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1. (WO2017004480) BASE STATION FOR GATHERING DATA FROM LOCALIZED SENSORS
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What is claimed is:

1. An apparatus comprising:

a sensor to be operatively coupled to field equipment, the sensor having a radio frequency transmitter to send a signal to a base station, the base station comprising:

a radio frequency interface to receive the signal from the sensor; a first controller to collect data from the signal and store the data in a memory; a second controller operatively coupled to the first controller to relay the data to an asset management system; and

a local control panel operatively coupled to the base station to send additional data to the base station, wherein the first controller stores the additional data in the memory.

2. The apparatus as defined in claim 1 further comprising a handheld device to retrieve data from the memory via the radio frequency interface.

3. The apparatus as defined in any of the preceding claims, wherein the second controller is operatively coupled to a field device of a process control system.

4. The apparatus as defined in any of the preceding claims, wherein the base station further comprises a Bluetooth interface to send alerts or alarms to the asset management system.

5. The apparatus as defined in any of the preceding claims, wherein the radio frequency interface comprises a high frequency interface and an ultra-high frequency interface.

6. The apparatus as defined in any of the preceding claims, wherein the radio frequency interface comprises a power management module to harvest energy from a nearby radio frequency emitting device to communicate with the radio frequency emitting device.

7. The apparatus as defined in any of the preceding claims, wherein the signal transmitted by the sensor comprises a write signal including the data and a write location to the base station.

8. The apparatus as defined in any of the preceding claims, wherein the sensor is paired with the base station using near field communication to obtain a device identification.

9. The apparatus as defined in any of the preceding claims, wherein the local control panel further comprises a second radio frequency interface, and wherein a handheld device is to retrieve data from the memory via the second radio frequency interface.

10. The apparatus as defined in any of the preceding claims, wherein the local control panel further comprises an input operative to perform valve testing.

11. A method comprising:

collecting, via a sensor, data relating to first field equipment;

transmitting the data to a base station for storage in a memory of the base station; accessing, via a controller, the data in the memory of the base station; and

relaying the data to an asset management system.

12. The method as defined in claim 11 further comprising pairing the sensor with the base station by placing the sensor proximate to the base station and using near field

communication to obtain a device identification.

13. The method as defined in any of the preceding claims further comprising processing the data to determine a status of a field device.

14. The method as defined in any of the preceding claims further comprising sending an alert or an alarm to a workstation, via the base station, based on the determined status of the field device.

15. The method as defined in any of the preceding claims, wherein relaying the data further comprises sending the data from the controller to a positioner using a UART communication protocol.

16. The method as defined in any of the preceding claims further comprising transmitting data to the base station from a local control panel.

17. An apparatus comprising:

a radio frequency identification interface to receive data from a sensor of a process control system;

a controller to collect the data received by the radio frequency identification interface; and

a memory to store the data, wherein the data may be retrieved via the radio frequency identification interface and an asset management system of the process control system.

18. The apparatus as defined in claim 17, wherein the controller is to access the data from the memory and relay the data to the asset management system via a positioner having a dedicated communication channel.

19. The apparatus as defined in any of the preceding claims, wherein the radio frequency identification interface receives the data from one or more sensors via an ultra-high frequency radio frequency interface.

20. The apparatus as defined in any of the preceding claims further comprising a local control panel to perform tests on one or more components of the process control system,

wherein the local control panel is to collect data during the tests, the data to be stored in the memory.

21. The apparatus as defined in any of the preceding claims further comprising a Bluetooth interface to send alerts or alarms to the asset management system.

22. The apparatus as defined in any of the preceding claims, wherein the radio frequency interface comprises a high frequency interface and an ultra-high frequency interface.