Tutorial: Industrial Wireless Measurement with WirelessHART Technology

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Industrial Wireless Measurement with WirelessHART Technology

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rosdiazli B Ibrahim

Enectrical & Electronic Engineering Department, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS


Mr. Tran Duc Chung

Electrical & Electronic Engineering Department, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS




Mr. Hassan Sabo Miya

Electrical & Electronic Engineering Department, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS





Wireless technology is receiving increasing attention and popularity in recent years in both academic and industrial sectors. This is mainly due to the advantages it offers over the wired counterpart. Reduced cost due to elimination of cumbersome cabling, reduced maintenance time and the extension of the capabilities of wired networks are among the key benefits of the wireless technology.

The early standards for wireless technology like ZigBee, Wi-Fi could not meet the stringent requirements of reliability, interoperability and security in the industry. The emergence of WirelessHART and later the ISA100.11a standards was a result of untiring efforts by researchers and industrialists to overcome the problems of the early standards. These two new standards were designed primarily to cater for the needs of the industry in the area of wireless technology.

With over 30 million HART devices installed in the industries across the globe, the WirelessHART has gained sufficient ground to lead in the deployment of wireless sensor networks (WSNs) in the industry. This is because the WirelessHART standard is based on the version 7 of the HART protocol that has already gained acceptance due to its ease of operation in the industry. The present level of application of this promising technology in the industry is at the monitoring and supervisory level. However, attempts are being made by researchers in both the academia and the industry to extend this application to control.

This workshop is intended to introduce WirelessHART technology; its state-of-the-art applications in Industrial Automation & Control System; and to demonstrate the mesh network topology with Linear SmartMesh WirelessHART Evaluation Kit. The goals of this tutorial are to (i) introduce WirelessHART technology for application in the Industrial Process Plant, (ii) to explain experiment procedures with WirelessHART Evaluation Kits for Industrial Measurement Applications for example temperature measurement. At the end of this tutorial, the attendees will be able to

  1. gain understanding of WirelessHART protocol, its structure and operations;
  2. identify some application areas of WirelessHART in industrial process plants;
  3. identify technical challenges of using WirelessHART for control applications.

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY (Rosdiazli B Ibrahim)

AP. Dr. Rosdiazli Ibrahim is the Head of Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering. He received the B.Eng.(Hons.) in Electrical Engineering from Universiti Putra Malaysia in 1996. In 2000, he was awarded the M.Sc. degree in Automation and Control (Distinction) from University of Newcastle Upon-Tyne, UK. He was conferred the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Glasgow, UK in 2008. He is a Chartered Engineer registered with the UK Engineering Council.

He was formerly an Instrument Engineer at PETRONAS Fertilizer (Kedah) Sdn. Bhd. He joined Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS in 1999 and is currently an Associate Professor. His current research areas are intelligent control and nonlinear multivariable process modeling for process control application and he has presented and published several articles in such areas.


In 2014, Mr. Tran Duc Chung completed his bachelor degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering with major in Instrumentation & Control from Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Malaysia. At the same university, he is currently a PhD candidate conducting research in the area of WirelessHART networked control system.


Mr. Hassan Sabo Miya obtained an MSc In control systems from the University of Sheffield, UK in 2011. He is currently pursuing a PhD degree at Electrical & Electronic Engineering Department, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS. His area of research interest includes Wireless Process control, Model Predictive Control and Optimization.