Drives and Controls Magazine
Reporting software alerts users via their smart watches
Published:  19 November, 2014

Schneider Electric has released a new version of its Wonderware SmartGlance mobile reporting software with new functions that include support for wearable technologies, such as smart watches. The 2014 R2 version of the software is claimed to make it easier for users to monitor, visualise and analyse real-time plant and industrial process data via mobile devices.

A new mobile app function called MyAlerts notifies them of process events, giving them real-time information based on configurable thresholds for tag reports. It can be used to alert users to critical production and process information in real-time via their smart watches.

Other new functions include a modern user interface suitable for any browser, self-serve registration, support for multiple time zones, and import and export capabilities for faster deployment.

“Plant personnel are now mobile so they require immediate access to real-time operations information via their smartphone, tablet or whatever mobile device they carry,” says Saadi Kermani, Schneider’s SmartGlance product manager. He adds that the new version of the software “delivers highly relevant information coming from industrial data sources to targeted plant workers in the form of personalised charts, reports and alerts. It provides them with the flexibility they need to view and instantly collaborate around real-time plant data on any device so they can make rapid, effective decisions.”

Schneider's SmartGlance software can now deliver real-time alerts to smart watches

Schneider says that the software uses its cloud-hosted managed services to deliver the right information at the right time, without disruption or distraction. An open interface can connect and push data to mobile devices from almost any source, including historians, manufacturing execution systems, enterprise manufacturing intelligence systems or any real-time system of record.

In addition, third-party data can be accessed from any SQL database and any OPC-HDA-compatible system.