Edge computer gains a second Ethernet interface

16 August 2019

HARTING has added a second interface to its MICA Edge Computing device which allows it to easily exchange and process data between two Ethernet networks, including wired-to-wireless gateway applications.

In many Industry 4.0 applications, it is necessary to separate networks and send data back and forth between Ethernet protocols without allowing external applications direct access to a corporate network. As a result, HARTING has added a second interface to its MICA Edge Computing device which allows it to easily exchange and process data between two Ethernet networks, including wired-to-wireless gateway applications.

An additional USB interface can also be used for adding further capabilities or a USB storage device. This is because, unlike a router, MICA can also carry out complex data transformations and aggregations.

The secondary Ethernet interface is provided via the functional circuit board and expands the modular system of the MICA platform. MICA Wireless with WLAN, BLE and LTE connectivity with an additional Ethernet interface offers an easy to manage and compact solution for many projects in the areas of industry and transportation. It can, for example be used as a wired-to-wireless gateway for collecting maintenance data from PLCs and to send relevant events to the machine manufacturer or maintenance services. In addition, MICA Wireless can process nodes for RFID readers connected via WLAN. 


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