2014 Wireless Study: 8 key findings on wireless technologies

Respondents to the Control Engineering 2014 Mobility, Ethernet, and Wireless Study identified eight important high-level findings regarding wireless technologies.

03/13/2015


Respondents to the Control Engineering 2014 Mobility, Ethernet, and Wireless Study identified these eight important high-level findings regarding wireless technologies:

  1. Control Engineering 2014 Mobility, Ethernet, and Wireless StudyTechnologies: Seventy-six percent of survey respondents use, buy, specify, or expect to specify wireless routers within the next 12 months for business or professional purposes. Other top wireless technologies used or expected to be used were antennae (53%), gateways (53%), modules (47%), and receivers (46%).

  2. Benefits: The primary advantage of using wireless technologies is data access, according to respondents. Other benefits include ease of use (30%), increased productivity (28%), cost savings (26%), and more effective maintenance (21%).

  3. Expertise: Only 35% of respondents consider themselves to be experts on wireless technologies, while another 55% indicated they have “some familiarity.”

  4. Integration: Operations or engineering most often works on, services, or integrates wireless technologies at 44% of respondents’ locations, followed by business IT at 20% and system integrators at 16%. Fifty-eight percent of respondents claim their wireless integration experiences in the past 12 months were somewhat challenging—compared to 40% in 2013—and 20% required outside assistance.

  5. Security: Five in 10 respondents reported security issues as a main challenge with adoption or additional use of wireless technologies within their business. When implementing security for wireless devices, 67% follow set IT rules, 9% follow local department rules, and 6% rely on fellow colleagues to “do the right thing.”

  6. Ownership: Eighty-two percent of wireless technologies respondents use are provided to them by their company.

  7. Spending: When comparing the spending breakdown of the products, software, and services respondents purchase, 42% reported spending more on products and software than on services—compared to 45% in 2013—and 24% said spending was equivalent across both categories.

  8. Protocols: The top three wireless protocols used in respondents’ facilities are IEEE 802.11n (61%), IEEE 802.11g (40%), and Bluetooth (38%).

View additional findings at www.controleng.com/2014MEW.



R E , Non-US/Not Applicable, India, 01/06/16 12:27 AM:

Can any details be provided with reference to Refineries/continuous process industries?
The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by...
The System Integrator Giants program lists the top 100 system integrators among companies listed in CFE Media's Global System Integrator Database.
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering and Plant Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners in three categories.
This eGuide illustrates solutions, applications and benefits of machine vision systems.
Learn how to increase device reliability in harsh environments and decrease unplanned system downtime.
This eGuide contains a series of articles and videos that considers theoretical and practical; immediate needs and a look into the future.
Controller programming; Safety networks; Enclosure design; Power quality; Safety integrity levels; Increasing process efficiency
Additive manufacturing benefits; HMI and sensor tips; System integrator advice; Innovations from the industry
Robotic safety, collaboration, standards; DCS migration tips; IT/OT convergence; 2017 Control Engineering Salary and Career Survey
Featured articles highlight technologies that enable the Industrial Internet of Things, IIoT-related products and strategies to get data more easily to the user.
This article collection contains several articles on how automation and controls are helping human-machine interface (HMI) hardware and software advance.
This digital report will explore several aspects of how IIoT will transform manufacturing in the coming years.

Find and connect with the most suitable service provider for your unique application. Start searching the Global System Integrator Database Now!

Infrastructure for natural gas expansion; Artificial lift methods; Disruptive technology and fugitive gas emissions
Mobility as the means to offshore innovation; Preventing another Deepwater Horizon; ROVs as subsea robots; SCADA and the radio spectrum
Future of oil and gas projects; Reservoir models; The importance of SCADA to oil and gas
Automation Engineer; Wood Group
System Integrator; Cross Integrated Systems Group
Jose S. Vasquez, Jr.
Fire & Life Safety Engineer; Technip USA Inc.
This course focuses on climate analysis, appropriateness of cooling system selection, and combining cooling systems.
This course will help identify and reveal electrical hazards and identify the solutions to implementing and maintaining a safe work environment.
This course explains how maintaining power and communication systems through emergency power-generation systems is critical.
click me