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June 1, 2014


WIRELESS NETWORKS FOR INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION, 4TH EDITION Dick Caro, International Society of Automation, Research Triangle Park, NC, $99,109 pages, Dec. 2013, ISBN: 978-0-876690-18-0

A majority of commercial and residential data networks hÂve become wireless, but will the industrial sector follow suit? The high initial and maintenance costs of industrial communications wiring seem to justify the change to wireless. However, problems with privacy and signal loss raise concerns for industrial applications that require secure and reliable communications.

This book explores wireless technology options from the perspective of both factory and process automation. It discusses the advancement and commercialization of industrial wireless networking for process control with the release of ISA 100 Wireless and WirelessHART standards. It also explains the potential for market shifts due to recent changes to wireless LAN standards. The book is intended as a guide to help users navigate the products, services, and applications available in the fluctuating wireless market.

The author has written on this subject for CEP. See "Take Advantage of Wireless Devices," Aug. 2012, p. 6, or the longer online version available at resources/publications/cep/2012/august/cep-commentarytake-advantage-wireless-devices. - Editor

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Source: Chemical Engineering Progress

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