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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Modular industrial IoT edge gateway with multiple protocols

By Nick Flaherty at www.flaherty.co.uk

Chinese equipment maker Robustel (Guangzhou Robustel Technologies) has launched a modular industrial IoT edge gateway that supports various communication protocols for faster application development.

The MEG5000 has three scalable cards that support a variety of interfaces for the industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) so that the the gateway can be tailored to virtually any industrial requirement.


Through edge computing, the MEG5000 gateway is able to process data right at the network edge and in real time. It can collect, analyze and act on data more efficiently, and it supports data optimization which is vital in the IIoT. When transferring large amounts of data to the cloud over limited bandwidth, latency might occur. MEG5000 supports up to 1300 Mbps Wi-Fi speed ensuring that its edge computing power helps to reduce data uploads by acting like a local, edge-based cloud service tool.

The gateway is based on RobustOS, a Linux-based operating system that was developed by Robustel specifically for the use such systems and includes basic networking features and protocols. A Software Development Kit (SDK) allows further customisation by using C, Python or Java. It also provides a rich amount of Appsto meet the diverse IoT market requirements.

The gateway supports a 10/100/1000 Mbps WAN and eight 10/100 Mbps LAN interfaces with 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, supporting AP and Client modes and an embedded mSATA SSD for data logging. There is also an embedded digital temperature sensor for detecting internal running temperature.

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