI REST Services to be imported into a Connection.
This feature enables workflow – from start to finish – to search and select one or many contacts, review and edit details that have been predefined from a template or email, using a rich text editor and preview the correspondence before sending or saving. A configurable communication is also automatically created that record the email or correspondence. This functionality will be supported in X-Info WebConnect in v6.4.
Mipela GeoSolutions have just released the latest product versions for X-Info Connect and X-Info WebConnect. Version 6.2 of X-Info Connect and X-Info WebConnect contains a large amount of great new features, which include:
Capture activities can now be configured to display the record or data captured when complete. This is a valuable feature that can enable continuous workflow for users. The object relating to the data will be displayed once the User selects done for the activity.
A website control can be added to an activity layout to display a defined URL within the layout. When the activity is displayed in the layout, Users can actively use the website, providing access to other external information.
Rich text fields used in an Activity are now editable within X-Info WebConnect. This allows the data captured access to styling and formatting tools along with adding images and tables.
Search results can be displayed by multiple sort ordering. Configuration of search results allows one or more fields to be selected to define sort order of results.
Search result lists and data displayed in a table can be exported to a csv file for external use. This is available as a button (for search results lists) or within the right click context menu. All columns and records displayed within the table, including additional pages, will be saved to a csv file.
Emails from Microsoft Outlook can be added as communications to capture activities using drag and drop functionality. When configured, Users can step through a workflow that allows an email to be dragged into a communication capture. This will add all relevant communication details such as Subject, Description and Attachments automatically.
This feature enables workflow from start to finish to search and select one or many contacts, review and edit an email subject and body that has been predefined from a template, using a rich text editor, preview the email and communication that is created as a record, edit individual emails within the bulk selection and send the emails. A configurable communication is created that records the email action sent to the recipient/s for each contact.
Our Client Success team will be in touch soon with more information and to offer demos of these new functions.
Mipela GeoSolutions are releasing the latest product versions, available from 30 June 2021.
Version 6.1 of X-Info Connect and X-Info WebConnect contains some great new features, which include:
Capture Forms Accessibility for Non-Registered Users
Simple web forms to capture data is available for non registered users. This means external users can access forms to record and submit information without the need to login. The forms can be accessed by defining public settings for capture activities or sending an accessible link in an email. This is an ideal tool to capture stakeholder feedback.
Seamless Imagery Support
Any maps displayed in activities can now use seamless spatial data layers to display raster imagery as one layer. This results in efficient storage and uniform delivery of imagery.
Significant software changes for version 6.1 of X-Info Maps and X-Info DBYD suite have been made to accommodate the new Next Generation DBYD Referral Service.
Compatibility with Next Generation DBYD Referral Service
From 1 July 2021 the Association of Australian Dial Before You Dig Services (AADBYDS) is changing technology provider for the Next Generation DBYD Referral Service. The Next Generation DBYD Referral Service will be delivered by Esri Australia’s SmarterWX Sentinel application via the 1100.com.au website. Several changes to the X-Info Maps and DBYD software have been made to support this new service.
Upgrading from previous versions of X-Info Maps to accommodate the Next Generation DBYD Referral Service will be seamless by utilising an upgrade executable to handle field changes within X-Info DBYD suite configuration. For X-Info DBYD suite clients using X-Info Connect for their DBYD workflow beyond the automated responses, a X-Info Connect database upgrade utility is available to accommodate these changes.
Some other key features included in this version include:
Vestas Australian Wind Technology – the local arm of Danish wind energy giant Vestas – recently engaged Mipela to provide a stakeholder management platform for a new wind farm project that they are developing near Walcha in NSW. The project, known as the Winterbourne Wind Farm, has a potential capacity of 700MW which would make it the largest wind farm in Australia if it were built today.
Vestas also wanted a stakeholder management platform that could be scaled to future development projects. Mipela implemented X-Info Suite to provide a web based solution that can manage stakeholders, property information, agreements and associated payments as well as associated communications. Users are also able to capture data in the field using the mobile data capture app, X-Info Aware.
While the conversations with landholders in the region had been underway for the past fifteen years, the engagement had been quite informal. Owner names were tracked on a simple spreadsheet and Google Earth was used for the property and asset locations. Now all information, including the historical information already captured, is available from one source in X-Info Suite and can be used for several different purposes including bulk communications, geospatially capturing data and payments.
Project Director of the Winterbourne Wind Farm, Doug Landfear said, “The team at Mipela have provided us with a best practice stakeholder management system that has the flexibility to provide us with a comprehensive solution into the future as this project matures. Their expertise and experience in delivering the solution made the process simple – we were able to start working with the software in a matter of weeks. The Mipela Solution Specialist was insanely efficient and made the project a breeze.”
One other interesting dimension is that Vestas purchased the project from Walcha Energy who is developing other renewable energy projects in the Walcha area. Walcha Energy is also using X-Info Suite to manage its stakeholder management across these other assets.
Since its inception, Queensland Urban Utilities had primarily sourced its property information from Brisbane City Council’s Coreland application. On 30 June 2016, this arrangement ceased and an alternative data source was required. Queensland Urban Utilities’ area of interest covers five Councils – Brisbane, Somerset, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley and the Scenic Rim Regional Councils – and the solution needed to align the process of acquiring property data across all regions.
Queensland Urban Utilities selected Mipela to provide a suitable Property Information Service solution that would support business functions including; billing, managing customer enquiries (via the Contact Centre, mail, email and social media), maintenance operations for meter reading, and spatial analysis for asset capital works and operational planning. The objectives of the project were to reduce costs associated with acquiring property data, improve accuracy of the data, and align acquisition of the data to enable a more efficient use of data within the business.
The Property Information Service was designed using Mipela’s X-Info Connect, with X-Info WebConnect providing a browser based lookup interface for staff to reference both historical and the ongoing new data.
Property, ownership, valuation and geographic information from Department of Natural Resources and Mines is combined into a database within X-Info Connect and automatically updated daily, with the service checking each data source for any changes. This data is then automatically delivered from X-Info Connect for consumption by the business for various purposes.
The Property Information Service has been established with future requirements in mind, as additional Queensland Urban Utilities applications come to require access to property information. This cloud based solution is fully managed by Mipela, with no administrative requirements by Queensland Urban Utilities staff.
Now, large volumes of data and updates are received and automatically processed for delivery by X-Info Connect into the Property Information Service. The integrity of the data has significantly increased and there is an increased level of comfort in the data being received. Queensland Urban Utilities has provided the business with a cost saving, reliable source of property information that can be used by various areas of the business in a consumable format.
First it was X-Info Maps integration with Maintenance Connection, now Mipela GeoSolutions has found the perfect addition by enabling X-Info Connect to also communicate with Maintenance Connection.
This new pairing enables users to visualise assets through embedded GIS functionality, allowing users to:
When a new DBYD Works Management request is created, a WorkOrder can be automatically generated for that request within Maintenance Connection. The resulting WorkOrder number can then be populated back to X-Info Connect and linked to Maintenance Connection to enable other automated or adhoc actions such as emailing, populating GIS files or adding communications. The request and WorkOrder can also be visualised on a map (in either X-Info Connect or Maintenance Connection) and interrogated through tools in the X-Info Maps interface.
Through this integration, workflow is improved between the two systems resulting in users having a seamless experience to achieve the business objectives of managing their assets and stakeholders.
Overall, this new workflow automation software functionality improves the automatic generation of WorkOrders rising from DBYD enquiries, or any other Works request initiating business data, and further integrates the automation between X-Info Connect, X-Info Maps and Maintenance Connection.