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My August editorial on wireless -- listen to the audio preview

I am sure this will anger some people, but I also think others will be moving their heads up and down, and others might even be cheering me on. Somebody has to say these things, or the situation will never improve. ...

HONEYWELL’S NEW ONEWIRELESS RELEASE IS ISA100-READY

Nivis releases ISA100.11a compatibility kit-- before standard exists...

Although the "draft ballot" appears to have barely squeaked by, with 23 approve votes, 10 no votes, at least two votes not counted for unaccountable reasons, and over 1400 technical and procedural comments, which in any other standards body would have meant an automatic rejection, the ISA100 juggernaut appears to be...

ISA100 Standards Committee Forms WirelessHART Convergence Subcommittee

ISA just released the following carefully crafted press release. It announces the creation of a WirelessHART Convergence Subcommittee. The ISA100 standards committee on wireless systems for automation has created a new subcommittee to address options for convergence of the ISA100.11a and WirelessHART standards.  This initiative is a key step in...

ISA's Wireless Compliance Institute Says They Are Making Progress

ISA released another press release yesterday in the run-up to the current draft ballot comment period for the ISA100.11a draft standard. Even though the .11a Working Group has many months of work to go to produce a buildable standard, and there may not be enough votes to pass the standard...

ISA100.11a Working Group Releases Preliminary Ballot

Below you will find, unedited, the text of a press release put out by ISA, announcing that the .11a Working Group has put out a preliminary ballot on the wireless standard they've been working on. It is extremely important when reading this press release to try to put it into context.

NEW ISA100 Survey Now Open!

As we did last year, Control magazine and ControlGlobal.com have teamed with the ISA100 Wireless Standard Committee to produce a major user survey on wireless. The questions were developed in cooperation with the ISA100 Marketing Working Group and the ISA100 User Working Group, and were produced by a group of...

Fieldbus Foundation Speaks Out on Wireless WAR

I received this letter from Rich Timoney, President and CEO of the Fieldbus Foundation. It was sent to all the voting members of ISA100. It speaks for itself.

Okay, here we go again--FUD and non-FUD from the Wireless WAR

I haven't been posting much about the ongoing Wireless War. There are significant reasons for this, including the fact that I am a working and voting member of ISA100, and chose to do as much as I could within the committee. Recently, this incredibly disfunctional committee became even more so.

And a wireless announcement from Honeywell...

ARC estimates that there are over 50 million field devices installed. Roughly half of them aren't digitally-enabled, and cannot use WirelessHART or ISA100 technologies. In the new world of wireless, there is a need to be able to incorporate these sensors into networks.