IIoT gateway operates in hazardous environments says Impulse Embedded

For the oil and gas industry, Axiomtek has produced the ICO300-83M: ATEX/C1D2 IIoT gateway system for hazardous environments. The ATEX/Class 1 Div. 2-certified rugged fanless gateway system is available from Impulse Embedded.

The ICO300-83M supports 5G high-speed low latency cellular connectivity in remote locations and combines I/O with flexible communication options. The gateway includes many industrial features such as wide 9.0 to 36V DC power input, an extended operating temperature range of -40 to +85 degrees C, and is supplied in a compact and robust DIN-rail mountable enclosure.

The ICO300-83M IIoT gateway is suitable for use in the oil and gas industry which is recognised as being one of the most hazardous environments that embedded computers can be integrated into. ATEX Zone 2 specifies that during normal operation there is only a chance of flammable materials being present in the atmosphere, it is not a risk that can be taken by organisations working in the oil and gas industry.

The ICO300-83M has an IP30-rated extruded aluminium and heavy-duty steel construction that is DIN-rail mountable and compact in size, making it suitable for installation in cabinets located within zones where the risk of exposure to flammable materials is possible.

The ICO300-83M is powered by the low power Intel Atom x5-E3930 processor running at 1.3GHz, offering fanless performance. This industrial gateway device has a range of features to facilitate the interconnectivity between device-level IoT and the base system and has a wide range of I/O including six isolated RS-232/422/485 serial ports, 16-bit isolated digital I/O and two USB3.0 ports, which are all front-accessible for installation into cabinets and tight spaces. The ICO300-83M has three Gigabit Ethernet ports, a full-size miniPCIe slot for LTE or Wi-Fi modules and an M.2 3052 B-key slot for 5G cellular connectivity.

Matt Lundberg, technical lead, Industrial IoT at Impulse Embedded, commented, “Having the capability to install high-speed 5G modules is not only important from a future-proofing perspective, but it also provides systems with a substantial increase in speed and a huge reduction in latency, as low as 1ms down from the 40ms available on existing 4G technologies. This improvement means that information gathered by sensors can be transmitted and received in almost real-time allowing for decisions to be made and acted on much more quickly.”

Impulse Embedded can configure the ICO300-83M to customer’s exact specifications in their UK-based engineering facility with a choice of memory, storage, peripheral cards and embedded operating system. Impulse Embedded creates reliable, repeatable, and revision-controlled systems aimed toward reducing overall project costs and development time.


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