Wireless podcast: What’s the killer application for your plant?

03 March 2008

Unless you love technology for its own sake, you probably won’t use wireless in your plant until you have a specific purpose in mind. In a new podcast, Peter Zornio and Bob Karschnia from Emerson Process Management look at wireless “killer applications” that could give you new ideas.

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Zornio, chief strategic officer, and Karschnia, technology vice president for the Rosemount division, consider how major technology advances have changed our lives, both on an industrial and consumer level. For example, the Internet didn’t make any large-scale penetration into our offices and homes without its first major application: email. Without that, there was little reason to have a connection. So it will be with wireless. For all the effort that Emerson has put into developing the technology, the company knows wireless will never gain acceptance without the applications that create value for users.

What wireless applications will get your attention? Instrumentation? Video? Security and alarm functions? With the right applications, Zornio and Karschnia claim wireless will take on the same ‘how did we ever get along without it?’ effect.

Peter Welander, process industries editor, Process and Advanced Control Monthly

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