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New ISA100 Wireless™ Capabilities Demonstrated at Hannover Messe and ISA Calgary Events

5/3/2013

Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (3 May 2013) – ISA100 Wireless™ product demonstrations at the 2013 Hannover Messe Fair showcased peer-to-peer control, support for three different legacy protocols in a single ISA100 Wireless mesh network, and a gas sensor designed for SIL2 safety applications.
 
The object-oriented characteristics of ISA100 Wireless enables support for legacy (proprietary) protocols in wireless industrial networks. The Hannover demonstration included devices from FlowServe, Honeywell, and GE independently transmitting control information using proprietary protocols on a single ISA100 Wireless network. ISA100 Wireless’ object-oriented technology assures interoperability within a flexible framework, supports new protocols, and future proofs users’ wireless network investment.
 
Proprietary protocol support enables device suppliers to easily participate in ISA100 Wireless networks, opening up new market opportunities while mitigating the need/costs to convert their core technology. Legacy protocol support protects user investments in applications already installed at operational sites and enables ISA100 Wireless network evolution.
 
Peer-to-peer control was demonstrated using an ISA100 Wireless Yokogawa pressure transmitter communicating directly to an ISA100 Wireless Flowserve smart valve positioner. Communication for valve control was direct and did not pass through a gateway device or host system.
 
New for this year, GasSecure demonstrated a wireless gas sensor product designed for use in SIL2 certified safety systems. GasSecure’s product showed the flexibility of the ISA100 Wireless protocol through creative integration of a PROFIsafe layer over the ISA100 Wireless mesh network communication layers.
 
Duo-cast technology for reliability, only available with ISA100 Wireless, was highlighted in the Yokogawa product, which demonstrated superior data throughput for critical applications such as control in the field.
 
ISA100 Wireless’ superior technical features include:
 
  • True, distributed control in the field (object technology in smart devices)
  • Multiple protocols, including wired HART®, supported in a single network (object technology)
  • Functionality beyond traditional WSN applications
  • Time-enhanced, two-layer AES-128 based security, and support for all AES security levels
  • Easy to use: provision over the air (OTA) or directly using out of band (OOB)
  • Scalable and reliable network tested to 500 devices (to date)
  • Proven reliability in congested wireless environments
  • IPv6-based technology (6LoWPAN) for industrial applications, supports the ‘internet of things’

“This is our third year at Hannover and the number and types of ISA100 Wireless products have expanded significantly,” said Andre Ristaino, Managing Director, WCI. “The key benefits of the ISA100 Wireless protocol have shifted from theoretical/on-paper to actual products and applications. One of this year’s developments at Hannover was the significant increase in interest from product integrators and other stakeholders that comprise technology ecosystems; expanding our technical ecosystem to further product development speed is a strategic ISA100 WCI goal for 2013.”

About ISA100 Wireless™
ISA100 Wireless is the first international industrial wireless networking standard in the ISA100 open family of standards, focusing upon the needs of process industries. The ISA100 Wireless Compliant™ certification ensures that supplier companies deliver interoperable wireless products and provides users the freedom to choose best-of-breed ISA100 Wireless devices from a large pool of suppliers. As a result, automation engineers are able to create, modify, optimize and scale wireless networks quickly at user sites. With ISA100 Wireless, customers gain a solution that is open, interoperable, scalable and reliable for their most critical applications. ISA100 Wireless technology is simple to deploy, secure, control ready, and supports legacy and future applications. Built from the ground-up using open industry standards, ISA100 Wireless includes native IPv6 addressing, 6LoWPAN technology, AES-128 encryption, IEEE 802.15.4 radios, duocast transmission and object technology enabling control in the field.
 
The ISA100 Wireless standard received ISA committee approval in 2011 and formal ANSI approval in January 2012. Headed toward internationalization, the formal standard, ANSI/ISA-100.11a-2011 was accepted as new work in IEC SC65C and as a Publicly Available Specification (PAS) IEC 62734 in 2011. Stakeholders comprising the ISA100 Committee included professionals from more than 250 companies worldwide made up of end users, technology suppliers, research and development professionals, academia and other industry consortia and standards bodies. Planned additions to the ISA100 family of standards include support for backhaul functionality, factory automation, power management, asset and people tracking and other key use-cases.
 
About the ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute
The ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute (ISA100 WCI) is a non-profit industry organization providing users and developers with market awareness, educational information, technical support and compliance testing for the ISA100 family of standards. ISA100 WCI provides real-world feedback from deployment of ISA100Wireless devices and systems to ISA Standards Committees, fostering rapid refinement to the standards.
 
More information about the ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute can be found online at www.isa100wci.org.

Press Contacts:
Lisa Grau
GrauPR for WCI
760-207-9090
Andre Ristaino
WCI
919-990-9222