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Wireless Cooperation Team marks progress

10 February 2009

The Fieldbus Foundation has announced that the Wireless Cooperation Team (WCT), one year after its formation, has achieved a number of milestones.

Wireless Cooperation Team marks progress
Wireless Cooperation Team marks progress

An interface specification and compliance guidelines to integrate a universally accepted wireless solution into the Hart, Foundation fieldbus, Profibus and Profinet communications networks, is being developed.

The common interface is intended to make it easier for automation end-users to take advantage of evolving wireless technologies.

The collaborative effort of the WCT is sponsored by the Fieldbus Foundation, Hart Communication Foundation, and Profibus Nutzerorganisation, to facilitate the acceptance of wireless technology in the manufacturing and process industries worldwide. These organisations are represented by team members from leading industry suppliers, including Emerson Process Management, Honeywell, Siemens, ABB, Endress+Hauser, Pepperl+Fuchs and Festo.

"The Project Team has made good progress this year towards the ultimate goal of a specification for a common interface to a wireless gateway with the output supporting Hart, Foundation fieldbus, Profibus and Profinet communications technologies”, said Martin Zielinski, chairman of the WCT Project Steering Committee. "We are on track to validate a new specification and compliance guidelines in 2009."

Among the milestones achieved in 2008 were establishment of requirements and architecture for Foundation fieldbus, Profibus and Profinet.

The three sponsoring organisations have been collaborating on Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL) technology since 2003, forming the WCT in September 2007.

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