From HMI/SCADA to an Enterprise Platform

Nov. 23, 2016
To better address the vision of the Industrial Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 concepts, Advantech is expanding its HMI/SCADA software to create a gateway for the development of new, browser-accessible applications.

The growing interest in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and the technology ecosystem surrounding it is opening the door for huge business opportunities in the coming years. At the core of these opportunities involving integrated IIoT applications and cloud services is the realization that software is the key factor to success in the IIoT era.

To address this movement, Advantech has focused its efforts on developing its WebAccess Enterprise Application software. To serve as the core of Advantech’s IIoT solutions, WebAccess has been transformed from HMI/SCADA software into a comprehensive IIoT software platform to provide a gateway for system integrators and our partners to develop IIoT and cloud applications.

As Advantech’s new IIoT application software, WebAccess allows users to monitor and control their projects through a web browser. For the device layer of IIoT, Advantech WebAccess supports ample protocols and drivers to connect to more than 450 controllers and devices, making Advantech WebAccess flexible and suitable for a magnitude of IIoT applications and projects. WebAccess also provides the foundation of IIoT data collection and management with its open architecture and open interfaces, which are helpful for developing specific applications for different industry verticals.

To more completely address the vision of the IIoT and Industry 4.0 concepts, Advantech is advancing the WebAccess architecture to a public cloud design, targeted to provide centralized Big Data for large equipment vendors, system integrators and enterprises to configure, change, update or monitor their equipment, projects and systems all over the world in real time.

Advantech has made these changes because we believe that, as IIoT and Industry 4.0 initiatives increase across industries, user behavior related to SCADA software will evolve from strict data acquisition and manipulation to business intelligence and Big Data analysis.

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