ProSoft Technology'sProSoft i-View is a mobile phone application
for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch platforms. ProSoft i-View transforms these
devices into mobile human machine interfaces to enables real-time remote
process control for engineers, plant floor operators and maintenance
With ProSoft i-View, control engineers can remotely
monitor and modify live data from programmable automation controllers (PAC) on
an EtherNet/IP or Modbus TCP/IP network, including flow measurements, valve
control, process data and status data. The app creates a secure cellular or
802.11 interface between the iPhone/iPad/iPod touch devices and the control system.
For 802.11 plant-floor network access, the WiFi function of the phone can be
utilized in conjunction with ProSoft Technology 802.11 Industrial Hotspotsolutions.
For applications with wide geographic disparity such as pipeline and well-head
monitoring, or where engineers require access from long distances, the ProSoft
Technology Intelligent Cellular series can be utilized to broaden the range of
access to virtually anywhere in the world.
ProSoft i-View displays live process control
values in stylized lists and includes user-established variance allowances with
real-time alarms, including local notifications. Controls and data displays are
color coded based on the value. Engineers are able to monitor these variables
in real time and make adjustments on the fly from an iPhone device.
Upon configuration, ProSoft i-View provides a feature which
requires the user to assign a matching security code as both a password for
network access and as a Security Tag in the Central Processing Unit (CPU) of
the PAC. When ProSoft i-View launches, the Security Code must match that on the
CPU in order to create a connection. ProSoft i-View also supports the Retina
Display feature of the iPhone 4 and iPod touch 4th generation.
ProSoft i-View works in conjunction with the
Industrial Hotspot series of radios or industrial cellular series. Cumulative
security features are offered by these industrial grade wireless solutions, as
well as the iPhone/iPad/iPod touch devices themselves, to prevent unauthorized
access to the network. ProSoft Technology's Industrial Hotspot radios feature
WPA2-PSK and 802.11i RADIUS security, which prevent unauthorized access and
modification to the network.
ProSoft i-View is the first in what will be a series of mobile
applications from ProSoft Technology, designed to improve the flexibility and
convenience of process management for control engineers.
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