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Browser-Based Unit Brings Scalable HMIs to PCs, Smartphones, Tablets and Other Mobile Devices

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A new system provides a way to build, deploy and view simple, effective and scalable operator interfaces to monitor and control systems and equipment using computers and mobile devices. Using only a modern web browser, groov from Opto 22 securely lets industrial automation end-users, system integrators, machine OEMs, building managers, technicians, or any authorized person quickly build and deploy browser-based interfaces for automation, monitoring and control applications. These operator interfaces can then be viewed on almost any computer or mobile device regardless of its manufacturer or operating system, including PCs, tablets, smartphones, and even smart high-definition televisions. 

groov reduces the time, complexity and cost usually associated with mobile HMI development by operating completely within a modern web browser and running on a secure and industrially hardened network appliance. groov offers a simple yet flexible environment for developing operator interfaces with zero programming, and requires no per-seat runtime or viewing licenses. Overcoming the biggest challenge in developing for multiple screen sizes, groov automatically and gracefully scales all screens, page objects and gadgets, allowing groov HMIs to be viewed and manipulated from virtually any device of any screen size.

groov works with modern web browsers like Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, or Opera running on operating systems including iOS, Android, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS and Linux. groov benefits from the capabilities of these browsers by using the latest web standards like HTML5, CSS3 and SVG. The heart of the groov system is a secure industrial appliance called the groov Box, which runs groov software. All network communication between a web browser and the groov Box uses an encrypted secure sockets layer (SSL) over an HTTPS connection. The groov Box does not respond to any other communication methods on any other ports.

groov connects to Opto 22 SNAP PAC automation systems and OptoEMU energy monitoring products over a separate and segmented wired or wireless Ethernet network, adding a secure barrier for control systems. Support for the OPC-UA protocol is planned in 2013 and will allow groov to communicate with systems from other manufacturers that offer an OPC-UA server.

The simple and flexible development environment, groov Build, dramatically reduces the time needed to build interfaces when compared to traditional HMI screen building tools. groov Build includes a library of scalable, touchscreen-ready gadgets: gauges, buttons, range indicators, text entry, sliders and trends. Images and real-time video from network IP cameras—also fully scalable—can also be added. Designed to support HMI best practices, groov Build includes the tools necessary to build high-performance, intelligible information and control screens. Opto 22’s groov  has a suggested list price of $1,995.

Opto 22
Temecula, CA.
(951) 695-3000.
[www.opto22.com].