May 16, 2020

Google Acquires Hardware Manufacturing Company, Gecko Design

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Gecko Design
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Admin
2 min
Google has acquired Gecko Design to focus on hardware projects, securing product-design capabilities for its research X Lab.
Google has acquired Gecko Design to focus on hardware projects, securing product-design capabilities for its research X Lab.The news was announced on Fr...

Google has acquired Gecko Design to focus on hardware projects, securing product-design capabilities for its research X Lab.

The news was announced on Friday on Gecko’s website, though terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Gecko begins by developing consumer electronics, working with engineers early in the process.  But the California-based company extends their involvement through supply chain management and moving the materials into manufacturing and producing finished goods.

The company, founded by Jacques Gagne in 1996, focuses on consumer product development, working with industrial design firms such as Fuseproject, frog design, and Newdeal Design.  Gecko’s clients include Hewlett-Packard home and business, Logitech and Slingmedia.  The company’s engineers also previously worked with Warner Bros on touchscreen monitor components in the futuristic product placement for Dell Computers in the 2000 film “A.I. Artificial Intelligence.”

Gecko Design gives Google some substantial product design expertise to help bring new hardware to the market.  Earlier in the year, rumors indicated that Google was shopping around for Jawbone or similar wearable design makers, but it seems that Google preferred to acquire a design partner of these startups rather than the startups themselves.

Google will need additional expertise, such as supply chain knowledge to procure raw materials as well as either a manufacturing faculty or a manufacturing contract.

Gecko’s engineering prowess will help Google expand its hardware ventures, from satellites to Google Glass to its self-driving cars and beyond.  With Gecko’s aid, Google could also seemingly explore the world of semiconductor manufacturing.

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Jun 17, 2021

Siemens: Providing the First Industrial 5G Router

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3 min
Siemens’ first industrial 5G router, the Scalancer MUM856-1, is now available and will revolutionise the concept of remote control in industry

Across a number of industry sectors, there’s a growing need for both local wireless connectivity and remote access to machines and plants. In both of these cases, communication is, more often than not, over a long distance. Public wireless data networks can be used to enable this connectivity, both nationally and internationally, which makes the new 5G network mainframe an absolutely vital element of remote access and remote servicing solutions as we move into the interconnected age. 

 

Siemens Enables 5G IIoT

The eagerly awaited Scalance MUM856-1, Siemens’ very first industrial 5G router, is officially available to organisations. The device has the ability to connect all local industrial applications to the public 5G, 4G (LTE), and 3G (UMTS) mobile wireless networks ─ allowing companies to embrace the long-awaited Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). 

Siemens presents its first industrial 5G router.
Siemens presents the Scalance MUM856-1.

The router can be used to remotely monitor and service plants, machines, as well as control elements and other industrial devices via a public 5G network ─ flexibly and with high data rates. Something that has been in incredibly high demand after being teased by the leading network providers for years.

 

Scalance MUM856-1 at a Glance

 

  • Scalance MUM856-1 connects local industrial applications to public 5G, 4G, and 3G mobile wireless networks
  • The router supports future-oriented applications such as remote access via public 5G networks or the connection of mobile devices such as automated guided vehicles in industry
  • A robust version in IP65 housing for use outside the control cabinet
  • Prototypes of Siemens 5G infrastructure for private networks already in use at several sites

 

5G Now

“To ensure the powerful connection of Ethernet-based subnetworks and automation devices, the Scalance MUM856-1 supports Release 15 of the 5G standard. The device offers high bandwidths of up to 1000 Mbps for the downlink and up to 500 Mbps for the uplink – providing high data rates for data-intensive applications such as the remote implementation of firmware updates. Thanks to IPv6 support, the devices can also be implemented in modern communication networks.

 

Various security functions are included to monitor data traffic and protect against unauthorised access: for example, an integrated firewall and authentication of communication devices and encryption of data transmission via VPN. If there is no available 5G network, the device switches automatically to 4G or 3G networks. The first release version of the router has an EU radio license; other versions with different licenses are in preparation. With the Sinema Remote Connect management platform for VPN connections, users can access remote plants or machines easily and securely – even if they are integrated in other networks. The software also offers easy management and autoconfiguration of the devices,” Siemens said. 

 

Preparing for a 5G-oriented Future

Siemens has announced that the new router can also be integrated into private 5G networks. This means that the Scalance MUM856-1 is, essentially, future-proofed when it comes to 5G adaptability; it supports future-oriented applications, including ‘mobile robots in manufacturing, autonomous vehicles in logistics or augmented reality applications for service technicians.’ 

 

And, for use on sites where conditions are a little harsher, Siemens has given the router robust IP65 housing ─ it’s “dust tight”, waterproof, and immersion-proofed.

 

The first release version of the router has an EU radio license; other versions with different licenses are in preparation. “With the Sinema Remote Connect management platform for VPN connections, users can access remote plants or machines easily and securely – even if they are integrated in other networks. The software also offers easy management and auto-configuration of the devices,” Siemens added.

 

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