The ballot for the current draft of ISA100.11a failed of receiving its required two-thirds majority to pass. The draft will be returned to the Working Group, along with the comments received, and we will do another round.
ISA just released the following carefully crafted press release. It announces the creation of a WirelessHART Convergence Subcommittee. The ISA100 standards committee on wireless systems for automation has created a new subcommittee to address options for convergence of the ISA100.11a and WirelessHART standards.
Below you will find, unedited, the text of a press release put out by ISA, announcing that the .11a Working Group has put out a preliminary ballot on the wireless standard they've been working on. It is extremely important when reading this press release to try to put it into context.
As we did last year, Control magazine and ControlGlobal.com have teamed with the ISA100 Wireless Standard Committee to produce a major user survey on wireless. The questions were developed in cooperation with the ISA100 Marketing Working Group and the ISA100 User Working Group, and were produced by a group of...
I haven't been posting much about the ongoing Wireless War. There are significant reasons for this, including the fact that I am a working and voting member of ISA100, and chose to do as much as I could within the committee. Recently, this incredibly disfunctional committee became even more so.
Hearking back to the press release ISA put out last week, it appears that the first draft of the ISA100.11a standard was NOT voted out of the Task Group in China as the press release indicated it would be.
While the SP100 committee (or those of us that could afford to take a week, and $10,000 to do it) meets in Chongqing, China, ISA today sent out a press release extolling something that may or may not have happened yet...an interoperability demonstration of ISA100.11a instruments in China.
From the press release: Research Triangle Park, NC (13 March 2008) - The ISA100.11a editor team met last week at ISA headquarters in Research Triangle Park, NC. The team met to study the comments received from the review of the preliminary draft ISA100.11a standard that was conducted by members of...