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Hard hat vs Black hat - the hype versus reality

The issue of critical infrastructure protection, or control system cyber security, is getting to be more popular with the mainstream IT community as demonstrated by the number of presentations at Black Hat. The issue is really separating the real issues from the hype.

For the third straight year, end users prefer IEC62591-WirelessHART #pauto #wireless

For the past several years I have been running surveys on user preferences for wireless field sensor networks.

Forget the ISA100.11a-WirelessHART Feud ... Home Wireless Is Where It's at

Our U.K. correspondent, Andrew Bond, says that while following the soap opera of the ISA/WirelessHART standards wars may make for a good read, the real action in wireless is happening much closer to home--literally. In the February issue of Bond's  Industrial Automation Insider, he reports that "home automation system shipments...

Forget the ISA100.11a-WirelessHART Feud ... Home Wireless Is Where It's at

Our U.K. correspondent, Andrew Bond, says that while following the soap opera of the ISA/WirelessHART standards wars may make for a good read, the real action in wireless is happening much closer to home--literally. In the February issue of Bond's  Industrial Automation Insider, he reports that "home automation system shipments...

Wireless Standards- here's a reality check

Here's a reality check for everybody who thinks that the choice is between WirelessHART and ISA100 and Zigbee. This is a press release from Bob Eckery at EnOcean:

How Secure is Smart Grid??? Read this and answer it for yourself.

We received this press release this morning from GE Energy. While we applaud GE and its customer for being in the forefront of Smart Grid technology, we continue to wonder, reading the release, where the security provisions come in.

Wurldtech expands into wireless network security

New press release from Wurldtech signals a movement into wireless network security as well as wired network security:

Don't you dare count ZigBee out of industrial wireless sensor networks!

And further to the idea that there WILL be multiple wireless standards used in the industrial plant environment, here's a press release from the ZigBee folks that clearly plants them in the race for wireless sensor networks, not only in the process plant, not only in the discrete plant...

The law of unintended consequences-- sometimes it is a good thing.

The law of unintended consequences sometimes strikes in a good way. This is analogous to the real way the armed forces are organized. Personnel issues in the military are handled by two offices. Most people see the "Surprise Party Department." But every so often, the "Fairy Godmother Department," (which, according...