GeneAL is the abbreviation for ‘Generische Architektur für Leitstände’ (Generic architecture for control rooms). In control rooms, operators use software to monitor and control industrial equipment and processes. There are two major challenges for the software systems used. On the one hand, information from a wide range of sources must be brought together. On the other hand, operators must understand this information quickly and easily, especially in critical situations, in order to derive recommendations for action.