Handling Big Test Data with ease: MaDaM and its features

The growing complexity of today's technologies generates ever-increasing volumes of test data. To store all this data and have it ready for analysis and comparison at any time, users need a powerful measurement data management solution: MaDaM from Kistler offers all the features needed for state-of-the-art handling of Big Measurement Data – with a consistent focus on added value.

Test data in the development process

Efficient management of measurement data is a top priority – even for the smallest companies. Growing numbers of companies are using globally distributed development centers as part of their global strategy. All development engineers should be able to have immediate access to all test data (subject to their authorization levels). In response to this need, measurement data specialists at Kistler developed a data management system that uses cutting-edge technologies to accommodate the special characteristics of measurement data. Its name? MaDaM!

Measurement data vs. business data

Various data management systems to handle business data are available on the market. However, there are major differences between measurement data and business data. Big Data already presents a major challenge when dealing with business data – but if measurement data is involved, processing becomes even more difficult. This is precisely where MaDaM excels. The metrological characteristics of measurement data call for specific solutions that are not available in the business data environment.

Scalability

To ensure universal applicability, MaDaM features flexible architecture – so it is equally suitable for use as a basic and affordable solution at department level, and as a comprehensive system for multiple globally interconnected development units.

Indexing technology replaces RDB

Like many leading IT companies, MaDaM relies on state-of-the-art indexing technologies to manage test data. First: MaDaM's search processes are significantly faster than those offered by relational databases (RDB). And second: users save on the license costs for RDBs.

Web solution

In today's world, any global solution for measurement data management has to be web-based. Ubiquitous internet technology allows the flexibility needed for a system that can cope with future challenges. Client-server and web: the keys to maximum user benefit. MaDaM uses the latest web technology, enabling it to run on Windows, Linux and Mac servers.

HTML5 user interface

The range of devices available to today's users is expanding at a dynamic pace. As well as conventional devices such as Windows PCs, modern solutions must also support smart devices such as iPads or Androids. This requires a 'pure' HTML5 interface. MaDaM can be used with all devices for which an HTML5 browser is available.

Extensible business logic

MaDaM includes a clear interface to integrate any business logic, so custom workflows can be mapped within the system. The resources required to achieve this can be provided by Kistler, in-house or by IT service providers.

Data storage

Interactive import components adapted to each application support any logic for post-processing or integrity checking of data. These logics are usually company-specific, but MaDaM users can also access a basic framework for crash/road test applications. As an additional benefit, jBEAM can be used for complex analyses during storage. The results of these analyses can be used as search parameters.

User permissions

User permissions can be installed individually in MaDaM and then adapted to specific project needs. Connections to LDAP – the most commonly used standard – are also implemented.

Videos

Along with numerical test data as such, measurement engineers store increasing volumes of multimedia data (such as videos). This presents a problem for a web solution, because it is impossible to use existing streaming technologies. All of them are optimized for real-time replay – but measurement engineers are interested in individual images, and they also require other special functions. Kistler has developed new streaming technologies to meet these requirements in MaDaM.

Reports

Once MaDaM has located the desired test data, the server version of jBEAM – our post-processing software for measurement data – imports the data and inputs it into predefined templates. jBEAM stores the reports in pdf, WORD or PowerPoint format and MaDaM transmits them to the user. Documents already present in the browser can be inspected with the appropriate viewer programs.

Interactive analysis

Many measurement engineers are accustomed to using their desktop solutions to work interactively with measurement data. As would be expected, this option is also implemented in MaDaM. For interactive analysis, the measurement data selected by MaDaM is loaded onto the jBEAM server. A (client) jBEAM is launched automatically on the user's computer, and an EnCom communication connection is established between server and client. The client can access the desired measurement data and analysis templates via this connection. As a web-optimized solution, jBEAM minimizes network traffic: only data that is actually required is transferred to the client, so processing is both fast and efficient.

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