IMEDAS (Internet Measurement Data Acquisition and Analysis System)

Start screen of the IMEDAS 5 Systems.
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Dashboard of the IMEDAS 5 Systems.

IMEDAS is a software package developed in-house for measuring, controlling and regulating test benches. It has been optimized to suit the specific conditions and requirements that prevail in the scientific environment. The software is particularly suitable for long-term measurements with numerous measuring channels and meets high demands in terms of flexibility, data security and accuracy.

Project goals

The aim of this in-house development at Fraunhofer IBP is to implement and continuously adapt web-based software that allows all tasks in a scientific measurement, control and regulation (MCR) project to be processed using a single integrated system. Information that is generated in the system is utilized by different user groups, each in their own way. For example, a list of measuring points can be used for scientific planning, cost calculation for purchasing or as the basis of a measuring program. Open interfaces allow the connection to the corporate structure, such as to an ERP (enterprise resource planning) system or - via an LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) interface - to the IT department for user administration. On account of the different requirements and user groups, the system is made up of up to 15 separate modules, which are organized into groups.

Current project status

The software package developed at Fraunhofer IBP in Holzkirchen has two main features: Internet capability and an integrated approach to measurement tasks.

  • Worldwide data acquisition via the Internet with database-compatible user interfaces.
  • Integrated approach to measurement technology: Preparation of sensor plans, definition of measuring stations, measurement, data transmission, measuring station monitoring, measurement database, data evaluation tool, process visualization and data archiving.
  • Open interfaces for connecting up measuring hardware and regulation and control devices.
  • Measuring station processes visualized via the Internet. Password-protected settings and boundary parameters which can be altered and controlled from any workstation.
  • Any malfunctions are forwarded by e-mail, SMS, mobile phone, etc.
  • Saved measurement data can be graphically displayed via easy-to-use input menus and exported to common evaluation programs for further processing. Frequently recurring evaluation tasks can be automated.
Graphical user interface IMEDAS
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Graphical user interface of IMEDAS for display and evaluation of measured values.