GE has been added to the ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute Governing Board, which oversees the ISA100 industrial wireless standardization effort. The ISA100 family of open standards is designed to provide a reliable, flexible and deterministic communications protocol that help streamline and optimize the integration of industrial processes’ automation applications.

The ISA100.11a Industrial Wireless Networking Standard, approved in September 2009, is the first in the ISA100 family of standards. This standard is currently undergoing revisions and is expected to be re-released by year-end, at which time it will be submitted to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) for review. The mesh standard protocol is designed to help companies build interoperable communications equipment, enabling manufacturing and processing plants to create, modify and optimize beginning-to-end operations quickly, cost-effectively, and seamlessly.

Future ISA100 standards will include support for backhaul functionality, factory automation and other key-use cases. Details on the approved standard, the ISA100 roadmap, and use-case presentations are available at www.isa.org/ISA100.