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Siemens adds processing to Ruggedcom RX1400 router

February 092016
Siemens adds processing to Ruggedcom RX1400 router

February 9, 2016 – Siemens announces Ruggedcom VPE1400 (Virtual Processing Engine) software that enables customers to run their own Linux operating system and applications on the RX1400.

As an example, an application running on the VPE1400 could allow data, gathered for instance during energy monitoring operations, to be pre-processed in the router before being transmitted to a control center. This not only reduces the volume of transmitted data but may also help to increase the stability, efficiency and performance of the network. The virtual machine environment can be used in numerous industries, especially in those requiring rugged hardware and reliable communications, such as Electric Power, Transportation, and Oil & Gas.

Applications running in the VPE1400 environment are safely partitioned from the Ruggedcom ROX operating system, while still having full access to the RX1400's network, LTE and serial interfaces. Used in combination with the Ruggedcom ACE (Application Connectivity Engine), the virtual machine environment can also provide multi-protocol SCADA communication to devices from various manufacturers, making these devices accessible to applications running in the VPE1400.

With this virtual machine environment, Siemens is extending its portfolio of Ruggedcom Application Solutions designed to create a "smarter" network, by enabling local monitoring and data analysis applications using distributed structures. This allows the enormous volumes of data generated by a growing number of devices to be pre-processed at the network edge – a key requirement for digitalization of industry and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 165 years. The company is active in more than 200 countries, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. In fiscal 2015, which ended on September 30, 2015, Siemens generated revenue of €75.6 billion and net income of €7.4 billion. At the end of September 2015, the company had around 348,000 employees worldwide. 

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