At our press conference at Achema yesterday, the Fieldbus Foundation announced the wired and WirelessHART portion of the ROM specification, which allows HART and WirelessHART® devices to be represented in transducer blocks in FOUNDATION fieldbus. This is the second of four major release phases in the ROM specification. The Remote I/O specification (RIO) specification was released last April. The next two phases to be released are the ISA 100.11a specification, which should be released by the end of the summer, and the HSE Wireless Backhaul network specification (release date to be determined).
The Fieldbus Foundation's FOUNDATION for ROM initiative is intended to develop a unified digital infrastructure for asset management in remote applications ranging from tank farms and terminals to pipelines, offshore platforms, and even original equipment manufacturer (OEM) skids. The technology enables fieldbus connectivity to remote I/O and the leading industrial wireless protocols, including WirelessHART® and ISA 100.11a. It provides an interface to these wireless technologies and uses Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL) and function blocks to ensure interoperability with FOUNDATION for ROM devices.
Press Release: Fieldbus Foundation Updates Technical Specifications for Remote Operations Management