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Dick Caro's article on the state of wireless is finally up.

It is so important, both to Dick Caro and to me that we get this exactly right, that Dick's article has been subjected to one of the most intense editing processes I've ever put an article through. Comments were solicited from everybody involved in both SP100 and the HART Communication Foundation.

ISA100 editor team meets ad hoc to work out issues on the preliminary draft of ISA100.11a standard

From the press release:  Research Triangle Park, NC (13 March 2008) - The ISA100.11a editor team met last week at ISA headquarters in Research Triangle Park, NC. The team met to study the comments received from the review of the preliminary draft ISA100.11a standard that was conducted by members of...

Standards based wireless moves forward...

...aha! You thought I meant ISA100, didn't you?  Well, there are other standards-based wireless efforts underway that impact directly the field sensor space in the process industries. None of them are as far along as ISA100.11a, or WirelessHART, and none are backed by any major sensor or transmitter or controls...

You heard it here first-- ISA and HART agree to collaborate

As I told you all in this blog after ISA, the fix is in. There will not be, God willing and the creek don't rise, another fieldbus war around the wireless standards for industrial plants. Here's the official release from ISA and HART Communication Foundation: ISA and HART Communication Foundation...

The European Perspective on ISA Expo 2007

Walt's on his way to China, but before he left, he sent me a link to "ProcessingTalk" newsletter--which covers all things process manufacturing around the world from the U.K. This edition on the newsletter contains a view of ISA Expo 2007 from a return visitor from across the pond.

But where's the OTHER wireless press release?

You know, the one where ISA and the HCF jointly announce that WirelessHART is going to become part of the ISA100.11a standard? The one that announces the end to the wireless war? Why haven't we seen that one? We know there's a deal. I have described it in this blog.

Just to keep us all honest, HCF brings out the elephant guns again.

Last week, as this blog reported, those responsible for way, way more than 50% of the revenue of the entire automation industry trooped into the SP100 meeting and made their feelings known. Whether it was because of them, or despite them, we arrived at a consensus compromise.

One last thing from the SP100 closing plenary...here's the deal...

At the SP100 Closing Plenary, SP100 co-chair Wayne Manges announced the compromise to include the WirelessHART specification into ISA10.11a as "inclusion by accommodation in Release 1," using a dual network, single gateway model, and considering interchangeability in Release 2. "Unless," he clarified, "there are technical reasons why interchangeability is not possible.

ISA launches ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute

"We have decided to launch what we're calling the development phase of the compliance institute," said ISA's Chip Lee. The ISA100 Wireless Compliance institute will facilitate the development of and compliance with ISA100.11a. This will run in parallel with the development of the standard itself, and create a test specification...

GE Energy launches product based on proposed ISA100.11a

GE Energy announced yesterday at ISA new wireless condition monitoring products from their former Bently Nevada division. One of the key takeaways from the release is its claim to be ISA100.11a compliant. Since the first release of ISA100.11a is not likely before late 2008, end users believe that GE needs,...