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Fieldbus Foundation updates specifications for ROM

25 June 2012

The Fieldbus Foundation has introduced an updated version of its FOUNDATION technical specifications which addresses key elements of FOUNDATION for Remote Operations Management (ROM) technology. This will enable manufacturers to begin developing FOUNDATION for ROM devices. Specifications have been added for transducer blocks for both wired and WirelessHART devices.

The Fieldbus Foundation's FOUNDATION for ROM solution offers a unified digital infrastructure for asset management in a wide range of remote applications, from oil and gas pipelines to tank farms and offshore platforms, and even OEM skid mounted equipment. The technology enables fieldbus connectivity to remote I/O and the leading industrial wireless protocols, including WirelessHART and ISA100.11a. It provides an interface to these wireless technologies and uses Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL) and function blocks to ensure interoperability with FOUNDATION for ROM devices.

The Remote I/O (RIO) portion of the specification was released in April of last year and allows for connectivity of large point count remote I/O to FOUNDATION fieldbus. The foundation is now pleased to launch the HART and WirelessHART specification for ROM.

FOUNDATION for ROM is said to be the first example of the capability of integrating ISA 100.11a, WirelessHART, wired Hart, and wired H1 protocols into a single standard environment, without sacrificing the diagnostic capabilities of the existing wireless devices. Those capabilities are mapped into the block structure to provide a standard environment for data management, quality, eliminating highly customised solutions which can be costly to maintain throughout the plant lifecycle.

In addition, with FOUNDATION for ROM, industrial operations can implement a true predictive and proactive maintenance strategy for remote assets that could not previously support one. Data from devices on multiple networks – both wired and wireless – are tightly integrated into the FOUNDATION fieldbus infrastructure, providing a single environment for management of diagnostic data, alarms and alerts, data quality, control in the field capability, and object oriented block structure.

For more information about FOUNDATION fieldbus specifications and maintenance agreement options, please visit the Specifications page of

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