WirelessHART Gains IEC Approval

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The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) has approved HART 7.1, the WirelessHART Communication Specification, as a Publicly Available Specification (IEC/PAS 62591Ed.1). WirelessHART is the first industrial wireless communication technology to achieve this level of approval.

Austin, TX (Sept. 29)-The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) has approved HART 7.1, the WirelessHART Communication Specification, as a Publicly Available Specification (IEC/PAS 62591Ed.1). WirelessHART is the first industrial wireless communication technology to achieve this level of approval.

The HART Communication Foundation (HCF) released WirelessHART (version 7) in September 2007. The standard is built on established international standards, including HART Protocol (IEC 61158), EDDL (IEC 61804-3), IEEE 802.15.4 radio and frequency hoping, spread spectrum, and mesh networking technologies.

“This recognition is a landmark for the process automation industry,” said HCF executive director Ron Helson in a public statement. “WirelessHART Communication fulfills the long-demanded goal of global users for a single wireless communication standard.”

The standard is the first operating standard to be released. The worldwide automatin organization ISA is also putting forth a standard for industrial wireless communication, ISA100, and is planning a Wireless and Networking Exchange at its ISA Expo meeting next month.

Read Pharmaceutical Technology’s coverage of both WirelessHART and ISA standards here.