Opengear will also be showcasing its cellular-enabled ACM remote site management and IM infrastructure management devices Opengear, a leading provider of critical infrastructure management solutions through advanced console servers, remote management, monitoring, and cellular out-of-band products, will offer the first public demonstration to Cisco partners of its new Resilience Gateway product line featuring support for multi-carrier, dual SIMs that expand carrier diversity and increase network uptime. As an exhibitor at Cisco Live Berlin 2016 (stand: E54 – World Exhibitor), the event will showcase the largest product portfolio offered by Opengear to support the growing remote infrastructure management sector. With these new models – which include all the features that earned the original Resilience Gateway its popularity among Cisco partners and global enterprises – Opengear is continuing to expand on a successful product line which is helping in the delivery of new highly resilient networks and high value managed services. Maintains secure access and control of infrastructures at remote sites The new Resilience Gateway models include true out-of-band management via Opengear’s Smart OOB™. This technology maintains secure access and control of all infrastructures at remote sites during network outages to minimise downtime, as well as smart, event-based auto-remediation of common problems based on custom scripts. The Resilience Gateway ensures maximum WAN connectivity through Failover to Cellular™ to high-speed 4G LTE networks, with failover and fallback that is immediate, transparent, and automatic. Embedded cellular with multi-carrier capabilities – as well as compatibility with global carriers – make it possible to match the best cellular carrier to each remote site. Opengear’s Lighthouse CMS makes the management of distributed enterprise locations efficient and easy to scale from a few locations up to global deployments. Cellular-enabled ACM remote site management and IM infrastructure management devices Opengear will also be showcasing its full range of cellular-enabled ACM remote site management and IM infrastructure management devices offering transparent failover to 4G/3G cellular networks using simple and reliable IP Passthrough. This technology allows business operations to continue while IT teams resolve connectivity issues with the primary Internet connection. The Opengear platform provides serial connectivity to routers, switches, firewalls, and PDU consoles to help administrators troubleshoot network problems and includes transparent "failback” when the primary connection is restored. The technology has been tested extensively with Cisco devices and complements Smart OOB capabilities to monitor critical network and power devices, alerting admins to important events. “Our partners delivering enhanced managed services and our community of end-customers require distributed networks that are resilient with remote sites accessible even when a primary connection goes down,” says Derek Watkins, Vice President of Sales EMEA & India for Opengear, “The addition of the new Resilience Gateway products is a recognition of the wide diversity in connectivity scenarios and with 7 core product families and dozens of configuration options within each, Opengear is now clearly the supplier with the most complete and feature rich line-up serving the critical infrastructure management segment. 2016 will continue to see us develop innovative new technologies and products to meet the needs of our customers.” New Regional Sales Manager for Central Europe Opengear has experienced double digit revenue growth across EMEA during 2015 and added 26 new partners to over 100 existing partners served through leading distributors across the region. To support this expanding community, Opengear has appointed Nadir Yilmaz, an experienced IT industry executive as Regional Sales Manager for Central Europe. Opengear products are deployed at thousands of sites across the globe as part of resilient network and device management use cases including hundreds of deployments within ongoing managed services contracts. Opengear will be demonstrating its full product portfolio at Cisco Live, the flagship technical training, networking and education event which runs from 15th to 19th of February in Berlin, Germany.
Moxa's ioPAC 8500 series of rugged, modular RTU controllers are an important part of the system The capacities of the new tram line in Suzhou City, China, which is 18 kilometres long and includes 27 controlled points (crossovers) needed to be lifted to the highest level of modern standards. Therefore, for design and deployment, the operator turned to Bombardier, who are well-known for their experience in signalling installation. The system was designed for controlling up to 200 routes, a route being the distance between two consecutive points of railway signalling. Its main objective was to provide a train dispatcher with the ability to control all the processes on the tram line, i. e. to ensure that the stabling and control process is simplified and made more efficient. The system should also increase overall safety and reduce the probability of human error. In addition to the system details, Bombardier had to take the specific environmental conditions in Suzhou into account, such as high temperatures and a relative humidity of up to 82 %. Electronic equipment used in such extreme conditions needs to be rugged and provide highest reliability for this mission critical application. From his local point of control, the train dispatcher controls and monitors every movement in the marshalling yard and on the tram line. He is able to set routes and control individual location points. Moxa's ioPAC 8500 series of rugged, modular RTU controllers are an important part of the system, collecting and recording real-time measurements from sensors to monitor the railway equipment status for preventive trackside asset management. Nadir Yilmaz, Moxa´s Channel Sales Manager Eastern Europe explained: "The ioPAC 8500 series of RTU controllers offer precise data acquisition with a high-speed data capture rate and a millisecond timestamp. In Suzhou´s marshalling yard, every cabinet houses two of the controllers which are pairing. This means that any command requires the acknowledgement of both devices before it is executed. This way the solution increases security and prevents unauthorised access to the system." One of the major challenges of the project is the extreme environment. High temperatures and humidity require robust industrial hard and software. Bombardier´s software CITYFLO 150 is a key element of the whole project. It requires a rugged hardware platform that ioPAC 8500 delivers along with high MTBF times. The product´s high reliability combined with the modular design and programming in C are important prerequisites for choosing this rugged platform. Moreover, compared to competitor´s products, Moxa´s solution is more cost effective as it combines controller and I/O in one device.