Are you constrained by your current HMI builder tools?
Are you facing burdensome licensing costs with your current solution?
Is it difficult to customize your visualizations to meet your specific needs?

These are but a few problems you may be faced with when you’re locked into using a proprietary or “canned” HMI solution. Of course, every product has its benefits, and your current solution is no exception. Proprietary solutions do a great job of getting you up and running quickly, and are geared towards developing visualizations with little or no programming skills. But these benefits come with a cost: lock-in.

In order to develop these drag-and-drop or non-programmatic HMIs, vendors supply proprietary tools and deployment platforms. You’re often restricted on what type of visualization you can create within their sandbox, limited on what applications you can share data with, and you can rarely integrate with your own custom graphics and applications.

The solution? An open architecture such as the OAS Platform.

When a product uses an open architecture, you can use commodity servers, development tools, and they are built from the ground up for integration. The OAS Platform even exposes multiple APIs for automation and visualization development in ANY application platform and language.

Benefits of Open Visualization

  • Ubiquitous or common skills needed to develop a visualization
    With an open platform, you can build a team from the millions of developers and consultants with .NET and web application development experience. Common languages and popular development tools are all supported such as C#, VB, Javascript, Python, Visual Studio and your favorite code editor.
  • Licensing and distribution costs are dramatically lower
    Incremental costs can typically be capped when adding new clients or screens. The OAS Platform allows for unlimited client connections with no additional fees or per-seat charges, so you’re free to expand without breaking the bank.
  • No limitations on the type of visualizations possible
    Using common tools for developing your own symbols and screens, or using any 3rd party set of graphics, you can now create the screen you need and not just settle for what your HMI builder supports. Create images and symbols in popular graphics editing suites, 3D modeling packages, or anything that can produce standard files such as JPG and PNG to be used in Windows, web, and native applications.
  • No vendor lock-in
    You are free to integrate existing products for the best solution. Don’t get rid of what you already have, enhance and improve it by integrating an Open Visualization.

How-to Develop an Open Visualization

Step 1: Connect your data to the OAS Platform

The OAS platform supports connectivity to virtually any data source through options such as native device drivers, database access, or API integrations

Step 2: Organize your data structures

Configure, aggregate, and organize your data points within the OAS Platform allowing you to expose them through APIs and Developer Tools for .NET, web, and REST API clients on any platform.

Step 3: Connect your visualizations

Display dynamic, real time and historical data in your custom visualizations. Build native apps for Windows as well as iOS and Android mobile devices in .NET and Xamarin. Build cross-platform web visualizations using any web application environment and any browser. Build custom integrations and visualizations on any platform using the REST API.

If you’d like to learn more about the OAS Platform and how it can transform your Industrial Automation or IoT solution, please contact us for a guided demonstration.