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Applying Wi-Fi and similar technology to support field/process automation

I have yet to find relevant article on applying Wi-Fi and similar technology to support field/process automation, especially SCADA system deploy in the oil/gas processing environment. Do you have any research study done on this area, who are the pioneer energy companies on this front?

My colleague tells me that there is significant wireless usage in the energy industry; several large energy companies are even launching wireless subsidiaries. For example, Sempra Energy purchased the Ricochet network, and Duke Energy has a wireless subsidiary, Duke Communication Services. Many SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) systems today monitor and configure utility equipment over wireless. To learn more, see the wireless newsletter recently launched by the Electric Power Research Institute (www.epri.com) or attend the EPRI's Wireless Technology conference this November.

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