congatec: new embedded edge server technologies for the energy sector

congatec introduces a new rugged class of embedded edge server technologies designed for the digitization of the upstream and midstream oil and gas industry. Both sectors are characterized by distributed assets and infrastructures in harsh environments and therefore require ultra-robust embedded platforms for the digital transformation challenge that offers a huge potential for cost savings.

In order to meet the requirements of the upstream and midstream oil and gas industry, the new embedded edge computing platforms are designed for extended temperature ranges, with optional conformal coating to protect against the effects of saltwater 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 suitable for completely fanless and therefore maintenance-free 24/7 operation in hermetically sealed housings with the highest IP protection classes. Virtual machines based on RTS hypervisor technologies allow optimal utilization of existing computing resources by partitioning the various tasks - including local real-time control requirements as well as over Tactile Internet. Another benefit of this virtualization option is the fact that these new platforms are also perfectly tailored to build cost efficient universal Customer Premises Equipment (uCPE). Such open standard hardware equipment is characterized by hosting telecom network functions at the customers edge IT including Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV).

The new, ultra-robust embedded edge server platforms for the energy sector will be presented for the first time at SPE Offshore Europe.

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