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Owing to the developments made in wireless technology in recent years wireless LAN is rapidly winning acceptance as an alternative solution for many applications in industrial environments. The high degree of flexibility it provides within the plant can lead to cost reductions during both the installation and operation phases of the plant. Features such as fast roaming times, coverage, worldwide acceptance and IEEE standardization, operation in license free frequency ranges and proven security concepts have further increased the attractiveness of a wireless solution in industry. The emphasis for the use of wireless LAN in industry is on robustness, reliability and security.
Date of Publication: Feb.-March 2006