point of viewSome people have been telling me that HMI/SCADA software (human-machine interface/supervisory control and data acquisition) has become a commodity item. There is still room for innovation in the category. I traveled to Atlanta last week and came away with this information about AutomationDirect’s new HMI/SCADA platform.

Point of View is software for developing SCADA, HMI, and OEE/Dashboard projects that can be deployed anywhere. Designed for most Microsoft Windows-supported platforms, including Windows XP, 7, 8 and Server editions, Point of View projects can either run locally on a development workstation or be downloaded to a remote workstation to operate using Point of View runtime software.

Developers create a Point of View project using its development tools. A project tag database manages all runtime data, including both internal variables and scanned I/O. Configurable drivers communicate in real time with programmable logic controllers, remote I/O devices, and other data acquisition equipment. Animated HMI screens and OEE dashboards give plant personnel a graphical view of the process. Integrated modules include alarms, events, trends, recipes, reports, scriptable logic, schedulers, a security system, and a complete database interface.

Point of View software supports three types of remote application viewers: a dedicated viewer for plant-floor operations, where navigation must be restricted to specific HMI/SCADA applications; a Microsoft Internet Explorer-based browser that enables full access to any authorized IP address or applications and a Studio Mobile Access viewer that works with any browser. Up to 48 simultaneous viewing clients of each type are supported.

The Point of View SCADA/HMI software contains 19 communications drivers for connection to the most popular industrial controllers, including many models from AutomationDirect, as well as Allen Bradley, Omron, Siemens, GE and Mitsubishi. Also included is a driver for Modbus communication.

The three packages include: Development (starting at $225), Runtime (starting at $345), and a Complete (Development and Runtime) package (starting at $495). Each package is available in 500, 1000, and 5,000 tag count versions. All packages require a USB hardware key priced at $65. Each package includes one thin client, one secure viewer thin client, and one mobile client license; additional licenses are also available.

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