In case you missed the 2014 User's Conference in San Francisco, Laurent Garrigues gave a presentation on PI Cloud Connect, and OSIsoft showed how AF Templates can be replicated across many AF Servers using PI Cloud Connect. This allows AF Templates to be built at a corporate or functional location can be used by individual sites. This allows everyone at a corporation to use the same jargon or terms to describe technical aspects of an asset or data item. Imagine if everyone described the sensor which monitors metal content in the aluminum bath as the "Metal Level Sensor", and everyone knew what they were talking about.
This is the general architecture that you can use:
Remember that it is best to have one database at the Corporate AF Collective to contain the templates for use by all of the sites. It is also a good practice to prepend "CORP_" or something similar to the element template names.
At the Palo Alto site, the local personnel can build elements off of the corporate templates. The Palo Alto local personnel can also build derived templates, like this:
As Palo Alto might have a need to append attributes for their Storage Tanks.
I hope some of you will be able to find this functionality useful, the main goal is to give everyone in an organization the ability to speak the same language about technical aspects of data, turning that data into information.
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