Wireless Guide

Our Wireless Guide sorts through the confusing maze of technologies, standards and issues that is the current wireless landscape. With the help of Control's Editor in Chief Walt Boyes, you can discern the lay of the land and begin to figure out what wireless technologies -- if any -- are right for you.

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 In addition to Walt's guide, there are links to other Control  stories, commentary,  podcasts, white papers and blog reports, as well as the results of our survey of 500 wireless users.  

All Quite on the Wireless Front
By Walt Boyes
End Users Have Voted With Their Feet, Ignoring Standards Wars and Moving Ahead With Useful Apps

By Walt Boyes
Wireless field devices are shipping, but adoption questions remain.

High Wireless
By Jim Montague
Most folks now believe wireless can work in their process applications. Here’s how veteran users do wireless, and how you can do it too.

The Shocking Truth About Wireless
By Walt Boyes, Editor in Chief
What You Must Know to Use Wireless Systems in Your Plant 

Wireless: A Field Guide to Industrial Wireless
No other technology has been written about, trumpeted by vendors and snipped by critics like the use of wireless communications in the process industry.

Survey Snapshots wireless Users
CONTROL recently conducted its first SP100 Wireless Survey of almost 500 readers about where and how they use wireless in their plant-floor applications.
By Jim Montague, executive editor
To see graphs on the results of the Wireless Survey, go to www.controlglobal.com/wirelessurvey.html

Fieldbus Market Intelligence Report
An electronic survey of Control readers was conducted in June, 2007, in order to identify usage and application trends of fieldbus networks among the process automation professionals who comprise Control ’s readership. Detailed survey results are presented on here.

High Hopes for "Low PAN" 
Wireless sensing technology for manufacturing is converging in some areas. At the physical, or radio layer all of the major standards groups have converged on the IEEE 802.15.4 standard. On July 2007, the ISA SP100 working group voted to use the latest update to this standard as the sensor network in its initial standard for wireless sensing in manufacturing.


Cutting the wires 
Users want wireless, vendors want to sell wireless, so what’s the problem? Our August cover story tackles one of the most discussed topics: the use of wireless communications in process automation.

Power Plant Goes Wireless
While many folks put one toe in the water, some jump in with both feet...

Users get an early look at WirelessHART
At the May 2007 SP100 meeting, Executive Director Ron Helson and Chief Engineer Wally Pratt of the HART Communication Foundation gave a detailed presentation to the committee on WirelessHART. For the first time in a completely public forum, we are pleased to provide this same presentation. This is the straight scoop, without any FUD, straight from the source.

Defining Coexistence, Interoperability and Compatibility
By Walt Boyes, Editor in Chief
A Guide for Users to Determine Which of the Several Wireless Sensor Systems Is Best Suited to Use In Their Plants

Extending the Sensor Network
How Many Pressure and Temperature Gauges (2-1/2", 4," 6" Round, Magnehelics, etc.) Are There In Your Plant?

Wireless Readiness from an Automation Industry User Perspective
By Larry Pereira
ISA SP100 Wireless User Are Ready to Deploy Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) within their Facilities

Not Playing Nice
If You Were Waiting for the ISA Standard to Make Everything Right, You Might as Well Stop. It Isn’t Going to Happen

Chicago’s Navy Pier Welcomes Siemens exiderdome
Unique Technology Exhibit Gives Manufacturers a New Look at the World of Automation

Beach Blanket Control
“PlantBerries” Won’t Control Processes Any Time Soon, but They Do Break the Link Between Many Workers and Their Control Rooms

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