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ISA Announces Third Edition of Resource
February 27, 2008

The International Society for Measurement & Control (ISA) recently announced the third edition of its popular book, Wireless Networks for Industrial Automation by Dick Caro.

Available in digital format, this book includes the increasingly popular wireless application Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) topic and also provides a clear, unbiased view of the emerging wireless communications market.

According to Mr. Caro, going wireless is more than just plugging in some wireless components to replace the wires. Residential networks are easily justified using today’s inexpensive wireless components to avoid costly or unsightly wire installations. Industrial use is not quite so clear due to privacy and security problems and the potential for signal loss in plant environments. Industrial use must have secure communications that never fails. However, the cost of industrial wiring is so high, that wireless can usually be justified.

In this third edition, the author includes a general update of events
that have occurred since the previous edition. Of significance is an
overview of new technology, such as ISA100.11a, WirelessHART, and WiFi, including IEEE 802.11n.

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