HART-IP developer kit launched for process automation instrument suppliers

04 May 2020

FieldComm Group has announced the availability of a software, hardware and services development platform for HART-IP enabled instruments.

HART embraced Internet Protocol (IP) in 2009, shortly after the release of the WirelessHART protocol. Now, as low-cost, two-wire, Ethernet enabled solutions for field instrumentation get ready to enter the market, it says the time is right for HART-IP enabled wired instruments. Based on the Raspberry PI (3B+) system and using GitHub repositories, the HART-IP Developer Kit provides a path for process instrumentation manufacturers to prototype and demonstrate high speed HART-IP instruments with minimal engineering effort.

Initially configured to work with Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) solutions, the developer kit features a replaceable Ethernet module that will be upgraded to support 2-wire Ethernet-APL as components become available in the future. Planned upgrades also include incorporation of FieldComm Group’s OPC UA-centric Process Automation Device Information Model (PA-DIM), for interoperability with OPC UA based enterprise applications, as well as support for JSON and XML based DeviceInfo files for use with lightweight IIoT edge gateway solutions.

“FieldComm Group is committed to continued support of the installed base of HART devices and the enhancement of the HART protocol to migrate these assets in the age of digitalisation, said Ted Masters, president and CEO of FieldComm Group. “Over 375 FieldComm Group members, representing major suppliers to the process industry, can now leverage this development to build upon the value from field devices by extracting more data at the speed of internet. We are excited to show users a path that will lead them to an ethernet-based solution while protecting their investment and not impacting their reliability. Device integration and seamless plant floor to cloud data transfer is a requirement for digital transformation since the ultimate goal is to provide data in a standard way across all suppliers and protocols. Combined with other technologies, such as Field Device Integration (FDI), JSON and Process Automation Device Information Model (PADIM), these technologies offer suppliers and users a well-defined path to realise this vision.”

The HART-IP Developer Kit includes hardware, software access to a HART-IP server, HARTIP client and a sample EDD as well as instructions and four hours of technical support from FieldComm Group technical staff.

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