Wireless: Honeywell develops products to the ISA100.11a standard

ISA100 Wireless standard has various parts in development, focusing on varied industrial needs. Honeywell is developing products for the ISA100.11a standard, company says.

By Mark T. Hoske July 14, 2009

Honeywell XYR Corrosion Monitoring Transmitter

ISA100 Wireless standard has various parts in development, focusing on varied industrial needs. Honeywell is developing products for the ISA100.11a standard, company says.

With end-users active on the committee, Honeywell says that ISA100:

– Provides a comprehensive plant-wide approach to meeting their requirements for best lifecycle management and reliability.
– Provides optimal battery usage to save lifecycle costs, with backbone routing and optional routing function for devices.
– Accommodates different protocols with technology such as protocol mapping, smart tunneling, and tunneling, so any device can connect to any host efficiently and effectively. That connectivity protects end-users’ current investments in application hosts and devices.
– Is committed to security and reliability.

Buy wireless now, comply with standard later

In June 2008, Honeywell announced that its network and transmitters included hardware that can be easily upgraded to the ISA100.11a standard with a simple over-the-air download. New products, as released, are ISA100.11a hardware compliant .

See also in Control Engineering , System Integration: Wireless Standards .

– Mark T. Hoske, editor in chief, Control Engineering, www.controleng.com


Author Bio: Mark Hoske has been Control Engineering editor/content manager since 1994 and in a leadership role since 1999, covering all major areas: control systems, networking and information systems, control equipment and energy, and system integration, everything that comprises or facilitates the control loop. He has been writing about technology since 1987, writing professionally since 1982, and has a Bachelor of Science in Journalism degree from UW-Madison.