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Swinging for the fence with wireless technology
(April 2018)

End-user surveys conducted over the past five years have listed reliability and security as the two most important factors inhibiting adoption of wireless technology in manufacturing. During this time, many end-user companies performed structured studies to learn for themselves what is real and what is wireless marketing hype, and the ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute published some of these independent studies and their findings. Here are two studies showing positive findings for wireless technology.

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Practical Considerations for Selecting an Industrial Wireless Sensor Network
(October 16th, 2015)


Wireless trends: Choosing a wireless network requires evaluation of communication protocols, device availability, and present and future user needs. See wireless network criteria comparison tables.

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Security for Wireless Instrumentation
(August 12th, 2015)

Cover story: Keeping wireless field device communications secure: Protocols for wireless instrumentation and other field devices use encryption as a key security element. Is it enough?

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IHS Engineering 360:  Wireless Standard Wins Approval (September 26th, 2014)

The International Society of Automation (ISA) says that ANSI/ISA-100.11a-2011, "Wireless Systems for Industrial Automation: Process Control and Related Applications," has been unanimously approved by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) as an international standard and will be published by year-end with the designation IEC 62734.


ExxonMobil:  Gas Detection made easier with ISA100 Wireless Gateways (September 10th, 2014)

Finding tiny, significant or potentially hazardous gas sources is an essential safety capability in many process applications, but just sensing is no good unless those signals and data can be delivered to people and systems that need them.
To help advance efforts to provide better protection, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Co. is investigating the use of wireless components to get gas indications where they need to go. Bin Xu, an instrumentation control engineer at ExxonMobil, recently sought to demonstrate and verify the feasibility and reliability of a battery-operated, ISA100 wireless gas detection system with a redundant gateway at Exxon's lab in Houston.

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ISA100 is Ready for the Internet of Things (June 1st, 2014)


Most engineers would say that the International Society of Automation (ISA) 100 standard covers wireless instrumentation in process plants. This is correct, but it overlooks the comprehensive nature of changing wireless standards and best practices that encompass more than just process plants.

The availability of wireless components for process and discrete manufacturing applications is growing, and with broadening adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT), the number of devices and opportunities for building connections in a plant using Internet protocol (IP) networking is increasing. Choosing a wireless protocol that is “future proof” is important and was a chief concern throughout the ISA100 development cycle. 

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Can there be a single wireless protocol for field devices? (May 6th, 2013)

An article in by Dick Caro comparing ISA100 Wireless and WirelessHART and descbiring implications for the future of industrial wireless communication.

Process industries do not adopt new technologies instantaneously. On the contrary, they normally begin gradually and methodically with applications where that technology provides enough benefits to overcome the risk that it will not work at all or will not work reliably. Many users will test the new technology on a few pilot installations, usually for noncritical processes. With operational success and sufficient economic incentive, the new technology will be specified for new plant construction in locations where vendor support is available. Eventually the new technology will be specified for greenfield plant construction, major revamps, and modernization projects, ultimately becoming an industry norm.

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Will IPv6 Give ISA100.11a a Leg Up? (September 2013)

An article in by Ian Verhappen comparing ISA100 Wireless and WirelessHart addressing.

Besides giving us another acronym to add to our repertoire, will the Internet Protocol, version 6 (IPv6) in the industrial sector make "Ethernet everywhere" extend to field sensors? The ISA100 development team certainly thinks and hopes so.  With the 128-bit addresses, IPv6 supports 216 or 3.4 x 1038 addresses. When you consider that we continue to use all the techniques that are allowing us to extend IPv4, this number may not equal infinity, but it is getting closer.

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Valero Streamlines Wireless Gains with Experience (June 19, 2013)

An article in by Jim Montague, Executive Editor 

After years of unsatisfactory service with a third party, point-to-point wireless system, The Valero Energy Corp upgraded to Honeywell's ISA100 Wireless based OneWireless system.  This article discusses several key lessons learned, and how  their engineers learned to achieve not only significant cost savings, but also data integration with the control system and other network applications, opening up a range of new possible projects.

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Understanding ISA100 Wireless Technology (May 23, 2013)

An article in by Renee R. Bassett, Deputy Editor 

The ISA100 Wireless standard (ISA100.11a or IEC/PAS 62734) is at the heart of a range of wireless networking products from Honeywell, Cisco, Flowserve, GE, Yokogowa and others. Here’s a deeper look at the technology and how it benefits industrial plants.

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Leveraging DoD wireless security standards for automation and control (April 7, 2013)

Over the last several years, the use of wireless networks in control systems has yielded a number of benefits to critical infrastructure while revolutionizing operations in key areas of industry, such as energy and transportation. 

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