Well, when we are talking about NI LabVIEW, it means that the remote front panels that you can use to display your VIs in browser windows unfortunately are a legacy technology now. While still providing an extremely convenient way to quickly view and control LabVIEW applications remotely, their application space is limited, as well. It is true that you will have to act soon in order to keep your legacy systems online and accessible. However, no need for anxiety, as third parties step in to fill the gap and provide modern, HTML-only alternatives to plugin-based approaches in remote monitoring.
To answer this question, we need to back up just a little bit and understand why you wanted to use remote front panels in the first place:
So, what applications are typical candidates for remote monitoring or IoT platforms?
Let’s quickly examine some of the more common use cases that require some sort of remote monitoring platform:
Yup. These applications are all over the place! The truth is, it’ll be hard to find the one-size-fits-all platform that will fulfill all these needs while being flexible and adaptable enough to become part of your existing ecosystem. Also, changing or adapting existing code should only have minimal impact on already deployed systems and devices.
That being said, you should also consider potential benefits a new platform can introduce to your LabVIEW-based monitoring applications: enhancing productivity or even opening up new business possibilities.
The LabVIEW Tools Network provides a variety of tools for different application areas. You can find test data management platforms, as well as remote control options for LabVIEW VIs. Similar to SCADA systems, continuous acquisition and monitoring applications might require a full monitoring suite, depending on your use case.
There are some important aspects to look for when selecting the right online data management platform and solution:
After examining the status quo of your current application, your requirements towards a solution, potential benefits existing platforms can provide and – of course – business constraints, it is time to evaluate possible remote front panel replacements.
Since web platforms could likely reach outside the comfort zone of LabVIEW experts, don’t hesitate to consult experienced professionals. Many monitoring platforms and state-of-the-art data portals provide functionality beyond a simple LabVIEW monitoring application. While they are easy to use and often readily available as SaaS platforms, migration efforts should not be underestimated.
Once you make the investment and dare the switch, you will be rewarded with future-proof technologies, complementing your existing portfolio, allowing you to remotely view and analyze your LabVIEW measurements in ways you never thought you could.
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