Hesh Kagan says it is better to be a WINA than a loosa.

Kagan, with his usual dry wit, explained what WINA, the wireless industrial networking alliance, is about, what it does, and what its mission is. "Our mission is to promote the adoption of wireless technologies and solutions that improve the efficiencies, production and safety of industrial manufacturing and processes," Kagan said.

You can see the presentations we're seeing online!

Go to and you can download the presentations that are being given at this conference....

Chip Lee from ISA mitigates the damage to the HART/SP100 relationship, and Wally Pratt speaks!

Making very clear that ISA is committed to working with the HART foundation, Chip Lee, who is in charge of standards at ISA among other things, introduced Wally Pratt, the chief engineer of the HART Communication Foundation.

John Berra on wireless: "No wires. No limits."

"I consider myself a veteran in living through and working through technology changes," Berra started out, noting that he had been an ISA member for 38 years. He went through the ringing of the changes from pneumatics to fieldbus.

Harsh Chitale from Honeywell on Wireless

Harsh Chitale, new vice president of strategy and marketing for Honeywell Process Systems, is presenting "Top Considerations for Selecting Your Industrial Wireless Solution." "Whenever there is a bunch of buzz about something, there is always the risk of rushing into something without doing the planning necessary.

Wally Pratt responds...and Kinney continues...

Wally Pratt, chief engineer of HART Communication Foundation, responded that WirelessHART will coexist with S100.11a. Kinney said, "I believe that both systems will work transparently, and that you won't even notice that both networks are operating." Kinney also said that SP100 is working with the IEC community, and that it...

Next up: Wayne Manges, co-chair, SP100

Wayne Manges, co-chair of ISA's SP100 committee, presented an overview of all things wireless yesterday, and received great arousal from the end user community. This morning, Wayne is presenting an overview of S100. S100 is supposed to be a reliable, universal family of wireless standards, backed by ISA expertise, heritage...

ISA Wireless Summit

Your humble servant (we're in Canada, eh?) is blogging this morning from the ISA Wireless Summit, formally titled Wireless Solutions for Manufacturing Automation. Pat Gouhin led off with a brief description of ISA's activities and turned the meeting over to Andre Restaino, who is the Compliance Institute leader at ISA.

Jake Brodsky offers a contrarian view on wireless in the plant

Jake Brodsky, automation guru and SCADA gadfly, posted this on the SCADA list earlier today, and I asked his permission to post it. Folks, I like radios. I've been fascinated with them since I was five years old.

Cisco tosses their hat into the wireless ring

Effectively saying they can do the same things that Apprion and Honeywell and Invensys have announced in the past three weeks, Cisco (from their press release) today announced a new mobility solution for the oil and gas industry, the Cisco First Mile Wireless solution.