Spectral ID Server
Share valuable commercial and user defined spectral libraries throughout your organisation. Libraries in multiple vendor formats can be searched on the server and a hit list rapidly returned to the client.
Spectral ID Server extends the capabilities of Spectral ID to enable client/server searching over networks. Spectral ID Server works with Spectral ID, the client, to allow colleagues in the same lab or across the country to easily share, create, and maintain centralized sets of commercial and user-created spectral libraries.
In combination with Spectral ID, the server performs highly accurate full spectrum searches at speeds of 20,000 compounds per second and even faster text and peak searches. It can create and search libraries for a vast number of analytical techniques including IR, Raman, Mass Spec, UV-VIS, Fluorescence, and NIR. It supports most commercially available libraries including Sigma-Aldrich, Chemical Concepts, Thermo Nicolet, NIST, Wiley, and other vendors. Using Thermo Galactic’s SmartConvert™ technology, the software can automatically read, open, and search data files from over 150 different analytical instruments. Adding Spectral ID Server to the extensive capabilities of Spectral ID provides more power and increases laboratory productivity.
Spectral ID Server allows centralized storage of all spectral libraries and ensures fast searches even across slow network connections.
True Client-Server Architecture
Installing Spectral ID Server on a Windows server, along with commercial and private collections of spectral libraries, allows rapid, corporate-wide spectral searching. Because Spectral ID Server uses a true client/server architecture, the network server does all the spectral searching. The client workstation simply submits the unknowns and receives the results. As little information as possible travels across the network connection, allowing searches to be completed quickly and efficiently. Centralized storage of libraries provides all networked users with complete access to the collections from their own workstations, reducing the time and frustration of each user maintaining their own spectral libraries.
The combination of client/server technology and extensive support of commercial libraries and data file formats makes Spectral ID Server an invaluable tool in the analytical laboratory. The advantages of this breakthrough technology are summarized below.
Efficient Data Sharing and Management
Sharing spectral libraries in or between laboratories can be problematic. Libraries are often stored on workstations dedicated to spectral searching, making it difficult or impossible for researchers in different labs to use the libraries. This often results in an organization owning and maintaining several separate copies of the same spectral library. Compatibility issues between databases and software programs are also roadblocks to data sharing. Even when access and compatibility issues are addressed, efficiently managing these large libraries is time consuming and tedious.
The client/server architecture behind Spectral ID Server allows all commercial and private libraries owned by an organization to be installed on a Windows server. Storing libraries in a central location provides all networked clients with easy access to the data and prevents library duplication. Because Spectral ID Server supports most commercial libraries, as well as virtually any analytical instrument’s data format, software compatibility is never an issue. Managing libraries is easy too. Because the data is centrally stored, tracking, updating and configuring are all managed at one time from a single location. This saves time and ensures that all users are working with the most current versions of the data. Rights and restrictions can be granted for creating, editing, and searching all server-based libraries.
Spectral searching can be time consuming. Different software products may be required to search each vendor’s library, forcing search results or “hit lists” to be manually merged. Working with so many different software data formats can be troublesome, often forcing researchers to export their data to different file formats just to address compatibility issues.
Even when data format compatibility is not an issue, searching can still be very time consuming. Unless true client/server architecture is employed, the entire library collection must be downloaded across the network to the researcher’s computer each time an unknown is searched. If libraries are large, and network connections not optimal, this process can be painfully slow, frustrating the researcher and anyone else trying to access information from the network.
Spectral ID Server’s client/server architecture makes spectral searching fast. During a search, the Spectral ID client uploads the unknown spectrum and relevant searching parameters to the central server. Spectral ID Server then compares the unknown spectrum to the selected libraries stored on the network server. Once the computations are complete, the software downloads a “hit list” of potential matches to the client. The user can then compare the unknown spectrum to the list. Because calculations are performed on the Windows NT server hosting the spectral libraries, only the unknown spectrum and hit list results travel across the network connection to the client. Minimal data is transferred, accelerating spectral searching.
Spectral ID Server provides unmatched flexibility for sharing commercial and private spectral libraries.
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