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.
Drishti Hires CEO as Manufacturing Technology Company Grows
Drishti Technologies, Inc., a company known for its AI-powered production technology, has named Gary Jackson as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Jackson employment signals the end of an era, as his predecessor, Dr Prasad Akella, the Founder and CEO of the company, transitions to a position as Chairman of the Board and Chief Strategy Officer (CSO). Akella will continue his industry pioneering role in setting the direction for the emerging category of action recognition technology, which is deriving data and insights from video streams using AI and advancing the fourth era of manufacturing, AI-powered production.
‘Drishti is built on the foundational principles that people remain central to driving significant improvements across the entire factory, including productivity, quality and training, and that AI-over-video is the next generation of sensing to enable them,” said Akella. “Our growing suite of business applications built on information extracted from the video stream empowers the manufacturing team — from line associates to the CEO — to make better decisions faster, perform at their best and experience greater job satisfaction. I look forward to Gary’s deep go-to-market and leadership experience, which will help propel Drishti from our extraordinary two dozen customers to every line of every plant in the world, simultaneously boosting human empowerment and manufacturing excellence.’
Inbound CEOs Impact
As CEO, Jackson will be put in the hot seat, taking control of the company’s operational strategy and execution. This shouldn’t be a problem, though, given that Jackon is an incredibly experienced leader within the early-stage enterprise technology company space, and he will likely tap into his extensive network within the go-to-market space, which will complement Prasad’s vision and manufacturing knowledge, as well as ‘Co-Founder and CTO Dr Krishnendu Chaudhury’s deep expertise in AI, neural networks and computer vision’, to help drive Drishti’s awareness, sales and growth.
‘Prasad, Krishnendu and the Drishti team have developed an entirely new solution category, and this represents a turning point for the manufacturing industry,” said Jackson. “The opportunity to lead a company that is the first of its kind, and is already deploying a new but proven technology at scale with some of the world’s largest manufacturers, doesn’t come around often. I’m delighted to be a part of this company’s very positive future.’
‘Drishti has also named Joseph Cowan to its board of directors. Cowan is a five-time CEO, including at Epicor and Manugistics. Joe’s operating experience accelerating enterprise growth and significant background selling enterprise software to manufacturers will be invaluable at Drishti.
‘Building a new company, let alone creating a whole new category, is no easy feat,” said Cowan. “What Dr Akella and [the] team have accomplished to date is proof that Drishti is the next big thing in manufacturing.’