RuggedCom Releases Upgrade of Its RuggedRouter(TM) Network Router Designed for Harsh Environments

    WOODBRIDGE, ON, Nov. 26 /CNW/ - RuggedCom Inc. ("RuggedCom") (TSX:RCM), a
leading provider of rugged communications networking solutions designed for
mission-critical applications in harsh environments, has released an upgrade
of the RuggedRouter(TM) network router and new feature set to address the
specific needs of mission critical applications in harsh environments, such as
those found in substation automation and "Smart Grids" for electric utilities,
intelligent transportation systems, and advanced control and automation for
industrial processes.

    The new RuggedRouter(TM) features include:

    -   Performance Improvements: 10 times increase in throughput over
        previous versions
    -   GOOSE Tunnels: Support for substation automation IEC61850 protocol
        over a Wide Area Network
    -   Precision Time Protocol: Network time synchronization via IEEE1588,
        GPS, and/or IRIG-B
    -   Link Backup: Automatic failover for Wide Area Network interfaces
    -   Improved Help System: Extensive online help text via an easy to use

    "Our products are specifically designed for mission critical applications
found in harsh environments and we continue to add many industry specific
features to all our network infrastructure products," explains Roger Moore, VP
of Engineering for RuggedCom. "For example, the RuggedRouter(TM) is the only
network router that provides specific intrinsic support for GOOSE messaging
found in the IEC 61850 standard, a very important feature for substation
automation applications."
    The RuggedRouter(TM) is an industrially hardened network router and cyber
security appliance with integrated router, firewall, and VPN functionality.
The RuggedRouter(TM) is used to create highly reliable wide area networks and
provides effective cyber security to secure IP-based local area networks
against cyber attack from both internal and external sources. Ideally suited
for electric power utilities, the industrial plant floor, and traffic control
systems, the RuggedRouter(TM) is designed to protect and secure SCADA system
networks connected directly to the Internet, or within a company's Wide Area
Network (WAN) or Local Area Network (LAN).
    As with all RuggedCom products, the RuggedRouter(TM) is RuggedRated(TM)
for harsh environments. RuggedRated(TM) products: meet or exceed a wide range
of industry standards; provide a high level of immunity to electromagnetic
interference and heavy electrical surges; feature a wide operating temperature
range of -40 degrees C to +85 degrees C (no fans); can be powered from a
variety of sources (12VDC, 24VDC, 48VDC, 88-300VDC/35-264VAC); and have high
MTBFs and reliability characteristics. In addition, for applications requiring
high availability, the RuggedRouter(TM) provides the option for integrated
dual redundant power supplies, which have the unique ability to have each
power supply fed from different voltage levels and/or sources. All of these
features allow the RuggedRouter(TM) products to be placed in almost any
location for great installation flexibility.
    To learn more about RuggedCom products and technologies, please visit

    About RuggedRated(TM):
    The RuggedRated(TM) specification establishes a set of criteria that
networking and communications devices must meet in order to ensure reliable
operation within harsh environments. The RuggedRated(TM) symbol identifies
products that have been specifically designed to meet these criteria. For more
information about RuggedRated(TM), please visit

    About RuggedCom Inc.
    RuggedCom is a leading provider of rugged communications networking
solutions designed for mission-critical applications in harsh environments.
RuggedCom's technology solutions include Ethernet switches, network routers,
wireless devices, serial servers, media converters, software and professional
services. RuggedCom's products are designed for use in harsh environments such
as those found in electrical power substations and "Smart Grids", intelligent
transportation systems, industrial process control and military applications.
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For further information: For media or industry analyst support, please
contact: Jamie Blakeley, Marketing Communications Coordinator, RuggedCom Inc.,
(905) 856-5288, (888) 264-0006 toll free

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