Mobile & Web Data Access
Access Any Graphic From Anywhere....
There is often the need to have a small, portable device with access to process data. Examples are:
- Commissioning and trouble shooting around the plant.
- Responding to issues when it is not convenient to be at a plant computer with Vsystem running.
- Monitoring the plant operations casually.
These needs are being met with the new developments at
Vista that are enabled by our logical software design and best in class,
multi-operating system product architecture.
Key Enabling Design Detail
In order to ensure that the delivered Vsystem products are
the same across all the supported computer operating systems, the core
product sources are written in portable C and the operating system calls
are made through an operating-system specific library. Similarly, graphics
calls are all made to a Vsystem graphics library. By extending this
library to send low-level graphics commands to a Vsystem app in the mobile
device, the graphics will appear on the screen of the mobile device; any
and all graphics!
Working Around the Plant
- Commissioning and trouble shooting
With access to the operator screens and operator control
anywhere there is a WiFi, 3G or 4G reception that gives access to the
plant real-time SCADA system, it is simple and efficient for a technician
to commission every connection without requiring someone in the control
room and a radio to talk - lowering costs and speeding the job.
- Keeping an eye on things….
Mobile access allows responsible engineers and managers to
check on operation from anywhere there is a connection - adding new
value to plant operations and increasing productivity and lowering costs.
- Pixel Issues
Of course, mobile devices have fewer pixels and so
displays designed for the operator will take a little extra navigation.
Alternatively, displays can be easily created and be designed for the
mobile device using the facilities of the host system and thus can also be
displayed on the host system.
- The IT Department
Security and convenience do not always go hand in hand and
the security of a particular installation either has to fit inside plant
IT rules or one has to climb the mountain and get the rules modified.
Famously, many, many rules were put in place with no idea of the
additional cost of doing business caused by them. WiFi can be set to be very secure and WiFi has limited range and
thus can be used in a plant with little fear of hackers at the plant
- Denial of Service
Casual users with access to the operational computers for
service can take performance away from the plant operators and engineers,
perhaps at critical times. Providing a controlled link to a computer
dedicated to serve the needs of mobile and/or casual users removes the
possibility of performance degradation at critical times.
Web Browser Graphics
- Have the full operator environment available on the company intranet.
- Have a read-only operator environment available to anyone.
- Add access to the full or reduced environment to the Internet - for staff, customers or the public at large!
The same technique implemented for the mobile devices can be used for implementing Vsystem graphics, any and all Vsystem graphics,
to be displayed within a web browser. The graphics environment of browsers are different to that of mobile devices families and so the library has to
With greater access by smart phones, tablets or from web browsers, security has to be engineered into the system. For
maximum security, we suggest a computer dedicated to serving application data to the mobile and casual users. This server should then have a copy
of the application real-time database kept current from the live database with a one-way link that ensures that no corruption of set points for the
live system can occur. For further protection, one of the more secure operating systems supported by Vista Control Systems can be used.
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