We've developed the Battery Level alert in order to detect abnormal levels of battery voltage when your locomotive is powered off.

The Battery Level alert

This alert will help you avoid bad surprises and take necessary actions to avoid locomotives that won't start. 

This alert is divided into two criticality levels:

  • Warning: The battery voltage level is abnormally low for the locomotive but you have plenty of time to take action and avoid any problems. On average this means you will have multiple days to plan an action if the battery voltage continues to decrease at this rate.

  • Critical: The battery voltage level is extremely low for the locomotive. On average this means you only have a few hours to plan an action before the locomotive won't be able to start.

The battery voltage level for both warning and critical alerts are directly inferred from the historical data of the locomotive by statistical and machine learning techniques.

Want to receive this type of alert? Follow the steps below to set up a notification rule for the alert (or ask your company administrator to do so).

Setting up notification rules for the Battery Level alert

To create a notification rule for the battery alert you first need to log into your Railfleet account. Then go to the Administration page by clicking on your email address in the upper right corner of the page and selecting "go to administration". 

Head over to the Administration menu on the left hand side and select "Notification rules" in the Notification section.

Click the green button on the right hand side of the page to set up a new notification rule. Next, give the notification rule a name (e.g. "Battery level is critical"). Check the boxes next to

  • Is active, if this notification rule should be executed

  • Send email, if the alert notification should be sent as an email

  • Is alert, if the alert should be shown on the operational dashboard

Then select the event type "Alert: Battery critical level" or "Alert: Battery warning level" from the drop down menu. You can set up a notification rule for each of these criticality levels separately. 

Next, select who you wish to inform about the alert. You can do this by selecting a category (e.g. the category "maintainer" or "operator") at the bottom of the form. Select "Label of the asset" to contact the people connected to the asset for which the alert has popped up.

You can also select specific people you wish to contact in the "Always notify these users" section near the bottom of the page. Search and select an email address and click on the grey arrow that points to the right to add the user to the "to contact" list.

If you don't want to receive this alert for all your assets you can easily select assets or asset classes. To do so, go to the "Filter" tab at the top of the page. Select the assets or asset classes from the lists and click on the grey arrow that points to the right to add them to the whitelist. If no assets or asset classes are selected, you'll receive the alert for all your assets or asset classes.

Click the "Save" button in the upper right corner of the page to save the new notification rule. Once the rule is active you will start receiving the battery alerts when abnormal battery voltage levels are detected.

Learn more about notifications and how to configure them in the documentation here.

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