#ISAutowk Working Wireless – hands-on workshop

Providing real world insight into maximising wireless performance

Wireless Industrial Networking Alliance (WINA) is conducting a hands-on Working Wireless Workshop on September 24, 2012 in conjunction with the ISA Automation Week events in Orlando Florida.

Instructor
ISA Member Brian Cunningham has worked in the industrial automation field for the past 20 years in capacities ranging from Product Manager to Applications Specialist. For the last 11 years he has been with Cooper Bussmann, Wireless Business Unit, helping customers around the world specify, install and troubleshoot their wireless systems.
His is a graduate of the Electrical Engineering Program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, with a specialty in Process Automation and Instrumentation.

This hands on session is to give attendees an opportunity to work with the tools and learn the methods used in performing wireless site surveys, as well gaining insight into configuring industrial wireless backbone networks for maximum performance.

The first half of the session will be devoted to radio theory and the tradeoff between bandwidth and range, as well as other critical parameters, with various wireless systems being reviewed.  Included in this portion of the workshop will be the development of simple criteria used in the selection of antennas for a variety of applications.

The second half of the workshop will allow attendees to test their new skills in an in-depth set of exercises that analyze and demonstrate wireless protocol considerations, including the use of spectrum analyzers and signal monitoring equipment.

Included in the hands-on session will be the use of high performance radio pairs, power supplies, cables and antennas.  Participants will be given typical industrial user requirements and asked to perform a site survey, analyze the results and configure and test the radios to meet the requirements.  They should bring their own laptop computers with administrator privileges and Internet Explorer version 7 or greater installed to make the best use of the tools provided.

About Eoin Ó Riain

Sé Read-out iris uaithoibríoch, ionstraim agus stiúradh na hÉireann agus an "Signpost" a áit ar an idirlín! Read-out is Ireland's journal of automation, instrumentation and control and the Instrumentation Signpost is it's web presence.
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