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Eaton’s Cellular Modem and Router Solution Enables High-Speed Remote Monitoring, Control Connectivity for Industrial Applications
Posted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 03:53:46 PM


PITTSBURGH, PA — Power management company Eaton today introduced the latest addition to its fast and secure remote monitoring and control solutions. The ELPRO 645M-1 is a 4G, long-term evolution (LTE) especially suited to a wide variety of monitoring and control needs in the industrial, construction and utility sectors. The rugged and adaptable technology helps make it faster and simpler to connect, monitor and control a variety of mission critical field devices and assets, including sensors, meters, pumps and controls used in water, wastewater, utility, irrigation and oil and gas applications.

The multi-service broadband cellular modem and router package is equipped with wide-area Ethernet, serial, and internal input/output (I/O) connectivity options. It is designed to enable customers owning several types of devices – including programmable logic controllers (PLCs), remote terminal units (RTUs), sensors, pump panels, human machine interfaces (HMIs) and other advanced devices – fast, seamless and reliable connectivity to a cellular network for remotely and wirelessly monitoring and controlling systems or for diagnosing and troubleshooting network issues.

“With interest in Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0 on the rise, we are seeing the cost and energy savings benefits of ubiquitous computing and remote monitoring and control impact all industries,” said Moe Dais, product line manager at Eaton. “Our newest technology is designed to meet those needs, offering customers the versatility, speed and reliability needed to quickly and easily connect, remotely monitor and control their industrial devices from anywhere in the world.”

A high-speed, state-of-the-art cellular broadband modem and router solution, the ELPRO 645M-1 features up to 100 megabits per second (Mbps) download and 50 Mbps upload speeds. Automatic fallback to 3G and legacy EDGE/GPRS networks is included. The solution meets the requirements of multiple frequency bands and is compatible with multiple carriers with networks in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific.

The ELPRO 645M-1’s multiple connectivity options span Ethernet, serial, and built-in I/O points for meeting a variety of both digital and analog interfaces. The modem includes seven digital inputs, five digital outputs, and four analog inputs accessible with SMS messaging or SNMP. Expandable I/O options enable local alarms. Both a DHCP server and a secure HTPPS Web server are built-in to allow for easy client and router configuration, port forwarding and monitoring modes within the ELPRO 645M-1 solution. The product is tested and certified to meet the latest security protocols, including: IPsec, GRE tunneling, PPTP, RADIUS clients.

The ELPRO 645M-1 carries all current safety ratings required for heavy industrial applications, with wide temperature range and Class I, Division 2 certification for hazardous areas. The product is United Laboratories (UL) listed with Environmental MIL810 compliance for thermal, shock, vibe, and humidity conditions.

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