There are lots of good technical societies that do good work and offer great benefits to members. I'm thinking ISA, WBF, SAE, SME, etc., etc. They're serious and important, and I wouldn't diss any of them for the world.
...aha! You thought I meant ISA100, didn't you? Well, there are other standards-based wireless efforts underway that impact directly the field sensor space in the process industries. None of them are as far along as ISA100.11a, or WirelessHART, and none are backed by any major sensor or transmitter or controls...
You know, the one where ISA and the HCF jointly announce that WirelessHART is going to become part of the ISA100.11a standard? The one that announces the end to the wireless war? Why haven't we seen that one? We know there's a deal. I have described it in this blog.
Last week, as this blog reported, those responsible for way, way more than 50% of the revenue of the entire automation industry trooped into the SP100 meeting and made their feelings known. Whether it was because of them, or despite them, we arrived at a consensus compromise.
That appears to be the real issue. Several of the most technical members of the committee have explained that they believe that it is relatively minor impact on ISA100 to accommodate WirelessHART. "I am not hearing anybody suggesting that SP100 should be adopting WirelessHART without any changes.
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.
The August cover story for Control is posted at www.controlglobal.com/wirelessguide.html. We've done this a little differently this month. In the magazine, everywhere there is a web resource, we've indicated it with a little circle-i caret. So we made a single page to go to where you can find both the...