Tags

Tags give utilities added flexibility in how to filter information related to locations and meters on the BEACON Monitor page. For a tag to appear as a Monitor page filter, it must be enabled for the utility by Badger Meter personnel. Some tags can be set using the Tags drop-down menu on each Card on the Monitor page. Others are supported in the Data Exchange specification and are set using Data Exchange files.

In addition, tags can be either Location-based or Meter-based.

  • Location tags apply to all of the meters at a given location.
  • Meter tags apply to individual meters.

The following is a list of supported tags, their type and function, where to set them and where appropriate some of the ways utilities have used them.

Tag Type & Function Where Set Value Example
Continuous Flow Meter Designates meters where continuous flow is expected Card Tags buttons, Set Alert button, Data Exchange file 0 (for No) or 1 (for Yes)
Area Location
Gives utility the ability to filter searches based on the area covered by a property
Cards Tags button, Data Exchange file Number
Ignore Threshold Meter
Alert threshold override
Card Tags button Number
Population Location
Enables filtering based on demographic information (population size or type)
Card Tags button, Data Exchange file Number
Turf Area

 

Location
Card Tags button Number
Turf Percentage
(Irritaged_
Area)
Meter
Enables filtering based on turf measured as a percentage of overall area
Card Tags button, Data Exchange file Number
Site Location
Gives utility the ability to describe or name a particular location
Data Exchange file String of characters Pump House, Firestation, Residential, Campus, Shopping Mall
Building Type Location
Identify a location’s primary use
Data Exchange file String of characters Accommodation, Apartments, Dining, Dining Common, Dorms, Greenhouse, Meeting area, Retail
Water Type Location
Specify what kind of water is being consumed/delivered
Data Exchange file String of characters Fresh, Domestic, Cold, Fresh, Hot, Irrigation, Potable, Reclaimed, Restaurant, Sewer, Waste
Main Use Location
Specify principal usage
Data Exchange file String of characters Fountain, Guest Room, Gym, Housing, HVAC, Irrigation, Landscape/turf, Laundry, Pool, Resort, Rest Room, Reverse Osmosis, Sewer District, Account, Waste Water, Winterized
Funding Location
Filter based on funding source
Data Exchange file String of characters State Funded, Auxiliary, # of residents
Building Number Location
Data Exchange file Numbers Some utilities use this field for proprietary codes or numbers that designate all manner of things
Irrigation Location
Flags locations/meters where service is used to irrigate crops
Data Exchange file Yes or No
Year Built Location
Designates when a particular property or building was built
Data Exchange file Numbers
Pool Location
Flags sites with swimming or soaking pools
Data Exchange file Yes or No
Bathrooms Location
Gives utility the ability to filter locations by the number of rest rooms/bath rooms
Data Exchange file Number
Location
District
Location
Sort data by district
Data Exchange file String of characters
ET Value [month] Location
Gives utilities the ability to sort locations based on monthly Evapotranspiration value
Data Exchange file Number
Meter Text [1-10] Meter
Gives utilities the ability to select and count meters based on custom text strings.
Data Exchange file String of characters

 


 

Tags Set via Data Exchange File

The table below lists tags that are set via Data Exchange files, their type, the data exchange column name and the corresponding Monitor page filter name.

Tag Type Data Exchange Column Name Name on Monitor Page
Location Location_Building_Type Building Type
Location Location_Water_Type Water Type
Location Location_DHS_Code DHS Code
Location Location_District District
Location Location_Site Site
Location Location_Funding Funding
Location Location_Main_Use Main Use
Meter Meter_Continuous_Flow Continuous Flow Expected
Location Location_Area
Location Location_Bathrooms
Location Location_Building_Number
Location Location_ET_[month]
Location Location_Irrigated_Area
Location Location_Pool
Location Location_Population
Location Location_Year_Built
Location Location_Irrigation
Meter Meter_Text_[1-10] Text 1, Text 2, Text 3 … Text 10

 


 

Set Tags from Meter Cards

  1. From the BEACON Monitor page, click the Tags button on any Card.image003
  2. Select a tag from the drop-down menu.

    If you select Turf Area, Turf Percentage, Area, Ignore Threshold or Population, enter a numeric value, and click Create New Tag.

    If you select Continuous Flow, click Create New Tag.


About the Ignore Threshold Tag

BEACON automatically detects and counts potential leaks of >1 gallon per hour for 24 consecutive hours from the time the meter last communicated with the system. EyeOnWater detects and counts leaks of any volume. If the utility or an EyeOnWater user sets an alert threshold, the system can send leak notifications when flow exceeds that threshold. The Ignore Threshold tag lets you override both the BEACON default threshold and whatever threshold was set by an EyeOnWater user.

Use the Ignore Threshold Tag

  1. Select Ignore Threshold from the drop-down menu.
  2. Enter a value for the Ignore Threshold.

    • When the value is greater than the actual volume of the leak, the Leak banner is not displayed on the Monitor page card and the service is not included in the Flow Health module Leak Detected count on the At a Glance page.
    • When the value is less than the actual volume of the leak, the Leak banner is displayed on the Monitor page card and the service is included in the Flow Health module Leak Detected count on the At a Glance page.
    • When the Ignore Threshold tag is removed and a leak exists, the Leak banner on the Monitor page card will be displayed the next time the meter communicates with the system.
  3. Click Create New Tag.

Change Tags from Meter Cards

  1. From the BEACON Monitor page, click the Tags button on any Card.image003

     

  2. Delete the tag you want to change by clicking the X.


     

  3. Select the tag from the drop-down menu. For example, if you deleted Ignore Threshold, select Ignore Threshold from the drop-down menu, enter a new value, and then click Create New Tag.If you delete a Continuous Flow tag, no further action is needed. (The absence of a Continuous Flow tag = intermittent flow expected.)

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