The Wireless Industrial Networking Alliance (WINA, www.wina.org) joined the Automation Federation (www.automationfederation.org) as a charter member. WINA is a coalition of industrial end-user companies, technology suppliers, industry organizations, software developers, system integrators, and others interested in the advancement of wireless solutions for industry. The organization aims to communicate the benefits of using wireless in industrial applications to improve confidence in wireless technology and access to solutions.

WINA”s ongoing operational activities focus on education and professional networking. This includes Web seminars, participation in industry trade shows, presentations at industry conferences, and contributions to industry standards activities.

The Automation Federation provides an umbrella under which associations and societies engaged in manufacturing and process automation activities can work together. Current member organizations include ISA (www.isa.org), OMAC (www.omac.org), and WBF (www.wbf.org).