Mipela GeoSolutions is proud to release version 6.0 of X-Info Connect and X-Info WebConnect. This exciting release provides the ability to search, view and update data spatially with the introduction of the Map Component.
The new map component means users can search for data and display results in a map, providing a simplified approach for viewing and updating data. Users can see where objects exist and use associated data to assist with daily activities.
Users are offered a range of functions within the map, such as:
The map component also means data from external sources can be used within the map, such as such as ESRI Rest Services, Shape and TAB files, Post GIS, WMS, WFS, SQL Server, Spatialite and others. This provides tools for users to view and query information from a selection of spatial data for improved decision making.
X-Info Connect and X-Info WebConnect 6.0 includes the Map Activity component, which contains several significant features to enhance both configuration and User experience.
Some of these features include:
A Map Activity works the same as Search Activities, but data is displayed in a map.
The map provides a simplified approach to viewing and updating data, where users can visualise where the objects exist and use associated data to assist with daily activities.
Data from external sources can be used within the map. A range of connection types are available, such as ESRI Rest Services, Shape and TAB files, Post GIS, WMS, WFS, SQL Server, Spatialite and others.
This provides tools for Users to view and query information from a range of sources for improved decision making.
Validation of datasources can be monitored by scheduling an emailed report to ensure data connectivity is successful or any failures can be addressed.
Current X-Info Maps projects can be imported directly to X-Info Connect as a Map Activity. This will add the data as external datasources and the projects folder structure and spatial layers will be organised in the map.
This makes the process of migrating X-Info Maps configuration into X-Info Connect straightforward and efficient.
Links can now be configured in certain areas to provide quick and easy access to information from other sources. Reports, Map Activity and Layer search results can include links to internal and external objects or data, such as another land parcel, a user or contact, an external file or a website.
X-Info Connect and WebConnect v6.0 development is nearing completion which includes the much anticipated Map Activity component.
The map component provides a simplified approach to viewing and updating data, by displaying the data relevant to Users in a map.
What is a Map in X-Info Connect?
A Map is made up of Layers which are shown in a Map Display. These layers include:
What can a Map provide?
Where is a Map used?
In X-Info WebConnect 6.0, a Map is used for Activities. These work the same as Activities in the current release version but data is displayed in a Map.
Q1: Am I able to print from X-Info WebConnect?
A1: Yes, you can. Printing is available for Search results, object layouts and overviews. The print button is enabled in the toolbar when printing is available. Some layout elements may not be printable, such as buttons and pop-up windows. A print preview or pdf will be generated in a new tab or can be opened in pdf viewer, depending on the browser.
Q2: Should I be using a certain browser for X-Info WebConnect?
A2: We recommend using Google Chrome for X-Info WebConnect for optimal performance.
Q3: Can I revert back to X-Info WebConnect legacy version?
A3: Of course! Select the Go to Legacy button in the top right corner of the browser (shown below) and this will take you back to Legacy X-info WebConnect.
Q4: What will happen if I don’t have any Activities set up?
A4: If you don’t have any activities set up, Legacy X-Info WebConnect will automatically open.
If you would like further information or assistance, please contact Mipela Support team on 1300 857 870.
The latest version 5.1.3 of X-Info Connect and X-Info WebConnect is now available and includes the following features:
Active Directory authentication has been enhanced to support Azure Active Directory over OAuth2 for Users to login to X-Info Connect and X-Info WebConnect. The login process has been streamlined to allow for Azure Active Directory authentication.
The email protocol Exchange Web Services (EWS) is now supported in X-Info Connect. This email protocol allows Microsoft Office 365 Exchange servers to be configured for access in X-Info Connect.
A blind carbon copy (BCC) field is now available for tasks with email notifications. This means you can now send blind copy emails for any scheduled or triggered email notifications.
Configuration can be set to create a Summary Information Connection for any existing server connection to log and view summary information for errors, user changes and automated processes, such as importing and exporting data, occurring within a connection.
This data can provide information about what is happening in the database. Activities can then be configured to provide reports and an overview of the summary information, including monitoring of usage.
Nearmap is available to be configured as a background layer for display in geometry fields. This option requires an API key to enable use within the application.
A Version 5.1.1 of X-Info Connect has recently been released that includes some additional features available in both X-Info Connect and X-Info WebConnect.
Printing is now available for the Activities module for search results, object layouts and overviews. The print button will be enabled in the toolbar when printing is available for the activity. Some layout elements may not be printable, such as buttons and pop-up windows.
Printing from X-Info WebConnect allows the current page or all pages to be printed when tabular data is presented. A print preview or pdf will be generated in a new tab or can be opened in a pdf viewer, depending on the browser.
A URL can be defined to link directly to X-Info WebConnect from an external source, such as from a link within an email, a link from another object field in X-Info Connect or X-Info WebConnect or a hotlink from a map. The link will navigate users directly to an object or activity within the connection via their default browser. Users may need to login if X-Info WebConnect if they don’t already have it open.
Q1: What is the difference between Legacy X-Info WebConnect and X-Info WebConnect 5.1.1?
A1: X-Info WebConnect 5.1.1 utilises the Activities set up in X-Info Connect to provide users with easy access to the common processes or tasks they use X-Info Connect for. Activities are common things a user does in X-Info Connect, such as finding a work request, adding a communication, updating contact details and assigning jobs to users.
With the use of Activities we can set up overviews, dashboards, reports as well as design activities for specific users to manage their workflow processes. Making their daily tasks more simplified by removing the additional steps and information that don’t need to be seen.
Q2: Can I revert back to X-Info WebConnect Legacy?
A2: Of course! Select the Go to Legacy X-Info WebConnect button in the top right corner of the browser and this will take you back to Legacy X-Info WebConnect.
Q3: What will happen if I don’t have any Activities set up?
A3:If you don’t have any activities set up, Legacy X-Info WebConnect will automatically open instead.
If you would like further information or assistance please contact the Mipela Support Team at email@example.com.
X-Info Connect v5.1 is due to be released at the end of October. This also includes the release of X-Info WebConnect v5.1.
WebConnect v5.1 will feature a new user interface (UI) design and the Activities module. This module provides the same functionality and features as the current Connect v5.0 offers, giving Users easy access to the common processes or tasks they use Connect for, without having to navigate through the customary Connect Explorer.
WebConnect v5.1 will enable Activities set up in a connection to be available to Users a the web. This means quick and easy access to search, capture and view data that is relevant to specific Users. All activities can be customised for specific Users or User Groups, meaning data is accessed and used in a more significant way. Processes such as searching for data or updating data will be quicker and more simplified.
Users will still be able to toggle between the current WebConnect and the new version so the things they currently do don’t necessarily need to change.
WebConnect v5.1 will be previewed at the upcoming APGA Conference in October.
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.