flexible, scalable data management & analytics for water professionals
WISKI, a relational database (MS SQL/Oracle) solution
Water Information Systems by KISTERS (WISKI) enhances the collection, management, reporting, and advanced development of water networks. The comprehensive software efficiently streamlines all tasks of the process chain: from data acquisition and storage, to data validation and analyses, to reporting and collaboration. This commercial off-the-shelf solution is often configured to the distinct needs of organizations and their water management priorities, so they don't wait and pay unnecessarily for customized development from scratch. In addition regional and state groups are collaborating more easily since they're familiar with the following features and benefits of using WISKI:
Data Acquisition / Import Options
KISTERS offers monitoring devices from renowned names in the industry and continually tests WISKI to ensure the success of cross-product technology. Since every component of the telemetry network has a unique IP address, clients can define data access by any number of communication channels.
In addition WISKI easily enables data import from a range of sources: dataloggers and field data gathering devices, stations, laboratories, and websites. Conveniently integrate information from measuring networks such as Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA), Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES), California Data Exchange Center (CDEC), the National Weather Service (NWS), and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) into your data analytics platform.
and Unlimited Storage Capacity
The architecture affords users unlimited storage capacity for an unlimited number of parameters. There are no limitations on SCADA tags. In addition all original raw data is stored separately from edited data.
- Friendly User Interface
The graphical user interface allows water data professionals to handle the power of WISKI with ease. Windows display tree view navigation, contents, maps and messages -- providing simple user access to data. Menu ribbons (and keystroke shortcuts) allow users to access information as graphs, tables and ArcGIS mapping tools.
WISKI supports fully automated validation and notification if data violate user-defined rules, and manual inspection. To minimize the challenges of manual quality control, data can be presented via tables, graphs, charts, time series, and maps.
- Data Access Controls and Complete Audit Trails
WISKI centralizes all data including metadata that trace modifications to raw data in the system. System administrators can assign varying levels of data access and functionality to users. A complete audit trail of data editing and rollback functionality are available. WISKI also produces log files, documents system states, and sequences of tasks.
- Versatile Reporting
This enterprise software supports compliance with state and federal agencies. Predefined reports can be automated. Several clients also optimize operations with customized reports, which can be scheduled in advance or run as necessary. Users can save reports in popular formats (HTML, PDF, CSV, XLS) export and distribute them via popular communications methods (FTP, email, fax, SMS or web publishing) to partners and reporting agencies.
- Address Complex Problems with Greater Collaboration
Beyond compliance reporting, lead actionable change when information gathered is better paired with people who can benefit from it. Identify partners and stakeholders with whom data can be safely and easily shared.
For example reservoir managers communicate with water quality voluntary monitoring programs, water sports and recreation enthusiasts, and irrigation operations or hydropower generation.
- Integration of High-Quality Data
A requisite for solving complex environmental challenges is high-quality data. Flexible options to collect data from disparate sources and securely consolidate water data with KISTERS web services and software enables automated QA or manual validation. Real-time quality control options are also available. Transformations of data inputs into a common format make the information meaningful for more in-depth analysis, trend identification, compliance reporting, and modelling.
- Extreme Consistency
Tested by some of the largest water monitoring networks, WISKI and KISTERS experience in robust programming ensure stability and reliability. Our development process focuses on users and their expectation for proven software that has the lowest frequency of failure and the highest ability to bring a failed system back to full operation. Availability and responsiveness are particularly critical issues when 24-hour operations are imperative.
- Efficient Data Management
A modern user interface and well-designed visualization tools maximize human use of the information and critical analysis. The analytics platform can apply international standards of statistical and user-defined evaluation procedures. Users can realize new capabilities for operational auditing. Up to 255 quality codes can be applied, so high-quality data is used in statistical calculations like rankings, frequency distributions, double mass analysis, and development of flow-duration curves. QA/QC data are also made possible highly-accurate forecasting and modeling. In addition highly-configurable alarms or alerts can notify data managers to investigate and address concerns such as data gaps or extreme values.
- Efficient Maintenance and Operations
Capturing extensive amounts of meta data (e.g. pictures, device serial numbers, inventory tags) enables asset tracking of sondes, sensors, even service vehicles used by staff or volunteers. As a tracking system, WISKI can produce reports to document storage, repair or deployment of monitoring devices.
- Employee Engagement
WISKI standardizes and automates routine steps in water data management, so employees – your best assets – are best utilized to support more significant needs of your organization. Our technology can perform complex calculations like long-term 10th and 90th percentiles, constituent loadings, and user-defined formulas. What can your best assets do with high-quality data? KISTERS supports the full engagement of data professionals, thus maximizing employee retention and minimizing costs associated with turnover.
The software is easy to learn and KISTERS provides complete support, so new users can adopt it quickly and thus minimize lost productivity during the onboarding process. If your organization has workplace mentoring programs, our data analytics platform facilitates knowledge transfer as senior staff train junior staff.