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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