The demand for Industrial IoT gateways and edge gateways is on the rise. As the volumes of data are rising, and the integration of IT and OT continues with the industrial markets of Industry 4.0 remaining frontrunners and asking for faster data analysis, rapid IoT application development is hot.

From easier and faster IoT device onboarding at scale to smarter IoT platforms and easy to set up industry-grade IoT edge gateways: everything matters.

Edge computing is one of the ways to speed up everything while saving bandwidth and resources by moving analytics to the edge. It leads to changes in the IoT market, including the IoT gateway market.

Robustel MEG5000 edge gateway for Industrial IoT

The Robustel MEG5000 edge gateway: designed for industrial IoT and the edge

With all that in mind, Robustel announced a new modular IoT edge gateway with a focus on fast application development. The company’s new MEG5000 promises to be flexible, easy to customize, configure, and manage.

To deliver upon that “fast, agile, and easy” promise, the Robustel MEG5000 can be adapted to pretty much all possible industrial requirements the company states. Three scalable cards, supporting multiple interfaces, should make it easy to adapt to changing requests in any industrial IoT setting.

By supporting up to 1300 Mbps Wi-Fi speed with an optional Wi-Fi interface, the MEG5000, which was announced at the end of September 2017, also acts like a local, edge-based cloud service tools.

The modular Industrial IoT edge gateway uses Linux-based operating system RobustOS, which – as the name indicates – was developed by the company for its devices such as the MEG5000. To customize and tailor the MEG5000 using C, Python, or Java, there is a Software Development Kit that also comes with various apps. The embedded Linux programming environment is meant explicitly for edge computing.

Red Dot Product Design Award for the Robustel MEG5000 edge gateway

Robustel’s MEG5000 edge gateway is officially presented to visitors of SPS IPC Drives 2017 in Nuremberg (Germany) end of November 2017.

The cellular gateway supports a broad range of wireless protocols. As said, the Wi-Fi interface is optional. Among the key features of the MEG5000, we further note embedded mSATA SSD, providing data logging, event/alarm management with multiple notification options, IPsec/OpenVPN/GRE/L2TP/PPTP/DMVPN, and of course a robust design making it fit for industrial IoT applications.

Robustel, in full Guangzhou Robustel Technologies, is a leading Chinese hardware and solutions provider in Industrial IoT and M2M. The company, among others, provides industrial cellular routers, gateways, modems, cloud platforms, and E2E solutions across the globe.

Among its customers are quite some mobile operators such as AT&T, China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom, Rogers, SingTel, Teliasonera, and Vodafone.

Update: the MEG5000 Modular Edge Gateway for IoT has received the Red Dot Product Design Award for 2018 in the Communication Technology category.

Yi Huang, Vice President of Robustel commented: “Winning Red Dot Award in Germany means that the industry highly recognizes Robustel’s innovation capabilities in the Industrial IoT field and the efforts of our dedicated design team who defined a new level of intelligent connection for our users.”

More on the MEG5000 Moduler Edge Gateway for Industrial IoT applications here.