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How can an engineer with one small tool, fix a massive outer-space station filled with sensors, cables and millions of wireless networks with just that one tool? Well, in today's world, we're not quite at the point of having tricorder scanners, but we're getting closer.
Today, wireless tools and applications are not science fiction. Our homes have WLANs. Can you even buy a TV without a wireless remote control? In our workplaces, wireless switches, sensors, transceivers and more can monitor vital plant and production information, plant safety, network breaches and alarms.
Editor-in-Chief Walt Boyes discusses technology forecasts for flow, level, temperature and pressure sensors in his report, "Wireless Arrays on New Sensor Frontier." Read this report at http://bit.ly/9ms56W or watch Boyes' FutureCast video on primary process variables at http://bit.ly/cj8wvc.
Log on to http://bit.ly/a9DLwl and watch the video, "How End Users Have Reduced Cost and Increased Efficiency with Wireless Technology," to learn how wireless technology can help increase plant asset uptime and reduce maintenance costs.
Engineers still need more than a magic, one-tool-fixes-all tricorder scanner. However getting up to speed on wireless technology is quickly becoming a must-do, and small handheld devices that watch over plant operations are almost as necessary as a calculator. To learn more about our online wireless resources and extensive coverage of wireless issues, visit the Wireless Guide at www.controlglobal.com/wirelessguide.html or search our site.