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Situation Awareness-Oriented Alarm Visualizations: A next Step in HSC Environments

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Due to their effective capability to fix the attention of control room operators to such conditions that require some kind of response, alarm visualizations have become key control artefacts in Human Supervisory Control environments. Nevertheless, the increasing complexity and interconnectivity of controlled processes highlights the necessity of new control artefacts that support both identification and diagnosis tasks. In this line of work, this paper posits the need of redesigning alarm visualizations in order to assist not only the real-time detection of failures but also the achievement of Situation Awareness by control room operators. Based on dynamic interaction and exploration capabilities, this new design perspective for alarm visualizations may improve the operator’s ability to diagnose the causes of abnormal situations.

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