Honeywell Unveils Industrial Wireless Roadmap

PHOENIX /BUSINESS WIRE/ -- Honeywell, at its annual Users Group Symposium, unveiled a customer-driven industrial wireless roadmap that will help end-users fine-tune plant operations and improve plant employee productivity. The industrial automation and wireless expert outlined its newest initiatives, including secure network technology that extends applications to improve compliance, safety and security, reliability, and optimization.

Honeywell will ensure that its wireless technology ties into the work of the evolving industrial wireless standard bodies, such as the Instrumentation, Systems and Automation (ISA) Society SP100 and Wireless HART committees.

"With increased economic pressures, the continuing advancement of cost-effective wireless technology, and with standardization on the horizon, it's clear that we are at the tipping point for wireless to have a real impact in the plant," said Jack Bolick, president of Honeywell Process Solutions.

Recent customer feedback shows that plant personnel are looking for a secure, reliable, scalable, power-managed, and multi-functionality strategic wireless "cloud" for use in their facilities. Currently, many traditional wireless networks support only single devices. For example, plants require one network to support hand-held devices and a separate one to support process sensors. Additionally, these networks have different security configurations and compete in the same bandwidth, leaving plants more vulnerable to network failures.

The network will support various industrial protocols and up to 30,000 devices, such as tablet PCs and sensors, and will coexist with other wireless devices, such as PDAs, pagers, walkie-talkies, and cell phones. Other key network features include the same built-in cyber security technology that has garnered several awards for the Experion Process Knowledge System (PKS) and a redundancy feature that automatically routes critical information if a device fails.

"Customers are fueling the industrial wireless revolution, and we plan to be right there with them the entire way," Bolick said. "Wireless applications and sensors expand their ability to gather and interpret data to improve plant performance. At the end of the day, it comes down to results. They want a wireless solution that not only provides advanced sensing but one that will help them make decisions that positively impact their overall business objectives—whether that is increased profit, productivity, or safety."

Honeywell's newest effort surrounding sensors will include strategic features such as:

  • "go-anywhere" sensors that feature self-contained power sourcing
  • high-speed monitoring that can provide up to 1-second updates
  • longer battery life—up to ten years

Honeywell currently offers wireless-enabled industrial solutions, such as its award-winning XYR 5000 wireless transmitters—which are installed at more than 200 sites across the world—and mobile hand-held devices, such as IntelaTrac PKS and the mobile Experion Station.

"The benefits of tomorrow's wireless technology stretch far beyond saving installation and wiring costs," Bolick said. "These new advancements will help plant operators gather field data more easily, increase asset life through continuous monitoring, and improve the safety of their most important assets—their people."

Honeywell International is a $30 billion diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes, and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; and specialty materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell's shares are traded on the New York, London, Chicago and Pacific Stock Exchanges. It is one of the 30 stocks that make up the Dow Jones Industrial Average and is also a component of the Standard & Poor's 500 Index. For additional information, please visit the company's Web site.

Honeywell Process Solutions is part of Honeywell's Automation and Control Solutions group, a global leader in providing product and service solutions that improve efficiency and profitability, support regulatory compliance, and maintain safe, comfortable environments in homes, buildings, and industry. For more information about Process Solutions, access Honeywell Process Solutions.