Red Lion Controls has announced that its Sixnet series RAM industrial cellular RTUs and wired routers now offer enhanced communication security using Distrix Networks software-defined networking (SDN) technology. Distrix’s SDN technology, running on RAM devices, speeds and simplifies deployment of communication networks between industrial devices and IIoT cloud platforms, and delivers unsurpassed security for remote machine access. Using this solution, organizations can quickly and easily establish secure communications regardless of whether the backhaul medium is cellular or wired.
This enhancement to Red Lions RAM products results in added security and redundancy, improving on traditional VPN communications that rely on point-to-point tunnels that can be difficult to manage. The addition of SDN technology brings flexibility, scalability and resiliency to legacy serial-based infrastructures as well as present-day IP-based networks.
“Customers need the ability to push data to an IIoT cloud platform while ensuring it is securely transmitted over a scalable and flexible architecture,” said Colin Geis, director of Product Management, IIoT at Red Lion Controls. “Red Lion’s RAM devices offer the industrys widest array of integrated and pre-configured IIoT cloud platforms. These are now bolstered by the Distrix SDN technology, which provides greater security than traditional VPNs or private APNs. RAM products are known for their robust reliability and automation-rich features for monitoring and controlling remote assets. Now that we have partnered with Distrix to add SDN capabilities, customers have the additional peace of mind that their data is protected from end to end.”
Distrix software embeds directly on RAM devices, allowing customers to quickly deploy and manage a secure software-defined industrial network. Capabilities include highly secure end-to-end tunnel connections without common network security risks and complexity, improved network redundancy, sensor data enhancement for analytics as well as simplified machine-to-machine process automation.
“We are excited about our relationship with Red Lion Controls,” said Eric Winsborrow, CEO for Distrix Networks. “Red Lion has consistently been an industry leader in industrial automation, and is addressing the immediate needs of customers to provide secure, reliable and cost-effective solutions that enable them to benefit from the Industrial Internet today, without the cost to replace existing infrastructure or increase security risks.”
In addition to highly secure cloud integration, RAM products also incorporate a powerful event engine and an integrated I/O database that streamlines the creation and storage of data tags. The combination of industrial automation capabilities, secure and reliable communication and easy-to-connect cloud support provides customers with a seamless IIoT solution.
Red Lion’s RAM products also offer multiple serial and Ethernet ports and optional I/O, Wi-Fi and an active GPS, easily integrating with existing equipment to securely monitor and control remote devices. By delivering data visibility, control and real-time notifications on field-deployed equipment and processes via highly secure network connections, the RAM platform enables organizations to take advantage of the benefits of IIoT today.