IoT Value Plan Subscribers, MindAccess Developer Plan Subscribers and MindAccess Operator Plan Subscribers


The following Release Notes are valid only for region China 1.

Asset Manager

What's new?

  • Static Aspect Configuration:

    • It is now possible to set the value of static aspect variables on asset instance level and override the default value

  • Fleet Manager Navigation:

    • In the action menu of a selected asset at the top of the page it is now possible to directly navigate to the Fleet Manager

    • The user will be redirected to the Aspects view of the selected asset

  • Time-Series Status:

    • The Asset Manager is now capable of displaying the latest known value in the last 24h for dynamic aspect variables

    • The information is shown to the user in the extended detail view and retrieved for all variables in a dynamic aspect

    • The time-range is defined as the last 24 hours and aggregated per hour. If there is no value captured in this time period there will be also no value displayed in the Asset Manager

    • There are no time-series values for simulation assets

  • New Validations:

    • There is now a validation for variables names and aspect names on a defined type. It is not possible any longer to use the same name for variables and for aspects

  • Plugin-Header Styling adaptions:

    • The possibility to move back to Asset Manager is located to the right in the plugin header and renamed to "Close".

  • Image Browser: Up to now users in the Asset Manager could only upload new images and not reuse already uploaded. Using the image browser it is possible to:

    • list all already uploaded images on a tenant

    • use an already uploaded image for new assignments

    • delete images that are not in use anymore

    • filter for name, uploading date and usage

  • The length of static string variables can now be extended up to the maximum of 255 characters when they were initially defined with a shorter length.

  • Pagination is now available on all (read-only) data tables.

  • When creating new assets, the type selection is displayed as a detailed list showing the type-image, name and description.

  • The list for assets, types and aspects is now collapsible via a button on the bottom. When creating new assets, the list of assets will automatically collapse to improve the focus on the type-selection.

  • When using plugins in Asset Manager, the legal information is now available in the drop-down of the plugin.

Known issues

  • Fleet Manager navigation is not working correctly if you have to re-login as query parameters are lost. Please try again by clicking the Fleet Manager navigation button.

  • The Asset Manager documentation describes a new tab named "Connectivity", which intends to show the online state and current firmware-version running on the asset in the field. The described view will be released in a subsequent step. The documentation could not be adapted in time anymore.

Currently not available in China 1

  • Customers can edit the descriptions of asset-types and aspect-types.

  • The delete-dialog can show the to-be deleted object.

  • MindSphere standard events for the selected asset can be shown in the asset's detail view.

  • Grouping in resource lists (assets, types, aspects)

  • Sorting and filtering on tables

  • Search for assets independent of their position in the hierarchy by switching to the search-view in the asset-list

  • When an asset representing a subtenant is selected you can navigate the settings application via the action menu

  • If you enhanced your plan with the Visual Flow Creator (VFC), you can initiate the workflow creation from the currently selected asset. If workflows are already available for the selected asset, you will be informed about it via tile showing the workflows status (enabled / disabled)

  • On the event-list, you can select the expected time range through the date-time picker

  • Asset Manager provides the Connectivity Management. It allows for a quick and easy overview of assets providing connectivity to MindSphere.

  • Cross tenancy support of sharing assets, sub-assets or sub-tenants via the Asset Manager, based on established collaborations via Settings

Fleet Manager

Currently not available in China 1

  • Fleet Manager plugin support

  • Fleet Manager plugin SDK

  • Highlighting of 3rd party plugins via puzzle icon

  • Asset Manager navigation - Possibility to navigate directly to the asset within Asset Manager from Info extension

  • Cross-Tenancy support - Visualization of shared assets and their time series

    • The shared assets are highlighted via a sharing icon

    • Rules, Files, Events extension and also custom plugins are not yet supported for shared assets

  • Hosting of Fleet Manager via CDN - Improved loading times

  • Cross tenancy: support for virtual aspects created by Visual Analyzer and shared over Cross tenancy

    • Visualization of virtual aspects from shared assets in the Aspect extension

  • Granular check for application scopes

    • If no Fleet Manager scope is present a warning will be displayed and the application won't be loaded.

Fleet Manager Rules

Currently not available in China 1:

  • Integration of In-Platform Purchase (IPP)

    • Added user-information to detail views (user can now see the email address of the buyer, requester and approver).

    • Mail notification to requester about approval status of his subscription request.


Known Issues

  • If a user has only app roles but no standard role, the user will see no apps on the Launchpad and gets an information about missing roles

Visual Analyzer

Currently not available in China 1:

  • Cross tenancy support - Visualization of shared assets and their time series


Currently not available in China 1:

  • A tenant administrator can quickly deactivate and activate user without the need to delete and create them again. A deactivated cannot access the tenant.

  • The icon for the Subtenant module in Settings is changed to fit better to the Subtenant module and enable us to use the previous icon in other way.

  • Name and Description of User Groups can be edited

  • Customers can initiate new collaborations with other tenants as a base for asset and data sharing via the Asset Manager (Cross-Tenancy related feature)

  • App-specific Roles: MindSphere core applications release individual roles to provide more flexibility in role assignment

  • Custom Roles: existing roles can be bundled into a custom role to make handling roles easier

  • Nested User Groups: it is possible to add whole user groups to other user groups and thus be more efficient in managing users

  • Minor design improvement within provider information module

Subtenant Functionality

Known issues

  • Applications can use the subtenant functionality via the provided APIs. Tenant administrators should pay attention when assigning such apps to subtenant users as subtenant isolation cannot be ensured by the platform. The app might expose data to the user that is not intended to be seen.

  • When moving an asset from a parent tenant to a subtenant, there might be a delay of up to 30 minutes until a subtenant user will be able to see data related to that asset.

  • Please be aware, if you provide a user (even subtenant user) the role "mdsp:core:TenantAdmin", this user is then able to get access to all kinds of tenant data.

Visual Explorer

Known issues

  • Any request within Visual Explorer is limited to an execution time of 60s

  • The "share via link" functionality works unreliable

  • Some statements in calculated fields may be rejected in MindGate (formulas containing "ELSE" and "CASE")

Currently not available in China 1:

  • Update the Visual Explorer environment with Tableau server version to 2019.1.1. All features which are available by tableau within this version will also be available in the VE environment (e.g. implement Image files to the dashboard).

  • Visualize and analyze high frequency data

  • Single asset data visualization with up to 20MB in size

  • Data to include up to 2 to 3 million datasets

  • Quota Enforcement

    • Introducing a technical limit of the number of users to the ordered offering, i.e. you will not be able to have more users access the Application than contractually agreed.

    • Process:

    a. All users are deleted from Tableau Server (no effect on your data)

    b. When a new user tries to log in the first time, we check the desired role and decide whether they are redirected to the application or not

    c. If the limit of available licenses has been reached, we display an error message listing the acquired vs. consumed users.

    • License allocation is based on first come, first serve.

      Example: you have purchased the Visual Explorer Viewer Offering Small, 20 users will get access to the Application with the respective rights. The first 20 users who have the role and access the Application will be able to use it as desired. The 21st and each following user will not be able to access the Application and see the described error message.

    • Role assignment: Settings Application is unaffected – role can be assigned without any limitation

Visual Flow Creator

Currently not available in China 1:

  • Anomaly detection nodes: Use Anomaly detection nodes within your workflow to automatically detect unexpected behaviour of processes and assets using time series data. Typical use cases for the Anomaly Detection Service are process and condition monitoring, early warning applications, and fault condition detection without an explicit definition.

  • Support of Cross tenancy for read access (shared assets)

  • New node Asset type: new node to process time series data per asset type to scale workflows

  • Extended http request node: MindSphere services can be used within the http request node

  • Custom Nodes:

    • Develop own nodes or re-use existing compatible nodes and deploy them to the VFC

    • Nodes can appear on the node palette and can be used in workflows

    • Easy to add and remove custom nodes

    New MindSphere dashboard nodes

    Show remaining file transfers for read/write file nodes

Usage Transparency Service

Known issues

  • Time used for usage information storage and displayed on UTS UI is only using UTC time zone, not depending on the time zone of the region.

  • All usages generated within a Cloud Foundry Environment cannot be collected by Usage Transparency Services. All usages from and to a Cloud Foundry Environment e.g. requests to APIs still will be collected.

  • Usage Transparency Service reports are only available after a 1-hour delay for developers.

  • Customer Dashboard does not cover all metrics and upgrades that UTS measures for a tenant. We are continuously working on introducing more metrics and upgrades.

Currently not available in China 1:

  • Additional metrics can be shown at the Customer Dashboard: Number of Users in Visual Explorer having role "Viewer" and Number of Users in Visual Explorer having role "Creator"

  • Additional metric can be shown at the Customer Dashboard: Number of computing hours used to create workflows in Visual Flow Creator

  • User Interface (UI) provides support for Chinese language. To view the UI in Chinese language, change your browser language settings.

  • In Platform Purchase in the Usage Transparency application for selected products inside the Limit view.

MindConnect API

Fixed issues

  • Diagnostic UI: List all agents derived from core.basicagent, not only those from MC Library.

MindConnect IoT Extension

Known issues

  • Launchpad button is not working in MindConnect IoT Extension. It is not possible to return to the Launchpad via the OS bar. Please use the Launchpad Button in the IoT Extension applications.( right corner on the top)

Currently not available in China 1:

  • Version 10.4

    Device meta-data support

MindConnect Integration

Known issues

  • Launchpad button is not working in MindConnect Integration. It is not possible to return to the Launchpad via the OS bar.

Currently not available in China 1:

  • Single Sign On for MindConnect Integration.