The latest development in industrial device networking is the adoption of wireless technology for industrial applications. This is a very exciting development with potentially enormous benefits for system integrators and end users. However, many users may have questions about the different technologies that are available and how best to adapt them to specific applications. Other users may wish to gain a basic understanding of wireless technologies and applications but not know where to begin.
The Industrial Wireless Guidebook was conceived as a helpful introduction to the wireless technologies now being used for industrial applications. Readers can learn basic terminology, the strengths and weaknesss of various wireless technologies, and how to decide on a wireless solution for a specific application. Detailed examples are provided to show how wireless technology is being used in different industries, and can serve as a starting point in developing your own project.
guidebook contains chapters on the following topics:
Overview of the Industrial Wireless Landscape
Wireless Local Area Networks
Industrial Cellular Wireless
Real-World Industrial Wireless Applications
of the Industrial Wireless Landscape
are several wireless technologies that are currently
being used in
commercial and industrial applications. These technologies
can be broadly organized into three major categories:
WPAN, WLAN and WWAN. This chapter provides an overview
to these technologies and some tips on choosing the
for your application.
Local Area Networks
deciding on a WLAN implmentation, you must consider
requirements and what can be supported in your environment.
If you already have existing wireless devices on the
WLAN standard do they use or support? Do you have a mix
of all three types of clients? How can you guarantee
a good connection and maximum bandwidth? This chapter
discusses these and other issues about WLAN
and more integrators are exploring cellular
technology for industrial
applications, but it can be difficult to
differentiate between all of the
options, standards, and carriers. With a basic
understanding of the different
cellular technologies, you can
evaluate your application
target environment to determine
the appropriate cellular solution.
Industrial Wireless Applications
number of challenges in industrial environments could
be easily resolved by integrating a wireless solution.
WLAN or GSM/GPRS technology offer different advantages
depending on factors such as the target environment
the application is fixed or mobile. This chapter
describes real-world challenges faced by
industrial integrators that can be solved by implementing
WLAN or cellular solution.