Given the increasing interest surrounding wireless technology in industrial automation ― along with concerns about the technology’s security, safety and reliability ― the International Society of Automation will conduct a wireless applications educational track at its 2013 ISA Automation Week.

The conference, planned for November 5-7 in Nashville, Tenn., will include six educational tracks. The wireless applications track will demonstrate how to leverage wireless devices and capabilities, and how to address any risks that wireless technologies may present.

The sessions include presentations on SCADA wireless solutions and technologies; management of wireless infrastructure; Hart and ISA100 wireless choices; the reliability, management and connectivity of wireless systems; secure wireless control and risks; critical peripheral technologies for wireless; and a cyber-security panel session.

According to ISA, surveys continue to show that process automation is shifting toward wireless devices for benefits such as flexibility, ease of installation, faster access to time-critical information and cost reductions. At the same time, concerns linger about wireless technology relating to network security, data integrity, interoperability, and lack of a universally agreed industrial standards.

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