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ISA100 and WirelessHart standards merged

23 July 2008

The ISA100 standards committee on wireless systems for automation has created a new subcommittee to address options for convergence of the ISA100.11a and WirelessHart standards. This initiative is a key step in the mission of the ISA100 committee to develop a family of universal industrial wireless standards designed to satisfy the needs of end users across a variety of applications.

The standards of both ISA100 and WirelessHart will be compared and contrasted and then the best of both standards will be merged together to produce a single converged subsequent release of the 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, who has been invited, to serve as one of the 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.

“Adoption of the ISA100.11a standard in 2008 will be an important step in fulfilling our ISA100 committee mission and of significant value to industry. This new subcommittee is the next logical step to helping industry fully achieve the significant benefits of wireless technology,” added Pat Schweitzer of ExxonMobil who serves as co-chair of the ISA100 committee.

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