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groov View App Now Available
Product News Monday, June 3, 2013: System Devices UK Ltd
Free app makes browser-based operator interfaces function as native
apps on smartphones, tablets, and other devices.
Temecula, CA – May 8, 2013 – Industrial automation manufacturer Opto 22 has released
groov® View for iOS and groov View for Android, apps that control how groov browser-based
operator interfaces are displayed on smartphones, tablets, and other devices. The free groov
View apps are an optional part of Opto 22’s groov, a new way to securely build and deploy
web-based operator interfaces for automation, monitoring, and control applications. Industrial
automation end-users, system integrators, machine OEMs, building managers, or any
authorized person can view these interfaces on virtually any device using a modern web
Using the groov View app instead of a browser visually simplifies the interface on a mobile
device by displaying it full screen and without browser menus. This option focuses the user’s
attention on the operator interface screen by removing navigation buttons, favorites, and the
URL bar visible in most mobile device web browsers, and makes a groov interface function like
a native app for that operating system. The groov View app includes options to leave time and
other device information visible at the top of the screen as well as to switch between the
views—Desktop or Handheld—developed for the operator interface. User access to the
operator interface can be password protected.
The groov View app is ideal for OEMs and system integrators using an iOS or Android device as
the operator interface to their systems or equipment. When used on iOS devices like the iPod
Touch, iPhone, iPad, and iPad mini, the iOS operating system can be configured to limit the
user to using only groov View for iOS. Generally referred to as “kiosk mode,” iOS’s Guided
Access feature lets an administrator restrict the iOS device to a single app, disable the
hardware buttons, and keep the device from sleeping, effectively providing a low-power, lowcost,
wireless, touchscreen operator interface locked down for an intended use only.
This feature will appeal to OEM machine builders who wish to use these off-the-shelf devices
in their systems with industrial enclosures now available. Kiosk mode will also appeal to
building control applications, where the mobile device can be mounted on a wall and function
as a lighting control, thermostat, and audio/video control in a single compact unit.
groov is a new way to build, deploy, and view simple, effective, and scalable operator
interfaces to monitor and control systems and equipment using computers and mobile
devices. These operator interfaces can be viewed on almost any computer or mobile device
regardless of its manufacturer, operating system, or screen size, including PCs, tablets,
smartphones, and even smart high-definition televisions. groov is intended to augment
traditional human-machine interfaces (HMIs) by making important information available at
any time and in any location.
Pricing and Availability
groov View for iOS and groov View for Android are available now free of charge on the Apple
App Store and Google Play, respectively. For additional information, visit groov.com or call
System Devices UK Ltd on +44 (0)1928 571 977.
About Opto 22
Opto 22 develops and manufactures hardware and software for applications involving
industrial automation and control, energy management, remote monitoring, and data
acquisition. Designed and made in the U.S.A., Opto 22 products have an established
reputation worldwide for ease of use, innovation, quality, and reliability. Opto 22 products use
standard, commercially available networking and computer technologies and are used by
automation end-users, OEMs, and information technology and operations personnel in over
10,000 installations worldwide. The company was founded in 1974 and is privately held in
Temecula, California, U.S.A. Opto 22 products are available through a global network of
distributors and system integrators. For more information, contact Opto 22 headquarters at
+1-951-695-3000 or visit www.opto22.com.