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September 12, 2007

Emerson and Cisco Provide Open-Standard Wireless Solutions for Process Industries

By Anuradha Shukla, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Emerson Process Management, a business of Emerson and Cisco (News - Alert) will offer open-standard solutions for wireless process and plant management applications that install easily and operate reliably in the challenging process manufacturing environment.

Combining their expertise and technology both companies are delivering a complete solution that improves productivity, safety, and operational efficiency for manufacturing customers. 
“Since introducing Smart Wireless field networks a year ago, we've been excited at the high customer interest and their quickly realized business results,” said John Berra, president of Emerson Process Management in a statement.
Berra said that the combined field and plant communications platform supports current and future applications that help enable faster and more effective business management over the life of the plant. He believes that Cisco's commitment to open standards makes it an ideal partner for Emerson and their customers. 
Maciej Kranz, vice president of product marketing for Wireless Business Unit for Cisco points out that networks and mobility are dramatically transforming their customers businesses and in-plant processes. By delivering a combined wireless architecture from Emerson and Cisco, they are enabling their manufacturing process customers to deploy flexible, scalable and safe wireless solutions and mobility applications in rugged plant environments. 
By working with Cisco and taking advantage of their joint expertise, Emerson will project-manage and deliver the wireless solution to customers. Both companies have developed a services plan to design, specify, install and support wireless solutions for customers worldwide. Thanks to these customized solutions end users have a competitive edge through open-standards wireless technology and a complete network platform that ensures they can start with any application and easily expand as the technology evolves. 
Using the Cisco Unified Wireless Architecture Emerson will provide ubiquitous, highly secure wireless LAN coverage and integration within the plant’s existing IT infrastructure. This integration eliminates the need for a complex wireless overlay network. Additionally, Cisco's Wireless Control System will centralize the configuration and management of the plant's Wi-Fi network, reducing overall cost of ownership. 
Emerson Process Management envisions that the open-standard wireless infrastructure and applications jointly architected with Cisco will simplify the implementation of value-added wireless automation projects and reduce risk.
Anuradha Shukla is a contributing editor for TMCnet, covering call centers, CRM and information technology. To see more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.
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