ISA helps industry inch toward single process standard for wireless

Convergence of the ISA100.11a and WirelessHART standards is now in the hands of a new subcommittee backed by leading process automation suppliers. ISA officials said the new group is crucial to developing the universal industrial wireless standards. The subcommittee is charged with comparing the ISA100.
By Plant Engineering Staff June 15, 2008

Convergence of the ISA100.11a and WirelessHART standards is now in the hands of a new subcommittee backed by leading process automation suppliers. ISA officials said the new group is crucial to developing the universal industrial wireless standards. The subcommittee is charged with comparing the ISA100.11a and WirelessHART technologies with a goal of a single converged ISA standard.

“This is an important development for industry since it furthers the mission of ISA100 to embrace relevant industrial wireless standards and serves the expressed needs of the end user community,” said Paul Sereiko of Airsprite. Sereiko and Dick Caro of CMC Associates with serve as co-chairs of the new subcommittee.

“On behalf of end users, I believe I can safely state that our ultimate goal is to have a single industry standard for process applications. We are pleased that a path is developing to achieve that goal and that interim steps for achieving interoperable practical experience with both standards have been identified,” said ISA100 End User Working Group co-chair Jim Reizner of Procter and Gamble. Reizner and end users including Pat Schweitzer of ExxonMobil, Herman Storey of Shell Global Solutions helped push the subcommittee work forward.

Technology manufacturers were supportive of the move. “We look forward to the prospects of evaluating WirelessHART for convergence within ISA100 and remain committed to the timely approval of the ISA100.11a standard in 2008,” said Jose Gutierrez of Emerson Electric Company.

Dave Kaufman of Honeywell International added, “We remain committed to the final release of an approved ISA100.11a standard and to the subsequent collaborative evaluation of WirelessHART within the ISA100 family of universal wireless standards.”