Siemens has released a rugged cellular router offering broadband wireless connectivity in mining, oil and gas and other harsh environments.
The Siemens Ruggedcom RX1400 is a multiprotocol intelligent node that combines ethernet switching, routing and firewall functionality with various WAN connectivity options. The device is IP40 rated, does not use fans for cooling, operates continuously within a -40°C to +85°C temperature range and comes with a rugged metal housing that supports DIN rail, panel or rack mounting.
The Ruggedcom RX1400 provides a high level of immunity to electromagnetic interference, heavy electrical surges, extreme temperature and humidity for reliable operation in harsh environments. The integrated GNSS (GPS/GLONASS) functionality allows the device to report its location as necessary for asset tracking purposes in large-scale deployments.
The Ruggedcom RX1400 is designed to support primary communications over commercial LTE networks and leverage LTE's enhanced capabilities for quality-of-service management. For reliability purposes, the device is able to rollback to 2G and 3G wireless connectivity. In addition the cellular router is equipped with a Dual SIM card slot, which enables automatic failover in case of interruption in the communication. The device can also be used with two optional small form factor pluggable fiber optic transceivers (SFPs) to establish wireline communication in areas where fiber is available.
The Ruggedcom RX1400 offers a cost saving solution for large-scale deployments. Its compact form factor allows installation in existing cabinets, while advanced cyber security features make it ideally suitable for mission-critical applications, where high reliability and secure communications is of paramount importance: e.g. utility substations, traffic control cabinets, railway applications, oil and gas, mining and other harsh environment situations.
Written by Siemens. Edited by Jonathan Rowland.
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