GE helps mines leverage public wireless networks

first_imgGE has released its latest industrial internet solution named the MDSTM Orbit MCR-4G. It is designed to help private communication networks, such as those in mine sites, to leverage public cellular networks and securely communicate with field crews and industrial equipment. The industrial router can be used to communicate operational information, such as equipment pressures and temperatures from the field to the operation centre. There is also the opportunity for field crews to access data on their corporate network that has traditionally only been available in the office.Product Line Leader of Industrial Communications, Tom Mueller said “Enabling infrastructure companies to utilise public cellular communication infrastructure gives them a cost-effective option for extending their communications infrastructure to remote locations without significant capital investment. As a result, technician efficiency can be increased and firms could realise a reduction in the number of truck trips required to maintain and operate field equipment.”Built on the MDS Orbit platform, the MCR-4G addresses the need for a highly secure, industrial-grade wireless communications solution for broad-based applications. It features both ethernet and serial interfaces to provide connectivity to current and previous generations of technology, along with a WiFi radio using the 802.11 b/g/n standard, combined with a Verizon 4G LTE modem. The MCR-4G is equipped with robust security features, such as AES 128 encryption, supports RADIUS and AAA servers and complies with current NERC CIP and FIPS 140-2 requirements. It has been designed to streamline deployments for customers by providing both WiFi and cellular backup technology. It has a -40 to +70◦C temperature rating and a compact design suited for mission-critical operations and customers facing challenging terrain and environmental conditions.last_img

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