Up to eight times faster than other wireless SCADA systems, ruggedized
Connect makes real-time SCADA data collection and control a reality
TORONTO AND HOUSTON (FROM OILCOMM 2013), Nov. 6, 2013 /CNW/ - Redline
Communications (www.rdlcom.com Group Inc. TSX: RDL), a leading provider of broadband wireless solutions for industrial
machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, today announced the
availability of Redline Transport Gateway (RTG) Connect, a new family
of wireless networking products specifically designed to securely
connect industrial SCADA systems.
SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) is a type of M2M
communication used for the monitoring and control of industrial
processes such as the flow of oil in a pipeline, energy across a grid,
or water inside a water treatment system. In a SCADA system, hundreds
and often thousands of sensors are used to monitor a wide range of
device attributes. These sensors are polled periodically and their
collected data is sent back to a control center where it is analyzed
and used for corrective actions.
The flexible RTG Connect enables high-speed wireless communications
between serial and TCP/IP based SCADA field devices and a remote
control center. This high-speed connectivity enables true real-time
data collection from and control of devices such as programmable logic
controllers (PLCs), remote terminal units (RTUs), natural gas meters
and pump controllers. This time sensitive data is then delivered at
high speed over a Redline distributed wireless broadband backbone to
and from the SCADA host system, which can be hundreds of miles away.
"Wireless networks powered by Redline's Connect terminals are on average
eight times faster than competing systems, delivering 2 Mbps at the
port, making real-time transmission of unprecedented volumes of SCADA
data over local and wide area networks possible for the first time,"
said Rodney Cronin, director of product management at Redline
Communications. "For TCP/IP SCADA devices, the increased speed and
lower latency offered by Redline's Connect system mean realizing the
full benefits of real-time wireless communications including faster
polling, more timely data, greater visibility and improved management
of distributed devices."
Typical serial SCADA networks operate at less than 256 Kbps, but as
manufacturers increasingly add TCP/IP support to their SCADA field
devices to give them remote management and control capabilities, the
networks must be capable of transporting large volumes of data with
The RTG Connect family offers SCADA automation teams unparalleled
flexibility for system design. The RTG Connect family options include
a system specially designed for secure, wireless SCADA connectivity
between distributed TCP/IP-based field devices and the control center.
Other Connect options support both serial and TCP/IP devices on a
single terminal, giving customers the choice between integrated or
For Redline's customers operating SCADA networks in the world's most
extreme climates and topographies, ruggedness, security and flexibility
are as important as data throughput. The Redline Connect-OW system is
FIPS 140-2 compliant, incorporating military-grade cyber security with
AES encryption and secure remote management. The unit itself is fully
ruggedized, contained in an IP68 certified enclosure that ensures
uninterrupted operation at temperature ranges from -40°C to +75°C (-40
˚F to +167 ˚F). Built on Redline's Universal Wireless Transport™
platform, Connect operates over any wireless frequency between 470 MHz
and 5.8 GHz, allowing companies to build the optimal network for any
terrain, environment, distance and spectrum availability. Connect's
software defined radio enables over-the-air configuration, allowing
customers to remotely configure and upgrade the system, ensuring that
network capacity grows as needed when more devices are added or when
scan times to end devices must be increased.
"Redline is the market leader in wide area networks for the energy
sector, and with the introduction of the RTG Connect family, we have
extended our reach to include edge devices critical for end-to-end
field automation," added Cronin. "SCADA becomes another of many
applications which can be seamlessly carried across a Redline Virtual
RTG Connect systems availability will begin in November 2013. For more
information on Redline's RTG Connect family and other Redline wireless
broadband systems visit www.rdlcom.com.
About Redline Communications
Redline Communications (www.rdlcom.com) is the innovator of Virtual Fiber™, a specialized wireless broadband
solution used to cost-effectively deploy and extend secure networks,
enable M2M applications, connect digital oilfields and smart grids,
facilitate and enhance public safety networks, and bring Internet
access wherever and whenever it's needed - regardless of terrain or how
remote. For more than a decade Redline has delivered powerful,
versatile and reliable wireless solutions to governments, militaries,
oil and gas companies and telecom service providers through its global
network of certified partners. For more information visit www.rdlcom.com.
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