The ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute (WCI) www.isa100wci.org announced the November 13, 2012 completion of the interoperability trial to verify its Generic Client Interface (GCI) specification. The GCI is an important component of the ISA100.11a architecture as it defines many of the requirements for ANSI/ISA-100.11a based gateways.
One would think that because the Fieldbus Foundation defines so many other parameters in its standards that the time for the Compel Data message used for the Publish/Subscribe messages on which control in the field is based would also be standardized. Not so.
Though not a networking topic, the development of “smart instruments” as a result of the associated digital connectivity was a contributing factor. While at the ISA Calgary Exhibition last week and during my day there had a chance to wander the floor for about an hour – between my time...
A little late, however I just found out that now that John Berra has officially retired, Dr. Gunther Kegel has been elected the chairman of the Fieldbus Foundation Board of Directors. John was chairman for 16 years – basically since the beginning.
The Honeywell User Group conference is in full swing down in Phoenix, and. in spite of the heat (yes, it is 98 deg F there this afternoon, which kind of puts a different perspective on the 68 deg F and cloudy here at ControlGlobal central).
After many years of "supporting OPC" by producing their own, incompatible, Honeywell OPC, Honeywell has acquired one of the fountainheads of OPC technology. For years, customers have complained that HOPC is a proprietary implementation of an open standard (!).
Thanks to the Icelandic volcano with the incredibly difficult to pronounce name (Eyjafjallajokull, pronounced like this), the normal HART Communication Foundation press conference at Hanover Fair has been cancelled.
The steamroller toward integrated device standards is rolling on. The latest to climb on the back of the steamroller is Honeywell. The goal is full device interoperability regardless of vendor. Let's hear it for everybody on the team.