PTO, FF and HCF put more pressure on wireless cooperation

In a joint press release to be issued this morning, the Fieldbus Foundation, HART Communication Foundation, and the Profibus Nutzeroganization (PTO) will announce the formation of a "Wireless Collaboration Team" aimed at producing a single "common interface to a wireless gateway." The release says that the three organizations "have also agreed to base their work on the WirelessHARTâ„¢ technology of the HART Communication Foundation and the emerging ISA SP 100.11a standard." The final text of the release appears below:

Three leading organizations dedicated to control network technology, the Fieldbus Foundation (FF), HART Communication Foundation and Profibus Nutzerorganisation e.V. (PNO), have formed a Wireless Cooperation Team to begin an unprecedented project to collaborate on wireless technology in the manufacturing and process industries. The new project is an extension of the organization's successful collaboration on Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL) and another step to deliver consistent functionality to end users.

The introduction of wireless technology into the manufacturing and process industries will require suppliers, end users, and international standards bodies to address technical issues related to wireless applications. FF, HART, and PNO are working together in the interest of establishing a common, open standard. The intent of the collaboration is to facilitate the acceptance of wireless technology.

The three organizations have agreed to develop a specification for a common interface to a wireless gateway. The organizations have also agreed to base their work on the WirelessHARTâ„¢ technology of the HART Communication Foundation and the emerging ISA SP 100.11a standard. The project shall develop use cases, requirements and specifications for wireless communication with intelligent field devices in process measurement and control applications in the Automation Industries. The goal of the cooperative project shall be to create a common specification while insuring complete compatibility with the existing wired versions of each participant's technology.

As was done with their EDDL cooperation, the three organizations have also agreed to develop a common set of compliance guidelines for incorporation into their respective product registration processes.

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