• ISA Insights June 2014

    ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute

    It is becoming clear that the authors of ISA100 Wireless demonstrated foresight when establishing the foundational requirements of ISA100 Wireless.  They wanted the wireless protocol to be future-proof, coexist with other devices sharing the 2.4 GHz radio spectrum and, support advanced M2M functionality. 

    ISA100 Wireless extends the Internet of Things (IOT) to wireless with native IPv6 and object technology as the building blocks of the protocol.  IPv6 is the addressing scheme of choice for devices that will interact with one another intelligently on a large scale in the IOT.  The ability to handle smart objects is necessary for true M2M functionality without interaction with a host system. 

    ETSI EN 300328 v1.8.1

    WCI has been kept busy by a recent publicity campaign about the ‘impending blackout of industrial wireless’ in the EU.  An expansion of EU rules regulating wireless device behavior in the 2.4 GHz spectrum resulted in ETSI EN 300328 v1.8.1 which goes into effect January 1, 2015.  This updated version of the regulation essentially requires a behavior known as LBT or ‘listen before talk’ and a few other requirements.  This capability is defined in the base IEEE 802.15.4 standard but is not always implemented in wireless protocols.  ISA100 Wireless includes features and functions necessary to satisfy ETSI EN 300328 v1.8.1 and has implemented it.  So if you are an EU end-user with ISA100 Wireless installed or in your procurement plans, ISA100 Wireless complies.  If you are a supplier evaluating wireless technologies for your product line, ISA100 Wireless meets this impending EU requirement.

    News from Hannover Messe 2014

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    The ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute (WCI) hosted an ISA100 Wireless technology kiosk in the Field Communication Lounge along with FDT, Hart, Fieldbus Foundation, and Profibus at Hannover Messe 2014.  Interest in technologies supporting IOT (Internet of Things) was high, particularly technologies like ISA100 Wireless that extends IOT to wireless.

    Yokogawa and GE hosted co-located kiosks demonstrating their ISA100 Wireless applications for temperature and pressure sensing and condition monitoring.  Yokogawa’s configuration included duo-cast technology for high reliability, only available using ISA100 Wireless.  GE’s vibration monitoring application demonstrated how GE’s proprietary protocol is easily transmitted across the universal ISA100 Wireless network using tunneling and object technology.

    Themes resonating with visitors to the ISA100 Wireless kiosk were:

    1. No Regretted Investment with ISA100 Wireless (multiple applications under one infrastructure, superior tunneling, Use of Object Technology)
    1. Internet of Things Ready (Native IPv6) - suppliers and end users are beginning to realize that ISA100 Wireless natively uses IPv6, which provides the foundations for easy machine-to-machine (M2M) communication and management.  Wireless IPv6 networking is easily understood and readily adoptable on a broad scale.
    1. Rounding out the basic requirements for IOT readiness is the ISA100 Wireless support for object technology.  Smart objects provide the foundation for machines to independently interact with other machines without intervention from host systems (see http://www.ipso-alliance.org).

    ISA100 WCI and FDT issued a joint press release at Hannover Messe 2014 announcing the availability of the completed FDT annex for ISA100 Wireless devices.  Andre Ristaino, ISA100 WCI managing director said that ‘Collaborations with our peers is an important dimension of our industry ecosystem that we are developing to ensure that our supplier and end-user members can fully realize the value of ISA100 Wireless products’.

    eChemExpo – Kingsport, TN

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    ISA100 WCI hosted a well-attended booth at the eChemExpo in Kingsport, Tennessee.  The 2014 eChemExpo themes were "accelerate expansion," "improvement of engineering," and "manufacturing capabilities."  Each exhibitor was challenged to demonstrate breakthrough developments which improve rapid execution, capital effectiveness, energy efficiency, capability enhancement and sustainable development.  ISA100 Wireless' long list of advanced features -  "any" protocol support ensuring no regretted investments, native IPv6 promising technology relevance long into the future, best in class security, and rugged reliability for harsh industrial environments - proved that it was up to the challenge.

    Andre Ristaino, WCI Managing Director presented at the event on “Best Applications for Wireless in Process Manufacturing.”  This presentation is available on the ISA100 website.

    ISA Security Compliance Institute

    SDLA Certification Available

    The ISA Security Compliance Institute (ISCI) announced the formal adoption of the ISASecure Security Development Lifecycle Assurance (SDLA) Certification for organizations.  This designation certifies that a product development organization (hardware, software, components or, systems) follows a rigorous formal security lifecycle in their development processes.  Visit the ISCI website to learn the details of this new ISO/IEC Guide 65 conformance scheme www.isasecure.org and follow the link from the home page.