March 2009

Trends and Resources

HP Impact: HPImpact: Networking, alarm management, security among top initiatives

ISA recently conducted an online survey to find out what automation industry observers and practitioners felt that near-term trends were going to be. When survey participants were asked which technolo..

Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

ISA recently conducted an online survey to find out what automation industry observers and practitioners felt that near-term trends were going to be. When survey participants were asked which technology their facility would rely on for 2009, the top choice was networking at 21%. "With wireless being the rage throughout the industry, you would think it would score higher, but alarm management was second at 15% and predictive maintenance and security third at 14%," says Gregory Hale, editor of ISA's In Tech magazine. Wireless's rank was 13%, and enterprise interoperability came in at 7% (Fig. 1).   Fig. 1

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