Will Standardization Vault Wireless into the
Market interest in wireless industrial devices is growing rapidly in the
process industries as new processes and incremental improvements are enabled by
untethered devices. Standardization of wireless network protocols for both
devices and infrastructure is making the technology even more attractive to
potential customers. The ability to deploy devices that support reliable
industrial wireless network protocol standards at the device level, such as
WirelessHART and ISA100.11a, and then interface to higher-level process control
systems and standard Wi-Fi networks, is a significant value
Many initial applications for wireless devices in the
process industries are focused on adding incremental points to improve control
strategies or meet safety or environmental regulations. In many cases, these
installations are driven by the ability to take measurements that were
previously unattainable, often because the target is in a difficult-to-reach
location or is mobile.
As wireless device adoption accelerates, the market emphasis will move
from these incremental point additions to more comprehensive wireless
The process industries represent one
of the most conservative, risk-averse market segments, yet many customers
perceive the value proposition for wireless devices - especially now that
standard industrial protocols are available.
Will wireless be used for process control or just SCADA and data
RF standards and industry concentrations vary by region. How
will this impact potential growth?
How will concerns over device power and security impact the
prospects for wireless adoption?
What are the prospects for standards convergence?