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Fieldcomm Group Provides Path For Process Automation Instrument Suppliers

17 Jun 2020  |
FieldComm Group, the leading worldwide member organization for developers of process automation instrumentation, systems and services and owner of the HART® Communication Protocol, today announces the availability of a software, hardware and services development platform for HART-IP™ enabled instruments.

 With an installed base over 40 million instruments, HART® is by far the most dominant communications protocol used in process manufacturing facilities around the world. 

HART® embraced Internet Protocol (IP) in 2009, shortly after the release of the WirelessHART® protocol. Now, as low-cost, 2-wire, Ethernet enabled solutions for field instrumentation get ready to enter the market, the time is right for HART-IP™ enabled wired instruments. Based on the popular Raspberry PI (3B+) system and using GitHub repositories, the HART-IP™ Developer Kit provides a path for process instrumentation manufacturers to prototype and demonstrate high speed HART-IP™ instruments with minimal engineering effort. 

The HART-IP Developer Starter Kit is a great choice for anyone looking to start implementing HART-IP technology as step towards digital transformation. 

Initially configured to work with power-over-ethernet (PoE) solutions, the developer kit features a replaceable Ethernet module that will be upgraded to support 2-wire Ethernet-APL as components become available in the future.  Planned upgrades also include incorporation of FieldComm Group’s OPC UA-centric Process Automation Device Information Model (PA-DIM™), for interoperability with OPC UA based enterprise applications, as well as support for JSON and XML based DeviceInfo files for use with lightweight IIoT edge gateway solutions. 

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FieldComm Group began operations on January 1, 2015 by combining all assets of the former Fieldbus Foundation and HART Communication Foundation. FieldComm Group is a global standards-based non-profit member organization consisting of leading process end users, manufacturers,...

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