FITS:
Development of Measurement Methods for the Uniform Assessment of Industrial Radio Solutions

Project Duration: 1.9.2009 to 29.2.2012 (Finished)
Area of Research: Industrial Communications : more projects
Project Manager: Prof. Dr. Uwe Meier , Dipl.-Ing. Paul Neufeld
Projectlogo:Development of Measurement Methods for the Uniform Assessment of Industrial Radio Solutions


  

The goal of this research project was to develop appropriate standard test cases for a unified evaluation of the time and error performance of industrial wireless solutions with respect to selected classes of industrial applications. Especially, the following issues were addressed:

·      Improve product assessment with validated methods and models.

·      Support quality management by systematic approaches.

·      Support realization of reliable wireless systems.

·      Avoid unprofitable investment.

Fundamental parameters for time and error assessment such as transmission and update time, packet error rate and availability were derived as basic prerequisites. The 95 % percentile for transmission time and the standard deviation for update time were selected as appropriate statistical time measures.

The successfully developed test procedures of this research project enable manufacturers to evaluate the application-specific performance of their wireless systems in an early stage of development. Due to the fact that emulator-based test procedures are deterministic and thus reproducible, manufacturers can perform comparison measurements between different hardware and software versions. In real environments this is not possible.

We propose the performance classes A, B, and C (see logo in Figure 1) with additional information concerning total and time-dependent availability (Table 3). This enables manufacturers and customers to develop and select an optimal wireless solution for specific application areas.

The final report is available via:  http://www.dfam.de/index_frameset.html 


Institut für Automation und Kommunikation e.V. Magdeburg an der Otto von Guericke Universität Magdeburg (ifak)

 
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Publications:

Neufeld, Paul; Meier, Uwe; Helmig, Kai; Witte, Stefan: Die Vermessung industrieller Funksysteme - Echtzeitfähige Kanalemulatoren schaffen reproduzierbare Testumgebungen. In: Elektronik, 7 / 2010 S.: 36 - 41, Jan 2010 (More)

Meier, Uwe; Rauchhaupt, Lutz: Messverfahren zur Bewertung von Funklösungen aus Sicht der industriellen Automation. VDI Kongress AUTOMATION 2009, Baden-Baden, Juni 2009 , Jun 2009 (More)

Neufeld, Paul; Meier, Uwe; Block, Dimitri: Echtzeitfähige Vermessung und Emulation industrieller Funkkanäle. In: Wireless Technologies Bochum, Sep 2010 (More)

Neufeld, Paul; Meier, Uwe; Rauchhaupt, Lutz; Kraetzig, M.: A Unified Approach for the Assessment of Industrial Wireless Solutions. In: 16th IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation (ETFA 2011) Toulouse, France , Sep 2011 (More)

Block, Dimitri; Trsek, Henning; Meier, Uwe: Real-Time Characterization of Fast-Varying Industrial Wireless Channels. In: RADCOM 2013 - Radar, Communication and Measurement, Hamburg, Germany, Apr 2013 (More)

Rauchhaupt, Lutz; Meier, Uwe: Performance Classes for Industrial Wireless Application Profiles and its Determination. 18th IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation (ETFA) , Sep 2013 (More)



Thesis:


Christian Ridder (Bachelor)
Parametrierung und Evaluierung eines Funkkanalemulators mittels Applikationsmessungen industrieller Funkgeräte (Details)


Funded by: Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMBF) - Collective Research for SMEs (IGF) Grant ID: IGF 16192 BG
Contact Person: Prof. Dr. Uwe Meier
Research Assistant: Dipl.-Ing. Paul Neufeld
Dokumente: FITS-ManagementReport-2012.pdf