Pat Schweitzer gave me permission to post this text-- it is the text of the talk he gave on Tuesday at the ISA100 opening plenary...and for the first time, ExxonMobil has allowed him to make a strong statement about how ExxonMobil feels about wireless.
We're going through a plenary session in which all the ISA100 Work Groups, Interest Groups, and Study Groups are sharing status reports. WG2 wants to go out of business. WG8 is back in business, and I have volunteered to be co-chair...
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.
Since it is clear that the current draft of ISA100.11a is incompatible with WirelessHART (already an IEC Publically Available Specification, and headed to being an IEC standard shortly), I've been wondering what the end user community thinks about this.