New Honeywell wireless access point from Cisco

Honeywell has announced that it is to offer a new wireless access point from Cisco Systems, a global leader in networking, as part of the OneWireless solution of industrial wireless products and services. This Cisco Access Point provides customers seeking to implement a long-term, plant-wide wireless infrastructure at their industrial facilities with industry leading technology and support from two of the largest and most established wireless solutions providers in the world, Honeywell and Cisco.

The new Aironet 1552S Access Point with its integrated ISA100.11a radio complements and extends the Honeywell OneWireless network, providing wireless coverage for both Wi-Fi applications and ISA100.11a field instruments under a single infrastructure and minimizing total cost of ownership.

Honeywell is an industry leader in wireless technology, products and services. The addition of this Cisco technical capability and experience in mesh infrastructure and Wi-Fi applications will offer industrial automation customers an unparalleled level of choice and expertise when devising future proof wireless solutions to best suit their plant needs.

“The process industry appetite for wireless applications continues to increase at an exponential rate, with needs extending far beyond field instruments,” said Raymond Rogowski, global wireless marketing director, Honeywell Process Solutions. “With Cisco technology in HPS process control systems, new and existing customers in the oil & gas, refining, chemicals and power sectors will have the most comprehensive selection of products and services available to them when planning and implementing wireless network solutions at their facilities. The Cisco position as a global leader in network technology also ensures that customers will always have the very latest technology at their fingertips.”

“The addition of the Cisco access point to Honeywell’s wireless network offering continues the theme of OneWireless as a cost effective, plant-wide wireless mesh infrastructure capable of supporting technologically advanced applications such as rotating assets, VOIP, and security systems. As an industry leader, Honeywell is strategically committed to supporting the huge growth in industrial wireless applications, this access provides an additional pillar to moving the industry forward quickly.”

This compatibility with Cisco plant networking systems was requested by major Honeywell oil and gas industry customers, to enable their sensor wireless networks to be compatible with existing Cisco wireless networks employed at many refineries, according to Honeywell spokespeople at the Honeywell User Group European meeting, taking place in Italy this week.