Substation-hardened router becomes 3G certified by wireless carrier
GarrettCom's Magnum DX940 Industrial Router has been certified 3G by Verizon, giving the router wider access through power utility substations and other facilities.
GarrettCom Magnum DX940 Industrial Router received Verizon 3G certification, allowing the router to act as a secure gateway to the outside world from power utility substations and other remote installations. GarrettCom recently completed compliance testing through Verizon Wireless’ Open Development program.
“As the largest wireless 3G mobile broadband network in the United States, Verizon gives GarrettCom customers the most flexibility when planning to deploy their routers in remote areas,” said Aparna Khurjekar, executive director, Business Solutions, Verizon Wireless. “GarrettCom and Verizon share a passion for high reliability, which is important when providing communications capabilities for the power industry.”
The ability to connect to remote sites using cellular technology reportedly offers two major benefits for power utility substations and other remote, harsh industrial environments. The Magnum DX940’s encryption software keeps cellular connectivity secure, and cellular can be considerably less expensive than running wireline service or other dedicated phone service to remote locations.
“Cellular connectivity makes it easier to include remote substations in a NERC-defined cyber asset management system,” said Frank Madren, GarrettCom President. “In addition, we all know that NERC/CIP security regulations are likely to be tightened over time. A secure cellular solution from GarrettCom and Verizon puts power utilities ahead of the game.”
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