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2020

DSD Web Works Server Upgrades

February 1, 2020

Today all of DSD Web Works co-located servers received full resize upgrades. Our new standard server configuration include 8 Intel Xeon CPU cores and 16 GB of RAM. The new resources gives each server ample overhead to respond to predicted or unusual spikes in traffic to our popular clients web sites and applications.


As always, DSD Web Works looks forward to continuing giving all our clients the best service, support and server infrastructure for everyone's continued success.


Keuka Lake Data Logger Security Upgrade

January 27, 2020

Today DSD Web Works assisted in the added security for the Keuka Lake data logger's configuration. The upstream addition of a secure router that employs both a firewall and port forwarding will assure non-authorized access to the logging device. 


The device, a Sutron 8310, has been integral in supplying residence, town and village officials with accurate data on the lake including lake level and lake temperature. The recordings and various reporting tools created by DSD Web Works for Keuka Lake Association are instrumental in determining appropriate gate settings (the discharge of water) as determined by the Keuka Lake Outlet Compact (KLOC) who is charged with managing lake level. The water level readings are taken at the Penn Yan Water Plant, and updated every two hours on the KLA's website and displayed on informative graphs that include guide curves. DSD Web Works is encouraged by the proactive stance of making the overall configuration within the Penn Yan Water Plant in regard to collecting this valuable data more secure thus preventing any possible disruption of data collection and reporting.


Coach and Equipment First Review of Weight Analysis Program

January 22, 2020

Today DSD Web Works presented a functional weight analysis prototype for review to administrative and engineering personnel of Coach and Equipment. DSD Web Works was charged with designing and developing an online tool that would allow individuals to dynamically create bus configuration layouts and in real-time analyze weight distribution within a given configuration.


The presented interface included a dynamic graphical interface of the bus floor-plan layout and location of all option / option value selections that makeup the design of the bus. Each individual entity has a weight and appropriate x and y coordiante that allows for potential placement within the floor-plan layout and the associated weight distribution of that particular placement. Using a simple two-dimensional grid that easily converts from inches to pixels allows for the salesman or engineer to be assured of a properly configured bus. Reporting consists of specific location of all options within the bus and the weights on all four corners (front-right, front-left, rear-right, rear-left), weight on the front axle, weight on the rear axle and the overall weight of the vehicle. The coding for the live interactive reporting of all these weights is such that it is executed across the entire bus configuration (every single item with weight) in approximately 1/1000 of a sec.  


All present were impressed with the prototype presentation and look forward to the production version of the web based weight analysis interface which will seamlessly integrate with the custom designed sales configurator previously developed by DSD Web Works.


Town of Wayne Contracts DSD Web Works for Public History Archive Interface

December 17, 2019

Today DSD Web Works met with Town of Wayne personnel to discuss the development of a platform to allow the public access to the Town's History Archive. The new platform will allow individual to easily search throughout the large archive that includes an extensive database that contains collection items, event records, persons, structures and a large image library. All of these components are interlinked so the interface should be able to display all relevant information for a given search.


We look forward to providing a user-friendly, informative platform that will allow the public to view and learn from the extensive database that the Town's History Group has been developing.


New Event Platform Release to Cornell Team Sites

December 9, 2019

Today several Cornell University team sites including Lake Ontario Fruit Program,  Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture and the Cornell Vegetable Program received the release of a new Event Platform. The new platform was extensively redesigned to allow for a tremendous amount of flexibility in creating and managing events within and across the team sites. Major features include unlimited cost levels, unlimited date configurations including single dates, multi-dates (contiguous and non-contiguous) and event series (spanning multiple date ranges). In addition, unlimited options can be created for each cost level allowing for complete flexibility on selection offers the teams may want to include within an event. A flexible sponsorship section was created offering the same degree of flexibility and options.


Online registration for events is seamlessly incorporated allowing for both convenience to the users, efficient funds collection and easy registration management. 


The new platform will be evaluated in the coming weeks and upon approval will be released to other Cornell University team sites.


Town of Wayne New York Migrates to Office 365

November 26, 2019

Today DSD Web Works worked with the Town of Wayne to migrate all their email functionality to Microsoft Office 365. With this new cloud based approach, Town staff have the ability to work anywhere. In addition, Office 365 offers advanced security features including message encryption, advanced threat analytics and mobile device management.  


Village of Watkins Glen Releases New Web Site

November 15, 2019

This morning the Village of Watkins Glen officially released their new web site. The site was built using an open source solution in creating a completely custom content managed system (CMS). The Village selected DSD Web Works' all inclusive Village platform. This solution is literally a worry free approach that includes hosting, support, maintenance, SSL certificates, security updates, training and complete site design and development. One simple monthly fee for a new site that allows for Village personnel to easily add/edit site content. 


All recurring expenditures including website hosting, server setup, server maintenance, server support, database maintenance, backup maintenance, e-mail support, regular site maintenance, annual SSL Certificate renewal and installation, website support, and all website development is included. There is no long term contract, it is simply month to month which motivates DSD Web Works to continuously perform at a high level to maintain the collaboration with the Village of Watkins Glen. We look forward to years of supporting the Village.


Cornell University Team Sites Receive New Event Interace

November 4, 2019

The new event interface was released today to several Cornell University team sites. The features of the new platform includes:

  1. Collaboration i.e. multiple editors
  2. Preregistration Deadline
    1. now allows for time entry
  3. Unlimited Cost Levels
    1. optional enrollee discount added
    2. cost expiration dates
  4. Unlimited Flexible Options
    1. single or multipick (radio button vs. checkbox)
    2. with or without quantity association
    3. with or without cost association
  5. Registration Link added for 'Other Organization' Event
  6. Event Series (multiple dates)
    1. unlimited dates
    2. unlimited date ranges
    3. optional Multiple Day Discount
    4. date specific options
  7. New Improved Editor (for all text fields)
    1. allows for unlimited images in body
  8. Upon Update
    1. automatic page refreshes with new last update time stamp
  9. Unlimited PDFs
  10. Dynamic Content within Confirmation Email
    1. you can add specific text for a given event
    2. default information now includes event summary & all details of selections, quantities and costs
  11. Sponsorship
    1. new editor
    2. Unlimited Cost Levels
      • optional enrollee discount added
      • cost expiration dates
    3. Unlimited Flexible Options
      • single or multipick (radio button vs. checkbox)
      • with or without quantity association
      • with or without cost association
    4. Unlimited PDFs
    5. Dynamic content within Confirmation Email

The new interface will be reviewed by the test teams and upon approval, will be released to the other ten Cornell University team sites that DSD Web Works is responsible for. We look forward to the feedback and the use of the new feature rich, highly customizable event interface. 



Coach and Equipment Requests Weight Analysis Program

October 29, 2019

Today DSD Web Works and Coach and Equipment met to discuss the design of an online tool to analysis the weight distribution for a given bus configuration. In order for a bus to be properly constructed, weights of every bus component must be determined on how it is distributed on each wheel and axle.  Safety is of utmost importance in the engineering of Coach and Equipment buses and part of this is proper weight distribution.

DSD Web Works will create a tool to allow for the analysis of all options within a configuration and how their weight is distributed on the shell frame. Interactive tools will be created to allow for option movement within the shell floor plan to appropriately balance the bus. Once approved, all x and y coordinates will be stored and passed to the final engineering review prior to construction.

We look forward to working with Coach and Equipment in building an on-line tool that will help salesman build, equip, configure and sell Coach and Equipment manufactured buses.


Keuka Watershed Improvement Cooperative First Review

October 3, 2019

This morning, DSD Web Works presented the proposed look, layout and administrative back-end for the new Keuka Watershed Improvement Cooperative (KWIC) web site. The content managed system (CMS) was custom built using an open source solution. The layout was approved and credentials for administrative managed mere passed to appropriate KWIC staff members. KWIC will now begin creating content to their new site and begin organizing that content into logical order utilizing the flexible back-end management interface. We look forward to working with KWIC in this endeavor.




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