Industrial Wireless Systems (IC85C)

Length: 1 day
CEU Credits: 0.7
Course Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Certification of Completion: A Certificate of Completion indicating the total number of CEUs earned will be provided upon successful completion of the course.


"Presented a comprehensive overview of the details of wireless technology. Good balance of details & highlights." 
- Richard Zimmerman, Technical Director

Wireless systems and wireless technologies have advanced to the point where stable, robust, and secure networks are ready for deployment in industrial settings. As such, professionals crossing many disciplines (e.g., process, automation, IT, controls) come face-to-face with understanding the implications and opportunities that such wireless networks may provide to them and their plant. This course will cover the most relevant details associated with industrial wireless systems with an emphasis towards how the various technological choices coexist, interoperate, and interact with each other. Numerous examples of real-world deployments are covered for facilities such as supervisory control and acquisition (SCADA) systems, petrochemical plants, electrical power generation, and transmission systems. The operational differences posed to the wireless system's performance by discrete manufacturing needs, monitoring of devices, and even control systems are addressed. Considerable emphasis is placed specifically on ISA100 (the standard for industrial wireless) including deep dives into some of the standard's most pertinent details. Comparison of ISA100 with other protocols and specifications (e.g., Industrial Bluetooth, ZigBee, Wireless HART) are provided.

You will be able to:

  • Describe today's wireless offerings for industrial automation.
  • Understand how IT and OT can work together to address network security.
  • Understand how to utilize different wireless technologies within your plant environment.
  • Take advantage of evolving Wireless technologies to improve productivity and security:  5G, IIoT, Streaming Services
  • Identify secure methods for linking multiple plants together.
  • Identify and solve problems in industrial automation applications.  Specific examples are provided.
  • Examine how return of investment can accurately guide you in prioritizing wireless applications that different plant departments are requesting.
  • Answer the question: "Is it safe to remove the wires from my automation system?"
  • Conduct an accurate assessment of wireless systems robustness with a sample application and technology selection.
  • Examine the marketplace for relevant wireless technologies and make an informed selection for a particular application.  
  • Describe today's wireless offerings for industrial automation.

You will cover:

The seminar consists of the following main topics and subtopics:
  • Examine the Evolution of Industrial Wireless Technologies 
  • Analyze the Wireless Components of the Internet: Last Mile Access | Satellite: GPS, NTP | Fiber Optic Backbone
  • Review the ISO/OSI Reference Model 
  • Examine how Wireless Frequencies are Managed: Legal Frequencies | Network Topologies | Packet Switching vs. Circuit Switching | Layered Communications | Physical Communication Channels | Protocols and Data Rate | Spread Spectrum: Frequency Hopping FHSS, Direct-Sequence DSSS | Multiplexing Techniques: TDMA, FDMA, CDMA | Antenna Overview
  • Evaluate Changes to Industrial Wireless Standards: 802.11ax (now WiFi-6) | 802.15.1 (Bluetooth) | 802.15.4 Wireless HART, ZigBee | ISA100 | 802.16 (WiMAX)
  • How does 5G Apply to Industrial Wireless Systems? |
  • Wireless Systems and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). | New protocols: MQTT, LoWPAN, LoRaWAN  | SMART
  • How do Industrial Networks use Streaming Services?

Includes ISA Standard:

  • ANSI/ISA-100.11a-2011: Wireless Systems for Industrial Automation - Process Control and Related Applications

If you wish to register offline, download the Training Registration Form, complete, and return to ISA with your payment.

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pre-instructional survey  is available for you to evaluate your level of understanding of the course material and to show you the types of questions you'll be able to answer after completing the course.