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For years now, Automation World has been providing the “why & how” around industrial networking via primers, columns and applications in our regular issues.

In October, our focus is on networking and connectivity.

But we also provide mountains of coverage in the form of White Papers, Webcasts and supplements on In 2009, produced an entire series of Webcasts on Industrial Ethernet and then continued it again for 2010. Visit to find these Webcasts.

Another great resource is our vast library of White Papers; create your “own” PDF library of networking and connectivity by visiting And, of course, visit our past issues of the Industrial Ethernet Review and Wireless World Review supplement,

Grant Gerke
Digital Managing Editor

p.s. I had not mentioned security in this column yet…. but as of this writing comes along a story on Stuxnet found in Germany,

TOP FIVE News items in 2010 on
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2.  Control Systems a New “Bull’s-eye” for Hackers
3.  Industrial Cyber-Security Incidents Revealed
4.  Managing Industrial Energy Costs in Real Time
5.  What’s Next for India’s Epic UID Project?

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