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Optimizing Wireless Technology: Perspectives of the End User

Dick Caro says he has always represented the end user. Unless you have the end-user you won't sell anything. Dick Caro CEO of CMC Associates: Business Strategy & Professional Services Vice President of ARC Advisory Group in Dedham, Massachusetts Chairman of ISA SP50 and formerly of IEC Fieldbus Standards Committees...

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.

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.

Microsoft on wireless...

Dan Arildson from Microsoft noted that wireless devices started out nearly as toys, but now many industries have mission critical wireless apps. Fedex and UPS, for example, he noted, run every bit of revenue through wireless devices as they deliver and pick up packages.

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.

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.

What is cool about user groups

At one of the sessions here at the Foxboro User Group, Jim Montague heard two end users talking. One said he was jealous of the other. He was impressed with what the other user had done with wireless in his plant.

Solving the Security versus Access Dilemma

Moo! Snort! Ouch! It's called the "horns of a dilemma" for a reason. And, while they're not sprinting in Spain's running of the bulls this summer, process control managers and their IT-based counterparts have the equally difficult task of securing their networks from intrusions and malicious software, but still making...