HMIs are multiplying, diversifying, and gaining flexibility

What are the best ways for these interfaces, screens and displays to serve today's accelerating, Internet-based applications and settings?

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Big and bigger data is zipping from sensors, transmitters, processes and plants over Ethernet networks to control systems, enterprise levels, Internet servers and the cloud. However, because users still learn most of what they need to know through their peepers, human-machine interfaces (HMIs) remain crucial points for analysis and optimization—even as their workstations, consoles and laptops are joined by tablet PCs and smart phones. Likewise, not only are the types and sizes of HMIs increasing, they're also gaining greater mobility, following their users and applications into settings where they haven't served before, and enabling the latest data-to-decision efforts.

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  • HMIs are multiplying, diversifying, and gaining flexibility

    By Jim Montague

    Big and bigger data is zipping from sensors, transmitters, processes and plants over Ethernet networks to control systems, enterprise levels, Internet servers and the cloud. However, because users still learn most of what they need to know through their peepers, human-machine interfaces (HMIs)…

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