Fieldbus Foundation and the Hart Communication Foundation combined
The FieldComm Group was formed and operational on January 1, 2015 by combining all assets of the former Fieldbus Foundation and the Hart Communication Foundation. The power of both organisations serve to protect the investments that end users in Process Automation have made in HART® and FOUNDATION™ Fieldbus communication technologies. The organisation is dedicated to the needs of intelligent devices and their integration in the world of Process Automation.
Prior to the formation of FieldComm Group, the Fieldbus Foundation and HART Communication Foundation had a long history of co-operation and successfully lead the adoption of these technologies to the process automation market for the past 20 years. They compliment each other in many ways, for example, the two worked together to develop common international standards, such as Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL) specifications and Field Device Integration (FDI) technology.
Combining the organisations offered significant potential for harmonising the procedures and efforts supporting the two protocols, as well as simplifying each technology’s implementation while better delivering their full benefits in plant operation and maintenance.
The new organisation will continue development, support, and promotion of the two existing protocols (HART and FOUNDATION Fieldbus), and will direct the development, incorporation, and implementation of new and overlapping technologies. Thus, the new organisation will eventually serve as the single source for FDI, the sole integration tool for HART and FOUNDATION Fieldbus technologies.
The establishment of the FieldComm Group allows digital open standards to better collaborate on new and existing technologies and to increase market share of digital field devices in the total device market. Furthermore, the combination of the two organisations will improve the ability to provide consistent products and services to its industry partners. By joining together, there is also an opportunity to fully integrate marketing strategies to advance the extensive acceptance of digital devices.
Develop, manage and promote global standards for integrating digital devices into automation system architectures while protecting process-automation investments in the HART® and FOUNDATION™ Fieldbus communication technologies.