Mobile Management and Security for First Responders

Posted by Kari Grosser on Nov 1, 2017 11:00:00 AM

There are more than one billion vehicles on the planet and the number keeps growing. Managing them all is an increasingly complex task, often requiring communication with vehicles that are nowhere near any central office. Fleet managers need to monitor OBDII data from vehicles that may be hundreds of miles away. First responders need two-way communications with dispatchers and databases. Governmental agencies must rack parameters like traffic density and road conditions from devices that are scattered all over their jurisdictions. Devices like traffic signage and parking machines need reliable links to their control centers, and it the installation includes video surveillance they will require good bandwidth as well. But in many cases, stringing cables out to the desired locations would be impractical or impossible.

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Topics: Industrial Communication

Advantech Expands Industrial Switch Product Line with EKI-9600 Layer 3 Managed Switches

Posted by Ken Ott on Oct 31, 2017 7:11:00 AM


Cincinnati, Ohio, October 31, 2017 – Advantech, a leader in industrial IoT solutions, has expanded its industrial switch product offerings with the introduction of the newly released EKI-9600 switch. The EKI-9600 switch is a L3 Managed Gigabit Switch that supports static routing and network address translation (NAT) features, enabling an easier and faster setup for network backbones at a lower cost.  

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Topics: Industrial Communication, IIOT, EKI, Layer 3, managed switch, switches, industrial switches, networking

Realizing Interoperability in Factory Automation without Blowing Your Budget

Posted by Kari Grosser on Oct 27, 2017 10:15:00 AM

In the age of the Internet of Things (IoT), the trend in industrial automation for all devices, equipment and controllers with different protocols to be able to connect with each other and speak the same "language" has become essential. Advantech recently introduced two new Protocol Gateways for protocol conversion to further complement our comprehensive product range. Our Protocol Conversion Solution gives you an unparalleled advantage of realizing interoperability in factory automation to avoid replacing incompatible network devices and extend their useful life without a heavy price tag of major upgrade.

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Topics: Industrial Communication, Embedded Automation Computers, Remote I/O

Municipal Sewage Treatment Plant Networking System

Posted by Kari Grosser on Oct 24, 2017 10:25:00 AM


The municipal sewage treatment in Tianjin, China is currently one of the biggest sewage plants in China. Not only is the layout well designed, but many of the systems and processing techniques are the most advanced in the country, with various techno-economic indicators reaching the highest level in China. This plant has applied state-of-the-art Advantech industrial communication products, which can realize the communication between the lower level controllers in each system so as to ensure real-time communication between control systems, monitoring data and the central room.

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Topics: Automation Software, Industrial Communication

PC-based PAC Solution for Material Handling AGV Optimization

Posted by Kari Grosser on Oct 12, 2017 10:15:00 AM

Project Introduction

Widely used across many industries, Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV) have been scooting around factory floors for decades. Thanks to evolving technologies like sensors, wireless networks and automatic control technologies, their guidance methods and physical dimensions continue to evolve and now small lightweight trackless AGV are being rolled out.

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Topics: Industrial Communication, Remote I/O

Smart IoT Technology for Flood and Water Level Monitoring

Posted by Kari Grosser on Sep 19, 2017 10:05:00 AM

Flooding and excessive rainfall can wreak havoc with indispensable assets and infrastructure. Water treatment plants, for example, are typically near a body of water, and thousands are located on flood plains. By tracking data like rainfall, ground saturation, and upstream water levels, industries and utilities can get early warnings about flooding and take action to protect their customers and equipment.

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Topics: Industrial Communication

Simultaneous Connection and Powering for IP Surveillance Cameras

Posted by Kari Grosser on Sep 11, 2017 11:25:00 AM

The Challenge

When a successful European toy manufacturer outgrew its facilities, it built a brand new campus that included the office, manufacturing and warehouse space. Since copper Ethernet cable has a range limitation of about 100 meters, multi-mode fiber was used to network the three new buildings. Multi-mode fiber provided the necessary range, immunity to Electromagnetic Interference (EMI), speeds of up to 40 GB/s and high security. As the facility received daily visits from toy sales representatives and other outsiders, security was an important consideration.

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Topics: Industrial Communication

Advantech Expands its Industrial Managed Switch Offerings

Posted by Kari Grosser on Sep 6, 2017 10:15:00 AM

Advantech's IIoT Automation Group has expanded its industrial managed switch product offering with the introduction of the EKI-9600 series. The EKI-9600 series are L3 managed Gigabit switches that support static routing and network address translation (NAT) features, enabling an easier and faster setup for network backbones at a lowest cost.

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Topics: Industrial Communication

Smart Metering for Environmental Monitoring using Cellular Routers

Posted by Kari Grosser on Aug 14, 2017 10:25:00 AM

Remote sensors measure radiation levels in nuclear power plants and carbon monoxide levels in parking garages. They report floodwater levels in rivers and seismic activity along fault lines. They collect huge quantities of data all over the world, and none of it is useful until it has been read and interpreted. Additionally, much of this data needs to be reported in real time so that human beings can make appropriate responses before environmental disasters unfold.

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Topics: Industrial Communication

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