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Some news trickles back from ISA100's China adventure...

Hearking back to the press release ISA put out last week, it appears that the first draft of the ISA100.11a standard was NOT voted out of the Task Group in China as the press release indicated it would be.

Standards FUD

While the SP100 committee (or those of us that could afford to take a week, and $10,000 to do it) meets in Chongqing, China, ISA today sent out a press release extolling something that may or may not have happened yet...an interoperability demonstration of ISA100.11a instruments in China.

A little from the wireless world-- AirSprite's new model makes WirelessHART accessible faster

The historical knock on WirelessHART (if a standard that's been in existence for less than a year can be said to have history) is that there is only one supplier-- one supplier for the silicon, and one supplier for the products.

More companies to follow with WirelessHART products

At least seven and perhaps up to as many as eleven more companies expect to have WirelessHART products on the market by summer. You'll find out who all of them are as they give me permission to announce their products.

From the News Desk: Emerson First Out of the Gate with WirelessHART

The following release just popped up in my email box. Emerson First to Offer WirelessHART Automation Products Emerson is now taking orders for open, industry standards-based products in its Smart Wireless portfolio  

ISA100 editor team meets ad hoc to work out issues on the preliminary draft of ISA100.11a standard

From the press release:  Research Triangle Park, NC (13 March 2008) - The ISA100.11a editor team met last week at ISA headquarters in Research Triangle Park, NC. The team met to study the comments received from the review of the preliminary draft ISA100.11a standard that was conducted by members of...

Power scavenging strikes again!

Listen up, vendors! They want to license this...any takers?   From the press release: Micropelt’s TE-Power-Bolt Generates up to 15mW Power from Excess Heat Makes Wireless Sensors Maintenance Free  Freiburg, Germany – March 11, 2008 – Micrope...

Standards based wireless moves forward...

...aha! You thought I meant ISA100, didn't you?  Well, there are other standards-based wireless efforts underway that impact directly the field sensor space in the process industries. None of them are as far along as ISA100.11a, or WirelessHART, and none are backed by any major sensor or transmitter or controls...

Automation Gadget Geeks Rejoice! Bluetooth HART Modem!

From the press release: World’s Only Explosion Proof Bluetooth HART Modem for Smart Instrument Communication Improves Safety and Reduces Costs ProComSol, Ltd., has announced the release of a unique product for smart plant instrument communication.  The HM-BT-VIN, HART Modem Bluetooth Voltage Input, is the only explosion proof Bluetooth HART modem...

Apprion gets Mike Bradley

Mike Bradley, former CEO of Wonderware, is joining Apprion as CEO. Steve Lambright, current CEO, is remaining with the company as VP of marketing and customer services. Bradley brings great knowledge of the automation marketplace, along with global growth and distribution expertise, to the wireless startup....