Learn how to monitor and analyze climate conditions affecting your instrument.
The Timeline chart
Here you can see the temperature and humidity over a 1-week period. You can zoom in and out to get different perspectives, and to see how the conditions vary daily, weekly, and monthly.
Playing time overlay
You can also see your playing time at the top, which shows if there was any correlation between the observed climate conditions and when you played. For instance, by selecting the day zoom level, you can see that there was a change in climate conditions when the instrument was taken out of its case, and as it was played.
Analyzing the data
Typically, when you look at temperature and humidity charts, you try to make sense of the severity of the climate conditions affecting your instrument. For instance, you would consider whether there has been a large, sudden change in humidity or temperature, or weather the humidity or temperature is consistently too high or too low for too long, and possibly ignoring short dips into low or high conditions. Each time you look at the climate charts, you implicitly try to make sense of the data by thinking through this type of logic.
The Climate Index
Instead of having to think through all these types of rules each time, a climate index scores a collection of rules, to come up with one simple number to represent the severity of the climate conditions, based on current and previous climate conditions. A climate index is a number between 0 and 20. If the value is below 10, then your instrument is safe. If the value is greater than 10, then you’ll start to get alerts, representing a scenario where dangerous conditions occur. At a value of 20, the values represent a scenario where significant damage to your instrument is very likely to occur.
The climate index can be customized by setting thresholds. The average thresholds for temperature and humidity apply to rules that relate to when your instrument is exposed to certain conditions for long periods of time and won’t alert you for temporary dips outside the safe zone. Notice how its possible to weight low humidity as more severe than high humidity but setting the appropriate upper and lower damage zone thresholds. You can set these thresholds for temperature and humidity individually.
The change thresholds for temperature and humidity determine when sudden changes in conditions in the last hour could be harmful to your instrument. You can set these thresholds for temperature and humidity individually.
Actually, there are multiple Climate indexes, and you can view the impact each Climate Index has on the Overall index. The four indexes are Humidity average, Humidity change, Temperature average and Temperature change. The Overall index scores all four of these individual indexes.
Root cause analysis
By switching between the indexes, you can see which root cause contributed most to the Overall index. The lightly shaded filled chart represents the Overall index and the thicker lines plot each of the index values. Use the menu option on the left to select a specific index or use the selector button on the right to cycle through all the indexes. Notice the currently selected Climate index is shown in the heading of the Climate index chart.
The Main Dashboard
On the main dashboard, the widgets above the chart indicate the conditions as of the most recent sync with your TraqFreq. If the last sync was older than a day, the widget values will be shown in gray. When the Overall Index reaches 10, it will cross through the dotted alert line and TraqFreq will start to raise alerts. A solid thin orange line at the bottom indicates when an average alert was raised. A small triangle indicates a change threshold was exceeded.