The new organisation will continue to develop, support, and promote the two protocols, and will direct the development, incorporation and implementation of new and overlapping technologies. It will eventually serve as the single source for Field Device Integration (FDI), the sole integration tool for Hart and Foundation fieldbus technologies.
The new corporation will be led by a board composed of representatives of companies from the current boards of each foundation. Hans-Georg Kumpfmueller, CEO of Sensors and Communication at Siemens, has been elected as the inaugural chairman.
He describes the formation of FieldComm Group is “a major step forward for the process industries by leveraging the strengths of each industry-leading protocol and adding the value of the next-generation integration strategy.”
Ted Masters has been appointed president and CEO of FieldComm Group. He currently serves in the same capacity with the Hart Foundation.
He believes that the creation of the new group is a opportunity to build upon existing technologies and develop a single future vision toward harmonisation of standards for the process automation industry worldwide. “I am excited about the opportunity to work together with distinguished leaders and technologies around the globe to integrate valuable process intelligence from devices to improve the operations of our users,” he says.
FieldComm Group will have offices in Austin, Texas, and will start to operate as a single entity on January 1, 2015. Until then, the Hart Communication Foundation and Fieldbus Foundation will continue to operate independently.