Westermo announces industrial Ethernet switch platform

  • April 17, 2020
  • Westermo Teleindustri AB
Westermo announces industrial Ethernet switch platform
Westermo announces industrial Ethernet switch platform

April 17, 2020 - Westermo has developed an industrial Ethernet switch platform to meet the needs of future data communication networks. The platform is designed for handling big data and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications driven by global developments such as urbanization and infrastructure investments.
The hardware is designed to meet demands for greater bandwidth and 24/7 service, the hardware provides cybersecurity, operational life, and configuration, operation and maintenance. The platform will offer a range of solutions for industrial network requirements and will include devices for specific industry applications, such as managed PoE switches approved for onboard rail applications and substation automation solutions.
The switch platform is powered by the next generation WeOS operating system. As with previous generations, WeOS continues to ensure interoperability and provide multi-media support, while also helping to provide network resilience and cybersecurity. Switches using this latest version of WeOS are backward compatible, whilst the web interface has the same look and feel to ensure device management
Supporting the implementation of resilient networks consisting of new and previous generation switches, the WeConfig network configuration tool has a background scan function that supports security hardening, and a newsfeed alerts the user to software updates and security advisories.
The first of the next generation Westermo devices is the Lynx 5512, which is the most compact 12-port high-performance switch on the market, and the RedFox 5528, a 28 Gigabit port switch for aggregating industrial networks over long distances.
The Lynx 5512 is a switch, suitable for a range of applications and offering complete layer 2 functionality and rapidly increasing layer 3 functionality. The device has four SFP fibre ports and is suitable for operation in temperatures ranging from -40 to +74°C without the need for cooling or protection cabinets.
The RedFox 5528 is designed for bandwidth consuming applications with high equipment density and network traffic. Also offering full layer 2 functionality and expanding layer-3 functions, this device features a redundant power supply, low power consumption, and offers considerable application flexibility, with a variety of power options and port configurations, including up to 16 Gigabit fibre ports.
Both switches have industrial, trackside and marine approvals, enabling installation in a broad range of demanding applications. Intuitive set-up and configuration, that requires no special training or IT staff. The switches are also prepared for routing acceleration, extended cybersecurity and time synchronisation IEEE 1588v2 applications, making them a solution to meet future security and bandwidth requirements.

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