PlantWeb University – Wireless 101
What is Wireless?
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Wireless architecture Frequencies Dealing with interference Wireless technologies Industrial applications Fieldbus, HART, or wireless? Why wireless now? Summary Quiz
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Most of us take advantage of wireless technology every day – whether we're listening to the radio, talking on a cell phone, or changing channels with a television remote control. People around the globe can even wirelessly access the Internet while visiting "hot spots" with Wi-Fi service. Wireless technology is also nothing new for parts of the process industry. Oil and gas companies, for example, often use it to monitor remote fields and pipelines. However, wireless technology has not been widely adopted for in-plant applications. Concerns about reliability, security, and battery life of wireless devices have slowed adoption of wireless options even where traditional wired solutions were cost-prohibitive or operationally difficult. That's changing as improvements in wireless technology address these concerns. Users are now looking to wireless technology as a valuable tool for solving automation challenges in many areas of their operations. This series of PlantWeb University courses is designed to help you understand what wireless technology can do for you, and what you need to know to choose and implement a wireless solution. This first course introduces wireless technology and its use in process-related applications. Hint As you go through the topics in this course, watch for answers to these questions: How is information communicated in a wireless solution?
Which wireless technologies are most appropriate for industrial applications? Will wireless technology replace...