Communications Division

The Communications Division (COMDIV) in the Automation & Technology focuses on the equipment, software, and protocols involved with transmitting, reporting, and processing of real-time data, including concepts relating to data acquisition, processing, storage and transmission, information theory, and industrial IT. The work includes data transmission to/between sensors and real-time computing/control systems via analog, serial, fieldbus, Ethernet, and wireless methods.

Communications Division

To IIOT or not?  That is the Question.

New IIOT Sub-Committee Formed

There has been much debate and discussion surrounding IIOT and the technologies used to enhance manufacturing and industrial automation processes, in capturing and communicating real-time data.

Over the past year, there has also been much discussion at various ISA leadership meetings questioning whether or not there should be an ISA Division specific to this important topic.  In 2018, a brief market survey was conducted to both ISA members and customers to gather data surrounding this topic and its importance to industry, individual job responsibilities, and questioning whether or not ISA should put specific focus on this area moving forward. 

With almost 1000 responses, it was determined that there indeed is an interest and need of industry/members and customers for ISA to focus activities and/or discussions surrounding this important topic.  So, it was determined that a committee be formed under the Communications Division to address this concern.  According to the ISA MOP (Manual of Operating Procedures), before a formal ISA Division can be formed, it must show an active group of 100 individuals with a common interest and proven activities.  So, here we begin …

2019 Committee Focus:

  • Virtual Peer Discussions
  • Webinar Presentations
  • Development of IIOT Newsletter Updates
  • Participation in IIOT Technical Conference Programming
  • And, More !

Technical Papers

Automation CyberSecurity:  Time for a Change?

A technical article regarding Industrial Automation CyberSecurity was published in the November-December 2017 issue of InTech.  This article was coauthored by the current Communications Division Director (and past Test & Measurement Division Director (Peter Fuhr) and past Communications Division Director  (Sterling Rooke).  Read the Article

Other Communications

Technical Related Content Resources


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