Use of tablets and smartphones for safe machine control

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Tablet PC with frame for safe machine control
Source: IFA

With the advent of the Internet of Things and Industry 4.0, increasing importance is being attached to wireless control and monitoring of machinery, devices and entire installations. Just as the smart home can be controlled conveniently from a mobile phone when on the move, industry also wants to use mobile terminal devices to control processes wirelessly and remotely. Simple though it may sound however, this cannot be attained in practice by means of a simple app. Standards set out numerous requirements that remote controls must meet in order to be considered safe. In a concept study, the IFA has shown how the wishes of industry can be reconciled with the safe use of machine controls in practice.

Further information: DGUV press release (in German only)

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