TopView Alarm RSS Feeds

What is RSS?

RSS is a method for distributing information updates over the web.
An RSS feed is an XML file hosted on a web server. The contents of the XML file are one or more items that describe the information to be distributed. Many common uses of RSS feeds are blog entries, new items, and videos.

Why use RSS?

Instead of needing to visit a web site to see what is new (the blog, news web site, …), an RSS Reader allows users to “subscribe” to one or more RSS feeds. The reader then displays the information from the feed(s): usually a headline, a brief description, and a link (e.g. to the blog or news item described). The reader can show the RSS item titles, descriptions, and can open the links. The reader may track the items that the user has read, and may allow the user to share items with others.

How does TopView use RSS?

Starting with TopView 6.10, TopView can generate RSS feeds of current alarms for OPC/SCADA, OSIsoft PI, OLEDB/ODBC and PerfMon data sources. Multiple feeds can be created (filtered by TopView Tag Group) and published to a web server. Users can then subscribe the the RSS feed(s) using an RSS Reader to view TopView alarm activity.

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RSS Readers

RSS Readers can be

  1. applications that run on the desktop, mobile, or tablet device (iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, iPad)
  2. embedded into web pages (below) and portals such as iGoogle and My Yahoo
  3. hardware devices such as LED tickers.

Example screen shots :
TopView Alarm RSS Feeds in various RSS Readers

(iGoogle, My Yahoo, iPad, Android phone, Microsoft Outlook)

TopView Alarms RSS feed in a web page

The TopView alarms below are embedded in an RSS reader on this web page.

TopView is running is our office and updating the feed every 30 seconds with the list of active alarms.


Embedded RSS Reader (Web RSS) linked to RSS feed

FeedBurner Headline Animator linked to RSS feed