FOUNDATION Fieldbus Specs Revised for HART

AUSTIN, TX -- The HART Communication Foundation announces that, due to the collaborative efforts of the Wireless Cooperation Team (WCT), specifications for transducer blocks for HART and WirelessHART devices have been added to the latest Foundation fieldbus (FF) technical specifications. This addition enables full integration of HART and WirelessHART device information, including device diagnostics, into a Foundation for ROM (Remote Operations Management) system.

"The Wireless Cooperation Team was formed to help facilitate the acceptance of wireless technology in the manufacturing and process industries," says Ron Helson, HART Communication Foundation Executive Director. "We are seeing one of the first positive results of this unprecedented collaboration—now users can incorporate HART, WirelessHART and FOUNDATION fieldbus information into one standard environment for data and device management."

The revision to the Foundation fieldbus specifications is significant because now suppliers can create FF transducer blocks which enable HART and WirelessHART device measurement and diagnostic information to be integrated into the FF infrastructure.

"The Fieldbus Foundation is excited to have this new level of cooperation with the HART Communication Foundation and WCT. Our whole strategy around FOUNDATION for ROM is to make things easier, more flexible, and more consistent for our end users," says Fieldbus Foundation Global Marketing Manager Larry O'Brien.

The collaborative effort of the WCT is sponsored by the HART Communication Foundation, Fieldbus Foundation, Profibus Nutzerorganisation e.V. and Modbus Organization.

About the HART Communication Foundation
The HART Communication Foundation is the technology owner and standards organization for the HART Communication Protocol. Founded in 1993, the Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit, membership organization providing support for the HART Communication technology and standards worldwide. The Foundation is supported by a global membership of more than 280 companies. HART Communication is the leading technology for process measurement and control with more than 35 million HART-enabled devices installed worldwide.

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