Naperlou, it looks like IO-Link is independent the actual network protocol, so could run on any modern fieldbus or Ethernet system. It could run on an EtherCAT or Eithernet/IP network and do its wireless portion via plain old Wi/Fi.
Lauren, the wireless sensor module is very interesting. I guess I could look it up, but I wonder what protocol(s) it uses. Actually, the ability to set up wireless sensor networks is a great cost saving approach. When I was first introduced to it I had one of my electrical contractors with me. We were being briefed at a manufacturer's plant. When the presentor talked about eliminating wiring (and rewiring) the contractor said "Not so fast, there". It is their worst nightmare.
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