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WirelessHart Gains Support

The ISA 100.11a committee has finally approved a wireless sensor network standard, but hurdles to final adoption remain. Meanwhile, WirelessHart products are appearing with increasing frequency.

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Dust Networks has announced that its WirelessHart sensor networking technology will be used in a new product family introduced by Phoenix Contact at ACHEMA, the leading worldwide event for the chemical engineering and process industries.

"These new products will provide Phoenix Contact customers with highly reliable WirelessHart Infrastructure solutions, to monitor and validate critical processes in a range of industries, including pharmaceutical, biotechnology, industrial, commercial, petrochemical and power generation," said David Skelton, vice president of Phoenix Contact's Americas Business Unit. "We believe Dust Networks is one of the few technology providers that can provide self organizing WirelessHart solutions with the high reliability and low power consumption critical to our customers’ success."

"We are excited to have partnered with Phoenix Contact to develop WirelessHart products," said Steve Toteda, vice president of marketing, Dust Networks. "WirelessHart provides the reliability of wires with the cost advantages of wire-free installation and operation, which is increasingly important to cost- and efficiency-conscious end users."

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