Remote Access, Monitoring System Uses Cellular Networks

June 2, 2009
SIXNET has introduced a rugged real-time cellular remote monitoring and control solution.

SIXNET has introduced a rugged real-time cellular remote monitoring and control solution. Known as R.A.M. (Remote Access and Monitoring), it allows data logging and SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) operations to be monitored and controlled from remote locations anywhere in the world via existing secure cellular networks.

By leveraging existing secure cellular networks and competitive carrier data rate plans, R.A.M. can save customers up to 80% of the cost of a truck roll to a remote site - or 60% of the cost of a traditional phone landline - required to access the data at the remote site.

The R.A.M. is an "industrial-grade" solution that provides secure cellular data connectivity, as well as programmable Remote Terminal Unit (RTU) functionally. Its Open Source Linux Operating System makes it simple for the user to customize the software and integrate applications. The unit includes application tools for alarming, data logging and programmable control. For many users, the hassle free integration with a variety of North American cellular carrier services will be a welcome change from their previous experiences, same hassle free integration soon available worldwide. After setup of the R.A.M. is accomplished by running a simple wizard, the user will realize all the benefits of real-time remote monitoring and control.

The R.A.M. solution has up to 26 I/O points, 5 Ethernet, 2 RS232 and 1RS485 ports. Optional 2G and 3G cellular technologies are available (EDGE, HSPA and EVDO) on a variety of carriers. The power input ranges from 120-240 VAC. It is packaged in a rugged wall-mount NEMA 4X enclosure. Its operating temperature range is -40ºC to +65ºC. The panel and its components are designed to meet UL (1604), Class I, Div 2 and other industrial standards.

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