The Great Kanduski: Best Practices in Industrial Networking

Electric cars increase Pollution

Though not an industrial networking problem this should be a ‘no brainer’ for engineers. Electric cars increase pollution. Electric vehicles do not eliminate pollution; they simply relocate the source of the emission to the coal generating station or other single point source instead.

Connecting Intelligence Everywhere

The TECH column in the April 12 issue of Fortune magazine (unfortunately I cannot give you a link to the article because the folks at CNN/Fortune do not think providing this sort of content in other than the print format I get to my door makes sense) had an article...

Wireless Misconceptions

When I read the Dilbert comic strip on Friday April 24 http://www.dilbert.com/strips/2010-04-24/ I could not help but wonder how many other folks, especially those approving projects think like the “pointy haired boss” who says in the final frame “It’s wireless. How hard could it be to not install wires?”

Conferences & Exhibitions - Learning Opportunities Extraordinaire

As an active member of the ISA Edmonton Section, I participated in the Sections biannual Conference and Exhibition http://www.isaedmontonshow.ca/ this past week. Being there in person rather than seeking out information via the web, which I often do because of my location not only gave me a chance to meet...

Overcoming the Wireless Sensor Network Bandwidth Problem

One of the challenges identified in our last posting http://community.controlglobal.com/content/mobile-communications-gdp was the increasing demand on the 2.4 GHz bands to be all things to all people and that unfortunately, IEEE 802.15.4  is further hindered by the restrictions put on the radios.  One possible solution is to migrate to a different...

Mobile Communications & GDP

The cover story in “The Economist” (392: #8650) focuses on how new communications technologies are beneficially transforming developing countries. One interesting statistic in the is that the study claims for every 10 mobile phones introduced per 100 people boosts growth in GDP per person by 0.8 percentage points.

Green Buildings and Automation

ASHRAE recently published a new standard 189.1 for the “Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-rise Residential Buildings” that can be viewed in the java based RealRead Viewer at http://openpub.realread.com/rrserver/browser?title=/ASHRAE_1/ashrae_189.1_113009M. Of most direct interest to the automation sector is part 7 of the document that deals with Energy Efficiency.

Asset Management – Using Smart Sensors in a smart way

The majority of new electronic field devices being installed today all have some form diagnostics capability and most of those also have some way of communicating their overall general health to another system that can make use of this information to improve overall plant reliability.

What can PoE do for me?

Most industry pundits believe it is only a matter of time before we will truly have ‘Ethernet everywhere’ and what that might mean. Other than the obvious increase in bandwidth and difference in power available via PoE what new measurements and sensors might now be possible? An obvious option of...

Foundation Fieldbus Seminar

I had the opportunity to attend the Fieldbus Foundation Seminar in Vancouver last week and was not only pleasantly surprised by the turn out, some folks drove up from Seattle, but more importantly the fact that several EPC companies were represented.