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Honeywell and Cisco Extend Industrial Wireless Capabilities

In an announcement about its development of a OneWireless IoT module for Cisco’s industrial access points, Honeywell says the technology will provide both ISA100 Wireless and WirelessHART capabilities.

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Honeywell has announced that it is developing a OneWireless Internet of Things (IoT) Module for the next-generation of Cisco’s industrial access points, the Cisco Catalyst IW6300 Heavy Duty Series Access Point. This access point is the successor to the Cisco Aironet 1552S Outdoor Access Point, which provides a single infrastructure for industrial wireless applications.

According to Honeywell, its OneWireless IoT Module will deliver ISA100 Wireless and WirelessHART multi-protocol connectivity, extending Wi-Fi connectivity delivered via the IW6300.

When combined with the Honeywell OneWireless IoT Module, Cisco and Honeywell say the IW6300 will offer the security, speed, and network performance needed to allow the seamless extension of the process control network into the field.

The joint wireless offering also enables Honeywell customers to more easily deploy wireless technologies as an extension of the Experion Process Knowledge System (PKS)—Honeywell’s distributed control system platform designed to connect production processes, business operations, and asset management.

“Our customers will benefit from OneWireless functioning as a seamless extension of Experion PKS and simplified deployment made possible by integrating the IoT module and aerials into a single unit,” said Diederik Mols, business director industrial wireless, Honeywell Process Solutions.

“For the past decade, Cisco and Honeywell have worked together to deliver secure, wireless solutions to connect mobile workers and field instrumentation in the most challenging process manufacturing environments,” said Liz Centoni, senior vice president and general manager, Cisco IoT. “We’ve had great success in bringing IT and operational teams together to reduce complexity and improve efficiency. Now, we are building on that foundation to extend the power of intent-based networking to the IoT edge."

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