Prodrive Ltd chooses MX as its data exchange platform
Majenta Solutions is pleased to announce that Prodrive Ltd, a world leading motorsport and technology business based in the United Kingdom, has chosen MX as its data exchange platform. After exploring the market for a data exchange provider that would meet its needs, Prodrive has taken out Majenta’s MX 100 plan. This is Majenta’s best-value package, which will provide up to 100 users with the facility to send and receive an unlimited number of files in a highly secure environment.
There are a number of reasons why Prodrive chose to work with MX. Prodrive carefully researched the market before concluding that MX would be the most suitable data exchange provider for their needs. Prodrive had a strict set of demands that they required from their secure data portal and, as part of the research process, took out a free trial of MX, which allowed them access to the full version for 30 days.
“The system was extremely easy to use,” said Enrique Goddard, Support Specialist of Prodrive. The dashboard documenting recent activity was popular with users at Prodrive, which had a “good look and feel,” he added. The cost of MX also had a bearing on Prodrive's choice. Compared with the competition, Prodrive feels that MX is the best value for money, as it is "much more in line" with their current budget. Moreover, Prodrive is pleased with the levels of customer service provided by Majenta, whose support team are based in the UK. During their trial of MX, Prodrive found that any minor on-boarding questions were "resolved quickly and efficiently" and as two of Prodrive's customers already use MX as their trusted data exchange provider, they were confident that MX would provide an excellent level of service.
Majenta’s Technical Account Manager, Wes Whitmore, stated: “We are thrilled to have Prodrive on board, as we felt that it really share our passion and vision for MX”. Wes adds, “Prodrive was looking to replace its incumbent tool due to the down-time seen during upgrades, as well as concerns over the future of the tool”. He goes on to say, “Prodrive had good prior experience of MX via Aston Martin but also high expectations if they were to take it on for their own use. By working closely over the period of their detailed benchmark, we were able to quickly and efficiently show that MX was able to address any concerns raised by their existing toolset, as well as demonstrating other key user benefits of MX for secure data exchange, automatic notification and one-click reporting.”
MX is a powerful browser-based solution that enables its users to transfer large files quickly and securely. MX is already trusted by leading automotive OEMs, their suppliers and colleagues to share data across all corners of the globe, and Majenta is confident that Prodrive will greatly benefit from their exchange portal.
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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.