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Implementing a Standards-Based Distributed Measurement and Control Application on the Internet



Richard D. Schneeman


The distributed measurement and control (DMC) industry is migrating away from proprietary hardware and software platforms in favor of open and standardized approaches. High-level programming languages, object-oriented platforms, Internet technology, and standardized transducer interfaces are serving to shape the next-generation DMC landscape. This paper describes a framework for standardized DMC integration and a demonstration implementation developed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The framework details three key areas where standards will play critical roles in next generation DMC development, including (1) standardized transducer interfacing, (2) open network communications, and (3) distributed control applications. The demonstration implementation merges defacto networking standards from the Internet community with newly emerging smart transducer interface standards from the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). Throughout the paper, design and implementation information using state-of-the-art hardware and software technologies for DMC deployment is described in terms of a real world Internet-based application environment.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 6338
Report Number


distributed control, distributed measurement and control (DMC, Ethernet, framework, gateway, Internet, Java


Schneeman, R. (1999), Implementing a Standards-Based Distributed Measurement and Control Application on the Internet, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed June 15, 2024)


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Created January 1, 1999, Updated February 19, 2017