WINA Working Wireless Hands-On Workshop -- Providing Real World Insight Into Maximizing Wireless Performance

Monday, September 24th, 2012 - 1:00 PM EDT -0400

What: Working Wireless – Hands-on Workshop Providing Real World Insight Into Maximizing Wireless Performance

When: 1:00-5:00 p.m. September 24, 2012

Where: This is being held in conjunction with the ISA Automation Week events being held September 24-27, 2012 at the Orange County Convention Center, West Concourse, in Orlando, FL. The WINA workshop will be in Room 314A.

Program Abstract:

This hands on session will give attendees an opportunity to work with the tools and learn the methods used in performing wireless site surveys, as well gaining insight into configuring industrial wireless backbone networks for maximum performance.  The first half of the session will be devoted to radio theory and the tradeoff between bandwidth and range, as well as other critical parameters, with various wireless systems being reviewed.  Included in this portion of the workshop will be the development of simple criteria used in the selection of antennas for a variety of applications.  The second half of the workshop will allow attendees to test their new skills in an in-depth set of exercises that analyze and demonstrate wireless protocol considerations, including the use of spectrum analyzers and signal monitoring equipment.  Included in the hands-on session will be the use of high performance radio pairs, power supplies, cables and antennas.  Participants will be given typical industrial user requirements and asked to perform a site survey, analyze the results and configure and test the radios to meet the requirements.  Participants should bring their own laptop computers with administrator privileges and Internet Explorer version 7 or greater installed to make the best use of the tools provided.


Brian CunninghamBrian Cunningham
Applications Engineer
Cooper Bussmann, Wireless Business Unit
Port Coquitlam, BC Canada

Brian Cunningham has worked in the industrial automation field for the past 20 years in capacities ranging from Product Manager to Applications Specialist. For the last 11 years he has been with Cooper Bussmann, Wireless Business Unit, helping customers around the world specify, install and troubleshoot their wireless systems. Brian is a graduate of the Electrical Engineering Program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, with a specialty in Process Automation and Instrumentation. Brian has been an ISA member since 1991.


Garrett Schmidt
Wireless Product Manager
Phoenix Contact
Middletown, PA

Garrett Schmidt is the Wireless Product Manager at Phoenix Contact, managing the development and life cycle of their wireless portfolio, which ranges from simple wire replacement for analog and digital I/O to Ethernet SCADA networking to wireless sensors/instrumentation. An ISA member, he has been with Phoenix Contact for over 9 years, and has a BSEE from Penn State University.


Todd Stanier
Project Manager
Measurement and Control Solutions
Yokogawa Corporation of America

Todd Stainier is a project manager for measurement and control solutions in the Technical Sales and Support Center for Yokogawa Corporation of America.


Registration Fees:

Early registration (on or before 9/20/12): Complimentary for WINA members; $100 for non-members. (Not yet a member? Join WINA today. ) 

Regular Registration (after 9/20/12): $25 for WINA members; $125 for non-members.

Advance Registration is strongly suggested: Reserve your seat today at .


Sponsors: WINA thanks our sponsors of this workshop:

  • Cooper Bussman, Wireless Business Unit
  • Phoenix Contact
  • Yokogawa Corporation of America
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