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Wireless Networks for Industrial Automation

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Preface xi Unit 1: Wireless Network Technology 1 1.1 Wireless Standards 2 1.2 Proprietary or Non-Standard Wireless Networks 9 1.3 Process Automation Wireless Networks 10 1.4 Antenna Technology 19 1.5 Wireless Network Topologies 23 Unit 2: Wireless Network Standards 29 2.1 Wireless Local Area Networks (WLAN) 29 2.2 Wireless Personal Area Networks (WPAN) 32 2.3 WMAN, WiMAX (IEEE 802.16a) 47 2.4 Wireless Telephony 48 2.5 Convergence of Voice and Data Networks 51 Unit 3: Industrial Automation Requirements 53 3.1 Environmental 53 3.2 Security 54 3.3 Privacy 54 3.4 Reliability 55 3.5 Power 56 x Wireless Networks for Industrial Automation Unit 4: Application of Wireless Networks to Industrial Automation 57 4.1 Politics of Wireless 57 4.2 Wi-Fi 60 4.3 Bluetooth 61 4.4 ZigBee 63 4.5 ISA100 Standard for Wireless Industrial Networks 64 4.6 WirelessHART 68 4.7 Comparison: WirelessHART vs. ISA100.11a 70 4.8 3G/4G Wireless for Automation 73 4.9 Factory Automation 75 Unit 5: On the Bleeding Edge 77 5.1 WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) 77 5.2 UWB (UltraWideBand) 79 5.3 Wireless Sensor Networks 81 5.4 White Space 83 5.5 Network Device Power 83 Unit 6: Recommendations for Wireless Networking 87 Unit 7: Radio Frequency Tagging 91 7.1 Types of Tags 91 7.2 Tag Encoding 97 7.3 RF Database Tag 99 7.4 RF Tag Recommendations 101 About the Author 103 Index 107

About the Author

Dick Caro is a CEO of CMC Associates (Arlington, Massachusetts). He has been actively involved in industrial automation work since 1958, when he started doing instrumentation for a small chemical plant of Ethyl Corp. in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Not too long after graduating from the University of Florida in chemical engineering, he began working on an M. S. at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. In 1964, he received an M.S. in chemical engineering.

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