BERLIN -- Innominate Security Technologies AG today launched its new security device, the mGuard industrial RS, which is set to cut the cost for manufacturers who will have to upgrade to broadband connections for remote maintenance in the near future.
By including both dial-up and Ethernet connections, the robust appliance lowers the cost of migration when a manufacturing plant's networks are upgraded. The device, which features a redundant power supply and compact industrial casing, can be mounted on DIN rails and is based on the highly regarded Innominate mGuard firmware.
The mGuard industrial RS serves as a firewall and VPN appliance for industrial network security and secure remote maintenance via the Internet. It also acts as a secure "1:1 NAT"-capable router for the efficient link-up of production cells. Like all mGuard appliances, it can be centrally managed using the Innominate Device Manager (IDM).
Hybrid firewall / VPN appliance for Ethernet and analogue / ISDN connections
The mGuard industrial RS contains a universal socket for the optional integration of an analogue modem or ISDN terminal adapter. This makes it suitable for use as a firewall / VPN router via Ethernet or serial dial-up connections. As indicated by the abbreviation, "RS", the appliance is particularly suitable for secure remote service, remote diagnosis, and remote maintenance.
"The remote maintenance of industrial machines and plants is currently undergoing a transition phase from traditional modem connections to modern Internet / VPN-based technology. The mGuard industrial RS appliance offers machine and plant manufacturers a universal, future-proof remote service application for its products, which are usually characterised by longer life cycles," said Torsten Rössel, Director Business Development at Innominate. "Once all machines have been equipped with this device, the costs can be recouped instantly as the industrial RS device will eliminate on-site visits of engineers needed to replace or upgrade the existing modem."