re: iPads In Factories: Early Lessons From GE
Here's what Prasad Pai, product manager for GE's HMI/SCADA products, says in response to the comments earlier. (Pai was going to post directly but hit a glitch, so just emailed to me). From Pai:
"Yes, we built the ProficySCADA iPad app using some third-party technologies and made it tightly wrapped around GE Intelligent PlatformsGÇÖ SCADA products. Unless content like AutoCAD drawings or PDF documents are accessed via these products, the app does not allow for independent software access. The iPad app is an extension of our web-based SCADA offerings GÇô WebSpace and GlobalView so the authentication is taken care by the servers that host the various client connections. Users can have a free mix of Web and iPad clients going through the same server so if they want to use AD (Active Directory) for authentication, they are free to configure that on their servers and the iPad app will honor that authentication.
"Regarding the comment on GÇ£no one wants to monitor industrial equipment on a smart phone,GÇ¥ I think the definition of monitoring has changed over the years. Monitoring does not mean constantly supervising equipment anymore. With reducing workforce and increasing workload, getting a quick status update of critical equipment is getting to be the norm. So, I agree that no one would want to operate equipment through smartphones all the time, but there is an increasing trend of GÇ£staying withGÇ¥ their operations wherever they go."