Practical Industrial Wireless for Engineers and Technicians

THE WORKSHOP

Wireless communications is being rapidly implemented in the industrial environment, with great success, provided certain ground rules are applied. These include ensuring a robust wireless link, correct integration with the wired communications systems, and proper data security.

The critical objective of wireless communications networks must be to achieve similar capacities, bandwidths, responsiveness and availability to that of wire-based communications systems.

Apart from covering wireless basics, the workshop provides an in-depth coverage of the main industrial wireless technologies in use today, viz. radio modems, IEEE 802.11 wireless LANs (Wi-Fi) and IEEE 802.15.4 wireless PAN technology as implemented by a multitude of process control system vendors. WirelessHART is a specific example of this.

The workshop also covers some of the secondary technologies that are not known as industrial technologies per se, but which still find widespread application in industrial environments. These include Bluetooth, LP radio, mobile (cellular) data systems and VSAT.

At the end of the course you should have a clear understanding of the choices available to you in designing and implementing your own industrial wireless network.

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

  • Receive a certificate of attendance in support of your continuing professional commitment
  • All workshops include the associated hardcopy technical manual
  • Printed workshop handouts
  • Lunch and refreshments
  • Interact and network with workshop attendees and experienced instructors
  • Practical, industry driven content to assist you in your continuing professional development (CPD)
  • Attendees automatically become IDC subscribers and receive exclusive deals and technical content every month

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

This workshop is designed for personnel with a need to understand the techniques required for using and applying wireless communications technology as productively and economically as possible.
This includes engineers and technicians involved with:

  • Control and instrumentation
  • Control systems
  • Consulting
  • Design
  • Electrical installations
  • Equipment manufacturing
  • IT personnel
  • Maintenance supervisors
  • Process control
  • Process development
  • Project management
  • Regulatory and legal issues
  • SCADA and telemetry systems

CONTENT SUMMARY

INTRODUCTION

  • Current trends in industrial wireless technology
  • Wireless Industrial Networking Alliance (WINA) and ISA-SP100
  • Review of the OSI model
  • Brief review of Ethernet and the TCP/IP protocol suite

WIRELESS FUNDAMENTALS

  • Radio/microwave spectrum and frequency allocations
  • Modulation techniques
  • Spread spectrum techniques

POINT-TO-POINT TERRRESTRIAL WIRELESS SYSTEMS

  • Terrestrial microwave link design
  • Wireless modems
  • Point-to-point and point-to-multi-point configurations 

WIRELESS LANs

  • WLAN basics
  • Specifications (IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n)
  • Medium access control and frame structures
  • Industrial WLAN

WIRELESS MESH NETWORKS

  • Mesh basics
  • Wi-Fi mesh systems
  • IEEE 802.15.4 
    • ZigBee
    • WirelessHART

WIRELESS SENSOR NETWORKS

  • IEEE 1451.5

OTHER RELEVANT WIRELESS TECHNOLOGIES

  • IEEE 802.15.1 (Bluetooth)
  • Low Power (LP) radio       
  • IEEE 802.16 (WiMax)
  • Cellular data transmission (GPRS, 1xRTT, EV-DO, HSPDA)
  • Satellite systems: VSAT

SECURITY ISSUES

  • Physical security
  • Authentication
  • Encryption

PRACTICAL SESSIONS

There are four practical sessions:

  • Set up an IEEE 802.11 WLAN and connect to an Ethernet network
  • Troubleshoot  simple problems
  • Perform a path loss calculation
  • Perform a simple analysis of the protocol packets

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