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Fieldbus Foundation and ISA100 Wireless collaboration delivers backhaul architecture model

02 January 2013

The Fieldbus Foundation has announced approval of a backhaul architecture model, developed in collaboration with International Society of Automation standards committee ISA100, which provides a common framework enabling multiple industrial communication protocols to run over a shared wireless backhaul network in process automation systems.

This is said to be a key milestone supporting implementation of the Fieldbus Foundation’s wireless High Speed Ethernet (HSE) backhaul included in FOUNDATION for Remote Operations Management (ROM) technology.

Commenting on the announcement Dave Glanzer, Fieldbus Foundation director of technology development and co-chair of the working group said: "The Fieldbus Foundation has consistently supported wireless advancements, and this joint initiative is crucial to FOUNDATION for ROM. Our ROM solution extends the capabilities of FOUNDATION fieldbus to countless wired and wireless devices installed in some of the world’s harshest and most remote locations. It provides a unified digital infrastructure for asset management in applications ranging from tank farms and terminals to pipelines, offshore platforms, and even OEM skids.”

FOUNDATION for ROM was designed to enable fieldbus connectivity to remote I/O and the leading industrial wireless protocols, and is the first successful integration of ISA100.11a, WirelessHART, HART, and wired H1 protocols into a single standard environment without sacrificing the diagnostic capabilities of existing wireless devices. Instead, these capabilities are mapped into the FOUNDATION block structure to provide a standard environment for data management and quality, eliminating techniques which are highly customised and much more costly to maintain throughout the plant lifecycle.


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