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Oh, yeah...about Cooper Industries...they did it again.

Not content with swallowing up British company MTL, Cooper Industries quietly bought two other companies right after Christmas, including Omnex Controls, the British Columbia-based wireless firm. Unlike MTL, which appears headed for Cooper Crouse-Hinds, Omnex appears to have been bought for Cooper Bussmann.

You heard it here first-- ISA and HART agree to collaborate

As I told you all in this blog after ISA, the fix is in. There will not be, God willing and the creek don't rise, another fieldbus war around the wireless standards for industrial plants. Here's the official release from ISA and HART Communication Foundation: ISA and HART Communication Foundation...

WirelessHART: it's not just for process variables anymore

So here we have all those unloved, lonely discrete inputs in the process plant. Things like on-off switches, level switches, flow switches, alarm switches...all those things that we don't usually think of as being part of the process and that sit out in the plant feeling abandoned and uncaredfor.

But where's the OTHER wireless press release?

You know, the one where ISA and the HCF jointly announce that WirelessHART is going to become part of the ISA100.11a standard? The one that announces the end to the wireless war? Why haven't we seen that one? We know there's a deal. I have described it in this blog.

Just to keep us all honest, HCF brings out the elephant guns again.

Last week, as this blog reported, those responsible for way, way more than 50% of the revenue of the entire automation industry trooped into the SP100 meeting and made their feelings known. Whether it was because of them, or despite them, we arrived at a consensus compromise.

One last thing from the SP100 closing plenary...here's the deal...

At the SP100 Closing Plenary, SP100 co-chair Wayne Manges announced the compromise to include the WirelessHART specification into ISA10.11a as "inclusion by accommodation in Release 1," using a dual network, single gateway model, and considering interchangeability in Release 2. "Unless," he clarified, "there are technical reasons why interchangeability is not possible.

ISA launches ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute

"We have decided to launch what we're calling the development phase of the compliance institute," said ISA's Chip Lee. The ISA100 Wireless Compliance institute will facilitate the development of and compliance with ISA100.11a. This will run in parallel with the development of the standard itself, and create a test specification...

Honeywell is on board at SP100

In an interview this morning, Honeywell's Global Wireless Director, Jeff Becker, went on the record to declare, "We are fully in support of the compromise worked out by the SP100 dot11a committee. We understand it to be a dual-network single gateway compromise in Release 1 moving to complete interchangeability and...

The ISA SP100 Plenary Session convenes...

Wayne Manges and Pat Schweitzer convened the plenary meeting by going over the groundrules. Nick Sands from DuPont and the Standards and Practices Board, who with Marty Zielinski of Emerson Process Management, is the Managing Director of SP100, gave an inspiring little talk about what "consensus" really means and warned the...

And yet another one tries to cash in...

Check out the list of venture capital partners at the end of the press release... Technology Venture TO DELIVER WIRELESS SENSOR solution REQUIRing NO CABLING FOR COMMUNICATIONS AND NO BATTERIES FOR POWER October 2, 2007 - Utrecht - The Netherlands - GreenPeak Technologies today announced a revolutionary new product portfolio...