Far from being an "emerging standard" (which is the way I'd describe ISA100.11a) the WirelessHART and HART 7 "ecosystem" (as we are now told we have to call the vendor supply chain systems) appears to be growing and flourishing at an astonishing rate.
As the ISA100.11a draft standard nears approval, the chorus of vendors committed to WirelessHART, at least for now, continues to swell. Last month, at Interkama, ELPRO Technologies, Emerson, Endress+Hauser, Pepperl+Fuchs and MACTek all launched WirelessHART products.
Everybody is jumping on the wireless train. Wireless is becoming either the greatest enabling technology since the PC and PLC, or an overhyped bubble ready to burst any minute. End users will now be even more confused than they already are.
At the ISA Expo 2008 Conference Planning Committee meeting this weekend, Robert Shear from Dust Networks told me how much he agreed with Nancy Bartels, who posted a great idea a few weeks ago-- that we ought to be building components for the Sims and Second Life, and other simulation...
Dust Networks, the creator of what has become WirelessHART, has announced the first set of OEM products for WirelessHART. These products are a complete suite for instrument vendors to WirelessHART-enable their product lines, without doing the R&D necessary to do it themselves. Products will be available in Q1 2008.
Steve Toteta, new kid from Dust Networks, is talking about an economic perspective on wireless mesh networking. His agenda: Wireless Sensor Networking Economic Impact Case Studies Self organizing and self healing mesh technology brings many things to the industrial environment.