The power of post-processing: overview of jBEAM features

jBEAM is a comprehensive post-processing tool that helps users make the most out of their test data. By combining a universal approach with application-specific algorithms, jBEAM cuts through the ever-increasing complexity of today's measurement procedures and growing volumes of raw data. With an impressive array of innovative features, jBEAM gives users a powerful tool to post-process their measurement data in virtually every application area.

Distributed working processes

jBEAM is a flexible software solution to edit and visualize measurement data. Data can be edited both online and offline. Fifteen years ago, the jBEAM project was launched with the clear objective of providing optimum support for measurement data processing in distributed working processes. To achieve this goal, one basic requirement is availability for different operating systems such as Windows (32 bit and 64 bit), Linux (64 bit) and Mac OSX (64 bit).

Local application

jBEAM can be used not only for distributed applications but also for local applications, where it delivers superior speed and flexibility as compared to other Windows desktop programs. jBEAM's extensive range of applications make it the solution of choice for use at both departmental and company-wide levels.

Extensible ASAM-CEA framework

jBEAM is an open framework that is compatible with the ASAM-CEA standard. Service providers and end users can develop their own functional components to extend jBEAM's functionality. jBEAM supports both the ASAM-CEA and ASAM-ODS standards. ATFX files can be read, and data can also be imported from ODS databases.

Data input

jBEAM supports both online and offline data processing. Various input components are available for connection to amplifiers, measurement modules or PLCs. With appropriate input components, jBEAM can also be used in automation systems; in this case, it handles the entire graphical user interface function.
Offline use focuses on the wide range of file importers that support over 100 file formats. The application scope also includes special importers for GPS formats as well as video, audio and image formats.

Data processing

Imported data can be post-processed with the mathematical analysis and evaluation functions; the aim here is always to optimize the presentation of data content to the user. There are virtually no limits to jBEAM's application scope: FFT, order analysis, filtering, counting methods, plateau analysis, NCAP crash, UIC 518, engine map, haptics and calibration – the list could go on.

Data visualization/export

Data import or calculation is followed by visualization. Extensive online visualizations can be combined with control elements and offline graphs, etc. WYSIWYG is a given. Both reports and online graphics are defined, and all output can be printed. Special functions such as table of contents, headers and footers are available for reports. Gesture control is also supported for touchscreen users. As well as report printouts, graphic output formats such as pdf, WORD, PowerPoint and others are available.

Big Data

Many measurement data applications were already generating Big Data before the phrase was actually coined. 10 million values per channel, 3,000 channels and 1 GB of video per test: these are now standard requirements in R&D departments throughout the automotive industry – and jBEAM can handle them!

Localized user interface/reports

User-friendliness starts on the software's user interface. jBEAM already supports eleven languages – and as it gains popularity throughout the world, more languages are being added at pace.
Reports can be generated in multiple languages. Any text can be defined in any number of languages. On opening a report file, users automatically see the content in their own language.


Features that are already standard in passive safety (crash) testing are gradually becoming more widespread in many other testing applications: video. As well as synchronous playback of multiple videos, jBEAM includes special techniques to extract individual images for synchronous display with a gradient. Thanks to these features, users can enrich their reports with content from the test video.


The EnCom enterprise communication software enables multiple decentralized jBEAM instances to communicate and exchange data. Various optimizations are implemented to minimize traffic over the network. Traffic has to be minimized in this way so that distributed systems with hundreds of users can be realized.

Geo-referenced (GPS-) data

jBEAM supports many special GPS formats (GPX, KML, FIT and NMEA, etc.). A map display that supports various service providers (OSM, Google, Bing) is also available. No data will be sent to international service providers. The map providers only supply map tiles. jBEAM draws the curves on the map tiles locally, so no data is transmitted externally. Repeated playback of experiments is possible, accompanied by animations of the measurement object synchronized with the video and map data.

jBEAM in MDM systems

Because jBEAM is designed for use in distributed working processes, it can be integrated optimally into measurement data management (MDM) systems. No matter whether customers use Kistler's proprietary MaDaM system or third-party MDM systems, they benefit from a high-performance solution for distributed data access.

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