Huge strides have been taken in wireless in a noisy industrial environment. It helps not only with production, like accessing plans remotely, but with safety too. A solid foundation like talked about above is a good place to start.
But I wouldn't let my life rely on wireless. Combine that tech with a wired backup, and we will be ok. That is why fire-alarm control panels must be wired.
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