ISA takes first step toward wireless standard approval | Automation.com

ISA takes first step toward wireless standard approval

Research Triangle Park, NC (15 May 2008) - The ISA100.11a Working Group, a working group within the ISA100 Committee, has officially begun its first letter ballot on its draft standard, the first in the ISA100 universal family of wireless standards.

The ballot opened on Monday, 5 May, and will close on Tuesday, 3 June. ISA100.11a Working Group members may vote on the ballot, and may provide editorial or technical comments.

"This draft standard reflects a collaborative effort between end users and vendors on the ISA100.11a Working Group, and that's what makes this standard relevant," said Jim Reizner, Section Head, Corporate Engineering, Procter & Gamble, and co-chair of the ISA100 Users Working Group. "The end user community will benefit from the ISA100.11a standard once it's approved, and we're on our way to making that happen."

The ISA100.11a standard is designed to provide a wireless industrial process automation network to address control, alerting, and monitoring applications plant-wide. The standard focuses on battery powered field devices with the ability to scale to large installations. It addresses wireless infrastructure, interfaces to legacy host applications plus security, and network management requirements in a functionally scalable manner.

"We're thrilled to release the draft standard for letter ballot," said ISA100 co-chair Patrick Schweitzer of ExxonMobil Research and Engineering. "The ISA100.11a contributors have worked very hard to develop an open standard that's simple for users to implement and deploy. This is an important first step in a thorough approval process outlined in ISA guidelines. We look forward to input from the working group members to ensure a clear, concise, effective standard for end users and suppliers around the world."

About ISA
Founded in 1945, ISA is a leading, global, nonprofit organization that is setting the standard for automation by helping over 30,000 worldwide members and other professionals solve difficult technical problems, while enhancing their leadership and personal career capabilities. Based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, ISA develops standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; and hosts the largest conference and exhibition for automation professionals in the Western Hemisphere. ISA is the founding sponsor of The Automation Federation.

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