Simplifying wide-area plant network deployment

29 July 2015

Emerson Process Management has introduced the Smart Wireless Gateway 1552WU, a Wi-Fi access point that connects WirelessHART sensors to the control network.

Jointly developed as an integral part of Cisco’s IoT Systems, the 1552WU Gateway is a mesh access point that simplifies Wi-Fi and WirelessHART installations, lowers costs and reduces deployment time. Users no longer have to run fibre optic cables for Ethernet communication to every WirelessHART Gateway. The 1552WU seamlessly connects to neighbouring access points allowing complete wireless coverage, with only local power wired to the 1552WU.

With this product, Cisco and Emerson believe they are offering a solution that meets the standards of both the operations technology and the information technology departments. 

“We are pleased to continue our collaboration with Emerson,” said Tony Shakib, vice president, IoE Vertical Solutions Engineering for Cisco. “By integrating Emerson's WirelessHART Gateway with Cisco's outdoor, hazardous-location-qualified access points, the 1552WU provides customers with the efficiency, scalability, and security of a single wireless network solution that can be utilised for multiple use-cases, including plant control, worker mobility, and safety. This solution extends to meet the demands from both Operational Technology and Information Technology, in industrial environments to realise the Internet of Things vision.”

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