The Fieldbus Foundation unveiled its FOUNDATION for Remote Operations Management (ROM) Dec. 1 at the Fieldbus Center at Lee College, in Baytown, Texas.

The FOUNDATION for ROM initiative is intended to develop a unified digital infrastructure for asset management in remote applications, ranging from tank farms and terminals to pipelines, offshore platforms, as well as original equipment manufacturer (OEM) skids, according to the Fieldbus Foundation.

The technology enables fieldbus connectivity to remote I/O and industrial wireless protocols, including WirelessHART and ISA 100.11a. It provides an interface to these wireless technologies and uses Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL) and function blocks to ensure interoperability with FOUNDATION for ROM devices.

“FOUNDATION for ROM is important because it is the first example of being able to integrate ISA 100.11a, WirelessHART, wired HART, and wired H1 protocols into a single standard environment,” said Larry O’Brien, Fieldbus Foundation global marketing manager, in a prepared statement. “More importantly, it is one that does not sacrifice diagnostic capabilities of the existing wireless devices. Instead, we map these capabilities into our block structure to provide a standard environment for data management, quality, and more.”

O”Brien said remote operations management is one of the fastest growing segments of the process automation business. “With FOUNDATION for ROM, industrial operations can implement a true predictive and proactive maintenance strategy for remote assets that could not previously support one,” he said. “Data from devices on multiple networks, both wired and wireless, are tightly integrated into the FOUNDATION fieldbus infrastructure, providing a single environment for management of diagnostic data, alarms and alerts, data quality, control in the field capability, and object-oriented block structure.”

Within the FOUNDATION automation architecture, the H1 (31.25 kbit/s) and HSE (100 Mbit/s) fieldbus networks provide a distributed function block capability with HSE serving as a larger pipeline with increased speed and throughput. The FOUNDATION for ROM solution expands these capabilities by establishing open, non-proprietary specifications for an interface to wireless field device networks, a wired HSE backhaul, and a wireless HSE backhaul integrating various wireless sensor networks such as WiFi, satellite, cellular, etc. As part of this solution, FOUNDATION for ROM provides a way to bring large concentrations of discrete and analog field I/O back to the control room using HSE communication. The Fieldbus Foundation says this is key to improved integration of critical functional areas, including machinery health monitoring, safety interlocks, fire & gas detection systems, and video surveillance.