About the Wireless Compliance Institute (WCI)
The Automation Standards Compliance Institute (ASCI) is a non-profit organization incorporated by ISA in 2006 to provide a home for certification, conformance, and compliance assessment activities in the automation arena. ASCI extends the work that ISA has conducted for 50 years in standards development by facilitating the effective implementation of automation industry standards.
ISA provides professional management services to ASCI, drawing on an experienced staffing, financial, and administrative infrastructure.
The ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute functions as an operational group within ASCI. ASCI bylaws share the open constructs of ISA, while accounting for compliance organization requirements. Operating the ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute within ASCI allows the organization to efficiently leverage the organizational infrastructure of ASCI.
ASCI, in partnership with ISA, developed the specific actions necessary to formally launch the ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute.
Certification Testing Overview
The ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute develops implementation specifications and associated certification test kits for the purpose of ensuring interoperability among ISA100 Wireless products.
The institute also conducts host interoperability tests to ensure that devices perform to the standard and that the certification tests provide necessary and sufficient coverage. (See the Interoperability Testing page for more information.)
Certification ensures interoperability among devices from any supplier and provides confidence to end users that any device with the ISA100 Compliant logo will work in their systems. The ISA100 Wireless Compliant logo is an important product differentiator for suppliers’ products and systems.
Key benefits include:
- Provides instant recognition of wireless communication characteristics
- Promotes a key differentiator for product or system
- Allows equal and fair testing for all products to gain compliance
- Enables registration for an easy access listing of conformant products on the web
Before certification testing, WCI strongly recommends vendors purchase a test kit. The test kit performs the same testing as done by the testing agency, and allows vendors to work through problems before certification testing to save development time and certification money.
A more basic test, includes a basic stack test, life cycle stack test, application test, and verifies structure and function of several profiles. Automated power cycling can be included as an option but is not needed for device testing.
A comprehensive, automated test which covers more than 300 items.
The figure below depicts the certification process including the various steps needed in order to achieve device or stack compliance.