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Advantech WISE-4000 Wireless Data Acquisition Module Provides IoT Cloud Monitoring

In today’s increasingly competitive business market, all enterprises are looking for ways to distinguish themselves. The introduction of new technology that updates the current management model is necessary to not only enhance operating performance, but also project a professional corporate image that boosts customer satisfaction. In recent years, the Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud platforms have become popular trends that promise to deliver increased management efficiency and reduced costs.

Consider an automobile financing company that owns numerous garages for storing pledged vehicles as an example. The company hoped to leverage the automatic data collection, real-time display, and remote monitoring advantages of the IoT in order to replace conventional guard-based security management with centralized security management that could be remotely controlled from their head office.

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1-port Modbus RTU/ASCII/TCP-to-DNP3 serial/TCP/UDP gateways

The MGate 5109 is an industrial Ethernet gateway for Modbus RTU/ASCII/TCP and DNP3 serial/TCP/UDP protocol conversion. All models are protected with a rugged metallic casing, are DIN-rail mountable, and offer built-in serial isolation. The MGate 5109 supports transparent mode for easily integrating Modbus TCP to Modbus RTU/ASCII networks or DNP3 TCP/UDP to DNP3 serial networks.The MGate 5109 series gateways support Modbus and DNP3 Protocol Traffic Monitor for easy troubleshooting, especially during the installation stage. Communication issues could be caused by incorrect software parameters, such as slave ID and register address, 5109 also support agent mode to exchange data between Modbus and DNP3 networks or to act as a data concentrator for multiple Modbus slaves or multiple DNP3 outstations. The rugged design is suitable for industrial applications such as power, oil & gas, and water and wastewater.

Features:

  • Supports Modbus master/slave and DNP3 master/outstation
  • Up to 31 Modbus serial slaves or DNP3 serial outstations
  • Up to 32 Modbus TCP slaves or DNP3 TCP/UDP outstations
  • Supports DNP 3.0 subset level 2
  • DNP3 master mode supports up to 26600 points
  • DNP3 master and outstation modes support time-synchronization
  • Complete diagnosis information for maintenance
  • Embedded Modbus and DNP3 serial traffic monitor
  • Redundant dual DC power inputs and relay output

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Highly efficient, security-enabled, wireless computing platform that supportng various interfaces

The UC-8410A Series embedded computers support a rich collection of communication interfaces, including 8 RS-232/422/485 serial ports, 3 Ethernet ports, 1 PCIe mini slot for a wireless module, 4 digital input channels, 4 digital output channels, 1 mSATA slot, and 2 USB 2.0 hosts.

The UC-8410A computer uses the Freescale Cortex-A7 dual-core 1 GHz RISC CPU. This powerful computing engine supports several useful communications functions, without generating too much heat. The built-in 1 GB SD card and 512 MB DDR3 SDRAM give you enough memory to run your application software, and the mSATA slot provides the flexibility of adding additional data storage. The UC-8410A comes with a variety of communication interaces, including serial ports, Ethernet ports, wireless communication slot, and digital input/output channels, making them ideal as communication platforms for industrial applications that require network and device communications.

The UC-8410A Series comes with Linux Debian 8 pre-installed to provide an open software operating system for software program development. This makes the UC-8410A computer an optimal solution for use with industrial applications, but at minimal cost and effort. In addition to the standard model, a -40 to 75°C wide temperature model is also available for harsh industrial environments.

Features and Benefits:

  • Freescale LS1021A Coretex-A7 1 GHz dual-core processor
  • 512 MB DDR3 SDRAM
  • 8 RS-232/422/485 serial ports
  • 3 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet ports
  • Wireless-enabled with PCIe mini slot
  • 2 USB 2.0 hosts for mass storage devices
  • DIN-rail or wall-mounting installation
  • Robust, fanless design
  • -40 to 75°C wide temperature model available
  • Ready-to-run Debian ARM 8

Mobile wireless router for high bandwidth remote communication

Siemens has expanded its cellular router portfolio by adding the Ruggedcom RM1224 as an entry level device. The Ruggedcom RM1224 with its 4G LTE worldwide connectivity and automatic fallback to 3G UMTS or EVDO cellular networks is ideally suited for providing data communication to and from remote locations. Thanks to its high bandwidths and performance capabilities the Ruggedcom RM1224 wireless router can be deployed in a diverse range of applications: from the integration of remote substations and feeder devices to rail wayside applications and mobile Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), as well as remote video surveillance.
The new Ruggedcom RM1224 router comes with an integrated 4 port switch, which can be used to connect up to four Ethernet devices. In addition it comes with two antenna connections, making it possible for operators to use multiple receive and transmit paths (antenna diversity) and thus increase both signal quality and bandwidth. The Ruggedcom RM1224 has one digital IO (input and output) for applications like setting up secured VPN connections upon user button push. Furthermore, the device is equipped with its own redundant power supply for bridging short-term power failures.

Like its high-end companion, the Ruggedcom RX1400, the new Ruggedcom RM1224 is characterized by a compact housing, which means that it's ideal in control cabinets with limited space available.
The Ruggedcom RM1224 offers downlink speeds of up to 100 Mbit/s and uplink speeds of up to 50 Mbit/s via LTE. When there is no LTE available, the Ruggedcom RM1224 supports HSPA+ (Evolved High Speed Packet Access) and EVDO (Evolution Data Optimized). Depending on the available mobile service provider infrastructure, this enables high transmission rates to end devices (downlink) of up to 14.4 Mbit/s and back to the telecommunications network (uplink) of up to 5.76 Mbit/s. This cellular router enables users to connect to IP-based end-devices around the globe.

Siemens launches Planning and Simulation tool for Profinet networks

Siemens is launching a new software tool on the market for the design and simulation of Profinet automation networks. The Sinetplan network planner from Siemens is aimed at plant designers, constructors and operators and supports them from the planning stage, through commissioning to the operation of a Profinet communication network. In order to ensure subsequent operational reliability and to avoid problems during commissioning, the network is already designed with a suitable topological structure at the planning stage and any possible bottlenecks caused by peak loads, for example, are simulated. In the operating phase, Sinetplan offers transparency about the network capacity up to the port level of the individual stations by means of online scans, traffic shapers or reporting functions. This prevents unnecessary downtimes due to network overload and thus increases the availability of the network and the production.
Sinetplan is used in particular for the planning and operation of Profinet networks that use acyclic data services such as TCP/IP in addition to cyclic real-time communication. Projects already planned in Step 7 are easy to import, and existing systems are scanned online, verified and simulated.

Faulty design or overloading of a Profinet network can compromise the overall application and, in the worst-case scenario, result in loss of production. Using the Sinetplan network planner it is possible to check the operational reliability of a Profinet network while it is still in the planning phase and find out whether a network is topologically suitable, what reserves the selected topological design offers and how you can protect the network against unforeseen peak loads (bursts). To do this, the tool calculates the loading on the network caused by the time-critical Profinet I/O data traffic as well as the acyclic, TCP/IP-based data traffic, e.g. from remotely operated servers, cameras, PCs or web server accessing. Depending on the topology and the connected network stations, the network loads are simulated, highlighting any critical points where network loading is too high. For example, worst-case queue occupancy of the ports and of the connections is calculated in this process. The network topology can then be replanned and a simulation restarted with minimum effort, and the result of the calculation and simulation can be stored in a detailed report.

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