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Wireless Industrial and SCADA Networks

Recent technical developments in the design and application of wireless technology have revolutionized the networks industry, and industrial applications are well suited to exploit these developments. The focus of this short course is on the adaptation of these technologies to industrial applications, where the demands for high levels of robustness, security and reliability present unique challenges -- and where the operational advantages are compelling.

Very little was assumed about background, other than the general technical knowledge base that active participants in the industry will have. The objective of the course is to position students to appreciate how the TCP/IP Internet infrastructure is accessed and supported via emergent wireless data access networks.

Who Should Attend
The course is targeted toward technical personnel with a responsibility for specifying, designing, installing, testing and/or maintaining fieldbus and/or sensor networks. This will include managers, engineers, technicians and trades people with responsibility for instrumentation, process control, SCADA systems and production/operation.

Features of Presentation
Each delegate receives a permanent, comprehensive workbook that is much more than a set of lecture notes. These workbook manuals are designed to enable a follow-along presentation reference, and include a comprehensive textbook style subject index, an extensive glossary and a reading list reference section. Student exercises and other tools are used to enrich the learning process.

Program Outline: Wireless Industrial and SCADA Networks

(i) Introduction
Categories and Summary Features of Developing Wireless Technologies
Data Service Requirements of Industrial Applications
Reliability, Robustness and Security
Advantages of Wireless in Industrial Service

(ii) Privately Owned and Leased Services
Trends Toward Private Ownership
Overview Features of Wireless LAN and Wireless MAN Technologies
Point-to-Point Technologies - Regulatory Issues
Mobile/Cellular Data Services

(iii) Elements of Radio Propagation
Characteristics of Different Frequency Bands
Characteristics of Radio Links
Line-of-Sight and Non-Line-of-Sight Coverage
Achieving Appropriate Reliability
Bandwidth Utilization and Channel Sharing

(iv) Channel Sharing Topics
Efficient Spectrum Use is a High Priority
Multiplexing and Multiple Access
Time Division Multiple Access
Frequency Division Multiple Access
Code Division Multiple Access

(v) Wireless LANs
The IEEE 802.11 Series of Standards
Principles of WLAN Design and Operation
Security Challenges That Have Impaired Acceptance
Wireless Sensor Networks: ZigBee

(vi) Emerging Area-Wide Solutions
WiMax (IEEE 802.16) Technology: Developed for the Consumer Market
Configuration Models for Industrial Service
Technical Features and Design Issues
IEEE 802.20 Developments
Configuration Models for Industrial Applications

(vii) Public Packet Data Services
2G Services: GPRS and EDGE Technology Features
3G Data Services With UMTS
Cost and Reliability Features of This Class of Service
Configuration Models Suitable to SCADA and Industrial Service

(viii) Private Point-to-Point Systems
Traditional Private Solutions
Licensing and Regulatory Issues
Trend Toward Unlicensed Technology
Configuration Models for Industrial Applications

(ix) Wireless Security Issues
Open-air Wireless Vulnerabilities
Wireless LAN Security; Problems and Solutions
Authentication Measures - Controlling Access
Link Encryption and VPNs

(x) Recent Developments in Wireless
Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing
MIMO and Non-Line-of-Sight Services
Managing the Effective Use of Unlicensed Spectrum
Applying These Initiatives to SCADA and Industrial Service

Glossary of Terminology
Suggestions For Further Reading

General Index

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