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

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

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

  • The delete-dialog has been enhanced to show the to-be deleted object.

  • MindSphere Standard events for the selected asset will be shown in the asset's detail view.

  • Customers can now start sharing assets, sub-assets or sub-tenants via the Asset Manager, based on established collaborations via Settings (see details in Cross-Tenancy section)

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

  • Sorting and filtering on tables is possible

  • 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

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

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.

Currently not available in China 1

  • 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)

Fleet Manager

What's new

  • Fleet Manager Plugin Support

    • It is now possible to add functionality via plugins which are accessible as custom extension icons and tabs within Fleet Managers core application. The tab can be used as container to add custom dashboards, data views or functionality to the assets selected in the asset navigation.

    • Example use cases for plugins are dedicated dashboards for your devices e.g. utilization reports, production quantities, asset specific status views or to add individual workflows e.g. connecting to your CRM systems.

  • Fleet Manager Plugin SDK

    • With the Fleet Manager Plugin SDK it is now possible to create custom plugins for Fleet Manager which can be developed, deployed and distributed like common applications within MindSphere.

    • By integrating the plugin SDK into your development project, a communication between plugin and Fleet Manager application will be established and elements from the Fleet Manager frame can be accessed via defined parameters

    • To start building plugins read through the Plugin Developer Documentation to learn all about plugin development for Fleet Manager

  • Asset Manager Navigation

    • In the info extension it is now possible to get directly redirected to the asset within Asset Manager

  • Highlighting of 3rd party plugins via puzzle icon

  • 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

  • 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.

  • State of "auto update" of time picker saved in user settings

Fixed issues

  • The top 3 events in the aspect extension are now limited to the selected time range

  • Improved behavior with many assets in asset list

  • Fixed sporadic wrong filter behavior

Known issues

  • Fixed hexadecimal value in quality code (Aspect extension)

Fleet Manager Rules

Currently not available in China 1

  • Integration of In-Platform Purchase (IPP)

    • Added user-information to detail views (user can 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

What's new

  • 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 Visual Analyzer scope is present a warning will be displayed and the application won't be loaded.

  • State of "auto update" of time picker saved in user settings

Currently not available in China 1

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


What's new

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

  • The icon for the Subtenant module in Settings has been 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 now

  • Customers can now initiate new collaborations with other tenants as a base for asset and data sharing via the Asset Manager (see details in Cross-Tenancy section)

Currently not available in China 1

  • 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

  • At least one user has either role mdsp:core:TenantAdmin or mdsp:core:settings:settingsAdmin.

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

  • Time range and update frequency for data sources can now be chosen independently

    inside the Visual Explorer Connector application. The result depends on the sparseness of your data in the given range.

    The setting will work if your dataset does not exceed the given amount of datapoints for the configured update interval.

    If your actual dataset contains too many datapoints the datasource dialog will show a warning.

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

  • User Interface (UI) provides support for Chinese language

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.

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


What's new

  • As a new feature, Cross-Tenancy is now available in Simplified Chinese in region China 1.

  • Cross-Tenancy allows customers and service providers to set up collaborations to share, exchange, maintain data between each other

  • Prerequisite for Cross-Tenancy is an existing collaboration with another tenant which can be initiated via Settings in the newly introduced Collaboration module

  • Data can be shared and exchanged by granting access to respective assets via the Asset Manager

    Cross-Tenancy is a major feature

    • to support data-driven business models

    • to share data with key applications/services to generate the best insights and highest business values

    • to extend the reach of application providers to access the broadest customer base to offer services leveraging shared data to generate value

    Key Features / Capabilities :

    • Share assets, sub-assets or sub-tenants, including related data with identified tenants

    • Bi-directional data, assets and information sharing

    • Support read-only access

Known issues

  • Only single asset sharing is available in the first release

  • Sharing of assets derived from basicAgent and their corresponding plugins is not yet supported

  • Tenant assets can not be moved under collaborators root asset or shared assets

  • Unsharing of assets is currently not possible in the UI but via MindSphere Support

  • Revoking of sharing offers on sharer side is not yet possible

  • Terminating the collaboration will not remove active sharings and shared assets on the receiver side in the first release

  • In some cases, the German translation of the Asset Manager UI  may hold English text elements.

  • The location of an asset will not be shared with the receiver

Asset Performance Monitoring

Known issues

  • High Value Asset Monitoring

    • Application matches only the text version of the value of the variable to the user supplied text, but the configuration label reads "Variable value:" giving incomplete information to the user. Label should read "Variable value text:".

  • Multi-site monitoring

    • Application does not sort list of most frequently occurring events at site upon loading the site dashboard.

    • Removal of site without the removal of site configuration may result in failure if site has rules.

  • Event Management

    • Application may not correctly sort events if timestamp of events in day contain both am and pm.

  • KPI Calculations

    • Variable of any type can be selected for the KPI calculation configuration leading to inconclusive output if unsupported variable type is selected (requires positive float number).

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