Modern automation systems consist of a variety of sensors and actuators. Many of these devices are in locations or in environments where wiring can be very difficult and very expensive. The WCI (ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute) is the certification organization that provides compliance certification to the ISA100 Wireless standard to assure interoperability of wireless devices. Integrating ISA100 wireless devices and Gateways with OPC UA compliant systems will provide a consistent and open standardized interface.
WCI defines a standardised data exchange format for the engineering process of production systems. OPC UA defines a communication infrastructure that can be used to exchange files based on the WCI standard.
TYPICAL USE-CASES INCLUDE
- Wireless Network Monitoring and Management
- Providing Wireless Sensor Measurands to DCS systems using OPC UA
- Wireless Device Alarm Reporting
The ISA100 Wireless information model defines how the information from Objects within wireless field devices and networks compliant to the ISA100 Wireless standard are mapped into OPC UA Objects. Wireless networks and devices have unique data requirements for which information models are defined.
About ISA100 Wireless™
ISA100 Wireless (IEC 62734) is an international, industrial wireless networking and communications standard engineered to serve the needs of process industries. With native IPv6 networking and object architecture, ISA100 Wireless extends the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) to wireless. End users can select ISA100 Wireless Compliant™ devices from a best-of-breed pool of suppliers with assurances of device interoperability. ISA100 Wireless enables automation engineers to quickly create, modify, optimize, and scale wireless networks that are open, interoperable, and reliable for their most critical applications. ISA100 Wireless is the first standard in the ISA100 family of open standards.
Built from the ground up and driven by user requirements, the ISA100 Wireless standard received formal ANSI approval in January 2012 and approval as IEC 62734 in September 2014. ISA100 Wireless is the only IPv6, 6LowPAN industrial protocol designed for industrial automation. ISA100 Wireless meets requirements of ETSI EN 300 328 v1.8.1 for coexistence with nearby 2.4 GHz radio devices.
About the ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute
The ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute (ISA100 WCI) is a non-profit industry organization that provides users and developers with market awareness, educational information, technical support, and compliance testing for the ISA100 family of standards. ISA100 WCI provides real-world feedback from the deployment of ISA100 Wireless devices and systems to ISA Standards Committees, fostering rapid refinement to the standards.
- Dan Sexton, Project Manager, ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute
- Andre Ristaino, Managing Director, ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute
Please find more information about the ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute can be found online at www.isa100wci.org.