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.
The ballot for the current draft of ISA100.11a failed of receiving its required two-thirds majority to pass. The draft will be returned to the Working Group, along with the comments received, and we will do another round.
A new white paper on the uses of mesh networking in ISA100.11a Draft 2 has been posted in the ControlGlobal.com white paper library. Read the white paper:
65C/506A/PAS Project: IEC/PAS 62591 Ed.1 IEC/PAS 62591: Industrial communication networks - Fieldbus spec
First, the ISA100 leadership rushes out a draft standard after the editorial team "handles" over 2000 technical comments in less than 98 days (including weekends and holidays).
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. ...
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...
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.