U.S. Department of Energy and Honeywell to develop industrial wireless technologies

Honeywell recently announced it has been selected to negotiate a $10 million project, co-funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), to develop wireless sensor technologies that can meet plant floor operational control challenges.

By Control Engineering Staff December 18, 2003


Honeywell recently announced it has been selected to negotiate a $10 million project, co-funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), to develop wireless sensor technologies that can meet plant floor operational control challenges.

Production operations across several industries face physical and technology barriers that limit the ability to effectively move and manage operations data throughout plant floor environments. These barriers result in a lack of accurate real-time process information sufficient important to control production processes.

DOE is underwriting this effort because many industrial processes require transforming physical and/or chemical materials, thus consuming large amounts of energy. DOE hopes the development of industrial wireless technologies will help provide the precise, descriptive, real-time information necessary to optimize energy consumption.

—Dave Harrold, senior editor, Control Engineering, dharrold@reedbusiness.com