Future of Wireless and the WirelessHART Standard
This chapter consists of four sections. In section 18.1 we discuss areas where a wireless application has advantages and where wireless applications could be used to replace existing wired applications. We also list new applications that have not been addressed, or have been poorly addressed, with wired applications. In section 18.2 we discuss location awareness applications and techniques. Location tracking will be a major component of wireless plant applications in the future. A location-determination application in the WirelessHART standard is also described. Section 18.3 talks about cyberphysics for which wireless sensor network could be the immediate interface to the physical world. And the last Section 18.4 reveals the future directions of wireless and offers some thoughts on how the WirelessHART standard will evolve to meet these directions.
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