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BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Best Practices for Plants and Manufacturing

Over 75% of the world’s population now has access to portable phones and devices. As technologies improve, an increasing number of these devices are smartphones, and the market continues to grow for always-connected devices like tablets and wearable technology. SCADA and HMI software platforms can make browser-based access to dashboards and controls easier than ever. Choosing how users of smart devices will be allowed access to the system and how they will be managed is a part of a conscious decision that process engineers, application developers, and IT personnel must consider when implementing new applications or changes to existing ones. Numerous factors must be considered including, personnel, product and plant safety and security; system mobility, access, convenience, and user operational efficiency. Continue reading

Take Advantage of the Telemetry Functions of InduSoft Web Studio for Remote SCADA Applications

Remote SCADA access can be as simple as bringing the data from the plant floor to an office over a web thin client utilizing a browser, or it can be as complex as monitoring remote sites located in harsh terrain from devices ranging from industrial PCs to ruggedized PCs. Telemetry and cloud based SCADA applications are an increasingly viable option with remote communication capabilities like those built into InduSoft Web Studio. Continue reading

Protect Remote Terminal Units for Better SCADA Security

As web-based SCADA, cloud technology, and remote access to SCADA and HMI systems becomes more widespread, there’s a move toward managing remote SCADA systems from across buildings, or even across town. With SCADA security an omnipresent concern, how can supervisors protect their Remote Terminal Units (RTUs) from direct or indirect malicious attacks and negligence? Here are some best practices to protect access to RTUs, both through physical security and the SCADA/HMI security built into SCADA software like InduSoft Web Studio. Continue reading

Access your SCADA or HMI System on your iPad or Android Device

With tablet computers and smartphones becoming more and more ubiquitous, plant managers, supervisors, and machine operators have been clamoring for a SCADA software solution that will give them access to important data on the go. The ability to view Tag (process I/O) values and alarms is useful while in a home or office away from the process. InduSoft Web Studio has had a solution to this problem for quite a while, in the form of the useful SMA client. Continue reading

The InduSoft Web Thin Client

The InduSoft Web Thin Client is a powerful tool for getting access to SCADA and HMI applications designed in InduSoft Web Studio remotely. The web thin client is especially valuable to plant managers who wish to view a process while in an office or using a smartphone or PDA. OEMs may also benefit from providing a web thin client for use in viewing the HMIs used in equipment. Continue reading

New InduSoft Video: Creating a Remote HMI SCADA Application

InduSoft has released a new video! Learn how to quickly and easily create a remote SCADA application using InduSoft Web Studio and the web thin client. This simple tutorial takes minutes to master, and can offer you amazing portability in your application. Use the web based SCADA or HMI solution on remote PCs enabled with an Internet Explorer web browser, or even take your HMI or SCADA application on the go with a Windows based smartphone or tablet that runs IE. Continue reading

Optimizing Screens in InduSoft Web Studio for Mobile Devices

It’s common now for computer monitors to span anywhere from 15” to 27” or more. While these make excellent panels for complex HMI SCADA applications, remote,handheld and small industrial panel mount devices are often overlooked. Users who intend to deploy on both industrial computers and remote handheld devices may want to utilize these practices for optimizing screens. Continue reading

Making use of TCP/IP Encapsulation with InduSoft Web Studio SCADA software

There are many important uses of TCP/IP encapsulation in SCADA applications, but two of the most important are those such as a Web Tunneling Gateway, and communication driver encapsulation. Both serve very necessary purposes in remote and wireless SCADA applications. Continue reading

A web-based HMI SCADA solution for multi-platform mobile devices like the iPad, and Android devices – Studio Mobile Access

Studio mobile access is a lesser-known feature of InduSoft Web Studio that truly is the next level in SCADA software. Many InduSoft users rely on CEView for mobile SCADA supplications, but what about those of us who carry an Android Phone. A Blackberry? How about an iPhone? Continue reading