HMI and iOS and HTML5, oh my! The tech world is full of an unbelievable number of acronyms, terms, and abbreviations that will have you saying WTF!
Here are some of the most common terms and what they mean so the next time you come across an OAS Web HMI, you can feel confident knowing exactly what it is.
First things first—let’s start with HMI SCADA for Web and break it down piece by piece.
HMI stands for Human Machine Interface. It simply means that it interfaces between humans and machines. In short, it’s like the operator’s dashboard. It’s the technology that allows an operator to work with a particular piece of equipment.
SCADA stands for Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition. This control system uses computers, network data communications, graphical user interfaces, and many others in order to interface with machinery. It enables remote access to different control modules at the same time.
As you can probably guess in the case of HMI SCADA for web, these features work in conjunction with the internet. It doesn’t have to. There are many HMI SCADA programs that work in other ways.
What about some of the other terms you’re likely to see in relation to HMI SCADA for Web?
- OAS: Oracle Application Server. It allows you to interact with real time server data on any device with a web browser.
- CSS: Cascading Style Sheets. It is a form of style sheet language that utilizes markup language to describe the presentation of a document. It is often used to set the visual style of web pages.
- HTML5: Hypertext Markup Language. The 5 stands for the latest version of the code. It’s the code that describes web pages.
- iOS: Internetwork Operating System. It’s the operating system that’s utilized by Apple products. It’s similar to how Windows works with Microsoft products.
Why All the Abbreviations Anyway?
That only just scratches the surface of all the abbreviations that are out there. It makes you wonder, why do we have to use abbreviations at all?
Although it’s easy to be convinced that computer and software engineers do it just to make themselves feel intelligent, the truth is that it’s really about making communication easier. Just imagine if you had to say, “Human Machine Interface Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition for Web” when speaking to a colleague. It’s much easier to say, “HMI SCADA for Web”.
What’s Automation Software Got to Do With It?
Automation software is often found in manufacturing facilities and labs that really have nothing to do with computers and software on a regular basis. That can make knowing what kind of software to get difficult.
Doing a little research to understand common acronyms can help, but at the end of the day, ask if you have questions. Software companies want to make sure you get the best software for your needs, even if it means answering questions about JQuery and HTTP API JSON Connectors.