BYOD Concerns for IT Groups

It's interesting to watch the BYOD movement leak into the manufacturing space, but we have some concerns. These days, many larger customers or potential customers are doing it to some degree in their IT groups. We’ve been successful with the plug-in or wireless pendant for multi-station HMIs; we know it well, and it does the monitoring and control our customers need. It seems inevitable that any day now an RFQ will include tablet or smartphone wireless HMI requirements. We'd like to have a few legitimate, technical performance reasons that argue for keeping what we have. Or is it time look for a seat on the bandwagon?

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