Mobile Solution Allows Secure Operator Interfaces with Automation Systems from Anywhere
Jane Alexander | June 24, 2014
Opto 22 has introduced a new groov Box (GROOV-AR1) that hosts the company’s groov mobile operator interfaces for virtually any automation system. Users connect their automation system to groov, then connect authorized mobile devices to groov via either a Web browser or app interface. This allows each device to interact with the automation system in a secure, predefined manner.
This industrially hardened Web-serving appliance has an operating-temperature range of 0-70 C (32-158 F), compact footprint, complete solid-state fanless design with no moving parts, quad-core processing, gigabit Ethernet interfaces and USB expansion for wireless LAN interfaces. Measuring 4.2 (W) x 6.8 (L) x 1.4 (D) inches (106 x 171 x 33 mm), the unit’s size and rugged design make it well suited for harsh environments.
According to the company, the groov Box is manufactured in and supported from the U.S.A. Opto 22 product support is free.
Opto 22’s groov technology is a zero-programming, Web-based way to build, deploy and view effective, scalable operator interfaces to monitor and control automation systems and associated components, equipment and processes. These operator interfaces can be viewed on almost any mobile device or computer, regardless of its manufacturer, operating system or screen size, and two-way communication allows remote control for authorized and authenticated users. Supported devices include smartphones, tablets, computers and smart high-definition televisions. The technology augments existing human-machine interfaces (HMIs) and SCADA systems by making important information available at any time and in any location.