So-called ‘push technology’ is at the heart of Intellution’s latest Internet-based innovation – and the launch of its Fix Broadcast Network software.
At a major London launch last month, the company said that users of the new tool would now be able to receive customised operations information, reports and real time and historic data on their remote PCs, wherever they are, automatically and without requesting or searching for it.
Mike Allen, Intellution’s Internet product manager, said that applications like Fix SCADA, VisualBatch and its soft logic offerings (through recently acquired Wizdom) would all be covered under Fix Broadcast, which is based on the same technology that currently provides customisable news services over the Internet.
The launch may yet be seen as succeeding in moving SCADA vendors into the business arena where MES has hitherto failed.
* Other launches from Intellution include Fix Web Server. It’s similar to releases from other SCADA vendors, allowing plant, management, production and maintenance personnel to view real time process graphics and historical information remotely via an Internet or intranet connection.
It offers read-only access to Intellution’s 32-bit Fix v6.x SCADA, and connects via Microsoft’s Internet Explorer or, says the company, any other standard browser.
* Andrew Crook is Intellution’s new UK OEM sales manager, joining from Lintott Process Systems. He was formerly with Servelec, Honeywell, Fisher Controls, Texas Instruments and Taylor.