Modernizing SCADA HMIs How SCADA tools can take advantage of Qt
Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems have been around since the 1950s, far longer than most other types of computer applications. Their rock-solid performance has been responsible for the streamlining of any industry that needs precise and consistent controls: building automation, energy management, part machining, printing and packaging, robotic assembly, ship building, water treatment, woodworking, and many more. However, this long legacy can also carry a hidden drawback – the user interfaces of many SCADA devices look more appropriate as part of Windows for Workgroups than the modern age.
This situation is ripe for change. Now that everyone carries superior user interfaces in their pocket at all times, even the non-designers responsible for running the system expect their SCADA human-machine interface (HMIs) to have a certain level of polish and sophistication. Having implemented attractive SCADA HMIs for our customers, we believe that Qt is the right tool to build the modern SCADA system.
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