The alarm system and a possible way forward
Journal article, 2012

The aim of this paper is to make a review of studies concerning problems with alarm systems and to make a theoretical analysis of these problems. The aim is also to show some general design ideas to improve alarm presentation in process descriptions. Using research results from situation awareness and decision making a number of suggestions for further development of alarm systems are presented. Recommendations include providing operators of complex systems feedback that can support their mental models and situational awareness. Furthermore a recommendation is to design alarm systems that can learn from experience.

process control

dynamic decision making

complex systems

Alarm systems


Håkan Alm

Luleå University of Technology

Anna-Lisa Osvalder

Chalmers, Product and Production Development, Design and Human Factors

Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation

1875-9270 (ISSN)

Vol. 41 Supplement 1/ 2012 2840-2844

Subject Categories

Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics

Human Computer Interaction

Areas of Advance

Information and Communication Technology




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