Wireless Technology User Input Committee Forms

End-user input will be instrumental in developing new industrial wireless standard, says group co-chair.

The SP100 committee, Wireless Standards for Automation, of the Instrumentation, Systems and Automation Society (ISA) has formed a new user working group to provide input and feedback to the committee's technical working groups.  

The User Working Group (UWG) was formed to ensure that the ISA-100 standard will be consistent and provide maximum benefit to the market. The UWG will review, comment on, and provide recommendations for the work of all SP100 technical working groups. The group will focus on both current and future industrial applications for wireless technology, and will provide input that will help drive the development of ISA-100-compliant devices from multiple suppliers. The UWG will act as a single, global voice of the end-user community. 

"In a recent meeting held via teleconference with several end-users, the users clearly identified a need for an increased focus on security as part of the standard," said UWG Co-chair Greg LaFramboise, of Chevron. "We've taken that input and asked the technical working groups to work on defining parameters for security in the wireless environment, and the UWG will provide feedback on their work. This is an example of how valuable end-user input is to the process, and how instrumental users will be in the development of this new standard." 

The UWG will develop a "User Requirements" document, detailing requirements in users' language by February 2007. The document will provide ongoing, real-time input and feedback, and will serve as a mechanism for critical end-user communications throughout the standards development process.

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