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Invensys has released its Mobile Reporting Connector(MRC 1.1) upgrade, delivering critical real-time plant data to the mobile workforce.
Invensys MRC software works in concert with the company's SmartGlance mobile application and SmartGlance report server (cloud or on-premises) for smartphones and tablets. The software enables connectivity to both real-time and historical data sources and is integrated into Invensys offerings, including the company's Wonderware Historian. MRC delivers a mobile view of data from any control or data historian system-- from Invensys or any other provider-- with the ability to supervise the entire plant from a mobile device.
SmartGlance supports intrinsically safe devices!
Are you a user that requires mobile devices to operate under harsh conditions, or do you need to comply with strict electrical component safety regulations?
SmartGlance now supports many varieties of instrinsically safe devices:
- MIL-STD-810G Tested
- IP68 dustproof and waterproof
- Intrinsically Safe (ATEX for EU)
- CSA Class 1 Division 2 compliant
- NEMA Enclosures
Why You Should Consider Mobility
Mobility—it means a lot of things these days. Getting information immediately on a smart device. Having your system travel with you, unbounded by physical walls of the plant. Or, "untethering" your application from its PC-bound form.
SmartGlance connects your mobile phone with any corporate or production system data source. Virtually any electronic data that is delivered to your desktop can be transformed into a graphical report for real time viewing on your mobile smart phone or device. SmartGlance allows you to visualize data from a historian, MES, HMI, or other real-time automation application.
Cloud Deployments Grow with Utilities
Municipal water and wastewater systems like cloud communication to stay connected to widely spread assets.
One industry segment that has embraced the concept of "iPhone as HMI" is municipal water and wastewater utilities. With widely distributed wells, pumping stations, valves, treatment facilities, and many miles of pipelines, the ability to use the cloud to monitor and control equipment is very appealing.
James Jacklett, electrical and signal supervisor for Carson City (Nev.) Public Works, says that the city has deployed a two-sided system on the cloud to support both management and operators as they keep water and wastewater flowing throughout the city and surrounding areas. Operators use Wonderware InTouch to access control systems and individual tags as needed, while managers use SmartGlance to keep tabs on production levels and work orders.
Jacklett explains, "In the past, our management team would have to log in through remote access through the VPN and then log into the Wonderware application, or be on our intranet here to get to the server. With our new system I'm able to deliver key performance indicators and critical process information such as production and demand on the water side, with ease of access wherever they are. They can be on the road or at a meeting, they can open their phone or iPad, get their information in a hurry, and contact someone if they see something they don't like."
Wireless apps, cloud services transform decision making, data management for packaging lines
Dairy products producer balances quality and consistency during facility expansion, incorporating and monitoring new product filling and packaging lines and associated equipment.
Manufacturers are constantly under pressure to increase efficiency, streamline operations, contain costs, and increase productivity, particularly when the competitive landscape is strong and consumer demand for creative new products is constant. They need to accomplish these goals—and expand too. It is a tall order.
Efficiency starts right on the plant floor—and that is where mobile applications let companies transcend distance and connectivity issues, creating a virtual, personalized space for collaboration. In the food processing and packaging business, mobile applications are helping workers make better, faster, smarter analyses and actions, based on real-time visualization of their processes.
One dairy products producer that makes and distributes a wide range of foods and beverages had to maintain a stream of traditional products and introduce new products to suit changing consumer tastes and trends. These requirements demanded a delicate balance between quality and consistency, and an expansion of facilities, and involved incorporating and monitoring new product filling and packaging lines and their associated equipment.
Key to this producer's growth strategy is capital efficiency—getting the most out of its facilities and equipment. To help accomplish this, the company checks its lines for OEE (overall equipment efficiency) and production rates in real time with the help of the Invensys SmartGlance mobile reporting system, which makes information available to users in real time, 24/7.
Mobile Reporting goes Mainstream…
"My Plant Manager bought a new iPad and the Production Manager has an Android based phone. Now, they want to view the latest production and efficiency reports from their home and when they are travelling. How can we do that?" asked the Automation Engineer at a large manufacturing facility. "Viewing reports from the email attachment is not convenient due to the scrolling problems and the size of the report. Also, sending and opening emails every 15 minutes is not practical."
SmartGlance and Invensys can help. Invensys partnered with SmartGlance to offer mobile reporting solution that can deliver real time and historical reports on any mobile devices.
The Six "Must Haves" To Use Mobile Devices in Manufacturing
A mobile App running on Mobile devices can show you new ways to streamline operations, reduce costs, increase worker productivity and enable the power of real-time response. Mobility will let you transcend distance and connectivity issues, create a virtual, personalized space for collaboration and empower front-line workers to make better, faster, smarter decisions. Mobiles are becoming popular in the Manufacturing Industry for real time reporting, quick analysis and the ability to pinpoint problems from the road.
The six key features that Mobile Apps must offer to be effective in manufacturing environment:
- Must work on ALL mobile devices – Apple, Android, BlackBerry and Windows
- Must connect to all manufacturing systems
- Must be fully secured against hackers and lost phones
- Must have ability to drill down to pinpoint problems
- Must offer near Real-Time data updates for the latest status
- Must offer Alerts so user does not have to keep looking
Read More: invensysopsapplications.blogspot.com
SmartGlance showcased at BlackBerry Press Conference:
"SmartGlance Product Manager Ms. Khyati Bhulla at the BlackBerry Press conference in India, showcasing SmartGlance and on how SmartGlance makes life so seamless for the BlackBerry user in the corporate juggle of things.
Read the full article here: worldofphones.net
Wireless apps, cloud services transform decision making, data management for packaging lines
Key to the producer's growth strategy is capital efficiency—getting the most out of its facilities and equipment. To help accomplish this, the company checks its lines for OEE (overall equipment efficiency) and production rates in real time with the help of the Invensys SmartGlance mobile reporting system, which makes information available to users in real time, 24/7.
Using mobile devices, management reviews production reports. In some cases, it will discover that one of the plant locations did not meet a target. With the "drill down" capability in the SmartGlance application, a manager can go to the next information level for that plant location and view line performance. There, a manager might discover that a particular line was down. Drilling down still further, he can view all the equipment in that line where he can pinpoint the packaging machine in question and check its OEE. All this can be done in-house or remotely. Other aspects of the SmartGlance application allow data to be compared with ideal batches, providing support for determining corrective actions.
Information from the plant processes is collected via local monitoring and control systems and resides on a secure cloud server. Using a combination of SmartGlance and Microsoft technologies, data is then available on demand to a smart mobile device, which for this producer is the iPhone. When the data travels to and from the cloud server, the service is fully secured, providing authentication, authorization, and encryption.
SmartGlance Awarded Innovative Product of the year 2011
At Invensys OpsManage'11 Global User Conference
We are proud to announce that SmartGlance was awarded the prestigious Innovative Product of the Year 2011 award at the Invensys OpsManage'11 Global User Conference, Nashville, TN, USA.
The award recognizes SmartGlance (Real Time Mobile Dashboards for Business Monitoring) for excellence and innovation. SmartGlance integrates with various Invensys products and helps its customers achieve operational excellence through mobile reporting.
Learn more about SmartGlance integration with Invensys products
A smart glance into the future of mobile plant management
SmartGlance fully exploits the navigation and manipulation features found in the latest mobile devices," explained Susan Roche business unit manager at Wonderware UK and Ireland. "As a result, viewing complex, in depth reports and graphs is fast and intuitive, allowing the information to be digested and analysed effectively. Coupled with the easily interpretable analytical displays and the ability to share reports via email, this can lead to faster, better choices in terms of site management.
Extending the reach of SCADA / HMI with SmartGlance Mobile Reporting!
Decision makers and mobile workers in the process, power and manufacturing industries can stay informed of their facilities' operational performance through SmartGlance reports.
Wonderware Mobile Reporting is comprised of SmartGlance, Sarla Analytics' smart phone reporting service and the Wonderware Mobile Reporting Connector, which provides data connectivity to the Wonderware Historian and other data sources.
Leveraging two of today's hottest technologies, cloud computing and smart phones, SmartGlance can send reports to subscribed smart phones automatically or on-demand. SmartGlance reports are always fresh and ready to use. Our secure, cloud-based data server eliminates the need for costly local data servers so you can get your whole team receiving SmartGlance reports without a major IT investment. The SmartGlance phone app also takes full advantage of the powerful touch screen navigation features of today's smart phones so reports are easy to read and easy to navigate. No "keyhole" effect common with web-based reports.
SmartGlance app is widening the maintenance capabilities of plant engineers!
Patrick Raleigh explains how the latest smartphone apps are widening the maintenance capabilities of plant engineers!
The most significant development for the process sector has been the arrival of Invensys Operations Management with an app targeted at managers, engineers and operators in industries, including refining, chemicals, upstream oil and gas, energy, utilities, metals, mining, pulp and paper, and food and beverage.The control and automation company's SmartGlance product/service enables users to access and scroll through reports on process status, KPIs, downtime and troubleshoot using the touchscreen features on Apple iPads, Apple iPhones or Blackberrys.Since its recent launch, there has been significant uptake of SmartGlance in the food and beverage sector, according to Bimal Mehta of Invensys. It has also, he reported, made some inroads in the power and utility sectors, as well as metals and mining.....
Read More: theengineer.co.uk
SmartGlance Android Lite is now available!
SmartGlance now available on every smart phone including Android !
With the release of a native SmartGlance App on the Android (this week) and Windows Marketplace (last month), SmartGlance is now available on all platforms iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, Android and Windows Phone 7. Now, All employees within an organization, irrespective of the smartphone they use, can use SmartGlance to monitor their business from their phones.
The Android Lite currently does not support charts, which will be available with the full release of the Android App this quarter.
Get it on Android Market Place
SmartGlance now has Chinese language support!
As we strive to meet our customer needs, we are proud to announce that SmartGlance on iPhone now supports the Chinese (Simplified) language and is available for sale on the Chinese App store.
With the release of Chinese localization, SmartGlance now supports 6 languages English, French, Spanish, German, Italian & Chinese.
SmartGlance offers On-Site Solution!
For those customers who feel that they need to keep data within their own building and need more control over it, SmartGlance offers On-Site Solution. You will use your own hardware and we will offer SmartGlance service as a traditional enterprise software package.
SmartGlance Database Server Requirement
||Recommended 3.0 GHz -dual core processor, 8 GB RAM, 20 GB HDD
|OS and System Software
||Windows Server 2008 with SP1 or later MS SQL Server 2008 R2, IIS 6.0 or higher, .NET Framework 4, SSL Certificate
|Ports to be opened
||Inbound / Outbound ports 80 and 443 need to be opened to the on-site server. Outbound port 2195 needs to be opened for the apple push notification service (other ports will be needed in the future for BlackBerry, Windows Phone 7 and Android notifications)
For more details please visit Onsite vs Hosted page
SmartGlance now a 'featured app' on BlackBerry App World
You no longer need to search for SmartGlance, now find it in the featured app list on app world
Get it at BlackBerry App World
Harnessing smart solutions
Invensys Operations Management has launched SmartGlance, a new software as a service (SaaS) partner offering that delivers industrial and manufacturing intelligence data, archived in plant automation systems and data stores, to smartphones. The SmartGlance solution will be offered as part of an endorsed partner agreement the company has signed with Sarla Analytics, an innovative supplier of smartphone applications focused on business intelligence.
"Web-based reporting tools simply can't match the speed, functionality or readability of Sarla's SmartGlance reports," said Rob McGreevy, vice president, platform and applications, Invensys Operations Management. "The great thing about SmartGlance is that it is a native phone app, not a web client, so you can use advanced touchscreen features on your smartphone to quickly access and scroll through the reports. Everyone has a smartphone these days. They are rapidly becoming an important, everyday tool that can be used to achieve productivity excellence. With SmartGlance, managers, engineers and operators can use them to view the most current process and equipment performance data as well."
The new SaaS offering will be hosted at a secure SmartGlance data centre that minimises the need for customers to have local IT support and maintenance. Invensys Operations Management will supply data connectors that enable data stored in its Wonderware Historian and other products to be included in SmartGlance reports and analytics.
The native SmartGlance phone application takes full advantage of the many powerful display features of touchscreen-based smartphones. Interactive tabular reports, along with trends, bar charts and pie charts, can be manipulated easily, allowing extensive data drill down capabilities. Users can even issue or share reports with co-workers via e-mail, enhancing real-time collaboration and effectively adding enterprise control capability to smartphones.
SmartGlance now available on Windows Phone
The SmartGlance app delivers secure on real-time access to interactive, graphical reports with touch screen analytical tools from any corporate database via Windows based smart phones, allowing the mobile workforce to make faster, more informed business from anywhere at anytime.
Get it at Windows Phone 7
BlackBerry Torch is now supported by SmartGlance
You can now use all the touch features that made SmartGlance so intuitive to use on the BlackBerry Torch. It is also available for download on the BlackBerry App World.
Get it at BlackBerry App World
SmartGlance App just became easier to demo
Smartglance's recently released updates to the App that make the registration process easier and faster. You no longer need to register to see SmartGlance demo reports and watch our videos. And any help you need to understand how to send your own data, is now available on the app at a touch of a finger.
SmartGlance launched in South Africa at the Wonderware User Conference - X-Change 2011
Smartglance was introduced to the our South African customers as part of the Wonderware Roadmap presentation by Tim Sowel, VP, Solution Strategies, Invensys Operations Management.
more about X-Change 2011
SmartGlance Booth | WW South Africa | X-Change
SmartGlance Data Connector Enables Mobile Reporting from VantagePoint
SmartGlance Supports Rockwell's FactoryTalk VantagePoint
Barrington, RI – March 29th, 2011 – Sarla Analytics, the makers of "SmartGlance" Mobile Data Visualization and Analytics Solutions, announced today that it has released a data connector to the Rockwell Automation's FactoryTalk VantagePoint Server (formerly Incuity) product.
SmartGlance offers data visualization and analytics on iPhone, iPad, Blackberry and Windows Phone mobile devices. Delivered as a Hosted Service – Cloud Computing, SmartGlance enables users to securely upload data, either automatically or manually to the Cloud, immediately making data available to registered remote mobile users. This new connector adds the FactoryTalk VantagePoint Server database as a new data source for automated mobile reporting.
"We are continually expanding our options for data connectivity," explained Snehal Shah, Founder and CEO of Sarla Analytics. "One customer requested connectivity to their Incuity product data sources (now a Rockwell Automation product). We worked closely with our customer and delivered this new data connector."
New solution delivers plant data to smart phones via the "cloud"
SmartGlance delivers critical plant data reports – anytime and anywhere.
Invensys Operations Management has released SmartGlance, a new mobile reporting solution that delivers plant data and reports directly to the smart phones. Plant operators, maintenance technicians and other plant personnel can see current operating data anywhere and at any time, helping to accelerate decision making and improving collaboration.
Leveraging two of today's most important new technologies-- smart phones and cloud computing-- SmartGlance can keep plant decision makers and operators fully aware of the plant's performance. Data from Invensys Operations Management's systems, as well as from a myriad of other plant data sources, can be sent via the "cloud" to smart phones subscribed to the SmartGlance Mobile Reporting service.
SmartGlance completes the information "loop" by providing easy-to-view and easy-to-analyze data reports anywhere and at anytime. It differs from web-based reporting applications because its native smart phone app takes full advantage of screen navigation features found in today's leading mobile devices. Viewing and manipulating data reports and graphs is extremely easy and fast. Key capabilities:
- View plant data anywhere, anytime;
- Powerful, analytical displays;
- Easy touch screen navigation;
- Share reports via email;
- Secure cloud-based report generation and delivery;
- Supports commonly used smart device platforms like Apple, Blackberry and, soon, Android and Microsoft Phone 7.
Where can I see more?
Anyone can view example SmartGlance reports by downloading the free SmartGlance phone app from either the Apple App Store or from the Blackberry AppWorld. Just search for "SmartGlance." For more information, please visit iom.invensys.com
and download the free white paper
SmartGlance Mobile Reporting – Architecture and Data Security.