Industrial communications; cellular router provides broadband wireless connectivity

January 26, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
From Siemens, this integrated LTE modem includes rollback to 2G and 3G networks for reliability; it has dual SIM card slots for service provider redundancy and automatic failover; and is a rugged design for demanding environments such as Utilities, Transportation and Oil & Gas

Siemens’ Ruggedcom RX1400 is a multiprotocol intelligent node which 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 use LTE’s enhanced capabilities for QoS (Quality of Service) management. For reliability purposes the device is able to rollback to 2G and 3G wireless connectivity. 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 fibre optic transceivers (SFPs), to establish wireline communication in areas where fibre 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 suitable for mission-critical applications, where high reliability and secure communications is of paramount importance, i.e. utility substations, traffic control cabinets, railway applications, oil and gas and other harsh environment situations.

Siemens; www.siemens.com/RX1400