Industrial Comms Handbook 2013

Five years after publishing the Industrial Communications Handbook 2008 – many changes have taken place. In the Industrial Communications Handbook 2013, author Mick Crabtree gives an account of the small, but significant, changes to some existing technologies; he describes the huge increase in the use of wireless technology; and he discusses the ‘Smart Grid.

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Articles in this Section

Wireless

The use of wireless communications is increasing in the industrial data communications arena.
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LonWorks

LonWorks technology allows all forms of sensors, actuators, displays and controllers to communicate with one another through a common communication protocol that is shared among all devices.
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Building Automation and Control network (BACnet)

The Building Automation and Control Network (BACnet) protocol offers a flexible range of networking options.
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Multiple Spanning Tree Protocol (MSTP)

Obstacles in Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) and Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP) are overcome in a system called Multiple Spanning Tree Protocol (MSTP).
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Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP)

Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP) provides significantly faster spanning tree convergence than Spanning Tree Protocol (STP).
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Spanning Tree Protocol (STP)

Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) allows the switches to create a loop-free topology over a mesh network.
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IEC 61850

IEC 61850 goes far beyond being just a protocol standard!
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DNP3

Designed specifically for the power generation industry, DNP3 is intended to create open, standards-based interoperability between substation computers.
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Transmission Control Protocol (TCP)

Unlike Internet Protocol (IP), Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) provides a ‘reliable’ host-to-host communication service.
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Internet Protocol

A discussion on today’s protocol stack of choice – the Internet Protocol Suite.
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Industrial Ethernet

A look at some advanced features of Ethernet/IP/TCP especially in regard to Wide Area Networks (WANS).
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Networking and topologies

A description of the types of topologies of a network.
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Introduction to Smart Grid

How many people have heard of - and how many actually understand - the Smart Grid?
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