Emerson Process Management has introduced the Smart Wireless Gateway 1552WU, a Wi-Fi access point that connects WirelessHART® sensors to the control network.
Jointly developed as an integral part of Cisco’s IoT Systems, the 1552WU Gateway is a fully-featured mesh access point that simplifies Wi-Fi and WirelessHART installations, lowers costs and reduces deployment time. Users no longer have to run fiber optic cables for ethernet communication to every WirelessHART Gateway. The 1552WU seamlessly connects to neighboring access points allowing complete wireless coverage, with only local power wired to the 1552WU.
“Customers get the combined industry and technical expertise of Emerson and Cisco in a high-performing, secure, scalable gateway that safeguards data integrity,” said Alexandre Peixoto, industrial wireless manager, Emerson Process Management.
With this product, Cisco and Emerson have provided a solution that meets both the Operations Technology department and the Information Technology standards.
“We are pleased to continue our collaboration with Emerson,” stated Tony Shakib, vice president, IoE Vertical Solutions Engineering for Cisco. “By integrating Emerson's WirelessHART Gateway with Cisco's outdoor, hazardous-location-qualified access points, the 1552WU provides customers with the efficiency, scalability, and security of a single wireless network solution that can be utilized for multiple use-cases, including plant control, worker mobility, and safety. This solution extends to meet the demands from both Operational Technology and Information Technology, in industrial environments to realize the Internet of Things vision.”
The 1552WU is another example of how simplifying the installation with wireless technology enables customers to apply Pervasive Sensing™ strategies to improve plant performance and reliability. As obtaining data from hard to access locations becomes easier and more cost effective, process manufacturers are better able to address concerns such as corrosion, energy consumption, health and safety, and the environment.