ISA NEWS RELEASE
Contact: Jennifer Infantino
ISA Announces New Edition of Industrial Data Communications Resource
Research Triangle Park, NC (14 November 2007) -- ISA recently announced the 4th Edition of one of its best-selling books, Industrial Data Communications by Lawrence "Larry" M. Thompson.
Following the boom in networking and data communications advancements throughout industry, the fourth edition gives technical professionals who have little or no background in data communications the knowledge they need to understand, troubleshoot, and maintain both legacy and leading-edge systems. The text emphasizes practical functional aspects of common systems rather than design criteria. It includes a complete description of relevant terminology, standards, and protocols including EIA/TIA 232, 485, and IEEE 802.
Thompson states in his Preface to the Fourth Edition, "in the fifteen or so years since the first edition of this book, nearly every aspect of data communications has changed, and above all industrial applications."
Thus, the new material in this edition includes updated information on 100 MBps and 1000 MBps Ethernet, RIP and OSPF router technologies, OLE for Process Control (OPC), ActiveX, and .NET(tm), virtual private networks, and more. A complete glossary and index make the book especially useful as a handy desk reference. The growth and application of data communications in the industrial environment as well as emerging technologies are discussed.
Chapters include Communication Foundations, Physical Layer and Data Link Standards, Local Area Networks, Network Operating Systems and LAN Management, Industrial Networks and Applications, Wide Area Networks, and an Historical Overview.
For more information about this resource, visit www.isa.org/datacom or call (919) 549-8411.
Founded in 1945, ISA (www.isa.org) is a leading, global, nonprofit organization that is setting the standard for automation by helping over 30,000 worldwide members and other professionals solve difficult technical problems, while enhancing their leadership and personal career capabilities. Based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, ISA develops standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; and hosts the largest conference and exhibition for automation professionals in the Western Hemisphere. ISA is the founding sponsor of The Automation Federation (www.automationfederation.org).