Fieldbus Foundation’s latest wireless and remote I/O (WIO) technology includes a suite of solutions to assist automation suppliers in developing WIO devices.
WIO will enable the utilization of an open, interoperable fieldbus automation infrastructure incorporating FOUNDATION fieldbus High Speed Ethernet (HSE) and industrial wireless applications.
The WIO development is part of the Fieldbus Foundation’s continuing initiative to design and deploy an infrastructure that will accommodate evolving wireless standards inclusive of WirelessHART and ISA100.11a. The foundation’s WIO gateway provides an interface to both technologies and uses Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL) and Function Blocks to provide interoperability with the other WIO gateways.
WIO continues to broaden the automation infrastructure capabilities of FOUNDATION technology by providing interoperable gateways for wired and wireless HSE devices.
“FOUNDATION technology has been built from the ground up for openness, and can support the rapidly changing world of technology in process automation,” said Fieldbus Foundation Global Marketing Manager Larry O’Brien. “With WIO, we now have the ability to bring in the valuable diagnostic information from wireless devices, regardless of whether they are WirelessHART or ISA 100.11a, into the open and standardized infrastructure of FOUNDATION fieldbus.”
Within the FOUNDATION fieldbus automation architecture, H1 (31.25 kbit/s) and HSE (100 Mbit/s) provide a distributed function block capability with HSE serving as a larger pipeline with increased speed and throughput based on industry standard Ethernet technology. WIO technology expands these capabilities by establishing open, non-proprietary specifications for a wired HSE backhaul network, a wireless HSE backhaul integrating various wireless gateways, and an interface to wireless field device networks.