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2015 Excellence in Automation Award Winner

The 2015 ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute Excellence in Automation Award was awarded to PETRONAS.

Award Details

The ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute  presented PETRONAS the “ISA100 Wireless Excellence in Automation Award” for a completed research project that quantified the performance of an ISA100 Wireless™ based safety system at an offshore operational site. 
The ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute presented PETRONAS the award at the 2016 ARC Industry Forum in Orlando, Florida during the “Minimizing Safety Risks with Asset Performance Management.” The session was hosted by Paula Hollywood.

PETRONAS is recognized for conducting rigorous testing and analysis of an ISA100 Wireless safety system operating on an offshore oil platform with remote wireless monitoring located on another platform 5 kilometers away. The key strategic goal of its research was to improve safety and reliability of asset management. In order to reach this key strategic goal, the PETRONAS team set two research objectives:

  • To assess the stability and reliability of long-distance communication of an ISA100 Wireless safety system in a harsh offshore radio environment, and
  • To confirm the performance and interoperability of an ISA100 Wireless safety system.

The team believes that its research has proven concrete benefits of ISA100 Wireless in safety applications, delivering cost reductions and operational flexibility; and that ISA100 Wireless, taken as a wireless standard, is able to deliver the full wireless functionality. The research team concluded that:

  • ISA100 Wireless communication has been proven reliable over long distances.
  • Interoperability has been proven to be simple plug and play of various vendor devices into the network.
  • ISA100 Wireless is fully functional in a mesh, star, or a mixed topology.

Details of the research study, findings and conclusions are available on the ISA100 WCI website at Petronas ISA100 Wireless Study.

Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS) established in 1974, is Malaysia’s fully integrated oil and gas multinational ranked among the largest corporations on FORTUNE Global 500®. We are among the top five producing oil and gas companies and the most profitable company in Asia. Operating our core business in the Upstream and Downstream sectors, we are present in more than 65 countries, employing more than 50,000 people since our incorporation in 1974. Our capabilities spread across a broad portfolio, at every stage of the oil and gas development and across the total hydrocarbon value chain. As the custodian for Malaysia’s national oil and gas resources, we explore, produce and deliver energy to meet society’s growing needs.

About ISA100 Wireless™
ISA100 Wireless (IEC 62734) is an international, industrial wireless networking and communications standard engineered to serve the needs of process industries. With native IPv6 networking and object architecture, ISA100 Wireless extends the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) to wireless.  End users can select ISA100 Wireless Compliant™ devices from a best-of-breed pool of suppliers with assurances of device interoperability. ISA100 Wireless enables automation engineers to quickly create, modify, optimize, and scale wireless networks that are open, interoperable, and reliable for their most critical applications. ISA100 Wireless is the first standard in the ISA100 family of open standards.

Built from the ground up and driven by user requirements, the ISA100 Wireless standard received formal ANSI approval in January 2012 and approval as IEC 62734 in September 2014.  ISA100 Wireless is the only IPv6, 6LowPAN industrial protocol designed for industrial automation.  ISA100 Wireless meets requirements of ETSI EN 300 328 v1.8.1 for coexistence with nearby 2.4 GHz radio devices.

About the ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute
The ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute (ISA100 WCI) is a non-profit industry organization that provides 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 the deployment of ISA100 Wireless devices and systems to ISA Standards Committees, fostering rapid refinement to the standards.

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