• New Collaboration to Offer Open-standard Wireless Solutions for Process Industries in Europe

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New Collaboration to Offer Open-standard Wireless Solutions for Process Industries in Europe

Mar 12 2008

Emerson Process Management have announced that it is collaborating with Cisco to offer open-standard solutions for wireless process and plantmanagement applications that install easily and operate reliably in the challenging process manufacturing environment. Emerson, a global leader in process automation, and Cisco, a global leader in IT networking for industrial and business management applications, are combining their expertise and technology to deliver a complete solution that improves productivity, safety, and operational efficiency for manufacturing customers.
Emerson’s wireless process applications use self-organising field networks for increased monitoring of plant data for control and asset optimisation; they also offer mobile operator and maintenance worker applications. Cisco wireless plant networks offer applications including those for worker mobility, voice over IP communications, tracking of personnel and assets, and video applications.
“Since we began the global introduction of SmartWireless field networks a year ago, we’ve been excited at the high customer interest and their quickly realised business results,” said John Berra, president of Emerson ProcessManagement. “We are pleased to be working with Cisco to extend our offering to include wireless plant network solutions with the security and reliability required in the process environment. The combined field and plant communications platform supports current and future applications that help enable faster andmore effective business
management over the life of the plant. Additionally, Cisco’s commitment to open standards makes it an ideal partner for Emerson and our customers.”
“Networks and mobility are dramatically transforming our customers
businesses and in-plant processes,” said Maciej Kranz, vice president of product marketing for Wireless Business Unit for Cisco. “By delivering a combined wireless architecture fromEmerson and Cisco, we are enabling ourmanufacturing process customers to deploy flexible, scaleable and safe wireless solutions and mobility applications in rugged plant environments.”
Emerson will project-manage and deliver the wireless solution to customers by working with Cisco and taking advantage of their joint expertise. Emerson and Cisco have developed a services plan to design, specify, install and support wireless solutions for customers worldwide. These customised solutions will provide end users with a competitive edge through open-standards wireless technology and a complete network platformthat ensures they can start with any application and easily expand as the technology evolves. Many Emerson customers use Cisco‘s wired plant network applications today and will realise an advantage by extending their relationships to include wireless applications.
Emerson’s wireless platform will extend the Smart Wireless capabilities of PlantWeb® digital plant architecture to include wireless plant networks. The networks use the Cisco Unified Wireless Architecture offering, including industrial class wireless access points, controllers and network management software, and plant applications such as communication, tracking and worker mobility tools.
Emerson will use the Cisco Unified Wireless Architecture to provide ubiquitous, highly secure wireless LAN coverage and integration within the plant’s existing IT infrastructure; this integration eliminates the need for a complex wireless overlay network. Cisco’s Wireless Control System will centralise the configuration and management of the plant’s Wi-Fi network, reducing overall cost of ownership.
“We envision that the open-standard wireless infrastructure and applications jointly architected with Cisco will simplify the implementation of value-added wireless automation projects and reduce risk,” summarised Berra. “The age of wireless will be advanced as process and IT improvements are smoothly integrated, and the canyons of steel and limits of wiring are removed as obstacles to the imagination of customers.”

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