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Embedded edge server for the energy sector

27 August 2019

congatec has introduced a rugged class of embedded edge server technologies designed for the digitisation of the upstream and midstream oil and gas industry.

The International Energy Agency estimates that digitisation can reduce production costs in the oil and gas sector by up to 20%. According to auditing and consulting firm PWC, there is potential for savings through more efficient maintenance and better operation of assets. There is also further potential for savings in the supply chain, through the use of artificial intelligence and integrated platforms that connect organsations with external partners.

"By digitising these processes, companies in the upstream and midstream sector can potentially save up to $1 trillion in capital and operating costs,” said Diethard Fent, manager sales partner EMEA at congatec. 

The new embedded edge computing platforms are designed for extended temperature ranges, with optional conformal coating to protect against the effects of salt water or condensation caused by large temperature fluctuations. In addition, they offer comprehensive server class RAS (reliability, availability, serviceability) features that enable OEMs to reliably manage thousands of devices remotely. 

As multicore designs with currently up to 6 cores and a particularly low 25W TDP, they are also said to be suitable for maintenance-free 24/7 operation in hermetically sealed housings with the highest IP protection classes. Virtual machines based on RTS hypervisor technologies allow optimal utilisation of existing computing resources by partitioning the various tasks ¬– including local real-time control requirements as well as over Tactile Internet. 


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