5G/Wireless

Industrial 5G technology offers potential wireless standard

April 1, 2020

5G implements technical enhancements over 4G, and is specifically targeting industrial automation. 5G as a technology has already emerged and, even though capabilities are limited, enhancements will continue to be backed by a set of industrial automation players pushing for a common wireless standard.

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Securing OT networks with unidirectional gateways/diodes

January 9, 2020

Data diodes offer a hardware-enforced solution to defend OT networks and safety systems, using one-way flow of data without allowing returning threats. As always, defensive strategies must still combine people, processes, and technology all working together to support OT network security.

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Parallel Redundancy Protocol in CPwE Ethernet architecture

January 9, 2020

The Parallel Redundancy Protocol (PRP) is a standard defined in IEC 62439-3, and is adopted in the EtherNet/IP specification. PRP technology creates seamless network redundancy by allowing PRP-enabled IACS devices to send duplicate Ethernet frames over two independent Local Area Networks (LANs).

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Next generation Wi-Fi 6: the future of wireless connectivity

November 12, 2019

The growing expectations on Wi-Fi performance, coverage, security, support for new use cases, applications and devices require a step forward in the evolution of Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi 6 increases data rates and capacity, optimizes transmission in congested environments and extends support to new devices and use cases.

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Real-time TSN networks & future standards

September 22, 2019

Leveraging the combination of a real-time-capable communication technology (TSN) and real-time-capable language (OPC UA PubSub) makes it possible to realize real-time capable applications in an industrial environment based on standards and 5G technology.

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Trade-offs selecting a wireless instrumentation protocol

September 22, 2019

The larger wireless landscape has changed since the introduction of WirelessHART and ISA100.11a. These two standards have changed the process manufacturing landscape, but some companies are still trying to decide which protocol to adopt. What considerations should guide a facility choosing between the two today?

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Is 5G already robust enough for industry?

July 27, 2019

New 5G cellular technology is on the verge of release and offers very promising industry-changing benefits. But while most likely every potential benefit of 5G you read about is true, what is often forgotten is that not all features of 5G are available right from the start and that in…

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Five key considerations for passenger Wi-Fi networks

July 27, 2019

The design of a high-density Wi-Fi network is a complex process. By considering important factors such as network reliability, data rate, mixed mode client ratios, load balancing, and network security, railway operators can choose an effective Wi-Fi solution that meets the requirements of rolling stocki applications.

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Smart cities transformed using LoRa technology

March 28, 2019

Smart city technologies provide new solutions for smarter and improved city services. A scalable and low cost IoT network is the cornerstone of a Smart City program, and LoRa-based devices and the LoRaWAN specification helps create high-capacity, low power networks that form the basis of smart city solutions.

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Industrial wireless TSN roadmap: looking at the path forward

September 10, 2018

Wired TSN for industrial use is gaining acceptance but the next challenges developing seamless, wireless Time-Sensitive Networking capabilities. This article explores leveraging the existing industrial wired TSN design for wireless TSN, and thoughts on a roadmap for wireless TSN in the industrial environment.

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