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Namur has announced that WirelessHART technology meets the requirements for wireless sensor networks in process applications.

After conducting an extensive multi-vendor field test, Namur reported that WirelessHART Communication provides the flexibility, security, robust performance, coexistence with other radio technologies and device interoperability within a WirelessHART network that its members should expect.

The Namur field test used WirelessHART products from ABB, Emerson Process Management, Endress and Hauser, Mactek, Pepperl and Fuchs and Siemens to evaluate and verify WirelessHART compliance with Namur Recommendation NE124, ‘Requirements for Wireless Automation’ and Namur Working Document NA115, ‘IT Security for Process Automation Systems’.

The field test, conducted at the BASF facility in Ludwigshafen, Germany included laboratory evaluation of performance characteristics and several implementations in operating process-plant environments.

The WirelessHART standard is an enhancement to the Hart Communication Protocol.

The WirelessHART technology is backwards compatible with currently installed HART devices, is supported by existing HART tools, and provides additional capabilities to access asset-management information in new and existing monitoring and control applications.

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