Wireless sensor networks (WSNs) implemented in industrial automation have shown immense potential in terms of enhanced maintenance management of assets and increased safety. The benefits of WSNs are resulting in their progress from being a replacement for wires to serve in complex process control applications in the future. However, the reliability of WSNs in terms of enhanced throughput, battery life and resistance to interference needs to improve. Deployment of large-scale networks is likely to increase, only after sorting the issues of reliability and standardization.
Frost & Sullivan’s study Wireless Networks in Industrial Automation provides information on research in wireless sensor devices and wireless sensor networks for industrial automation. It discusses the factors governing the uptake of wireless networks in industrial automation and the latest technological advancement and trends in the technology sector.
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“Cost reduction and greater efficiencies in industrial operations brought about by wireless networks are the major drivers for the technology; in addition, miniature wireless hardware with greater processing power has created unique applications, which can translate into business openings,” says Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Vishnu Sivadevan. “Powerful microcontrollers and transceivers that are being developed in conjunction with the increased reliability of wireless mesh networks, are driving this technology.”
Cost savings by eliminating wiring, and the advantages of efficient operations due to the deployment of wireless sensors expect to drive this technology further. WSNs interface the physical world with an IT infrastructure, bringing large amounts of useful data for decision-making. This is not possible by manual data collection, which is inefficient and prone to errors. Decision-making on errors is quicker, faults are predicted before they cause damage and downtime is reduced. Data throughput, resistance to interference and signal attenuation of wireless networks have improved considerably over the past year, driving uptake of this technology.
The industry remains apprehensive and cautious about the large scale deployment of WSNs, since they feel this technology and its connected devices are not yet ready in terms of reliability and uptime parameters. As a result, the industry is cautiously approaching the adoption of this technology. There are issues on standardization of radio technology, and whether a standard such as Zigbee will match the performance of other proprietary standards. The search for a single wireless protocol, which will emerge as a global standard while providing high performance, still continues.
“Companies are apprehensive of scalability and upgradeability issues of wireless networks after they have been installed,” notes Sivadevan. “The reliability of wireless networks, latency on the network, throughput, and resistance has to improve further in order to be deployed in certain complex process control applications.”
The demand for WSNs and related products is likely to rise, when a particular wireless radio is standardized. The benefits and return of investment that could be achieved by implementing wireless sensor networks are expected to counter factors such as reliability and resistance to interference, which act as restraints. Therefore, it might not be beneficial to wait for a flawless wireless solution.
Wireless Networks in Industrial Automation evaluates the technological advancements, emerging trends, drivers, and industry challenges for manufacturing, industrial monitoring, process control, logistics, and supply chain management of the WSN market. This study also discusses major corporate and academic institutions involved in the development of innovative technology and products. In addition, this study offers an in-depth look into the following technologies related to WSNs: machine to machine (M2M) wireless communications, integrated sensing and tracking, Zigbee, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, IEEE, and proprietary protocols. Interviews are available to the press.
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