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Contact: Jennifer Infantino
ISA100.11a Draft Standard Progresses
Research Triangle Park, NC (15 October 2008) -The ISA100 Committee on Wireless Systems for Automation recently completed a committee ballot on the second draft of the proposed ISA100.11a standard on wireless systems for industrial automation: process control and related applications. The ballot essentially asked voting committee members to indicate whether they felt that the draft was suitable for issue as an ISA standard. The ballot also invited comments from non-voting members of the committee and the general public. This very open process of inviting all interested party to suggest revisions or improvements to a draft standard is a hallmark of the ANSI-accredited consensus process that is used by ISA in developing broadly supported industry standards.
The ballot was supported by 63% of the voters, which falls short of the required 2/3 approval, with a number of very constructive comments received. The committee is now embarking on a defined process of addressing the comments via suitable revisions to the draft. Any substantive edits to the draft will be re-balloted to the voting members for an opportunity to revise their vote. If the standard attains a 2/3 approval as a result of the re-ballot, then it will progress to approval by the ISA Standards and Practices Board prior to final publication. The target timetable is by the end of 2008.
In addition to the work on ISA100.11a, the ISA100 committee has activities underway with WirelessHART Convergence (ISA100.12), Trustworthy Wireless (ISA100.14), Wireless Backhaul Backbone Networks (ISA100.15), People and Asset Tracking and Identification (ISA100.21), and a group investigating Factory Automation.
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).