Groups

  • WG Advanced Applications
    PURPOSE
    The Advanced Applications Working Group investigates and clarifies applications so they can be incorporated into one or more FieldComm technologies by the appropriate FieldComm Working Groups.
    SCOPE
    The Advanced Applications Working Group accepts a high level description of a particular application identified within the FieldComm community, such as the Technology Working Groups or the Usability Working Group. The Advanced Applications WG then develops technical requirements documents including high level architectures that describe the underlying technology or mechanism to support the application across the FieldComm technologies and delivers the documents to the appropriate Working Groups.
  • WG Cyber Security
    PURPOSE
    Cyber security risks are becoming more and more relevant to industrial automation and are no longer limited to client/server networks and traditional PC type computers. The documents and the software products owned and/or maintained by the FieldComm Group as well as the its organization and infrastructure must meet the challenges implied by the cyber security risks.

    SCOPE
    The working group deals with all cyber security aspects in the documents and the software products owned and/or maintained by the FieldComm Group as well as the FieldComm Group’s organization and infrastructure. It develops guidelines for cyber security and provides input to documents and software owned and/or maintained by other working groups and can review those documents and software. The working group provides guidance to the FieldComm Group management. The working group is also concerned with the security of members’ products to the extent that the members’ products meet the requirements of a FieldComm Group technology (e.g. with regards to integrating the FDI common host components).

    WORK PRODUCTS
    -Guidance on development of new and existing documents with regards to cyber security aspects
    --Identification of assumptions and usage scenario for existing and new documents
    --Extensions of existing and new documents with cyber --security aspects
    ---Based on industry standards such as IEC/ISA 62443
    --External review of existing and new documents as prioritized by the STC
    --Extension of test cases in conformity testing to address cyber security constraints
    -Development of best practice documents for existing technology
    --Guidance for addressing cyber security in software development life cycle within the FieldComm Group
    --Definition of basic process model for security aspects in the product development life cycle
    --Definition of support organization to provide continuous support wrt cyber security
    --Definition of software delivery mechanisms (e.g. publication of registered FDI packages)
    --External review of existing and new software releases as prioritized by the STC
    -Guidance to FieldComm Group management and operations
    -Guidance on securing the infrastructure (e.g. policies and procedures, technical recommendations)
    -Guidance and support for communication to external entities
  • WG FOUNDATION Technology
    PURPOSE
    To maintain, improve, and enhance existing Foundation Fieldbus technology and associated documentation as all-digital communication system for the benefit the process automation industry, to enhance users’ experience, provide asset management information, improve operational efficiencies, and protect the investments end users and suppliers have made.

    SCOPE
    Develop and manage interoperable FOUNDATION Fieldbus standards for integrating digital devices into automation system architectures
    Enhance and maintain existing FOUNDATION Fieldbus specifications to improve usability and ease of use
    Review Physical Layer and EDDL specifications maintained by the Physical Layer and Integration working groups
    Develop test specifications and procedures for devices and hosts


    PUBLICATIONS
    FOUNDATION Fieldbus specifications
    Technical notes, application notes, white papers and other artifacts to supplement the standards
  • WG HART Technology
    PURPOSE
    To maintain, improve and enhance existing HART technology and protocol specifications for the benefit of the process automation industry, to enhance users’ experience, provide asset management information, improve operational efficiencies and protect the investments of end users and suppliers.

    SCOPE
    Develop, maintain and manage HART specifications
    Enhance existing HART specifications to improve usability and ease of use
    Review Physical Layer specifications maintained by the Physical Layer working group
    Develop test specifications and procedures for devices and hosts


    PUBLICATIONS
    All HART specifications within the working group scope
    All existing or new HART LIT documents within the working group scope
  • WG Integration
    PURPOSE
    The Integration WG will advance device integration technology for the process automation industry by Establishing and maintaining worldwide standards for device integration across protocols Establishing companion conformance test specifications, test procedures, and test tool requirements Driving development of tools and components in order to ease adoption and increase industry acceptance of integration technologies. Key goals of device integration technology are cost reduction for all stakeholders and interoperability across systems.

    SCOPE
    SCOPE Maintain and enhance FDI and EDDL specifications and provide input to IEC
    Unify EDDL specification
    Specify FDI host conformance tests
    Specify FDI package conformance tests
    Maintain and enhance FDI tools and components
    Work on new topics as determined by the Strategic Technology Committee
    Propose new work items


    PUBLICATIONS
    EDDL Specifications
    FDI Specifications
    FDI Usability Style Guide
    FDI Conformance Test Requirement specifications
    FDI Conformance Test specifications
    FDI Conformance Test Procedures


    SOFTWARE
    FDI Package IDE
    FDI Common Host Components
  • WG Physical Layer
    PURPOSE
    The physical layer consists of the basic networking transmission technologies. It is the fundamental layer underlying the logical data structures of the higher level functions in a network. The physical layer is essential for transporting higher layer data between physically separated devices that form a communication network.

    SCOPE
    The working group deals with physical aspects of data transmissions including the physical transmission media, mechanical/electrical connection to the transmission media, bit or symbol transmission and reception, modulation, line coding, synchronization, flow control, multiplexing, carrier sensing, collision detection, equalization, and error correction.

    PUBLICATIONS
    All Physical Layer Specifications, Physical Layer Test Specifications and associated literature
  • WG Usability
    PURPOSE
    Through the focus points of ease of use, clarity and learnability, the Usability Working Group will look to continuously improve and promote usability across FieldComm Group technologies and their applications in member companies. With this focus, the working group will act as a bridge between:
    End-user groups (such as NAMUR, EUAC)
    Technology organizations (such as the PI, the ISA108 Usability WG)
    FieldComm Group working groups (HART and Foundation Fieldbus Technology, Advanced Applications and other WGs)
    FieldComm Group committees and Marketing group
    FieldComm Group member companies


    SCOPE
    In order to develop this Working Group, which acts as the voice of the customer within the FieldComm Group, tangible objectives and boundaries need to be set to push further in the improvement of usability across FieldComm Group technologies:
    Identifying industry requirements, expectations; Pushing the FieldComm Group technologies and their continuous improvement (developing product roadmap and usage guidelines, identifying value-added to customers, etc.);
    Benchmarking with use cases;
    Reviewing other WG specs;
    Giving feedback to each interfacing group, ranging from customer expectations to member company-driven changes.

    PUBLICATIONS
    The Usability Working Group is still in its development stage, and as such, does not currently have papers to maintain and update. However, the group will now focus on the development of the following documents:
    Description of use cases
    Adoption analysis for the NAMUR parameters Parameter list (complete with exceptions)
    White paper specifying the adoption of the parameters
    Status reports to the Strategic Technology Committee