July 2008

Wireless compliance looking ahead

As the ISA100 standards committee continues to develop the ISA100.11a standard, targeted for release later this year, the ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute (WCI) is working to develop supporting compliance programs for the universal family of ISA100 standards.

The Institute will provide assured device compliance and interoperability with the standard, an important development for users planning to deploy compliant devices into their facilities.

Early members (Shell, Chevron, Procter & Gamble, Airsprite, Apprion, Honeywell, Invensys, Nivis, Shenyang Institute of Automation, and Yokogawa) have handled the development phase of the program and expect to formally launch the Institute this summer. Technical director Jay Werb will coordinate the technical aspects of assured interoperability and compliance with the ISA100.11a standard. Test points from the Institute will serve as a basis for conformance requirements in a test specification scheduled for summer 2008 completion.

A Wireless Device Test Kit is also under development for testing device compliance with the ISA100.11a standard. It is scheduled for availability in the second half of this year, and it will be demonstrated in the ISA100 WCI exhibit at ISA EXPO 2008 in Houston, 12-14 October.

In the short term, the Institute will test devices for compliance to a reasonable number of profiles defined by ISA100 and will collaborate openly and proactively with ISA100 to define the key profiles that are needed in the marketplace. In the long term, WCI expects to test devices for compliance to any profile of interest to its members, not necessarily restricted to profiles that are defined by ISA100.

The Institute is also developing, in conjunction with ISA, a five-course wireless training curriculum. The curriculum includes a device product developer's training course planned for presentation during ISA EXPO 2008.

For more information about the ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute, visit http://www.isa.org/ISA100Compliant or contact Andre Ristaino, managing director, Automation Standards Compliance Institute, at 919-990-9222 or aristaino@isa.org.