Intel to develop IoT solutions for the manufacturing sector
Microchip manufacturing giant Intel is entering the Internet of Things (IoT) market. The company is looking to develop technology and IoT solutions for manufacturing, transportation, retail and smart homes and buildings and plans to integrate IoT technology into its microchips.
IoT technology is in high-demand in today’s Internet driven world, so Intel is wise to jump on board as early as possible. The company’s strategy will focus on manufacturing, transportation, retail, and smart homes and buildings, providing resolutions for related industries, service management, microchip networks, data centers and security management. It is also accelerating development of Quark microprocessors, as well as using ecological models to attract interested enterprises for cooperation.
Last year, Intel conducted structural adjustments to its IoT business, trying to integrate the company's software resources with its current IoT team, which has been in existence for many years. Intel has also changed its previous promotion channel for its core CPU (central processing unit) by introducing the new Quark processors and a new platform.
In contrast to Intel's strategy, quite a few other technology giants have chosen to access the field via the consumer market, focusing on individual consumer markets.
ARM focuses on applications related to the consumer end such as smart hardware, wearable devices, and smart homes, while tech giants such as Apple, Samsung, and even the emerging Xiaomi are eager to succeed in IoT operations via wearable technology and personal devices.
The IoT market is huge because currently about 85 percent of industries still have yet to link their equipment and operations with Internet. In the third quarter of 2014, Intel's IoT business revenues rose 14 percent from the same period a year earlier to US$530 billion, similar to the revenues of its software and service business.
Siemens: Providing the First Industrial 5G Router
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).
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
“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.