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Future research challenges in wireless sensor and actuator networks targeting industrial automation
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Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2419-2735
2011 (English)In: IEEE Int. Conf. Ind. Informatics (INDIN), 2011, 410-415 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

A growing trend in the automation industry is to use wireless technologies to reduce cable cost, deployment time, unlocking of stranded information in previously deployed devices, and enabling wireless control applications. Despite a huge research effort in the area of wireless sensor networks (WSNs), there are several issues that have not been addressed properly such that WSNs can be adopted properly in the process automation domain. This article presents the major requirements for typical applications in process automation and we also aim to outline the research direction for industrial wireless sensor networks (IWSNs) in industrial automation. The major issues that need to be addressed are safety, security and availability before industrial wireless sensor networks will be adopted in full scale in process automation. © 2011 IEEE.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. 410-415 p.
Series
IEEE International Conference on Industrial Informatics (INDIN), ISSN 1935-4576
Keyword [en]
Automation industry, Cable costs, Deployment time, Full scale, In-process, Industrial automation, Industrial wireless sensor networks, Process automation, Research challenges, Research directions, Research efforts, Typical application, Wireless control, Wireless sensor and actuator networks, Wireless technologies, Accident prevention, Automation, Industrial research, Industry, Information science, Process control, Sensors, Wireless telecommunication systems, Wireless sensor networks
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Engineering and Technology
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-16008DOI: 10.1109/INDIN.2011.6034912ISI: 000298743300062Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-80054978662ISBN: 9781457704345 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-16008DiVA: diva2:581416
Conference
2011 9th IEEE International Conference on Industrial Informatics, INDIN 2011, 26 July 2011 through 29 July 2011, Lisbon
Note

Sponsors: The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE); IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IES); UNINOVA; Universidade Nova de Lisba, Faculdade de Ciencias e Tecnologia; Schneider Electric; O3neida

Available from: 2013-01-02 Created: 2012-10-29 Last updated: 2014-05-16Bibliographically approved
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1. On Safe and Secure Communication in Process Automation
Open this publication in new window or tab >>On Safe and Secure Communication in Process Automation
2011 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In the process industry, network and system security have become important since the introduction of Ethernet-based fieldbus protocols. As an example, a successful attack on a power plant, supporting large cities with energy, could result in a temporal but total power loss. Such attacks could be devastating for the society. The security threats are real, and motivations for attacking industrial communication systems may be political or economical.

The visions of autonomous systems, which can be supervised, diagnosed and maintained from remote is not far from reality, but stress the need for security and safety measures. Wired fieldbus protocols are mature with respect to safety and there are existing standards for safe communication. However, the wired fieldbuses lack adequate security measures to be deployed in industrial automation. In wireless sensor networks security is addressed thoroughly in the standards, but is not mature with respect to safety. Future automation systems need ideally to seamlessly support safety and security in heterogeneous networks while hiding the complexity for the end-users in order to successfully manage large-scale industrial production.

This thesis presents one feasible solution towards safe and secure communication in heterogeneous industrial networks for process control. The presented solution addresses several other important aspects such that engineering efficiency, transparency, possibilities for retrofitting, coexistence with international standards in order to protect the return-of-investment of products, systems, and installed base within the area of process automation. Field trials show that several improvements of wireless sensor networks with respect to determinism in both the uplink and the downlink are needed. This is not only true when it comes to the research problems addressed within the scope of this thesis, but rather a necessity for market acceptance and deployment in process automation in general. The major contribution of this thesis is a method that enables end-to-end safe and secure communication in heterogeneous automation networks without major changes in existing standards, while preserving engineering and integration efficiency.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Västerås: Mälardalen University, 2011
Series
Mälardalen University Press Dissertations, ISSN 1651-4238 ; 109
National Category
Computer Engineering
Research subject
Computer Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-13079 (URN)978-91-7485-039-0 (ISBN)
Public defence
2011-11-25, Paros, Mälardalens högskola, Västerås, 10:00 (English)
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Available from: 2011-10-10 Created: 2011-10-03 Last updated: 2014-05-16Bibliographically approved

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