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Wireless Sensors in Industrial Time-Critical Environments

Cecilio, José, Furtado, Pedro

2014, XVII, 135 p. 75 illus., 68 illus. in color.

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  • Explains how to provide operation time guarantees in heterogeneous distributed control systems with wireless sensor components
  • Describes how to integrate wireless sensors and wireless sensor networks into standard industrial systems
  • Offers advice on planning industrial distributed control systems

Modern industrial systems are often highly automated, with hundreds or even thousands of sensors and actuators monitoring the various processes, overseen by a distributed control system (DCS). Such control systems increasingly make use of wireless communications, yet these must still satisfy all safety-critical requirements.

This unique text introduces the components, operations, industry protocols and standards of DCS, and shows how to include wireless technology in their design while guaranteeing the desired operation characteristics. The book not only discusses the theory, but also presents insights and results gained from extensive practical experience in implementing and testing systems within a specific industrial setting.

Topics and features:

  • Reviews the concepts, components and architectures supporting DCS
  • Examines the operations that the DCS implements, covering human-machine interfaces, diagnostics and maintenance interfaces, and controllers
  • Discusses industrial control system and wireless network protocols
  • Reviews scheduling in wireless sensor networks
  • Describes a latency model for heterogeneous DCS with wired and wireless parts, that predicts monitoring latencies, command latencies and closed loop latencies
  • Explains how to plan operation timings systematically
  • Introduces measures and metrics for performance monitoring and debugging, and describes how to add performance monitoring and debugging to a system
  • Presents experimental results to validate the planning approach, based on an application test-bed

This practical guide for real-world implementation will be of considerable interest to a wide audience, from professional engineers to researchers and students. It is suitable as a supporting text for courses covering industrial systems, networks, real-time systems, wireless sensor networks or embedded systems.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Industrial Applications - Latency Model and Analysis - Network Planning and Dimensioning - Time-Critical Environments - Wireless Sensor

Related subjects » Communication Networks - Control Engineering

Table of contents 


Industrial Control Systems: Concepts, Components and Architectures

Distributed Control System Operations

Industrial Protocols and Planning Considerations

Scheduling of Wireless Sensor Networks

Latency Modeling for Distributed Control Systems with Wired and Wireless Sensors

Planning for Distributed Control Systems with Wired and Wireless Sensors

Performance and Debugging

Application Scenario: An Industrial Case Study

Network Configuration: Example

Network Layout: Example

Evaluation of Planning and Monitoring Approaches: Details

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