Wireless Sanity Prevails--ISA100.11a D2 ballot fails

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.

How do end users REALLY feel about wireless interoperability? Let's ask!

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.

New whitepaper on the use of mesh networking in ISA100.11a Draft 2

A new white paper on the uses of mesh networking in ISA100.11a Draft 2 has been posted in the white paper library. Read the white paper:

Emerson lands huge WirelessHART project order from PDVSA

From Emerson's press release:

Real World Wireless

In a press conference held Monday at 2008 Emerson Global Users Exchange, BP and six other end users of Emerson Process Management’s Smart Wireless technology described the real-world benefits already being achieved in many different industries around the globe. "

WirelessHART wins IEC ballot-- now IEC/PAS 62591 Ed. 1

65C/506A/PAS Project: IEC/PAS 62591 Ed.1 IEC/PAS 62591: Industrial communication networks - Fieldbus spec

Can we be even more obvious, ISA? This is embarrassing a fine institution!

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).

This is not your daddy's HART

Went from Park City, UT (did I mention that there's nothing to do in the summer in Park City) to Austin to meet with the HART Communication Foundation. Control is preparing the annual HART supplement for our September edition.

ISA100 Standards Committee Forms WirelessHART Convergence Subcommittee

ISA just released the following carefully crafted press release. It announces the creation of a WirelessHART Convergence Subcommittee. The ISA100 standards committee on wireless systems for automation has created a new subcommittee to address options for convergence of the ISA100.11a and WirelessHART standards.  This initiative is a key step in...