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Web visualization

WEB based Machine Operation by Smart Devices and locally by a regular HMI

IoT and Industry 4.0 require new approaches to operate machines. In addition to local human machine interfaces at the machine, web based services to manage and survey functions remotely are a key ingredient to move forward in industrial automation applications. Fast reliable and secure communication infrastructures, established browser technology and smart devices are the foundation for location independent man machine interaction. A technological challenge hereby is to create a local and browser based visualization to accommodate typical embedded systems. They are usually not designed as power horses for compute intense graphic applications. For that XiSys, known for its industrial proven embedded graphics solution XiBase 9, has developed a hybrid server which combines both functionalities very efficiently.

The hybrid server supports local embedded graphic platforms and in addition, WEB based display and interaction on smart devices. To achieve this into the local graphic library a WEB server has been integrated.

Innovative enhancements of XiBase9 offer now the option to operate a machine locally or on smart devices supporting standard browser like Edge, Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera or Safari. Secure access is guaranteed by SHA1 encryption technologies.

Since HTML5 software standards like WEB sockets, canvas, objects and/or java script are the basis for the enhancements, the smart devices do not require any modifications nor the installation of additional apps, plugins, cookies or a java engine. Furthermore, no traces of usage are left behind on the remote devices. The innovative software architecture creates graphic objects in real time and within different browser environments even concurrently.

Overview on the key features of the new XiBase9 embedded graphic solution:

  • local visualization on local hardware
  • WEB based visualization in standard browsers under Windows, Linux, iOS or Android
  • on smart devices no additional apps, plugins, cookies nor java are required
  • automatic support of local user interface, e.g. touch, multi touch
  • supports individual, animated objects
  • display on up to 25 devices concurrently, local graphics in addition
  • asynchronous display of single programs in browser
  • supports completely the concept: visualize without programming
  • downward compatible
  • language independent
  • allows a small system footprint, e.g. low power, high performance, cost effective system designs
  • local graphics available for ARM, PowerPC and x86 CPU architectures
  • supported operating systems: Linux, Windows and RTOS Microware OS-9
  • SPES 2020 - Software Platform
    Embedded Systems

    SPES 2020 is a BMBF-funded research project to develop a methodology to consistently model-based development of embedded systems.

    As part of the national innovation alliance "Software Platform Embedded Systems 2020" solutions for the cross-domain and model-based development of embedded software are worked out. On the premis of a solid mathematical foundation, model-based methods allow the efficient development of embedded systems starting with the initial customer requirements on the design and implementation to verification and certification of systems.
    In the research and development 21 partners from industry and academia from all over Germany are involved.

    Informationbrochure SPES 2020

    Description of the exemplary implementation of a modeling approach for embedded graphics systems by XiSys Software GmbH-E4Y

    Model based graphical

    The complexity of "embedded" machines is increasing. Given the expectations of customers, the impact of the "Consumer world" and the competition, more and more new features have to be added. If, in addition, a graphical interface is required, then the development effort, even for extremely small devices is enormous.

    It is therefore obvious to start thinking about alternative development methods. A closer analysis has shown that many devices operate with similar rules and could be developed accordingly. Similar patterns can be mapped in models. They project the tasks on an abstract level and work it from there. Based on these considerations, one can speak of a new method, the "model-based development". An approach that is also supported by the BMBF as part of "Software Platform Embedded Systems (SPES) 2020."

    The focus is on a data model that reflects and connects all the components (hardware, software, networking, sensors, actuators, ...) associated with a device on an abstract level. This model is called a software plug. The data model itself represents a completely applicable program which collects and administrates all data of the corresponding components and provides them in an abstract form for further processing - locally or on the network. The individual components have to be adjusted only at the driver level. The amount of work for the programmer is reduced to the mere configuration of the model. The use of a data model saves an enormous amount of time, but it is only the first step in the new development concept. The data provided from the data model are processed with a sequential programm. There is an increasing need to visualize the data and to enable interventions in the program sequence by using a GUI.

    The example of a display instrument demonstrates however the tremendous effort and creative abilities which are necessary to meet today's requirements. Due to the widespread use of devices like iPhones with pleasing surfaces are the rising expectations of the customer in the "embedded" environment. A few years ago it was sufficient to use a schematic diagram with a labelled bar or pointer to represent a value, realizable for programmers with reasonable costs. Meanwhile, modern display devices require a much more elaborate presentation. Consumers demands for gradients, shadows, glass effects, etc. exceed the design expertise of most programmers. The significantly higher effort for the mathematical model of such a display object alone is beyond the bounds of proportionality.

    The first step is realized

    Within the framework of SPES 2020 we have been able to develop a concept that makes programming of display objects unnecessary. Designers can now undertake design and animation.

    The following step

    The display objects have to be linked with the data from the data model. This logic will also be replaced by configuration in a following step.

    We are convinced that it is possible to consistently implement the model-based concept to replace most parts of programming by configuration. The advantages are obvious: faster project implementation, simplified maintenance, cost savings.

    embedded world 2016, Nuremberg, Germany, Hall 4, Booth 4-338

    14.3. - 16.3.2017

    Embedded Software Engineering Kongress

    29.11. - 1.12.2016

    embedded world 2016, Nuremberg, Germany, Hall 4, Booth 4-338

    23.2. - 25.2.2016

    Comfortable touch operation shouldn't be a domain of smart phones and tablets, only. Industrial or embedded applications will get a higher acceptance by the user if it is possible to operate the machines as familiar as by mobile devices.

    Therefore, XiSys Software has developed and implemented a new touch interface with comfortable gesture support.

    Additional we will exhibit our new WEB-visualisation and of cource our design tools. These powerful tools enable you to design your own individual objects without any programming. Please visit us at the "embedded world 2015" to be inspired by our solutions.

    Exhibition of modern control solutions for mechanical engineers

    Oberer-Thor-Platz 10, 94315 Straubing

    26.1.2016, 14:00 - 17:00 Uhr

    Embedded Software Engineering Kongress

    1.12. - 3.12.2015

    embedded world 2015, Nuremberg, Germany, Hall 4, Booth 4-338

    24.2. - 26.2.2015

    embedded world 2014, Nuremberg, Germany, Hall 4, Booth 4-338 and Booth 4-340

    25.2. - 27.2.2014

    XiSys Software presents its current graphics tools for efficient and cost-saving developing of embedded graphics solutions. Under the motto "visualization without programming", all programming tasks are consequently replaced by configuring tasks. Even individual objects can be designed and animated. The solution is a worldwide unique approach. The advantages are: the repeating programming effort belongs to the past. Graphic designer are able to design individual objects and are able to animate the objects by themselves, too. The application engineer links the objects together with the values that have to be displayed and configures the logic flow of the visualization task. All this activities will be supported by comfortable graphical tools. This innovative method of designing graphical objects, configuring and linking instead of costly programming has the potential to save 80-90% of the expenses for the development of traditional embedded graphics applications.

    Embedded Software Engineering Kongress

    2.12. - 6.12.2013

    As part of the lecture series about graphics Mr. Klaus Gerstendörfer will hold a lecture about "Visualize without programming".

    While the accompanying exhibition, we are happy to show you our graphic solutions at the booth of "iSyst".

    embedded world 2013, Nuremberg, Germany, Hall 4, Booth 4-328

    26.2. - 28.2.2013

    Just like in 2011, XiSys Software GmbH will be present on the "embedded world 2013" in Nuremberg (Germany), the world's largest meeting of the international embedded community. Meet us at the booth of the E4Y community in hall 4, booth 4-328.

    Design & Elektronik Developers Forum

    HMI-Components & Solutions

    Novotel München Messe, 25.4.2013

    On the first Developer Forum "HMI - Components & Solutions" of DESIGN&ELEKTRONIK important support of the basic concept of HMI (Human Machine Interface) and the definition of important terms were given in May 2012. Now the concrete technology and the detailed solutions about current human-machine interfaces will be discussed in Munich on 25 April 2013. XiSys Software GmbH XiSys Software will give an overview to their solutions in the presentation entitled "Visualizing without programming".

    You can download the program and a registration form for this developers forum here.

    SPS IPC DRIVES Nuremberg

    International Exhibition for electric automation

    Hall 7A, Booth 138

    27.11. - 29.11.2012

    SPS IPC Drives is Europe's leading exhibition for electric automation. It covers all components down to complete systems and integrated automation solutions.

    E4Y-Technology Day 2012

    Hotel Westin Grand Munich in the Arabellapark
    Arabellastraß 6, 81925 Munich

    13.9.2012, 9am - 5pm

    On this technology-day experts will discuss current trends in the embedded systems market. The following issues are key:

  • innovative hardware development - the basis for embedded systems
  • modeling in software development and testing
  • presentation of the E4Y-cluster "Research4You"