Let’s get connected! Thanks to the internet, we can now connect in ways we never dreamed about – social media, automobiles, home appliances, security systems, and the list goes on. And, if the fortune tellers are right, we haven’t seen anything yet! What is the common characteristic in all of the mentioned scenarios is that they all include “smart” devices that communicate with each other and/or within a system to help optimize their value and deliverable.

This paper is a user guide to optimize smart device management by looking at the benefits of connecting to the information in smart measurement and control devices (one point at a time or thousands of points) for process and/or factory automation applications markets utilizing FDT Technology. With full user driven scalability options, plant operations and maintenance efforts will benefit from– lowering maintenance cost, reducing unscheduled downtime and improving compliance to new safety and environmental regulations.