Data visualization, monitoring remotely
There is a direct correlation between improving data visualization and implementing cloud-based remote access, which is also the first step to implementing the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industrie 4.0 applications for said data visualization. The author of the cover story in this issue of AppliedAutomation discusses best practices for logging data to the cloud using suitable protocols, and covers functions such as math manipulations and notifications. He also describes a specific application about a Colorado-based system integrator that works on brewing, wastewater and other projects as an example to show how to get started with cloud-based remote access. The author writes, “Data storage in the cloud and access to it allows users to gain insight through data visualization. Configurable dashboards using widgets for remote viewing allow visualization of cloud-based data from any device connected to the Internet such as a laptop, a PC, a smartphone or a tablet. This data easily can be shared with other users, and it can be downloaded for analysis as needed.”
The authors of the second article in this issue make a case for offsite remote management and monitoring service support. They write, “Remote monitoring technology is not new. However, due to technological advances (e.g., open systems, wireless technology, smart manufacturing devices, high-speed network connections, etc.) over the past several years, the ability to remotely manage and monitor critical automation and control systems in real time has come to the forefront as a secure and cost-effective means for manufacturers to improve operational efficiency and tap offsite resources for additional production support.”
According to the authors, offsite remote service support can handle a variety of tasks and services including incident management, system backup and recovery, data analysis and retrieval, software updates and patches, real-time monitoring of software and systems, and online automation and system programming.
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