Gateway module opens up field wireless applications
The ISA100 Wireless gateway module for field wireless communications integrates the functions of an access point and a gateway. Yokogawa will release it on November 29. Compact in size and easy to set up, this gateway module is ideal for building small-scale field wireless systems for upstream (oil and gas field development and production) and other types of applications where data is typically collected from a small number of devices and distributed across a wide area.
Field wireless systems allow field devices to communicate wirelessly with host systems that perform functions such as monitoring and control.
There is an increasing need for the collection of data that can help to improve productivity and enhance safety in plants and other types of industrial facilities.
For such purposes, the demand for field wireless devices is particularly strong because they cost less to install and can be installed in locations that cannot be accessed using conventional wired devices.
Yokogawa released the world’s first ISA100 Wireless-compliant wireless devices in July 2010. Since then, the company has added field devices to its field wireless lineup that can measure flow rate, temperature, pressure, and vibration, gateways, and adapters that enable conventional field devices to communicate wirelessly.
ISA100 Wireless systems are fast and reliable, and can link devices that are scattered over a wide area. Yokogawa already offers a range of ISA100 Wireless products that can be used to construct large-scale field wireless systems, and is now adding this product to its lineup to satisfy the demand for a gateway that is suited for the construction of small-scale systems with fewer measurement points.