In the spirit of continuous innovation, Moxa, a leading manufacturer of communications equipment for the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT), recently announced the immediate availability of a new environmentally-hardened Ethernet switch offering high port density, intelligent management capabilities and advanced security to help unlock the value of IoT in industrial environments. "At the heart of every industrial network are switches that essentially will make or break the network's performance and reliability. Unplanned downtime is expensive and can ultimately impact the profitability of the enterprise itself," Richard Wood, Product Marketing Manager. "Moxa's new EDS-518E switch offers the high bandwidth and uptime that will help enable both today and tomorrow's most challenging industrial IoT applications." Providing an impressive 18 ports (14+4G) in a compact DIN-rail form factor, the new EDS-518E presents customers with a powerful new option to support and future-proof their industrial networks. Four combo Gigabit ports with built-in RJ45 or SFP (small form pluggable) slots enable network administrators to meet increased the bandwidth requirements of industrial applications involving big data and/or video over IP. Higher port density also makes the EDS-518E switch ideal for harsh industrial environments with limited installation space. The EDS-518E also carries industry certifications for intelligent transportation, rail wayside, oil and gas, factory automation and process automation. Exceptional reliability Consistent with Moxa's other Ethernet switch offerings, the EDS-518E is designed to improve uptime and performance of industrial assets. Unlike commercial-grade switches designed for networks that can afford slower recovery times, the EDS-518E features high-performance redundancy through Moxa's Turbo Ring and Turbo Chain technology, which supports sub-20 ms recovery time for networks of up to 250 switches. In addition, RSTP/STP and MSTP redundancy support provides compatibility with enterprise and third party network infrastructure. Software-based IEEE1588v2 Precision Time Protocol (PTP) ensures nanosecond timing synchronisation for packets-based networks, while TACACS+, SNMPv3, IEEE 802.1x, HTTPS, and SSH enhance overall network security. The field-proven EDS-518E switch conforms to UL and ATEX standards for hazardous industrial locations, and is IEC rated against shock, free fall and vibration. It also was awarded the IPv6 Ready logo verifying interoperability. Simple deployment The EDS-518E features an intuitive web interface to quickly configure major managed functions. For larger deployments, Moxa's free MXconfig software can help reduce configuration time by up to 90% through mass configuration of switch features.
Moxa WDR-3124A cellular router enables remote access to critical vehicle and passenger data Moxa, a leading manufacturer of communications equipment for harsh environments, recently unveiled two new pieces of technology to improve network reliability for smart transportation applications. MOXA V-ON technology V-On "Video Always On" is a video stream recovery technology on Moxa's latest Ethernet switches that provides 50 ms redundancy for multicast video streams when used with Moxa's Turbo Ring or Turbo Chain. "It can take several seconds for the video stream to resume after a network interruption even if the network itself recovers immediately," explains Richard Wood, product manager at Moxa Americas. "With a simple configuration setting, Moxa's V-On technology enables the video stream to resume almost as quickly as the network itself. This helps ensure the highest level of real-time reliability for mission-critical video surveillance applications." MOXA WDR-3124A Also featured was Moxa's WDR-3124A, a combo Wi-Fi and cellular router designed to enable extremely rugged and reliable remote access to critical vehicle and passenger data. 4 built-in Ethernet ports consolidate IP-based communications between the various onboard devices, sensors, and cameras, and the built-in cellular interface transmits critical live data while in transit. When the vehicle is back at the lot or service center, the built-in Wi-Fi interface connects directly with the control center to share all accumulated onboard data. "The combination of communication interfaces on the WDR-3124A makes it an ideal choice for fleet operators that are incorporating smart IP-based connectivity into their existing vehicles," according to Wood. The technology featured at the ITS America Annual Meeting represents Moxa's continued expertise and investment in network communications for the transportation industry. "We are moving to a world where pervasive IP-based technology is enabling smarter transportation, more efficient traffic routing, safer road conditions, and more," according to Wood. "We look forward to engaging with transportation integrators and DOTs to help them achieve the necessary level of communications reliability and flexibility." Wood notes that Moxa products are actively used in transportation applications all over the world. In the USA, Moxa networking equipment was used in projects for the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority and CalTrans, among others.
Moxa, the world's leading supplier of hardened networking equipment, announced recently that its EDS-P510A-8PoE PoE+ Ethernet switch has received United Laboratories Certification for deployment in Class I, Div. 2 hazardous locations for applications such as power generation, gas storage, chemical processing, and upstream oil applications, where the atmosphere may contain the presence of explosive elements. UL Certification makes the EDS-P510A-8PoE one of the world's first PoE+ Ethernet switches engineered to perform in environments classified as hazardous by the National Electrical Code, marking another significant milestone for Moxa in addressing the networking needs of industry, noted Richard Wood, Product Marketing Manager for Moxa's Industrial Ethernet Infrastructure: "As the world moves towards the Industrial Internet of Things, we are definitely seeing a demand for communications equipment designed for harsh environments. A managed PoE+ switch that can be safely installed in flammable environments allows oil and gas providers to be much more flexible with their network deployment." PoE+ switch for hazardous industrial locations With the Class 1 Div 2-rated EDS-P510A-8PoE, engineers and system integrators now have a highly reliable, fully compliant and rugged PoE+ switch for hazardous locations, where previously no option was available. Unlike commercial-grade PoE+ switches, the switches do not require an enclosure or remote installation, so they lower overall system cost without compromising safety, maintenance demands or network performance. They are also less susceptible to environmental factors such as electromagnetic inference, or shock and vibration. Safeguarded by 3KV surge protection and a wide temperature range (-40°C to +75°C on select models), they ensure uninterrupted reliability of PoE systems while delivering network speeds of up to 1000 Mbps to eliminate bottlenecks. As a managed switch, the Moxa EDS-P510A-8PoE offers many intelligent features to control traffic over the network. It supports a variety of management functions, including STP/RSTP, Turbo Ring, Turbo Chain and PoE power management, while providing up to 30 watts of power per PoE+ port in standard mode and allowing high power output of up to 36 watts for industrial heavy-duty PoE devices. At the same time, these switches are simple to deploy and configure, letting users take advantage of the managed network services they need.
Moxa, a global provider of communication infrastructure solutions supporting the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), announced the next generation of its MXstudio® network management software suite. The new MXstudio V2.1 helps drive down industrial network infrastructure costs and increase uptime through simplified network installation and configuration, intuitive and visualised network management and maintenance and quick troubleshooting capabilities. "With the trend towards connected devices and the Industrial Internet of Things, it's more critical than ever for engineers to have tools that make it easy to configure, maintain, manage and troubleshoot their communications infrastructure," said Richard Wood, Product Marketing Manager. "The latest version of MXstudio allows engineers to visualise even the most intricate network infrastructure, giving them comprehensive real-time information about the status and health of their networks”. MXstudio has been successfully deployed in industrial networks worldwide to automatically detect network devices, provide real-time availability monitoring, display topological representation of networks, generate event logs, and even provide virtual panel displays to indicate real-time status of device ports. Existing users will be able to upgrade to V2.1 for free. A fully operational trial version is also available for free download, and it includes a demo network so the functions can be tested without requiring live connections. NEW V2.1 features Consistent with Moxa's development approach, the V2.1 upgrade helps customers succeed through improved quality and decreased total cost of ownership. Key to the upgrade is a new Traffic Load Visualisation tool that lets engineers easily identify where network traffic issues are occurring in real-time to achieve optimisation goals in traffic engineering and to enhance the performance of IP traffic while utilising network resources economically and reliably. The release of MXstudio 2.1 also expands device configuration capabilities and simplifies the process of large scale implementations, reducing device configuration time by up to 90%. It also increases troubleshooting capabilities by allowing engineers to see multiple "snapshots" of their networks in order to more quickly diagnose network problems. Along with supporting the full range of Moxa's best-of-breed networking products, MXstudio also features an MIB compiler with basic SNMP support for third-party devices to help users deploy a full edge-to-core multi-vendor network infrastructure. Moxa is one of the most trusted brands in the automation industry, offering its broad range of innovative and highly reliable switches, along with devices for wireless, data acquisition, surveillance and connectivity that interconnect all aspects of network environments.