9/22/2004 - Web browser based operator interface terminals are forecast to grow at compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15.5% through 2006, according to Venture Development Corporation's latest research report, "The North American Markets for Industrial Electronic Monitors and Operator Interface Terminals."
Web browser terminals offer many advantages over the other types of operator interfaces studied - primarily by utilizing the user's existing network. They can also act as a pager, PDA (personal digital assistant), computer, or e-mail client based on triggered times or events. Some other benefits cited by end users include:
One perceived drawback to the Web browser operator interface terminal, which many users are understandably concerned with, is the lack of security. There are, however, many precautions that can be taken to address this problem. This may be one reason that end users are increasingly outsourcing implementation of operator interface terminals to OEMs and systems integrators.
Venture Development Corporation (VDC) is an independent technology market research and strategy consulting firm that specializes in a number of embedded, industrial, defense and niche enterprise IT markets. VDC has been operating since 1971, when graduates of the Harvard Business School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology founded the firm. Today, we employ a talented collection of analysts and consultants who offer a rare combination of expertise in the market research process; experience in technology product and program management, and formal training in engineering and marketing. VDC's clients include thousands of the largest and fastest growing tech suppliers in the world and the most successful investors participating in the markets we cover.
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