4G LTE IIoT gateway
Handling the vast amounts of data generated by edge devices overwhelms businesses when it comes to implementing Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications. Many businesses are now introducing an edge computing strategy: processing data locally in an IoT gateway, sending only critical data to the central system, or even making decisions locally. This strategy not only reduces data transmission fees, but also enables faster response times for critical industrial processes.
Moxa’s newly launched UC-8100-ME-T series is a 4G LTE-enabled edge computing solution designed for IIoT applications. The UC-8100-ME-T is built around an ARM Cortex-A8 1 GHz processor and comes with two RS-232/422/485 serial ports and dual 10/100 Mbps Ethernet LAN ports, as well as a Mini PCIe socket to support 3G/4G LTE cellular modules.
4G LTE networks’ connectivity speeds are up to ten times faster than previous generations of mobile communication technologies. However, this improvement comes with a disadvantage: the extra heat generated by the 4G LTE components in the IIoT gateway. To provide reliable IIoT computing platforms, Moxa offers wide-temperature LTE-enabled models that are available for extended-temperature applications. All units are thoroughly tested in a testing chamber, guaranteeing that the LTE-enabled computing platforms are suitable for -40°C to 70°C wide-temperature applications. The patented Secure Boot technology that safeguards the Linux kernel.
Since many legacy industrial protocols are not compatible with IoT technologies, sending data from edge devices to a cloud database is often a drain on engineering resources. An optional software tool that comes with the UC-8100-ME-T series is Moxa’s ThingsPro, an integrated data-acquisition and device-management software suite, which includes generic Modbus protocol support, as well as the IoT communication protocol MQTT, making it easy to transfer field data to a remote database in a few simple steps.
With flexible interfacing options and software support, this tiny edge-computing platform is a reliable and secure IIoT gateway for data acquisition and processing at field sites, as well as a useful communication platform for many other large-scale IIoT deployments.