Wireless is key for enterprise wide IoT adoption

06 November 2017

Emerson is predicting that the next 10 years will see exponential growth in the adoption of wireless and pervasive sensing applications that help companies maximise safety and reliability, optimise production and enable Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) strategies.

Wireless products are a key technology of Emerson’s Plantweb digital ecosystem. As many technologies of the past decade have accelerated and improved information at people’s fingertips, industrial wireless has given manufacturers the digital technology to access essential data to allow for better decision making and to improve operational performance.
“Wireless is arguably the most impactful technology for industrial manufacturers since the introduction of digital instrumentation more than three decades ago,” said Bob Karschnia, vice president and general manager, wireless, Emerson Automation Solutions. “Over the past 10 years, industrial wireless combined with smart sensors has provided the foundation that will support cloud-based applications, remote monitoring and other Industrial IoT programmes over the next decade.”
Collaboration with customers on early installations allowed Emerson to introduce the world’s first industrial wireless automation standard in 2007. Since then, Emerson has surpassed 10 billion hours of wireless operations across more than 32,000 networks. While initial adoption focused on harsh, remote and difficult to reach environments, wireless has gone on to expand automation ecosystems from core functions to new applications such as acoustic monitoring, corrosion detection and power consumption monitoring.
New plant construction is leveraging wireless technology for other enterprise-wide applications, such as equipment health monitoring and energy management, with upwards of 20% wireless infrastructure.
“Companies are increasingly turning to wireless as a cost-effective and highly efficient technology for fleet-wide performance optimisation. In the next 15 years, there could be 100% wireless plants, just as many homes today have cut the cord on wired telephone service,” continued Karschnia.
Emerson wireless technologies - based on the WirelessHART standard approved by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) in 2010 - are widely implemented in refineries, oil fields, offshore platforms, chemical plants and other industrial facilities around the world to obtain plant information on-demand.

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