ISA100.11a and WirelessHART Go Open Source
The open source offering will include all software components for both ISA100.11a and WirelessHART: ISA100.11a: Field Device, Backbone Router, Gateway, System Manager and Security Manager; WirelessHART: Field Device, Access Point, Gateway, Network Manager and Security Manager.
"The open-source model that Nivis has chosen to adopt has proven to be a strong stimulant to innovation and adoption in other technology segments," said Doug Johns, CEO of Nivis. "We expect the same result with industrial wireless networking. Our goal is to get the technology into more users' hands, faster, which we expect will stimulate the whole market."
Nivis will use a hybrid model, in which the core software is freely available, with Nivis selling a complete suite of supporting services and hardware, which will include:
Professional services - consulting and support,
ATEX Zone 2 gateways (VersaRouter 900),
OEM gateway modules (VersaRouter 800),
Radio modules (VersaNode 210, 220, 310),
Hardware reference designs,
Handheld provisioning tools,
Network simulation devices.
The ISA100.11a and WirelessHART open source software will be available as follows:
Enterprise version available at www.nivis.com/OpenSource - April 15, 2013.
Developer version available for download at www.nivis.com/OpenSource - May 15, 2013.
Open source forums available on Nivis website at www.nivis.com/Forums - May 15, 2013. This link is still under construction.