Smart Wireless Gateway is independently certified

13 December 2010

Emerson Process Management has been awarded independent, Achilles certification for its Smart Wireless Gateway.

Based on testing by independent consultant Wurldtech Security Technologies, the certification gives assurance that the security measures built into Emerson’s Smart Wireless networks meet the demands of industrial automation applications.

“Emerson’s commitment to developing robust products has been demonstrated by their multiple Achilles Certified devices,” said Kevin Yoo, Achilles Certification Program Lead for Wurldtech. “They are continuing their emphasis on network robustness with the Emerson Smart Wireless Gateway, which is the first device in the new ‘network components’ category to achieve Achilles Certification.”

The Achilles Certified Communications programme provides an independently verified benchmark for assessing the network security and resilience of applications, devices and systems in critical industrial infrastructures.

“Security has been a top priority for our Smart Wireless technology right from the start,” said Emerson security and IT-integration manager Jeff Potter. “Achieving Achilles certification validates our approach and will further enhance customer confidence in the security and reliability of our wireless networks.”

The Smart Wireless Gateway is a key part of Emerson’s self-organising wireless field network technology. Based on the IEC 62591 (WirelessHART) standard, these networks use multiple strategies – including encryption, network keys, integrity codes, and anti-jamming techniques − to provide secure, reliable communications even in harsh industrial environments.

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