Integrating an Industrial Wireless Sensor Network With Your Plant's Switched Ethernet and IP Network

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Executive Summary

Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) are gaining market acceptance in numerous industrial segments because they are both cheaper and faster to deploy than traditional wired field-buses. WSNs can also offer incremental value from a variety of additional usages by leveraging the entire network to connect the sensors to a centralized controlling application for supervisory control or logging. However, a number of issues are raised when integrating a proprietary network operated by process control with tight response time and availability constraints, into a wider, more complex IT network that already supports a large number of applications with wireless, switched, and IP technologies.

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