HMI/SCADA provider PcVue Inc. has announced that the United States Patent Office has granted a patent for Contextual Mobility to use PcVue HMI/SCADA solutions in new and innovative location-based applications. ARC Group companies: ARC Informatique, PcVue Inc. and PcVue GmbH of Germany the patented innovation of systems and methods for location-based control of equipment and facility resources. It is particularly important for Industrial Control Systems (ICS) including Building Management Systems (BMS), Supervisory Control and Data Acquistion (SCADA) and Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) as described by U.S. Patent No. 9,819,509.
The massive adoption of smart mobile devices by field engineers and operators is creating new opportunities and also new challenges for mobile workers. Today, automated systems in the plant and facilities generate large amounts of information that must be intelligently presented as relevant information and controls, given the much smaller screen size of mobile devices when compared to control rooms. ICS users have demanded innovative approaches to monitor, diagnose, maintain and control industrial and building assets.
The patented systems and methods are now incorporated in PcVue Solutions. Via a mobile device, location information of a user, in or near a facility, is detected using a position sensor. The location information is communicated wirelessly from the users mobile device to a server. One or more actions are determined as being available to the user based on the location information and user role – where actions represent those available in an ICS application. Instructions are communicated to cause the mobile device to display the determined actions in a user interface. This enables the user to receive messages and interact with equipment or facility resources located in proximity to the user by interacting with the one or more actions displayed in the user interface.
“We listened carefully to our customers needs to provide a creative solution to fit their changing work processes and help them achieve their goals more efficiently,” explained Pierre de Bailliencourt, CEO of ARC Informatique.
“As a visionary pioneer within the contextual mobility space, this patent reaffirms our leadership and innovation in HMI/SCADA solutions. We look beyond the status quo and focus on a forward-thinking approach to solve the most challenging issues for industrial and building management applications,” said Edward Nugent, COO of PcVue Inc.