Wireless Automation Technology
Automation Technology Moves Towards The Wireless Era
The Trend is Shifting From Legacy–Based Wired Technologies to Wireless Technologies
Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) based solutions were not been considered as viable and preferred choice for automation in Oil and Gas (O&G) sector, due to reasons such as – being in development stage, nonrobust and immature technology, security concerns, incomplete or conflicting standards and clashing wireless frequencies and communications protocols etc.
Today, we observe a total transformation is happening in terms of the industrial shopfloor perspective. Advances in safety, security, affordability and maintainability within the constraints of frequency allocations, now enable organisations to take full advantage of wireless technology for hazardous, inaccessible and thereby challenging industrial environments.
Yet, optimising every facet of the solution is vital and imperative. There are some issues and challenges that could be identified as areas of future research work.
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