May 28, 2011 – Austin, TEXAS
AwiaTech Corporation, an Austin based WirelessHART solution provider, and Fieldbus International AS (Fint), Oslo based FSK HART solution provider, today announced they have teamed up to form a strategic partnership aimed at enhancing the firms’ capabilities to serve HART device manufacturers. Under the terms of the partnership, the firms will work together to provide clients with a comprehensive HART solution including the design and development of FSK HART, Device Description and WirelessHART devices.
The partnership between AwiaTech and Fieldbus International is aimed at small and medium-sized companies that are interested in building WirelessHART devices. In addition to a WirelessHART module, they frequently need an FSK HART module and a Device Description that are customized to their device requirements. This partnership teams two of the industry’s best at achieving seamless integration and high quality of HART devices.
“This partnership addresses an acute need for many of our clients,” says Dr. Alex Feng, CEO of AwiaTech. “We provide our clients with a world-class WirelessHART product line including the network stack, gateway and network manager. But it isn’t always enough. Many of our clients need help developing FSK HART and Device Description to fulfill the rigorous registration requirements by the HART Communication Foundation. Fint brings over 25 years’ experience in fieldbus technology and their FSK HART services greatly complement our capabilities to these clients. Our partnership with Fint delivers a proven HART7 solution to device manufacturers. Together, we offer a comprehensive HART solution that addresses the HART device development needs.”
“We are very pleased to have partnered with AwiaTech,” says Halvor Landet, CEO of Fint. “This is a peanut butter and chocolate kind of partnership – both companies are better together. We look forward to better serving HART device manufacturers by allowing them to focus on the sensor technology, which is what they are best at, and by greatly shortening the time-to-market of their HART products.”
AwiaTech (Advancing Wireless Industrial Automation Technology) corporation was founded by Dr. Aloysious Mok, an internationally renowned expert in real-time systems and Quincy Lee Centennial Professor in Computer Science at the University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Mok and his research group began conducting groundbreaking research on wireless process automation as early as 1998, and have continued to be one of the top research teams in the world. In 2006, Dr. Mok and his research team started working on WirelessHART technology, and built the most standard conforming network stack. Committed to promoting wireless technology for industrial automation, Dr. Mok founded AwiaTech in 2008. AwiaTech’s recent work includes helping HART Communication Foundation develop HCF_KIT-193 (Wi-HTest), the test suite for WirelessHART registration, and collaborating with a Fortune 500 company on their WirelessHART product development. Dr. Mok is also the co-author of the first book on WirelessHART technology—“WirelessHART™ – Real-Time Mesh Network for Industrial Automation”
About Fieldbus International AS
The company was founded in 1993 and was a spin off from Division of Industrial Measurement Technology at SINTEF, the largest for non-profit research institute in Scandinavia. It was based on a continueous fieldbus research and development activities at SINTEF since 1986.
Halvor Landet, the CEO and one of the founders, was the Norwegian participant and expert in IEC TC 65 WG6 on Fieldbus Standardization from 1987. Landet holds a M.Sc. Electronic Engineering from the Technical University in Trondheim (NTNU,1977).
Fieldbus International AS, Fint, provides fieldbus network products and services to vendors and users in the process control and offshore industry. Fint specializes on products based on the Foundation Fieldbus, PROFIbus and HART technology. Fint also supplies protocol stacks and performs compliance testing and certification projects.