Are remote access HMIs needed?

March 15, 2024
Control discusses the evolving landscape of remote access to real-time control information

With the increasing prevalence of mobile devices, there's a growing expectation for individuals to access information from anywhere, anytime. This extends to remote diagnostic access for complex equipment like compressors, which has significant implications for maintenance and troubleshooting.

However, challenges arise in presenting detailed information effectively on mobile displays, particularly regarding contextual understanding critical for process operations. Solutions proposed include developing human factors-based HMIs with dynamic zooming capabilities to cater to varying levels of detail needed for decision-making.

In recent years, there’s been a transition towards always-connected devices, impacting generational expectations on technology adoption. While newer workers may embrace interactive HMIs, older workers may be more hesitant due to familiarity with traditional systems and reluctance to adopt new technologies.

The future of HMIs may involve immersive environments and AI guidance to incorporate both procedures and experienced knowledge.

Partner publication Control discusses the impact of everywhere HMI in this article. Read more about it here.